Archive for the ‘Canon Reviews’ Category
Keith over at Northlight Images has completed his review of the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. This lens retails for $329 USD, compared to Canon’s $2395 EF 14mm f/2.8L II. If you’re in the market for an ultrawide angle lens for your full frame camera, and don’t mind doing a bit of work yourself, this may be the lens for you.
“If you’re interested in the Samyang 14mm (or whatever it’s called where you are) then consider what it is you want to use it for?
For some people the lack of AF and having to manually stop down the lens to the working aperture will be a show stopper.
However I found it perfectly easy to use out and about, by making use of good depth of field at f/8 and an ability to roughly estimate distances.
Exposure was set manually, and relies on the fact that if the light changes enough to need to alter the shutter speed or aperture, then you should easily be able to notice it. It’s hardly difficult with a bit of practice, and you’ll develop a much better intuitive feel for scene lighting, which is no bad thing.”
Manually focusing a 14mm lens on a full frame camera is pretty easy if you stop down to f/5.6 or f/8. Depth of field is quite forgiving.
Is it worth a little extra work to save $2000? to a lot of people it probably is. This is not a focal length most people would use a lot. It’s true that up close, you have to take a bit of care, but with a little practice, it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out.
In the end, you’re going to get great looking images for a fraction of what Canon is asking you for. If you buy the Rokinon and find that 14mm is something you end up using a lot, go on and upgrade to the Canon, it’s a pretty great lens too.
Read the full review | Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 $329 at B&H Photo
The folks at DXOMark have completed their review and testing of the new Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Art series zoom lens.
“Given its popularity, Canon has been slow to replace the EF24-105mm f4L IS USM, and it has provided rival Sigma with the opportunity to gain some leverage in this highly competitive sector. Sigma are sure to be rewarded as it’s not only a superb performer optically, at $899 it comfortably undercuts the Canon and is well worth taking a closer look.”
Read the full review | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS at B&H Photo
Bryan at The Digital Picture has completed his review of the new Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Art series lens. This lens retails for around $899 USD, and by the looks of the review, that’s a bargain of a price. This lens has already begun shipping for the Canon mount.
“I’ve tested a lot of lenses that made me anxious to move on. This is not one of them. I would have no problem making this my primary general purpose lens.
The Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens’ long focal length range will take a broad swath out of your angle of view needs. This great-looking lens is a joy to use and the results from it are even exciting to view. For a reasonable price, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens reliably delivers the excellent image quality you are looking for from your DSLR camera.”
Read the full review | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS $899
From our own Justin Van Leeuwen
Our reviewer Justin spent some time with the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x and did a review that didn’t include birds or bears. One of the shots was a unique model shoot using the lens as well as the PocketWizard Plus IIIs so he could trigger his light from 1600 feet away!
Says Justin about the PocketWizard Plus IIIs
“What impresses me though, is that those PocketWizard’s made it from transmitter on the camera to receiver 1600 ft away, over a moving river, up to a cliff, and set off my Elinchrom Quadra pack reliably and consistently. Wow. I highly recommend these if you ever need to shoot between provinces or states.”
Read the story at the PocketWizard blog | PocketWizard III at B&H Photo
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Canon used to make an EF 50mm f/1.0L lens. It was big, slow and expensive and only seems to get more expensive by the day.
We recently saw thoughts on Zeiss’ $4000 55mm lens, so why not look at another $4000 50mm lens?
There are three primary reasons to own this masterpiece:
- Used at larger apertures, gives a unique look which cannot be duplicated any other way. There is no way in software or with other lenses to duplicate its precise combination of artistically pleasing falloff and its unique rendering of out-of-focus areas. If you want this effect, you need this lens.
- For ultra-low light, f/1.0 is 1/2 to 2/3 stops faster than common f/1.2 lenses. In fact, this f/1.0 lens as about as much faster than an f/1.2 lens as an f/1.4 lens is faster than an f/1.8 lens.While the ultra-high ISOs of today’s DSLRs let us capture anything in any light hand-held with slow f/2.8 or f/4 lenses, we still can’t stop action at 1/125 in near darkness unless we have a lens this fast. High DSLR ISOs let us shoot indoor and night sports that are dimly lit, but if we’re shooting where there isn’t any supplemental lighting, we need the f/1.0 to stop action in the dark.
- Subject Isolation: no other 50mm lens can isolate a subject from its surroundings as strongly as can this lens. If you can’t control your background when shooting outside your studio, this lens lets you make the background go away.
I personally don’t have the same affinity for this lens that Ken does. I have used it a couple of times and even considered buying it. The knock against buying it; is repairs may prove to be difficult. While I’m sure there are parts out there somewhere for the lens, they aren’t sold by Canon anymore and could require a lot of legwork to find.
I found the lens to be heavy and SLOW, slower than the EF 85 f/1.2L II! For me that made using the lens less enjoyable. I do agree it gives a look nothing else does, but is it unique enough to justify the $3000-$4000 price tag? That can only be decided by someone with the money who takes the plunge. Although, you can still rent this lens at LensRentals.com in the USA.
Read the full review
Our review of the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
Justin took the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x out for a whirl. We wanted to do a review of the lens shooting something other than wildlife and sports, which is obviously the target shooter for this lens.
I have yet to personally use the lens in any serious manner, I won’t be doing that until April when I travel to Namibia and South Africa.
“If you were to buy Canon’s 600mm f/4 L and the 400mm f/4 L, you’d be getting pretty close to $20,000 worth of glass. If you were to buy several of the faster primes, that number would double. If the versatility of a zoom is what you need and f/4 doesn’t bother you (and for many of us, it really doesn’t), then the Canon 200-400 f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x is, in itself, a bargain. Quality build and optics and the unique advantage of a built-in 1.4 extender will help keep photographers working with a single lens, yielding them more shots, more keepers, and better work.”
Read the full review | Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x at B&H Photo
We review the PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver
Justin has completed his review of the PocketWizard PlusX transceiver. If you’re looking for an inexpensive trigger for your Speedlites, these appear to be one of the best options on the market. They’re $99 USD and come with a full 2 year warranty from PocketWizard.
“With all the unreliable, untried, and un-warrantied triggers on the market, having something reliable and affordable is important to pros and amateurs alike. Pocket Wizard offers two years of warranty coverage on your transceivers, and with a long and reliable background in the photographic community, you can count on them being there for at least that long.”
Read the full review | PocketWizard PlusX $99 at B&H Photo
From Reviewed.com (Formerly DigitalCameraInfo)
The folks at Reviewed.com have posted their review of Canon’s latest DSLR, the EOS 70D. We’re big fans of this camera and looks like they are too.
“Ultimately, this is still the best all-around DSLR in this price segment, pending our test of the Pentax K-3. The video quality is top notch, the still image quality only suffers in extreme low light, and Dual Pixel AF offers a usability advantage that nobody else can match. For a consumer-level shooter or hobbyist that wants a durable, control-laden DSLR that can do video and stills equally well, the 70D is the choice to beat.”
Read the full review | Canon EOS 70D Body at B&H Photo $1099 (Save $100)
Justin has completed his review of the old Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. The lens is about 20 years old now, yet still finds its way into a lot of people’s camera bags.
It’s a good lens optically, the AF and reliability of the focus motor can be a bit of an issue. However, for a mere $400, it’s well worth the money.
Read the full review | Canon EF 50 f/1.4 at B&H Photo
From The Digital Picture
Bryan at The Digital Picture has completed his review of the very good Canon EOS 70D.
Says Bryan about the EOS 70D
“In addition to a feature roll-up, the 70D gets brand new technology and becomes what is arguably now the best all-purpose Canon DSLR camera available without facing the much bigger price required to step up to the full frame models which currently start at $1,999.00 USD. The 70D’s reasonable price will have a big influence on its selection by many.”
Canon EOS 70D at B&H Photo | Read the complete review