Kai from DigitalRev has completed his video review of the brand new Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This $299 lens for APS-C shooters seems to be getting a lot of praise, most of which is based around its extremely affordable price.
I have used the lens a couple of times and find it to be nearly as good as the EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, especially as an ultra wide angle walk around lens in cities. Pair it with an EOS Rebel SL1, and you have a pretty good light weight hiking setup as well.
Says Bryan about the new lens “Canon’s ultra-wide angle zoom lenses have long been very good performers. I have them and use them, but I was never overly excited by them – until now. The focal length range is not new and the max aperture in this range was already covered by another high quality lens. But, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens adds one critical feature – image stabilization. That feature alone gives this lens a huge value to me. Equally or more exciting is the image quality being delivered by this lens. If prime-lens-grade corner-of-the-frame image quality is something you appreciate in your ultra-wide angle lens, you are going to love this lens. Add a state-of-the-art AF system and the 16-35 f/4 L IS becomes a must-have lens… read the rest of the review“
Bryan over at the-digital-picture has completed his review of the Sigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS lens. While Sigma has been releasing a lot of segment leaders in terms of image quality and pricing, this superzoom offers nothing the others out there already do. While it’s as good as other superzoom lenses and is priced quite well, it’s not a stellar lens optically. That being said, we’d probably take this lens over the Canon offering.
From TDP “While the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM C Lens has an excellent range of focal lengths in a small, lightweight package that doesn’t hurt the wallet, I have trouble getting excited about the image quality this lens and any of the other superzooms deliver. Everyone has their own values, and with this lens, Sigma is targeting those placing a high value on convenience and budget. The Sigma 18-200 C is one of the best choices among the APS-C superzooms.”
How it does against the rest of the ultra wide APS-C Zooms: “As you saw in the charts on this page, there are a large number of ultra-wide APS-C format zoom lenses available. Since these lenses compete strongly against each other and since no standout exists from an image quality standpoint, selecting the right model for your needs is quite challenging. I’ve already mentioned the Tokina’s focal length range disadvantage and significant max aperture advantage over all of these other lenses. The aperture advantage makes the 11-16 the definite choice for stopping action or handholding in low light (at least until the image stabilized Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens appears). The Tokina has less vignetting and less distortion than most of the rest.”
A reader of our site was lucky enough to play around with the soon-to-be-released Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS at a Canon roadshow in Zurich recently. He was kind enough to post full resolution JPG files, as well as the RAW files.
Luigi does say “As I know that some of you are waiting for real world pictures, I have published some of the images. Don’t expect anything artistic but just pictures taken while walking around the Prime Tower building in Zurich with difficult light (strong building shadows with pieces of bright sky in the frame) and only 20 min time.”
So no need to be too critical of the images, but they do give you a great idea of corner performance, a long time weakness of the Canon wide angle zooms. You can download the RAW files from the login provided on the original thread at DPReview.
Northlight has posted their initial review of the new Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5.5-6 IS STM lens. As you would expect the lens appears to be a very good deal at $299, although it’s not going to set any benchmarks for optical performance. It is however, a great completement to your APS-C stills or video kit if you don’t need ultra wide angle very often. If you do, there are better and more expensive options out there.
Says Northlight: “If you’re not used to ‘shooting wide’ then this lens is a very welcome addition to Canon’s line-up. At appreciably less cost than the EF-S10-22, the 10-18mm surprised me with its build quality and optical performance. The image stabilisation adds to its general purpose usefulness and partly makes up for its relatively restricted aperture.”
Kai from DigitalRev has completed his review of the Canon PowerShot G1 X II. This is Canon’s top end compact camera for photo enthusiasts.
The review is fairly positive, although a few quirks are pointed out. Some of the button placements are odd and the camera isn’t all that “compact”. The video performance leaves a lot to be desired and it’s not the most attractive camera.
However, the image quality is very good, the autofocus performs very well and it has all the features you could ever want in a serious PowerShot camera.
Bryan at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens. As you’re probably used to reading, this lens is a stellar performer and nearly as good optically as the Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Otus, which costs 4 times as much.
Says Bryan “While I will dock a few points from this lens for occasional AF inconsistency, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is now the overwhelming favorite in the 50mm field. This lens delivers excellent image quality, has a beautiful design and for what you get, a very attractive price. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is the easy 50mm choice for those with a moderate budget.”
The lens receives pretty good marks in the review, though a few things such as the lack of weather sealing, size and microcontrast. Though the lens is remarkably sharp and the autofocus works well.
Says ThePhoblographer “Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art DG HSM is an exceptional lens. Starting with the design, it very much is in line with the company’s 35mm f1.4 Art optic. The outside feels and looks like something that Hasselblad might make. It feels just so great in your hands that you’d never want to let it go. In fact, if you’re a big fan of the 50mm field of view you might never want to give it up.”
Says Bryan “Sometimes a lens is remarkable for what doesn’t jump out at you – or get in your way. I have been using this lens intermittently for just under two years. It has reliably delivered excellent images for me. And that is what I expect from a good lens – one that I pick to use because of its attributes, not because I happen to be reviewing it.
I have not kept-secret my love for macro lenses and the fun that can be had with them. Aside from the OS failure issue, this lens ranks right up with some of my other favorites. The Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is the great-value of long focal length macro lenses.”