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Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

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.”

Read the full review

Preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

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Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

A review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens has appeared on ThePhoblographer.

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.”

Preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM: B&H Photo | Adorama

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Review: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

Review: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has posted his review of the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens.

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.”

Read the full review | Sigma 150 f/2.8 OS Macro at B&H Photo

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DXOMark: The Latest Sigma 18-200 OS is the Best Superzoom for Canon APS-C

DXOMark: The Latest Sigma 18-200 OS is the Best Superzoom for Canon APS-C

DXOMark has completed their review of the Sigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens for Canon. They’ve compared it to other superzooms from Canon itself as well as Tamron and found the Sigma to be the best performer. On top of it being the leader in its class, this new lens actually costs less than the lens it replaced.

From DXOMark:
“Sigma’s cosmetic revamp of the exterior and revision of the optical construction has resulted in a lens that not only looks classy but also produces results superior to rivals including those from Canon.

A reduction in weight and size, albeit only slight makes this all the more tempting for travel, while the enhancement in sharpness and optical performance generally at the longer focal lengths is particularly valued in zoom like this. Although this has led to a certain amount of compromise with the performance at the wide-end, retaining the modest price of its predecessor the Sigma easily impresses.”

Read the full reviewSigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DC OS $399

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Review: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x

Review: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x

Dan Carr has created quite an extensive ebook review of the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The ebook is free to download and looks great on your Microsoft, Android or Apple tablet.

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Download the ebook Review | Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x

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Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass

Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass

I have finally purchased the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 and will be putting it through paces on a two week trip to Namibia beginning on April 6. For filters, I’ll be using the Sigma 95mm DG Circular Polarizer, as well as large Singh-Ray grads when needed.

My immediate first impressions are quite good, amazing build quality, great zoom ring  and the silly test shots looks terrific. I’ll be shooting exclusively with the EOS 6D on this trip.

Justin has received the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS for review and he’ll be putting it through the paces with the EOS-1D X. He’s already shocked at the size and weight of the lens. No, it’s not a “hand holding” lens for most people. The first 2 negatives you can give the lens is the heavy and unnecessary metal lens hood and the equally enormous tripod foot. Third party accessory makers could surely knock a pound off the lens replacing both parts with lighter weight materials.

Optically and AF wise the lens is very good with initial test shots, Justin has the USB dock and will also put that through its paces.

Both reviews should be online some time in April, though I’ll be posting images from the Zeiss 15mm as the trip progresses.

Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 | Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS

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DXOMark: Samyang 24mm f/1.4 for Canon

DXOMark: Samyang 24mm f/1.4 for Canon

DXOMark has completed their review of the Samyang (Rokinon/Bowers) 24mm f/1.4 for Canon. The lens gets a pretty good review, especially when you consider the very good price of $669. When compared the Canon of the same focal length and aperture, you’re paying an additional $1100 for AF and a better performance wide open.

From DXOMark
“Although the Samyang is a phenomenal performer, when stopped its sharpness wide open doesn’t match that of rival high-speed designs. Given the modest pricing it will no doubt continue to be a popular model but it would be all the more attractive with the addition of automatic aperture control and perhaps AF-assist (though it’s often unreliable without experience). There’s another, often overlooked benefit from the inclusion of data transmission – EXIF data stored in Raw files could be used by third-party software suppliers to apply lens corrections. Future updates such as these would seem likely but for now the Canon mount version is overshadowed by the better performing rivals.” Read the full review

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 $669 | Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II $1749

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Comparison: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS vs Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS

Comparison: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS vs Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS

Roger at LensRentals.com has completed his comparison of the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS and the Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS.

Lots of people ask us which lens to buy and we usually say get the one for the best price, which for the last few months has been the Canon variant. While the Sigma is a very good lens, it’s not head and shoulders above the Canon by most accounts, if at all.

Says Roger
“Sigma has made a very nice zoom here at a very good price. It’s obviously not going to create the stir that occurred with their 35mm f/1.4 or 18-35 f/1.8 lenses, but it’s a nice addition to their lineup.

Canon shooters who have a 24-105 f/4 IS have no reason to change based on optics as long as the promotional pricing remains in effect. The Sigma and Canon 24-105s are nearly identical. Similarly the Nikon 24-120 has been available on discount lately, so I don’t see a big motivation for Nikon shooters to change, either.

Of course, if the pricing changes I wouldn’t hesitate to buy the Sigma instead of the name brands. If nothing else, I think the presence of the Sigma will keep Canon and Nikon prices reasonable.

I expect as this lens is released in other mounts it will be quite popular. There’s a reason Canon has sold about 3 gazillion 24-105s. It’s a very good lens with a very useful range. The Sigma will be available for Sony shooters next month and may be the best option in that mount.” Read the full review

Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $682 | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS $899

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Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD supertelephoto zoom lens. I do not recall another lens by Tamron receiving so many reviews and so quickly. Like the previous reviews, this one gives the Tamron a very good score, but also outlines a few of its weaknesses.

As we’ve mentioned before, the price will make this lens extremely attractive to a lot of photographers out there.

Says Bryan
“This highly anticipated lens has been a very fun lens to evaluate. While autofocus performance and over-500mm image quality get my vote for this lens’ weaknesses, the Tamron 150-600 still has a great deal going for it. The Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is defined by attractive image quality over a great focal length range with a relatively compact, light, reasonably well-built design that includes Vibration Control and a very attractive price.”

Tamron 150-600 f/5.6.3 VC $1069 | Read the full review

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Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*

Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*

Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the famed Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*. As you can image, and predictably, the lens is phenomenal and possibly the best 50mm (yes, it’s 55mm) lens ever made for an DSLR.

On a side note, I am looking forward to Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens. If the rumors are true, Sigma is gunning for the Zeiss Otus at a fraction of the cost.

Says Bryan
“Fifty-something mm lenses are wildly popular and this field has long been crowded. But finding a truly remarkable wide aperture 50-something mm lens was arguably not possible – until now. Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens is indeed a lens worthy of hype. This is an impeccably well built lens with incredible image quality. Kudos to Zeiss for bringing us the Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens, the first in what promises to be a exceptional line of lenses.”

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* at B&H Photo | Read the full review

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