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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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Review – Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS

Review – Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS

Justin has completed our review of the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 OS. As expected, the lens is a real winner when compered to the Canon equivalent and is priced exceptionally well. Sigma’s quality, warranty and pricing are going to ensure that they’re worth your consideration at certain focal lengths.

Says Justin
“My opening line said it all: Sigma is absolutely killing it with these new lenses. They perform, look and are priced better than the Canon equivalents. …….. Their attention to industrial design and optics makes me think more of the even higher-end Zeiss lenses than it does a Canon, which is smart, because the cost difference between a Zeiss lens and Sigma is even greater, creating an even more compelling price gap in Sigma’s favour.”

Read the full review | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS $899

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Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+

Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+

Reviewed.com has their camera staff at CP+ in Tokyo and have taken some time to write a pretty extensive preview of the Canon PowerShot G1 X II. On the surface, they appear very positive about the camera. Keep in mind, these thoughts are without actual real world image samples and usability tests.

Some thoughts from reviewed.com
“The retooled Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a clear shot at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II—a camera that currently enjoys an undisputed reign atop the pocket cam hierarchy. And in some key specs, the Canon is a superior offering. Its lens is both brighter and has more reach, and the sensor’s a lot bigger, too. All of that ought to translate to higher image quality, especially in low light.”

Read the full article | Canon PowerShot G1 X II at B&H Photo

image credit: reviewed.com

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Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the ST-E3-RT remote for Canon’s 600EX-RT flash system.

From his review:

“If you are a professional or serious amateur photographer and have the ability to choose the Canon’s radio wireless system for your uses, the decision to get one or more ST-E3-RT remote transmitters makes a lot of sense.”

Our reviewer, Justin, didn’t weigh in on the ST-E3-RT but did have high praise for Canon’s 600EX-RT system in our review. The bottom line is that Canon has a real winner with their RT system and all the components of it make for an incredible setup for anyone interested in off-camera flash.

You can purchase the ST-E3-RT from B&H on it’s own, from Adorama or save by buying it as part of a 2 speedlight, 1 ST-E3-RT set.

Source [TDP]

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Review: Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM by DxO Mark

Review: Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM by DxO Mark

DxO labs has tested and reviewed the Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS.

From their review:

“Without doubt this lens is a popular model and it’s not difficult to see why. It has pretty good image quality throughout the range.”

Their own title to the review really sums it up “Still a good all-round choice.” It’s not a glowing review, but this has been a strong staple lens for pro photographers for many years. While an updated lens is certainly on the horizon, there is a lot of value left in this quality lens considering the pricier first-party alternatives. Of course, there are some choice third party lenses on the market too.

Source [DxO]

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Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS at B&H | Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS at Adorama

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Review: Canon EOS 17-40 f/4L by DxO Mark

Review: Canon EOS 17-40 f/4L by DxO Mark

DxO labs has tested and reviewed the Canon EOS 17-40 f/4L.

From their review:
“Due to its more glamorous sibling this modest lens is often overlooked though it’s well known for its high-performance by Canon users. As a small, light, highly portable zoom it would make a great choice for travel, landscapes and general-purpose photography.”

Our own review by Justin echo’d this feeling. Justin has owned and used this lens from his very first day shooting, and it’s a completely viable alternative to the Canon 16-35 f/2.8 L if you can spare the extra stops of light. You can read our review here, and check out DxO’s full review here their lens comparison tool is an excellent resource if you’re into sharpness charts.

Source [DxO]

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Canon 17-40 f/4L at B&H | Canon 17-40 f/4L at Adorama

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