Archive for the ‘Canon Reviews’ Category
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.
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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
By Glenn Bartley
Canadian professional wildlife photographer Glenn Bartley took our Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II for a week long test drive in Arizona before purchasing his own. I’ve been a fan of Glenn’s for some time, especially his work in South America.
As expected, the lens is a terrific birding lens. As Glenn said from the start, it’s a 600mm lens in a 500mm f/4L IS version 1 body, which is the lens his moving on from.
“What a treat to be able to use this lens for an extended period of time for real world testing. There is basically nothing that I did not like about the lens. It is at the top of its class in every regard.”
Read the full review | Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II at B&H Photo
From The Digital Picture
Bryan has completed his full review of the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x (we’re still working on ours). As expected, the review is a glowing one as this lens performs unbelievably well for a zoom.
“If the f/4 max aperture is not an issue for you, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens, by virtue of its focal length range, can replace several other lenses in your kit. It will deliver stunning image quality and should stand up to professional use. I’m still integrating this lens into my kit, but … I have been using it for almost everything I shoot since it arrived. I expected awesomeness and the 200-400 L delivered it.”
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Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x $11,799 USD
Our review of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II has been posted. Justin was eager to know whether or not it was worth the money over the very good EF 17-40 f/4L.
For the type of event work Justin does, it looks like he does think it’s better. Although I’d be less inclined to recommend it over its cheaper cousin if you’re primarily shooting landscape. The corner softness on the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II isn’t any better than the EF 17-40 f/4L, the filter size difference could also be an issue for some people. However, if you need that stop of light, the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II is really your only choice in the Canon lineup.
“The 16-35mm f/2.8 L II beats my 17-40 f/4L in all aspects hands-down, except for cost. While I won’t find myself making the upgrade anytime soon, I did find the superior optics and faster aperture a boon in many situations I was in while working with the 16-35. The weight difference became less significant, and I actually mistook one lens for the other while packing my kit one day.”
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Buy the Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L II Lens
B&H Photo $1699.00 | Amazon $1699.00 | Adorama $1699.00
…. and they’re pretty good.
DXO Mark has tested the Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II and the EF 600 f/4L IS II and found them to be good. :) The 600 appears to be a tad bit sharper than the 500, which is a reversal from the previous version of the lenses. As has always been, these two lenses are not as sharp as the EF 300 f/2.8L IS II or the EF 400 f/2.8L IS II.
Image quality isn’t the most important thing in regards to these lenses. The remarkable job that Canon has done improving usability cannot go unnoticed. The new 600 and 400 are shining examples of the best of what Canon has to offer and they’re unmatched in the industry (I’ve used both the Nikon versions and they don’t compare in this regard).
“Both of these lenses offer exceptional performance that far exceeds anything else available in a Canon mount. They are also built to last, with fantastic build quality. If you’re looking for the best, these should be at the top of your list. The only things to keep in mind is that they are both heavy lenses – though much lighter than their predecessors and not unduly heavy for a lens of this focal length and aperture – and they are also expensive, but the best usually is.”
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Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II | Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at B&H Photo