Archive for the ‘Canon Reviews’ Category
The folks at DXOMark have completed their review of the new Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS.
“Attached to a Canon EOS 5D MKII it ranks 4th overall and 2nd for wide-angle primes, just behind the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, which at a similar cost offers the same focal length, a wider f/1.4 maximum aperture but no Image Stabilization.
A Sharpness Score of 17 P-Mpix for the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, compared to 15M-Pix for its predecessor, is an improvement of +15% and crucially it performs much better in the corners of the frame, which was the weakest aspect of the original. It’s not the widest Canon prime available with the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM available at a similar price point and although they don’t quite achieve the dizzying heights of the 35mm they put in a very good performance, too.”
Read the full review | Buy the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS for $849
Nature and wildlife photographer Joshua Holko was lucky enough to spend some time with the yet to be announced EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens.
Below is a video review with Joshua talking about the lens. I’m travelling home at the time of writing this, and streaming capabilities are minimal so I cannot summarize. From what others have said though, it is receiving high praise for its performance.
Enjoy the video
Source: [LL] via [JH]
A new EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II review
Justin has redone our review of the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, Canon’s most popular version of the super popular 70-200 range. As most of you know already, the lens is a real winner. However, this lens may not be for everyone…
Some of Justin’s thoughts
“Maybe an exaggeration, we’re never really done. Very little has made me put this lens down, tough I strongly favoured the Canon 200mm f/2.0 L IS when I was reviewing it, but versus $7,000 the 70-200 comes across as a bargain! If you need a telephoto zoom, this is the one worth saving up for, if you’re less interested in a consistent aperture and more interested in range, check out Craig’s review on the Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS. Just remember, variable aperture means variable light, which might mess you up when you’re shooting manual and/or with flash.”
Read the entire review
Canon’s king of the 50′s
Justin has reviewed the Canon EF 50 f/1.2L for your reading pleasure. He had a lot of experience with the EF 50 f/1.4 and f/1.8, but it turns out he may have enjoyed the 50L a little bit more.
I’m a fan of the 50 f/1.2L over the 50 f/1.4 if your budget allows it, the build quality, AF performance and optics are worth the price of admission. There is still some talk about the focus shifting of the lens, although those talks have abated a lot over the years. That’s not an issue I’ve ever struggled with for my style of photography, and I think most people feel the same way.
Read the entire review
Canon EF 50 f/1.2L $1299 (in cart) at B&H Photo
What do we think?
I have posted our initial impressions of the new Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II. My professional outdoor photographer friend Ethan Meleg took the lens for a day to see how it performed.
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As with all reviews at Canon Rumors, there’s absolutely no technical stuff. We just try to tell you what we think about it in real world situations. There will be lots of pixel peeping coming in the near future I’m sure from the sites that do it great.
We’ll update the review in the coming months, we just haven’t had enough time to put it through all the various situations we might use a 600mm lens for.
Read our initial impression
The Review Has Been Posted
I took the new 70-300L on safari with me and really fell in love with the lens.
I tried to point out a few things that may annoy some people, most things were small issues.
Check out the review.
I updated the review to let you know the Kenko Pro 300 DGX 1.4 teleconverter will work on the lens.
Another point of view
Acclaimed photographer Eric Meola gives some brief thoughts on the new 70-300L as well.
Read it here
DPReview has completed their review of the Canon PowerShot S90.
Final Word – DPR
Photographers looking for a serious, pocket-friendly, compact camera haven’t had a lot to choose from, and the S90 offers the first real competition to Panasonic’s LX3, the success of which almost certainly led Canon to revive the long-running and much missed ‘S’ series. I may not have liked it when I first used it, but I soon found myself picking it up every time I went out the door.
It is, above all else, a great walkaround camera, capable of results (particularly at lower ISO settings) that most serious photographers would be more than happy with. The control system encourages photographic experimentation (unlike so many compacts, which simply make it too painful to work manually), but the automatic systems are also reliable – and intelligent – enough to give you great results if you prefer to just ‘point and shoot’. The tiny body might not make for particularly good handling, but it’s small enough to carry anywhere and the image quality it produces rarely disappoints.
Read More: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons90/
I own this camera and love it for the most part. My biggest gripe with it is the same as DPRs; the backwheel gets spun too easily.
The solution Canon?
How about a firmware update to add a back wheel lock to the “S” button on the back. I could do away with a quick access to ISO for a back wheel lock.
I have the camera set up to have aperture on the front ring and exposure comp on the back wheel for those keeping score.
Canon Canada Rebates
The Canon Canada rebates begin on April 15, 2010.
More Info: http://www.canonrumors.com/2010/03/canon-canada-rebates-3/
DPReview has completed their review of the T2i.
Despite our (very minor) complaints, the EOS 550D is a very satisfying camera, and certainly offers the most compelling feature set of any nominally ‘entry level’ DSLR that we’ve used. It isn’t just about spec though – the 550D’s refined handling and excellent supplied software suite should not be overlooked. Although it doesn’t represent a huge improvement over the 500D, the changes that have been made are worthwhile, and well-implemented. An external mic socket, manual control and wide choice of resolutions and frame rates means that the 550D is worthy of consideration for serious video use, and when paired with a high quality lens, image quality is superb.
With all this taken into account, it is hard not to recommend the EOS 550D. Quite simply, taken as a whole, it is the best camera of its class that we’ve ever seen, and one of those rare cameras that won’t look out of date in a couple of years’ time.
Read More: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos550d/
The Digital Picture
Bryan has completed his review of the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.
Quote from TDP
I consider the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens to be the second most important lens in my kit with the first being a more general purpose lens in focal length range. It is not an inexpensive lens, but it is very worth the price in my opinion – and very worthy of its red ring. While this is a completely pro-grade lens, you definitely do not have to be a pro to appreciate it. Get the “II”!
Read The Review
If you haven’t already, be sure to read Justin’s review of the lens here at Canon Rumors.
EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II Stock
B&H Photo has them in stock @ $2499
Adorama has them in stock @ $2499
Both are currently closed for passover and will ship when they open back up.
*UPDATE* Jeff Ascough and his “stealth” rangefinder
A few people have commented and emailed me thinking he’s setting up an April fools joke.
It’s an early April Fool’s joke. He’s written about the AF performance. Enough said!
Nice one Jeff.
Canon PowerShot G11
Highly Recommended (Just)
DPReview has completed their review of the Canon PowerShot G11
“….The G11 combines some of the best compact camera image quality with excellent levels of manual control, an optical viewfinder, flip-out screen, raw capability, superb battery life, flexible lens range and the ability to mount dedicated flashguns. It may not be the smallest camera out there (in fact it’s one of the largest to use such a small sensor), but, if you can live with the compromises this all-round ability brings, then there’s little that can touch it.”
Read The Complete Review: http://www.dpreview.com/….
I’ve played around with one, but not enough to give it a decent review. I know it’s photographer’s point and shoot, but I still wish it had at least 720p video. I guess they have to give us a reason to buy a G12 next year.
Canon does a pretty good job of not screwing up successors (there have been a couple), the G11 holds true to that standard.
$449 G11 @ Adorama
$439 G11 @ Amazon
$439 G11 @ B&H