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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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Review: One Year With the Canon EOS 6D

Review: One Year With the Canon EOS 6D

One of our readers Graham Clark has posted a great long term review of the Canon EOS 6D. He’s had the camera for over a year and has travelled extensively with it. Graham has posted lots of great images as well as a video review of the EOS 6D and what the last year with the camera has been like.

Says Graham
“When the Canon EOS 6D was released this past year in December 2012, there was an immense amount of chatter as to wether or not it was a worthy contender in the lineup of full-frame bodies. You hear words like budget and economy and other things like this. My impression is that this is all noise that comes from millions of dollars of marketing, and if you’re looking for practical rather than theoretical advantages, the Canon EOS 6D is one of the best cameras on the market, regardless of brand.”

If you’re on the fence about picking up an EOS 6D, I think this reviews proves it’s a wonderful camera and will produce great results. I know I love mine.

Read the full review | EOS 6D $1517 via GetItDigital

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Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review

Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review

*UPDATE*
The link to the review doesn’t seem to be working, it could be a traffic issue. I’ll leave the links up and we’ll see if it corrects itself.

Frank Wong has completed his review of the soon-to-be-released Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC zoom lens. This is currently the longest zoom lens currently in production and looks to be a steal at only $1069. If you’re a birder or wildlife photographer on a budget, this lens may be the perfect addition to your kit.

The review has been translated to english and shows a lot of sample images.

Says Frank
“A good value lens appear in the market ! 600mm reach , F6.3 does not a matter for DSLR nowdays which have good ISO , fast focus , light weight (1.9KG with tripod mount), also a very long warranty period  (3-6 years as i remember in Hong Kong  )  . I am very impressive with this lens .”

Read the full review | Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC $1069 at B&H Photo

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Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE

Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE

Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE lens. This is an extremely versatile and optically terrific macro lens from Zeiss. I’ve used it a couple of times and I’ve never been disappointed by it!

Says Bryan
“The Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens is a luxury to use and it delivers all-around impressiveness. As I said before, this lens delivers image quality that might leave you feeling uneasy about the image quality that your other lenses are producing.”

Read the full review | Zeiss 50 f/2 Makro at B&H Photo $1283

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Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8

Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8

Keith over at Northlight Images has completed his review of the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. This lens retails for $329 USD, compared to Canon’s $2395 EF 14mm f/2.8L II. If you’re in the market for an ultrawide angle lens for your full frame camera, and don’t mind doing a bit of work yourself, this may be the lens for you.

Says Keith
“If you’re interested in the Samyang 14mm (or whatever it’s called where you are) then consider what it is you want to use it for?

For some people the lack of AF and having to manually stop down the lens to the working aperture will be a show stopper.

However I found it perfectly easy to use out and about, by making use of good depth of field at f/8 and an ability to roughly estimate distances.

Exposure was set manually, and relies on the fact that if the light changes enough to need to alter the shutter speed or aperture, then you should easily be able to notice it. It’s hardly difficult with a bit of practice, and you’ll develop a much better intuitive feel for scene lighting, which is no bad thing.”

Manually focusing  a 14mm lens on a full frame camera is pretty easy if you stop down to f/5.6 or f/8. Depth of field is quite forgiving.

Is it worth a little extra work to save $2000? to a lot of people it probably is. This is not a focal length most people would use a lot. It’s true that up close, you have to take a bit of care, but with a little practice, it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out.

In the end, you’re going to get great looking images for a fraction of what Canon is asking you for. If you buy the Rokinon and find that 14mm is something you end up using a lot, go on and upgrade to the Canon, it’s a pretty great lens too.

Read the full reviewRokinon 14mm f/2.8 $329 at B&H Photo

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