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Some examples.
They are only JPG and a small size.
Bokeh seems nice.

In Sweden the new 16-35/4L IS is introduced at 10390 SEK, that is $1504.75...

$2000 in the UK at today's exchange rate...

Seen in the Netherlands for €1099 - May 13th 2014 - with todays currency rate : $1507,66

Reading and Understanding lens MTF charts is a nice writeup about how to interpret the chart.

Thanks. Great article. I bookmarked it.


I am not a good MTF reader :-\

Can someone explain to me the IQ difference between the 16-35 f/2.8II and the 16-35 f/4 IS based on the MTF's?
I put them here (upper images are the 16-35 f/2.8II)

Simple, more contrast (bold lines) and more sharpness in the corners (thin lines), from left to right = center to extreme borders, the higher the lines on the graph, the more transmission of contrast (bold) and sharpness (thin), usually, black lines are for wide open aperture whilst blue lines are for f/8. At least, if Canon did not change its MTF legend :)

EDIT: after more observation of those MTF from 16-35/4L, damn, that will be bitingly sharp at f/8. Landscapers rejoice :)

So based on the MTF charts, the 16-35 f/4 IS outperforms the 16-35 f/2.8  @f/4 and higher. Hope to see some real field tests/reviews soon.


I am not a good MTF reader :-\

Can someone explain to me the IQ difference between the 16-35 f/2.8II and the 16-35 f/4 IS based on the MTF's?
I put them here (upper images are the 16-35 f/2.8II)

I am very curious about the quality of the 16-35 f/4 IS.
Can't wait for the reviews...

EDIT: interesting to see the design matching the 24-70 II
Maybe the new Canon L line?

Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: May 11, 2014, 07:38:15 AM »
I have the 35IS and it is a beauty. Highly recommend it.

I choose the 35/f2 IS above the Sigma (knowing it has slightly less IQ than Sigma 35) because of smaller fit to my 6D. It makes a very good walk about /street package (6D+35f/2IS) Balance is really great! I am sure also great on your 5D MKII.
Also - for me - the IS i.c.w. 6D low light works great for indoors - like in a cafe etc. 
It also has a very nice bokeh:

EDIT: Also what is nice is the MFD en MM of the 35 f/2IS : 9.4"(240mm) - MFD and 0.24x MM.
I use a Raynox DCR 250 Super Macrolens to go along with it - small and easy to carry as well while doing streetphotography.

Lenses / Re: Waiting for 35 1.4L II
« on: May 10, 2014, 12:15:07 PM »
If you need it this summer, consider the Sigma 35 f/1.4 ART

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 09, 2014, 12:52:40 PM »
I have the 24-70ii and the 70-200ii. I don't really NEED anything wider or longer... where do I go from here???


Primes f/1.2, f/1.4 ?  8)

I got mine on May 7th. I bought it n the shop and did not pre-order it. It was the only copy they had. Other shops in the Netherlands seem to get it only by the end of May.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 08, 2014, 01:35:08 AM »
I am going to check this lens out tomorrow. The thing I like about this lens from specs is that it is lighter and smaller as the Sigma 35 f/1.4, it has IS and f/2 (compared to the pancake 40mm)
It may be a better indoor/streetphotography lens on my 6D as the Sigma 35mm - which is bigger and heavier.
But I am still in doubt...

It is a great balance on a 6D.  You will find the AF faster than the 40mm, but isn't anywhere near as compact.  Still, if your two extremes are the 40mm and the S35, the 35IS is a nice balance between the two.
Balance on the 6D is truly great. I used to own the 40mm and you are right it is faster though slower as some of my other lenses. And noisier too. But, I like the result of this lens. It is working well indoors in low light situations. The accurancy of AF out-of-the-box is pretty good. Of course, I just got the lens so I will have to do some more photography but I am sure I am going to enjoy it.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:58:29 PM »
It is digital, colours are irrelevant.
yes, the less time on pp the better

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:33:53 PM »
I should start a thread on how to purchase equipment and sneak it into the house without your wife knowing  ;)
That's what I'll be doing today - sneaking, not writing a thread, that is 8) .

1) Always own up to buying one white lens. Once you've got one, they all look alike, so that gives you the freedom to own more.

2) When ordering from the Canon refurbished store, track the package progress and then change the delivery address to the nearest Kinkos/Fed Ex site. That way you can go and pick it up yourself without having to rush home to snag the attempted delivery notice tag off the door before someone finds it.

3) Separate checking accounts have prevented more divorces than any other innovation known to mankind.

4) You will never be able to sneak every purchase in, so build up some immunity. Do that by never, ever criticizing or questioning her when a box arrives from an online clothing, purse or shoe store. Smile. Complement her on her good taste and make a point of being pleased that she bought herself something nice. You are earning credits that you can cash in later.

5) Always include some low cost item in your purchases from B&H and Adorama – "Oh yeah, I ordered some batteries...a filter...a camera strap...etc. I don't know why they send that stuff in such a big box."

6) If you've got a big purchase planned, start the process early on. I'm going to start mentioning the new Tamron 150-600 zoom soon so that by the time Black Friday rolls around she'll be ready to tell me to just get it.

7) Never miss an occasion for a gift. A piece of jewelry tucked into an Easter Basket is also a great way to buy immunity for the future.

8 ) Ask for gift cards from your preferred photo store. "Oh that. I ordered that with the gift card you gave me last Christmas." (plus an extra $800, but who's counting)

9) Get yourself a "man cave" where you can stash all your toys. Preferably in a room she seldom goes into.

I have more, but these should be a good start. :)

 :D :D :D :D
Thanks, that gave me a real good laugh. Man, you've got some experience here... ::)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Cuteness Overload
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:30:43 PM »
Very nice series. Especially the last seems he/she is walking off into the wide wide world.... :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:28:38 PM »
Glossy/White-faced Ibis Hybrid

Common to Colorado are the White-faced Ibis. They are beautiful birds, long slender necks, burgundy feathers with green wings and a patchwork of faintly colored feathers on their backs. These birds are fairly elusive here in Colorado, and they have been a target of mine for a couple years now. I've seen flocks flying overhead, usually at sunset, and only been able to get remote silhouette shots.

A couple days ago, at the Cottonwood Creek wetland, a good-sized flock of Ibis were hanging out, bathing and preening in the calmer backwaters of the wetland ponds. After some time carefully getting into position, I finally managed to get some nice shots of these beautiful waders. Once they were finally framed in my lens, I realized that at least one, if not a few, looked like Glossy Ibis. A VERY similar bird, the Glossy Ibis is endemic to the Everglades of Florida, and very rarely ventures anywhere else. The key difference is the very thin white border around the Glossies face, where as the White-faced has a much larger border that blends into their burgundy and green head and neck feathers. However the face on the Ibis in front of me was a thin and mottled white line...somewhat different from a Glossy.

The White-faced and Glossy Ibis have only a very small region of the Gulf Coast where they cohabitate a couple times a year. In my research to identify the bird I've captured here, the only photos that looked identical were labeled "White-faced/Glossy Ibis Hybrid". I'm honestly unsure how common a hybrid cross between White-faced and Glossy Ibis is, however given the small overlap in their ranges, I suspect it can't be that much more common in Colorado than the Glossy itself.

Hybridized Ibis
White-faced and Glossy

Cottonwood Creek Wetland
Cherry Creek, Colorado

Canon EOS 7D
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II
Gitzo GT3532LS + Jobu Pro 2

Read more on my blog.

That is a beautiful bird and wonderful captured. Thank you for your very informative posts!

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