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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:02:07 AM »
Some quick casual shots for testing while taking the kids for a walk yesterday evening. All handheld. I am very happy with the corner and edge sharpness this lens produces. IS worked very nicely for the last shot (1/8 sec).

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:42:21 AM »

Another issue with an image stabiliser is that it takes a few seconds to settle. If you just point and snap, there a possibility that the gyros and elements haven't settled and you get soft images.

If you had tried the IS on this lens and 70-200 II, you probably would not have made this statement. The IS is almost instantaneous on the 16-35 4L.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:25:42 AM »
In the end, I think we all agree to disagreements. We choose the lens that suits our shooting needs the most. But objectively, the new 16-35 4L IS is a sharper lens, has IS, and sells for lower price. To me it is a true winner. See Bryan’s comparison here. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Comparisons/Canon-EF-16-35mm-f-4-L-IS-USM-Lens.aspx

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:07:19 AM »
To me, IS is a great feature that a larger aperture cannot provide. Imagine shooting a moving train in a metro station like the one in Washington DC. You want the train to be blurry while keeping the unique architecture sharp. F2.8 is not gonna help. You need that fantastic IS. I had a 16-35 I, and seldom shot at 2.8. For low light shooting 2.8 is just not fast enough.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 29, 2014, 10:08:36 PM »
Nice work Mark. Alex Nail has some comparison of center and corner sharpness between this lens and 16-35II, 17-40, and 17TSE. The sharpness of the 16-35 IS is on par with 17TSE. Good to know.
http://www.alexnail.com/blog/reviews/review-canon-16-35-f4l-is-vs-16-35-f2-8l-ii/

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 26, 2014, 10:49:44 AM »
Bryan at The-digital-picture.com has just published the image quality testing results. I've seen the same for my own test. This will be a great travel landscape lens.

This lens is a little soft wide open at 35mm. I've noticed that in my real world shooting. Pretty sharp across the frame at shorter (wider) focal lengths.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 25, 2014, 07:38:56 AM »
Got mine today from B&H. What a beautiful lens!

Ran through FoCal 1.9.7 tonight:
AFMA: +1 at 16mm; 0 at 35mm
AF Consistency (on 5DIII): 99.7%
Aperture Sharpness: Relatively flat from f4 to f6.3 at 16mm; sharpest at f4.5 at 35mm
Quality of Focus values are lower at 35mm (max around 1,920) than at 16mm (max around 1,970).
Testing condition: 2x 150W bulbs; EV 10.6; tested at both 25x and 50x distance.

Real world shooting experience: super fast AF; IS operation is extremely fast.

I love this lens. Will take it to a trip in Oregon in August.

If you are testing with tunsten bulbs and not natural daylight, you are limiting your testing to a shallow portion of the light spectrum. As the colour of light moved to the red end of the scale, there can be a focus shift and more inaccuracys. All you are testing there is the camera / lens focus ability under those lighting conditions.
I'm often correcting photographers who are calibrating their lenses at night (becuase that's when they have the spare time) when they should be calibrating them out doors in good light during the daytime.

It might be true. In my personal experience, however, all my lenses were calibrated at night and I have not noticed any focus shifting during daylight shooting conditions. To me consistent lighting is more critical while using software for calibration.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 24, 2014, 11:16:27 PM »
Got mine today from B&H. What a beautiful lens!

Ran through FoCal 1.9.7 tonight:
AFMA: +1 at 16mm; 0 at 35mm
AF Consistency (on 5DIII): 99.7%
Aperture Sharpness: Relatively flat from f4 to f6.3 at 16mm; sharpest at f4.5 at 35mm
Quality of Focus values are lower at 35mm (max around 1,920) than at 16mm (max around 1,970).
Testing condition: 2x 150W bulbs; EV 10.6; tested at both 25x and 50x distance.

Real world shooting experience: super fast AF; IS operation is extremely fast.

I love this lens. Will take it to a trip in Oregon in August.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Hitting Retailers
« on: June 19, 2014, 05:23:07 PM »
Talked with B&H. Told the lens was on the way and they will start shipping next week. Also told that they would have enough to fill all orders. Look forward to it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 27, 2014, 10:42:06 PM »
I never really liked the EOS-M until I put the 100 2.8L Macro on it. Both were my least used gear and I had been seriously thinking about selling them. This combo is absolutely fantastic for still or near still subjects. You can shoot pretty much from any distance. The APS-C sensor gives you greater working distance for macro. And the all-time live view is great for manual focus.

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Maybe a close contender to the magic portrait king 85 1.2L II? If its AF is not too bad, with only half the price of 85 1.2L II, I'd seriously consider it. I was planning to get a 85 1.2L for this Christmas. Guess I'll wait a little longer.

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Just to follow up, this is the result from FoCal. It is 63 shots in this chart. I stopped it there, because it was (of pretty obvious reasons) not able to determine an AFMA factor.

Holly molly. I can sense the stress as these dots were being plotted on the chart. If you heavily reply on AF for your shooting, this copy needs to be returned.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Working on Faster f/2.8 Ultra Wide Zoom [CR2]
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:34:45 AM »
For travel landscape shooting, the 16-35 4L IS is perfect. The IS makes hand held slow shutter speed and low ISO possible which is great. For serious landscape work, really should be looking at the TS-E or Zeiss lenses. For event and photojournalism, the new 2.8 would be the choice to stop the motion.


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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:51:41 PM »
Roger at lensrentals.com has posted his take on this lens. Go check it out. Again, amazing image quality that almost matches Zeiss 55.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 29, 2014, 12:14:10 PM »
i'm waiting for someone to complain about the bokeh.... :P

I smell some onion in it.

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