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EF 11-24mm f/4L: Our First Impressions

EF 11-24mm f/4L: Our First Impressions

By Canon Rumors | March 31, 2015 | Canon Reviews

I’ve been in Scotland for the last 10 days or so and doing a lot of shooting with Canon’s brand new EF 11-24mm f/4L. The main purpose of the trip was for landscape photography, which I figured was a good place to start for our review.

There are a lot of things that make the EF 11-24mm f/4L a challenging lens to use for landscape. First and foremost is not being able to use filters. A lot of the time, especially scenes with wet rocks and water, a polarizer is sorely missed. In Scotland, with the ever changing skies and varied foregrounds, the inability to use graduated neutral density filters is also difficult. A lot of people are fine to do exposure blending, which is not something I’m all that keen on. I prefer one frame for exposure. Currently there is no filter holder available for this lens, but hopefully the folks at Lee Filters are working on a solution for grads and stoppers.

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The Great 200mm Shootout

The Great 200mm Shootout

By Canon Rumors | March 31, 2015 | Canon Reviews

Roger and Aaron at LensRentals.com decided it was time to test all the 200mm options for Canon and Nikon to find out which ones are the best.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the more you spend on a 200mm lens, the better it gets. Especially in the case of the EF 200mm f/2L IS and EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.

My opinion, though, is that the extra cost involved in getting the brand-name zoom lens in this category is probably worth it if you can possibly manage it. The Canon and Nikon f2.8 stabilized zooms are amazing optics. The f/2.0 primes, while wonderful lenses and even better optically than the zooms, are priced like the specialty items they are. The third-party lenses and Canon Non IS are cheaper, and probably good enough for many uses. But don’t kid yourself; they aren’t as good.

Head to LensRentals.com for the shootout

PowerShot G17 Mentioned Again [CR2]

PowerShot G17 Mentioned Again [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | March 31, 2015 | Canon PowerShot

We received another mention about the Canon PowerShot G17, which we’re told will come before the end of June.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • PowerShot G17
  • 24-168mm
  • 7x Zoom
  • f/1.2 – f/2.0 Lens
  • DIGIC 6+
  • Larger Sensor
  • All Magnesium Body

The fast lens would be very welcomed in the PowerShot line, so I suspect the camera will be a bit bigger if these specs are the real deal. We’ve seen most of these specs multiple times, we’re just waiting for the announcement.

EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II Replacement [CR1]

EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II Replacement [CR1]

By Canon Rumors | March 30, 2015 | Canon Lens Rumors

We reported previously that the next “L” lens from Canon would be a prime. We don’t know the focal length, but the 35mm f/1.4 is the likeliest candidate for replacement.

Canon hasn’t released an f/2.8 zoom since the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II, but that could be changing some time in the next year. We’re told An f/2.8 replacement for the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II is likely and that the focal length could change slightly, something like an EF 15-35 f/2.8L was suggested.

If you look at the lineage of the current lens, it has changed focal lengths a couple of times. The first in the line was the EF 20-35 f/2.8L and then the EF 17-35 f/2.8L and most recently two version of the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L

Event photographers still crave the fastest lens possible for the job, and the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II could use a performance refresh.

I don’t expect such a lens to arrive any time soon, as the manufacturing demands of the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 11-24 f/4L probably won’t be quelled for quite some time yet.

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