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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

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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.

Review: Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC

Review: Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC

By Canon Rumors | March 27, 2015 | Canon Reviews

Friend of the site Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the brand new Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC manual focus lens. Dustin came away thoroughly impressed with the optics of the $549 Samyang, and thinks it’s better than Canon’s 135mm f/2L in that regard.

As always, the review is a good one with lots of sample images, as well as a video version of the review. As always with Samyang lenses, it comes down to whether or not you’re willing to sacrifice focus aids such as autofocus and focus confirmation (for Canon) for great optics and a lower price.

I would be happy to own this lens – no question.  The question is whether or not I would choose it over a lens like the Canon 135mm f/2L despite the fact that that the Samyang beats the pants off it optically.  As an owner of the 135L, I can’t say that I am personally compelled to make that switch.  But if you are in the market for a 135mm f/2 lens and want both better optics and a cheaper price, this lens is worth a very long look.  It has the ability to produce images that are amongst the finest possible with this focal length.

Read the full reviewSamyang 135mm f/2 at B&H Photo $549