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Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com has put the two new Canon primes through a resolution test and compared them to other lenses in the Canon lineup.
A lot of people are still a bit confused by these two lenses, however their size and decent performance may find a place in the market.
MTF 50 Resolution Test
The bottom line is these are both nice, sharp lenses. Certainly sharper than the current 24-70 f/2.8 L zoom (we’ll have to see if they’re sharper than the 24-70 Mk II) and better than the 24mm and 28mm lenses that they – well, I guess replace. Although I have trouble considering a lens a replacement when the price has jumped 200% to 300%.
Read the full review
Preorder from B&H: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS $849.95 | Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS $799.95
From Roger at LensRentals.com
As Roger does, he received the new Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens and had to immediately put it through the paces.
Roger did some computer aided tests to check the sharpness at MTF 50 and compared it with other higher end Canon zoom lenses, and it turns out the little pancake outperformed them in some areas.
Overall, though, I’m extremely impressed. I’d be impressed if a lens this size and price was just decent, but this one is excellent. I might as well go ahead and get in trouble with the business manager: if you think you want this lens, just go ahead and buy it. At this price, unless some of the more thorough reviewers find something I missed on this quick overview, you can’t go wrong.
Read the entire review at LensRentals.com here.
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM $199 B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Norman Camera
New stuff to read
I have posted a couple new articles from one regular guest at Canon Rumors, Roger Cicala from LensRentals.com and a new article from the good people at Creative Pro.
A History Lesson: Exploding Photographers, Disappearing Clothes, and the Development of Film
Roger Cicala has done history articles in the past, and I’ll be honest, they’re about the only ones I read top to bottom. So if you like photography history, check the article out.
Get your B&W inspiration flowing: Learning to See in Black and White
This article is a great place to get some inspiration shooting black and white. It seems to be more popular than ever now. For more How-To articles, visit www.creativepro.com.
Tamron EF 24-70 f/2.8 VC
Don’t want to wait for the new Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II? Don’t feel like spending $2200? Wanted some form of image stabilization, perhaps the new Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC is for you.
Quick MTF Review
Roger at Lensrentals.com also did a quick and dirty MTF comparison between the new Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC and the current Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L. The Tamron faired quite well.
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC vs Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L (Higher numbers are better)
Roger also mentions the autofocus performance is pretty good on the Tamron, maybe not as quick as the Canon, but much faster than Tamron’s 70-200.
You can read the entire quick and dirty review at LensRentals.com here.
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC at B&H for $1299
Go Duke… oh wait… March Madness One Day Sale!
From the folks at LensRentals.com…… “Whoa! We’ve got way too much stuff up for sale. Tyler says he is tired of looking at all this equipment looking all sad on the shelf, and wants to see it all go to a new home. So today only, he is offering a special deal: Purchase any item before 4 PM CT today and put the code MADNESS10 in the special instructions box during checkout and we will take 10% off the purchase price after your order has been submitted.”
This offer is good for ANY item they currently have for sale.
View Their Entire Sale Inventory
5D Mark III / 5D X
There has been nothing new to report on the recent leaked DSLR from Canon. Keep your thoughts and opinions coming though.
Rebel T4i & 70D [CR1]
I have received little bits of info in regards to the replacement to the T3i and 60D, both will be “addressed” by the time Photokina rolls around (probably a lot sooner). Nothing in regards to specs or direction at this time. There’s a general opinion Canon will announce their mirrorless camera for Photokina in September.
Meanwhile [NL] is told that a new Rebel will be announced at CP+
My [CR3] level source in regards to announcement dates has yet to see one for CP+. Although it has been confirmed that Nikon will announce that day. It may just be a Coolpix day for them though.
5D Mark II at the Oscars
A movie shot with the 5D Mark II has been nominated for an Oscar. So fear not, even if the new 5D Mark III makes it way to us soon, your 5D Mark II is still very capable.
Read more at Planet5D
I’m in the air right now leaving Memphis after spending 2 days at LensRentals.com. Roger, Aaron, Drew, Tyler, and the rest of the crew were great.
Check out LensRentals.com as well as their used section of Canon gear. I know for certain you’ll be happy with any used purchase.
New Article: Reflections on reflections. Coatings: The Most Important Part of Your Lens
We are posting another article written by Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com.
Todays article touches on coatings. Their history, and their importance in optical design. As always, it’s pretty informative..
So How do Coatings Work?
It’s pretty simple to explain if you have a Ph. D. in optical physics and speak higher order mathematics. I don’t, so I’ll just have to explain it to you like it was explained to me (and I’ll put some references at the end of the article for those of you who want to double check the Trig and Calculus formulas). Basically, though, there are three types of coatings, each working in a different way. The first two types can be combined with each other to improve their effectiveness; the third type (nanocoating) is so effective it doesn’t need any help.
Read The Entire Article
LensRentals.com will begin their annual Black Friday used gear sale.
What’s the deal?
Receive an automatic 10% off at checkout.
Thursday, November 24, 2011 running from 6:00AM unti 11:59CST.
Visit Lens Rentals.com
Be early. If it was like last year, stuff will fly off the shelves.
The Next Deal is for Canadians
Lens Rentals Canada
Lens Rentals Canada will also have a Black Friday rental deal.
What’s the deal?
35% off any and all rentals 7 days and longer. Unlimited number of items, shipping is included. (Overnight shipping will not be discounted).
Thursday, November 24, 2011 running from 6:00AM until 11:59PM EST.
Visit Lens Rentals Canada
- The discount will be processed once your rental has been approved. No coupon code needed.
- You must mention “black friday” in the comments to get the discount.
- There will be no exceptions for the deal outside of the times listed above.
- The overnight shipping charge of $45 will not be discounted, only the item rented.
- 4 day rentals are not included in this promotion.
Black Friday at Adorama
Adorama has posted their Black Friday tag on their site. Expect updates tomorrow.
Visit Adorama “Black Friday Deals”
“Just like last year, we’ll be running a special sale on Black Friday (and Thanksgiving Day) on our entire inventory of used equipment. Any purchase of a used item from 6:00 AM on Nov. 24 – 11:59 PM on November 25th (Central Time), and get an automatic 10% off at checkout. Remember, this sale is only good for used equipment, so our new, in-box, Leica and Zeiss items do not qualify. Keep in mind, our available sale inventory changes very rapidly, so what is available today might not be available still on the day of the sale.”
I receive no money from LensRentals.com for posting this. They’re great folks and people love to gobble up their used gear on Black Friday.
Feel free to send me a 400 f/4 DO though.
Visit The LensRentals.com Used Section
Ever wondered how a lens is designed, where it comes from or why things are done the way they are? This new article from Lensrentals.com’s Roger Cicala may answer some of those questions.
It’s a great article and well worth the read, just have some time for it.
I knew that today’s lenses are all designed using computer programs, but I was surprised to find new lenses aren’t designed from scratch. Designers start with an existing lens design and modify it. Of course, a lens designer doesn’t say “this lens really sucks, let’s use it as our starting point”. They start with a good design and try to improve it.
Read the article | Visit LensRentals.com