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Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions

From LensRentals.com
Roger at LensRentals.com has written his first impressions of the brand new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM. This may be the first time I’ve ever seen him this positive about a Sigma product.

As always, this isn’t a review, it’s my quick first impression after putting the lens through our normal intake tests. I’m not a lens reviewer. Also, as always, my summary comes first, for those of you who have trouble reading more than 150 words without a picture (and a picture comes after that).

This lens kicks butt, takes names, and basically posterizes the manufacturers who make the cameras this lens will fit on.

Sigma 35 f/1.4 MTF 50 – Higher Numbers are Better

Read the entire article | Buy the Sigma 35 f/1.4 at B&H $899

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Black Friday at LensRentals.com

Save lots for Thanksgiving
Our friends at LensRentals.com in Memphis, Tennessee will be having a massive Black Friday event for folks in the United States. There will be huge savings on purchasing used gear, as well as a big 25% savings on rentals.

There will be lots of great used gear will be available. You can buy your used gear from LensRentals.com with the utmost confidence. I have never received a complaint about buying used gear from LensRentals.com, they’re 100% honest about condition and stand behind their products.

Here are a few examples of great deals on used gear. 5D Mark IIIs from $2200, 5D Mark IIs from $950, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS from $800 and lots more! Even Leica M9s from $3000!

The sale begins at 6AM CST on Thursday, November 22, 2012 and will run until 11:59PM EST on Monday, November 26, 2012. Be sure to check their site often during the weekend event, as they will be adding new gear daily!

Visit LensRentals.com

Thanksgiving PSA
Please remember, if you’re going to deep fry your turkey…. thaw it first. No need to be at the emergency room because your frozen friend lead to an explosion and sent hot oil and flames everywhere. 

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Canon EOS-M First Impression Review

Canon EOS-M First Impression Review

From LensRentals.com
Roger at LensRentals.com did what Roger always does. Tells you like it is without the nonsense. For the most part the review is pretty positive about Canon’s first foray in the mirrorless segment, especially when it comes to image quality. All is not rosey though, as the autofocus appears to be the achilles heel of this camera. Everyone seems to be hoping Canon can improve it with firmware updates, which I imagine they are focusing on.

They did throw in an EOS-M paired with SigZilla for good measure.

Roger’s Conclusion…… So Who is Going to Like It?

Oddly enough, I do. I’m all about image quality above all other things. This camera gives me great, great image quality in an amazingly small package. It had me at 870 line pairs / image height.

Will it replace an OM-D or SLR for my everyday shooting? Absolutly not; its AF is too slow and there aren’t many native lenses yet. But will I tuck it in my wife’s purse when we go to holiday parties, and take it on trips for snapshots? Sure. Sometimes those kind of shots are great and with this image quality I could easily make a large print if I wanted to………

Read the full article at LensRentals.com

image of Kenny & SigZilla from lensrentals.com

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LensRentals.com Contest to Win a MacBook Pro w/Retina Display

From LensRentals.com
A good partner of ours, LensRentals.com is running a contest to win a MacBook Pro w/Retina Display. Apparently people like the laptop and think the screen is pretty good. I might be one of those people.

I’ll say it right off the bat, the contest is for US residents only. It’s not because LensRentals.com dislikes the rest of the planet, it’s just about laws, borders and that sort of thing.

The contest info is in the graphic below (Click for larger).

LensRentals.com | LensRentals.com Contest

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The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made

The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made

From LensRentals.com
Roger over at LensRentals.com ran the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II through an Imatest session and found it to be a stellar performer as far as resolution goes. 

From Roger
“This is short, sweet, and simple. The resolution absolutely, positively kicks butt and takes names. It is way better than the lens it replaces. It’s better at 70mm than the best Canon zoom I know of, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. It’s even better at 24mm than the sharpest 24mm prime we have, the Canon 24 TS-E. In the center, in the corners, it doesn’t care. We only had 5 copies to test, but they were all very similar with little copy-to-copy variation.

Resolution is not everything, of course. But it’s certainly an important thing. Unless the real lens reviewers find some dramatic problems with this lens, I’d have to lean towards worth-the-money on this one. I can’t believe I’m saying that a $2,300 standard zoom is worth the money. But then again, I can’t believe I’m seeing a zoom lens out resolve a $2,000 world-class prime, either.”

The Imatest results are below. The higher the number, the better.
Lens 24mm Ctr 24mm Avg 70mm Ctr 70mm Avg
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II 954 831 950 809
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 730 605 705 570
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC 815 765 735 655
Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II xx xx 885 765
Canon24 f/3.5 TS-E 915 775 xx xx

As you can see, the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is an absolute resolution monster. It really looks like it’s the best zoom Canon has ever made optically. There is a small note that distortion at 24mm is slightly worse than version 1, but that’s what software is for. :)

Read the full review here

Order the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II at: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

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A Small Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue

Issue with the new Sigma Macro
An issue with the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro on the 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X has been discovered by LensRentals.com. If this has caused anyone to pull their hair out, the solution is pretty simple, just turn off illumination correction.

Below is an image taken by LensRentals.com showing the phenomenon.

Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue – Click for larger

The Findings

  1. The phenomenon shows up on Canon 5D Mk III and 1Dx cameras only. T4i and 7D bodies with firmware upgrade do NOT do this, nor do any other older cameras we could test.
  2. The Sigma 180 OS and Sigma 150 OS macro lenses both show the effect and it’s identical. No other Sigma lenses that we stock showed the effect, nor did any Tamron or Tokina lenses. Obviously I can’t test what we don’t carry.
  3. If you turn off Illumination Correction in the menu the effect goes away. To repeat, though, Illumination Correction in the 7D and T4i, on or off, doesn’t cause the effect.

The issue probably doesn’t show up on the APS_C cameras because of the image is about the same size as the circular anomaly in the center of the above image.

Read More at LensRentals.com

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Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review

Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review

From LensRentals.com
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

Conclusion

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

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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review

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.

Roger’s Conclusion

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

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New Articles Posted

New Articles Posted

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.

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Tamron EF 24-70 f/2.8 VC in Stock & Quick MTF Review

Tamron EF 24-70 f/2.8 VC in Stock & Quick MTF Review

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

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