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EF 24-70 f/4L IS Resolution Tests

Via Lens Rentals
Roger Cicala from has posted his first resolution tests of the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS.

He has compared it with the EF 24-70 f/2.8L version 1 and 2, the EF 24-105 f/4L IS as well as the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8VC. All of which will probably get your consideration in a very crowded focal range.

At 24mm, the EF 24-70 f/4L IS is the second best performing lens behind the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. Mind you, the results are all pretty close. It does look like Canon’s MTF chart of the lens holds up against the others.

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 24mm Resolution Comparison Chart

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 24mm Resolution Comparison Chart

At 70mm, none of the lenses are as sharp as they are at 24mm. However, the EF 24-70 f/4L IS is again the 2nd best performing lens by a small amount.

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 70mm Resolution Comparison Chart

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 70mm Resolution Comparison Chart

Part of Roger’s Conclusion
Obviously this hasn’t told us a thing about autofocus accuracy, bokeh, or a dozen other things that have to be considered when choosing a lens. Just like you, I’ll be waiting for more complete reviews to tell us about that.

On the basis of this information, though, I’m . . . well, I don’t know what I am. This is a good lens, but I at the price point I’d probably prefer the f/2.8 of the Tamron VC to the new Canon’s f/4. The macro feature is nice and will certainly pull some people towards the Canon.”

Roger also notes that there was quite a bit of variation at 70mm between the 22 copies they tested.

Read the entire articleCanon EF 24-70 f/4L IS at B&H Photo $1499




Canon Cinema EOS C100 in Stock at B&H Photo

From B&H Photo
B&H Photo has stock of the new Canon Cinema EOS C100 camcorder for $6499. You can also rent the C100 from in the USA.

C100 at B&H Photo $6499 | Rent the C100 at starting at $350



Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions

Roger at 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



Black Friday at

Save lots for Thanksgiving
Our friends at 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 with the utmost confidence. I have never received a complaint about buying used gear from, 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!


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. 



Canon EOS-M First Impression Review

Canon EOS-M First Impression Review

Roger at 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

image of Kenny & SigZilla from