Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM reviewed by Photography Blog

Canon EF-S 35mm F/2.8 Macro IS STM Reviewed By Photography Blog

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM at a glance:

  • Standard macro prime designed for APS-C-format Canon DSLRs, this lens offers a 56mm equivalent focal length.
  • One glass-molded aspherical element is featured in the optical design to control spherical aberrations and deliver a high degree of sharpness and clarity.
  • Maximum 1:1 magnification and a minimum focusing distance of 5.1″ permits making life-size imagery of close-up subjects.
  • Built-in front-facing Macro Lite LED can be used to produce additional illumination to subjects when working at close distances. The light can be configured to illuminate only the right or left side, or both sides, and the brightness can be adjusted in order to produce greater visual depth and reduce shadows caused by the close proximity of the lens to the subject.
  • Hybrid IS image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld.
  • Lead-screw-type STM stepping motor offers fast, quiet, smooth, and accurate autofocus performance that is ideal for video recording as well as still shooting.
  • Full-time manual focus mode (AF+MF) lets you instantly switch to manual focus control in AF mode for making fine-tuned adjustments.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm and bright f/2.8 maximum aperture help to render smooth and pleasing bokeh to benefit shallow depth of field imagery.

One of the less talked about recent Canon lenses, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM, got reviewed by Photography Blog. It’s a relatively inexpensive lens, it sells for $349 at Amazon US, and it seems it delivers for the bucks.

From the conclusion:

With a 35mm focal length giving you an equivalent of 56mm, it doubles up as an every day or walk around lens, giving you extra flexibility. Those who have a keen interest in macro photography will of course be particularly drawn towards it though.

The addition of the inbuilt macro lights is great news for anybody who likes to shoot extremely closely, and certain subjects, such as jewellery really benefit from the direct source of light. Certainly, anybody who needs to regularly shoot product photography may find this lens to be particularly useful.

Image quality is excellent, producing very sharp images with a high level of detail, as you would expect from a macro lens. Out of focus areas are also rendered very nicely, with attractive bokeh which would make this lens ideal for creating shallow depth of field shots – portraits would also be a good subject to shoot with it.

 Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV deal – $2799 (reg. $3299, refurbished from Canon)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Deal – $2799 (reg. $3299, Refurbished From Canon)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV at a glance:

  • 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • 7 fps Shooting; CF & SD Card Slots
  • Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC

Good deal for those looking out to get a discounted EOS 5D Mark IV, The Canon Direct Store has it in stock for $2,799.20. Compare at $3,299. Will not last long. Free shipping. All refurbished items from the Canon Store come with 1 year Canon USA warranty.

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Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay and Adorama

The next Canon mirrorless is the EOS M100 (EOS M10 replacement)

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The Canon EOS M10 will be replaced soon

Turns out the “EOS M20” moniker wasn’t going to happen. Latest rumor surfaced on the web suggests EOS M100 for the replacement of the EOS M10.

What do we know about the EOS M100?

  • Three color options. Black, white and third unknown color
  • Available as body only, kit with EF-M 15-45mm, a double zoom kit, and more kits depending by the country of sale
  • Face jacket EH31-FJ, available in nine colors

Announcement is expected soon, before the end of August. We also expect pictures to leak soon. Stay tuned.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II high ISO performance appears worse than original EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D Mark II High ISO Performance Appears Worse Than Original EOS 6D

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

More bad news for Canon’s new EOS 6D Mark II.

Alan Dyer posted an EOS 6D Mark II review on his site of The Amazing Sky, with an eye on the performance for night photography, i.e. “nightscapes” shot with long exposure and high ISO settings. What he found out is pretty disappointing.

According to Dyer’s tests, you are better done with the original EOS 6D when it comes to high ISO settings. Dyer photographed the same scene with both cameras in RAW at ISO 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, and 25600. He used the same lens and same aperture, and applied no noise reduction. As you can see in the pictures below, results are not exciting (picures shared by PetaPixel on Flickr, where you can dowload the original files).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon 6D Noise Comparison at 5 ISOs

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon 6D Mk II Noise Comparison at 5 ISOs

Writes Dyer:

Comparing the sets, the 6D MkII shows a much greater tendency to exhibit a magenta cast in the shadows at very high ISOs, plus a lower contrast in the shadows at increasing ISOs, and slightly more luminance noise than the 6D.

While this is not a scientific tests, the results are never the less worrying. After the debacle caused by the lack of 4K video and a slightly reduced dynamic range (both exaggerated in my opinion), this report will add new passion to the already heated discussion about the EOS 6D Mark II.

Dyer also made some tests on the ISO invariance and the noise reduction, Unfortunately, the EOS 6D Mark II didn’t perform very well here either. Read the full article to learn more.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is now available everywhere: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

 

[The Amazing Sky via PetaPixel]

History and Science of lenses in a 25 minutes video

What’s behind the technology we put in front of our cameras, optical technology and engineering, and how did it evolve? If you have 25 minutes to spare then have a look at this educational video by Filmmaker IQ.

Learn the history of the lens and its optical design and science from the early beginning as a tool to light up a fire to the multitude and advanced technology of modern lens designs.

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review (ePHOTOzine)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (ePHOTOzine)

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review by ePHOTOzine. They gave the EOS 6D Mark II a rating of 4.5/5 stars, which is more than you may expect reading the verdict.

From the conclusion:

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II gives increased resolution compared to the 6D it replaces, with no reduction in noise performance. You also get great colour reproduction, and an easy-to-use menu system and controls. There’s also a welcome update to the number of AF points, although the area is very centrally located.

The price compared to the original 6D is a little high. When the 6D was originally reviewed, it was one of the cheapest full-frame (FF) Digital SLRs available, and there were no full-frame mirrorless cameras (the Sony Alpha A7 wasn’t announced till October 2013). The 6D was also one of the most compact full-frame DSLRs available. So it had two massive selling points, price, and size. Now, the 6D Mark II no longer offers one of the cheapest FF DSLRs, and it’s no longer particularly small when compared to FF mirrorless cameras. However, it does offer excellent battery life, particularly when compared to mirrorless cameras on offer.

If you are looking for the review’s sample photos, they are here.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is now available everywhere: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA