Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM review (very good image quality)

Photographer Dustin Abbott reviewed one of Canon’s affordable telephoto lenses, the recently updated Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. While the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is a budget lens, the optical performance of this lens is very good.

From the conclusion (emphasis mine):

If you have a limited budget but need a telephoto lens there is really no need to look any further.  The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM gives a lot of performance for its relatively low purchase price of right around $300.  The redesign of its optics makes it a legitimate competitor of much more expensive options, and, while it may lack the higher grade build of those lenses, it is actually surprising how close this lens comes in optical performance. It really doesn’t have a lot of optical weaknesses other than being a little prone to veiling when the sun is in the frame (at telephoto lengths) […]  The maximum apertures at most focal lengths suffer relative to competitors, but the great wide open image quality as means you don’t have to stop the lens down as much. The build quality isn’t impressive, but it’s not terrible, either, and the lens handles fine overall.  I found the image stabilizer to be effective, and, while STM focus is not my favorite AF system, the lens performed quite ably in most situations.

You may watch the 12 minutes video above or head over to Dustin Abbott’s site for the review and a huge set of sample pictures shot in real world settings.

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EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II review (outstanding image quality, says Photography Blog)

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II Review (outstanding Image Quality, Says Photography Blog)

Photography Blog posted their exhaustive review of Canon’s new EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II is a highly regarded lens, well suited for travel photography and journalism. In the conclusion they write:

Image quality is outstanding. Chromatic aberrations are virtually non-existent thanks to the new Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics technology, geometric distortion is impressively low for a wide-angle lens, and the Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC) coatings successfully prevent contrast loss attributable to flare. The only real optical issues are some corner shading at the maximum aperture, something that every full-frame shooter has to put up with, especially when using wide angles, and a slight lack of critical edge sharpness between f/1.4-f/2.8 and f/16-f/22. Read the review…

There is nothing not to like on the EF 35mm f/1.4L II, except for the price ($1,799). Beside the excellent build quality, the EF 35mm f/1.4L II is also a lens of a new generation, planned and build with Canon’s EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R in mind.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II key features:

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One UD Element
  • Subwavelength and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

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Canon PowerShot G5 X real-world sample pictures

Canon PowerShot G5 X Real-world Sample Pictures

DPReview posted a gallery with 55 sample photos shot with Canon’s new PowerShot G5 X.

Powershot G5 X key features:

  • 20.2MP 1″ High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Multi-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 12800 & 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Manual Control Dials, Star Shooting Mode

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A new Powershot G5 X introductory video by Canon…

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II reviewed by LensRentals

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4 II Reviewed By LensRentals

The folks at LensRentals posted a brief review of the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II, a new Canon prime featuring Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics. They write:

The greatest (and only) shortfall I found with the new Canon 35mm f/1.4L II came in the price of the lens. At $1,799 new, the Canon 35mm f/1.4 II is a staggering $300 more than its now dated predecessor, and double the price of the Sigma Art series lens – a strong competitor to the Canon 35L II. So is it worth the massive price difference?  If you’re a loyalist to Canon, then yes – the Mark II version is a considerable upgrade to the original, and well worth the price difference between the two. However, if you’re willing to venture over to Sigma, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art series lens is still the best buy for the money. At $799 [editors note: it’s actually $899] retail price, the Sigma 35mm Art series will put you right in between the two Canon lenses, and at a considerably lower price than both of them. Read the review…

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Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” sample pictures

Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM “Art” Sample Pictures

Photography Blog posted a set of 36 full-size sample pictures shot with the new Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens (on a EOS 5Ds R). Full-size images available, can be downloaded.

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is on sale at $899: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo

Key features:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements and Five SLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Built-In Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma 20mm f/1.4

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM review (photozone)

Canon EF-M 11-22mm F/4-5.6 IS STM Review (photozone)

Photozone reviewed the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, one of the five lenses for Canon’s EOS M system. From the conclusion:

Canon has a quite consistent record when it comes to lens quality and this is reconfirmed with the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM IS once again. The resolution characteristic is generally very good except in the extreme corners at 11mm. Image distortions as well as lateral CAs are about average (in the true sense) for a lens in this class. If there’s one substantial weakness, it’s the amount of vignetting. We can’t really tell whether it’s just the lens or the combination with the sensor but the system performance is poor at fully open aperture. However, the transition of the vignetting is fairly smooth – thus less disturbing – and it’s much better at f/8. Read the review…

There is an interesting point discussed in Photozone’s review. The reviewer hypothises that the stron vignetting on the EF-M 11-22mm may be in part also due to the sensor. They suggest the EOS M3 sensor is not optimised for lenses made for mirrorless systems. You can read about this issue here.

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EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM