Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 DG HSM ART lens hands-on by LensRentals

Sigma 24-35mm F/2.0 DG HSM ART Lens Hands-on By LensRentals

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART pre-order: Adorama and B&H Photo.

Roger Cicala of LensRentals did a quick test of the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART lens for full-frame DSLRs. From the conclusion:

[…] the glass here is definitely way more than half full. We have, for the first time, a modern zoom lens that reaches f/2.0 aperture and is wickedly sharp. That’s an amazing thing all by itself and this is a unique optic. What is really amazing to me is that it sells for $1,000. That’s way less than either of the f/1.4 primes we tested against it, less than two of the f/2.8 primes, and less than an f/2.8 24-70mm zoom (granted that zoom does go all the way out to 70mm).

He also points out that the Sigma won’t probably be everyone’s lens. It’s not fast enough for those shooting with a prime lens (they’ll always choose f/1.4 lenses) nor does it have enough zoom range to get interesting as such. It’s another masterpiece by Sigma, that’s sure, and it comes at the usual exciting price tag below $1,000. Read the article at LensRentals.

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART specifications:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
  • FLD & Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma 24-35mm f/2

Canon EOS 5Ds R performance from the point of view of a wedding photographer (and impressive recovery examples)

Canon EOS 5Ds R Performance From The Point Of View Of A Wedding Photographer (and Impressive Recovery Examples)

All pictures © Chris Giles and used with permission

Wedding photographer and Canon Watch reader Chris Giles posted an exhaustive and entirely real world review of the Canon EOS 5Ds R.

The review is particularly interesting to those who want to know how Canon’s 50MP DSLR performs at the end of the day. The EOS 5Ds R is the one with removed anti-aliasing filter. You won’t find lab scores in Chris’ review, but some very useful examples about shadow recovering and the (amazing) degree it can be pushed to. Have a look:

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You can recover a LOT from 5Ds R files

There are more examples where Chris shows that you can produce a clean and good looking photo by recovering up to 4 stops in Lightroom.

Comparing the EOS 5Ds R to the EOS 5D Mark III (operation wise):

All the 5D3 issues are gone, the card write speeds are massively improved, (you can format a 128gb SD card instantly vs 3-4 seconds on the 5D3) and there is no difference in card buffer write speed either using dual or single cards

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EOS 5Ds R set to ISO 12800 – Straight out of camera with no noise reduction

Chris was also positively impressed by the EOS 5Ds R’s dynamic range. He found it much improved, and from his point of view, the 5Ds R features Canon’s best sensor ever, colours are great as always but these are good straight out of the camera. Talking about dynamic range, I would like to quote Chris once more:

[…] people are screaming for dynamic range, not that they need it, it’s just the in thing right now. We have super huge megapixel sensors, great user interfaces on the cameras so there’s few gaps left to be filled…. so in comes dynamic range. Often over-looked is that at around ISO 400-800 dynamic range falls off across all sensors […]
This is the result of a +4 stops recovery in Lightroom! Go see the original pic...

This is the result of a +4 stops recovery in Lightroom! Go see the original pic…

Chris makes 8.7GB of sample pics available for download and for your pixel peeping pleasure. Please note that a donation is requested to get the download link. The 191 raw files are made up of ISO ranges up to 12800 from the following cameras: Canon 5DSr, 5D3, 1DX, A7ii and the Pentax 645z. Also included is a selection of  images underexposed on purpose by 4 stops, so you can try on your own how much you can recover.

If you are on the fence for Canon’s new megapixel monsters, then I recommend to have a look at Chris’ review. This is especially true if you happen to be a professional photographer meditating over the next tool to buy to get the job done, or done better. Some Canon lenses and how they do on the EOS 5Ds R are also discussed

Canon EOS 5DS: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay | Canon EOS 5DS R: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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[via Chris Giles Photography]

Canon EOS 5Ds image quality seen through print performance

Canon EOS 5Ds Image Quality Seen Through Print Performance

A definitely interesting and pretty technical article about the Canon EOS 5Ds by Luminous Landscape. The 5Ds performance from the point of view of how much the 50MP matter when it comes to print performance. Comparison with the EOS 1Ds Mark III is discussed.

The article is not easy to sum up. It comes with sample pics, pixel peeping, and more in-depth analysis Giving it a try with a quote:

[…] the 5Ds images are notably superior in resolution, but when it comes to making prints there is an important consideration. Not one of the half dozen non photographers I showed the prints to mentioned detail in the images. When asked for differences, most popular was spotting the slightly different view, next up was that the brickwork was ‘a bit redder’ in one print.

That’s not the whole story. Head over to LL for the article.

Canon EOS 5DS: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay | Canon EOS 5DS R: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay


Canon Powershot G3 X reviews and sample pics (Techradar, Luminous Landscape, DPReview, Amateur Photographer)

Canon Powershot G3 X Reviews And Sample Pics (Techradar, Luminous Landscape, DPReview, Amateur Photographer)

Canon’s new large, 1″ sensor and 25x zoom (24-600mm equivalent) compact camera, the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($999), aimed at enthusiast photographers, gets more reviews.

Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X (and real world sample pics) at DPReview

Canon Powershot G3 X review at TechRadar (scores 4/5):

The G3 X delivers SLR-like zoom capabilities in a compact package thanks to its excellent lens and image stabilisation, only falling down when faced with fast-moving subjects. It’s not a beautiful camera, but it’s well built and easy to handle.

Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

Canon Powershot G3 X sample pictures and full review at Amateur Photographer:

[…] the real problem for the G3 X is the competition, in the shape of the incredibly accomplished Panasonic FZ1000 and Sony RX10. Both offer built-in viewfinders and superior ergonomics, meaning that the G3 X’s longer lens becomes its main selling point in comparison. It falls short in supporting the typical photographic opportunities afforded by that extra zoom, with poor continuous shooting behaviour and – again – no viewfinder. Granted, it’s smaller than either of those cameras, but not to a degree that really matters in practical terms.

Canon Powershot G3 X review at Luminous Landscape:

In the final analysis, I believe that Canon are “hiding their light under a bushel“, as the old British saying has it. For someone looking for pro-level image quality in a moderately sized camera with a reach out to 600mm equivalence, nothing can touch the G3X. If long reach isn’t needed then the Sony RX10II is likely a better choice, and if lower price is required then the FZ1000 will be found to be significantly less expensive.

The Canon Powershot G3 X, is shipping at $999: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon.  Specs:

  • 20.2 MP 1″ High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 25x Optical Zoom f/2.8-5.6 IS Lens
  • 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.2″ 1.62M-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • High-Speed AF with 31 Focus Points
  • Full HD Video at 60p; HDMI Output
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 12,800 & 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Control Ring, Wheel, and Physical Dials

Good glass makes the difference: zoom lens recommendation for Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Good Glass Makes The Difference: Zoom Lens Recommendation For Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon’s flagship APS-C DSLR, the EOS 7D Mark II is likely the first APS-C camera playing a serious role for professional photographers: highly advanced 65 points AF system, Dual Pixel AF, 10 fps, anti-flicker technology, one of the best, if not the best, weather sealing in the industry, and much more.

Given Canon’s extensive lens line-up (and third party players), you may wonder which lenses are best suited for the 7D Mark II. DxOMark posted the first part of their lens recommendations for the 7D Mark II, zoom lenses. Five categories of zoom lenses are considered: ultra-wide-angle zooms, standard zooms, super-zooms, fast telephoto zooms, and slow telephoto zooms. DxOMark recommends:

  • Best ultra-wide-angle zoom: Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX
  • Best standard zoom: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART
  • Best super-zoom: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Best fast telephoto zoom: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM SPORT
  • Best slow telephoto zoom: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS USM

A list you can agree with. You may wonder how the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, a kit lens, made it to be the best standard super-zoom lens. Easy: it performs great. Canon’s latest kit lenses all work great. It’s one of the things were Canon excels: making inexpensive lenses with very good performance.

Nothing to wonder about the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens, one of Sigma’s recent masterpieces and the world’s first zoom lens for APS-C sensor with continuous f/1.8. Those who own the Sigma know why I call it a masterpiece. According to DxOMark, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 beats them all, Zeiss and Canon L lenses included, and at a price ($799) that’s hard to beat when it comes to bang for the bucks.

Can’t say anything about the Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX, I never used it. I also never used the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x, but I guess a lens that costs like a small car has to be the best. I had the chance to play around with the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM SPORT. As with all Sigma Global Vision lenses, you get a lot of bang for the bucks.

See DxOMark’s lens recommendations for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The EOS 7D Mark II regularly ships for $1,499, but is currently on sale for $1,149.99 on eBay by a top rated seller. To learn more about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II read the overview after the break, or see all our 7D Mark II coverage.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Canon EOS 7D Mark II specs and overview (from Adorama’s product page).

  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and ISO 100 16000: (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200) for reduced noise at high ISOs and high performance Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for outstanding image quality and processing speed.
  • High speed continuous shooting: up to 10.0 fps allows you to capture fast action.
  • 65-point all cross-type AF system: for high-performance, accurate subject tracking with EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for focusing in extreme low-light conditions.
  • Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF: enables you to shoot video like a camcorder with smooth, fast, and accurate autofocus and lets you enjoy instant and preciseautofocus
  • Stunning Full HD video: with Custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, multiple frame rates including Full HD recording at 60p in MOV and MP4 formats and uncompressed HDMI out.
  • Intelligent Viewfinder II: provides approximately 100% field of view for shootingease.
  • Improved custom controls: and built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for expandedcreativity.
  • Magnesium alloy body: with shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance.
  • EOS Scene Detection System: features a new 150,000-pixel/RGB+IR metering sensor for improved precision.
  • Built-in GPS Receiver: provides a digital compass, records location information(longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting.
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor: (approximately 1,040,000 dots) for bright andclear viewing.

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L DxOMarked (the lens is a champ)

Canon EF 11-24mm F/4L DxOMarked (the Lens Is A Champ)

DxOMark tested the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L, the company’s latest ultra-wide angle lens, and a lens that only gets highest regards. Not a budget lens, the EF 11-24mm f/4L sells at $3,000.

In the conclusion:

While traditionally strong in its telephoto lineup, Canon has always been rather weak in offering a range of ultra-wide-angle lenses. When introduced a few years ago, the EF 8-15mm f4L USM Fisheye zoom helped redress the balance, but it didn’t go far enough. Now with this new lens, Canon has proved it can compete with its long-term rival Nikon as well as with new challengers, such as Sigma, who offer some very specialized models at accessible prices. Sure, the EF 11-24mm f4L USM lacks the fast f2.8 aperture of the Nikon, but Canon traded that for wider coverage and didn’t make any concessions with image quality. Even the price is relatively accessible. Read the test report at DxOMark.

EF 11-24mm f/4L

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Constant f/4 Maximum Aperture
  • Super UD, UD, and 4 Aspherical Elements
  • SWC, Air Sphere, and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ring-Type USM Autofocus Motor
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Weather-Resistant Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L price check for your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay. An overview can be read after the break.