Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens review (tested on EOS 5Ds)


Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

Photography Blog posted their full review of what is thought to be the world’s sharpest lens, the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens. And they tested it on a Canon EOS 5Ds[/shoplkink].

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* is simply a superb prime lens for portrait photographers looking for the ultimate in image quality. You’d expect sharpness to be high across both the frame and aperture range from such a premium optic, and it doesn’t disappoint. In conjunction with the new Canon EOS 5Ds test camera shooting at 50 megapixel resolution, detail is exceptionally detailed and sharp. Shooting at the maximum f/1.4 aperture does reveal a minor reduction in sharpness compared to the rest of the aperture range, but the image is already pin-sharp by f/1.8. Read the review at PB.

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 sells for $4,490 and can be ordered at Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama. Sample pics can be seen on Zeiss’ Flickr album.

Canon EOS 5DS price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Photographer and gear reviewer Dustin Abbott shares a full, thorough, real world review of one of his personal favorite lenses – the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS. Full of beautiful images and helpful observations, this video review is worth your time.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Canon Rebel T6i/EOS 750D review (DPReview)

Canon Rebel T6i/EOS 750D Review (DPReview)

DPReview posted their full review of the Canon Rebel T6i/EOS 750D. From the conclusion:

Now that Canon has released two Rebels simultaneously, the biggest question for many is less likely to be ‘Should I get a Rebel?’ and more likely to be ‘Which Rebel should I get?’ From our perspective the answer is pretty clear. The T6i is a nice introduction to Canon glass, but unless you’re really stretched to spend the extra $100, the T6s gives you quite a bit more camera for your money. That hundred dollars gets you a rear thumb wheel, top plate LCD, and continuous AF in live view. In fact, if you desire things like automatic face detection and tracking of people and faces no matter where they move to within your frame, then the T6s’ ability to do exactly this in live view alone justifies the extra cost. And more usable live view is arguably desirable for a camera of this class, as its demographic may desire more automation and could do without the focus accuracy issues that can plague viewfinder AF. Read the full review at DPReview.

The Rebel T6i/EOS 750D gets a rating of 75%. I totally agree that you should get the Rebel T6s/EOS 760D if $100 more are not an issue.

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Canon Rebel T6i/EOS 750D review (Photography Blog)

Rebel T6i

Photography Blog posted their Canon Rebel T6i/EOS 750D review. From the conclusion:

[…] the 750D […] is arguably the most significant generational leap forward since the 550D. Granted, on the outside it’s almost identical to its predecessor, but given the 700D’s ergonomics, control layout and touch interface are already excellent, that’s no bad thing. The big changes are under the skin, starting with the superb 24.2MP APS-C sensor. It gives the 750D the ability to generate incredibly clean images with low enough noise levels to make even ISO 12800 shots stand up to close scrutiny. Detail and colour reproduction are also first class, and the new exposure metering system delivers consistent results.

The EOS 750D/Rebel T6i gets a “Highly Recommended” and a rating of 4.5/5. Read the review at Photography Blog.

Rebel T6i/EOS 750D specifications:

  • 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 19-Pt. Cross-Type AF, Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Expanded ISO 25600, 5 fps Shooting
  • 7560-Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • EOS Scene Analysis
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • CS100 Connect Station Support

Canon EOS 750D/Rebel T6i price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay