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Concluding, they write:
The EF-S 24mm prime also offers a notable step up in image quality compared to the standard 18-55mm Canon kit lenses, if you’re looking for a lightweight second lens option. Despite marginally worse overall results for Distortion, Vignetting, and Chromatic Aberration, the EF-S 24mm prime takes full honors for Sharpness with a Lens Metric Score of 11 P-Mpix compared to 8 P-Mpix for both versions of Canon’s 18-55mm standard zoom. Transmission is significantly improved, too, around 2 T-stops better than the kit lenses, making it a better option for low-light shooting. At 24mm, using the maximum apertures of f/2.8 on the EF-S 24mm or f/4 on the zooms, the EF-S 24mm prime is sharper at the center; stop down the EF-S 24mm to f/5.6, and resolution is homogenous across the frame, which is something the kit lenses can’t deliver.
- EF-S Mount Lens/APS-C Format
- 38mm (35mm Equivalent)
- One Aspherical Element
- Optimized Lens Coatings
- STM AF Motor Supports Movie Servo AF
- Micro-Stepping Drive Aperture Mechanism
- Full-Time Manual Focus Override
- Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
- Slim Design Measures Less Than 1″-Thick
Digital Life Innovator posted another set of sample pictures shot with the new Canon EOS M3. Different lenses have been used, original sized pics available for view.
Unfortunately it appears to be true that the EOS M3 will be available in Europe only as kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens (Amazon Italy, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK). You can pre-order the M3 also at DigitalRev (ships internationally). DigitalRev’s price at checkout is inclusive of all taxes and customs for customers from Asia and the EU (and possibly a better price than Amazon), for customers from the US taxes depend by the state. Detailed M3 specification can be read here. A round-up of hands-on and previews:
- Size comparison with the EOS M at Camera Size
- Canon Japan page about the Creative Assist feature
- Sample pictures at Canon UK
- EOS M3 page at Canon Europe
- EOS M3 page at CPN
- Lots of product pics here (Japanese)
- Hands-on at Trusted Reviews
- Preview at C|Net
- Preview at Pocket-lint
- Hands-on at Quesabesde (Spanish)
- Hands-on at What Digital Camera
- Hands-on at Photography Blog
- Product pictures and size comparison with M2 at Kakaku (Japanese)
- First independent sample pics.
- Hands-on in Italian
- EOS M3 body only – around ¥56,800
- EF-M18-55IS STM Lens Kit – around ¥71,800
- Double Lens Kit (with EF-M18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM / EF-M22mm F2 STM lenses) – around ¥85,800
- Double Zoom Kit (EF-M18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM / EF-M55-200mm F4.5-6.5 IS STM lenses) – around ¥96,800
Canon Watch reader Sébastien was in Hong Kong and didn’t miss the chance to get the brand new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L . He wrote me, saying:
The lens did great. At first I was really impressed by the size and the weight. Without camera it doesn’t look well balanced. When on the camera it is just fine. The angle is crazy! I’m used to the 16-35mm f/2.8, this is something else.
I want to share this first impression and say that even if the lens has a certain cost, It’s totally worth it. It opens new horizon for work and creativity.
Canon’s new EF 11-24mm f/4L is now available for at Amazon US. The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L is available and ships for $2,999. More links: Adorama | DigitalRev | B&H Photo. Sample pics at ephotozine, product images at Photography Blog and DPReview. David Norton on the EF 11-24mm f/4L. Sample pics at Canon UK.
- It is sharper (all the way from 100mm to 400mm)
- It focuses faster
- It holds focus better when zooming in or out
- The image stabilization is newer and better
- The minimum focus distance is half of what the older model could achieve
- Better weather sealing
- The new lens hood has a retractable door for rotating a filter
For more impression and many sample pics head over to Jeff Cable’s blog.
Imaging Resource posted the conclusion of their EOS 7D Mark II review. An excerpt:
In terms of speed performance, the 7D Mark II is a solid performer. Shutter lag, cycle times and burst speeds are all very good based on our lab tests, and the generous buffer depth is also very welcomed. However, autofocus performance was not a clear-cut improvement over the original 7D. With the new iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) feature, which utilizes color information, face detection and other info from the metering sensor, the 7D Mark II provides greater focus accuracy, however that does slow down sheer AF speed (and burst rate slightly, too). Nevertheless, even in single-shot AF mode, which doesn’t use the optional iTR mode, we found the AF lag speed to be slower than the 7D and 70D.
Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II’s highlights: the excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here (and there is a lot).