Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM DxOMarked (very good optical performance)

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM DxOMarked (very Good Optical Performance)

DxOMark published their lab results for the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens:

After revamping the original Mark I version with a noticeably lower build, including a plastic mount and no AF distance scale, the EF 50mm f/1.8 II model really didn’t add Canon anything to its reputation as a premium lens maker. It had one redeeming quality, though: its image quality was really very good. The new STM version doesn’t quite match the recently-updated Nikon AFS Nikkor 50mm f1/.8G in its aspirations or price (the Nikkor is available now for around $220); however, Canon has enhanced the look and feel and replaced the old micro-motor with a stepper type. Best of all, the image quality is practically identical and at $129, it remains a steal. Read the review.

Canon Powershot G3 X field test by Imaging Resource

Canon Powershot G3 X Field Test By Imaging Resource
  • 20.2 MP 1 inch CMOS sensor
  • 25x, f/2.8-5.6 optical zoom lens, 24-600mm equivalent
  • ISO 125-12800
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 1080p Full HD and Expanded Movie Options
  • Built in Wi-Fi and NFC for instant sharing

Imaging Resource posted a very exhaustive review of the PowerShot G3 X.

From the conclusion:

The Canon PowerShot G3 X delivers high quality images across an impressive range of ISO speeds. With an excellent 24-600mm lens, the G3X offers a focal length range that its direct competitors can’t match at this time. The large touchscreen display is sharp and is an acceptable alternative to a viewfinder in many, but not all, situations. The G3X does many things well and has a lot to offer, but it is not without its drawbacks. The G3X’s autofocus performance excels in good conditions but disappoints in lower light. Despite having an excellent focal length for wildlife images, the slow continuous RAW shooting and less than impressive continuous autofocus hampers the G3X’s ability to capture action, particularly at longer focal lengths.

The review comes with sample pics, high ISO tests, and more. The G3 X is a solid performer, and this review confirms it. It’s just a bit expensive in my opinion, selling at $999.

Canon PowerShot G3 X price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

A few Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II sample pictures

A Few Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II Sample Pictures

Thanks Niklas. Canon China posted a batch of sample pics shot using the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens, announced last week. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II is an innovative lens, featuring Blue Spectrum Refractive optics, a technology developed by Canon.

The new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II will be available in October at $1,799. You can pre-order the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo.

[via Canon China]

Canon EOS 5Ds R thoughts by Ming Thein

Canon EOS 5Ds R Thoughts By Ming Thein

Ming Thein posted the last part of his Canon EOS 5Ds R long-term review. He compared the EOS 5Ds R to the Nikon D810 (and other cameras).

Ming Thein is a Nikon shooter. He tested the EOS 5Ds R, and says:

It is clear to me that neither Nikon nor Canon can claim to be decidedly superior at the moment, each with their own strengths and weaknesses – much like their equivalent lens lineups. Canon lacks Nikon’s new f1.8G primes, but Nikon lacks all of the special purpose stuff and some of the zooms – there is no 17 TSE, for starters. There’s no question that if I were a Canon shooter, I’d be very happy at the moment: you have a tool that’s miles ahead of anything else in the system, can hold its own against the competition most of the time, and can pull ahead if the conditions are right. If I shot only subjects under which I could satisfy those conditions – in a studio, or perhaps landscape or architecture – it would be very easy to justify a complete switch.

And: “Since my glass investment is already F mount, it is with great sadness, I have to bid the 5DSR goodbye. I’m missing it already“. There is more. Considerations, comparisons, beautiful sample pictures. Read the review.

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