Canon EF 135mm f/2 real-world review

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At a glance:

  • Focal length: 135mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.0
  • Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
  • Angle of view: 18 degrees
  • Closest focusing distance: 3 feet
  • Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
  • Mount: Canon
  • Filter size: 72mm
  • Dimensions: 3.2 inches in diameter and 4.4 inches long
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds

Our friend Caleb Keiter reviewed the Canon EF 135mm f/2 lens, and it’s a real-world review. He lists 55 reasons to love this lens.

About the lens sharpness he says:

There’s no doubt, the Canon 135mm f/2L is sharp, even at its widest aperture of f/2. Sure, if you look at MTF charts and scientific tests of this lens, they’ll show some softness in the corners that clears up by f/4. But in real-world scenarios, you probably won’t place your main subject in the far corners when shooting with this lens.

About Bokeh:

Combine the 135mm focal length with the f/2 maximum aperture, and this lens is a bokeh monster.

In the conclusion:

I’d highly recommend the Canon 135mm f/2 lens for people photographers. […] here’s my top 3 selling points:

  1. The combination of a 135mm focal length and an f/2 maximum aperture creates stunning images that have a look all their own. You really have to shoot with it and see the images to understand what I mean.

  2. The autofocus is ridiculously fast, accurate, and silent. This lens should be the benchmark for autofocus.

  3. It’s unbelievably sharp with rich, accurate color, consistent contrast, and minimal (if any) “issues” you have to clean up in post (i.e. distortions, aberrations, fringing, etc.).

Caleb’s review comes with many samples and much more information than I can list here. Read Caleb’s review…

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Review (wonderful image quality)

Canon EF-M 28mm F/3.5 Macro IS STM Review (wonderful Image Quality)

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Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott published his exhaustive review of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM, Canon’s latest addition to the EOS M lens ecosystem. And according to the reviewer, this tiny lens has a “wonderful image quality”.

From the conclusion:

[…] the nearly perfect “normal” angle of view provided by this lens makes it a very versatile lens than what a lens with a longer focal length would have. I found it a very versatile travel option that really delivered a lot of stunningly good images in a tiny package. I would have liked a wider aperture, but realize that having one would have compromised the compact nature of the lens…which is a delight. That being said, my one optical complaint is that I feel trying to create a shallow depth of field for non-macro shots is limited with the 28mm Macro. The inclusion of the “Macro Lites” and Super Macro mode are better than gimmicks and I think will prove genuinely useful when used in the right way. I do wish the engineers had put in a stronger detent at the normal shooting spot so that I don’t always end up in Super Macro mode! The IS system works well, the lens focuses reasonably quickly, and has no real optical flaws. All in all, this is an excellent package at a reasonable price […]

You can watch Dustin’s 15 minutes video-review below, or go for the written review.

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All Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features explained in 15 minutes video (Canon USA)

All Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Features Explained In 15 Minutes Video (Canon USA)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF

CanonUSA posted a neat 15 minutes video that talks all features of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. If you want to know what the EOS-1D X Mark II is capable to deliver, then this video is for you.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review (borderline-indestructible, DPReview)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review (borderline-indestructible, DPReview)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF

DPReview published their Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review, Canon’s new flagship DSLR. There is a lot the reviewer have to say about this “borderline-indestructible” camera. From the conclusion:

The EOS 1D X Mark II is a worthy successor to Canon’s 1D series of professional cameras. It gains an improved AF system with greater coverage, significantly improved dynamic range, and a virtually limitless Raw buffer when shooting with CFast cards. Additionally, the camera now includes top notch 4K video with beautiful color straight out of the camera. When combined with Canon’s class leading dual-pixel AF system for video, it’s easy to get great video without being an expert. This is a camera that sports, action, and event photographers will love.

About image quality:

Canon has been making strides in its sensor technology, resulting in markedly increased dynamic range at low ISO values compared to its predecessor

Guess this is what you expect from Canon’s top of the line DSLR, which btw sells at $5,999, and that isn’t exactly anyones budget.

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[via DPReview]

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM hands-on reviews and sample pictures

Canon EF-M 28mm F/3.5 Macro IS STM Hands-on Reviews And Sample Pictures

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At a glance:

  • EF-M Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 44.8mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5
  • One UD Element & Two Aspherical Elements
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Hybrid IS Image Stabilization
  • Maximum Magnification: 1.2x
  • Super Macro Setting for 3.7″ Min. Focus
  • Built-In Macro Lite LED
  • Retractable Design for Compact Profile

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM appears to fly a bit under the radar. But what looks like a rather “meh” lens (given a slow f/3.5) may turn out to be much cooler than most people thinks. It’s also the first maco lens for the EOS M system.

The EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM has a retractable design, built-in led lights, it’s image stabilized, and it has a 1:2 super-macro mode. So, it’s not just another 28mm lens with a slow aperture. Last but not least: it comes at an affordable price (under $300).

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM hands-on review at DPReview

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Real world sample pictures at DPReview

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM sample picture by Dustin Abbott

Below: Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM | First Look and Features

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Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II review (Camera Labs)

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II Review (Camera Labs)

Powershot G7 X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 20.1MP 1″ CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-f/2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 8 fps Shooting
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • Manual Control Ring, Time Lapse Movie

Camera Labs reviewed the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II, a powerful, enthusiasts-oriented compact camera with a large sensor and a pretty rich feature set. As with all reviews I saw so far, this one too is very positive about the Powershot G7 X Mark II.

From the conclusion:

Superficially the G7 X Mark II may seem similar to its predecessor, but Canon’s made a number of useful enhancements which make it a much more compelling camera overall. The body is essentially the same size with the same control layout as before, but the addition of a grip on the front makes it much more comfortable to hold. The lens may share the same 4.2x / 24-100mm range and f1.8-2.8 focal ratio, but there’s now an Auto ND filter option for stills and the chance to de-click the lens ring for smooth or stepped adjustments – great for stills and movies. As before the lens is a little soft in the corners at 24mm, especially when focusing close, but the optical quality quickly improves as you zoom-in. The screen may be the same size with the same well-thought-out touch interface, but as well as tilting up to face the subject, it’ll now also tilt down for easier composing at high angles. Meanwhile the camera can now be charged over USB, although Canon still supplies an AC battery charger if you prefer. Read the review…

The review comes with a large set of sample pics and discusses all aspects of the Powershot G7 X Mark II. The videos below may also give you an idea of what the Powershot G7 X Mark II can deliver.

powershot g7 x mark iiPowershot G7 X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

[via Camera Labs]