Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM review (very good image quality)

Photographer Dustin Abbott reviewed one of Canon’s affordable telephoto lenses, the recently updated Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. While the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is a budget lens, the optical performance of this lens is very good.

From the conclusion (emphasis mine):

If you have a limited budget but need a telephoto lens there is really no need to look any further.  The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM gives a lot of performance for its relatively low purchase price of right around $300.  The redesign of its optics makes it a legitimate competitor of much more expensive options, and, while it may lack the higher grade build of those lenses, it is actually surprising how close this lens comes in optical performance. It really doesn’t have a lot of optical weaknesses other than being a little prone to veiling when the sun is in the frame (at telephoto lengths) […]  The maximum apertures at most focal lengths suffer relative to competitors, but the great wide open image quality as means you don’t have to stop the lens down as much. The build quality isn’t impressive, but it’s not terrible, either, and the lens handles fine overall.  I found the image stabilizer to be effective, and, while STM focus is not my favorite AF system, the lens performed quite ably in most situations.

You may watch the 12 minutes video above or head over to Dustin Abbott’s site for the review and a huge set of sample pictures shot in real world settings.

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EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

More Pre Black Friday deals (lenses, Speedlite, memory cards, printer, Apple products)

More Pre Black Friday Deals (lenses, Speedlite, Memory Cards, Printer, Apple Products)

B&H Photo put some new pre Black Friday deals online.

  • Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Wide-Angle Lens on sale at $429 after $120 instant discount – limited time
  • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens on sale at $569 after $400 instant discount – limited time
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II on sale at $199 after $100 instant discount – limited time
  • Savings up $550 on Apple Mac products – click here
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card on sale at $99.95 after $27 instant discount – exp. 11/26
  • Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro Computer with Retina Display (Early 2015) on sale at $1,349 after $150 instant discount – limited time
  • Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Office Printer on sale at $79.99 after $100 instant discount – exp. 11/26
  • Various featured special deals – click here

Canon patent for ND filter with antireflection coating

canon patent

Canon patent for an ND (Neutral Density) filter with antireflection coating. This patent may lead to a high performing ND filter with minimal image quality degradation.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-200805
    • Published 2015.11.12
    • Filing date 2014.4.9
  • Canon patents
    • On the surface of the transparent substrate made of synthetic resin, deposited the inorganic hard film of fine uneven periodic structure
    • The refractive index changes toward the surface layer side from the transparent substrate side
[via Egami]

Recsea underwater housing for Canon EOS 7D Mark II announced

Recsea Underwater Housing For Canon EOS 7D Mark II Announced

Recsea announced an underwater housing for the EOS 7D Mark II, the Recsea RDH-C7DMkII will cost $2,880 without and $3,260 with fixed dual grip.

Press release (via Dive Photo Guide):

Recsea announces CANON EOS 7D Mark II UW Housing RDH-C7DMkII

FEATURES

  • Compact and durable, CNC precision machined corrosion-resistant aluminum housing.
  • Lightweight, ergonomically designed.
  • Housing Maximum Operating Depth (MOD) of 100 meters (328 feet), depending on Lens Port.
  • Shutter Trigger.
  • Built-in Camera Fixing Plate.
  • Airlock Vacuum Valve.
  • Rear Control Dial with push button function.
  • RECSEA original Secure-Latch locking system for easy opening and closing.
  • Dual Housing Port to Lens Port O-ring system.
  • Quality silicone O-ring with wider Back Cover contact surface for added protection at greater depths.
  • Complete camera function control.
  • Wide variety of optional Lens Ports, Focus and Zoom Gears, and other supported options.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Compatible Camera: CANON EOS 7D Mark II.
  • Maximum Depth: 100 meters (328 feet).

Material
Main Body and Back Cover: Corrosion-resistant Aluminum Alloy, Anodized Lever. Buttons, Dials: POM, PC. Flash, LCD Windows: Hard Coat Acrylic Flash Window Diffuser: Polycarbonate (POM). Screws, Springs, Shafts: Stainless Steel, Galvanized

Dimensions

W201mm x D116mm x H162mm (Housing only).
Weight:
1.860kg (Land / Housing only)
2.433kg (Land / Housing w/Aluminum Fixed Dual Grip)
2.206kg (Land / Housing w/POM Fixed Dual Grip)
Standard Color: Gun Metallic Zero-VOC Enamel Coating.

Included Accessories
Hand Strap, Strobe Mask/External Strobe Connection Mount and Screws x 2, Housing Port Cover, Reserve O-rings (1 Main Body and 1 Housing Port), O-ring Removal Pick, O-ring Grease

EOS 7D Mark II

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens in stock and ready to ship at $899

Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens In Stock And Ready To Ship At $899

The new Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens is in stock at major retailers at $899: Amazon Adorama B&H Photo

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM key features:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements and Five SLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Built-In Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II specs list surfaces [CW3]

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Specs List Surfaces [CW3]

A list of specifications for the upcoming Canon EOS-1D X Mark II surfaced on the web, and it’s a list that could get it right.

The EOS-1D X Mark II might have the following specs:

  • 24mp full frame Canon sensor
  • 80+ AF Points
  • New processor technology
  • 14+ stops of dynamic range
  • Nearly 15fps
  • 4K video (max frame rate unknown)
  • Dual CFast
  • Slightly larger LCD

The new announcement candidate date for the EOS-1D X Mark II is Q1 2016. Stay tuned for more…

[via Canon Rumors]