Yongnuo 35mm f/2 review (a punch for the price, PetaPixel)

Yongnuo 35mm f/2

How does the $120/€110 priced Yongnuo 35mm f/2 perform? Our friends at PetaPixel felt the pulse of Yongnuo’s budget lens.

In the conclusion PetaPixel writes:

Yongnuo’s YN 35mm f/2 is an excellent value — let’s just get that out of the way. For $120, the lens is much cheaper than its Canon counterparts. Picking up a used Canon EF 35mm f/2 lens would run you around $280, while the brand new Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM would run you around $550. Comparing the Yongnuo to Canon’s older lens is quite easy: we say go with the Yongnuo YN 35mm f/2 for smoother bokeh and similar performance.

The review comes with many sample photos. Read the review at PetaPixel.

The Yongnuo EF 35mm f/2 is available on eBay by Yongnuo itself for $116/€107. The Yongnuo 35mm IS also available on Amazon.

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L vs Mitakon ZY Optics 85mm f/1.2 lens shootout (video)

The “Battle of the Bokeh” videos by DigitalRev TV are back. This time the contenders are the highly regarded Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II and the Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2, the latter being a new and affordable option for those who need a 85mm f/1.2 lens on a Canon body. But how do the lenses compare? We are comparing an $800 lens (Mitakon) to a $2,000 lens (Canon). Watch Kai to learn.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay;
Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2

Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2

Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L

[CW2] More Canon EOS 6D Mark II talk (to shrink and move upmarket?)

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New bits about the Canon EOS 6D Mark II surfaced on the web. Again the EOS 6D Mark II is said to “move upmarket”, though this time only “slightly”. I do not believe the EOS 6D Mark II will move upmarket. It will remain Canon’s entry-level full-frame DSLR. It may be that the EOS 6D Mark II will have a higher price tag than the EOS 6D had when it was introduced, but that doesn’t mean moving upmarket. The rumor also says the EOS 6D Mark II will be an evolutionary update of the EOS 6D, which, in my opinion, contrasts with the “move upmarket”. Just my two cents.

The rumor also suggests the EOS 6D Mark II will be smaller in size and of lighter weight. The EOS 6D Mark II will not feature the same sensor as another Canon FF DSLR, just like the EOS 6D. NFC should also be on board along with a not specified “new connectivity feature”. The announcement of the EOS 6D Mark II is expected beginning of 2016.

Time ago we got a supposed EOS 6D Mark II specification list (which you should take with a huge grain of salt):

  • 28MP
  • 6 fps
  • ISO 100 – 102400 (expandable to 204800)
  • new AF system (but not the same as on 5DS)
  • 98% viewfinder coverage
  • Single SD card slot
  • WiFi, NFC, and GPS
  • small improvements for video features
EOS 6D Mark II

The Canon EOS 6D

About our rumour rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable (less than 15% chance to be real)
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor (15%-40% chance to be real)
  • CW3 – around 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past, high probability to be true (60%-80% chance to be real)
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true
[via CR]