April 29, 2013
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Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Review (The Phoblographer)

Tamron 90mm f/2.8

Image courtesy: The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer reviewed the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC US lens (price & specs). A Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs) was used for the test. With a price tag of $799 this lens is rather affordable. The review comes with lots of sample images, it’s definitely worth to be read if you are looking forward to get this lens.

Pros

  • Extremely sharp image quality
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Simple design
  • Fairly compact for a long lens
  • Extremely light
  • Included lens hood just makes the images look so much nicer
  • Fast focusing except when going down to the macro levels
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Our version needed a bit of micro-adjustment
  • We wish there was weather sealing incorporated into the lens

Conclusion:

Macro lenses are very fun to use. Not only do they give you some outstanding close focusing abilities, but they’re also usually characterized as being extremely good as portrait lenses. In our time with the lens, we couldn’t find a single reason to not purchase this lens if you’re in the market for a telephoto macro optic. One potential flaw may be that one may want an f2 lens instead of f2.8, but keep in mind that you’ll get the best results with this lens (and mostly any lens) if you incorporate the use of flash to emphasize the specular highlights that really make this lens shine.

Indeed, it was a pleasure to use this lens. It breathed lots of life into my Canon 5D Mk II and I’m going to miss the lens. However, I personally don’t shoot enough macro images to justify this purchase. And as far as portrait lenses go, I’m very happy with Sigma’s 85mm f1.4 EX–which is in some ways a competitor to a lens like Tamron’s latest addition.

But in the end, this lens renders color so well, we’re pleased to say that it is right up there with Zeiss and Rokinon. Though the three companies render color totally differently, the colors from this lens will appeal to many pros interested in a lens like this.

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC US price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

  • 90mm Macro Prime Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • 1:1 Maximum Reproduction Ratio
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Internal Focus System
  • Ultrasonic Silent Motor Drive
  • eBAND Hybrid Lens Coating
  • Extra-low Dispersion Optical Elements
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction

Tamron 90mm f/2.8

[via The Phoblographer]

April 29, 2013
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM vs EF-S 18-55mm IS II Comparison (Resolution and more)

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM resolution at 18mm – Image courtesy: dicahub.com

Korean site dicahub (translated) posted a comprehensive Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM the EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens review and comparison. How does Canon’s new STM lens, the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM (price & specs) compares to the previous 18-55mm kit lens? The EF-S 18-55mm IS STM was announced along with the Canon Rebel Sl1/EOS 100D (price & specs).

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM core specs:

  • 28.8-88mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-38
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Stepping Motor, Internal Focusing System
  • Supports Movie Servo AF Feature
  • Smooth and Quiet AF Ideal for Video
  • EF-S Mount for APS-C Format EOS Cameras
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Manual Focus Override in AF Mode
  • Accepts 58mm Filters

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM price check:  Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via dicahub]

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM

Resolution comparison #1 – Image courtesy: dicahub.com

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM

Resolution comparison #2 – Image courtesy: dicahub.com

April 28, 2013
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Deals: Canon Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM ($799), With EF-S 18-55mm IS ($649)

Rebel T4i

Amazon Gold Box Deals (prices show up after adding the item to the list):

 

April 28, 2013
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In Stock: Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE ($2122, Limited Quantity)

Zeiss 135mm f/2

The Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens is in stock at B&H with a limited supply for $2122 (click here). Not a lens for those on a budget but then: you get what you pay for, and that’s a lens with outstanding build quality and optical performance.

  • 135mm Telephoto Prime Lens
  • Fits Canon EF Mount Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/2-22
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 2.62′ (0.8 m)
  • Apochromat Lens; Minimal Aberrations
  • Nine Blade Circular Aperture
  • Anti-reflective Coatings
  • Precise Manual Focus
  • Compact Design; All-Metal Barrel

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April 28, 2013
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Canon EOS 650D vs. EOS 700D Comparison Video (which one is best for you)

DigitalRev’s Kai wants to know the differences between the Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i (price & specs) and EOS 700D / Rebel T5i (price & specs). Does the EOS 700D have enough nw features to make it worth over the EOS 650D?

Canon EOS 650D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EOS 700D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

April 27, 2013
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Next Speculation About Canon’s EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Lens Release Date

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x
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Just a few days ago we featured a sneak preview of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The lens that looks as if it will never get released to the public. The latest murmured release date was postponed to 2014! Now there are new tidbits about the release of the lens: May 14, 2013, may the the day Canon will eventually officially announce this highly awaited lens to the public, the lens should then be available to the public in September-October 2013. Prototypes exist and are undergoing tests, see here and here.

[via CR]

April 27, 2013
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Canon EOS 70D Announcement Not Before June 2013?

EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D mock-up (not the real one)

Another Canon EOS 70D rumor surfaced and is reported at Northlight Images. No specs this time but some tidbits about the announcement. They have been told that the announcement of the EOS 70D is “some 6 weeks away”. It appears as if some of the expected Canon announcement may have been delayed due to technical and marketing reasons.

The Canon EOS 70D announcement is a sort of mistery. No real leaks so far and repeatedly wrong announcement dates. Where the hence is the EOS 60D price & specs)replacement?

Canon EOS 60D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay



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