Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD (F045) Review (editor’s choice, ePHOTOzine)

Tamron Sp 35mm

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Four Low Dispersion Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • BBAR-G2 and Fluorine Coatings
  • USD AF Motor and Dynamic Rolling Cam
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console

ePHOTOzine reviewed the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD (F045) lens.

The SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD (F045) is getting a lot of positive reviews, and this on is no exception. Tamron itself calls it the “finest lens” in their history.

From ePHOTOzine’s conclusion:

The performance is excellent, the handling is excellent and this puts the Tamron on a par with the best alternative 35mm f/1.4 lenses, and, it must be said, at an attractive price. Yes, it is still expensive, but that is the price we have to pay for such high quality.

The only question is whether or not the photographer finds 35mm to be the right focal length on full frame. For some it may fall between being truly wide angle and being long enough for more flattering portraits. For others it will be the perfect standard lens, perhaps especially for those involved with classic street photography or small group portraits.

If the specification is right though, then this lens hits the spot and yet again Tamron have that coveted accolade and another Editor’s Choice. Is this Tamron’s best ever lens? Frankly, there have been quite a few that could vie for that position, but one thing is certain, that the new Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens is right at the top of Tamron’s game.

Read the review…

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Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport Review (a unique lens, D. Abbott)

Sigma 500mm

Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 32
  • One SLD and Two FLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Optical Stabilizer; Drop-In Filter Slot
  • Magensium-Alloy Barrel & Brass Mount
  • Dust- and Splash-Proof Construction
  • Rotatable Tripod Collar with Click Stops
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters

Dustin Abbott completed his exhaustive review of the Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport lens.

From his conclusion:

The Sigma 500mm F/4 OS HSM Sport is a unique lens.  It’s a third party option competing in a space dominated by first party lenses.  It’s an expensive lens that doubles as a relative value. 

[…]

The size, weight, and expense of a lens like the 500S makes it clear that it isn’t for everyone.  Lenses like this take a lot of skill to use well (and strength, too, if you try to handhold it).  A lens like the Sigma 60-600mm OS Sport is going to be more affordable and versatile, and, if you have a tight budget, a lens like the Sigma 150-600mm OS C can give you some incredible images for under a thousand bucks.  But there’s no question that the 500S gives you a different kind of versatility.  The ability to shoot in more lighting situations with both better autofocus performance and image quality.  The ability to get incredible subject isolation.  And, when adding teleconverters to the mix, an incredible amount of reach while retaining autofocus ability. 

The whole review is available as video review.

D. Abbott’s review comes with a rich set of test shots and discusses every aspect of the Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport lens. If you’re looking for this lens we recommend you have a look at Dustin Abbott’s review.

Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport:

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Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II vs PowerShot G7 X Mark III Side-By-Side Comparison

Canon Powershot G5 X Mark Ii

DPReview TV compares the new Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II with the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III.

Canon’s newest compact cameras, the G5 X II and G7 X III, have a lot in common, but with some very important differences. [DPReview TV’s] Chris and Jordan do a side-by-side comparison to help you choose the one that’s right for you.

DPReview put sample pictures galleries for both cameras online:

Both cameras are shipping.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II:

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Canon RF 28-70mm F/2L vs EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II Shootout – Is The RF 28-70 Best Zoom Lens Ever?

Canon RF 28-70mm F/2L Rf Mount Canon Eos R

Patrick Seguin tested and compared the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L lens for the Canon EOS R system and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens (EF mount lens for Canon DSLR).

Well, once more we get a confirmation that the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L is an optical masterpiece. The 10 minutes video below tells you everything about this awesome EOS R lens, and why it beats the the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II.

The next, short video by Canon explains what makes RF lenses so special.

Canon EOS RP vs Sony A7 II Comprehensive Comparison Review

Canon Eos Rp

Mirrorless Comparison posted an exhaustive Canon EOS RP vs Sony a7 II review.

From their conclusion:

The Canon EOS RP feels like a more well-rounded product for multiple reasons. It has a better design and is much more intuitive to use. The colours are natural and the high ISO performance is solid. You’ll find extra features such as Wifi, Bluetooth, Time-lapse, Focus Bracketing and tethering. If you’re looking for your first serious camera, or if you simply want something that is easy to use and gives you good quality for stills and video, the EOS RP is the right choice.

That being said, the Sony A7 mark II retains some advantages that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you’re interested in post processing, the RAW files have more flexibility when it comes to dynamic range. There is 5-axis stabilisation that works with any lens, including old manual focus lenses. There are fewer built-in extra features in comparison to the Canon, but you can add more via the Playmemories app store […]

The high ISO performance of the Canon EOS RP is nothing to be shamed of, as you can see in the pictures below:

ISO 12800 (Image © mirrorlesscomparison.com)
ISO 25600 (Image © mirrorlesscomparison.com)

Mirrorless Comparison’s review comes with plenty of test shots at different ISO settings, and lists pros and cons for each camera. Definitely worth a read.


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Preliminary, Non Scientific Tests Suggest Canon’s New 32MP Sensor Improves On Dynamic Range

Canon Eos 90d Dynamic Range

It seems Canon’s claim they managed to improve dynamic range while raising the resolution of their latest APS-C sensor is not wrong.

Fred Miranda forum user cgarcia did some tests with sample images from DPReview to compare dynamic range figures of the new Canon EOS 90D (32MP) and the Canon EOS 80D (24MP).

Canon EOS 90D – ISO 100:

  • DR at 32MP: 12.468
  • DR at 8MP: 13.480 (+1.012)
  • read noise: 2.80125

Canon EOS 80D – ISO 100:

  • DR at 24MP: 12.435 EV
  • DR at 8MP: 13.2343 (+0.7993)
  • read noise: 2.86601

As you can see, there is a small improvement over the EOS 80D.

cgarcia also learned that the dynamic range improves much more at higher ISO settings (compared to the EOS 80D). The image below shows that a higher ISO settings the DR of the EOS 90D improves continously.

Dynamic range comparison between Canon EOS 90D and Canon EOS 80D at different ISO settings (image © cgarcia)

These figures look pretty good. However, keep in mind this is a non scientific test. To be sure we have to wait for further analysis of the performance of Canon’s new 32MP APS-C sensor. Never the less, it appears Canon managed to deliver a quite amazing image sensor.

Canon’s new 32MP APS-C sensor is featured on the brand new Canon EOS 90D and Canon EOS M6 Mark II.

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