Imaging Resource induces the Canon 5D Mark III to the DSLR hall of fame, calls it a real 'Superstar' camera.

5D Mark III superstar award by Imaging Resource

The 5D Mark III has been called many things, but 'Superstar'? Wow. To live up to that status, Imaging Resource has thrown a whole army of rabid fans reviewers at its disposal: Roger Slavens, Shawn Barnett, Mike TomkinsZig Weidelich and Ellis Vener have all pitched in, the latter using the 20-105mm l f/4.0 IS USM kit lens to shoot the review gallery pics.

"The Canon 5D Mark III is a true "superstar" camera, with impressive capabilities for both still and video shooting. It suits the needs of well-heeled amateurs and working pros equally well, and while its resolution is only very slightly higher than that of the 5D Mark II, the Canon 5D Mark III offers so many improvements over its predecessor that it'll be an easy upgrade decision for many 5D Mark II owners. . . . read more

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens review by Ken Rockwell: "The Canon 40mm is insanely sharp at every setting throughout the entire full-frame on the 22 MP 5D Mark III"

"This Canon EF EOS 40mm f/2.8 STM works perfectly with every Canon EOS camera ever made, meaning every Canon DSLR and every Canon autofocus 35mm camera made since 1987. Of course it works great on today's 5D Mark III and Canon 7D, but it also works great on my original 1987 Canon EOS 650! The only oddness I noted on my 1987 EOS 650 is that while auto and manual focus and depth-of-field preview and everything work great, manual focus override doesn't work: you have to set the lens to manual first. Manual-focus override works flawlessly on my 35mm EOS Rebel G from 1996 and EOS 3 from 1998, so I'm not worrying about it." . . . read more

Kyle Clements revisits the Nikon D600 oil/dust/? on sensor splatter issue, finds its still there, but less gory.

Kyle is the original 'Nikon D600 sensor oil/dust on sensor time-lapse showcase©' inventor. In the 4th installment of the series, he has this to say:

"After having the camera serviced by Nikon, my D600 is still suffering from an accumulation of dust, even after 5000 shutter releases"

Now, as someone that has used everything but a toilet brush (darn thing didn't fit in the mirror-box) to clean out goo off my various EOS cams, I have just one thing to say: If you buy a Dslr, especially a full-frame one, you have got to learn cleaning  the sensor yourself. Don't be afraid of it, there's a very high chance the official service center will do a worse job than you anyway. Befriend Google, check out some of the myriads of tutorials out there, get some cheap cleaning accessories and swab that CMOS (CCD if you're unlucky) clean! . . . read more

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens grabs the 'best in class' award at DXO Mark, as the highest scoring professional fixed-aperture mid-range kit zoom of any brand, but scores very high in the price department too.

"With an DxOMark score of 26, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 MkII is the highest scoring professional fixed-aperture mid-range kit zoom of any brand in the DxO Mark database and comfortably outperforms rivals as well as the firm’s earlier Mark I version, particularly with regard to the sharpness levels across the frame. We’re used to seeing a noticeable deterioration in performance in the outer fields at longer focal lengths even with high-quality optics from the big-name marques but the new Canon bucks that trend. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D On-Camera tutorials posted by Canon Digital Learing center

The 12 tutorials seemingly cover a lot of ground, from the very mundane to Time code operation. Canon promises more videos to follow soon.

"Canon On-Camera Tutorial Videos explore a specific feature or technology of the EOS 6D. These instructional videos are designed to be viewed at your convenience: Watch them online, on the go, or even on your camera's rear LCD* screen -- so you can follow along, every step of the way! Check back soon for additional tutorials on the EOS 6D's built-in WiFi and GPS features." . . . read more

5 reasons why you need an 85mm lens, at DigitalRev TV.

Kai W chooses the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens as a showcase for the 85mm necessity. Coming up: 5 reasons why you need a pinhole lens.

"Carrying on from "5 reasons you need a 50mm lens" and "5 reasons why you need a 35mm lens", we are giving you 5 reasons why you need a bokehlicioius 85mm lens!"

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED-IF review at Digital Photography School: So good, it can be tempting to switch systems just for this lens.

Professional photographer Peter West Carey tested this lens with a Nikon D800E body. Lots of gorgeous full size EXIF-ed sample photos inside:

The lens is a joy to use and the results, to me, are stunning. It has me seriously thinking of adopting a Nikon camera and this lens in the future. It was very useful both in Utah when I had to get a little closer, without getting physically closer, at Mesa Arch. It was also helpful when shooting from a helicopter over Hawaii, The Big Island as the blades and skids started to show as I could zoom in just a little and make it work. If I had a Nikon camera body, I would already own this lens and it will be the first Nikon lens I ever buy. It is an excellent lens. . . . read more

Nikon D5200 video review by Kai at DigitalRev TV: Is it just a D3200 with a twisty flippy screen? Maybe, but the autofocus system is vastly improved.

Kai Wong doesn't think too much of the new Nikon D5200. He thinks the body is too small and cumbersome to handle, and, If it's biggest achievement is incorporating the D7000's AF system, why not buy the latter in the first place? The difference in price is not that great, and as an added bonus you'll get the ability to autofocus with some of Nikon's older AF lenses, plus plenty of real estate to put your creative fingers on. . . . read more

Nikon D800 Review at Digital Camera Review: It's great for studio, portrait and product photographers, as well as landscape shooters who want the ultimate amount of information.

The reviewer, Theano Nikitas tested the D800 with the Nikkor 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and 24-120mm lenses, with the latter struggling to meet the demands of the camera's sensor in the detail department.

"With its 36 megapixel sensor, sophisticated feature set and amazing image quality, the Nikon D800 offers a solid--and more affordable--alternative to photographers who crave medium-format files without stretching a budget to the breaking point. It's no speed demon with a continuous shooting speed of about 4fps but it's not designed that way. It's great for studio, portrait and product photographers, as well as landscape shooters who want the ultimate amount of information. Heed our warning, though. Be sure your computer and storage systems are up to the task of handling large files. This . . . read more

Pentax K-5IIs review by John Riley at EPZ: ...so does it make a difference? Yes, a significant difference. Is it worth the difference in price? Yes.

Pentax K-5 II, and Pentax K-5 IIs dslr cameras

This is a review of the K5-IIs model, one of two Dslr cameras without an Antialiazing filter currently available on the market, the other being the Nikon D800E. The Camera was tested with the smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WRsmc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR and the smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 SDM lenses, a bit of a curious choice when evaluating a highly resolving camera like the K-5IIs. And for all us peepers, there are many full-res images with intact EXIF information accompanying  this review:

"This review was started as a journey of discovery, hoping for the answer to the basic question – does it make a difference and is it worth the difference in cost? The camera is basically well established – compact, efficient, rugged, weather  . . . read more

Nikon Low Light photography tutorial: Setup your Nikon Dslr to paint with light, by JMeyer at Nphoto Magazine.

Night Light painting in abandoned mine at rhodope mountains

"Even though there are fewer hours of daylight in winter, it doesn’t mean that you have to put your camera into hibernation. You just have to be a bit more creative to get great pictures. You could simply use the artificial light of towns, cities or traffic as a light source, or even shoot stars and other bodies in the night sky, but one of the most creative and unusual ways to illuminate your night shots is using a technique known as ‘painting with light’. . . . read more

Kenny Good and the Weapons Of Mass Production try to find out the best Dslr-for video, under $1.000: Canon T4i with 18-55mm kit lens VS. Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm kit lens VS. Panasonic GH2 with 14-15mm kit lens, both stock and with Flowmotion v2.02 hack.

Yes, the the very same nuts from Crisis Labs reviews with the bats, and semi-nude models and all that. They take on a slightly more serious and hi-tech tone in this review, with RC Helicopters, IR suits, and... bats.

"The Sony actually did quite well, and if size (for travel) is a concern, I'd suggest this one.  It's just a hair behind I think in the image metrics, but not in a huge way.  The focus issue did drive me crazy.  Maybe there's a menu option I didn't see that prevents it from going to sleep.  I actually had to reshoot the sharpness (helicopter) comparison because it did that same focus thing to me.  That's why when it did it again for the dancing, I decided to leave it in the video that way.  It has focus peaking (that shows you a highlighted version of in-focus areas on the display) which really helps with video, and I doubt this issue would ever come up when shooting stills.  It's a solid camera, very similar to Canon in image quality, great if you're a space-conscious traveller. . . . read more

Canon 6D review at Digital Versus: Picture quality is excellent in both photo and video modes. Some of Canon's choices are may be questionable (no built-in flash, no swivel screen) but Wi-Fi and GPS bring new possibilities.

The 6D was tested with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens.

"Quite surprisingly, Canon hasn't just recycled the sensor already used in the 5D Mark III, which isn't exactly outdated and which is available in a new version with slightly fewer pixels (20.2 Mpx compared with 22.3 Mpx). In any case, the EOS 6D controls noise in an impressive way, taking excellent-quality pictures up to 3200 ISO with both granularity and smoothing kept nicely in check. You can easily push up to 6400 ISO too, but from here on upwards smoothing does become more noticeable. The 12800 and 25600 ISO settings will be fine for making prints of up to A4 size, but any higher settings aren't really worth the trouble (the 6D can reach up to 104200 ISO).

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The Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G scores very high at DXO Mark: If you can live its one downside, the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G is a cracking piece of glass for portraits and low-light photography.

"With an Overall DxO Mark Lens Metric Score of 35 the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G is the best 85mm lens in the DxOMark database and well exceeds the average DxO Mark Overall Score of 28 for this type of lens. Costing $500, a whooping $1149 cheaper than the Nikon f/1.4 version at $1649, it also represents excellent value for money if you can live without the f/1.4 maximum aperture. In terms of sharpness the Nikon AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G finishes 3rd on the podium out of all 14 85mm primes lenses we’ve tested and again surpasses the average score for this category of 15 P-Mpix. Its best characteristic is homogenous sharpness with no edge softness even with the aperture wide open at f/1.8. It . . . read more

Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens review at Camera Labs: So, is there a situation where you should consider buying the Sigma 70-200/2.8? Well, yes! It's the cheapest way to get a stabilized 70-200mm zoom that offers a maximum aperture of f2.8.

Thomas Rubach tested the lens with a Nikon D800 body, a not so optimal solution, IMHO.

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8G OS delivers a decent overall performance, especially at focal lengths below 130mm. The center never disappoints throughout the focal range but the corners need some stopping down for good performance at focal lengths above 130mm. The resolving-power in the image-center is even good enough to use a tele-converter should you need to reach beyond the 200mm focal length. The image stabilization and the AF are OK but nothing to rave about, and a maximum magnification of around 1:8 and the size and weight does not differentiate this zoom from its competition. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D full frame Dslr review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: The Canon EOS 6D delivers excellent image quality at low noise levels and is feature packed.

connect and control your EOS 6D using your PC, Mac or smartphone

The camera was tested with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS​ and  EF 50mm f 1.4 USM lenses.

"The Canon EOS 6D feels like it's an improvement over the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and gives most of what you get with the 5D Mark III, but with the addition of GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as the excellent 20.2 megapixel sensor for improved noise performance, but with a fraction of the price of the 5D Mark III, making this an excellent camera for those wanting a full-frame Digital SLR. Image quality is impressive with excellent colour both in photos and on the rear screen of the camera, and noise performance is excellent. Focus performance is good with 11 point auto focus that works . . . read more

Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens review by Bobby Zhang at the Phoblographer: At the popular 50-150mm focal range, this lens can be used for close portraits or for far-reaching sports, making it one of the more versatile lenses out there.

The Lens was tested with a Canon OS Rebel T3i/600D body. Kudos to Bobby for the intact EXIF information in his images.

"Designed for cropped sensor cameras, the Sigma 50-150mm OS works wonders when it comes to speed. At an awesome f2.8 aperture, this lens becomes much more flexible to fit your shooting needs and environment. Whether it is outside on a bright day or indoors in a poorly lit hockey rink, the images are clear and sometimes even surprisingly so.With a slightly higher $999 price tag, this Sigma lens costs much more than your average glassware but it is also appropriately priced. For the performance from the HSM and OS which combines to produce stellar images, it is difficult to not want one in your own bag. At the popular 50-150mm focal range, this lens can be used for close . . . read more

Nikon D5200 review by Daniel Bell at EPZ: The successor to the D5100 has an excellent set of features and takes superb pictures.

When we reviewed the D5100 in April of 2011 we were impressed and gave it our highly recommended award. The biggest change on the D5200 is the upgrade to the 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, with the D5200 producing 5 star quality images. The D5200 can also shoot at a faster rate of 5 fps in continuous shooting. The D5200 is compatible with a number of accessories such as the Wireless Mobile Adapter (WU-1a) allowing sharing of images with mobile devices. There are also a couple of wireless remote controls available to purchase. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens Review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: If you can afford the hefty price tag then we can highly recommend the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM as an excellent standard zoom lens for Canon full-frame DSLR owners.

The Lens was tested with a Canon EOS 6D Full frame camera. On a cropped Dslr its reach would be between the 'not wide enough' and 'not long enough'.

"The Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is a very capable but also very pricey standard zoom lens that will appeal most to wedding and reportage photographers looking for a lightweight and responsive lens. It also usefully doubles up as a competent macro lens, perhaps saving the extra expense and space required by another dedicated optic.Given its L-series billing, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM build quality is reassuringly excellent and it makes a perfect partner to a full-frame Canon DSLR like the EOS 6D that we tested it with. Auto-focusing is quiet and quick, with the ability to manuall . . . read more

Nikon D5200 gets DXO marked, surprises us all: It's Toshiba made sensor scores higher than the Sony counterpart used in the D3200, and Sony's own cameras, of course.

"With the introduction of the D3200 last year, the decision to refresh the APS-C (DX) format DSLR range from the entry-level model and now the D5200 with 24-megapixel sensors was a bold move for Nikon. The new sensors comfortably out-perform the current Canon offerings in practically every metric. And, by adopting a new sensor design in the D5200, it appears to be an attempt to differentiate that model from their entry-level camera while also overshadowing the Sony SLT Alpha 65.

An overall sensor score of 84 places the Nikon D5200 in first place in the DxOMark rankings for a camera with an APS-C size sensor, just two points ahead of semi-pro (and considerably pricier) Pentax K-5 II and the K-5 IIs derivative. Both these models employ a Sony sensor, but a 16-Mpix model with theoretically larger light gathering pixels.

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Old pops Canon EF300mm f/2.8 IS USM goes to the DXO mark party, ends up with a retirement plaque and a nice watch.

the Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM released in 1999 is long overdue

15 years in lens years, how much does it make in human years? Never mind, the guys in Boulogne-Billancourt are impressed:

"Taking a lens launched in 1999 and testing it against more current models is always going to be an interesting exercise. Fortunately for the EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM, the test data backs up what users have known for years – it really is very good. If you’ve got one and have been considering an upgrade to the Mark II version, you will find improved optical performance, though not by much. The main benefits will be in the reduction in weight (2,550g vs 2,400g) and the . . . read more

Nikon D5200 video review (with transcript) at Digital Camera World: Thanks to it’s 24.1 million pixel sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine the D5200 is capable of recording lots of detail and noise is well controlled, but better keep it below ISO 3200.

"Nikon has given the D5200 the same 2,016-pixel metering sensor as the D7000 and this proves very capable so images are well exposed in most situations. Colours are also good, although in shaded conditions the automatic white balance system can produces images that look a little bit too gloomy and under-saturated. All things considered, the D5200 is a very good camera, but it’s a shame that the screen isn’t touch-sensitive and it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi technology as these look like being key features for 2013.

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens full-frame review by Ivo Freriks at Camera Stuff Review: The Canon 70-300 mm L is, given its optical performance and solid finish, an attractively priced compact telephoto zoom lens.

The lens elements of the Canon 70-300 mm L lens feature the Super spectra coatin

The Lens was previously tested with a cropped camera (EOS 650D) and now with a full frame EOS 5D Mark II Dslr body:

"The Canon 70-300 mm L is, given its optical performance and solid finish, an attractively priced compact telephoto zoom lens. The higher vignetting and distortion that you get, when using this lens, makes the total score of the Canon 70-300 mm L review half a point lower than the final score of our Canon 70-300 mm L review on a Canon 650D. Those who shoot in RAW can easily remove this difference by using the standard lens correction profiles in Canon's DPP software, Lightroom or Photoshop. In short, this is a lens to use with pleasure for years. . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens review by James Leynse at The Online Photographer: I think we have a new winner for "available dark" photography.

Unlike the EF 50mm ƒ/1.4 , nothing shakes when you pick up the 35mm f/2 IS lens.

A Lens review by Mr. Leynse :) The lens was tested on a 5D Mark III body, and this is more of a user experience report (a good one) than a technical review:

"The biggest surprise for me is how effective the image stabilization is on this lens. It's so quiet that I can't tell it's working unless I press my ear against it. Combined with the new high-ISO abilities of the 5D MKIII, I can take pictures in light almost too dim to see by. In fact, it was actually hard to find suitably dark scenes to illustrate the lens's IS ability. For the moment, this might be the best low-light lens around. . . . read more

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM review at Digital Camera Review: If I were stuck on a desert island with only one lens and my camera, this would be it.

The Lens was tested by Chris Gampat using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body:

Overall, not a bad thing can be said about Sigma's 35mm f1.4 EX. The company surely put a lot of time and effort into the design and it's worth every penny. The lens is sharp as a razor, a relative speed-demon when it comes to focusing, and has some beautiful image quality. It may even stay mated to your camera! If we really had to nitpick, we could talk about the lack of weather sealing; but then the $899.00 price point gets factored in. And that understandably keeps the price down. Personally, this is currently my favorite lens--I'm old school and was trained to shoot with all primes. If I were stuck on a desert island with only one lens and my camera, this would be it. Sigma's 35mm f1.4 EX wins my fullest . . . read more

Pentax releases firmware version 1.01 for the K-5II and K-5IIs, adds contrast adjustment on rear lcd and improved stability.

Pentax K-5 II, and Pentax K-5 IIs main features firmware download

"Thank you for using a PENTAX K-5II/K-5IIs digital camera.
PENTAX wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.01 for K-5II/K-5IIs.
Firmware in this document is the software that runs inside digital cameras.
Changes to V1.01
Enabled contrast adjustment on Monitor.
(Added [contrast ]on [LCD setting ]menu)
Improved stability for general performance.

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens Review at SLR Gear: There's a lot to like here: great results for sharpness, low chromatic aberration, and low distortion.

"Sigma's produced an excellent lens in the 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM, with comparatively great performance at the ƒ/1.4 aperture setting, where the lens will no doubt be used for the majority of the time. There's a lot to like here: great results for sharpness, low chromatic aberration, and low distortion. There is some significant corner shading when used wide open, but coupled with the corner softness at the same aperture settings this contributes to an interesting look and subject isolation. If you're looking for corner-to-corner image sharpness you'll need to stop down. The Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 is definitely priced to compete, and designed to perform. . . . read more

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens Review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: We can whole-heartedly recommend the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM as a fast, well-built prime lens that delivers superb results. Essential!

the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens was attached to a Canon EOS 6D body

Mark Goldstein tested this lens on a Canon EOS 6D body and went 'to 11' with his rating of this lens, giving it the unique rating of 'Essential' I also wonder where he tested it, since the lens seems dirty :)

"If the new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens is anything to go by, Sigma are definitely raising their game with the recent introduction of their three new lens ranges (Art, Sports and Contemporary). The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is a fast and tack-sharp lens that exhibits low chromatic aberrations and very little barrel distortion. Vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only real optical issue of note, something that other fast lenses also suffer from, and stopping down to F/4 solves the problem altogether.

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR II (wheew!) Lens short review by J.Meyer at Nphoto Mag: Feature packed and effective, without the pro price tag.

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR II Nikkor lens test

"The 16-85mm acquits itself well in the lab and is a joy to use. The VR system is superb and image quality is impressively sharp, even at the largest apertures, making the f/5.6 at 85mm all the more usable. Contrast is excellent and the lens gives superb results in practically any shooting conditions.

What’s good – Class-leading zoom range, ring-type autofocus, dual-mode stabilisation and superb image quality.
What’s bad – The maximum aperture is f/5.6 at the long end of the zoom range, and only f/5 at about 50mm.
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Nikon D5200 review by Angela Nicholson at the Tech Radar: All things considered, the D5200 seems like a solid proposal, even if it doesn't have anything very new or exciting to offer.

The Nikon D5200 comes with 39 AF points, Multi-Cam 4800DX module and 2016 pixel

"Provided you are happy not to have an array of buttons and dials allowing quick access to key features, the D5200 looks like a great option for enthusiast photographers looking for a small, versatile camera. Obviously we have to add the caveat that we haven't actually seen any images from the D5200 yet, but its pedigree and the fact that we have seen the majority of its constituent parts in action elsewhere, leads us to be fairly certain that this camera will be capable of delivering high-quality results. . . . read more

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