Canon EOS 6D review at Tech Crunch: If the lack of outer AF points and the slowish shooting rate won't bug you, then this camera is capable of everything a modern full frame Dslr should be of.

"For me, photography isn’t my full-time job, but it is a part of my daily duties that often has me snapping photos at events and in auditoriums, under less than ideal lighting conditions. I also often use a camera for close-up gadget shots, again, generally with less than optimal available light. For those purposes, the Canon 6D is a thrilling, welcome addition to Canon’s line-up, at a price that, while still expensive, won’t break the bank for a photographer looking for the expanded composition capabilities of a full-frame sensor. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D ongoing review at TDP updated with iso noise and comparison charts.

TDP may no longer be a Canon exclusive site, having opened its pages to the dark side some time ago, but it still one of the major authoritative sites when it comes to Canon gear reviews:

"Immediately noticeable is that the full frame sensors tested here deliver cleaner images than their smaller-sensored APS-C siblings. The Canon EOS 6D delivers noise levels similar to the smaller-sensor Canon EOS 7D and Canon EOS 60D at an ISO setting of over one stop higher. Compare the 6D's ISO 6400 to the 7D's ISO 3200 for example. . . . read more

DSLR-Check (Japan) runs the Nikon D800E, Fuji X-E1, Nikon D3200, Sony NEX-6, and Olympus E-M5 through ISO noise tests with interesting results.

Clearly the D800E outresolves all others, at any iso sattings, even base iso. However, the interesting thing is how close all the other entries are to each other. This test appear to be in no way scientific, so take it with a grain of noise salt. Click on the chart to see it in full resolution. Here's what Google pransklate has to say:

"The fact that even with only (it almost single-focus) lens angle of view of the standard, personally, but there can be no choice as X mount status quo, because the problem is almost the only lens lineup this happens, fast I just want you to . . . read more

Ken Rockwell finally gets his Canon 6D, starts to review it: "Thus the 6D handles and feels just like the 5D Mark III (with a few improvements)"

"The 6D betters the 5D Mark III because the PLAY and ZOOM buttons are now where we can hit them with our shooting thumb. No longer are they on the wrong side, demanding a second hand, as they are on the 5D Mark III (I program my 5D Mark III to work around this).

All the Auto ISO options and pretty much everything are the same as the 5D Mark III. The LCD lacks auto brightness control, and it otherwise the same awesome screen: the best in any DSLR. . . . read more

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Review at the PhotographyBlog: Excellent, but let's wait for the street prices to settle down.

It will be interesting to follow Tamron's SP (Superior Performance) venture into the marketplace. While Tamron has seemingly made every effort to match the big two in features, build and optical performance, they lost the one big advantage they had over the years: the usually much lower price.

"Image quality is generally excellent at the 70mm, 100mm and 135mm focal lengths, with fantastic sharpness virtually throughout the aperture range. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled and flare is only ever an issue when shooting . . . read more

The Pentax K-5IIs (its the one without an anti-aliasing filter) gets measured up by DXO Mark, comes out unscathed.

"Removing the anti-aliasing filter for greater definition on the Pentax K-5 IIs hasn’t had a negative impact on its DxOMark Camera Sensor Ratings. It’s an exceptional camera that’s top of its class for semi-pro models and holds its own against many expensive pro models, too. It can’t compete with the latest evolution of Nikon full-frame models, like the D600, D800 & D800E or the Sony A99. Where it does fall down however is in the Sports category with Low-Light ISO ratings that don’t come close to professional sports cameras or the full-frame models of the Nikon D600, D800 or D800E. If it’s a studio or . . . read more

A great collection of small articles about everything related to the Nikon D800/D800E and video, by Ron Van Den Kolk.

There are currently almost 20 such articles, covering stuff from "How do I get a clean full screen hdmi output" to "Does the Nikon D800/D800E have an ISO sweet spot with video?" Ron (or is it 'Kolk'? Dutch names confuses me sometimes) also keeps an 'upcoming articles' list, where he mentiones stuff like auto focusing modes, external monitors, how to set exposure for video, and more. If you have a D800/E and like to shoot video with it, this is definitively bookmark worthy. . . . read more

Affordable full frame SLR cameras shootout: Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 vs the rain, at DigitalRev TV

Canon EOS 6D VS Nikon D600

Here's a cheat sheet on some basics:

Image quality: About the same
Auto focus points and speed: Nikon is superior om both counts
High iso: Canon wins
Low light focusing: Canon wins (-3 EV vs -1 EV)
Video quality: Canon wins
Size and weight: Canon is lighter and smaller
Other features: Nikon is less downscaled compared to the bigger model (D800), but the Canon 6D comes with Wi-fi (and a cool remote control app for Ios and Android devices) and GPS. . . . read more

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO review at SLR Gear: Quite simply, one of the sharpest zoom lenses we have had the opportunity to test.

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO without lens hood

"Sigma has a habit of identifying shortcomings in the lens offerings by other camera manufacturers and exploiting them: in 2006, with the introduction of the first 50-150mm ƒ/2.8 DC, it managed a coup, offering a 70-200mm experience for the APS-C camera. Sigma has certainly managed to improve on the initial and subsequent redesign of that lens, in the current optically-stabilized implementation. It's one of the sharpest telephoto zoom lenses we have ever tested, and should warrant serious consideration by photographers shooting with APS-C sensor-based cameras. Not only will you have . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD review at PhotographyBlog: Generally excellent, but costs more than comparable lenses by Canon and Nikon.

Tamron Di macro SP 90mm f/2.8 VC USD

"The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD is an excellent update of Tamron's very popular 90mm lens, with the new optical construction offering great image quality and lovely smooth bokeh, and the built-in image stabilisation increasing its versatility to include hand-held as well as tripod-mounted photography. The auto-focus system is fast and accurate enough to also make the lens useful as a short telephoto for portraits when used on a full-frame camera." . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Lens review at PhotoRevue: The new 90mm macro is a big step-up from the previous model and comparable in quality to the other top SLR macro lenses made by Canon and Nikon.

Tamron's new 90mm macro lens, sans hood.

"he stabilisation system in the Canon and Nikon versions is the latest version of Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) technology. As before, it uses voice coil motors to activate the shake-compensating lens group electromagnetically via three ceramic balls.  The new system has a lighter moving coil attached to the VC element reducing the load on the drive system. (Lenses with Sony mounts lack stabilisation as it's provided in the camera bodies.) . . . read more

What has the world come to? Canon issues service notice about EOS 6D compatibility issues with...Youtube.

Canon EOS 6D disassembled (Photo from Lensrentals.com)

It will become more interesting in the near future with cameras sporting full Android interfaces and whatnots. TDP has the story:

"From Canon USA:
Thank you for using Canon products.

Phenomenon
We have identified a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Cameras from being . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens review at PhotographyBlog: It won't win any image quality awards, but it is worthy of its relatively low pricetag.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

"The lens' centre sharpness, while not quite as “biting” as that of Nikon's most prestigious primes and zooms, is good at most focal lengths and f-stops. Edge sharpness isn't so great, requiring quite a lot of stopping-down to get acceptable results. There are a few other weak points including some h corner shading and quite a bit of chromatic aberration at maximum aperture, a somewhat “nervous” bokeh and a hefty dose of geometric distortions.

Still, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR does offer a useful focal range, well-implemented Vibration . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM lens review at LensTip: Better than its predecessor, but the competition has also moved on, without hiking the price like Canon did.

In 1993 the EF 28-70 mm f/2.8L USM was launched.

"I admit that, while writing a summary of this test, my feelings are mixed. On the one hand I am pleased that the new lens is much better than its predecessor in almost all categories. Its high build quality and good optical properties are exactly those features professional photographers are looking for. In regard to that aspect the lens won’t disappoint you for sure.

On the other hand the competitors also didn’t let the grass grow under their feet and their new 24-70 mm f/2.8 products . . . read more

Canon issues firmware upgrade advisory for the EOS 1Dx, addresses issues with version 1.1.1

Canon 1dx Firmware update fix

Source: TDP

From Canon USA:

It has been confirmed that auto-focusing may not function at f/8 aperture on some Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Cameras with firmware Ver. 1.1.1. We offer our most sincere apologies to customers using this product who have been inconvenienced by this issue. The support measures for this phenomenon are described below.

. . . read more

Nikon D800E vs Pentax 645D review at Pentax Forums: A battle primarily between resolution, versatility, and value.

"Given its surprisingly-good image quality and comparatively low price, it seems that the Nikon D800/800E has taken away many of the advantages that the Pentax 645D held just a year and a half ago.  The Nikon D800E lets professionals and enthusiasts alike enjoy extremely high-resolution photos without having to step up to a medium format camera.  

Granted, you won't get the most out of your D800E without premium lenses and a sturdy tripod, but the fact that the D800E . . . read more

Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review at DPReview: A Superzoom range lens is a marriage of compromises, and this one is no exception.

Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review.

"Autofocus is near-silent, but on the Canon-mount version we tested not especially fast - this is one area where it lags behind similar lenses from Sigma, Nikon or Canon. But the PZD motor is at least faster than the sometimes painfully-slow micromotor used in the older Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-5.6 Di II VC. The image stabilization system works quite well too, although we've found it to be slightly less effective than its predecessor's, it's still good for letting you use shutter speeds a couple of stops slower than you'd otherwise be able to hand-hold without blur. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D 'Follow me around the streets of Hong Kong" video review by DigitalRev TV: The wi-fi smartphone remote app is very neat, and so are most of the other aspects of this camera, sans the video.

Canon EOS 6D front, black, without lens.

"You've been asking for it. Repeatedly. And now we have finally got our hands on Canon's latest, "cheaper", full-frame DSLR. With the name "6D", it fits in slightly below the 5D Mark III. But is this Canon's answer to the D600?"

Canon still holds a vast lead among pro photogs: Reddit users compile the most popular cameras and lenses settings from Reuters '2012 Photos of the Year' into neat pie-charts.

Reuters best of 2012 camera and lenses stats

"Not trying to make any point here, I just love cameras and also statistics. So, I copy, pasted, sorted and tallied the data from the "Reuters Full Focus - Best photos of the year 2012" page (look for the link and thread at the top of [1] http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/I'm an amateur and I like to absorb what I can from shot data. Here's what I tallied: Camera: Canon 1D Mark III (4), Canon 1D Mark IV (26), Canon 1D X (6), Canon 5D (3), Canon 5D Mark II (19), Canon 5D Mark III (8), Nikon D3, NIKON D3S, Nikon D4, Nikon D7000, Nikon D800, Sony DSC H5, Prime Lenses: 15mm, 16 . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR lens review at Photography Life: A lens that excels at being bad, in a non MJ way.

Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR Lens

"In summary, as you can clearly see from this review, the Nikon 18-300mm is a very average lens with average performance overall. It is optically worse than the 18-200mm and it is much bigger and heavier in comparison. It has plenty of distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and other issues, but worst of all – its optical performance and focus accuracy at long focal lengths is disappointing. Personally, I would rather opt for the 18-105mm kit lens or the 18-200mm, both of which are cheaper and better optically. Add the focus breathing “feature” and it becomes more like a 18-135mm lens, so you are not getting the full 300mm anyway (except if shooting objects at infinity)." . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D taken apart, compared to 5D mk II/III, at the LensRentals blog.

Canon 6D partially disassembled with pcb exposed.

"One thing was noted right away. Where the other Canon cameras tend to come apart in modules (you can take off the back, or take off the front, etc.) the 6D was a bit more interconnected. To get the back off required removing the sides and a bit of the bottom for example. A bit of a pain for the exploring types, but I would imagine it also gives more structural support. The body is basically plastic, but like most modern plastics it’s thick and solid. Never a thought that a screw was going to strip out during disassembly. Anyway, after a bit the back was off, and looks, from the inside, pretty similar to all the other Canon backs." . . . read more

Roger Cicala of LensRentals: Yes, the D600 dust/oil/crap on sensor issue seems to go away after some time.

Nikon D600 black front with lens and raised flash.

"hings are definitely better. Where 20 of 20 cameras required cleaning 6 weeks ago, only 11 of 20 did this time (our average for all SLRs would be about 5 of 20).

The location of dust also is looking more normal. When we took all 20 photos and stacked them up in the last article, virtually all of the dust was in the upper left 1/3 of the image, and they were large round specs. While there was still some upper left tendency this time, it wasn’t nearly as pronounced and dust was more evenly distributed around the sensor. And instead of . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Review at SLR Gear: As good as it gets with L glass zooms, at a price.

Canon EF 24-70mm  f/2.8L II black

"Obviously on a sub-frame camera the corners of the lens are not examined by the sensor, so it's not surprising that we see a bit worse performance in the corners with the lens mounted on the full-frame Canon 1Ds mkIII. Performance is still very good when used at the ƒ/2.8 setting; from 24mm to 70mm, we see a sharp central region with some corner softness in each focal length. The lens never shows the tack-sharp results it does when mounted on a sub-frame camera, but the corners are only slightly soft. When diffraction limiting sets in at ƒ/11, it also serves to equalize the corners with the center . . . read more

Pentax K-5II review at NeoCamera: Stuffed with a myriad of features, this Dslr is best at almost everything, except for sports.

Pentax K-5II black, front, no lens.

"Image quality is top-notch, with only the K-5 IIs delivering more details among cropped-sensor DSLRs. It shows extremely low noise, very good sharpness, superb dynamic-range, natural image colors and outstanding white-balance. The unique RAW data recovery feature presents an entirely different image workflow, where one can shoot JPEG and only when needed turn the last capture into a RAW file and reprocess it either in-camera or one the computer. Still, the K-5 II has such sophisticated image parameters that one has a tremendous control over the look images. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D first HD video footage comes online at Vimeo, courtesy of Johnnie Behiri.

Canon EOS 6D front, without lens.

"Canon 6D is the latest in Canon's full frame HDSLR family and honestly, there is simply no substitute for the full frame sensor "look".

The footage was taken with a pre production model camera and hopefully the video quality in the final version will be improved.

Camera strengths: . . . read more

Nikon D600 dust/oil on sensor problem will probably go away after a few thousand shots. Thankfully Nikon doesn't build Airplanes :)

Kyle Clements D600 timelapse dust and oil video on Youtube.

Kyle Clements was the guy with the now famous Nikon D600 dust/oil time-lapse video, and here's what he's come up to, after a third round agaisnt the camera:

"In the comments, a number of people have mentioned that the problem is oil/lubricant spatter, not dust (which explains why the spots will not blow away). And that this is a problem with new cameras, one that will go away after taking several thousand shots. . . . read more

Nikon D5200 preview by Gordon Laing at Camera Labs: Apart from a broader distribution of non cross-type AF points and official support for smartphone control (with an optional accessory), I'd say the Canon T4i / 650D arguably enjoys an overall lead.

The D5200 is equipped with a 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor

"The biggest rival for the Nikon D5200 will be Canon's upper entry-level DSLR, the EOS T4i / 650D. Both cameras cost roughly the same and are aimed at the same people who are looking for a step-up from an entry-level model without the cost of complexity of a mid-range or semi-pro option.

In terms of similarities, both cameras offer fully-articulated high resolution 3in screens, although Canon's is wider, matching the shape of images which fill the display and look a little bigger in Live View composition or playback. The . . . read more

Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro lens review at Canon Revieumors: One of the finest lenses in the EOS family, better suited for a full framer.

Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro USM lens

"So you can use it for macros which is great for landscape and commercial photographers working in product photography. It’s wonderful for portraits, benefiting any portrait artist especially those working in tighter spaces. There’s also the entire wedding photography industry, which requires a multitude of images shot over the period of a day. While I find the macro feature a bit unnecessary for ring photos at a wedding, it doesn’t hurt to have that kind of leverage, while taking away reliance on a tripod with IS and a lighter build for a long day… I’d strongly advocate this lens’ use at weddings, as long as . . . read more

Canon EOS 1Dx review at Pocket (sized reviews) Lint: An astounding pro Dslr with an immortal battery.

Canon 1Dx Front with EF 85mm f/1.2 lens.

"Although video lacks all the bells and whistles that it ought to, firmware 1.1.1 should have been the base operability from day one, and ergonomically we prefer the Nikon D4 - but existing Canon users with lenses are about as likely to go and sniff around the other camp as, well, you can finish that line with whichever inappropriate joke you fancy - on the stills front the 1D X is one impressive shooter that's perfect for studio, sports and low-light photography.

This is no casual snapper; the Canon EOS 1D X is an incredible tool. It's super fast and that's its main selling point. But it's . . . read more

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review at Ephotozine: Optics, construction, but also a price that matches the other big stars in the league.

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review

"Distortion is very well controlled throughout the zoom range. At 70mm only 0.645% barrel distortion is present, which is replaced with 0.42% pincushion distortion at 200mm. If straight lines are paramount, then you'll be pleased to learn that the distortion pattern is uniform across the frame, making it relatively easy to correct in image editing software afterwards, although this distortion is so mild, very few people will actually need to apply any corrections. . . . read more

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