Canon’s EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x Officially Announced

Canon's latest professional telephoto zoom lens features a built-in switchable 1.4x teleconverter, up to 4 stops image stabilizer with IS 'mode 3' that only applies stabilization at the point of exposure, aiding panning, Power Zoom for movie shooting and weather sealing construction. it will be available on May at at an RRP of €14,000

press release:

Introducing the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x – improved performance and versatility for professional sports and wildlife photographers

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 14 May 2013 – Canon today adds a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses, with the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x to Canon’s acclaimed L-series. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features a flexible 200-400mm focal range with a fixed f/4 aperture, 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer and for the first time in a commercially available lens, a built-in 1.4x extender. These features combine to provide an outstandingly versatile lens for professional sports or wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings also make it ideal for mobile use, combining with the finest quality optics to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions. . . . read more

A behind the scenes look at the worlds largest photo: How the 320 Gigapixel London panorama was made, by LJ Rich at the BBC

I had some fun poking around the pano when it was first unveiled, looking for fun curiosa and crazy artifacts, and sure enough, everything from kitchen coops on balconies and image stitching mishaps on an Agmageddonian scale, its all there. But looking at the sheer scale of preparations makes one appreciate the hard work done by the 360cities team behind the pano. Some quick facts: 4 Canon 7D's were used, each with a 2x converter and a 400mm EF lens. Each camera took around 13.000 pictures, while mounted on a sturdy robotic Class Rodeon VR pano-head. The work was finished after only 4 days of shooting, and 3 months of stitching, done in Autopano Giga from Kolor.

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens review at the Lens Tip.

The lens was tested in conjunction with a Canon 1Ds Mark III Full-Frame Dslr Camera.

"The Canon EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM is undoubtedly a well done instrument, in every respect better than the elderly (presented in 1990) Canon EF 35 mm f/2. The problem is that it is also as much as three times more expensive. The price point of over 3000 PLN, and so much you must currently pay for the new Canon, is really dangerously high for two reasons. One of these reasons is called the Canon EF 35 mm F/1.4L USM. Many people might decide to add a bit and purchase a faster L series instrument which is renowned of its excellent properties; mind you, the price of second hand specimen, still in good working . . . read more

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens review at SLR Gear: "Given the few options available (as of February 2013) for Canon EOS-M users, having this prime lens as an option is a no-brainer."

'Few options'? Yeah right, when it comes to mirrorless cameras the options given by Canon are even fewer, so far their only offering is the EOS-M 'slug-o-matic' camera:

"The Canon EF-M 22mm ƒ/2 STM provided surprisingly sharp results. When used wide open at ƒ/2, there is some corner softness to speak of, but the majority of the frame is very sharp. Stopping down to just ƒ/2.8 provides very sharp images - for practical purposes, we would say it's tack-sharp from corner to corner. According to the raw numbers you'll have to stop down to ƒ/4 to see the sharpest results, but to the naked eye I doubt you would see the difference. The lens is sharp all the way to ƒ/8, where diffraction limiting begins to set in, but there isn't a significant impact on sharpness until ƒ/11, and even then it's just a slightly overall decrease. Images start to lose their sharpness at ƒ/16, and become moderately soft at ƒ/22." . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens Review by Bryan Carnathan at The-Digital-Picture.

Bryan is very impressed by the macro mode this lens provides:

"Canon has been turning out impressively-performing zoom lenses recently and I was quite excited to see a repeat performance from this lens. After evaluating three retail-purchased copies of this lens, here are my observations. With a wide open f/4 aperture: At 24mm, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens is very sharp in the center with good sharpness extending to the periphery of the full frame image circle. The 24-70 f/4 L IS gets very slightly softer at 35mm and modestly softer yet (especially in the mid and peripheral image circle) at 50mm f/4 where the lens performs its worst. Sharpness improvement by 70mm . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens review at Camera Stuff Review

Ivo Freriks tests the lens with a Canon T4i/650D Dslr body, and discovers that these two make an excellent combo, especially when video shooting comes to play:

"Optically, the Canon 18-135mm zoom lens STM is slightly better, but not much different than its predecessor. The main differences of this review compared to the Canon 18-135 mm review that we have previously published, is the improved performance for chromatic aberration and vignetting. And these improvements are caused by the in-camera lens corrections made by the Canon 650D. . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM scores high at the DXO Mark test, but finds it hard to dethrone the Sigma f1.4 from the 35mm seat.

If weather sealing was added to Canon's package I'd say it had a fair chance against the Sigma, but as it stands now, its main trumph card is only the smaller size/weight. 

"Attached to a Canon EOS 5D MKII it ranks 4th overall and 2nd for wide-angle primes, just behind the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A, which at a similar cost offers the same focal length, a wider f/1.4 maximum aperture but no Image Stabilization. You can read our DxOMark review of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM here.  . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Review at Ephotozine: The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens offers excellent sharpness and good build quality, but at a high price.

The lens was tested by Gary Wolstenholme with a full frame EOS 6D Dslr body:

"With this lens, Canon have produced something that performs very well indeed, but then you would expect that for the asking price. It may be questionable whether or not having image stabilisation available at this focal length really is a killer feature, as it will really only be of use for photographing static subjects, unless motion blur is required for creative effect. With alternatives that have a faster maximum aperture being available for the same, or slightly more money, it does make it difficult to see the value in this lens. If the price drops as supply of the lens settles down, then it will make more sense in Canon's lens line up. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens Review by Andrew Alexander at SLR Gear: 'Performance at 50mm was unacceptable, even after we had to go through 3 copies of this lens to find the best one."

Another day, another review, and another case of a bad copy lens, an issue I too was confronted with time and again when i bough expensive Canon Glass in the past. Canon L=Lazy quality control? 

"Canon made a smart decision to offer a lower-priced alternative to its 24-70mm ƒ/2.8, in order to give Canon shooters of the more casual or economical nature a way to stay true to the brand name. Unfortunately the lens' performance at 50mm stands out as unacceptable, especially when you consider the lower-priced option here still costs $1,500. Coupled with the fact that we had to seek out the best version to get even these results, this does not breed confidence in the lens. . . . read more

Battle of the bokeh: Kai W checks out the full frame 35mm royalty, and some models too.

After Top Gear gets canceled, because of Jeremy's nth remark for verbally abusing minorities/foreigners/the Welch or whatever, I hope we'll see Jezza and Kai doing a Top Photo Gear program together, with explosions, tanks (lots of optics in these nowadays) and even more explosions!

Back to reality now, this time Kai gets his hands on the crème de la crème of 35mm lense$: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM, and the underdog that ate them all for breakfast, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM:

"The Battle of the Bokeh is back and we're looking at some fast 35mm lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sigma with the Canon 35mm 1.4L, Nikon 35mm G AF-S. This time, however, it's up to you to vote, and the video shows you the results of the blind-bokeh test. Which lens has the best bokeh?"

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with inbuilt 1.4 teleconverter hands-on review by Joshua Holko.

This is the second Canon lens to employ a built-in converter, after the FD 1200mm f5.6 that debuted way back at the Los Angeles Olympics. I wonder why Nikon did not resort to such a solution for its new 800mm f/5.6 lens, since the size of the dedicated 1.25x converter is truly diminutive in comparison to the lens body anyway. Back to the Canon 200-400mm, that has got to be one of the most expected pro lenses from Canon in ages, Joshua finds it to be very sharp wide open, 'at least as sharp as the EF 300mm f2.8 L IS lens, or even the EF 400mm f2.8 L IS lens.

The lens is a pre-production model, and it is mounted on a 1DX body, but at these huge lens sizes its rather the other way around. Kudos to Canon if that will be proven in a more controlled testing environment. Furthermore, we get to see the 1.4x converter in action, and Joshua finishes the review by assuring us that a 2.0x tele converter CAN be used with this lens, with only a minimal sacrifice in image quality, producing a 1120mm f8.0 max tele range!  . . . 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

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

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!"

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

Canon EF-M 18-55 IS STM lens review by Ken Rockwell: This EF-M 18-55 IS STM is the best 18-55mm lens I've tested for Canon.

This Canon EF-M 18-55 IS STM is the best 18-55mm lens I've tested for Canon. This makes perfect sense because the EF-M format allows the lens designers the freedom to place the rear elements much closer to the sensor than the EF-S lenses which have to be designed around avoiding the flipping mirror of DSLRs  I'm sort of ashamed on Sony's part, but the Sony DT 18-55mm SAM and Sony NEX E 18-55mm OSS are poor by comparison. The Sony lenses are much softer and more distorted. Canon doesn't screw around when it comes to lenses; Canon is an optical company first and foremost, not a stereo equipment company like Sony. . . . read more

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.

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

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 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-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens review by Ken Rockwell: The Canon 22mm is super sharp at all settings, however coma softens the far corners a little at f/2.

The Canon 22mm f/2 STM is inside out from a modern pro lens: it's metal on the outside for show, and plastic on the inside for low cost. It's super-compact and performs excellently, so I'd strongly suggest it for the EOS-M, since the whole point of the EOS-M is tiny size. This lens is tiny. Manual focus is awful; don't bother trying to use the manual focus ring. The ring is merely an input to a computer, which in turn controls the lens motor — if you have everything else set properly. . . . 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.

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

Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens review by Justin VanLeeuwen at Canon Rumors: Is it worth more than twice the 70-200 f’/4L IS? Yes, if the ability to shoot at f’/2.8 across this entire range is what you need.

The lens was tested on EOS 5D Mark III, Mark II, and 7D bodies, and according to the reviewer performed admirably on every occasion:

I can’t find anything wrong with the 70-200 f’/2.8 L IS II, even the weight isn’t so significant that I whine, especially when I consider the results. If you want one of the very best telephoto zoom lenses with a consistent wide-open aperture this is, without compromise, it. If you want incredibly professional looking photographs with a sharp subject and a blurred out background with the versatility of a zoom, this is for you. Is it worth more than twice the 70-200 f’/4L IS? Yes, if the ability to shoot at f’/2.8 across this entire range is what you need. If you’re stuck shooting at . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM lens review by Ken Rockwell: The Canon 24-70mm f/4 L is excellent. Its sharpness varies very little from center to edge and stays about the same with aperture changes.

The lens was tested with a Canon 5D Mark III Dslr body:

"So long as you're in focus, sharpness doesn't vary much from perfection, except by f/11, where diffraction softens the image. Hey, sorry to spare you endless boring charts, but with a lens this good, there's nothing to show other than sharp pictures under all conditions. With a lens profile on my Canon 5D Mark III or similar camera, falloff is never visible at any setting. Flare and ghosts are very well controlled, but if you push it, you will get a green dot or two. . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-f5.6 IS STM review (tested with a Canon 7D) and score by DXO Mark: An excellent Super Zoom but no significant improvement.

"With a DxOMark Score of 12 the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-f5.6 IS STM achieves an excellent rating for an all-in-one Super Zoom lens. In terms of Sharpness the latest version just edges out its predecessor the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5 –f/5.6 IS to make it the sharpest Super Zoom on the DxOMark tested database.

Updated from a previous version to include Canon’s new Stepper Motor for silent autofocus during video capture the DxOMark Scores indicate there’s no discernable difference in optical performance between the new and old versions. There

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Canon EF 50 f/1.2L lens (mounted on a Canon 5D Mark III) review by Justin Van Leeuwen at Canon Rumors: It’s a pro lens, and with that comes the need for a pro’s experience to handle it.

"I knew why I purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.4 over the 50mm f/1.8; the more rounded (not hexagonal) bokeh, and the slightly better build. That’s a few hundred bucks. The Canon 50mm f/1.2 L is more than four times the price of the 1.4. This is a cost/value factor we often weigh, and I have personally never once been let down by the better glass I’ve purchased, where I have with less-than-the-best. The aperture may be a bit misleading, I don’t consider f/1.2 useful for me, I have a hard time focusing that shallow of depth of field, and while a good camera body like the 1DX or . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 lens review (tested on a 5D Mark III) by Ken Rockwell: This 35/2 is smaller, lighter and less expensive than any other fixed Canon 35mm AF lens. It's also just as sharp, with less flare, very slightly less distortion and better sunstars.

"This said, the Canon 35mm f/2 is among the sharpest wide lenses I've tested, just like the 35mm f/1.4 L (1998-) and new 35mm f/2 IS (2012-). The only differences between these and the 24-70/2.8 L II is if you're looking in the far corners on full-frame, in which case, this original 35/2 is slightly less sharp than the others wide-open, but the same stopped down, and the same throughout 95% of the rest of the image that matters.

This 35/2 is extraordinarily sharp and contrasty, even at f/2. Throughout 95% of the image, there is no difference between f/2 and stopped down, as seen on a 22MP 5D Mark III at the test range at infinity. As one stops down to f/8, the . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens review by Ken Rockwel: It is very sharp, but not much better than Canon's older and much cheaper 35mm f/2 lens. If you need something really better, go with the EF 35mm f/1.4 L Lens.

"The Canon 35mm f/2 IS is among the sharpest wide lenses I've tested, just like the 35mm f/1.4 L (1998-) and original 35mm f/2 (1990-). The only differences between these and the 24-70/2.8 L II is if you're looking in the far corners on full-frame wide-open, in which case, the original 35/f2 is slightly less sharp, and all the rest are also about the same, with this 35/2 IS and the 24-70/2.8 L II being very slightly better in the corners wide-open.

This 35/2 IS is extraordinarily sharp and contrasty, even at f/2. Throughout most of the image, there is little or no . . . read more

Canon 24-70mm f/4.0 L IS lens Resolution Tests by Roger Cicala at Lens Rentals: This is a good lens, but I at the price point I’d probably prefer the f/2.8 of the Tamron VC to the new Canon’s f/4.

"Obviously this hasn’t told us a thing about autofocus accuracy, bokeh, or a dozen other things that have to be considered when choosing a lens. Just like you, I’ll be waiting for more complete reviews to tell us about that.

On the basis of this information, though, I’m . . .  well, I don’t know what I am. This is a good lens, but I at the price point I’d probably prefer the f/2.8 of the Tamron VC to the new Canon’s f/4. The macro feature is nice and will certainly pull some

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Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM goes to the DXO mark shop, comes out pretty unscathed: This Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM is a very good lens, if you are looking for a 28mm lens then really this is the only one that stands out.

"Among Canon’s own lenses the EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM can hold its head high, it performs very well, so is it worth looking further afield too? Carl Zeiss also produces a 28mm lens in Canon fit, their Distagon f2 ZE. Without image stabilization or auto focus this is a lens that needs to perform significantly better to justify costing twice as much: It doesn’t, it actually matches the Canon virtually point for point, it’s only benefit apparently being its wider aperture. However Canon’s image . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review by Gary Wolstenholme at Ephotozine: Descent but not exceptional, and very expensive when not sold as part of a kit.

The old Canon 18-135mm IS USM lens reincarnated with a stepper motor, more suitable for video recording where smoothness and silence during AF operation is a prerequisite:

"At maximum aperture and 18mm sharpness is already excellent in the centre of the frame, with the clarity towards the edges of the frame being not too far behind. Peak sharpness is achieved between f/4 and f/5.6 for this focal length, and sharpness is excellent across the frame at these apertures. . . . read more

Canon 135mm f2L USM gets DXO Marked, the oldie still holds its own after so many years.

"16 years on from its launch the 135mm f/2L USM is still a solid option for portrait, sport and low-light photography. That said as lens development continues to evolve recent telephoto primes like the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM do demonstrate notable improvements in Sharpness. Although performing well in all our DxOMark Lens Metric Scores the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM only ranks 5th for EF mount telephoto primes on the EOS 5D Mark II and new in terms of quality to price ratio the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is noticeably sharper and a . . . read more

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