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
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?"
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
"Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus Lens Advantages:
• Vignetting is most controlled in the 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens, at least compared to its Canon relatives.
• With a quick twist of the lens, photographers can utilize the lens’ softfocus feature, which is not available on the 135mm f/2L or 100mm f/2.8 Macro.
• The 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens is most affordable of the three lenses. It can be found on photography retail . . . read more
"There's a reason Canon has never bothered with a -II version of this 35mm lens: it's so good, there isn't any room for improvement. I'm sure Canon will come up with a -II version at twice the price and made of a lot more plastic with virtually identical optical performance one of these days in the interest of cost reduction (for them), but for today, this 35/1.4 is one of the biggest deals in the entire Canon catalog.
I'd use a 72mm B+W 010 MRC UV filter for protection, or the Canon 72mm UV, or an 72mm Hoya Alpha UV. You don't . . . read more
"Looking at the average (mean) for center, average, and corners shows a bit more about the lenses. The old 35mm f/2 does quite well in the center and mid-lens areas, but it’s pretty awful in the corners. The new 35mm f/2 IS and the classic 35mm f/1.4 L do much better in the corners, with the 35 L (stopped down to f/2) clearly better than the new f/2 IS. But the Sigma does better than any of them. . . . read more
"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 has gone completely wild with the pricing of this one. It demands more than twice of what the previous 24-70mm lens used to cost, and a good 1000 $/£/€ more than the excellent Nikkor equivalent. So, is it worth the premium? (Spoiler: no, of course not).
"Sharpness in the centre of the frame is very good to outstanding throughout the zoom range. At 24mm and f/2.8 sharpness . . . read more
Of all the 70-300mm lenses in existense, this is the most expensive one. Is it worth the (hefty) premium?:
"Typical of Canon's L series lenses, this lens feels incredibly well-built and the tough white exterior finishes off the look. Sealing against dust and moisture has been applied to the lens, including a rubber gasket around the metal lens mount to . . . read more
The lens is tested with EOS 5D Mark II and 1D mark IV dslr bodies:
"I came into this review worried I wouldn’t be able to make enough good images with it since I had the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II with me. Thankfully I was wrong! For the purpose of outdoor everyday photography, including a safari, this is a fabulous lens. With the current landscape of lens pricing, I don’t think it’s overpriced. It’ll start dropping in price over the next few months. It’ll also be a lens that’ll show up in rebate programs.
This probably isn’t a lens for weddings, portraits, lowlight or indoor sports (unless it’s well lit or strobed) unless you have no other option. It will be a great lens for outdoor work, safaris, outdoor sports, zoos, kids and general travel shooting. . . . read more
This is the third delay-so far, for the 1D x. Canon USA confirms:
"Updated sales start dates for the EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens
London, UK, 12 April 2012 – Canon would like to advise of updated sales start dates for the previously announced EOS-1D X and EF . . . read more
"Testing a Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8 USM L was like meeting an old friend for me. I owned this lens for several years and we went through a couple of interesting photo adventures during that time (see my portfolio section). Eventually I replaced the lens with an EF 17-40mm f/4 USM L which also marked the end
"The optical design is made of 14 elements in 10 groups with three aspherical elements (ground & polished, replica and glass-molded) plus two UD element. The lens features 7 circular aperture blades. At 84x103mm and 600g it almost feels compact regarding the large max. aperture. A floating system is meant
"On Canon APS-C DSLRs such as the EOS 350D (used for testing) its zoom range resembles ~16-35mm on full frame cameras. One the things you notice upon first contact is its (pseudo-)IF design - the lens does NOT extend during zooming. There is a moving inner tube according to the zoom position (similar to
"Due to the lack of an IS correction group the optical design can follow a minimalistic approach with just 7 elements in 6 groups including one S-UD and one UD element. Well, Einstein once said "Keep things as simple as possible but not simpler" which is probably also a good idea in lens land - e.g. Leica lenses are
"Due to the lack of an IS correction group the optical design is totally different with significantly less lens elements - just 8 elements in 7 groups including 2 UD elements. The aperture mechanism features 8 aperture blades. The min. focus distance is a little disappointing at 2.5m with a max. object magnification
"The Canon EF 300mm f/4 USM IS is part of Canon's professional grade L (Luxury) series. While not exactly a cheap lens the 300mm f/4L IS is particularly interesting for many serious amateurs ("prosumers"). On APS-C DSLRs the field-of-view resembles a classic 480mm lens (full-format) suitable
"The Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L USM II was introduced back in march 1996. The differences compared to the initial version are marginal - Canon decided to replace the build-in hood of the mk I for a snap-on variant. Whether this is a progress or a step back is debatable (personally I would prefer the build-in hood
"The optical design of the lens is made of 14 elements in 12 groups including three UD elements. Typical for all true macro lenses it features a floating system for better close-focus correction. The min. focus distance is 0.48m resulting in a max. object magnification of 1:1. The aperture mechanism features 8
"The optical design of the lens is made of 10 elements in 8 groups including two UD elements. The min. focus distance is 0.9m resulting in a max. object magnification of ~1:5. The aperture mechanism features 8 aperture blades. With a size of 83x112mm it's fairly compact but due to the big glass elements required
"On paper the EF 85mm f/1.2 USM L is usually described as a portrait lens though this scope is certainly much wider. Using an APS-C DSLR the field-of-view resembles a 136mm lens in full-format terms.