Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Well, it will focus on your subject as long as you are within the Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens' tiny focus distance range. Starting at 1x, the MP-E subject is in focus at a slightly more than a 100mm working distance. By 2x, the working distance drops to 63mm. Continuing on a distance curve, the MP-E allows only 41mm of working distance at 5x. You can forget trying to grab a portrait with this

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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"In addition to macro application use, the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens can be used as a normal 50mm lens. Compared to Canon's other 50mm lenses, the 50 macro is slightly longer/narrower/lighter than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens, and both are larger/heavier/have better bokeh quality than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens. The Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens has a 6-blade . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Autofocus is driven by a micro motor. Focus speed is not stellar, but fine in good light with subjects that are not moving too quickly. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens is one of Canon's louder/buzzier lenses - you know when it is focusing. But this is not a wildlife lens - and the noise probably won't bother most people. I suppose a positive aspect of the sound is that you know when it is working - and when . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens falls in the middle of the three 50s I am discussing in many ways. It has the middle price, the middle build quality, the middle weight, the middle size ... It delivers the middle background blur quality - much better than the f/1.8 but not as good as the f/1.2. It shows the middle amount of CA, but often shows strong halation at f/1.4. It also shows the middle amount of . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Now the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens (above right) enters the market. Being a prime Canon L Series Lens, the Canon 50 f/1.2 far exceeds all existing Canon 50mm lenses in nearly all aspects - including three negative ones: size, weight and price. Since Canon already has a 50mm f/1.4 lens, they would not release a slightly wider aperture version at a far higher price, size and weight without . . . read more

7 $tunning Lenses @ Photo District News

With the total worth of these lenses you can buy a nice ranch in Montana, or a night at a boutique hotel in Tokyo. What you CANNOT buy however, are the 7 aforementioned lenses, since at least a couple of them are/will be backordered forever.

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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM review at SLR Gear

"The 200mm ƒ/2.8L is built with great attention to detail, however, does not feature the dust- and weather-resistant gaskets of newer Canon L-class lenses. It also lacks the telltale white finish of Canon's more expensive glass, opting instead for black. The body mount is metal, while the 72mm filter threads are . . . read more

Say Hello to the Canon EF to Nokia N8 Lens Adapter (and a lot of magenta hues)

"I’d like to explain the more finite details about the N8/EF adapter that I completely ignored in the video, the first thing being how I conceived this in the first place. Simply, my 2” nosepiece adapter will not fit on the Takahashi, but a wide mount Canon EF t ring will - so an EF lens adapter was . . . read more

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM reviw at SLR Gear

"The Canon 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L USM is impressively sharp, one of the sharpest zoom lenses we've tested in the 70-200mm range. This is made even more impressive by the fact that the lens design is approaching fifteen years old, designed well before the advent of the digital SLR camera.

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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM review at SLR Gear

"The 15-85mm shows very sharp results, even at its widest apertures. Used wide open at its widest angle (ƒ/3.5 at 15mm) we note a very sharp sweet spot of sharpness in the center, between 1 and 1.5 blur units. There is very light corner softness, approaching 2 blur units in the corners. As the lens is stopped down at

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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM reviw at SLR Gear

"The Canon 17-40mm f/4 L is a high quality lens with a full-frame image circle that showed really exceptional performance on the EOS-20D we used to test it with. (The EOS-20D has a nominally APS-C size sensor, so corner sharpness and distortion will be better than if the lens is used on a camera with a . . . read more

Conorus releases Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter

As if the native NEX mount lenses weren't big enough, now there's also a chance to add a real behemont or two to the mount:

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Lens Repair Data 2011 @ Lensrentals

It seems Sigma lenses tops out at bottom. Or bottoms up at the top? Anyway, that's not the whole picture:

"It may just be us, but during the last year we’ve had an amazing increase in the number of repairs that went straight back to the Service Center because the repair wasn’t made correctly. About one in 20 repairs had to be done over, far more than any previous year. . . . read more

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM review at SLR Gear

"Mounted on the Canon 20D, the lens is very sharp, even wide open at ƒ/2.8. At this aperture setting there is a generous sweet spot of sharpness, showing at less than 1.5 blur units, with corners approaching but not reaching 2 blur units. Stopping down only improves these results, reaching absolute . . . read more

Canon EF 200 mm f/2.8L II USM @ LensTip

"The Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM II, tested by us, at 200 mm showed excellent results in the frame centre and on its edge. Does a much older “prime” can fare better? The 70-200 mm model showed a sensational efficiency of its stabilization, the EF 200 mm f/2.8L USM II doesn’t . . . read more

Six of the best portrait lenses @ BJP

"Professionals don’t like to capture images with all effects in place today. They cannot be removed. In the past there was no choice; diffusing a portrait in the darkroom produced a dark veil – not a light glow and soft focus had to be done at the taking stage. That is no longer so, and a good sharp raw file can be processed as desired without losing the original. . . . read more

Canon 1.4X Extender EF III reviw at SLR Gear

"We used Canon's 200mm ƒ/2.8L II USM telephoto lens to test the 1.4x III Extender, comparing the sharpness of the lens with and without the extender attached. Without the extender, the lens shows very good results at ƒ/2.8, becoming almost tack-sharp at ƒ/4 through to ƒ/11. . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 review at SLR Gear

"In the Chromatic Aberration comparisons, the Canon f/2 actually outperforms (albeit only slightly) both the Canon f/1.4 and Sigma f/1.4 lenses. The latter two had very similar CA results.

The Light Fall-off comparisons for the Canon f/2 to the Canon f/1.4L and Sigma f1.4 EX are on the whole

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM review at SLR Gear

"If you haven't already perused the SLRgear blur plot Viewer that accompanies each SLRgear lens review, now would be an excellent time to study the blur plots for the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens. When you click on the blur plot thumbnail just below the Blur Index caption on the right side of the screen, the viewer

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM reviw at SLR Gear

"The 100-400mm is quite sharp, however, it is not consistently sharp between focal lengths and apertures. Its best results are seen at either 100-135mm and ƒ/8, or 300mm and ƒ/11; some slight corner softness is introduced at 200mm, and 400mm is generally slightly less sharp across the whole frame. At ƒ/8-ƒ/11,

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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM review at photodo

"Weighing just over half a kilogram, this 35mm lens has a fair bit of weight to it, but still it balances well on the EOS 1Ds Mark III used for testing and will do so on other advanced level Canon bodies. Being an 'L' series lens, build quality is top-notch, bearing the usual black finish of non-telephoto lenses of this type and the lens sealed against the elements.

A distance scale window is provided on top of the lens barrel with hyperfocal markings for all apertures

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM review at photodo

"Weighing 640g, this lens isn't overly heavy for a lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture. High quality material have been used in the construction of the barrel so the lens feel reassuringly solid as a result. A rubber gasket is located around the mount, in order to keep dust and moisture from getting inside the camera.

The front filter thread is 82mm in diameter, which may be a little awkward for those who've already

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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM review at SLR Gear

"With the price tag of this lens, you would expect top-tier results - and pleasantly, there's no surprise here. On either the sub-frame Canon 7D or the full-frame Canon 1Ds mkIII, we noted excellent results for sharpness from ƒ/2.8 all the way to ƒ/8. At ƒ/11 diffraction limiting starts to set in, but even then there's no

practical impact on sharpness until ƒ/16, where there is a very slight reduction in overall sharpness. . . . read more

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is far from the first 300mm f/2.8 lens Canon has made and the second image stabilized 300mm f/2.8 lens. The original Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens was a very impressive lens itself - I often used it as my reference lens for DSLR reviewing. Because this lens was so good, I was not overly excited about the version II lens being announced. . . . read more

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM review at SLR Gear

"The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is an update to a classic ultrawide lens. If you're reading this review, you probably already know what you're looking for - a versatile wide-angle zoom lens with a constant wide aperture, built tough as nails. The II version of this lens has only a few refinements on the . . . read more

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM review at photodo

"Simply put, a DO element comprises of two glass elements, which are etched on their facing surfaces with concentric lens surfaces, in a similar way to that found on a fresnel lens but with a few important alterations. The width of the concentric surfaces gets narrower towards the edges of the lens, which gives the elements aspheric properties, and promises to help control colour aberrations more effectively. It also . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II review at SLR Gear

"This lens is one of 6 different 50mm lenses that we did a shootout with. Senior tech Jim Tanner wrote up the test results for each lens on a comparative basis, with charts and graphs showing how each lens did compared to the others in the test. The graphs for this don't fit our usual layout well, so we've assembled

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM reviw at SLR Gear

"As with its 70-200mm f/4 siblings, sharpness is one of the foremost characteristics of the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Wide open, it's just a little off prickly sharp, but on our EOS-20D test body, it was quite uniform across the frame, with no undue softness in the corners. The top right corner comes up a bit in the blur

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Canon 2x Extender EF III review at SLR Gear

"We used Canon's 200mm ƒ/2.8L II USM telephoto lens to test the 2x II Extender, comparing the sharpness of the lens with and without the extender attached. Without the extender, the lens shows very good results at ƒ/2.8, becoming almost tack-sharp at ƒ/4 through to ƒ/11.

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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens Review review at photodo

"Weighing only 280g, this lens is relatively compact and lightweight. Despite the light weight, the build quality is excellent, with much of the barrel being constructed from high grade plastics and the lens mount from metal and it balances well on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II used for testing.

Focusing isn't particularly fast, as is common with macro lenses, but it does hunt back and forth quite a lot . . . read more

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