Reviews

 

DigitalRev Compares the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II with Its Yongnuo Clone

DigitalRev TV, the Top Gear of photography, is the latest to do a hands-on comparison of the classic Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens against its new copycat competitor, the YongNuo 50mm f/1.8. In DigitalRev’s typical fashion, Kai offers a humorous yet insightful look at how the two products compare against one another in performance and build. (Note: there’s a bit of strong language).

Here’s the conclusion: “As a lens in itself, it’s alright for the money. It does the job, it takes half decent images, and performs well enough. But as a copy, it is quite a way off.”

Testing Out a Rosco Gel Kit for Creative and Colorful Photographic Lighting

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I received a Rosco Gel kit a week ago, and after a few tests I can say I really love using all the awesome colors for my photography.

The kit includes 20 individual 30x48cm square sheets for color corrections (e.g. CTO, CTB, ND) and a range of different colors, all of them contained in a protected and resealable packaging.
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An Inspiring Review of Amazon’s Bestselling Tripod

The AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod is a $24 tripod that’s the #1 bestseller over on Amazon. The #1 review on that tripod is the 8-minute video above, submitted by a man named Michael Trimble.

“As you can see I have no arms so I need a tripod that is lightweight but full on perks,” Trimble his writes. “This tripod is EVERYTHING I hoped for & then some!”
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A Hands On Comparison of the 50mm f/1.8 Lenses by Canon and Yongnuo

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup shot a hands on test video that pits the new Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 against the pricier version by Canon. “Yongnuo recently released their first autofocus lens, and it’s half the price of the Canon version,” they write. “We test it to see if we can recommend it for beginning photographers who want an inexpensive, fast lens.”

They conclude that even though the Canon 50mm is the better all-around lens, the Yongnuo “makes a good choice for photographers who want to experiment with primes and background blur” and for “filmmakers and everyone using manual focus.” You can find our previous reviews here and here.

Capturing Big Sur Under Moonlight: Testing the Sony A7s with 4K at ISO 40,000

Photographer Justin Majeczky wanted to test the 4K low-light capabilities of the Sony A7s for a short film he’s planning to shoot this summer, so he took the camera and an Atomos Shogun out to the Big Sur coastline of California in the dead of night to see what the camera could do under moonlight. The video above was captured at ISO 40,000.
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Stress Testing SD Cards to See How Their Real Write Speeds Stack Up

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The popular YouTube tech channel LinusTechTips recently did an SD card showdown to see how the actual performance of the cards compares to what’s written on the labels. One of the things they did was a Canon 6D test, the results of which can be seen in the graphic above (here’s a larger version).
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A Photographer’s Review of the Canon 11-24mm f/4L

Editor’s note: This review is by photographer Tim Dodd. You can follow him on Instagram at @timdoddphotography.


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I keep meaning to post reviews about my gear. I’ve been lucky enough to shoot for years with some of the best lenses in the world. I hold strong opinions on them and rarely do those opinions make it beyond my own inner dialogue.

This time I’m doing it right away. This morning, March 3rd, 2015, I got that ever exciting knock on the door from my FedEx guy. In his hands was a much bigger box than I had envisioned. What lies within it was Canon’s newest drool-worthy lens, the 11-24mm F4L.
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Review: The Canon 11-24mm f/4L is Pricey and Heavy but Unmatched Optically

Canon seems to be playing the numbers game against its arch-rival Nikon. Its new 50MP EOS 5DS and R-variant allowed Canon to leapfrog past Nikon’s D810’s 36MP in resolution. And with this new EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, Canon users can sneer at Nikon’s 14-24mm f/2.8G with “only” 14mm focal length.

But one shouldn’t forget that Nikon photographers have been enjoying 36MP for the past 3 years, and shooting gorgeous 14mm wide-angle images for more than 8 years. Canon is just catching up, but will this ultra wide-angle zoom lens be good enough to justify its retail price of $2,999?
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Battle of the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Lenses: $2,200 Canon Versus $1,500 Tamron

Looking to buy a lens in the popular 70-200mm focal range for your Canon DSLR? If want the best money can buy, you’re probably looking at a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, which costs a hefty $2,200. If you’d like the same range, fixed f/2.8 aperture, and stabilization but at a more affordable price point, the $1,500 Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC might be a product you’ve been eyeing. But how do these two lenses stack up against each other, and how big of a difference is there?

In the 10-minute video above, Kai Wong of DigitalRev pits the two options against each other on the streets of Hong Kong.
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MTF Testing the Canon 11-24mm f/4L, the World’s Widest Full Frame Rectilinear Lens

Editor’s note: If you’re unfamiliar with how to interpret MTF charts, you can find primers here and here.


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I’ll be honest. I’m pretty excited about the Canon 11-24mm f/4 L lens. I love shooting ultra-wide and the chance to shoot this wide with a rectilinear lens on a full-frame camera has me pretty excited. But I’m also very aware of how near-impossibly difficult designing a lens this wide would be, so my expectations were tempered a bit.

There’s a reason I’ll often stitch together a couple of 24mm shots for a landscape rather than take one 16mm shot. OK, there are several reasons, but image quality is high among them.
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