Reviews

 

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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Review: The Fujifilm X100T Has Changes Galore, But Should We Buy It?

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When the X100 was first released by Fujifilm the camera world popped with excitement. It was revolutionary in the eyes of many photographers. When the X100S dropped, we lauded Fujifilm shouting “Yes! They fixed so much!”.

Now with the December release of the X100T, we are tickled pink with excit… err… well… In a market now saturated with vintage-styled cameras, all of which are more than capable in every aspect, do we still care about the new Fuji offering?
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Book Review: ‘The Decisive Moment’ by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Wow… Where do I even begin? I would say that “The Decisive Moment” by Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the most beautiful photo books I have ever handled, and it is a book that brings me extreme joy and happiness (you can see all the photos from the book for free over at Magnum Photos).
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Testing the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 with Nightscape Photography

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February has brought back the galactic core of the Milky Way into the sky. It is now rising in the east just before sunrise. Each week it will rise a little bit earlier in the night.

I have a trip planned for this spring and have been thinking about some of the shots I want to do. One of them is one where I think a lens longer than the 24mm might be useful to really bring some mountains and the Milky Way together.
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A Review of the Venus 60mm f/2.8, the World’s First 2:1 Macro Lens with Infinity Focus

Last month, a Chinese company called Venus Optics unveiled a 60mm f/2.8 lens, the first 2:1 magnification lens with infinity focus. Thomas Shahan, the “Bob Ross of macro photography“, was sent a copy from the company and reviewed it in the 4.5-minute video above.
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Shooting with the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 in a Cold and Rainy Outdoor Portrait Session

Editor’s note: This our third hands-on test of the super affordable Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 clone lens. We previously shared casual and optical tests.


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I was finally able to get the stars to align and get an outdoor session set up to test the new Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8. I booked an amazing model, Halie Jaye from Envy Model Management, and an equally fantastic makeup artist Carly Ryan. We decided to brave the frozen tundra of Mount Charleston outside of Las Vegas.
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Comparing the Optics of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 and the $125 Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

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I recently did a simple review that compared Yongnuo’s new $40 clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II. Today I will dive a little deeper into how the two lenses stack up optically.

There’s only so much that can be tested in home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home.
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A First Review of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 ‘Nifty Fifty’ Clone

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I will be the first to admit that I am not a street photographer, not a wedding photographer, and don’t generally shoot in low light, but I wanted to get a review out since I just received my two copies of Yongnuo’s $40 clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II.
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A Casual Review of the Fujifilm X100T

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For the last 21 days I have been in Japan putting Fujifilm’s new X100T through its paces.

This review will not cover every technical aspect of the X100T, but rather how it feels to shoot with it every day and how it fits in with my workflow.
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external Review: Lytro’s Illum is Expensive, but Less Gimmicky Than We Thought —Engadget

As an everyday tool, Lytro’s second-gen effort is still a bit too cumbersome for me to dedicate space in my main camera bag. As a statement of intent, though, the Illum succeeds in demonstrating Lytro’s aim of leapfrogging its past efforts.

 
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