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  • Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review
    s 1 4x II and 2x II Extenders as well as EF 12 II and EF 25 II Extension Tubes You can also attach a gelatin filter to the lens using a Gelatin Filter Holder Adapter III or IV The factory box includes Canon EF 300mm f 4L IS USM lens front and rear caps a tripod mount ring LZ1128 lens case manual and registration card Summary Lens Composition 15 elements in 11 groups Angular Field 8 degrees Minimum Focus 1 5m 4 9ft Focusing Action AF MF USM type f stop Scale f 4 f 32 camera controlled Filter Size 77mm Lens Hood Built in Weight 1190g 2 6lbs Dimensions 90x221mm 3 5x8 7 Lens Case LZ1128 included Field Tests The lens showed pretty good performance in the field Images were sharp and contrasty across the tested aperture range with colors coming up on a slightly warmer side which is pretty typical for Canon lenses There was no visual degradation in border quality across the aperture range I have not had a chance to test the lens with either of Canon s tele converters so it would be interesting to see whether the border performance remains adequate The lens handled with ease while not the lightest telephoto on the market you can still shoot it from hand and IS is here to help As I ve been saying in my other reviews I like the idea of having an image stabilization available for long range photography but I am not that convinced that having IS built into a lens is a better option then having it in a camera Canon could have reduced the size and probably weight of the lens had it not been for the IS Just random rumbling Anyhow AF system was quite fast on this lens but did hunt occasionally at close distances closeup photography But since I used the lens primarily for telephoto shooting this did not really bother me at all For those of you who plan to use the lens for closeup photography you can always switch the lens into MF mode Vignetting f 4 full frame vs 1 6x crop Vignetting was well under control on both APS C and FF cameras which does not come as a surprise for such a long telephoto lens Ditto for barrel distortion and flare Color fringing was very rare it would creep up occasionally around corners in some very challenging lightning situations but even then was mild at worst ISO 100 1 400 f 4 300mm 100 crop Sample images coming soon Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C The lens performed quite well in the lab with balanced results across tested aperture range While both center and border performance was not necessarily the highest among all fixed focal lenses it was quite respectable

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  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Review
    USM is a pretty long albeit relatively narrow lens Pop out the build in lens hood and you are guaranteed to gather some curious looks from passersby It s certainly not the longest or the heaviest super telephoto lens out there but at almost 1 3kg 3lb the hand held photography with it is going to be somewhat unwieldy You will obviously be better off if you are using auto focusing which is pretty fast and accurate in most situations read in good lightning conditions However if you plan to manual focus the lens then things will quickly get pretty complicated here a good IS system would be quite useful rotating the wide focusing ring and at the same time holding a pretty heavy combination of camera lens is going to take some practice Hence most of users will probably be better off when using a tripod Overall tThe lens showcased very solid resolving capabilities in the field Images were quite sharp in the center however the lens seemed to produce somewhat softer results around borders when used on a full frame camera The overall difference was pretty minor and in many cases barely noticeable to the naked eye so there is no reason to panic in my opinion Most photographers would use some form of sharpening in post processing anyway which should in most cases mask the somewhat weaker border resolution Left ISO 500 1 1000 f 5 6 Right ISO 500 1 500 f 8 Canon 5D Canon EF 400mm f 5 6L USM showed pretty decent handling of flare as can be seen from the shots above With a strong direct light source positioned within or close to the image frame in the examples below the sun was hitting the front element of the lens at about 35 degrees the lens showed some minor reduction in contrast across the frame but that was pretty much it Even the contrast loss was pretty minimal at f 5 6 and smaller apertures like f 8 and f 11 did not feel much different Vignetting f 5 6 full frame vs 1 6x crop 400mm The lens showed practically no vignetting on both APS C as well as FF cameras straight from f 5 6 Not a major achievement though considering that this is such a long lens with a pretty conservative read slow maximum aperture In general color handling was quite good The lens did not show any major sign of color fringing with both axial as well as longitudinal chromatic aberration seemingly under control Images carried sufficient amount of contrast throughout the aperture ranges tested in the field colors were well saturated albeit the color palette was a bit on the warmer side which is common for most Canon lenses ISO 500 1 1250 f 5 6 400mm 100 crop Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews canon lenses canon super telephoto 56 canon

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  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Review
    S cameras with 1 6x crop ratio it has a field of view similar to that of a 160mm lens on a full frame SLR The lens accepts optional EF 67 lens hood and is compatible with Canon s EF 12 II and 25 II Extension Tubes If you plan to use gelatin filters you need to obtain optional Gelatin Filter Holder Adapter III or IV You can also use optional Tripod Mount Ring B that attaches to the rear of the lens to achieve better balancing when shooting with a tripod The factory box includes Canon EF 10mm f 2 8 USM Macro lens front and rear caps manual and registration card Summary Lens Composition 12 elements in 8 groups Angular Field 24 degrees Minimum Focus 31cm 1ft Focusing Action AF MF USM f stop Scale f 2 8 f 32 camera controlled Filter Size 58mm Lens Hood ET 67 optional Weight 600g 21 1oz Dimensions 79x119mm 3 1x4 7 Lens Case LP816 optional Field Tests The lens performed quite well in the field with sharp results across pretty much entire tested aperture range well maybe a tidbit softer around borders at f 2 8 but only a bit At f 2 8 the lens produced very pleasant bokeh at macro ranges Inner focusing most certainly is another reason to like this lens when doing macro photography AF was very fast in telephoto shooting but did hunt occasionally in closup scenarios As is typical of most Canon lenses EF 100mm f 2 8 USM Macro produced somewhat warmer color palette something that can be easily fixed during post processing step so there s nothing to worry about here Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop As expected from a prime telephoto lens Canon EF 100mm f 2 8 USM Macro showed no visible distortion Vignetting was very minimal at f 2 8 on a full frame Canon 5D and non existent on Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi Chromatic aberration and flare were well under control with both full frame and APS C bodies ISO 100 1 500 f 2 8 100mm 100 crop Sample images coming soon LabTests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C The lens performed quite well on an APS C camera with very balanced overall results Sharpness in the center is pretty good starting at the widest aperture setting and improves slightly once stopped down peaking in the f 4 f 5 6 range Border quality is reasonably good at f 2 8 and also improves with stopped down aperture At its peak around f 4 f 5 6 the lens is capable of producing outstanding 19in and decent 24in prints Conclusion The results of the tests support widely believed opinion that Canon EF 100mm f 2 8 USM is a hidden L lens

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  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Review
    100mm f 2 8L IS USM Macro Lens Review Field Tests and Sample Images Lab Tests with APS C and FF cameras Recommendation and User Comments Tweet Page 1 of 4 Introduction Canon EF 100mm f 2 8L IS USM is the newest addition to the manufacturer s lineup of macro lenses and is the second Pro grade or L classified macro lens besides the EF 180mm f 3 5L Macro USM The lens is derived from the EF 100mm f 2 8 Macro USM which was released back in 2000 and is the first Canon macro lens to incorporate an Image Stabilization technology Moreover this is also the first lens to incorporate the newest Hybrid IS system everybody is jumping on the Hybrid bandwagon these days whether it makes sense or not which is said to compensate for both angular and shift camera shake and is operational at all focusing distances including macro The lens was introduced in mid 2009 and is currently priced at US 1 050 The build quality of the lens is very similar to that of other L lenses it can t really compare to Leica or Carl Zeiss precision manufactured and polished all metal bodies but is significantly better then your typical consumer grade lens The barrel is made of hardened plastic and while it does not look too flimsy if you tap on it with your fingernail you d be immediately convinced that the barrel will not be able to withstand too heavy abuse The optical construction of the lens consists of 15 elements in 12 groups including a single UD element The lens weighs 625g 22oz and measures 77 7 x 123mm 3 1 x 4 8in As with the previous model Canon EF 100mm f 2 8L IS USM incorporates a

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  • Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens Review
    minimum focusing distance ISO 400 1 13 f 3 5 180mm Canon 5D As mentioned earlier Canon EF 180mm f 3 5L Macro USM is one of the longest macro lenses capable of 1 1 lifesize magnification There obvious benefits to that as well as some subtle disadvantages On the positive side you can achieve the lifesize macro at much longer distances ever tried taking macro shots of a grasshopper at 20cm the typical macro distance for 50 60mm macro lenses At the same time with longer macro lenses would require you to leave more distance to the subject to achieve framing similar to that of shorter macros The end result is that the 180mm lens will flatten the target subject significantly more then say a 50mm macro This actually also means that it would be easier to render a more pleasing out of focus background with longer macro lenses simply because there will be less of it in the frame Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews canon lenses canon macro 45 canon ef 180mm f35l macro usm lens review sigProGalleriace1f073cd2 Setting the theory aside Canon EF 180mm f 3 5L Macro USM showed pretty consistent performance at macro distances throughout the tested aperture range The images above show that the center performance is practically identical However border performance is somewhat hard to eyeball here due to the rather shallow DOF ISO 400 1 50 f 3 5 180mm Canon 5D When shot with wide open aperture the lens produced predominantly round uniformly lit out of focus highlights One can see occasional brightly lit outlining but OOF highlights were mostly pretty neutral There was no sign of double edging around OOF objects but contrast transitions in the near and far OOF areas were somewhat on the harsher end Left ISO 100 1 400 f 3 5 Right ISO 100 1 80 f 8 Canon 5D Like most lenses Canon EF 180mm f 3 5L Macro USM fell prone to flare in certain situations As can be seen from the images above with a strong direct light source in this case sun positioned near or directly within the frame the lens produced quite noticeable glare Wider apertures were more susceptible to this problem with flare manifesting itself through a greatly reduced contrast across the entire picture frame The amount of this artifact can obviously be reduced if a proper lens hood it used Better yet changing the image composition can completely eliminate flare Vignetting f 3 5 full frame vs 1 6x crop 135mm The lens showed moderate degree of vignetting on a full frame body with wide open aperture This is somewhat disappointing considering the focal length and the relatively slow maximum aperture of the lens Vignetting is still present at f 4 as well as at f 5 6 albeit in very small amounts By f 8 vignetting is completely gone On an APS

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  • Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Review
    to AF using a AF MF switch on the side of the barrel The lens does not have a dedicated aperture control ring since all aperture settings are set electronically from the camera The optical construction consists of 12 elements with a floating optical system designed to improve image quality at close macro distances Speaking of macro distances the lens offers a 1 1 life size macro at its closest focusing distance of 20cm 0 65ft Compare this to EF 50mm f 2 5 Compact Macro that offers a 1 2 magnification and requires an optional Life Size Converter to go to 1 1 The minimum supported aperture is f 32 and the lens supports 52mm screw in type filters Like most standard angle prime lenses EF S 60mm f 2 8 Macro USM is pretty compact and light measuring 73 x 70mm 2 9 x 2 8in and weighing 335g 11 8oz As mentioned earlier EF S 60mm f 2 8 Macro USM is designed for APS C type sensors and on a full frame body it will have a field of view equivalent to a 96mm lens The factory box includes Canon EF S 60mm f 2 8 Macro USM lens manual and registration card The lens is compatible with Canon s Gelatin Filter Holder Adapters III IV Extension Tubes EF 12 II and EF 25 II and can accept optional ET 67B lens hood Summary Lens Composition 12 elements in 8 groups Angular Field 25 degrees Minimum Focus 20cm 0 65ft Focusing Action AF MF USM f stop Scale f 2 8 f 32 camera controlled Filter Size 52mm Lens Hood ET 67B optional Weight 335g 11 8oz Dimensions 73x70mm 2 9x2 8 Lens Case LP1016 optional Field Tests Canon EF S 60mm f 2 8 Macro USM showed excellent performance in the field with tack sharp images in the center as well as around borders Majority of lenses suffer at wide apertures especially around borders this was not the case with EF S 60mm f 2 8 and the lens excelled throughout the aperture range with no visible softness whatsoever Images carried very good detail and had excellent contrast throughout the tested apertures Color reproduction was quite accurate and unlike most of Canon s other lenses EF S 60 2 8 did not show typical to Canon warmness in colors Vignetting f 2 8 1 6x crop The lens did not produce any major vignetting throughout the aperture range Ditto for barrel distortion which is not surprising for a standard lens The lens also showed basically no color fringing across the frame which is obviously another positive capability ISO 100 f 2 8 1 1600 60mm 100 crop Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews canon lenses canon macro 48 canon ef s 60mm f28 macro usm lens review sigProGalleriad53b515ca5 Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable

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  • Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Lens Review
    Canon TS E 24mm f 3 5L showed mixed performance in the field Image quality in the center was quite good but unfortunately quality around borders suffered on both APS C as well as FF cameras Border quality suffers mostly at wider apertures where the difference in quality is actually visually noticeable Regretfully stopping down the lens did not seem to help much and image quality around borders stayed kind of on softer side all the way until about f 5 6 for an APS C body and f 8 for a FF camera Vignetting f 3 5 full frame vs 1 6x crop 24mm In its default non shifted position the lens showed relatively small amount of vignetting with wide open aperture Considering that we are dealing with a relatively slow maximum aperture here this does not come as a major surprise Vignetting is further reduced with stopped down aperture and by f 5 6 is all but gone However vignetting is increases as you start shifting the lens reaching very pronounced levels at the maximum shift position The lens shows even less amount of vignetting on an APS C body At f 3 5 vignetting is minimal and at f 4 it is basically non existent Canon TS E 24mm f 3 5L showed good handling of color with images generally carrying decent amount of contrast throughout the aperture range Canon TS E 24mm f 3 5L produced minor degrees of color fringing lateral CA around borders pretty much throughout the aperture range but kept axial CA to the minimum The lens also fell prone to some barrel distortion ISO 100 1 2000 f 3 5 24mm 100 crop Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews canon lenses canon tilt shift 44 canon ts e 24mm f35l lens review sigProGalleria6fcba5461b Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras as well as cameras from different manufacturers are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for all types of cameras Canon APS C Canon TS E 24mm f 3 5L somewhat mixed performance in the lab Center image quality remained very solid throughout the aperture range with peak performance around f 5 6 f 8 However border image quality did suffer which is quite noticeable at f 3 5 Here image quality is plain mediocre and does not really match the high expectations typically associated with Canon s L grade lens What was even more disappointing is that border performance did not really improve much until f 5 6 In general the lens shows its best performance in the f 5 6 f 8 range where it is capable of producing outstanding 16in and decent 19in prints Conclusion Not very impressive The lens shows performance that could be considered OK for an average mainstream lens but not a supposedly pro grade wide angle MTF50 Line Width Inch

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  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review
    f 2 8 f 22 camera controlled Filter Size 82mm Lens Hood EW 83E included Weight 640g 1 4lb Dimensions 88x112mm 3 5x4 4 Lens Case LZ1319 included Field Tests Canon EF 16 35mm f 2 8L II USM showed outstanding performance in the field with excellent performance both in the center as well as around borders pretty much throughout the zoom range This actually came as a total surprise since the lens has moderately fast maximum aperture and I expected it to produce somewhat softer results around borders After all this is pretty common for the majority of ultra wide lenses zooms and fixed focals alike Well I m glad this was not the case and the images the lens produced were crisp albeit on a warmer side which is common for Canon lenses Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop 16mm Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop 35mm The lens showed very pronounced vignetting on a full frame Canon 5D at the widest aperture level Amount of vignetting is reduced towards the longer end of the zoom range but it never completely disappears at wide apertures As always stopping down the lens reduces vignetting and by f 5 6 it becomes quite minimal And on an APS C camera the lens shows practically no vignetting throughout the zoom range Surprisingly for an ultra wide zoom that is the lens showed negligible amount of chromatic aberration even at its widest aperture level and held its ground against flare ISO 100 1 1000 f 2 8 16mm 100 crop Canon EF 16 35mm f 2 8L II USM image gallery Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C The lens showed superb results in the lab excelling on the wider side of the zoom range where both center as well as border performance was outstanding straight from f 2 8 Center performance actually remained on a consistently high level throughout the zoom range and at all tested aperture levels Surprisingly overall border quality was best at 16mm but borders became slightly softer at f 2 8 towards longer end of the zoom range border quality did not really deteriorate it just was not on the same level as at 16mm And once stopped down to f 5 6 and beyond the lens performs pretty consistently throughout the zoom range At its peak the lens is capable of producing outstanding 19in and very decent 24in prints which can put to shame even most ultra wide fixed focal lenses Conclusion This is so far the best performance I benchmarked from an ultra wide zoom lens in EF mount MTF50 Line Width Inch on the Print 16mm Normalized raw MTF50 16mm MTF50 Line Width Inch on the Print 24mm Normalized raw MTF50 24mm MTF50 Line Width Inch

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