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Though kit zoom lenses are rarely the ones that you’d want to see tested by a lab, DxOMark today released their results on the Canon 55-250mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM–a lens that was announced a little over a year ago. And according to their results, it’s not looking too good. When scored against its closest competitors that the company has in their database from both Nikon and Sony the Canon lens falls a bit short. Nikon takes the lead and Sony just barely beats out Canon’s offering though shows itself to have the strongest sharpness of the three.

More of an analysis is after the jump.


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Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM Lens

It looks we’ll soon see a new Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM lens. Cameraegg reports lens appeared on the German Canon Professional Network website leaking a healthy dose of details complete with this product image you see above.

Supposedly the lens will feature a completely new design and lens coating to give it unrivaled performance. If reports of the new lens are true, the 11-24mm f4L will sit neatly between the Canon 8-11mm f4 and 16-35mm f4. This middle of the road focal length range will also make it a nice medium wide angle zoom lens without encroaching too heavily into the territory of a fisheye or normal lens

There’s no word if the lens will include image stabilization like some of Canon’s newer wide-angle zoom lenses. However, this lens is rumored to be announced soon with a price of $2,899.

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The Canon G7x is a bit of an odd duck–while the company for many years has chosen to carve their own path for their products, the G7X is billed as being the little sibling to the G1X Mk II. But at the same time, it comes off as a nod to Sony’s RX100 series of cameras. In fact, it even uses a 1 inch sensor–though the company does not state where they got it from. But there are also characteristics of the camera that hold true and are in line with the S series that they created many years ago. For starters, there’s a giant control ring around the lens that clicks and that has always been looked at as a successful addition.

And while this sensor, a fair zoom lens, WiFi and a touchscreen all make up what the camera is, it also feels like Canon purposely tried to cripple the G7x.

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One of Canon’s most popular sports zoom lenses is getting a refresh today. The 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM is the successor to its predecessor that came out back in the late 1990’s. In our meeting with Canon’s Chuck Westfall, he states that Canon Japan assures that this lens will be every bit as sharp as the company’s 70-200mm f2.8 II L IS–which is also one of the company’s most popular lenses after being released a couple of years ago. The new lens features two new big features: tripod detection in the image stabilization and a new lens coating called the Air Sphere Coating. The tripod detection is built in and that means that you won’t necessarily need to turn off the IS when using a tripod or a monopod. The IS otherwise has the standard three modes, normal, panning, and shooting only.

The new Air Sphere coating is designed to prevent backlight flaring and ghosting. But for what it’s worth, many portrait photographers that tend to backlight a subject using natural light love the look of lens flare. We have yet to see examples of this in action though.

The new 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM features weather resistance and a magnesium exterior. The elements inside feature one fluorite element and one super UD element; but the cooler thing is that they’ve been arranged to allow the lens to focus as closely as 3.2 feet. While that doesn’t sound like such a large accomplishment, it really is quite considerable if you factor in the focal length range. Canon also promises up to four steps of image stabilization.

Another key feature of the lens is the nine aperture blades; which will help deliver some beautiful bokeh. It comes with a brand new lens hood that allows photographers to to remove a lens filter even while the hood is still attached.

Come this December, you’ll be able to get yours for $2,199.00. More images of the new Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Roundflash dish review product images (7 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.0

Roundflash has been creating collapsible and portable light modifiers for years. They started with the original Roundflash Ring flash, then they upgraded the Ring flash to version two. But now, they’re out with their take on the beauty dish. The dish is meant to mimic the look of an actual beauty dish–except that the version from Roundflash provides a permanently attached diffusion sock. That’s totally fine if you prefer your beauty dishes to have extra diffusion besides the bounce and reflection that they already have implemented.

Beauty dishes are best known for their work on fashion shoots and portraiture. But in recent years, they’ve become more popular amongst the wedding crowd for photographers that want their clients to have a swanky, high end look to their images.

And the results? Well, surprising is a really big understatement.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D Mk II first impressions images (1 of 7)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 3.2

Today is a sad, sad day for many Canon users. Photo Rumors is reporting that the 7D Mk II’s sensor seems very subpar in comparison to many of the latest DSLRs and APS-C sensors. According to DxOMark the 7D Mk II, which received a modest megapixel bump from the earlier version should have performed amazingly given Canon’s history of innovation. Unfortunately, the sensor here is on par with that of much older cameras. In fact, the sensor from the Nikon D300s outperforms it in some ways.

To put this in perspective, the D300s was one of the first cameras that we reviewed on the site. That was almost five years ago.

More after the jump.

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