Review: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens (Canon EF Mount)

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens is fantastic; will you trade up for it?

One of the best pieces of news that professional working photographers have heard in the lens world could be about the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens. Unlike many first party options out there, it has optical stabilization built in which helps a whole lot at weddings, events, for portraits, etc. Those types of photographers will greatly appreciate this addition on top of the already fantastic optics. Speaking of those optics, Sigma has consistently hit the ball out of the park in our reviews, and I’m happy to say that they’re pretty much going to do this same thing in this review. But I should warn you that Sigma’s zoom lenses, while good, aren’t their primes. Sigma’s prime lenses are better. So if you want the best of every focal length offered here, you probably won’t be satisfied until you go for their f1.4 primes instead. And like many of those other lenses, you can take the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art out into the rain due its weather resistance.

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Review: Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG HSM Art (Canon EF Mount)

The Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG HSM Art lens is the fastest aperture wide angle lens that you can currently find on the market, and it’s perfect in so many ways for the photographers that do astrophotography as well as those who photograph interiors in low lighting. The fast f1.8 aperture along with the autofocusing will suit these photographers well. However, the moment that you try to attach a filter to the lens is when things start to go weird. It’s very difficult to do despite many lens options on the market finding ways to make this easier. At the same time, photographers can argue about how modern day sensors are so good at getting the image that you may not need those filters. But the same argument can be made for high ISO output–I mean, why would you need an f1.8 lens? Let me restate that: why would you need an f1.8 wide angle lens?

Despite my questions and reasoning with just how good modern optics and cameras are, the Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG HSM Art lens is a fantastic, and innovative lens for pretty much any photographer out there that needs a wide angle prime lens.

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The Ultimate Canon Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the end all be all guide to Canon’s DSLR System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we are planning to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Canon, which has continued to lead the digital camera marketplace with the dominance of their ever popular EF-based DSLR system.

We have posted a lot of great Canon guides here over the last year regarding everything from cameras to lenses, accessories and everything in-between. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on Canon’s EF system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

Is Canon Working On Multiple 50mm F1.4 Updates?

The current Canon 50mm f1.4 lens dates back to 2003. 

For a long time in the Canon system one of the most widely requested lenses to be updated was the 50mm F1.8, and after year and years of praying, Canon finally gave us the 50mm F1.8 STM. A modern nifty fifty for today’s DSLRs. But that left another lens in Canon’s lineup long overdue for an update as well, the 50mm F1.4 – and if the reports we are hearing are accurate, we may be getting at least one in the not so distant future. Continue reading…

This Canon USB Stick Looks Like A Miniature Canon IV Rangefinder

This novelty Canon IV rangefinder will store all your photographic memories.

Who doesn’t need USB sticks?! No one, we all need them. But let’s get real about them, most of ‘em are either poorly built or just plain eyesores. That said, every once in a while you come across one that is well built and looks great – and that is just the case here with Canon’s new Canon IV USB Stick. Continue reading…

Review: Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 with Composer Pro II (Canon EF Mount)

The Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic has been long overdue in some ways–a more modern lens with sharp elements, and overall high quality optics makes more sense when you combine them with higher resolution camera sensors. But of course, if you know anything about Lensbaby, you’re probably aware that nothing is really supposed to be incredibly, ultimately sharp. When used correctly, the Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic can be just that. It’s designed to be used in conjunction with the Composer Pro, which acts like a tilt shift mechanism when the focusing of the lens and the shifting of the Composer Pro are used together.

Overall, the Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic is one of my favorites along with the 50mm optic. But what the 80mm does is make both landscape and portraiture really fun again.

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Quick Tips For Getting the Most Out Of Your 35mm Lens For Portraits

The photographer using a 35mm lens for portraits will want to listen up!

The 35mm focal length has long been an incredibly popular focal length choice for photographers of all genres and niches, but particularly of portrait photographers. This has especially been the case in the last several year’s thanks to the introduction of great third-party options from companies like Sigma and Tamron which manage to control distortion, fringing, and other optical issues to produce images that are sharp and offer solid contrast.

But what if you are new to the 35mm focal length, maybe you are used to something with a bit more reach like a 50mm or an even more classic portrait lens option like an 85mm or 135mm? If you need some tips on how to make the 35mm focal length work well for you when you are shooting portraits then this post is one you will want to see. Continue reading…

Similar but Different, the 28mm vs 35mm Debate

 

It is a question you may have found yourself asking at some point over the years: 28mm or 35mm? These are two focal lengths that render somewhat similar fields of view, have similar distortion characteristics and are generally around the same size. So, what is the point? Why would one choose to go with 35mm over 28mm, or 28mm over 35mm? That is what we are here to discuss today! Continue reading…