Nikon PMA Leaks – D60, AF-S 16-85mm and More

Below are several purported press releases that were “leaked” on the forums this morning.  If true, Nikon has got a great consumer DSLR/lens lineup for PMA.  Here’s the short list:

  • Nikon 10.2 megapixel D60
  • Nikon 24mm T/S lens
  • Nikon 60mm f/2.8 lens
  • Nikon 16-85mm VR lens

See more details in the rumored leaks below. [Read more...]

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Reviews

Canon’s EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens does what many pros thought couldn’t be done – replace the previous L-series 28-70 f/2.8 lens with something even better. Extended coverage to an ultra-wide-angle 24mm makes it ideal for digital as well as film shooters, and the optics are even better than before with two Aspherical elements and a totally new UD glass element. It’s now sealed and gasketed against dust and moisture, and a new processing unit makes the AF faster than ever. (Canon) [Read more...]

Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Reviews

The Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens is a highly portable lens with high optical performance and a light weight of 12 oz. (340g). A very practical ultra-wide-angle zoom. The large front lens group minimizes peripheral darkening, and the flare-blocking diaphragm minimizes flare. Also, with lens group 2 being the zoom group, distortion is corrected. (Canon)

The Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is equivalent to a 32-56mm field of view on a APS-C sensor DSLR like the Canon 40D or Rebel XTi. [Read more...]

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Reviews

The Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens is an affordable L-series ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that’s ideal for both film and digital SLRs. Superior optics are assured by the use of three Aspherical lens elements, in addition to a Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass element. Optical coatings are optimized for use with digital cameras. This lens focuses as close as 11 inches (0.28m), and offers both Canon’s full-time manual focus and a powerful ring-type USM for fast and silent AF. It has a constant f/4 maximum aperture, and offers the choice of screw-in 77mm filters or a holder in the rear of the lens for up to three gel filters. Finally, it offers weather-resistant construction similar to other high-end L-series lenses. (Canon) [Read more...]

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Reviews

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is a high performance, water-resistant, and ultra wide-angle Canon L-series lens. It has been specifically designed for improved edge-to-edge image quality that will meet the strict requirements of professional and high-end amateur photographers. It features 3 high-precision aspherical lens elements, each of a different type: ground, replica and GMo for even better image quality than the original EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM. The circular aperture produces a beautiful and natural background blur when shooting at wider apertures. Other features include internal focusing, a ring type USM (Ultra Sonic Monitor), and new AF algorithms for fast and quiet autofocusing. (Canon)

Sample Images

PBase Gallery Images


The Digital Picture

I’m very pleased with the image quality I’m getting from this lens. Wide open results are very sharp in the center and improve only slightly stopped down. Wide angle full frame corners, though not perfect, are very good for a lens this wide – the best full-frame Canon wide angle lens yet.

Fred Miranda Forum User Reviews

I was hesitant about spending over twice the cost of the 17-40, but in the end I opted for this nice piece of glass. I am impressed with the wide view it has (even on a 40D) and I am really looking forward to using it on a full frame body. I have noticed that when I have the center focus point active (only) wide landscape shots turn out magnificently sharp. Once you get used to manipulating this precision instrument into doing what you want it too, it does not let you down. The 2.8 aperture is quite fun and, even though it is a wide angle, can create beautiful background blur and really emphasize what you want to stand out most in the frame.

Photography Review User Reviews

What can’t be shown by MTF graphs and pictures of lens test charts is the amazing quality of the images from this lens. They have that certain something you can’t quite put your finger on. A beautiful rich colour and contrast coupled with a sharpness that just oozes the ‘L’ factor. I found myself Oooing and Ahhing over the test prints which is not something I make a habit of I can assure you.

Where to Buy

First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices. Additionally, purchasing your gear through these links helps support this site.

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens Reviews

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM was first made available in the US as the kit lens for the Canon 20D. Prior to that time, a non-USM version was bundled with the Canon Digital Rebel (300D) kit. Both lenses carry the same optical elements and, thus, image quality evaluations are identical. As a result, the reviews set forth below may relate to one or the other. Obviously, the USM version will have faster focusing than the non-USM version. In August 2007, Canon released a stabilized version of this lens, which may begin appearing in DSLR kits soon. [Read more...]

Tamron Lens Rebates

Tamron has a new lens rebate program through March 31, 2008.

Download the rebate form here. The applicable lenses and amounts are as follows:

SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony (model 272 only) – $90.00 Rebate

AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon, Nikon, Sony (model A013) – $50.00 Rebate

SP AF17-50 F/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon, Nikon, Sony (model A016) – $10.00 Rebate

AF17-35 F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony (model A05) – $10.00 Rebate

SP AF24-135 F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony (model AF90) – $50.00 Rebate

SP AF28-75 F/2.8 Di LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony (model A09) – $10.00 Rebate

SP AF200-500 F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) for Canon, Nikon, Sony (model A08) – $30.00 Rebate

SP AF14 F/2.8 Aspherical (IF) for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony (model AF69) – $100.00 Rebate

SP AF180 F/3.5 Di LD (IF) 1:1 Macro for Canon, Nikon, Sony (model B01 only) – $50.00 Rebate [Read more...]

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Originally uploaded by stfbfc

Here’s a shot of the rumored Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G VR mounted on a D2. (You can click on it to go to the Flickr page for larger images) There have been a few images of this lens captured in the wild. Some are convinced this is a photoshopped image of the 18-200mm; however, I think there are too many subtle differences and too many different angles of photos of this lens floating around the web for it to be photoshopped. Expect to see more of the new 16-85mm lens at PMA later this month. By the way, this is a great focal length for Nikon DX shooters.

More images here.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Reviews


The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens is a high-performance, L-series telephoto zoom lens combining light weight and compactness with an f/4 maximum aperture. Inner focusing and the ring USM enable quick and quiet autofocusing. Also, a circular polarizing filter can be attached and used without difficulty because the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. The tripod collar (sold separately) is the same one used with the EF 300mm f/4L USM. (Canon) [Read more...]