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

The new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS was developed by Canon in response to consumer demand for a high-quality yet affordable optically image stabilized lens. While it features the wide-angle to mid-range zoom flexibility of its non-IS predecessor, this new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens offers the significant advantage of a true lens-shift image stabilization system that yields up to a full four stops of image-shake correction. [Read more...]

Canon EF-S f/2.8 60mm Macro USM Reviews

Canon EF-S 60mm Macro USMThe Canon EF-S f/2.8 60mm Macro USM is a portrait-length lens designed for Canon APS-C sized DSLRs like the Canon Rebel XTi and Canon 40D. This lens has an angle of view is equivalent to a 96mm lens on a 35mm camera, with a floating optical system that can focus down to full life-size (1:1) magnification. Inner focusing, driven by a silent and powerful ring-type USM, means the lens’ overall length never changes during focus. It has frequently been heralded as L-quality glass by reviewers and in photography forums around the web. [Read more...]

Canon 18-55mm IS Lens Compared to 18-55mm Kit Lens

2StepSteve has posted a couple of comparisons of his new Canon 18-55mm IS lens and is older 18-55mm kit lens in a gallery on his SmugMug page. Click on the above image for a closer view of the compelling differences between the two lenses. That’s quite a difference for a lens under $200.

Thanks for posting this Steve and for enabling sharing on SmugMug.

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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Reviews

The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens is a wide-to-tele zoom lens designed for Canon APS-C sized DSLRs like the Canon Rebel XTi and Canon 40D. It has the 35mm focal length equivalent of 28-135mm. It has Canon’s Image Stabilization system, allowing safe hand-holding at speeds up to three stops slower than otherwise possible. A ring-type USM means both fast and silent AF, as well as full-time manual focus when in the AF mode. It also has a non-rotating front element and the lens length does not change during zooming. [Read more...]

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM

Sigma has updated their ever popular 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM lens. I’ve got the first-gen DG version and love it. The decreased minimum focusing distance on the macro versions makes it even better. Features include:

  • Improved optical performance with a minimum focusing distance of 100cm/39.4in and maximum magnification of 1:3.5
  • Two SLD and three ELD glass elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations
  • Super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • HSM ensures quiet, high speed autofocus with full time manual focusing
  • APO Tele Converter is available [Read more...]

Sigma APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM

Sigma has announced a new version of the popular 50-150mm f/2.8 HSM lens. This large aperture telephoto zoom lens is designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size sensors and its compact, lightweight body provides freedom of movement and versatility. [Read more...]

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Reviews

The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens is an ultra wide-angle lens compatible with Canon APS-sized sensor DSLRs, like the Rebel XTi and 40D. The lens is equivalent to a 16-35mm zoom on a 35mm format camera. The consensus among reviewers is that it offers excellent performance and optics. Three aspherical lens elements, plus a Super-UD element, assure image quality. It also has a ring-type USM, which means fast and silent AF along with full-time manual focus. [Read more...]

Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon has released a new iteration of the same old EF 28-90mm lens that’s been around forever. The Canon EF 28-90 f/4-5.6 III combines the same optical and electronics technology as the EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 USM but is equipped with distance metering information. This feature provides compatibility with the E-TTL II flash system which takes the lens distance information into account during autoflash.  (*yawn*)  More info on Canon USA’s product page.

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Sigma 10mm and 4.5mm Lenses Announced

Sigma has announced a couple of new fisheye lenses – the fast 10mm f/2.8 and the crazy-wide 4.5mm that stands alone with no real competition in the crop-sensor category. A couple of noteworthy points – first, both are DC lenses, which means that they are only for cropped-sensor cameras like the Canon Rebel and 40D series (along with all of Nikons DSLRs). These will not work properly on the Canon 5D, 1D or 1Ds series cameras. [Read more...]