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The Best Lens Bargains

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Increasing vision is increasingly expensive. – R. A. Janek (actually Michael Crichton) For the last year or so, it seems like almost every new lens release has been accompanied by sticker shock. The manufacturers are businessmen and they know when we’ve been salivating at the promise of a new wonder lens. They know we”ll be [...]

Roger Buys a Camera System: Refining My Choices

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In the earlier portions of this process, I have: 1) Gotten a quick idea about the relative importance of lens versus sensor resolution 2) Screened for camera systems that might meet my needs 3) Investigated the rough cost of candidate systems After some preliminary screening I had decided to investigate several full-frame and several APS-C [...]

Metabones Magic?

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A few days ago I learned about the Metabones Speed Booster. For both of you who haven’t heard yet, this is an adapter containing optical elements and electronic controls that allows you to mount Canon EF lenses to Sony NEX cameras (other versions are planned for other lenses and cameras). The quick summary is the [...]

Another 35mm Lens for Canon

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It seems we had barely finished testing the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens when the first shipment of Canon 35mm f/2 IS lenses arrived. I’d describe my feelings as more interested than excited. This finishes (I think) the Canon wide-angle IS consumer-grade lens trilogy. We’d found the previous members, the Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS and Canon [...]