Lens Reviews

Lens reviews and lens accessories for DSLRs and cinema cameras.

Canon 40mm: Killer Cheap Canon Lens

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The Canon 40mm F2.8 STM recently went on sale for $129 online so I had to grab one. I don’t have that many lenses and I really wanted a small lens for the EOS-M to use for podcasting. So now my lens collection is as follows:

Next I’d like to get a 70-200 and a 16-35. But the lenses I have now are working great.

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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lens Review

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The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 rocked the Internet when it was announce. A zoom lens with an aperture of F1.8? WHAT! And let me tell you, it wasn’t just hype. This lens is beautiful. And don’t get scared off by the focal length, on an APS-C sensor this lens is perfect.

I really couldn’t find anything wrong with this lens so the pros and cons list is a little uneven:

Pros

  • Cost effective – $800 is not bad for a lens that is this fast.
  • Fast – F1.8 is smoking fast for a zoom lens.
  • Good range – With crop sensors the range is very usable. So much so, that I would consider recommending this lens over a 24-70mm as the best first zoom lens for beginners.
  • Usable (somewhat) on full-frame cameras – While this is an APS-C lens, you can actually use almost half the range on a full-frame camera. So it becomes a 28-35mm F1.8 lens on your 5D.

Cons

  • Range is limited – Not a big deal in my mind given it is made from crop sensors.
  • No IS – Again, not a big deal considering Image Stabilization would add a good deal of cost to this lens. But it would be very nice.

Check out the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 on B&H Photo Video

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Camera Strap Stabilization: Strap + Lens With Image Stabilization = Jib-Like Shots

jib-like-shotsA couple weeks ago I was traveling with my wife and we stopped in at the Armstrong Redwoods. As per usual, we broke out the camera for some stills. I wasn’t planning on shooting any video, but got a hankering to get some footage of those incredible trees and the lighting was amazing. Of course without any monopod or rig that was going to be difficult. But I did have a camera strap and my Tamron 24-70mm with VC (Vibration Control). So I turned on the VC and used the strap to get some smooth shots. Check out the video below to see the results. Not bad!

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I’ve been using the Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 VC for some time now and really love it. It has become my main lens for almost everything. And the VC feature makes it a no brainer for DSLR video.

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Rokinon 8mm Cine Lens Review

Price: 8/10 – $350 is a great deal for this lens.
Glass Quality: 5/10 – Not very sharp.
Build Quality: 7/10 – For a plastic lens, this is great.
Features: 8/10 – LOVE the smooth click less aperture ring and lens gears. Would be 10 if it had auto focus, but that would also raise the price a lot.

Bottom line: Would I recommend buying one? Yes.

I have had the Rokinon 8mm Cine lens with the Canon mount for a month now, and I have to say I really like it. It is such a fun lens. Composing shots has never been as entertaining. At first use I thought 8mm is almost too wide to be useful, but after taking the lens downtown and shooting a good deal with it, I really think there is a place for this lens in my bag.

Check out the review and let me know what you think!

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Rokinon 8mm Cine Lens

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Nikkor Lenses: Nikon to Canon Adapter for DSLR Video

There is a wonderful world of manual lenses out there. This guide is dedicated to using Nikkor lenses on Canon, and other camera mounts. Using a Nikon to Canon adapter you can bring these incredible lenses back to life.

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Here is what we will be covering:

  1. [1:45] Different Types of Nikkor Lenses (NON-AI, AI, and AIS)
  2. [5:25] How to Adapter the Nikon Mount to Canon and Others
  3. [9:49] Why Use Manual Nikkors?
  4. [12:50] Where to Buy Nikkor Lenses
  5. [14:20] How to Customize These Lenses for Video

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Episode 32: Xume Adapters – My New Favorite Thing

There are many great tools out there, but every now and then you come across one that changes how you shoot. Well, today I am sharing a review of one of those tools. Xume Adapters have changed the way I use filtration on my projects. What use to be a hassle when working with filters and multiple lenses, is now an effortless task.

Ethics Statement: I did not pay for this review unit. I am not being paid for this review.

UPDATE:

The guys from Xume contacted me and shared a solution to the lens cap issue:

[sws_blockquote_endquote align="right" cite="Xume Team" quotestyle="style02"]We’ve already solved the lens cap issue: Pop your lens cap into a holder and it works great. We’re offering additional holders at discount with our kits so you can dedicate a holder or two to your lens cap(s). [/sws_blockquote_endquote]

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