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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