Archives for January 4, 2009

Tokina AT-X 116 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX For Canon

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is the best super-wide angle lens up to date. The build quality of the lens is very good. The image quality is excellent in any aperture and focal length. Auto focus is fast and quiet.

Unlike Canon EF-S which have a smaller aperture of f3.5-4.5, and also is not compatible with full frame body, Tokina 11-16mm have a constant aperture of f/2.8 and compatible with full frame body up to 15mm which is great. It is also slightly cheaper.

The constant aperture of f/2.8 made this lens great for low light and also good enough to create shallow depth of field.

The limitation of this lens will be the zoom length. 11-16mm definitely shorter than Canon EF-S 10-22mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Nikon 12-24mm, and ultra wide lens from Tamron. (Tokina is available for Nikon cameras as well).

There is also no manual focus override, you need to push-pull the focus bar to change focusing mode.

Overall this lens is great in super wide angle category. If you are in love with the ultra-wide coverage for landscape, architecture (outdoor and indoor), and some of photojournalistic work (close crowd shots), then this lens is a must have.

Image Quality : Excellent 5/5
Build Quality : Very Good 41/2 /5
Price value: 4/5

Samples: at 11mm – Canon XSi/450D

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM is probably the best value Canon lens. The quality of the image is very good, big aperture allow low light hand held shot and create a shallow depth of field. The auto focus is quiet and very fast.

Build quality of this lens is very good, feels very solid and definitely a step up from kit lens. It is relatively short and light weight compared to general purpose lens (3.0″ x 2.8″, 15.0 oz. / 75.0 x 71.5mm, 425g).

Application of this lens will be portrait, indoor sport (basketball, volleyball), art performance and candid photography.

Using this lens for soft and sharp images

  • Wide open at f/1.8, this lens is soft but create a very nice ‘bokeh’ great for girls portraits.
  • at f/2.8, the center of the image is very sharp, my favorite setting for general portraits and sports.
  • at f/4 and above, the image is very sharp edge to edge, especially f/8 where you get the maximum sharpness.

There is nothing that I can complain about this lens at this price point because it has very good built quality, excellent in low light especially freezing motion, and awesome for portraits. It worth every penny. I recommend this lens in addition to your general purpose kit lens.

Image Quality : Excellent 4/5
Build Quality : Very Good 4/5
Price value: 5/5

Canon Pro Tips On IS Lens Stabilization Modes

All Canon Image Stabilization (IS) lenses have two switches for stabilization; one to turn Image Stabilization on or off and the other to select the mode. The second switch is rarely used by many photographers, but is an important part of the Image Stabilization system.
Mode 1 – this provides two or three shutter speed stops equivalent stabilization in vertical and horizontal directions. In other words, with stabilization active, a shot taken at 1/15sec is equivalent to working at 1/60sec without stabilization.
Mode 2 – this is designed to offer perfect panning shots by providing stabilization in a vertical direction only. To alternate simply flick between the clearly marked 1 and 2 modes on the side of the lens barrel on any IS lens.

Canon Professional Network Has Launched A Quarterly Magazine

CPN magazine showcases the work of professional photographers who use Canon equipment. The CPN magazine publication also profiles some of the most influential figures in photography. CPN magazine  includes news of awards and events, along with a technical and business section.


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