The New Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM AF Lense

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This new lense replaced Canon’s ageing 16–35mm f/2.8L of 2001. This full-frame ultrawide lense has two UD glass elements to suppress chromatic aberrations, and three aspheric elements to minimize linear distortion. A 26–56mm equivalent on APS-C sensors. This new lense delivers fast and quiet autofocus. This lense is slightly bulkier and heavier than its predecessor. The ribbed and rubber-clad zoom and manual-focus rings turn with smooth, well-damped actions.  The new flush-mount AF/MF switch keeps you from accidentally changing modes.

IN THE Field:

Tests found sharpness and contrast in the Excellent range, similar to the original and to Nikon’s 17–35mm f/2.8D. DxO Analyzer Version 3.0.1.

This lense larger diameter took out vignetting by f/4 at 16mm; we saw none at 24mm or 35mm—again, much better than the other lenses, both of which showed vignetting from f/4 to f/5.6 across the focal-length range. Maximum magnification at the uniform closefocusing distance of about 10.6 inches was 1:8.02 at 16mm, 1:5.51 at 24mm, and 1:4.06 at 35mm—similarly top-notch.

CONCLUSIONS:
This is one of the most distortion-free fast and wide-angle zooms on the market. This lens gives you relatively straight subject lines and lets you get close to a subject while including wide swaths of background. The price is reasonable.

Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM AF Lense SPECIFICATIONS:

16–35mm (16.51–34.20mm tested), f/2.8 (f/2.79–2.98 tested), 16 elements in 12 groups.
Focusing turns 90 degrees counterclockwise.
Zoom ring turns 80 degrees clockwise.
Focal lengths marked at 16-, 20-, 24-, 28-, and 35mm.
Diagonal view angle: 108–63 degrees.
Weight: 1.45 lb.
Filter size: 82mm.
Mounts: Canon AF.
Included: Lenshood, lens case.
Street price: $1,450.

Canon 17mm & 24mm TS-E L lenses

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Canon has a pair of new tilt and shift lenses, in the new body of the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the ultra-wide TS-E 17mm f/4L. These two optics share a brand new barrel design that allows the directions of the tilt and shift to be rotated independently of each other, offering a high degree of control over the positioning of the focal plane. The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the ultra-wide TS-E 17mm f/4L also feature Canon’s latest sub-wavelength structure coating (SWC) for the minimization of flare and ghosting, high-precision aspherical front elements to keep distortion to a minimum and multiple UD elements to reduce chromatic aberration. When used on the 35mm full-frame format, the TS-E 17mm f/4L offers the widest angle of view of any similar lens currently available.

Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II

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The Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II is the least expensive lens currently available for the EOS system. It’s a simplified version of the original EF 50mm F1.8 of 1987.  It uses simple symmetric Gaussian optics with six elements in five groups. This aray is a well-proven formula which is known to offer excellent correction of aberrations.

This lens was designed as a ‘standard’ lens for 35mm film. However these days the 50mm F1.8 is far more likely to be seen doing service on APS-C format DSLRs. This lens behaves like a short telephoto portrait lens. With its remarkably low price, it tends to attract the interest of Canon SLR users. This market is looking to start experimenting with fast lenses for low light and shallow depth of field work. They may also simply be hoping to get sharper results than those which can be provided by the kit lens bundled with the camera body. It’s also a potential option for those seeking a near-disposable lens to use in adverse conditions like on a sandy beach.

 Potential buyers will often also be tempted by the EF 50mm F1.4 USM , despite its significantly higher price tag.

EF 300 f/2.8L IS II [CR2]

The already classic 300 f/2.8 IS is going to be replaced in the first quarter of 2009. Canon has upped the already great optical quality and improved the IS.

I heard this a few months ago from a pro North American sports photographer, but he wouldn’t go too indepth about it. NDA’s and whatnot. I do expect all of Canon’s big white lenses to get updated over the next 24 months.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens

This lens is my favorite on canons line of L series lens. It is the perfect lens for beach portrait sessions when you have to chase kids around on a beach for a photo shoot. It’s sealed and gasketed against dust and moisture, a must have on a sand beach. It also has a new processing unit that makes the AF faster than ever.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

This is my second lens of choice. This lens incorporates Canon’s second generation Image Stabilization technology. The telephoto zoom responds in half a second, while providing up to three stops of correction for camera shake. The range and performance of this lens make it a must have in my book.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens is one of my favorites. It is perfect for beach portraits and wedding photography. This L series lens should be one of the first in any photographers bag.