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Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM Lens Review

Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM Lens Review

Today, I received a lens i’ve been waiting for for what seems like FOREVER. I’ve been waiting (and saving) for Canon’s answer to Nikon’s 14-24 f/2.8G for at least 2 years. I was lucky enough to pre-order the Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM as soon as it was available, and it arrived to my office this morning. In this post I’ll be giving an unboxing, a quick review, my initial first impressions with this lens, and a couple sample shots.

Prior to this, I owned a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and a 16-35 f/2.8L II to take care of my wide-angle duties. I still own the 16-35L II, but I have a feeling owning both the 14-24L and 16-35L may be redundant. By most accounts, the 16-35L II isn’t that great wide-open, anyway. The Rokinon, however, was a great lens for its price (unfortunately, I no longer own it, and didn’t get a chance to review it, but there are plenty of resources out there if that lens interests you).

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Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM is on its way!

Canon 11-24L

To say that I’ve been waiting a long time for Canon’s ultrawide offering to compete with Nikon’s 14-24 f/2.8G would be an understatement. I’ve been waiting (and saving) for years for this lens. I don’t normally shoot ultrawide, but I do like the distortion, and perspective it offers for establishing shots when shooting events or video.

I was expecting a 14-24 2.8 similar to Nikon’s 14-24, but was surprised when rumors started flying around that it would be WIDER (first, it was rumored to be a 12-24, and the canon pushed the envelope even further with 11mm) — the f/4 is a bit of a disappointment, but all of canon’s f/4 offerings have been stellar performers, and at these focal lengths, it isn’t much of a problem.

I placed my order shortly after it was announced, and it’s finally shipped. I’ll have an unboxing, photos and first impressions as soon as it comes in.


Zoom H6 Overview and Comparison

Recently I picked up a Zoom H6 to replace my Zoom H4n. The choice to upgrade (for me) was based on the overall improvement of the device in speed and versatility with the included and optional mic capsules. Now, let me preface this review and say that I’m not a sound guy at all, so this review will be more of an overview of the device and a comparison between the H6, H4n and H1 field recorders from a practical and usability perspective.

I also picked up the optional SGH-6 shotgun mic capsule and the APH-6 Acessory Pack (which includes a furry windscreen, remote, and AC Adapter), so I’ll be covering those in this overview as well.

I do apologize for the rather unstructured article, as I’ve been writing this (lazily) over the course of a few weeks in spare time. I hope to have a more structured and thorough comparison and review in the future.

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Canon 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3

I just received the following e-mail from Canon USA, regarding a new firmware update for the 5D Mark III:

This service notification e-mail contains important information about your EOS 5D Mark III. Please note that product service announcement e-mails contain advisory or informational content that may be critical to the proper operation of your product, including safety, update, and instructional messages. Please carefully review the information in this e-mail as it relates to your Canon product.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III.

Firmware Version 1.2.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the flash may not fire depending on the timing of when the shutter button is pressed.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value may change.*
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may show a line of false color along boundaries of high contrast.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the histogram of a LiveView image is incorrectly displayed when an HDMI cable is connected.
  5. Enables the brightness of the camera’s LCD monitor to be adjusted even when an HDMI cable is connected.* The phenomenon listed in 2 was addressed with Firmware Version 1.2.1, and has been further improved with Firmware Version 1.2.3.

Firmware Version 1.2.3 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.2.1. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.2.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

The new Firmware Version 1.2.3 can be downloaded by clicking here.


Sekonic L-478DR Review

Sekonic L-478DR next to L-358

Ever since Sekonic announced the RT-32CTL ControlTL module for the L358 Flashmaster (and other compatible light meters) I was very interested in what they might have coming up next, and I’m glad I waited. As soon as they announced them, the L-478D and L-478DR looked to be awesome devices.

Originally, My plan was to upgrade the pocketwizard module in my L-358 light meter so that it would work with my AC3/TT1/TT5/AC9/Power MC2 setup for my hotshoe flashes and strobes, but I tend to buy (most) of my photo stuff on an impulse so I waited until they showed up at my local camera stores. Unfortunately, they never did show up in-store for the time that I was looking to upgrade. Read the rest of this entry »