Lens Review

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Sigma 24-105mm f4 Global Vision Lens Delivers the Goods in our Field Test

by David Cardinal

There is no question that Sigma has really upped its game with its new family of Global Vision lenses. I love the GV-version of the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS HSM Lens, and continue to feel it is the world’s best lens for vehicle-based wildlife photography. This month I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with its new Sigma 24-105mm OS HSM Lens on both a Nikon D4S and a Nikon D7100. The short version is that the lens lives up to the Global Vision brand, but read on to see whether it might be the right mid-range zoom for you:

New Canon 70D features revolutionary new video focus tech, ups Canon's mid-range offering

Canon has announced its replacement for the very popular Canon EOS 60D with its new Canon EOS 70D. While for the most part the camera is a subtle upgrade, there is one pretty exciting new piece of tech included. Video (and LiveView) focus has been greatly improved by turning many of the pixels in the sensor into mini phase-detect AF detectors.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens: One very sweet piece of glass

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 Lens for Nikon DSLR CamerasWhile Sigma may be best known for value-priced, often consumer-targeted, lenses, it is steadily improving its reputation for Pro glass. With its new Global series of lenses it feels it is really ready to start tackling Nikon and Canon head on. I’ve been fortunate to be able to review the first of this new line of lenses, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 HSM Lens. At half the price of its Nikon equivalent I was skeptical it could really deliver at the same level… Read more »

New Nikon 80-400mm AF-S VR Lens adds fast focus to arsenal

_djc6688 as smart object-1I’m continuing to enjoy shooting with the new Nikon 80-400mm AF-S VR Lens.  I’ve already written about how pleased I am with its sharpness, and how effective it is for capturing sports from the sidelines. To evaluate its focus capability further, I took it down to the Baylands – our local birding hotspot – and gave it a bit of a workout. Read more »

New Nikon 80-400mm AF-S Lens: Ultimate optics for safari-goers and soccer moms

936121No lens has been more eagerly awaited, or for longer, than the replacement for the aged Nikon 80-400mm zoom telephoto. After well over a decade Nikon has finally rolled out its successor – the Nikon 80-400mm AF-S VR lens, with massively improved VR and focusing speed, as well as completely redesigned optics. While it is a technical marvel, its high price and large size may mean it isn’t for you. We’ve got a review unit here in the office, and will be posting more over the next few weeks, but we wanted to get our first impressions out to those of you curious about the new lens… Read more »