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In Topic: New Canon 16-35 f/4 IS

29 August 2014 - 01:24 PM

No more in the way of conclusions than what I stated above. Have stayed with the 55mm port extension, which is what Seacam HQ recommends for the 16-35/2.8 II lens but not what Stephen Frink recommends for it. Looking forward to S.F.'s analysis of the 16-35 IS. 16mm is stretching it a bit for the superdome, which was designed for 18mm. Have not shot any other Canon made UWA rectilinear lenses so comparison not possible. The new lens is to replace my Sigma 20 and 28mm f/1.8 lenses. The new lens does appear to focus faster than these. Have you read Roger Cicala's reports? Here is a more recent shot. Done at f/8.


Tom - That's a really lovely shot ... congratulations!  I haven't done any testing on the new 16-35 F4, and have no reason to doubt the port extension suggestions that SEACAM Austria suggests.  I personally have the 16-35 II, and Canon Professional Services didn't have loaners on the F4 version last time I asked.  But, I'm off the road for a while now so maybe I can put the testing back on my radar. BTW ... the Superdome is a far better solution it appears (and we would expect) than the wideport.  Thanks for sharing Tom.

In Topic: Lens for mid-size animal portraits on 5D3

07 May 2014 - 02:42 PM

Between 8-15 and 100 macro I use 16-35 II a lot. If fish portraits the Sigma 50mm macro with either flat or dome port, depending on probable size of fish targeted.

The 16-35 II is quite useful, and the Sigma 50mm goes to 1:1, which is likewise handy and it is quite sharp. It is the only non-canon lens I use, and only because the Canon 50mm macro does not go to 1:1.

In Topic: Canon lens test - Trying to help a friend

23 January 2014 - 09:10 AM

Ok, so here is the final observation from this test, the optimal port extension for 24-70mm II F-4 L IS and also the +4 diopter, both on Superdome.  Note differences in corner performance and field of view:


Attached File  24-70II_PVL45_superdome_16.JPG   401.87KB   48 downloads



Attached File  24-70II_PVL40_superdome_+4_10.JPG   418.19KB   36 downloads



If you need to work wide with this lens try it without a diopter, but still try to get F-8 or smaller for a working aperture to achieve reasonable corner performance.  For reef fish, accepting that you'll be tighter on the subjects, the +4 diopter is quite nice.

In Topic: Canon lens test - Trying to help a friend

23 January 2014 - 08:51 AM

Now the same with diopter, both Superdome and Wideport:


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Attached File  24-70II_PVL40_superdome_+4.JPG   148.46KB   39 downloads




Attached File  24-70II_PVL40_wideport_+2.JPG   133.62KB   49 downloads




Attached File  24-70II_PVL40_wideport_+4.JPG   142KB   50 downloads



Note significant Field of View loss by using a diopter, and the greater the strength of the diopter the more the wide angle field of view is compromised.  This should be well known by now.  But, if we are strictly looking at corner performance the diopter does help, although at the expense of additional chromatic aberration.  Still, it seems the best corner performance is achieved with a +4 diopter, and the Superdome is still significantly better than the Wideport.


If you can stand the loss of field of view, accepting that software can correct for chromatic aberration, the Superdome and a +4 diopter would be a good solution.  But, if you need your 24mm to be 24mm, use the Superdome and PVL45 without a diopter.

In Topic: Canon lens test - Trying to help a friend

23 January 2014 - 08:42 AM

OK, now the 24-70mm II F-4 L IS.  This is a new lens to me so I have no data at all.  But, here's what the tests reveal:


Attached File  24-70II_PVL35_superdome.JPG   132.02KB   44 downloads



Attached File  24-70II_PVL40_superdome.JPG   140.93KB   40 downloads




Attached File  24-70II_PVL45_superdome.JPG   138.85KB   41 downloads




Attached File  24-70II_PVL50_superdome.JPG   134.51KB   42 downloads



PVL 45 is the best with the Superdome