Your guide to Canon camera and lens reviews
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L Review
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L is one of Canon's best lenses ever. A Canon 24-70/2.8 L has been in just about every pro's bag ever since it was introduced in 2002. This is because it's great optically, ergonomically and mechanically. The only reason not to have one of these lenses is because it's big, heavy and expensive.
Canon 2X Extender EF II
We reviewed the Canon 400mm ƒ/5.6L USM back in 2008, which makes a good candidate for comparison with the 200mm ƒ/2.8L USM and 2x Extender attached. In terms of sharpness, the two are quite similar: the 400mm is slightly better at ƒ/5.6 and ƒ/16, but at ƒ/8 and ƒ/11, they're almost identical.
Canon 1.4X Extender EF II
These days, the question might be whether it is as useful to use a 1.4x Extender as opposed to an APS-C camera body, which offers an equivalent of 1.6x extension of the focal length, with no impact on image quality. In its own right, the 1.4x is a good optic: there is some slight impact on overall sharpness and chromatic aberration, and a slight impact on distortion, but otherwise, overall image quality is still very good.
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM (Tested)
The 200mm ƒ/2.8 offers exceptional performance for sharpness at ƒ/2.8, on both APS-C and full-frame test bodies (7D and 1Ds Mark III respectively). While it's not tack-sharp wide open, results are still very good indeed; there's slight improvement at ƒ/4, but by ƒ/5.6 it's sharp all over and stays that way through to ƒ/11 where diffraction limiting has begun to set in.
Canon 135mm f/2 L Review
The Canon 135mm f/2 L is extraordinarily good optically, and it's small and light, feels great in-hand, has great ergonomics, and autofocus is immediate regardless of how far the AF system needs to rack the lens in or out. Just like any other virtuoso, the Canon 135/2 L makes everything it does look easy, regardless of how hard it is for Canon to make this lens this good.
Hands On: Canon EOS 60D DSLR
In two very full days of shooting with the Canon EOS 60D in Yellowstone, we found it for the most part comfortable to use. We were able to switch all the settings relatively quickly (with the annoying exception of movie mode), and the articulating LCD led us to use live view much more than we would have without such a screen. This also let us brace the camera on a railing or in the nook of a rock when a tripod was not an option.
Canon Rebel T3i / EOS 600D Review
The Rebel T3i / 600D is exactly the camera that we'd expect it to be - it's feature-rich, reasonably priced, enjoyable to use and, most importantly, takes great pictures. It's not a particularly innovative camera but it is a generally well planned one.
Canon EOS 600D Review
Another significant addition is the Wireless Flash option, which allows the camera's pop-up flash to be used as the master for other Speedlite flashguns. While the subject of flash can be mysterious to beginners, Canon has gone to the trouble of including an EasyWireless flash mode to help simplify flash for new users, and has broken everything down step-by-step in the accompanying user manual.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Digital SLR Camera Review
For someone buying their first DSLR or upgrading from a couple of models back, the Vari-Angle LCD and built-in flash controller make the T3i worth paying the premium over the T2i in my opinion. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D is a great choice for someone moving up to a DSLR from a smaller, less-capable camera and a great upgrade for anyone shooting with a two or more-generation old Canon EOS Rebel.
Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i review
The EOS 600D / T3i is actually more than an EOS 550D / T2i with an articulated screen and wireless flash control. It inherits a number of small but useful features from the EOS 60D, including manual control over audio levels in movies, creative effects in playback and multiple aspect ratios in Live View.