Sigma MC-11 super test! 24 Canon fit lenses tested


Welcome to our super test of one of the most exciting new products from Sigma, the MC-11 EF to Sony E mount adaptor.

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The Sigma MC-11

This great piece of kit from Sigma is designed to allow fully compatible use of the Sigma lenses in Canon EF on Sony E mount cameras, including full frame FE mount cameras like the Sony A7SmkII, A7RmkII and A7mkII.

Greg Thurtle from TP Photography, who helped me complete this mammoth test, joined me in store as we went through many Canon L series lenses and other third party lenses to see how well they perform. As this adaptor is not supposed to support these lenses, the results would be very interesting. If it worked well, the MC-11 could be a much more cost effective alternative to the popular Metabones adaptors. The list of lenses tested is listed below, watch the video to see how well they performed!

Full Frame Lenses

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM

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

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM MACRO

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM

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

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM

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

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro EOS

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di EOS

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro EOS

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC USD EOS

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD EOS

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM EOS

Crop Lenses

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM-C

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM

Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART

 

As you can see from the video, only two of the lenses we tested failed to work and many of them worked flawlessly. This adaptor from Sigma is an absolute game changer and is a strong contender for our product of the year! The Sigma MC-11 and all of the lenses tested are  available from Castle Cameras now.

Fuji X-M1; first look


Fujifilm announce the new Fujifilm X-M1, the latest addition to the X series.

Building on the success of the X-Pro 1 and X-E1, Fuji have added a more consumer friendly camera to the lineup. Boasting the same APS-C sensor as it’s siblings, the X-M1 is going to offer some of the highest quality available in a more manageable style.

New features include a regular ‘Scene’ mode on the top dial, enhanced creative filters inside and Wi-Fi. This could be the biggest selling point for the XM, you are now able to transfer your best photos direct to your smartphone or tablet and upload using your preferred method. The jpeg files that come out of Fuji’s X series has always blown us away, the ability to instantly share them offers up something very welcome.

There are a few omissions worthy of note, mainly the Pro Neg and Dynamic Monochrome Film presets have disappeared. There’s no viewfinder of any description, replaced with a 3 inch tilting screen. There’s also the redesigned layout to fit everything on a smaller camera, with no buttons for exposure as found on the X-Pro and X-E, Fuji now claim for easy one handed operation using just your right hand.

The X-M1 continues Fuji’s neat retro-inspired design and the camera will be available in 3 colour ways, there’s black on black, black on silver and a new tan on silver to choose from. The tan model will be released a little after the others, expected in August as opposed to July.

With an RRP of £679 for the X-M1 and XC 16-50mm kit it’s an attractive proposition for those moving up from a more compact camera.

Fujifilm has launched two new lenses with the X-M1.

The Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-56 OIS will be the new kit lens for the X-M1. Featuring Fuji’s precision optics but this time around mounted in a plastic body, hence the XC instead of XF in the title. Despite this the 16-50mm offers a slightly wider angle than it’s sibling, the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4, and retains the nippy autofocus of other X series lenses.

The Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 ‘pancake’ prime lens is the smallest lens available for the X series. Coming in at under an inch and weighing just 78g the lens has shed it’s manual aperture ring to become a svelte addition to the new smaller camera. The X-Pro and X-E1 will both be receiving firmware updates to allow the camera to control the aperture on these new lenses. Coupled with the new XM-1 the 27mm represents a similar sized option to the Fuji X100s, with the benefit of a wide variety of optional lenses.

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