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Updated: Tamron SP 150-600mm VC SP USD vs Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM

Update: Please go to this post instead.

Finally had the time to put these bad boys head to head. And the results are really stunning. The Tamron delivers sharper equal images at 400mm than the Canon L lens. The bokeh is beautiful.

*Update: Some smart person commented about me having a filter on the Canon 400. How stupid of me. I actually forgot. Was using a Kenko PRO UV. Honest misstake people. Did a quick test at home here. Will try the same scenario tomorrow as i did today without the UV 😉

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Download the RAW-files: Here

Canon 400 f5.6L without UV-filter 100% Crop

Canon 400 f5.6L without UV-filter 100% Crop

Tamron 150-600 without UV-filter 100% Crop

Tamron 150-600 without UV-filter 100% Crop

You can ignore the photos below.
Both photos shot at 1/250 ISO 1600 (It’s dawn) f5.6. On a tripod on a 2 second timer.
No image stabilization. No sharpness added. Download the raw files here

Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM

Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM

Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 VC SP USD

Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 VC SP USD

For easier comparison, these are 100% crop images.

Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 VC SP USD - 100% CROP

Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 VC SP USD – 100% CROP

Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM - 100% CROP

Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM – 100% CROP

To end this, i give you the Tamron at 600mm.

GoPro Hero3 vs Hero2 – Side By Side

I had some time with the brand new GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition yesterday. I gave it a go against the older Hero2 too see if there is any major differences.

Settings Usws:
GoPro Hero 3: Silver Edition
No Housing
1080p 30fps
Auto WB
ProTune disabled
Latest firmware

GoPro Hero 2:
No Housing
1080p 30fps
Auto WB (Not possible to set WB on the Hero 2)
ProTune disabled
Latest firmware

As always, the white balance sometimes goes bananas. That’s why they look a little different.

Hero 3 lens is not as wide as the Hero 2. Still Good enough. The glass and the coating is better a lot better than the Hero2. Most noticeable when in contact with bright lights like in the first clip.

With the built in wifi, better lens, smaller and a better housing. The Silver edition is totally worth the extra money. Seems to do better with noise. Just slightly better image quality than the Hero 2.

If you already got a Hero 2, then i would go for the Hero 3: Black Edition. 4k, 2.7k etc..
for the extra bump in quality. It will hit stores November 20th, 2012.

Quick review: Rollei Bullet 4S (AEE SD20)

Looks like Rollei has upped their game with this little piece of machinery from AEE. The design is pretty much a copy of the GoPro’s and delivers about 80% of the quality as well.
But its not all about quality here, its about what you get for the money. This camera comes with everything for price of around €279 (2790SEK). Thats a alot of good stuff.

Lets compare this to the GoPro HD Hero 2. If you want the same setup as the Rollei Bullet 4S, its going to cost you. Just the LCD-backpac + wifi remote combined is €200.
The total would come to about €529. A pretty sweet deal.

The Bullet 4S comes with some nifty features that the Hero 2 doesnt have, like the built in laser pointer that helps you frame your shot when the camera’s lcd monitor is out of reach.
But its not all good. The build quality isn’t as good, cheap plastic details. Doesn’t really concern me since its suppose to be in the well built case.

* A lot of accessories included incl lcd and remote
* Laser pointer
* Normal camera tripod mount (both housing and camera itself)
* Price

* Quality could be better if it had higher bitrates
Build quality
Lacks 1080p 170 degrees
* The manual seems to have been translated by “Google Translate” on drugs

To me this is a good alternative t
o the GoPro’s if you are on a tight budget and still want quality video.  Bare in mind, the software in the camera has a really simple and unpolished design.
This was my initial thoughts, it might change at a later time.

Now to something you might want to see. Watch in 1080p. More videos will follow.


Review: Sandisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader/Writer (SDDR-289-X20)

The Sandisk ImageMate All-in-One has been around for ages in different types and forms. This is their latest and fastest version to date. First off, don’t mistake this for the older SDDR-289-A20. They do look similar but its redesigned and does now support the UHS-1 cards to the fullest.

The reason i’m writing this is because i had such trouble finding a review for it. I wanted to know if it was fast at all since the box or the specs doesn’t reveal anything but the max speed of USB 3.0 (500Mb/s).
Ive had a lot of memory card readers in the past and the read & write speed has differed on every single one.

For the test i used a SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB SDHC UHS-1 95Mb/s and Check Flash 1.16.2.

The speeds were really desirable to say the least, its hard to know if its the reader or the memory card that max out at these speeds.

Read: 83.67MB/s
Write: 74.77MB/s

The price might seem much ($44, €30, 290SEK) but totally worth it.

Available here internationally SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0 Reader/Writer SDDR-289-X20,White