When I started looking for additional lenses for my 760D, the YouTube channel by Christopher Frost was among the first I subscribed to. Chris is an enthused photographer living in Cardiff and currently training to be become a vicar. He characterizes himself as a “lens enthusiast” and continuously publishes detailed reviews.
I’ve come to appreciate these reviews a lot. Chris follows a thorough and consistent scheme, so that his reviews can be easily compared to each other. From time to time, he takes advantage of that himself and combines several reviews into a “battle” – for instance, ten different 50mm prime lenses, or eight ultra wide-angle ones. Hence, it not only becomes evident how one particular lens behaves under various settings or on different cameras, but you can also easily compare lenses to each other.
He assesses the following points:
- Look & feel, build quality, and equipment
- Image quality (sharpness, contrast, chromatic aberrations) – on a full-frame as well as an APS-C camera, as far as applicable, at different apertures, and (for zoom lenses) at different focal lengths.
- Distortion and vignetting
- Close-up image quality
- Behavior against bright lights
When it comes to lenses, he tests about everything that can be mounted to a Canon DSLR; in particular off-brand ones. Thus, he created more than a 130 videos by now. Recently, he obtained a mirrorless camera, so that lenses made specifically for DSLMs are now being reviewed as well.
The videos are made in a very likeable way. In addition to the always-similar test images, they always contain some example images as well as personal experiences when using the lens. He’s enthusiastic about what he’s doing, but he doesn’t overdo it. The videos have a very convenient duration of five to ten minutes each. His British English can be easily understood. Based on his reviews, for instance, I have decided to go with the Tamrom SP 70-300mm ƒ4-5,6 Di VC as my telephoto zoom lens.
- Canon Lens Reviews – Videos on Canon’s own EF, EF-S, and recently also EF-M lenses.
- Sigma Lens Reviews – Lenses from the current “Art”, “Contemporary”, and “Sports” lineup as well as older models
- Tamron Lens Reviews –
- ‘Weird’ Lens Reviews – Irix, Mitakon, Tokina, Venus ‘Laowa’, Yongnuo, Zeiss, & Weird Lens Reviews
In addition, Chris has some other playlists mostly focused on music, TV shows, and his engagement at Church.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for well-made, substantiated, and informative reviews on lenses for Canon cameras, then Chris’ YouTube channel comes highly recommended!
What I’ve learned: Due to the comparability of the reviews, I have learned how significantly different lenses can behave concerning sharpness and color-fringing at different aperture settings and focal lengths, and also how big the differences can be when using one and the same lens on full-frame body or an APS-C camera.
- YouTube Playlist: Canon Objektive
- YouTube Playlist: Sigma Objektive
- YouTube Playlist: Tamron Objektive
- YouTube Playlist: Exotische Objektive
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