First and foremost I have to admit that I’m a Canon guy (well mostly)!
I’ve owned Canon DSLR’s since 2003 when the DSLR became an acceptable replacement for the old 35mm SLR and Nikon were simply not in the picture then.
OK, so I did sell my old Nikon SLR + lenses when I switched to digital (& became a professional photog) so there is some history there between myself & Nikon. Plus I will admin that Nikon are arguably slightly ahead of Canon right now, but don’t tell anyone I said that 😉
All that aside I was very slightly amazed at the announcement of Nikon to make a retro styled DLSR complete with knobs, dials & angular styling in the form of the Nikon DF, lets face it even my old F-601 looks modern in comparison 🙂
Anyway, the real reason for this post is not to start up a Canon v Nikon argument but to share with you a very amusing video review I came across from Lee Morris at fstoppers.com.
Lee originally posted an article titled “The Nikon Df Represents Everything Wrong With Photography” which received over 300 comments, many of which were slightly angry at his opinion and this video was his response.
I had a question on my Facebook page today about Variable ND (Neutral Density) filters and my answer turned into a full on guide to selecting and understanding ND filters which deserved it’s own blog post. So thanks to Michele for suggesting the topic and I hope I answer your question 🙂 History Back in the days of film photography a professional photographer would have had a wide variety of filters in their camera bags but these days Photoshop has replaced nearly all of them, thankfully! Pretty much the only filters a professional photographer will carry these days are a Polarising filter and a set of ND filters. I won’t go into Polarising filters here except to add that with the popularity of ultra wide angle lenses and images stitching they are becoming less and less used. Continue Reading
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The City of Wanneroo have just released a new “Explore” map and brochure to accompany their Tourism iCards scheme.
On the front cover is one of our Mindarie Beach images (MCS1.3), provided by us free of charge as part of our support for helping promote Tourism in the City of Wanneroo.
The brochure was put together by Steve Marmion’s Economic Development team who are doing a great job at promoting Buisness and Tourism in Wanneroo.
This image was taken way back in 2004 when the 6MP Canon 10D DSLR was still leading edge. It’s amazing how far technology has come in such a short period of time, here’s a just a few things that have changed since then:
- Jan 2007 Adobe Lightroom was released and has since progressed to V3
- Adobe Photoshop has gone from CS to CS5
- Canon’s Semi-Pro DSLR’s have improved immensely from the 6MP Canon 10D to todays 22MP Canon 5D Mark II
Kind of makes you wonder where we’ll be in another 6 years …
Technical Details (MCS1.3): Canon 10D, Single Shot, Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM @ 28mm, Tripod Mounted, 1/45th sec, f4, ISO 100. Image processed in Capture One V3 and Photoshop CS.
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Canon have released the latest update for the 5D Mark II firmware.
The new version (2.0.3) inlcudes the following new functionality:
1.Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.
– 1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)
– 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
– 640×480 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)
– 1920×1080 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
– 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
– 640×480 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
2.Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
3.Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
4.Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
5.Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
6.Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)
Click here to download the firmware, instructions and revised manual from Canon Japan.
Be warned, downloads from Canon Japan’s site are currently incredibly slow, no doubt due to everyone trying to get the firmware and documentation all at the same time, but hopefully that will have improved by the morning. Currently the 9mb firmware file is estimating 2.5 hours to download 😯
Whilst reading up on Panoramic gear I found this information (click here for link) on the Really Right Stuff web site.
These guys make very nice ball heads (used by alot of pro’s in the states), and provide several flexible options for panoramic gear too. Plus the information regarding panoramic setups makes interesting reading.
Whether or not their panoramic products are the way to go or not is another question, though I suspect they will not be the cheapest option around.
If any of you are familiar with Uwe Steinmueller and his web site Digital Outback Photo (if not then time to go check his site out), he is an advocate of the RSS products. Here is his guide on the Tripods, Heads, Clamps, Rails and Plates that he uses personally.
P.S. Too many posts with no images so I’ve added a token Koala picture to this post 😉
Lightroom V2 Beta
First off the good news, Lightroom V2 beta has been released and anyone can download it to try it out 😎
One of the most exciting new features in LR2 Selective Editing which is the ability to make localised corrections (including dodging, burning, saturation, …) to specific areas of an image.
Other new features include
native 64 bit supp for PC & MAC
much improved interaction with Photoshop (including export to Photomerge, export to multiple layered PSD, opening files as smart objects)
and a ton of other stuff.
Persoanlly I can’t wait for the official release.
Here is the link to the download area but remember that this is a beta product so it will not be perfect, it will crash and functionality will change, you have been warned :shock:.
Having said that I have already installed it and I’ll let you know my thoughts.
Adobe photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta from Adobe Labs
Adobe photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta Release Notes
Photoshop CS4, 64 bit & Macs
Now for the not so good news if you’re a MAC owner, Adobe have announced that Photoshop CS4 will also be a fully 64 bit native application for the PC only, MAC users will have to wait for CS5 for true 64 support 😦
Jack Nack (Senior Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop) explains all the details if anyone wants to know and I have no doubt that there will be an uproar regarding this announcement.
Ever wondered what the best lenses to get for your trusty Canon DSLR are?
Bob Atkins site “Lensplay” contains a database of Canon mount lenses with quality ratings assigned by himself and user feedback. You can find his site at www.lensplay.com.
For a quick consise summary of the top 20 lenses in various price categories go to this article on Bob’s original site Best Canon EOS Lenses.
Don’t worry if your lens doesn’t rank that high it’s not the end of the world, some of the best photographers in the world get incredible results from average equipment. Great photography comes from within the person, good equipment is just a bonus 🙂
As Bob himself points out, “there is no simple answer to this question”, but at least this information can help point you in the right direction 😎