Thursday, August 25, 2016

Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L III and EF 24-105 f/4 L IS II

EF 16-35 f/2.8 L III
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three Aspherical & Two UD Elements
  • Subwavelength & Air Sphere Coatings
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Fluorine Coating on Exposed Elements
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm


EF 24-105 f/4 L IS II
  • EF-Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 22
  • Four GMo Aspherical Elements
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Zoom Lock Switch; Fluorine Coating
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 10-Blade Diaphragm

Almost lost in today's announcement of the 5D Mk IV, are a redo of two of Canons L series lenses, the EF 16-35 f/2.8 L III and the EF 24-105 f/4 L IS II. The 16-35 being the more interesting lens of the two. This will be Canons third attempt at this super wide formula and I'm guessing they got it right this time.

I have been very happy with my EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, but it would be nice to have better, at twice the price? hard to justify, I will wait for a price drop. It would pair nicely with my 5D Mk IV.

The 24-105 has been the 5D kit lens for a while and an improved version will sell very well, priced at $1100, thats low for an L-series lens, this will sell by the thousands. A good starter lens for the 5D.
Interestingly the 24-105 has 10 rounded aperture blades (8 in version 1) compared to nine in the 16-35, both should supply very nice sun stars.

Buy the EF 16-35 f/2.8 L III here $2200

Buy the EF 24-105 f/4 L IS II here $1100

DPReview here


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Canon 5D Mk IV announced

Canon announces the 5D Mk IV:

Key Specs:
  • 30.4 mp CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • Dual Pixel Raw (image micro adjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction)
  • DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
  • 7.0 fps
  • ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
  • 61 AF points with 41 cross-points
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • 1.62M-dot 3.2" full-time touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Built-in GPS
  • CF and SD slots 
  • Built-in bulb timer interval timers
  • $3499

Download the manual here

Pre order at B and H here

DPreview here

Imaging Resource here

Canon site here

This will be Canons big seller for the next four years or so, I like what I see, I know a lot of people will be disappointed in the 4K video and the 30.4mp, but this will be just right for me, I wont have to upgrade my computer and cards and 30.4 mp (6720 x 4480) will make perfect 36 x 24 prints, that's what I have been looking for in my next camera. Once its out, everyone will forget the specs and start using what should be the best camera in its class. The 5DSR Mk II will bring the better sensor with 50mp in two years.

Until then I will have thousands of images on the Mk IV and I'm sure I will be perfectly happy with it, I have owned all 3 previous versions. The one thing Canon does well is test their cameras, I have never had an issue with a Canon camera and Ive been using them since the EOS A2E. They are an extension of my hand now, I know the camera and once you know your camera, you can forget about it and make images. After all that's what this is all about.

From Canon:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Revisiting an old image in Lightroom

Park Butte
5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/11, 1/100 sec at 44mm

Every once in a while I will go back to old images and re process them, over the years since I started using Lightroom (since V1), not only has the engine gotten better, but my technique has improved. I often find I can get a much more appealing image with a re process from an image I took maybe 2, 3 or 4 years ago.

 I recently started using smoothing under color noise reduction on black and white images. I can get much smoother gradients using this functionality, this helps with on line viewing and printing to remove artifacts from processing in the sky.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Review - RNI Film Presets

 RNI film presets for Adobe Lightroom and Adobe ACR - I am fond of using presets for Lightroom, I usually look at them as a good place to start. RNI has gone to a lot of trouble to create a massive database of presets that simulate various film styles, the Pro version, comes with an immense amount of presets. Fuji, Agfa, Ilford, Kodak, Polaroid, Rollei, from my old favorites in the film days.

 RNI - Agford Scalia-200, plus, Vignette +5 and Slide Frame Black  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Background Seperation

Death Valley Coyote
D800E, AFS 70-200 f/2.8 VR, 200mm, f/3.5

Friday, July 29, 2016

Mountain Spring

Mount Rainier
5D Mk III, EF16-35 F/4 L IS, 30mm, f/13, 1.3 sec, 6 stop Lee ND filter.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

When the clouds don't cooperate at Martins Beach

Martins Beach, Half Moon Bay

5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 L IS, f/11 16mm and 35mm, 79 sec single exposure

I went to shoot the forbidden beach just south of Half Moon Bay for the first time and the clouds did not cooperate with me. So faced with a very boring beach shot with the Hay Stack, I thought I would try playing with zoom in a single exposure. I framed the shot at 35mm and let my camera expose for 40 sec and then zoomed all the way out to 16mm quickly to avoid shake and zoom trails and let it expose for another 39 sec, the result is the above image.

Martins Beach is in the mist of a land controversy, the land owner is denying people beach access and there is an ongoing dispute with San Mateo county, is it legal to visit this beach? the answer is currently yes, however I think this will be mired in legal BS for a while.

In the mean time I intend on returning here until I capture the image I'm interested in getting.


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fuji X-T2

Today Fuji announces the very well leaked X-T2. Similarly specked to the X-Pro2. It has a uniquely moveable LCD, that will move in most directions to accommodate all kinds of angles.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hasselblad X1D-50c mirrorless announced

Hasselblad X1D medium format mirrorless.

Hasselblad, today announced the  X1D-50c along with a new line of lenses, nice to see this finally happen, the only other camera close to this has been the Pentax 645z.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Adding a light/sun star in camera

Celtic Cross

5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/13, 70mm, 1/80th sec

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Isle Of Skye

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; The Quirang
The Quiraing
5D Mk III, 16-35 f/fL IS, f/11 at 1/100 sec, 29mm

Monday, May 9, 2016

Abstract clouds

Images In Light: Cloudscapes &emdash;

5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L

Images In Light: Cloudscapes &emdash;

5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L

Clouds 1v

5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L

Some times using a long lens to pull detail from clouds can be more fun than shooting a landscape, these shots taken over Big Sur last year are a good example. See more here



Friday, April 29, 2016

Recent Black and White

Leaning Rocks

Exploding Tree

Shark Fin Cove

I love doing Black and White conversions, in some cases they work and others they don't, sometimes they are easier than color images and other times they are much more difficult to make work.

There is also the personal taste factor, not everyone likes Black and White, while some photographers do only Black and White, in my case I like both. Sometimes color is what an image is all about, the below image I think is one of those cases, even though I liked it in Black and White, I took it for the color.

Seattle Daisies

Lightroom has made it so simple, the push of a button and you can preview a shot in Black and White, like it, don't like it, switch it back.

Seeing in Black and White can be difficult, I do have to thank Cara Weston for helping me see in Black and White, some times an outside influence can be very helpful with your creativity. Take a look at Cara's web site for some beautiful images.