Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sony and the missing link

The missing link

Sony today finally gives its fans what they have been missing, not just the anticipated A6300, but more importantly the the FE 24-70 f/2.8 GM and the FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM along with an FE 85mm f/1.4 GM, fast portrait prime, plus a pair of teleconverters. I can hear the vacuum of peoples bank accounts already.

 Sony full frame owners will really get a boost to their system with these new lens additions, the Pro f/2.8 versions have been missing, also a real portrait lens. Sony still has a way to go to catch up with Nikon and Canon, but this will go a long way to help complete the lenses needed for the Sony mirrorless system.

 What I do see here is proof that the cameras  really are to small and I wouldn't be surprised to see them start to grow. The A7 series has already begun that with the Mk II versions. A lot of people bought in to this system because of its relatively small size, but physics has a way of catching up, f/2.8 lenses just cant be small, that's just physics. Also you will note that the 70-200 has OSS, I believe the sensor based 5 axis stabilization is insufficient to cover these focal lengths, so this lens is pretty much the same size as the Canon or Nikon equivalents.

Sony FE 24-70 f/2.8 GM  here
Sony FE 70-200 GM  OSS here
Sony FE 85 f/1.4 GM  here
DPReview a6300 here
DPReview lenses here 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Shark Fin Cove

Shark Fin Cove

5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, f/11, 19mm, 4 sec exposure.

I have been meaning to shoot this location for a while. About one hour from my place, just north of Santa Cruz. A place where the Canon 11-24 f4L would come in handy. This was taken with a Lee 6 stop ND filter and processed for monochrome in Lightroom 6.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Canon 1DX Mk II

Canon announce their flagship, the 1DS Mk II

Key features:
  • Newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor;
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps1 in Live View mode;
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors that transfer image data at extremely high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEG images you’re only limited by memory card capacity 2;
  • Capable of shooting 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF;
  • Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional accessory Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8) that supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard and the ability to easily transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app*;
  • Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera (a feature that previously required post-processing on an external computer);
  • Improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8;
  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy;
  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.
  • Compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal performance and versatility.

    4K, 4096 x 2160 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)

    MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Canon web site here

Full specs here at DPReview


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Olympus Pen F

Olympus announce the new retro Pen F

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Cooper River Bridge
5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/5.6, 65mm, 30 sec

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Fuji's big day

Tonight is a big one for Fuji and Fuji fans, looks like an announcement for the long awaited follow on to the X-Pro 1, along with the X70, X-E2s and a nice looking zoom lens, the XF 100-400. Also a nice suprise is the EF-X500 flash.
 X-Pro2, with a 24mp sensor, but the big news here is the AF toggle, at last! weather sealed, 1/250 flash sync speed, 1/8000 shutter, dual SD cards, I think this will be a huge boost to the Fuji lineup, and at $1600 its priced pretty well. ISO 200-12800, but I still want to see ISO 100, where is it Fuji? 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Death Valley

 Mesquite Dunes

Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley
Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 
f/5.6, 200mm, 1/400 sec 

Bad Water

Bad Water, Death Valley
Image: 5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS
f/7.1, 35mm, 1/320 sec 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Nikon announces the D5 and D500

Nikon announced a couple of new Pro grade DSLR's at CES today, the full frame D5 and of more interest to most Nikon fans the APS-C D500. Both 20mp effective, both with Pro grade 153 point, 90 cross type, 55 selectable, auto focus system. Interesting how they both have a Canon style AF toggle now.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Alabama Hills, take two

The Alabama Hills
The Alabama Hills
Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

The Alabama Hills
Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Setting the mood


A haunting tale of Gracie

I knew this was going to be a black and white image when I saw it, so I wanted the statue to really stand out, this is where spot metering comes in handy, I wanted very little distraction from Gracie, so metering out the surrounding area kept the interest on the statue.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Intimate Yosemite

Intimate Yosemite

Image: Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 
f/8, 200mm, 1/500 sec, iso 100, hand held. 

Sunset on El Capitan

Image: Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
f/5, 200mm, 1/20 sec, iso 100.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sony A7R II and Canon EF 16-35 f/4 L IS

Image: Sony A7R II, Canon EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, Metabonse IV EF-E  adapter
35 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec ISO 160

Being able to use my Canon lenses on the Sony A7R II is the only way I would buy in to this camera, that being said, how do they perform?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Winter in Yosemite

Yosemite Valley
Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
f/7.1, 100mm, 1/500 sec

Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Landcsapes in Portrait mode

The Plantation

Image, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 70mm, 1/80th sec, ISO 400

When doing my research on this shot, I found most images where done in landscape mode, so an easy way to make something different is to do what others have not, this image highlights the moss more than the trees, yet still gives that vanishing point effect that I wanted. Just wish I had better light that day, another trip to Savannah is in order.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brick and mortar - Savannah, Georgia

Pulaski Detail

Image: Fort Pulaski Detail. Canon 5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 67mm,
f/5.6, 1/80th sec, ISO 1600

I recently visited Fort Pulaski, just outside Savannah, GA. on Cockspur Island. A unique history surrounds this fort, the end of an era for brick and mortar.

Fort Pulaski

Image: Fort Pulaski Detail. Canon 5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 70mm,
f/5.6, 1/80th sec, ISO 1600

Savannah and its environs are a place dear to my heart, I spent two years living there and I have some close friends that still live there. But in all my time there I only visited Pulaski once and never photographed it, now I wish I had more time to go back and fully document this piece of Americas history from the Civil War.

More coming soon....


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