Thursday, April 9, 2015

Convergance: Canon XC10

Canon introduces a 4K video/Stills camera

Key specs
  • 4K video
  • 12mp stills
  • 1" CMOS sensor
  • LP-E6 battery (same as 5D and 7D)
  • fixed F2.8-5.6 image stabilized lens equivalent to 27.3-273mm for videos and 24.1-241mm for stills.
  • Rotating grip and tilt LCD
  • MSRP of $2499


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Incidental Black and White

The Bay Bridge: 5D Mk III, EF24-70 f/2.8 II L

Its not always easy to see in black and white, I use my iPhone 6 sometimes for visualizing what a scene may look like in black and white, when I set it to B and W it is a very useful tool for that.

The City by the Bay image above was a super high contrast scene that had little color other than the very bright sun, it made an ideal setting for black and white photography. My initial thought was to wait for sunset and shoot a low light scene, but this light presented itself to me, so I walked down the bank until the bridge blocked the sun and revealed the the beams that where initially hidden by the veiling glare of the bright sun.

Metering in live view helped to reduce the contrast so I could reveal detail in the bridge and still have the light beams highlighted on the city.

Another image I didn't originally see in B and W. I like both
the color and the B and W versions.

More Black and White images here


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Working Yosemite

 Falling Fire
5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L, 6 stop ND filter

El Capitan from Pohono trail
5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L, 6 stop ND filter
Larger Image

The Merced
The Merced and Cathedral Rocks

I have been to Yosemite 4 times over the last year and have not come away with anything I really like, I hate to get skunked on these trips, but I still get to enjoy the hiking and making friends with other outdoor types. I will keep hitting Yosemite until I've cracked it.

 Tunnel View
5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II

Some times it takes persistence,  but patience comes in handy too. I'll be back there again next month to try to shoot the Dogwood blooms.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Location Shooting

I am constantly looking for places to shoot, sometimes the light may not be great and sometimes it works out. The more I shoot a specific location the more I learn about the light and how it affects the landscape around me. This was my third trip to the Golden Gate and each time I have discovered a new angle or a preferred location, I haven't yet nailed the Gate, but with my scouting of locations, I soon will.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More on the 5DSR

From Canon Asia

Conceptual Diagram of Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation
5DS manual is here at Canon Europe
On the EOS 5DS R, the image of the subject is first separated in the vertical direction by Low-pass Filter 1, after which the separated images are merged again at Low-pass Filter 2. In the case of the EOS 5DS, the subject image is separated in the horizontal direction by Low-pass Filter 1, and in the vertical direction by Low-pass Filter 2.
A newly-developed full-frame CMOS sensor is employed on both models, but they vary significantly in the structure of the low-pass filter that is located immediately in front of the image sensor. As with the other EOS models, the EOS 5DS prevents false colours and moirĂ© effect from occurring by separating the subject image using the low-pass filter effect. In contrast, the EOS 5DS R separates the subject image with the low-pass filter, but merges them again using a technology uniquely developed by Canon. Doing so successfully cancels the low-pass filter effect to achieve an apparent resolution that is similar to that when a low-pass filter is not used. Other than the optical LPF feature, the EOS 5DS R and the EOS 5DS are basically twins with no difference in their functions and mechanism. Various measures have also been introduced on both the hardware and software of the two models to address camera shake, an issue that may become more pronounced with a high pixel count that exceeds 50 megapixels. In the following, let us take a look at these two cameras with “super high” image quality.

Shutter time lag can be set manually
Unlike conventional models, the shutter time lag after the mirror is locked up can be set manually. By selecting an interval setting, both the mirror lockup and shutter release operations can be performed successively with a single press of the shutter button, thus helping to reduce camera shake.

both beneficial to  getting ultra sharp images. I am keeping a close eye on this camera, I have not yet decided if I will pull the trigger on it, or a new lense. I will keep you posted when news and reviews become available.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time Lapse

 Interesting artical on time lapse with the Canon 7D Mk II from CPN and George Lepp

Winter Clouds Over the Oregon Cascades 2 from George Lepp on Vimeo.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hand Held Landscapes

Nikon D800E,  AF-S 70-200 f/2.8 G II ED, f/7.1 at 195 mm 1/500 sec
Oak tree and flowers outside Gilroy, Ca.

Hand held landscapes can be achieved by using fast shutter speeds and good camera technique to ensure sharp images. Always shoot as fast as possible, open up the aperture as needed to maintain a fast shutter speed, hold your breath and brace the camera or your body against a solid object, use image stabilization.

Whats a fast enough shutter speed? I would try to stay above 1/250 sec, but faster is better, once you drop below that threshold its time to get out the tripod. I would not raise the ISO unless you have no choice, but its always better to get a shot than not.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

EF 11-24 f/4

The new EF 11-24 f/4 

  • World’s widest angle ultra-wide zoom with 11-24mm focal length.
  • f/4 fixed aperture, high-performance standard zoom L-series lens.
  • Uses four aspherical lens elements (including the world’s largest diameter ground aspherical lens within a photographic lens) and UD and Super UD lens elements, ensuring the highest image quality.
  • Canon unique SWC and new ASC anti-reflective coatings.
  • Fluorine coating on the lens surfaces to prevent dirt sticking to lens elements.
  • Silent, fast autofocus using a ring type USM.
  • A nine-blade circular aperture creates beautiful out-of-focus highlights.
  • Full-time manual focusing.
  • Minimum focusing distance 0.28m (at 24mm zoom position).
  • Highly resistant to dust and water allowing shooting in the harshest conditions.
buy it here at B and H, the best place to by camera equipment

See Bryans full review at the Digital Picture here

CPN here
    DPreview here


    Canon EOS M3, Europe only?

    Hoping this is a worthy camera and much better focus than Canons last offering. Also that they actually sell it here in the US.

    • 24.2 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor
    • Premium image quality using DIGIC 6 Processor
    • Selectable ISO range of 100-12,800 with expansion to 25,600
    • Hybrid CMOS AF III focusing system with 49 AF points
    • Focusing assist with Manual Focus Peaking and AF+MF
    • Large, tilt-type 3.0in (1040k) 3:2 ClearView II touchscreen with sRGB colour reproduction
    • High quality Full HD 1920x1080 movies at 24p and 30p in MP4 format with full exposure control
    • Built-in WiFi with NFC support
    • Fully compatible with Canon Speedlite System and advanced levels of controls
    • Premium body construction and handling with stainless steel chassis and all aluminium exterior
    CPN here

    DPreview here

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    Canon 5DS and 5DSR

    Canon 5DSR
    Update: rumors have it that the noise and DR are in fact better at base ISO with the cost of high ISO noise, if this is the case the new camera may be designed specifically for low ISO shooting, which makes total sense. This does present a problem for people that shoot on both ends of the ISO scale, you will now need two cameras, one for low ISO 50mp studio/landscape shots and one for everything else.

    Can you say 50mp? Well Canon can, this should be an interesting press release, the big one here is the EF 11-24 f/4 lens, but I'm very interested to see what this new camera can do, it needs to have better shadow recovery and higher dynamic range to get my interest, especially at the rumored price of $3900.

    New info at Canon Asia here
    • EOS 5DS: 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with ISO 100-6400 (Lo: 50 and H1:12,800) sensitivity range.
    • EOS 5DS R: 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with low-pass cancellation filter and ISO 100-6400 (Lo: 50 and H1:12,800) sensitivity range.
    • Dual DIGIC 6 processors for outstanding image processing speed and camera responsiveness.
    • 5 frames per second (fps) with selectable burst speeds and silent shutter mode.
    • 61-point wide area AF with 41 cross-type sensors with iTR, AI Servo AF III and AF Configuration tool.
    • 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor.
    • 100% magnification Intelligent Viewfinder II with electronic overlay.
    • 1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1 ratio crop modes with masked viewfinder display.
    • Mirror Vibration Control System to reduce mirror vibration blur.
    • Fine Detail Picture Style.
    • CF + SD (UHS I) dual memory card slots.
    • Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Lens Correction in-camera.
    • Multiple Exposure and HDR mode.
    • Customisable Quick Control screen.
    • Built-in timer functionality – bulb timer and interval shooting timer.
    • Time-lapse Movie function.
    • Super Speed USB 3.0 for high-speed tethering and image/movie transfer.
    • 150,000 shutter cycle life.
    • Compatible with most EOS 5D Mark III accessories (note: for WFT-E7 new USB cables required and firmware needs to be updated).
    Purchase 5DS here at B and H

    Purchase 5DS R here at B and H

    The 5DS manual is here

    Always the best place for review info is The Digital Picture: review in process

    Northlight here

    Imaging resource here

    CPN here, in the studio here

    CPN interview with Mr. Tsunemasa Ohara here
    DPreview preview here


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