Wednesday, June 24, 2015

5DS/R Info and samples from around the web


The 5DS and 5DSR are now available and people are starting to report on it from around the world.

I will start linking to them here so I have a place to refer to.

Is Medium format in trouble? probably, unless they find a way to improve and innovate faster than, Sony, Canon and Nikon are all moving quickly to high resolution sensors with Nikon at 36mp and Sony at 42mp . Even fashion photographers are going to have a hard time justifying more than 50MP cameras, I certainly will not need more than that.

At  300dpi, 8688 x 5792 will give output prints from this camera at 19 x 29 without up-scaling, so minor up-scaling will give 24 x 36 easy and prints to 60 inches should be possible.

  • Imaging Resource, comprehensive review here
  • Chris Giles wedding photographer here
  • Photography Blog here
  • The Phoblographer here
  • Glenn Bartley bird photography here
  • DPReview studio scenes here
  • DPReview 5DS samples galley here
  • Fashion at Photography Blog here
  • 5DS at The Digital Picture review here 5DSR here
  • recommended lenses via Canon at The Digital Picture here
  • Martin Bailey here 
  • DxO here take with a grain of salt, there is more to the equation. Then read this here


Images In Light

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sony A7 R II announced

Sony just announced the A7 R II, 42mp Back Side Illumination (BSI) 4K video up to ISO 102400 with IBIS 5 axis sensor stabilization.

It offers full EF lens support for Canon users with Metabonse adapter, including AF  and continuos tracking and aperture control. Supposedly it has a fast phase detection AF system, but I will wait to hear what the early testers have to say.

Fotodiox adapter is better ? here
More on adapters here

From Dpreview :
  This is potentially a huge deal – especially for Canon users. We’ve used an a7R II with a Canon 24-70mm lens and a Metabones adapter, and focus is indeed very fast indeed. We’ll be looking at this in more depth as soon as we have a production sample camera, but for now, we’re highly impressed.

Shooting with 3rd party lenses on the A7 series, good article here 

A fatal mistake here

Not great AF with adapted Canon lenses here 
Photography Blog here 
Over hyped? over priced? here 
still needs fixing here
Gushing about the A7rII here
Tech Radar here

Now uncompressed 14 bit RAW here.

Luminous Landscape here 

The Phoblographer here 

Fstoppers here 

More at Fstoppers here

Zeiss Batis here

Film perspective here

Buy it here at B and H  

This could be my next camera if Canon don't get moving quickly, I think they will, but I think Canons new sensor technology is still a couple of years away. However Sony is aiming for a larger chunk of the sensor market, maybe they will make a deal with Canon until Canon can produce sensors as good or better than Sony.

Sony still needs to fix their lossy RAW file's, we need uncompressed 14 bit RAW. See interview here.

If this works as well as I am hearing with EF lenses, I may try this camera out, I don't like the Sony interface and I don't like Sony's support or trust that they will stay the course, but the Sony sensors are very clean and I may have to get on board with this one, I will keep my 5D Mk III, because the A7 is still no DSLR and some times I need that kind of speed

The Manual is available from Sony here


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

More from Big Sur

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Lifting Fog 

5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 IS L, f/16, 1/60 sec, ISO 100, hand held on fence post.

Lifting Fog, Big Sur

5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 IS L, f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, hand held on fence post.

Big Sur is sure turning in to one of my favorite places to shoot, nudge nudge, know what I mean?

A place that holds its rightful location at the top of peoples list's to shoot, I have been fortunate recently to spend some time in this area, witnessing scenes like this one unfold as I drive along the coast highway. Truly a beautiful place, sometimes magical and mystical, but always very photogenic.

Clouds 1v

 5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f4 IS L

More soon from the Big Sur coast....


Images in Light

Monday, June 8, 2015

Catching the Light

Dancing Light

Image: Fuji XT-1, XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

Driving up "The Hill" in Big Sur, I had to pull over and shoot this scene, the sun was breaking through the clouds in dozens of spots, it looked like light dancing on the water, as a matter of fact it was : )

Luckily I had a Fuji XT-1 sitting next to me on the car seat, so I zoomed in and captured this scene, the Fuji meters quit well and I had a hard time deciding on black and white or color for this one.

Viewed large it is a wonderful scene with the light spots going far in to the background of the image.