Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The future of Light

Very interesting concept, that I am very excited about. Light is thinking outside the (DSLR) box. Is this the future of photography? Its interesting to consider, in order to get around a zoom lens, add cameras with varying fields of view. In my business I see a lot of new camera technology and there have been rumblings of multiple camera modules as a way of getting around zoom lenses, also for other reasons.......

I think we will see this technology soon in camera phones, maybe even the next iPhone or Samsung device. The technology has started to mature and calibration of these separate camera modules can now be done very accurately. I see this as very viable. I hope to test this one next year when its available.

This could easily replace small portable zoom cameras and if mature enough, small DSLR and ILC (mirrorless) cameras.

Light here

Fstoppers here

DPReview here


Images In Light

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4

Sigma keeps introducing fantastic lenses and here is one I may consider to add to my lens arsenal.

The new Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM for EF

I would really like a fast wide angle lens that can really produce without breaking the bank, this could be the one. I'll keep you informed here, when the results are in.

Other nice ART lenses include the 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/1.4

  • As part of the Art line within Sigma’s Global Vision series, this lens’ is designed to achieve truly notable optical performance and is ideally suited for creative and artistic applications.
  • Prime wide-angle 20mm f/1.4 lens is designed for full-frame format Canon EF mount DSLRs, and can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 32mm equivalent focal length.
  • Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
  • Both FLD glass and five SLD elements have been incorporated within the lens design to correct for chromatic aberrations throughout the entire focusing range and help to ensure high image sharpness, clarity, and contrast regardless of focus point or aperture setting.
  • A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions.
  • The integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) realizes quick and quiet autofocusing, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time.
  • A rounded nine-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus quality.
  • Petal-shaped lens hood helps to reduce lens flare when working in strong lighting conditions and also offers some protection to the front element of the lens.
  • The lens is constructed using a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material, along with traditional metals, for greater precision and use in wide temperature variations.
  • The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability.
  • This lens is compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning different lens characteristics and updating its firmware.

Images In Light

Monday, October 12, 2015

Chaos in color and black and white

Chaos - black and white

5D Mk III, 70-200 f4 L IS, f/10, 2 sec, Lee Big Stopper ND Filter

Chaos - color

5D Mk III, 70-200 f4 L IS, f/10, 1/500 sec, no filter

Exploring different ways of exposing a scene, I find it difficult sometimes to choose what I prefer. Using an ND filter gives me options to quickly make widely different exposures and decide later on what version of the scene I prefer. The Lee ND filter selection and Lee mount greatly increase the flexibility I have when I'm on a location shoot like this one.

I prefer the long exposure black and white version here, I think it works better for this windy, salt spray, misty day, adding to the stormy feel, even though it was a beautiful day. Taken from Soberanes Point in Big Sur.