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


Images In Light

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
  • 2 stops of dynamic range above the Mk III (not official spec)
  • $3499

Download the manual here

Pre order at B and H here

DPreview here
The Digital Picture here
Imaging Resource here
Lens rentals review here 
Wedding photographers point of view here
Canon site here

DxO here

Digital Photo Pro update: 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.

This version has regressed back to a stills camera, I am glad in a way, I'm not a video shooter, but occasional 4K video will be nice. The big one here for me is the extra dynamic range the Mk IV offers, now on par with Sony sensors, due to on chip analog to digital conversion, a big step for Canon and in the right direction. This will make bringing up shadows and doing black and white conversion a bit simpler. 

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