The camera that won our Editor’s Choice rating this year now has a brand new firmware update. However, they seem to be very minor improvements, such as better stabilization in children’s mode. One of the bigger features though is improved AF operation as well as improve bulb image quality.
In many ways, this camera is perfect–but we wonder how it will compete with competition from Sony with the A7 not being much more expensive than the EM1.
Full firmware details are after the jump. Be sure to also check out our EM1 review.
We’ve been hearing a lot about Leica’s cinema lenses and the company has recently announced their more budget friendly options. The Summicron C lenses are all T2 optics with full Leica branding on them. There is an 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 29mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 135mm lens available. The company chose some very interesting focal lengths but it makes some sense given crop factors and more.
Leica has long been known for their lenses and many videographers have instead opted for the Leica R lenses from a long time ago if they can’t get their hands on Contax glass, But if they’re going for true cinema primes, then Zeiss seems to hold the market share with pros unless someone is using Rokinon’s cinema lenses. We don’t hear very much about Schneider’s offerings.
There isn’t much information on these lenses otherwise; B&H Photo hasn’t listed them yet on their website either. We’ll keep this story updated if we find out more information. Granted, these are Cinema lenses–and budget and Leica should never be seen in the same sentence together.
Despite folks gawking about the Nikon Df’s high price, DxOMark is stating that the camera has some serious performance. Though its overall score isn’t outdoing the Nikon D800E or the Sony A7r, the low light performance score is quite excellent. Part of this could be the fact that they’re using the D4′s sensor that has had some modifications. And though these numbers are some quantitative measurements, in real life they don’t really mean much unless you know how to meter correctly to begin with.
For what it’s worth, the Nikon Df is a true photographer’s camera and so that could be why the high ISO results are so good. Other trademarks of the camera are no video mode, the dials and styling being very retro, and the overall feel of it. With all this in mind though, we’re still not totally sure who is buying this camera and part of this is due to its price. Despite it being the holiday season, there is also no current rebate or holiday discount on the camera either. When the Nikon D800 and the A7r were both launched, pre-orders filled up quite quickly. However, there wasn’t much scoffing about those cameras either. Instead, there was a lot of praise. Overall, there still is a lot of praise for the cameras and we’re in the middle of reviewing the A7r right now.
It’s still quite strange though as many may consider the Df to be the true successor to the D700 and its price point is between the D610 and the D800.
There are lots of things to compliment a camera that a photographer can use to become a better shooter. And guess what: not all of them require you to break the bank. Many of them are very affordable and can be useful in a variety of instances.
Here’s a quick roundup of some of our favorite items for the holidays or any time.
This is one image that was exposed for the highlights slightly (underexposed) and had the shadows boosted in post.
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While leading a photo walk the other day, I was trying to teach folks that photography is a lot more than just composition, looking at a scene, and being captivated by it. Instead, it’s also about absorbing the scene and trying to figure out how you can capture all the details of the scene in a single shot. This, over most other things, I think is an incredible skill that you can use day in and day out as a photographer. To boot, you don’t need to shoot in manual for this.
For starters, look at the scene through your viewfinder and figure out the contrast between the brightest of brights and the darkest of darks. Your camera will automatically figure out a middle ground in the evaluative scene metering mode but in order to get the most details in the image ask yourself: “Are the brights more dominant in this image or are the highlights?” Also ask yourself which one is more extreme.
Editor’s Correction: the following section has been rewritten to be more clear and also corrected
If you’re shooting a scene mostly dominated by the shadows, then first expose perfectly for the shadows and then try to overexpose by around 1/3rd to 1 and 1/3 stop. The reason for this is because modern camera sensors can pick up more detail from the shadows then from the highlights. If you’re shooting a scene mostly dominated by the highlights, then underexpose by 1/3rd to half a stop. The reason for this is because you’ll have an easier time pushing the shadows to get less grain and an overexposure of this much can easily be fixed in modern software.
By shooting this way, you’ll have a lot less images to go through in the post-production phase and your workflow will be much more seamless.