You’ve bought your first camera and now you have some good shooting time beneath your belt. You’re waiting to move beyond that kit lens and there is some money burning your pocket, begging to be spent on new glass.
When I’m asked for advice on what a photographer’s next lens should be, my response is usually, “What do you like to shoot?” The answer to this is the best way to determine what the next lens should be. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for the lenses which should follow your kit lens.
Magic Lantern has done some amazing things with Canon cameras by hacking the firmware. Recently, they expanded the dynamic range of the 5D Mk III by a stop. Now, user Jonathan Zdziarski did an informal test comparing the results of the Canon full frame DSLR and the Nikon D800–which has enjoyed quite the reign as a camera with a kick ass sensor.
Using what the hack calls Dual ISO, it is able to capture more information in a photo–therefore expanding its dynamic range. To do this, the camera takes two photos at different ISO settings and merges them together. According to Jonathan,
“Each individual scan-line is interleaved as its sampled from the sensor, so you’re capturing one image with every other scan line at, say, ISO 100 for example, and the next scan line at ISO 800, 1600, or whatever you specify in ML.”
Crazy cool, huh? What’s even crazier is that it seems to be improving the image quality at lower ISO settings too. Of course, this is really best with still images and not really for video–the added capabilities of RAW video though are a nice touch.
You can find more over at Jonathan’s blog. We also wonder if Canon is paying attention to this.
Editor’s Note: Canon USA got in touch with us and told us that the EOS M2 isn’t going to be headed to US at this time, not that it isn’t coming here. We apologize for the inaccuracy.
The EOS M2 could have been the mirrorless camera system Canon users have been waiting for all this time. Too bad it won’t be coming to America. Imagining Resource got the official word from Canon USA stating it does not have any plans to sell the EOS M2 within the United States at this time.
Things might change in the future but this new statement confirms an earlier report that the camera could be a Japan-only exclusive. Given the low adoption rate of the EOS M due to practically no marketing and poor autofocus when initially launched, it’s not a surprise Canon would be skeptical about bring another compact camera system stateside. Especially since its original mirrorless camera is still being sold with major discounts.
We may have to wait until the Canon EOS M3 – which will hopefully be a more significant change up compared to the quicker AF and Wi-Fi upgrades that came to EOS M2 – before we see another mirrorless system from the Japanese company.
Canon Rumors reports about what could become a new trend in customizing your camera: hardware hacks. In past years, we saw a lot of third-party firmwares that promised to improve image quality and performance of your camera–most notably Magic Lantern, which greatly improved video performance in Canon DSLRs. But Canon compacts weren’t left out, either, and Nikon DSLRs had their own Magic Lantern counterpart. But let’s face it, every trend becomes a fad at some point, and in 2014, software hacks just don’t cut it anymore.
The next big thing coming to a camera near you could be hardware hacks, which, as the name suggests, involve swapping out hardware parts of the camera. It’s not uncommon that photographers tinker with their camera, for example when converting them to infrared or multi-spectrum sensitivity by adding and/or removing filters on top of the sensor. It’s another thing altogether, though to swap the camera’s entire logic bord. Which is exactly what Canon Rumors suggests will soon be offered for Canon DSLRs.
The site has received word that “a certain company” will soon come out with a hardware hack for the EOS 5D Mk III, which will replace the camera’s mainboard with a customized one. The benefit of the operation that will cost around US-$ 1000 will be increased dynamic range as well as better sharpness and performance when recording video. In that regard, the hardware hack promises roughly the same results as Magic Lantern’s custom firmware.
At this point, we have no idea who is doing this, when it’ll be available, how much of an improvement it will yield, and whether other camera models will also receive hardware hacks–though CR is positive the 5D3 won’t stay the only model that can be customized. Firmware hacking is already a risky thing to do, because it can potentially make your camera inoperative, or contain malignant code. But at least it’s free. Would you pay someone a whopping $1000 to tinker with the internals of your DSLR, though?
Yes, we know–we’re late with this one. But better late than never.
Canon’s 70D is the company’s mid-level APS-C DSLR that is quite a rocking offering if used correctly. With a brand new dual pixel and phase detection system that allows for great tracking in Live View mode, Wifi connectivity, and a camera body that is easy to hold and fairly durable, it offers the customers stepping up from a Rebel something a bit more.
It’s no secret that despite how hard manufacturers are trying to push mirrorless cameras, DSLR sales are still better. Recently, Amateur Photographer looked to investigate why this is. According to Mirrorless Rumors’ summation, it’s because mirrorless cameras are too small, have confusing category names, and DSLRs have more lenses, have become cheaper and also have more appeal because of the fact that consumers are holding onto Canon and Nikon’s glory days.
The interesting thing about the study though is that it only seems to have sampled the complaints of a small few and it doesn’t seem to be a worldwide test at all.
Sure, folks are really holding onto the glory days of Canon and Nikon, but let’s also face it: not many folks are as geekily into the camera world as most readers of this site. So they only go with what they know–and that means Canon and Nikon. For what it’s worth, let’s think about where you see ads for these companies: at baseball games, football games, hockey, etc. You barely ever see Olympus anywhere else besides in Tennis and I haven’t seen very much Fujifilm or Sony other places. Canon and Nikon both have television ads too. So maybe part of it is brand awareness. If I told my sister what brands make good cameras, she would probably say Canon immediately and might say Olympus because my mom taught us on Olympus cameras. But otherwise, there is very little customer education. She owns a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone but probably knows nothing about the company’s Galaxy Cam.
For what it’s worth too, lots of consumer tech websites also mostly focus on phones and laptops with very little going towards the imaging world. Cameras require special attention though–blending art and tech knowledge in order to give them their due.