As we continue our series on the basics of photography, we run into the letter “I”. What better term to define in the photo world than one of the biggest parameters of exposure today: ISO. In the video world they call it gain, and back in the film world they called it ASA. But either way, the ISO setting that your digital camera is set to is incredibly important to a number of factors like your shutter speed, aperture, and it can even affect flash output. Digital photographers and those that are brand new to the craft may not have known about what a pain ISO performance used to be in the early digital days and some of the headaches that film photographers used to go through by only working at lower ISO settings. These days, with a single camera you can have a vast range of settings.
If you’ve got a Nikon D5100, D5200, D3100, or D3200 as well as a P7700, then you’ve got some updating to do. But no, you’re not getting a massive firmware update. Instead, this one has to do with juice.
The new firmware update brings with it more accurate battery life readings in addition to the battery life performance being optimized to allow the user to get more from one charge.
In all honesty, Nikon didn’t need this. When we reviewed these cameras, we found the battery life to be incredible. But now it’s even better.
Zeiss has been talking about the development of their 55mm f1.4 lens for quite a while. This lens was designed to work with high megapixel full frame DSLR cameras. However, it is also designed to be the absolute best lens ever created. Last year at Photo Plus, we got a personal demo of the lens. And from what we took away, this lens is supposed to perform wide open like other lenses at f4 or 5.6–meaning that the sharpness and more will be absolutely top notch.
When the lens was first announced, it turned a lot of heads due to just to big the claims were.
And for that, you’re paying quite the price. B&H Photo has the lens already available for pre-order at $3,999 for both Canon and Nikon mounts.
The whole story behind the lens is in a video after the jump.
The Canon EOS M has been the butt of many jokes. The company has received well deserved critiques stating that they essentially half-assed the camera. But it seems like from there, they have figured out a way to try to improve on it. We played with the camera a while back and by all means, it isn’t a bad camera per se. But the autofocus really wasn’t the best.
However, the camera received a firmware update recently that was supposed to greatly improve the autofocus capabilities–therefore giving some extra hope to the camera.
Canon Watch’s readers sent them videos showing off the differences. From what we see, it still isn’t faster than Olympus, Panasonic, Sony or Samsung. But it can be said to be a tad faster than Fujifilm’s focusing. See for yourself after the jump.
“You’re brave,” that’s what Stan Horaczek from Pop Photo told me when I told him that I’m shooting a wedding with the new Zeiss 12mm f2.8 and 32mm f1.8 Touit lenses for the Fujifilm X series system. He said this not because he didn’t trust the products, but because he would never use brand new gear for anything paid. However, I do it all the time for this site–and a recent wedding that I photographed was no exception. Since stepping out of professionally shooting weddings years ago, I had always wondered what it would be like to shoot one with an X Pro 1. Granted, it was only the secondary camera. And after being smitten with Zeiss lenses for a while, I figured that this would be one of the best testing grounds for the new optics targeted at the higher end.
While they performed admirably, something went wrong–very wrong.
The Nikon D7100 is the company’s newest flagship DSLR for their APS-C line of interchangeable lens digital cameras. We’ve tested it out quite a bit so far often posting night photos, golden hour samples, and our own first impressions. This is a very powerful camera that we’re straight off the bat not recommending for the beginner, and the camera is almost a perfect APS-C DSRL. However, there is one big nagging problem that we can’t get over–but if you can, then you’ll fall madly in love with the Nikon D7100.