Field Review: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED (Day 2)

Exposure 0.033 sec (1/30) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 800

I did not want to go to my day job on the second day of testing this lens, but I had to. What I wanted to do was stay out all day. I wanted to stay out and play with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lensall day and all night. But alas, I could not. What I was able to do was visit Sinatra Park in Hoboken, New Jersey and evaluate its wide angle, low light, and motion capabilities. I also found myself looking at the sharpness in low light and paying attention to how the autofocus worked.

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Samsung Unveils HMX-T10 HD Camcorder

Samsung just announced the HMX-T10, a new HD-capable camcorder. It’s small, smooth, stylish, and sports a slightly slanted lens that Samsung claims lets users “enjoy their recording experience without any discomfort to their arm or wrist.” It can record 1920 x 1080 video at 60 interpolated frames per second and features a 10X optical zoom lens, an SD/SDHC card slot, and a 2.7-inch touchscreen. It will retail for $299 when it ships late this month. Read the full press release after the jump. Continue reading…

Sony Announces New MP4 Bloggie Cameras

Today, Sony announced two new MP4 camcorders, the MHS-TS20 and MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch cameras. Both can capture 1920×1080 HD MP4 video and 12.8 MP on 8GB or 4BG of internal memory respectively. The included software enables users to easily upload videos and photos to all of the popular sites; Facebook, flickr, and Youtube, among others. The TS20 and TS10 are available for $200 and $180 respectively. Press release is after the jump.

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Zeiss Announces New 35mm F1.4 Lens

Today, Zeiss announced their new 35mm F/1.4 Distagon lens for Canon and Nikon mounts. The new lens features a minimum aperture of f/16, 11 elements in 9 groups, and a focusing range of approximately one foot to infinity. This now completed Zeiss’s line of prime lenses in a 35mm F1.4, 50mm F1.4 and 85mm F1.4. The lens will be available later this year for a bank-busting $1,843 USD. Press release is after the jump.

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Canon Announces XF Line of Pro Camcorders- Featuring 3D and Infrared

Today, Canon introduced a new line of professional grade camcorders: the XF105 and XF100. The camcorders allow for 3D video to be shot when two of them are paired together. Canon further claims that the infrared shooting with allow the cameras to shoot in complete darkness. The release and a comparison is after the jump, but there is no word on pricing. To my eyes though, these look like higher grade HV camcorders in terms of ergonomics.

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Olympus Announces New Limited Edition Black EP-2 and Lenses

Today, Olympus announced a limited edition black EP-2 Pen camera along with accessories to match for the fashionista/special ops types. On top of this are the announcement of new lenses—the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 will be available in December 2010, while the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 will be available in November 2010. Both lenses will be available in black and silver. Press releases are after the jump.

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Canon Announces 60D and Lens Updates

Today, Canon announced the long awaited and long rumored 60D DSLR camera along with the 400mm F2.8 L IS II, 300mm F2.8 L IS II, a new 1.4x extender, 2x extender, 70-300 4.5-5.6 L IS USM, and an 8-15mm f4 L fisheye zoom. The 60D is placed between the T2i(reviewed here) and the 7D(reviewed here) and replaces the current 50D. Unfortunately, no details or predicted features on the 1Ds Mk IV were spilled, which is a camera that everyone is still waiting for. I’ve had hands-on time with the 60D for the PDN Gear Guide, which I’m writing, to be released at Photo Plus. For a full-report, stay tuned to PDN.

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Field Review: Sony NEX 5 (Day 2)

At the time of writing this posting, despite it performing very admirably, there have been technical problems with the Sony NEX 5. Because of said problems, this posting will talk about the sweep panorama feature and the image quality delivered from the camera using this feature. Once again, the RAW files cannot be processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3and the provided program did not work on my Macbook laptop at the time of writing this piece. Editor’s note: once again making a note that Lightroom 3.2 can process the files and that this review is being written as it happened in chronological order for accuracy. On my PC, the program works, but it is quite cumbersome and slow to use. In a couple of days, all images recorded from the camera will be shot in JPEG unless otherwise stated.

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Sony Announces New A55, A33, A560 DSLRs, New Lenses

Today, Sony announced their A55 and A33 DSLR cameras that use translucent mirror technology and that get rid of the optical viewfinder. For those that don’t like EVFs, the A560 is the A550 but adds full HD video amongst other features like continuous Phase Detect AF in video mode. Also announced were a bunch of lenses announced earlier on in Europe this year. While you’re at it, be sure to check out our Sony NEX-5review so far that includes some of the features in these DSLRs.

Editor’s Note: I’ve now had hands-on time with the cameras.

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How To Create a Movie- Summer Stories (Part 1)

Lights, camera, action! Being a photographer and a writer by trade has always made me a natural fit to get lost in day dreams about making profound films that garner critical acclaim and capture the hearts and minds of an awestruck audience. Back to reality: Ten years into a career and two kids later, building a Hollywood career isn’t much of an option anymore. And self-funding a project that, in all likelihood, could cost almost half a million dollars (from expensive film cameras, even more expensive processing procedures, and editing room rental) my dreams of creating a film of any type or length seemed about as likely as meeting my maker and coming back to blog about it. 

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Field Review: Sigma 70-300 DG Macro (Day 3)

If you have read Canon 1D Mk IV (Day 8) and have seen the shots from the this review, well the shots of the soccer game here may give you a bit of De Ja Vue. I was also in the park that day testing out the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens. It was a nice day, there was a good breeze, not too hot. I had Recently got the the lens and this was one of my first big outings with it.

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The Essential Guide To Dog Portrait Photography

The Badass Pooches

Woof woof! Dogs are our constant companions and have been since the Stone Age. We love them, care for them, walk them, play with them, and in return, they give us great affection and protection. They are our best friends and though their lifespans are typically short, we always remember them. Here’s how to capture the looks and personality of your dog.

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Why Shooting Celebrities Sucks: A Reflection Photographing Julia Roberts on the Set of Eat, Pray, Love.

Julia Roberts: close up side shot

If you’re a reader of this blog, or if you’ve followed my work for a while, you’ll probably know of the dark secret in my time as a photographer. When I was right out of college, I had an extremely brief tenure with an agency as a celebrity photographer. One of my gigs was shooting Julia Roberts on the set of Eat, Pray Love which is now in theaters. The photos in this story were shot a year ago in Carrol Gardens in Brooklyn, New York where part of the movie was filmed. Though not my worst gig, it was a huge learning experience and began to solidify my exit from celebrity photography.

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Field Review: Sigma DP2s (Day 1)

Large sensor compact cameras like the Panasonic GF-1, Olympus EPL-1, and the Canon G11 (full review here) tend to take all the spotlight. But what about the other cameras? Enter the Sigma DP2s—a wonderful little large sensor compact camera that is highly customizable and that utilizes the Foveon sensor to capture photos with positively breathtaking color that surpasses film. But is it any good? I was recently sent a review copy for field review.

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Panasonic Announces New HM-TA1 and HDC-SDX1 Camcorders

Panasonic has just announced the release of two interesting new camcorders. The TA1 is a pocket camcorder that doubles as a web-cam and the SDX1 is their lightest full HD camcorder that also doubles as a web-cam. Hit the jump for more specs and the important pieces from the press releases.

Editor’s Note: Apparently more Panasonic information is coming this evening. Stay Tuned!

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