Round Up: Canon 1D Mk IV for Weddings

With WPPI coming up soon, you may be considering a new camera soon. Fellow Canon shooters may find that they’re looking for something more than what their 5D Mk II’s and 1Ds Mk III’s can do. As a guy looking for another body himself, I explored how the 1D Mk IV was for weddings. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with the camera before but I always thought that it was really just for photojournalism and sports. It appears that I was wrong. Here’s a round up of people that have tried it out.

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Canon Announces 24p Movie Firmware Update for the 5D Mk II

It’s coming (again)! Canon has announced that in mid-March, Firmware update 2.03 for the Canon 5D Mk II will allow for full 1080p HD video recording at 24, 25 and 29.97fps to match the PAL and NTSC broadcast standards. Other features include a new histogram display while shooting movies and allows users to manually control sound recording levels. My favorite though is perhaps that audio sampling frequency has also been increased to match broadcast material standards from 44.1KHz to 48KHz and will allow for users to set the audio volume. Read more over at DPReview.

The 5D Mk II is my camera of choice and so I am excited for this.

Samples of the Noktor F0.95 Lens Available on Flickr

Samples of the Noktor F0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds have appeared on Flickr. We’ve been very excited about this lens for a while in our postings and we know for a fact that Steve Huff is getting one soon. Those of you interested in Micro Four Thirds and the format should surely check this out. On a personal point of view note: I think this lens needs to be stopped down a bit for better sharpness.

Update: Here’s a video shot with the lens using the Panasonic GH1. Noktor – Shoot Wide Open from Noktor on Vimeo.

Wacom Introduces The Cintiq 21UX Tablet For Photo Editing

Today, Wacom announced their new Cintiq 21UX tablet for photo editing. New features of the tablet include enhanced pen performance and new ergonomics designed to provide an intuitive and “natural-feeling pen-on-screen” workflow in addition to a black-scheme look to it. It will come at a pricey $1999 in the United States when it ships in late March/early April. Also included are the bundled software and a pen stand. It should work well with Photoshop and the other editing programs I’ve written about previously. More details in the four-page press release which can be downloaded here in PDF format (New Cintiq 21UX March 1 2010 Final for Distribution) More pictures after the jump. Also check out our coverage on Tablets.

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Readers- What Gear Do You Use

To help tailor the blog’s posting more towards your needs and wants please respond in the comments to this posting with what gear you use. By that I mean cameras, lenses, flashes, and what you’re mostly interested in shooting. It’ll be nice to compare and contrast it all.

Sigma Launches Lens Finder To Help Find The Right Lens

Sigma launched a new portion of their website entitled Lens Finder. What it does is asks you to check off a couple of boxes and automatically recommends lenses for your purposes. I’m currently looking through for photojournalism, weddings and portraits.

Give it a try for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments below. And if you’re confused by the terminology, check this out. Also be sure to look at our coverage of lenses to help you out as well.

Recommended Equipment for Shooting Weddings and Portraits

With WPPI coming up soon in Las Vegas, we’re getting ready for some exciting times before it gets warmer and everyone wants their wedding photos done. Even if you’re a portrait/headshot photographer it’s going to be an exciting time as the slow season finally starts drifting away. If you’re interested in upgrading your gear or want to get into the industry, here are some items to take a look at.

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Download it: The Beginner’s Guide to Photography Terminology

One of my readers, Jorge Quinteros, recently reached out to me saying that he loved my Guide to Photography Terminology. He loved it so much that he made it into a PDF version for use on the go. I was so excited about it that I thought I’d share it all with you. You can click this link (photographic_terms) and download the PDF to help you while shooting in the field. Enjoy!

Just a reminder, if you want to do something like this, always ask my permission first as I’d love to be involved in the making and promotion. Jorge was also kind enough to ask my permission as well.

Build Your Own DSLR

Make has a link to a french guy’s forum (google translated for you) posting on how he built his own DSLR from scratch. What this reminds me of is the Open-Source DSLR project that one University is working on. It may only be a matter of time before us tech guys are building our own. If this is the case, then the products may become endlessly customizable.

From BP: Trouble Focusing? Zoom in – Accessible Photography Tip

Softball Out of Focus

Out of Focus

Story by Timothy O’Brian of Blind Photographers on July 30th, 2009.

I have had some trouble focusing recently. Not with concentrating (not more than usual anyway), but with my camera. Being visually impaired, I have to rely on my camera’s autofocus. Using manual focus requires that I can see the viewfinder. I use the viewfinder to compose (mostly), but definitely not to focus. Unfortunately, autofocus does not always save the day.

Over the last month or so, I have shot a baseball and two softball games. I had more than a few instances where I thought I was focusing on a player in the infield (the pitcher, batter or a runner), but the camera instead focused way off in the distance, usually the outfield fence. This ruined an unnecessary number of shots that would have otherwise been submitted to the paper. The photo editor commented to me about this, letting me know that he needed me to sort out this issue.

Cliff Toss

I had tried the different focus setting on my D40X, closest subject, dynamic and point. I had no luck whatsoever in getting consistent focus out of the camera. An unlikely rescue happened however. A young DC filmmaker came down for a visit to understand better the how photographic workflow is affected by visual impairment for an upcoming short film about (you guess it!) a blind photographer (follow news of The Blind Photographer movie on Twitter). I showed Isaiah, the producer, the raw results of the baseball assignment and explained the issue. He suggested a solution that seems to be quite widely known (except to me). Borrowing from an article, Turn Off Autofocus – Do it Yourself! on Photography Bay, by fellow visually-impaired photographer Chris Gampat, “As I’ve learned when shooting actresses in short films while in college, it’s best to zoom in the tightest you can, focus on the exact point that you want the shot to be, zoom all the way out and then recompose your shot. This way all the detail that you could possibly want to make your shot work will be available to you.” I have tried this out with great results. I zoom in on the subject (or on something of equal distance) and half-press the shutter to engage the autofocus. Then, I either hit the autofocus lock or turn the lens to autofocus mode as I have not yet fully mastered the autofocus lock yet. Success (most of the time).

Originally seen here.

Tim O’Brian is a guest columnist on ThePhoblographer.
Legally blind, Tim writes about accessibility, photography and,
occasionally, both together. You can find out more about Tim on his blog or by
following him on twitter. He is also the founder of Blind Photographers.

Pentax announces the W90 and X90

Pentax has announced the release of two new cameras to their line. One of them being the W90 which is perfect for the adventure type person as it is essentially life proof includes the ability to withstand below freezing temperatures for winter photography. The other is the X90, their superzoom camera in a DSLR-esque body. More details after the jump.

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Leica to Have a North American Road Show

Today, Leica announced that they will host a North American Road Show in which they will visit 26 major North American cities. It will commence on March 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida and conclude on June 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. People interested in the Leica M and S system will perhaps want to pay the $149 to get in. Details and the press release after the jump.

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Beginner's Tips for Shooting a Wedding

With PMA in full swing as I am writing this, there are probably some of you looking for alternative things to read about. I shot a wedding this past weekend and of all the loads of tips that I’ve written in the past I’ve never written about weddings. So if you’re getting into shooting them and want some tips, keep reading.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Photojournalism

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica X2 Review other images (2 of 18)

Photojournalism is the process of documenting the happenings of life on camera through photography. These days, it tends to extend into videography but the main elements of the practice still hold their roots in still image capture. Photojournalism can still be a tough job as far as getting work and images that are different than other photojournalists but that is still a story that would hold an audience captive.

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RAW Photo Capabilities Come to Cellphones Via OmniVision

Just when cameras like the S90 and others were making a strive forward, OmniVision has announced today at Mobile World Congress the introduction of a 1/4 inch 5MP sensor that will shoot RAW photos and will be available for cell phones. The sensor is also complete with backside illumination. If that wasn’t enough, it can also shoot 1080p HD video at 30p and 720p at 60p. Let’s also keep in mind that this is a much smaller sensor.

Showing ultimate megapixel restraint, it will allow photographers and users that always have a phone in their pocket to take better pictures and have more flexibility in the editing process. Next to the new sensor in the photo above is a Micro Four Thirds sensor.

While technology like this is great news, let’s keep in mind that most of America also doesn’t know that much about photography so something like this may hopefully encourage them to do more with their photos. It will also boost citizen journalism. Hopefully photo editing apps will be able to keep up, like those on Android. Let’s also keep in mind that processors need to keep up as well. More is available on the press release and technical specs are after the jump.

Via Wired

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Tablets For Photographers: The Round Up

Throughout all of last week I have discussed The HP Slate, The JooJoo, The Dell Mini 5, Archos 9, and The Apple iPad as to find out which tablet would serve a photographer best. Now all these tablets have a usefulness to them, none of them is without any worth, however from a photographer’s point of view some of them do not stand up to what we need from a Tablet PC. Here are my final thoughts. Continue reading…