The digital camera world is abuzz about the new Micro Four Thirds camera by Panasonic with a zoom lens attached. Further, 43rumors’ sources are saying that it will have a rangefinder style viewfinder. Now, does all this sound a bit familiar to you at all? Remember the Panasonic L1 and LC1?
Ever heard of the rare Canon 50mm F1.0 L lens and just how amazingly legendary it was? If you haven’t you should probably do some googling on it. This lens is now on sale at B&H Photo Video. You should probably act soon if you want to grab it. It is faster than Canon’s current 50mm F1.2 L lens but not as sharp. Still, it will make a great lens for any professional. Check out the deal by clicking the link above.
It’s used, but B&H is saying that it is in near top condition.
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The 4th of July is right around the corner and after the BBQs are over you’ll most likely be with friends/family checking out the fireworks as they go off. To capture them accurately, you’ll need to know the technical stuff. Here are some quick tips on how to do it.
B&H has some good deals going on right now.
LaCie 2 TB Grand Hard Disk ($138.99): It seems like hard drive space like this has become dirt cheap now. I remember two years ago or so something like this would cost lots more. As a wedding, event and portrait photographer, I’ve got a similar product in my office. Its exterior is forged from sturdy aluminum, which is both durable and efficient in dissipating heat.
Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm F4-5.6G Lens (@119.95): This is perhaps the lens that many Nikon users upgrade to when they want more zoom range. I’ve tried it before on a friends D90 and it was spectacular for what he paid. It will make a great gift at such a low price-point. For anyone seeking a high quality telephoto zoom lens for portraits and action photography at a very affordable price, the Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens is a great solution.
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There are times where my Domke F2 camera bag isn’t always needed (full review here.) Because of that, I’ve been on the search for something smaller, lighter and stylish but that still offers enough protection for my equipment. I recently was given a BJX camera bag from Pentax as a gift. For what it’s worth, it isn’t perfect but it sure works better than my messenger bags.
Three events to shoot in one night—it’s the standard for most working photographers. They’re most likely packing two bodies, lenses, strobes, etc. The other night, I took the 1D Mk IV, one lens, one strobe, a microphone and a cable with me to three different events: the opening of the Pentax Boutique, Pepcom (a technology event) and finally to a Magnum Photos book signing party. How’d it do? Pretty darn well, actually.
Though I’m familiar with the Canon 1D Mk IV, I’ve never had the time to do a full review of it. Recently, Canon sent me one for review. So far the camera is impressive and is begging to go shooting in the current NYC weather—balmy and raining. The field review will begin with some first impressions.
The other night, I got to play with the Pentax 645D—the one medium format camera that I had personally been waiting to try out for a while. Pentax was fairly popular back in the film days for medium format. Their lenses are well known as well as their bodies. Now that Pentax has entered the digital medium format stage, they have created what I would call quite the competitor and perhaps what may be the best medium format experience I have ever had of all the systems I’ve tried.
Here we go: a giant can of worms is about to be opened up. The inbox has been flooded with questions asking about primes vs zoom lenses and there have been endless debates about it on threads I often visit. Now it’s getting to the point where questions are being asked in person. So to settle the fight once and for all here are some pointers.
One of the great things about the Canon 7D is the wireless flash control. It can really help you out when shooting subjects in challenging lighting and when you need the shot to be perfect. A client shot with me last week for his album cover and the 430 EX II used off camera and in the hands of my assistant helped to really compensate for the sometimes challenging lighting. Here are some details.
I’ve encountered and read emails from many photographers who really dislike the focusing system on their 5D Mk II’s. My answer: you need to learn how to understand how it works. Further, there are tweaks that a photographer can do in the custom menu to improve it. Sadly, many reviewers didn’t touch upon it during their review sessions. After tweaking mine, I decided that I’d test it out on some street portrait photography using the recent Mermaid Day parade in Brooklyn. (Some images NSFW)
Both the Nikon D300s and the Canon 7D have been reviewed in different situations and at different times. However, when a review is complete, there are still issues that arise with the cameras way afterward. After using both for a prolonged period of time, this is the posting that will weigh the pros and cons of each camera against one another after they have been used in conditions and situations that most users of these cameras will find themselves in. Further, problems that did not arise before will now be noted.
As like many of you, I’m always learning and re-learning. The first time around on a recent podcast, I made some major mistakes. The second time around, it was in the editing process for the most part but some of these problems could have been fixed in pre-production. Since it’s been a while since I’ve been shooting podcasts day after day, here are some mistakes that I’ve made to keep in mind as well as how to avoid them.
A comment came into the blog recently asking about using the EPL-1 as a backup to a Canon 40D. What’s so interesting about this is that no professionals have ever asked me advice on using the camera as a backup of any sort. So with that, let’s explore some small cameras for professional photographers.
During the course of time that I’ve been a photographer, I’ve blogged about the 50mm lens and just how incredibly useful it is. Overtime though, the 85mm F1.8 for Canon has steadily become my go to lens for many situations. Not only is it sharp, delivers wonderful color and very useful, but it gives a different perspective on the things you photograph.
Father’s Day is coming up soon and you’re probably still searching around for a great gift for Dad. If your father is a photographer or loves to take pictures, here are some things to get him without breaking the bank.
Reader letters have been coming in en masse asking which Canon DSLR cameras to get. Many people want to go with two 5D Mk II‘s but also like the 7D. After some judging of needs, I usually convince readers that the 5D MK II and 7D compliment each other very well and that instead you should probably get one of each.
Recently, myself and Geek.com editor Sal Cangeloso were invited to the Leica Boutique opening at Willoughbee’s in NYC. There I got to have hands-on time with the S2, but this time with a flash and a 75mm lens attached to it. Additionally, the new 35mm F1.4 lens was fondled on the M9.
The problem that many users complain about with the Canon 5D Mk II is the autofocus abilities in low-light. These users claim it to be very poor and the clamors have forced Canon to revamp the focusing system as is seen in the 1D Mk IV and 7D. The other night here in New York City, there was a giant Lightsaber battle in Christie Park, put on by NewMindSpace. The situation called for extremely low light, extremely fast-moving subjects, and a dead flash that could not assist with focusing. So how did it hold up?