Canon 1Ds Mk IV Leaked, Retails For $7,637.99 US, 32MP Sensor

Here it is for you in plain sight. The retailer, Progear is selling it for $11,199.00 New Zealand dollars. Convert it to US and it goes for $7,637.99. The camera will have 32MP and will most likely be a full frame sensor as the 1Ds series usually is. Other features I’m betting it will have is some phenomenal HD video, faster frame rates, Dual DIGIC 4 (or even DIGIC 5) processors and there are bound to be loads of other stops Canon is going to pull out.

Edit: The camera is now getting into medium format territory. The Hasselblad H3dII 31 shoots at 31MP. More on this here.

Field Review: Canon G11 (Day 1)

Despite the fact that point-and-shoot cameras are not often reviewed here, the Canon G11 is a camera that is surely worth it. As being the closest thing to be a competitor to the Micro Four Thirds cameras (besides the Rebels) this large compact cam can sure hold its own. Here are my initial impressions.

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Field Test: Domke F2

Not long ago, I obtained a secondhand Domke F2 camera bag. At last, I am finally glad to say that I have found THE camerabag to suit my lifestyle, needs, and cost. Granted, I got mine for a very low price—but this camerabag should be in the hands and on the shoulders of any working photographer. Here are some of my findings.

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Do You Want a 14MP Camera Phone?

GSMArena via Android Community reported on a new Android cameraphone, the Altek Leo, that is more camera than it seems to be phone. The phone is complete with a 3x optical zoom, 14MP CCD sensor, HD video recording, Xenon flash, and running the Android operating system. There is also Wifi, 3G, and a Micro SD card slot. But all his begs the question: would you want a 14MP sensor in your phone? If so, why would you want that vs the 5MP RAW sensor we blogged about earlier? Let alone the Android operating system does have some good photography apps but not the greatest. This was further shown in our tablet coverage when we ranked the Dell Mini 5. While optical zoom is much better than digital zoom, do you think that phones will ever get to the point where they will slap a nice prime lens on instead of offering a zoom function? And with technology moving faster each day there is only a matter of time until phones become modular and we will be able to switch out processors, RAM, and graphics chips the way we can with out computers. In that case, perhaps we may be able to switch out camera sensors as well.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Field Review: Leica M9 (Day 7)

In celebration of 2D-x‘s one year anniversary, we partied with a couple of other journalists from other websites. The Leica M9 was there to capture what happened as was the Canon 5D Mk II. High ISO abilities were used and tested. In summary, while the images weren’t as great as the 5D Mk II’s, the M9 still did produce very usable images when converted to black and white.

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Canon 5D Mk II Firmware Update 2.0.7 Released

Here are the details and here is the download link for my favorite camera in my arsenal, the 5D Mk II.

This firmware update (Version 2.0.7) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the aperture exhibits abnormal movement when shooting movies in manual exposure mode and Aperture Priority AE (Av mode) using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the exposure level shown in the LCD panel differs from what is shown in the viewfinder when shooting still images in manual exposure mode.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E4 or WFT-E4 II) may not automatically power off when used for FTP transfers.

These phenomenon only occur with the Version 2.0.4 and Version 2.0.3 firmware.

The Version 2.0.7 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 2.0.4. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 2.0.7, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Field Review: Leica M9 (Day 5)

As the field review of the Leica M9 continues, I’ve been running into a couple of more problems with the camera in terms of image capturing abilities. In contrast though, the camera has performed in a stellar fashion and for the first time in a while my neck and shoulders do not hurt me after a day of shooting.

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Field Review: Leica M9 (Day 4)

Shooting candid photos with a rangefinder can be very tough—especially if your subject is moving around a lot. Granted, they were meant to do this and using one teaches you to think out of the box in terms of composition and to get your shot in differnt ways. This posting was written on Mother’s Day and the photos in this posting were all shot on Mother’s Day as well when my mother was opening up her gift. While the Leica M9 still takes fantastic photos when coupled with the 35mm F2.5 Summarit, it still can be tedious.

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Pics From the NYC Photo Festival Press Preview

That’s really all this posting is. Take a look for yourself. All photos shot with the Leica M9 and 35mm F2.5 Summarit. I’ve had the camera for a week so far and my published field review starts soon.

Shooting Sarah Jessica Parker on the Set of Sex and the City 2

Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of "Sex and the City II"

With the imminent release of Sex and the City 2 on May 27th, I’d thought I’d share my experience of photographing Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of the movie while it was filming last summer. Those of you that are fans of the series and the movies may be delighted to know that Sarah is actually a very pleasant, sweet and nice person. In fact, she was one of my few positive experiences when photographing female celebrities back when I was a celebrity photographer.

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Quick and Forgotten Tips For 50mm Lens Users

One of the most valuable and versatile pieces of equipment a photographer has is a 50mm lens. When we first start using it, we are immediately astonished by just how much the image quality of our cameras can improve. However, we also do tend to forget lots of points that are important to know in order to ensure optimal image quality and excellent results. Here’s a list to keep in mind.

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