The Great Debate: Prime Lenses Vs Zoom Lenses

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.

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Wireless Flash Usage With the Canon 7D On a Photoshoot

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.

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Mermaid Parade: A Test of A Tweaked 5D Mk II Autofocus System

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)

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Long Term Test: Canon 7D Vs Nikon D300s

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.

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Editing: More Mistakes To Watch For When Editing a Video

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.

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Why Everyone Needs an 85mm Lens

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.

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Jedi Vs Sith: A 5D Mk II Autofocus Test

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?

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The Leica M9 at an Event: Redux

Remember that event I shot with the Leica M9 and 35mm F2.5 Summarit and then how I stated that it was easiest for me to just convert the files to black and white because of the high ISO? Well I was bored one night and felt like editing some photos in Lightroom 3 Beta to hone my editing skills. The files from that event were chosen and edited. Originally, I had stated that the M9 files are not as versatile as the Canon 5D Mk II‘s. While that statement still stands, the files are versatile enough to the point where some editing was able to save them to be published in color. The gallery and findings are after the jump.

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Field Review: Canon G11 (Day 3)

The Canon G11 has helped me in my new personal project to hone my skills better: composition by color. The design and feel of the camera helps with this greatly. It tested it upon a visit to the Museum of New York to really see how I could turn everyday normal things into something that makes interesting photos.

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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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