A Gold Pentax Lens?

Yup, you read that headline correctly. I found it on an Asian forum thread (translated here). I asked readers what they’d want to see in the Pentax 645D the other day as well as reported on what could be the new sensor.  Admittedly, I’m not the most knowledgeable Pentax fan but I did look into this lens. But I haven’t known of a 28-70mm F2.8 AL lens before. Take a look for yourself here and B&H doesn’t have one on their website. Perhaps a new lens may be coming?

What's in the Bag: John Conrad Williams

Long time readers of my work will know that I talk often about my mentor. Today, I’m proud to present to you a bio on just that man: John Conrad Williams. As a photographer that has shot for New York Newsday for quite some time now and has been around the world on assignments in addition to covering lots of hard to shoot stories, John is a man of lots of knowledge and is always willing to share it. I got meet up with him recently at my favorite restaurant to talk and catch up.

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Cheap Photo: Canon 7D/5D MK II Instant Rebates Available Through April 3rd

Canon is offering special instant rebates on purchases of the 7D, 5D Mk II and other items. For those of you that don’t know the 7D is Canon’s flagship APS-C sensor camera. Hit the jump to figure out which combo is best for you. Those of you actually interested in purchasing, please make your purchases by clicking the links on my site as they help to keep ThePhoblographer running.

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What Do You Want To See in the Pentax 645D?

With rumors of the new sensor written about the other day and with the imminent release getting closer and closer, what would you want to see in the Pentax 645D. If it’s economical, would you want to get it as a second body or perhaps your first? If it doesn’t include tethering the way that their other bodies haven’t would you mind? Do you want better autofocusing than what other medium format companies offer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and let’s get a great discussion going.

Panasonic Announces G2 with Touch-screen, G10 and New Lens

Today, Panasonic announced their newest addition to the Micro Four Thirds line. The G2 stands out quite a bit as it has a touch-screen. The Panasonic G10 and G2 are the cameras that have been rumored about for some time. Unfortunately, photographers everywhere were wondering what was going to replace the amazing GH-1, which can arguably said to be the flagship of the system, will have to wait a while longer. It would be very interesting to see these with the new Noktor lens. Steve Huff has found problems with Micro Four Thirds sensors not being able to keep up with lenses like this as well problems equally so with the lens; let’s hope that these new cameras can perform well. Details, specs, images, press releases, etc after the jump. Click the images for a larger view.

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Shooting The Rangers Game From The Canon Suite with a 5D Mk II

The other night Canon invited me and a few other media people to kick back and relax with them in their private suite at Madison Square Garden. I took my 5D Mk II with 80-200mm F2.8 L along to catch some of the action. I can’t thank them enough as I haven’t been to a game in a while due to being very busy with life and other things. My photos aren’t the greatest, they’re far from it actually. However, I may soon be shooting an Islanders game with the 1D Mk IV.

In which case, you can possibly expect a nice field report to come. More photos after the jump. They’re large too.

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Quick Tips For Shooting Events

Shooting events and parties has always been a good source of income for photographers. Getting them right and making your photos stand out from the rest though is a whole different story. There are ways to make sure that your photos don’t look like they came out of a point and shoot or from an amateur. Some of this was covered on how to shoot a memorable New Year’s Eve. For a couple of basics, hit the jump.

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Recommended Reading- Digital Wedding Photography Secrets

Besides reading blogs for tips and tricks, it’s sometimes also great to refer to handy guides. If you’re looking to get into wedding photography or if you’re already one but always looking for ways to improve then Digital Wedding Photography Secrets by Rick Sammon is a great book to pick up. The book is truly as versatile as wedding photographers need to be and will serve as both as learning guide and refresher to photographers. It’s a great time to talk about it with WPPI happening soon. My review is after the jump.

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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.