Why I Think the Professional Canon EOS R is Going to be Like a 1D

Canon hasn’t released their professional level EOS R camera yet, but when they do it will probably be like a little 1D series.

When I say that the professional Canon EOS R is going to be like a 1D series camera, I’m pretty well convicted in my opinion that this is what Canon will be releasing come later this year. Well, I hope it will be later this year and not next year for Photokina. But if Canon is going to enter the professional world of mirrorless cameras, then I’m pretty convinced that they’re going to do what they can to mimic what their 1D series is. This isn’t only in terms of performance and image quality, but also in terms of a camera body and build quality.

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Review: Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L III USM (Canon EF)

For years, the saying used to go something like “You go to Canon for the glass, and you go to Nikon for the cameras.” But as technology has progressed, it’s debatable that both companies are making solid products if that whole statement isn’t swapped. While Canon’s lenses don’t score the highest numbers at DXOMark (except in sharpness where they take a big lead), you can’t exactly sit here and fault a lens like the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L III USM. Websites around the world can sit here and measure things like sharpness, distortion, vignetting, etc. But they can’t measure things like bokeh or pure character that a lens like this can deliver. As the third update to the popular Canon lens, it begs the question as to why Canon hasn’t decided to go wider to properly compete with the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G option. Instead, you get some overlap with the 16-35mm, 24-70mm, and the 70-200mm lenses. Even if you went with something like the 11-24mm, you’re going down to f4 instead of f2.8.

Then you remember something: photography isn’t always all about the numbers.

But with weather sealing, some incredible sharpness, and overall great quality to the lens, Canon is showing the new school of photographers that they’re not going to go down without a fight to the likes of Sony.

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This is NOT How You Clean Your Camera

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Oh dear…

A video is making its round on the internet of a man cleaning a 5D and a 24-105mm lens. He soaks the cameras and then brushes them and does all sorts of things that you would absolutely never do. In fact, if your camera ever gets this soaked, you need to put it in a bowl of rice and sealed from the air for at least 24 hours. But even then there may be way too much damage for it to work properly.

And the lens? It’s probably gone; and all the motors to change the aperture and autofocus are probably gonners.

Despite this, it’s hysterical that folks may take this seriously. The video how not to clean your camera is after the jump.

Via An’ı Yakala  Fotoğraf Klübü

Thanks for the tip Tracie

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HBO’s Veep Offers the Most Concise Critique of Camera Choice

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In less than 30 seconds, VEEP managed to debunk the notion that a pricier camera is necessary in every situation. Patrick Fischler has a cameo as Ken, a lipreading photographer who’s photographing an event with a 5D. Jonah, the President’s liaison, casually asks what gear Ken’s using, and when Ken says a 5D, Jonah asks why not a 1D? Ken goes to town in a quick series of questions, and Jonah barely has a reply.

It’s a smart and funny critique of the amateur approach to camera purchases that has all of us here laughing because we’ve come across it before. While the camera is important, it is the person holding it that determines what comes out of it, and the 1D in the hands of a character like Jonah won’t do anything more for him than a midrange DSLR would. The “But I have a 1D” retort tells us everything we need to know the person saying it.

Head on past the break for the clip.

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Magic Lantern is Hacking the Canon 7D


Editor’s Note: It’s been in the works for a while now according to Planet5D; but it is further developing into quite an interesting story.

Magic Lantern has been hard at work improving their hacks for the RAW video output on the 5D camera series, and now they’re hard at work with the Canon 7D. So far, they’ve found the RAW image buffer and while silent video recording is working, they’re still developing the hack to also record audio. Partially because of the dual processors, the camera is tougher to hack vs the one processor in the Canon 5D series.

When the 7D came out, many photographers thought that it was a superior camera to the Canon 5D Mk II: it’s actual compliment at the time. The reasons why were because of better weather sealing, faster frame rate shooting, vastly superior autofocus system, and ergonomic improvements that made it seem more serious and Nikon-like vs the traditional 5D’s elegant feeling. Indeed, I owned one. I loved it, and a part of me still really misses it.

The camera was used on the set of Saturday Night Live for a while, and that was without a hack. In the hands of a true creative, the camera can totally rock.


How to Prepare to Photograph Burning Man–From a Veteran Attending for Years


Photo used with permission by Mark Probst

Burning Man has been gaining more and more press and attracting larger crowds in the past couple of years. The annual weeklong festival takes place in the deserts and is a place where artists and those brave enough venture out and test their own self-reliance. Many photographers also try to attend and document the happenings as they take place. Preparation isn’t simple though and to find out more we talked to photographer Mark Probst; who has been attending the festival for years. Be sure to follow him on Instagram when he attends this year, or feel free to check out his Flickr.


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The Canon Photographer’s Guide To Upgrading Your Equipment – Part III: Flashes and Lights

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Flashes and lighting are one the biggest and most critical parts of upgrading your camera system in order to expand your creativity. Once you start using them, it’s simple to get hooked. One of the biggest arguments against using a flash was that high ISO results are just so good now. The problem with that statement is that a flash will still give you the light where you need it; therefore adding creativity to your image. If there is no light to begin with, why raise the ISO level?

As a Canon system owner for years who now just concentrates on lenses and flashes, I can tell you from experience how to upgrade.

Be sure to check out Part 1 (Lenses) and Part 2 (Bodies).

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Cameras To Look at if You Have Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Captured with a Nikon V1

Here I was last night writing the Sony NEX-6 review and I was just ranting. Not that the camera is bad, there just happened to be something that irked me. I snapped out of my man child fit that I was in and started laughing to myself. A perfect video came to mind featuring one of my favorite comedians Louis C.K. The video is titled “Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy” and it’s him telling Conan how much we suck and don’t appreciate the things we have. When I first started photography in 2005 I was quite ignorant, I loved the Nikon D50 that I had newly purchased from a local store. A local photography store because at the time the internet wasn’t all the rage yet (to me at least) or had it matured enough to where it is now. Sites like this one flood the internet with tips, news and opinions… boy oh boy do I wish I started photography in 2012.

Nobody’s happy with new gear because we are well informed and because of this easy access to news. Some people let out some well deserved complaints about certain camera companies or are just jealous of features that others may have. A while ago I saw a used original Canon 5D sell for something around $500 dollars and it blew my mind. That was the start and the inspiration behind this article. There are so many deals out there on used gear that if I were to start photography now in this year I would buy instead of a consumer body.

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Field Review: Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 (Day 2- Street Photography with the 5D Mk II)

After wrapping my fingers around the Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 and becoming comfortable enough to shoot with it, I ventured out around downtown Manhattan with a co-worker one day after work. Since I’m a visually impaired photographer, I thought that shooting with a manual focus lens would be tougher than normal. With that in mind though I remembered the great Cartier-Bresson’s words, “Sharpness is overrated.”

So I went out and just tried to create great images.

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Field Review: Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 (Day 1- Ergonomics)

Manual lenses are great for videographers and for photographers that want that old school feeling when shooting. So when I was thrown the Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 for Canon EF mount, and then told that it was under $300, I was intrigued. Though I already have an 85mm F/1.8, I couldn’t help but think to myself if I would part with my much loved 85mm by the end of the review.

If you’re interested, you should check out our list of the best budget lenses and lenses for videographers.

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Custom Functions: A Hidden Treasure in Your Camera

Canon 5D Custom Function

Canon 5D Custom Function

A while back, I posted a photograph on Flickr which lead to a discussion on the settings I used to create that particular image. I started listing away the basic exposure values (aperture, shutter,etc.) and then I got into custom function settings. As soon as “custom functions” entered the conversation, a barrage of questions quickly followed. What are custom functions? How do I access them? Where can I find more information on custom functions? Sadly, I was not surprised to hear that so many people are not using these fantastic, and somewhat hidden, settings as manufacturers love to bury them in a sea of menus. Let’s take a trip to the mystical world of custom functions. Continue reading…