Planet 5D: Magic Lantern Team Cracks the Canon 7D

And now for some not so Photokina 2012 news: Planet 5D got a scoop on the new Magic Lantern update for the Canon 7D. If you remember, the 7D was given an insane firmware update to make it really viable for videographers (it already was to begin with minus the rolling shutter issues.) According to their team, they started around three years ago. The most amazing thing about it is that the firmware doesn’t need to run on both DIGIC 4 processors.

Mitch has a lot more info on his blog post, but this is some awesome news for videographers that have been getting a little annoyed at Canon for not delivering something better than the 5D Mk III and below the C100’s price: and trust me, there are a lot of them out there. The closest thing they have is the BMCC, but the new Micro Four Thirds mount version may kill the EOS mount version before it really takes off.

Review: Sony Alpha A77

Innovative cameras - Sony a77

When I wrote about my first impressions of the Sony A77 last month, it received an overwhelming response and it became very clear to me that this is a hot camera right now. After spending about a month shooting with it, I can now clearly see why. This is the first Sony camera I have used that I feel properly competes with the likes of Canon and Nikon. Competition drives innovation, and I think a camera like this could be just what the market needs to drive pro-sumer DSLRs even further. But does it live up to the hype?

Continue reading…

Quick High ISO Test: Nikon D5100 vs Canon 7D vs Canon 5D Mk II

One of the reasons why I purchased a Nikon D5100 is because of the affordability combined with the amazing image quality that can come from the sensor. Upon editing RAW files that I shot the other night, I looked closely and discovered something interesting: the files aren’t as easy to edit as my Canon DSLR files. When I say edit, I mean balance details with getting rid of extra noise due to the high ISO output. So I decided to look the cameras up on DXO Mark. To my surprise, the scores came out the way they did above. Knowing that the site is sometimes not correct, I decided to do a non-scientific test the cameras out for myself.

Editor’s Note: I know that this is a test of a 1.5x sensor vs 1.6x sensor and full frame sensor, but why not? People ask these questions all the time and you’re probably sitting there wondering the same thing yourself. If anything, this is a test of how far the technology has come.

Continue reading…

How to Shoot Street Photography with a DSLR

It’s no secret, I love small cameras for street photography. The Fuji X100 retaught me how to do it and the Olympus EP3 is perhaps a game changer in nailing the right shot. Before this, though, I used DSLRs: my Canon 7DDigital SLRs)and Canon 5D Mk IIDigital SLRs)to be exact. And when the smaller cameras had been sent back after the review was over, I needed something with better image quality. So I returned to my DSLR. But how exactly do you deal with something so large and so beastly? Here are a couple of tips.

Note: the majority of the images in this story were also shot with the Canon T3i which we found to be very good. Check out our full review and if you’re not sure if the camera is for you, take a look at this posting.

Continue reading…

High ISO Test: Olympus EP3 vs Canon 5D Mk II vs 7D

According to DXoMark, the Fuji X100 has an amazing sensor and it has been rated to be better than the Canon 5D Mk II and the 7D (correction: the 5D Mk II is still rated to be better). With the announcement of the Olympus EP3, I decided to put the camera against the two DSLRs myself. So how does the new internally developed sensor do against the mainstream giants?

Disclaimer: Yes, we know the sensor are different sizes. Yes, we know that you’ll go over to other sites to look for this information anyway. Yes, we are trying to answer the question for you.

Continue reading…

Reader Question: How to Trigger a Flash Wirelessly on a Canon DSLR

We recently had a question posed to us on our Facebook wall asking us how to set your Canon 60D to trigger wireless flashes like a Canon 550 EX. To do this, we’re going to borrow a bit from our intro to Canon Wireless Flash posting. Since I don’t have a Canon 60D, I’m going to use my 7D and show you how to trigger a 430 EX II (the flash closest in functionality to the 550 EX) wirelessly using infrared control.

Hit the jump to check out the instructional video.

Continue reading…

Battle of the Flagships: Olympus E-5, Pentax K5, Canon 7D, Nikon D300s: Which is Better?

This is it: the moment you’ve been waiting for if you’ve been trying to figure out which camera to purchase or which one is best for you. After completing long, exhaustive testing of the Pentax K-5, Canon 7D, Nikon D300s and Olympus E-5, we are proud to announce the battle of the flagships shootout. Let’s go!

Editor’s Note: This is a joint posting written by Editor in Chief Chris Gampat and Lead Analyst Matt Beardsley.

Continue reading…

Canon 7D Shot SXSW Award Winning Tiny Furniture, In Theatres 11/12/2010

Want to see just how good the Canon 7Dis for cinematography? This Friday, an SXSW award winning film, “Tiny Furniture” is coming to theaters. According to the Tiny Furniture Press Kit (PDF download), the entire film was shot using the Canon 7D—demonstrating the fact that the HDSLR is very capable of shooting cinema quality video. The movie is about 22-year old Auro who moves back home into her mother’s TriBeCa loft. Almost everything that could go wrong has gone wrong in her life and it begins to go awry in some typically hipster ways as she tries to find herself. Jody Lee Lipes is the DP—who has worked on The Whitest Kids U’Know, Man vs Wild, My First Kiss by 3OH!3, and lots more. You can find out where it is screening here.

I’ve used the 7D on a podcast, for a wedding, for concerts, for portraits, and we’ve done a full review on it. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at how it did against other Canon cameras, the D300s, and the Pentax K-5. Lastly, we tested a Zeiss compact prime meant for cinematography on it.

On a personal note, I wonder what lenses they used.

Field Tutorial: The Orbis And Shooting Firestar

At Comic Con, I was given the opportunity to photograph a lot of talented and wonderful people dressed in their cosplay garb. Jessica Caitlin Foley was one of the attendees that stood out the most. She hails from Virginia and dressed as the Marvel superhero Firestar. As per recent reader requests, this is the beginning for a new type of posting here at ThePhoblographer, detailing Field Tutorials and how the equipment is used in the field. My apologies beforehand for the lack of Strobist photos and diagrams but we will be more careful in the future to do those.

Continue reading…

Samples of The Orbis At a Wedding

A full review of the Orbis is coming, but I recently shot a wedding using it. How did it fare? Very well actually. It’s amazing how subjects tend to react when seeing a ring flash vs the standard flashes that they’re so used to seeing professionals carry. Here are some samples.

Continue reading…

Canon Announces New 7D Studio Version

Today, Canon announced the release of the new Canon 7D Studio Version, which they coin as, “Ideal for professional school and event photographers which features four levels of ‘locking’ camera controls for studio environments.” On top of this is a new barcode system that links up with the image files put out by the camera by embedding the information into the EXIF data. Be sure to check out our review of the Canon 7Dand some work we did with wireless flash control. Additionally, check out how it did against the Nikon D300sin our head on review. According to the release, “The new EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Barcode Kit (EOS 7DSV and WFT-E5A with firmware change) will carry an estimated selling price of $ $2599. The EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Body Only will carry an estimated selling price of $1829.”

Editor’s note: Apparently the camera has been shipping for a while, but only now announced.

Continue reading…

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.

Continue reading…