Review: Canon 80D

While the name can often confused when verbally addressed, the Canon 80D is a camera targeted highly at the semi-professional market of photographers. It’s a step above their Rebel DSLRs but below the 7D Mk II flagship camera in the APS-C realm. However, it has features that lots of the lower end crowd may really like.

To be very honest, there are lots of things about the 80D that make it my favorite that Canon has put out in a while. But on the other hand, there are things about it that make me wonder what the heck they were thinking.

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How to Get Sharper Focus When Shooting Landscapes


Shooting landscapes can be tougher than you really think. Shoot at f22, and everything will be in focus but you’ll also have lots of diffraction. Shoot at a spot more wide open and not everything will be in focus at all. So what’s the best way to do it?

According to Professional Photography Tips on YouTube, a great starting point is to use Live View on your tripod mounted camera, then focus out to around 1/3rd of the way through the frame. At this point, you should use the digital zoom feature to see if you are in focus and sharp or not. They also recommend shooting at f8. But if that isn’t working then you need to make adjustments. If you’re using certain cameras and you switch to manual focus mode, your camera will give you focus peaking to help you discern whether you’re in focus or not to begin with.

For what it’s worth, the tips are mostly geared towards users with wide angle lenses (our recommendations are here and here). But indeed, there are many photographers that use telephoto lenses to get subjects further away.

But beyond getting sharper focus is the fact that you can also have a sharper image. Then you need to ensure that you have better color–which is linked to your exposure to begin with. Believe it or not, that starts with working with the black levels and contrast. A more contrasty image will appear sharper when not viewed at 100% (and your subjects really shouldn’t be viewing your images at 100% to begin with.)

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Useful Photography Tip #98: Pre-Focus for Better Action Shots

Felix Esser The Phoblographer kid action pre-focusing

Taking pictures of fast-moving subjects can be difficult. Pre-focusing often helps a lot.

Want more Useful Photography Tips? Check them out here.

Taking images of fast moving subjects can be very difficult–and we’re using the term ‘fast moving’ very loosely here. A fast moving subject can be anything from a racing car coming your way at terminal velocity, to a snail trying to cross the street. Ultimately, what is fast depends on how quickly and how accurately your camera’s autofocus is able to lock on to a subject that is not holding still. Some cameras are better suited at this, while some have a hard time locking on to anything that moves only slightly.

This is one of the reasons why sports photographer usually go for high-end DSLRs, as these have the most elaborate and advanced AF systems. A very good AF system and a lens that is quick to focus are a necessity if you regularly take pictures of moving things, persons, or animals. But not every scenario that involves a subject on the move is as unpredictable as a tennis player pacing across the court. So for some situations, there is a simple but effective trick to work around your camera’s autofocus limitations: to pre-focus.

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The Weye Feye is a WiFi Add-On That Lets You Remote Control Your DSLR From Your Smartphone

XSories Weye Feye WiFi Camera Remote Control

Camera remotes are nothing new. They attach to your camera either via cord or wirelessly, and they let you control the shutter, and sometimes even the settings. Camera remotes working via your smartphone are also nothing new. But the Weye Feye is. It’s not just a simple remote control. It’s a WiFi add-on that attaches to your Canon or Nikon DSLR via USB, and delivers the camera’s live view stream directly onto your smartphone’s screen. Or your tablet. Or your laptop. Or the internet right away (via your smartphone or tablet or laptop.) On top of it all, the app that comes with it lets you control almost any of your camera’s settings. Pretty neat, innit? To get an impression of how it works and what XSories, the creators of the Weye Feye have in mind that you do with it, watch the video after the break.

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Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III RAW DNG Video Files Have Nearly As Much Range as Black Magic and RED Epic

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer IndiPro Tool EVF product images (1 of 12)ISO 16001-70 sec at f - 4.0

We’re still following the story and it is continuing to develop. Earlier on we reported on Magic Lantern finding RAW DNG video output via Live View with the Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III. The only thing is that they can record maybe around 10-12 frames for only a very short time. But according to Planet 5D, Neumann films has been experimenting with the files in editing software and clearly shows off just how much better they are. Originally, Canon users always needed to shoot a totally flat video with the Technicolor profile and then edit from there. But there wasn’t much dynamic range or room for error so they always needed to get everything totally right in the camera. With the new DNG files though, the Neumann is saying that the dynamic range is almost like that of the RED Epic and Black Magic Cinema Camera.

This is super exciting news, and if Magic Lantern can figure out a way to make this a better option for filmmakers then it will probably rock the industry a bit more by giving more life to older cameras. We’re personally wondering how it is against a Nikon D800E still though. Check out Neumann’s findings after the jump.

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Field Test: The Nikon D7000 (Day 4)

The Nikon D7000 is a sturdy camera of modest size (for a DSLR). With easy creative controls, a wide dynamic range, great autofocus, and a wide selection of available lenses, it’ll make a great vacation camera. To the classic Nikon “prosumer” niche (think D70, D80, D90…) the D7000 adds fun, easy, and respectable video recording, with autofocus and optional manual control. It’s a great camera for a day in the city, which is exactly how we’ve tested it on Day 4!

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