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May 11 2013

An f1.8 Zoom Lens? Is that possible?

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Sigma, not a company known for innovation, is about to release an 18-35 zoom lens with a constant f1.8 capability. No other company has done that! Not even the mighty Canon or Nikon.

Check it out at Sigma.

If the image quality is there (above page details some specs) this would be awesome.

For those not into the nitty gritty physics details, an f1.8 lens allows over twice as much light to enter the camera as a more common f2.8 lens. It also provides more shallow depth of field. These are 2 attributes of a lens that serious photographers long for.

One caveat … it will only work on crop frame cameras.

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Mar 21 2013

Best Lenses

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As I can afford to do so, I have been buying some better lenses. Still do not own any Canon “L” series ones (L for luxury or L for lotsa money!) but will some day.

Rather than talk about lenses that I have never owned (or rented) I will refer you to an article but a pro. There are many other similar articles out there. Jim Harmer has owned both Canon and Nikon, so that gives him a bit more credibility to discuss both.

See his article here.

p.s. I own one of the lenses on his list – the 50 mm 1.8, and I would LOVE to have a 70-200 2.8. My favourite lens right now is my Tamron 18-50 2.8. Way less money than the Canon equivalent, and it gets decent reviews. Bought it used via eBay. I also have the Canon EFS 17-85, but have not used it much yet. Before those 2, my fave was the Canon 28-135, which I used LOTS.

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Aug 08 2012

New Firmware for Canon 7D

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Canon 7D The Canon 7D digital SLR camera may be 3 years old, but the new firmware almost makes it feel new.

Canon recently released new firmware for the 7D. Here is the official news release.

Highlights include increasing the maximum number of burst images taken in the RAW file format (from 15 frames to 25 frames) as well as the ability to process RAW image files directly in the camera and the option to set a maximum ISO setting in ISO Auto mode. The firmware also adds the ability to adjust up to 64 audio levels manually prior to recording video, supports custom file naming, and allows for compatibility with Canon’s newly introduced, optional GPS Receiver GP-E2.

Videos explaining the upgrade can be seen at this Canon site, on the various tabs.

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Oct 11 2011

Leather Camera Bags – Stylish Way to Hold The Digital Camera

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No one buys a camera and merely leaves it within his home. If you have a camera, you’re supposed to bring it outside exactly where the “action” really occurs. You’re meant to catch memories by using it while you’re on holiday and the likes. Sadly, bringing them along may be a irritation. This really is the motive why a great deal of folks invest in smaller digital cameras that they’re able to easily bring everywhere. But what is going to happen to your big investment for that larger DSLR camera as well as add-ons?

Lots of folks don’t want to bring his or her’s cameras for the reason that they don’t desire to carry the extra bag. They’ve to handle their own trendy bag on one hand as well as the large camera bag around the other. But you don’t have to do this ever again by means of very trendy leather camera bags. They appear like everyday bags which you would normally take. The advantage is it’s the perfect location for your camera as well as accessories.

Listed here are a few examples of leather camera bags which you could need to look at:

Jill-e 769374

Lots of ladies adore this kind of trendy camera bag by Jill-e. The item provides every thing you happen to be trying to find in a leather camera bag and a lot more. It includes a spacious inside with Velcro partitioning which you can easily alter depending on your camera’s dimension. The inside furthermore includes a wide range of storage compartments for small accessories including extra batteries as well as storage cards. As a bonus, it includes a wide range of extra storage compartments within as well as out side for your private items. The item also does not appear to be a camera bag so you could still be trendy if you want to. Naturally, it does appear like a little something that ladies would like to carry around every day.

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Mar 02 2011

Canon T3i

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The Canon T2i is a great camera at the price it is set at. Now comes its newest sibling the T3i. Amazon says it is already in stock in the U.S. $900.

The EOS T3i is known in Europe as the EOS 600D, and is an upper entry-level DSLR. It continues to use the same 18MP CMOS sensor that is in the Rebel T2i (550D) but gains a tilt and swivel 1,040k dot LCD monitor like the one offered on the more expensive 60D. It also gains the ability to remotely control flashguns using its internal flash, a feature previously only featured on higher-end models. Alongside the camera, Canon is also launching the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II, a cosmetically revised version of its optically stabilized kit lens. Another new feature is the ability to shoot 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, or 1:1, previewable in Live View. (I like this!!)

Product Features

  • 18.0 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.
  • ISO 100 – 6400 for shooting from bright to dim light.
  • Improved EOS Full HD Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording with new Movie Digital zoom
  • Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction
  • New Scene Intelligent Auto mode and Picture Style Auto incorporating the new EOS Scene Detection System
  • And Video Snapshot features for enhanced video shooting options.

Technical Details (with “kit” lens)

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: REBEL T3i Kit
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 18 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
  • Maximum Aperture Range: F/3.5-5.6
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Dec 29 2010

3 Useful Digital Camera Accessories

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Do you know anything about digital cameras? Many people think that we can use our digital camera to capture many nice images without using any other accessories. However, in my opinion, we still need some accessories to help us in photo taking so that we can enhance the quality of the images. Therefore, I will write about the three most important accessories for us to use together with digital camera to get the best image.

These are not listed in any specific order and I do not assume in any order of significance either although if you were to push me for an answer, I would place a tripod as my number one accessory. It will also depend on what sort of photography you are pursuing as to which one will be number one to you. They are, nonetheless, accessories that I would list as important to the gear bag of a photographer.

1. A tripod
If you do not already have a tripod then get yourself one. Purchase the most expensive one you can afford. A great strong tripod is important to the kit of a photographer. There are several situations when light conditions are not good and the extra stability can help you produce crisp, sharp pictures. Just a little camera shake will cause blurring to some degree in the final photo. A tripod is specifically helpfulwhen shooting close-ups of flowers and small creatures and assists you to have complete control of your images.

2. Remote shutter release
This is coupled with the tripod and is important when avoiding camera shake. Even when your camera is mounted on the tripod, the most straightforward action like pushing the shutter button can still provoke camera shake and prevent you from getting the sharpest images. It works very simply either connected by a cable to the camera or using an infrared connection to activate the shutter.

3. A good circular polarising filter
A polarising filter cuts down glare and reflections off shiny surfaces. Those of you who have ever owned or used a pair of polaroid sunglasses will know the outcome that it has on shiny and reflective surfaces. This includes foliage as well. When using polaroid sunglasses while looking at water you are able to see below the surface if the water is clear. The sky becomes bluer and the green vegetation greener. If you are landscape photographer you will really benefit from a polariser. I consider this essential. One tip though is that you should always use one that has the equivalent or higher quality of your lens. There is no point in putting bad glass in front of good glass.

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Aug 26 2010

Canon 60D

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I currently have a Canon 40D. It is over 2 years old and I have been happy with it. Especially the 6.5 frames per second, with a buffer that can hold 75 hi-res JPGs.

When the 50D came out, it was not enough of a change.

When the 7D came out, I could not justify the cost.

Lately I have been wanting to get decent video capability, and have questions: 7D or dedicated camcorder. The T series did not have some of the features that my 40D has, so they were not in the race.

Now comes the 60D. It is considered a Canon mid-level DSLR, replacing the 50D. The 60D is a smaller camera featuring an articulated screen and plastic body shell and utilizing SD memory cards.

SD cards!!!

Well, we all knew it would happen sooner or later. But that is an extra cost for me. I have about 20 GB worth of CF cards, but only about 6 GB of SDs.

The 60D has an 18MP CMOS sensor and a 3″ LCD that swings out (that is what they mean by articulated) and has base ISO capability from 100-6400. The 40D only goes to 1600, so that 6400 is nice for low light.


Plastic body, only 5.3 frames per second, only 58 JPGs in buffer. My 40D has the alloy body, 6.5 frames per second, and 75 JPGs. Not huge deals, but unfortunate. Saves some money which they put into the swing screen and movie mode I am sure.

Final question: 60D or 7D? There is currently a large price difference.

(or go with stand alone camcorder?)

Finally, it gains the 7D’s HD movie capability.

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Apr 07 2010

Wedding Photography Using The Strobist System

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As a paparazzo there are lots of different routes you could opt to explore, however there’s one thing that all photos rely significantly on, the employment of light. Get this elemental point wrong and its just not going to work.
Be it social documentary, wedding photographer in Cornwall, sports or portraiture, lighting is critical.
An ever-growing popular movement inside photography is whats known as strobist. This involves a reasonably minimalist approach to working, no massive lighting rigs or power packs, just some lightweight light stands, some umbrellas and some flash guns trigger by wireless radio triggers. Used properly this will produce some dramatic affects. The incontrovertible fact that it requires a reasonably small amount of hardware implies it is ideal if youare a fashion, music or marriage snapper. It also implies that if you’re trying to work to a tight budget, as a new photographer only starting out then it’s not going to costyou your house to buy all of the equipment.
What you want On Location

  • Remote Control to Fire Flash
  • Light Modifier for Flash Unit
  • Off Camera Flash
  • Knowledge to mix Flash with Ambiant Light

This is another excuse for its skyrocketing recognition. You can as with everything take it to extremes and spend tons of money ( if you have it ) on expensive lights and power packs and generators to tote around with you, but this also means you need more folk to helpyou out with the shoot.
Due to the massive celebrity culture that surrounds us everyone is now aware of the type of photos stars want us to see of them, glossy well edited pictures of the celeb looking there best, this also transfers into the kind of photographs celebrities have taken of them on there wedding day, because everyone seems to be forced to see these photographs on the T.V. Net or in mags, people desire their wedding photographers from Cornwall to be able to reproduce these fashion style high end photographs, and this is where we come back to using wireless remote caused flash, the simplest way to attain that glossy magazine style look.
There is a wedding photographers from Cornwall whos abilities are ever advancing and covers all areas of photography and uses this strobist method.

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Mar 18 2010

Find Canon SLR Digital Cameras buying tips

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You have made a decision to buy a digital camera and the type of digital camera that you are looking at is from the family of Canon SLR digital cameras. But you need to know that because there are so many Canon SLR digital cameras, there are things to think about before choosing one. These items are going to help you make the decision that is right for you. Take a look at the items and they will give you help in choosing a digital camera.

Before spending money on a digital camera, you want to figure out what you’re going to be using it for. Do you plan to do something for your business? Are you pregnant? Are you buying it for an occasion that is special? When you know what you want it for, it will help you figure out what is important.

The second thing to consider is what your budget is going to be for your camera. Because there are so many different prices of Canon SLR digital cameras, both high and low, it’s important to decide how much you want to spend beforehand. There are Canon SLR digital cameras from less than $100 to up to thousands of dollars. So that’s the reason to have a budget ahead of time. Or else you may end up spending a lot more than intended.

The third thing to consider is your resolution. Look at your budget and decide what the biggest number of megapixels you can have. This is going to give you the highest quality of pictures. It’s suggested that you have at least 5 megapixels in a digital camera to have the minimum quality. When it comes to Canon SLR digital cameras, they go up to over 21 megapixels and more.

The final thing that you want to think about is what kind of zoom lens do you want. It’s important to choose a zoom lens which is greater than 3x. If you don’t get a high enough zoom lens, then you will not be able to get good pictures of far away objects. Keep in mind things such as weddings, zoo visits, sports games, and nature. The listed places are where you might want to have a decent zoom lens.

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Mar 14 2010

How To Pack Photo Gear

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Here is a video showing how to pack photo gear. I definitely need to study this one multiple times, as I am terrible at packing.

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