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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Photo Editing Monitors...

As a photographer we all know the costs of cameras and lenses, even what a decent tripod, or even a good quality lens filter can cost... One thing that can easily be overlooked is a good decent display! After all if your not seeing your images on a properly calibrated, color correct panel, just how are you suppose to edit your images properly?

Most computer monitors are cheap TN panels and these can be very poor for photo editing, due to issues with color and accuracy. When shopping for a good editing panel, you want one that incorporates an IPS screen. These are far better for color accuracy...

There are several brands available, both Dell and Apple make very nice panels. I own Dell's U2711 and it is fantastic unit that actually comes pre calibrated and is ready to go straight out of the box! The panel has presets for both SRGB, and Adobe 1998 color spaces... The nice thing about these panels is what you see on your monitor is practically how you see your prints, when you use a properly calibrated print shop that is! So bottom line, if you want to get the most out of your photography, get the most out of your monitor! Research the best IPS units, you won't be sorry!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A new EOS 7D Mark II ???

Rumors of a new 7D mark II have been reported on the net to appear sometime in January 2013..  This camera is posed to replace both the 60D and the current 7D models...  The 7D has been a supreme camera for Canon and in a lot of respects has been crowned one of the very best APS-C cameras for the past 3+ years!  The new model is reported to be a 20+ megapixel camera, with a possible 10 fps shooting capability!!

I for one am hoping for Canon's 61 point AF system currently shared by both the 5D3 and 1DX models!  Let's keep our fingers crossed on this one!

Canon Camera Rebates - Until Nov. 30, 2012

Instant Rebate: Save $100 on Select Canon EOS Cameras

Receive an instant savings of $100.00 with the purchase of any of the following Canon EOS DSLR Cameras:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS Rebel T4i
Rebate offer expires November 30, 2012

Canon Lens Rebates - Until Nov. 30, 2012

Instant Rebates: Save $100 on Select Canon Lenses

Receive an instant savings of $100.00 with the purchase of any of the following Canon SLR Lenses:
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM
Canon EF 35mm f1.4L USM
Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM
Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 300mm f4.0L IS USM

Rebate offer expires November 30, 2012

Not a lot of savings here from Canon at this time...  I will keep you up to date!

The all new Canon EOS 6D Entry Level Full-frame camera..

This is Canon's newest full frame camera...  Designed to be an entry level unit, a model below the current 5D mark III...  Let's compare the two quickly...

EOS 6D Specs

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0" Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Full HD 1080p with Manual Controls
  • 11-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • Extended ISO Range of 50-102400
  • Up to 4.5 Full Resolution FPS

  • EOS 5D mark III

  • 22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
  • Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)    High Performance Operation
  • 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
  • 6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
  • Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
  • 3.2-type, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
  • iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
  • Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles    High end features
  • Silent & low vibration modes
  • Dual card slots (CF & SD)
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Comparative Playback function
  • Improved durability & water and dust resistance 

  • Price Points

    6D -   $2099.00 - Body only
    5D3 - $3599.00 - Body only

    One neat thing that the 6D offers that the 5D does not is built in wireless..  The built-in Wi-Fi® transmitter allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, or upload virtually anywhere from your iOS or Android smartphone* with the free download of the EOS Remote app**. You can use your smartphone for remote camera control and operation (with the EOS Remote app), or even print your images on a Wi-Fi® compatible printer.

    There are reason's the 5D3 price is considerably more than the 6D and you really should look at both bodies before making a decision on either one.  The biggest thing that separates the 2 cameras is the Auto focus systems.  The 6D incorporates an 11 point AF system, while the 5D3 uses the outstanding 1D X 61 point system from Canon's top of the line flagship body.  I can tell you first hand that it works flawlessly!  fast and accurate.  Something to be looked at very closely when deciding between these 2 cameras...

    The nice thing that Canon has down here is given buyers 2 different price points for those wanting a full frame DSLR...  Which one is for you ultimately is your decision, but which ever you choose you can bet both will produce outstanding images...

    Canon's 85mm 1.2L Quick Review...

    Well folks!  I finally got my hands on one of these beasts!  First impressions of this lens start with just how heavy this lens is!  Right out of the box your first words will be Wow!  This thing is no light weight!  At 36.2 oz (1025g) you know its there!  The reasoning for this is Canon put some very high quality glass into this Lens, and the better the glass, and wider the aperture, the heavier things usually get!

    Included with this "L" series lens is the usual lens hood, which is a snap on version, and works pretty good.  I think I like this design better than the standard twist and lock!  It also comes with the standard leather lens pouch, that if you are like me never gets used!

    One thing that amazes me is that while the lens is weather sealed it does lack the seal on the mount...  Because of the lens mounts design, this was left out..  No a big deal but something I wanted to mention..

    This lens gives the photographer the true freedom of shooting at the f1.2 aperture and being able to get outstanding images!  I have shot with lenses such as the 24-70mm 2.8L Mark I, and almost always the wide aperture 2.8 was soft and basically usable for most print needs.  The 85L is simple stunning wide open, and 1.2 is fully usable for print work.  To the right and below are 3 shots to illustrate it's wide f1.2 capabilities...

    The real nice thing about being able to shoot sharp images at f1.2 is the ability to isolate the subject from the background!  Any background becomes a creamy heaven in an instance, while the subject is left to jump out of the image!  Shooting wide open with this glass also allows lots of light in, which can give you lightning fast shutter speeds!  The shot to the right was shot at 1/8000, and it was an overcast day!

    Shooting at f1.2 has it's limitations...  Depth of Field is very very thin, so great care with focusing must be made.  This shot of the dog illustrates how effective f1.2 can be.  This eyes are in good focus plane, but notice how the nose is blurred?  this is because of the narrow depth of field up close to the subject...  Either opening up the aperture or stepping back further from the subject is all you can do to correct this from happening.  In this shot it was my intention, but always keep this in mind when shooting wide open with this lens.  Some care and fore thought should be taken with this lens, to avoid focus disappointments!  That said it is a terrific lens for anyone who wants to get creative!

    The shot below is opened up a bit to demonstrate just how razor shape this lens can be...  At f5.0 things sharpen up really nice!  Background blur is still very pleasing, and I find that shooting any more stopped down for me will rarely be needed with this lens.
    CONCLUSION:  If you seriously want a high quality lens that can produce stunning images this is the work horse for you!  The only downsides for this lens is it is very heavy, seriously..  That said you soon don't mind the weight once you start seeing the results on your LCD screen.  The only other negative is the speed of the AF on this lens, it is slow, with all that heavy glass inside it takes it's time to move it, which for staged "people" photography is not a problem.  You may find that focusing on moving or fast action to be a bit of a problem.  Not a use I purchased this lens for, but something to consider if you have other ideas..  Lastly is the price point, at $2100 dollars it is a significant investment.  Compared to the non "L" series 85mm 1.8, you are paying the extra for a wider aperture f1.2, better glass elements, weather-sealing, and build quality.  The 1.8 is still a very capable lens and should also be highly considered if $$$ is a factor...

    Photofroggy Rating

    Build                ★★★★★
    Optical quality  ★★★★★
    Price                ★★★
    Performance     ★★★★  Only because of the sluggish AF speed!!!