Sigma recently announced their new 50-150 2.8 OS lens for both Nikon and Canon cropped sensor cameras. This is a very interesting range, it is similar to what you would find on a full frame camera if you were to use a 70-200 2.8.
On a Canon cropped sensor camera this lens would be a 80-240mm 2.8 and on the Nikon it would be a 75-225 2.8. What this means is you have an amazing range for everything from sports to portraits.
Here is a statement new photographers make to me all the time, “im going to go full frame soon” or “Im getting a full frame camera in a few years”. What they are trying to say is they think they should not pick up cropped sensor lenses. I think that is the wrong mentality. Yes you should be picking up lenses that will serve you well for a long time. But you should not pass up a great cropped sensor lens because one day you may end up with a full frame camera.
I have been using and loving my Westcott Spiderlite TD6′s for almost six months now. They are bright, powerful, clean and consistant. They give out the same clean 5500 degree kelvin temperatures hour after hour.
People always want to know why would you use continuos lights vs strobes. The answer is I have both, I use these lights for when I am recording video and I need clean continuos light. I also use them when I do not feel like setting up my studio strobes. Some of the biggest names in photography choice to use continuos lights over strobes such as Peter Hurley.
What is great about continuous lights is you can see the results before you shoot. You know where your shadows are going to be and you can shape the light. You can accomplish many of the same things with these lights as you can with strobes.
The Fuji Instax is an interesting throwback camera to the days where the only way to get to see your pictures right after you took them was to use instant film. Fuji has brought back the instant camera with their line of instax cameras. These cameras allow you to use Fuji Instax film to take instant (takes up to 5 min to develop) photos.
I am sure there are many people sitting there going why would I want to take instant pictures these days? And I will say I felt the same way until I started to have fun with this camera. It is a conversation starter at parties and event. When I take someones picture and they see the photo pop out the top they go wow what is that. Beyond that these photos make for really unique business cards. What better way to make an impression on someone than to hand them a photo with your information on it.
I will be taking a few of these instax cameras on the road to SXSW along with a case of instant film to see what we come up with. You will get a chance to try these cameras out on the two photo walks.
To see a FULL on photo shoot done with the fuji instax check out the video player below.
Ever since the announcement for the Fujifilm X100, it became an object of desire. A fixed 35mm f/2 lens in a rangefinder-like body with manual controls and serious build quality?!?! And not even close to what a digital Leica costs – so in the grand scheme of things, semi-affordable.
I decided not to be an early adopter. There were mixed reviews of it’s focusing glitches and overall firmware snafus. I’m glad I didn’t pop on one at first. I let them figure things out and can say, it’s a heckuva lot better since that first release. Funnily enough, the firmware needed updating on my camera. There was no prompt, for it, but knowing the history of this camera, I checked the firmware, went to Fuji’s site and sure enough, the firmware was out of date. No biggie. It was a bit convoluted to update the firmware. I had to format an SD card with the Fuji, then download firmware update and copy to the card, insert the card and well, eventually the firmware updated and I was good to go.Read More »
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens for Harsh and Rigorous Conditions
Canon continues the tradition of ensuring the Company’s highest quality optical performance in its L-series lenses with the launch of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM zoom lens. This new version of one of Canon’s most popular lenses utilizes one Super UD lens element and two UD lens elements to help achieve outstanding image quality throughout the full zoom range. The result is significantly reduced chromatic aberration in the outer area at wide-angle, high resolution and contrast in images and crisp clear edges around the subject. The lens coatings have been optimized to ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting, and reduced spherical aberration. With a circular nine-blade diaphragm, the lens delivers soft backgrounds and incredible bokeh.
In demand by architectural, corporate, adventure and professional photographers of nearly every discipline, the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens combines amazing image quality with enhanced durability. Highly resistant to dust and water, the new lens has enhanced durability and weather sealing. The lens also features a zoom lock lever to secure the zoom position for safe transport, and fluorine coatings on the front and rear glass surfaces to reduce smears and fingerprints, making it an ideal lens regardless of the conditions.
The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens is expected to be available in April for an approximate retail price of $2,299.00.
Canon Standard Prime Lenses with Optical Image Stabilizer:
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM & EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
Empowering landscape and wide-angle photographers with improved optical performance, Canon has upgraded both its EF 24mm and EF 28mm lenses with Image Stabilization technology and Ultrasonic Motor-powered auto focus. Both lenses feature Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology providing up to four shutter speed stops of correction. With the Optical Image Stabilizer turned on, photographers can capture sharp wide-angle images in low-light settings reducing the need for a flash or a tripod. New aspherical lens elements improve the peripheral image quality and a seven-blade circular diaphragm delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds. The silent and smooth operation of each lens makes them ideal choices for shooting video as well. The EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses each have a minimum focusing distances of 0.20m and 0.23m, respectively.
The EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is expected to be available in June for an approximate retail price of $849.99, while the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is expected to be available in June for an approximate retail price of $799.99.Read More »
The friend to all computers is more RAM, but how do you get it in the machine? In this video I show you how I put another 8 gigs of RAM into my 27 inch Apple iMac to give me a total of 16 gigs.
I picked up my RAM from Other World COmputing which is the go to place when you need to to any updates to your macs. The RAM is a lot more affordable than if you order if from Apple. I think it cost me around $80 with shipping to get another 8 gigs of RAM to max out my machine.
This was a very simple install. I popped off the bottom plate, popped out the smaller RAM chips, popped in the newer chips, sealed it up and I was ready to go.
Some things to keep in mind is make sure that you are grounded so to not cause any static shock. Make sure you have some canned air to blow out any dust that has built up inside. You can keep your old RAM or you could sell it on ebay or back to OWC.
All and all this was such an easy install, the biggest problem with this project is having to turn off the computer. Other than that, its so easy a caveman could do it.Read More »