Try to guess where these photos were taken; some of the images might be readily recognizable to you if you're from the DC area. If you're wondering about the processing, they were captured on 35mm film with an Exakta EXA Ia camera, scanned in from the negatives and edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.
As I announced back in June of 2010, Canon has been at work on a mirrorless camera and they've finally launched it. It's called the EOS M. It uses a new EF-M lens mount and its specs are pretty much what we expect mirrorless DSLRs to have these days. It ships in four colors: black … Continue reading Camera preview: Canon EOS M
I made a video follow-up to my past articles on Sigma DSLRs (see this and this), where I talk about where Sigma is today and why I think they're lagging behind the market by 2-3 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD0yFqWTtTw Sigma's R&D has not developed new DSLRs fast enough to keep up with market demands and the wonderful … Continue reading My thoughts on Sigma DSLRs
A few years ago, there were two companies which had some interesting opportunities ahead of them: Sigma with its revolutionary Foveon sensor and lens-making know-how, and FujiFilm with its remarkable Super CCD SR sensor and long-term experience with professional lens-making. They didn't stay on course. Sigma's continued development of the sensor has been much too … Continue reading What happened to Sigma and FujiFilm DSLRs?
Given the popularity of, and interest in mirrorless "DSLRs" like the Sony NEX-5 or NEX-3, Olympus E-P2 or E-PL1, Panasonic GF1 or G2, and the Samsung NX-10, I believe Canon is at work on their version of the "micro-DSLR", and has been for at least a few months. (Why do I use quotes when I … Continue reading Is Canon at work on a mirrorless “DSLR”?
It's been well over a year since I put the Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries in my Canon 580EX II speedlite. In February 2009, I was contacted by an ad agency working for Energizer, and invited to test out the batteries. I've been using them in my speedlite ever since, and they finally gave out about … Continue reading Final tally of Energizer’s Advanced Lithium battery life
Updated 11/16/12 with new cameras. I thought it'd be fun to go through the meta-data for my photos in Lightroom and see what cameras and lenses I've been using since 2006, when photography became more than an occasional hobby for me -- indeed, it became an obsession, and now it's my daily occupation. There are … Continue reading Cameras I’ve used so far
Here's a HD (720p) field video test I recently did with the PEN E-P2, the diminutive DSLR from Olympus. I shot it in South Florida, and it features tropical plants and flowers. No additional equipment beside the camera and the 14-42mm kit lens was used. The sound you hear is from the in-camera microphone. The … Continue reading Field video test with the Olympus PEN E-P2
The nice folks at Olympus sent me a PEN E-P2 for me to review, and I got to use it for about a month. As I usually do with the cameras I review, the E-P2 became my primary camera. I took it everywhere with me, and I shot both photos and video with it. A … Continue reading Camera review: Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless
The Nikon CoolPix S570 digital camera is small -- just about the same size as the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS camera -- so it invites a comparative look. I looked at it side-by-side with the SD780 recently, and here's what I think. The design is good, but not as good as that of the SD780. … Continue reading Camera preview: Nikon CoolPix S570