Vignettes from DC

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.

Camera preview: Canon EOS M

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 [...]

What happened to Sigma and FujiFilm DSLRs?

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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 [...]

Is Canon at work on a mirrorless “DSLR”?

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 [...]

Cameras I’ve used so far

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 [...]

Field video test with the Olympus PEN E-P2

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 [...]

Camera preview: Nikon CoolPix S570

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. [...]