I'm not sure when it clicked for you that tilt shift could be had easily and practically, in camera with some recent models, but that time was today for me. Tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements that change the orientation and/or position of the lens with respect to the film or image sensor … Continue reading In-camera, optical tilt shift is now achievable
Should you be old enough, you'll remember how different photography was before the arrival of digital cameras. Not only was it difficult to get great photos, the kind that were good enough for publication, but it was difficult to develop them and reproduce them. There were real barriers to entry and to success in the … Continue reading The flip side of digital photography
In this video, I'm going to walk you through a process that will help you choose the right camera for your needs; it's the same process I use myself as I choose new photo and video gear. Here are the decision-making steps I talk about in the video: Love what you already have Learn to use … Continue reading How to choose a camera that’s right for you
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
Tom Dickson, host of the popular "Will It Blend" video series, recently blended a full line-up of Olympus gear: a DSLR, a point-and-shoot camera, a lens, a HD camcorder, a digital voice recorder, plus some art. But this video doesn't finish in typical fashion, with him revealing the blended remains of the unwitting electronics. There's … Continue reading Blendtec blends line-up of Olympus gear
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