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Thursday
Jan162014

Steve Huff's Camera of the Year 2013

Steve Huff, a small camera specialist, does a quick review of four camreas.... The Nikon DF, the Sony A7r, the Olympus E-M1 and the Leica 240. All of these cameras in my opinion could have been picked though the Leica is out of my league price wise and I suspect yours too.

Interesting in that Steve spend almost 1/2 the time talking about the DF. Looks like a neat camera. Certainly the best low light performer out there, according to the review.

One nice thing about Steve Huff is that he actually uses these cameras, for weeks... He just doesn't pick one up for a few days... He lives with them. So I give more credit to his opinions then most.

 

Friday
May102013

To AA Filter or Not

An AA (Anti-Alias) filter is a filter that is placed in front of a sensor in a camera. It is also known as OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter).  It typically is used in all DSLR and MirrorLess cameras (and may be used in other formats). It attempts to control the Moire effect as seen in the video above. The filter effectively blurs the images slightly to reduce the moire effect.

Recently some manufacturers have been adjusting the amount of blurring caused by the AA filter or have been eliminating it all together to increase resolution. The first that I heard of was Olympus back 3 years ago with the introduction of the E-5. They basically took their older sensor technology and dramatically reduced the AA filter in the new E-5. DPReviews (DPReivew.com) initial reaction was that Olympus was taking a big chance and might very well pay a serious price by reducing overall Image Quality (IQ). This turned out to be an over reaction as the E-5 did quite well, even with their dated sensor technology.

The next manufacturer to tweak their AA filter was Nikon on the recently released D800E. They didn't eliminate it but place a final filter behind the AA but before the sensor that effectively canceled out the AA filter's blurring effect. It is not understood by anyone, that I've read, why they did this. DPReivew speculated that it might have had something to do with the manufacturing process, making it easier to create both the D800 (Standard AA Filter model) and the D800E (Canceled AA Filter model) to be created side by side on the assembly line. Whether this is true or whether Nikon is experimenting for some future use we will not know but one thing became clear that this did not cause any significant problems in IQ. Quite to the contrary the D800E has been very well received. I've not heard of any significant problems of moire being produced by the D800E, certainly nothing that could not be taken care of in post processing.

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Tuesday
Jan012013

DPReview's "Camera of the Year"

The 2012 DPReview Camera of the Year

DPReivew is considered by most to be the bible when it comes to camera reviews sites. Certainly it is one of the better sites to look to, for information when trying to figure out what bit of camera gear you are looking for. This year they ran an interesting poll, the link is below. One that was based on information input from visitors that come to their site, a vast majority of which are Nikon and Canon users. The camera that was selected could not have been picked without them voting for it, the Olympus OMD E-M5.

What is the “Best Camera of the Year”?....... Just a few years ago there was only one class of camera to select from if you wanted a camera that would produce a great photograph, the DSLR. There are at least three classes of cameras to select from now, so the “Best Camera of the Year” really boils down to your needs. I could easily see three cameras being selected based on need, size and features set, not to mention Image Quality (IQ) the standard we’ve used in the past. Mirrorless/fixed lens, mirorless interchangeable lens and DSLR would be the three groups.

One note on IQ...... With the entrance into the market place by Sony, who now supplies a significant number of sensors to all the other manufacturers outside of Canon, the difference in IQ has really tightened up. Sony is the new Kodak and there are few cameras regardless of sensor size (Full Frame, APS or 4/3rds) that are not providing outstanding IQ even in very low light.

What camera you might like to buy will be determined by size, cost, feature set and accessories since the vast majority of the cameras produced today create excellent images in a wide variety of settings. This is a good thing, finally!

The camera too that was selected I think is representative of class of camera where the industry as a whole is moving, so keep that in mind. I could easily argue for another make or model that should have been selected.  It also represents what users think is ‘innovative’, new and forward looking, what I think represents the class as a whole as well.

DPReview's 2012 User Poll Camera of the Year.

Saturday
Nov032012

Are DSLRs Really Doomed?

Certainly DSLRs are not doomed, not by a long shot.... yet. But the Mirrorless camera is starting to mature and this conversation will give you an idea where we are going. More Pros are packing them, if for nothing else to use for video work in what is now being call Hybrid Photography. Hybrid Photography will be the next big thing on the horizon.

I've included the blog from DiscoverMirrorless on our feed to the right.... it has some great material.

Note.... Keep this in HD mode if you can. If your are on a slow connection click HD to turn it off.

Friday
Nov022012

Mirrorless Cameras How and Who?

A panel of Professional Photographs gather to discuss where they are at in the process of using Mirrorless cameras, if at all. The discussion is very informative and certainly not unanimous! This is brought to you but DiscoverMirrorless.

Thursday
Nov012012

Mirrorless Camera Overview

Let me start this with a small overview and then send you on to the a FStoppers Mirrorless Camera Roundup where they review four new mirrorless cameras and to an interview on TWIP (This Week in Photography) with a working professional photographer that uses one of these small cameras to make a living. (above)

Typically we see our friends and community members carrying larger cameras if they are into photography. Typically these cameras are not to bad at the entry level in terms of size, weight and cost  BUT if you get hooked and want to move up to some really good equipment all of this changes quickly.

Yesterday I was looking at a Canon professional level 200mm lens. It weights 5.6 lbs and cost $6000.00. Now to be fair there are other alternative like the 70-200mm zoom but even it costs between $1,500 to $2,100 depending on the quaility you want and the weight would be 3lbs easily. Add to that a good camera and the weight goes to 5 lbs and cost goes to between $2,500 to 3,500. That is a real road block for most of us.

The mirrorless cameras are new. They've been on the market for about four years now and are finally maturing. More and more cameras are being added all of the time and so are new lenses. What do they offer as an alternative? They are a lot smaller, much lighter and they can cost as much as 1/3 the price.  AND they can produce photogaphs that rival most of the expensive gear on the market today. In fact many of them use the same sensors and preocessors as their big brothers!

What do the professionals think about this? More and more of them are waking up to the fact that in most situations they don't need to carry the big,  heavy, expensive gear to do their jobs. You can now get a camera that can produces photographs that are just as publishable from these smaller cameras... The mirrorless cameras have improved that much and this is just the beginning!

Thursday
Apr122012

Ever Hear of an I-Speed?

Yesterday on FStoppers they pointed us to a European video that was created with an Olympus I-Speed. The top end model of this small video camera can operate at frame rates up to (and this is not typo) 1,000,000 frames per second. It would be used in the high end research and medical fields and had export restrictions on it for obvious reasons.

The lower end models operate in the enimic 2 to 4 thousand frames per second. LOL. We've all seen the super slow motion shots of bullets being shot out of gun barrels, etc. an I-SPeed is the type of camera used for such work.

There was another video on YouTube of a water balloon being broken with a pin. It filled the frame and 2 minutes into the video the remaining ball of water had not yet left the frame. SUPER slow motion!

The above video was using a Sigma 24mm F/1.8 lens. I think I want to buy one!

 

Tuesday
Apr102012

Image Stabilization - In Body - In Lens

Image stabilization (IS) started a number of years ago with  Konica-Minolta, now Sony.

IS has developed into two forms. It is either "in body", such as Konica Minolta developed or "in lens" which is primarily used by Canon and Nikon. Both systems have advantages and disadvantages. Some systems can use either one or the other.... even both which you will learn is very ineffective.

This video created by Gordon Laing, the editor over at Camera Labs, demontrates both IS systems in one camera. The effect of either of these IS systems is dramatic and you will actually get to see how it works. The camera used here is one that I own and is now about 6 years old. But the demonstration is still a great one.