Everyone that uses their phones to take pictures please raise your hand. Okay, now those of you who didn’t raise your hand, quit lying. Its pretty great, right? Take a picture. Put it on Facebook. Capture a short video. Put it on Facebook. Go to a concert. Instagram that dude! Little Susie smashes her face into the cake at her first birthday party, but Grandma wasn’t there to see it, send her an email. Don’t want to download your pictures to your computer and delete them off the memory card? Need to find a way to back up your pictures to the cloud while on vacation? I could go on, but I think you get the point. Smart phones are a part of our life in a very BIG way. But you say you want better pictures? Sit back and relax. This is gonna blow your mind.
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Hi Friends! For all of you camera geeks out there I thought I would mention one of my very favorite camera comparison tools to look at. Dpreview.com (Digital Photography Review) has a great “Studio Comparison Tool” which alows you to pick up to four different cameras and look at the exact same still life image shot from each of them side by side. It is really amazing! If your in the market for a new camera or just intrested to see how all of these new fancy camera’s compare to each other this is a very fun and interesting site to check-out. Watch out this can be addicting!!!!
Hi friends! I have noticed lately some great articles and blog postings about “What’s in your camera bag” so I thought I would talk about my setup. I don’t have just one camera bag I use a number of different bags depending on the day and what I am shooting. I am going to talk about my Smoky Mountains set today. When I am out in an area like the Smoky Mountains I know I am going to have a long hike and I am mainly going to be shooting landscapes. I don’t use an actual bag but a Lowepro Stream and Field Technical vest with the Lowepro belt to go with it. This allows me to have a more modular system, so I can pick the equipment I need and the pouch that fits it the best. I can also be completely hands free just in case I tumble down the mountain, which does happen. My main camera set up is my Nikon D3 with my Nikon 24mm f2.8 lens. When I get out of the car I put it on my Gitzo Carbon Fiber tripod, put that over my shoulder and head out. This way I don’t need a bag that can fit the camera in. The only other lens I carry for the Nikon is my 50mm f1.2 lens. This gives me a completely different look then the wide angle and allows me to put the tripod away and hand hold if I want to. I have my Promaster wireless cable release and a back up Nikon MC-30 cable release, along with a level for the top of the camera. As any good photographer I always have a back up camera so I have my Sony NEX 5 with the 35mm f1.8 lens on it that I may or may not use but I have just in case. I also like to bring my Hasselblad X-pan and one roll of film to go with it just to keep people like Jonathan happy. beyond the cameras there is always a few thing I need. I always have a set of circular polarizing filters, extra memory cards, extra batteries, my Lieca binoculars, my walking stick, maybe some gloves, maybe a rain coat, and my Swiss Army knife. Being a big tree hunter I bring a tree measuring tape and a small note book to write in. The very last thing is a custom made survival kit just in case everything goes wrong and I have to spend the night out there. For me this is a perfect set of equipment that allows me to be prepared for anything that comes up.
Hello friends! Today I wanted to write about a new lens I just got. It is a Sony E mount 35mm f1.8 lens for the Sony NEX camera’s. It’s small light weight and very sharp. The Bokeh (the out of focus area) at f1.8 is very creamy and pretty. Although it doesn’t seem to focus as fast as the Sony 16mm f2.8 Sony lens does. I figure thats because it’s not as wide angle, but it’s fast enough focusing for me. The focal length is great for almost anything. I’ve got some very nice environmental portraits out of it, and as you can see from the image I posted I’ve been doing some nature work with it. It focus’s down to about a foot which is ok. Sony clearly didn’t intended on it being a macro lens. They have a 30mm macro for that, and it is very good too, but not as sharp as the 35mm. I think my favorite two things about this lens is the incredible sharpness and how small and easy it is to carry around. I also have the Zeiss 24mm f1.8 lens for the NEX and I don’t think it’s any sharper then the 35mm even though the Zeiss is way over twice the price. So far my only complaint is that I seem to be getting some odd color fringing with very fine tree branches, that are back lit. I’m not sure what to think about this yet but right now I think it’s from my camera more than the lens but I need to do some more testing. All and all I love this small, light wight, very very sharp, low light, carry around lens. It cost $450 which for a lens of this quality I think is very fair. Keep in mind the Zeiss 24mm f1.8 is $1100. This lens seems to be a big step for Sony and the NEX system. I think in the year to come we will see some more lenses like this from Sony. I hear a 85mm f1.8 lens is in the works. Oh and by the way it’s black and that’s COOL!
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Rounding Out Nikon’s list of camera announcements here are four entries into the “S is for Style” series of Coolpix. This line, of course, historically focuses on compact design and elegance, and ranges from mid to high end. Starting out, we’ve got the S3100. The S3100 will have 14 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom covering 26-130mm, a 2.7″ LCD, and 720p video. It’ll come in a lot of colors: yellow, black, red, silver, pink, blue, and purple. It’ll lighten your financial burden by about $140 or so.
The next step up is to the S4100. The S4100 is everything the S3100 is, but it moves most of your controls to a 3″ touchscreen with a middling quality resolution. Still no actual VR here, mind you. Just the marketing hype that is electronic stabilization. It’ll come in black, silver, red, and “plum.” The upgrade will run you forty bones, for a final price around $180.
The next step up will get you into an S6100. Go ahead, stretch your legs out and feel the comfort of a more expansive 7x zoom. It goes 28-196mm, equivalent, you know. If you look around a bit, you’ll notice things look a bit clearer. That’s the fancier ED elements in the lens combining with the couple million more pixels in the 16mp sensor. And everything’ll be a lot more stable, too, thanks to some proper VR. You get to keep the 3″ touchscreen, too. The upgrade’s only $20 this time, and things settle at about $200.
Wait, you want to see this one over here, do you? A connoisseur, I see. The S9100, a fine choice. You can see this model skips ahead a few numbers, and let me tell you why. First, you’re talking a 12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, which is better for low light shooting. And if you thought the 7x zoom was roomy, go ahead and feel how luxurious the 18x zoom on this one is. 25-450mm equivalent, I tell you. You keep the real VR, but the touchscreen goes away. Instead, you get a 3″ high resolution display with 921,000 dots. You move up to 5 frames per second continuous shooting, and we’ll go ahead and throw in 1080 Full HD recording, too. Now, isn’t all that worth the lowly $40 upgrade price from the S6100? We agree. Now, if you’ll come this way, we can get that paperwork started…
There’re a bunch of pictures of all four models after the jump, if you need something to do with your time.
Hey. Those F-18 are pretty fast!
SanDisk, maker of speedy CF and SDHC cards, and a beloved staple of the digital photography world, is holding a photo contest. Four categories, crowd-selected finalist, SanDisk’s Extreme Team is picking the final winners. What’s at stake? A year’s membership in said Extreme Team, your picture shown in a gallery in New York, and oh yeah, $1,000 cash.
If you’re curious, hit the external link to go to their Facebook page, where all the magic is happening, apparently.