Canon PowerShot G11

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00September 3rd, 2009|Categories: photographic equipment|Tags: , , , , |

Less than a year after the release of the flagship PowerShot product, the G10, Canon have announced the successor to the crown, the G11. More than a few changes have been introduced. The G10's 14.7MP sensor has been replaced in the G11 with one that Canon describes as a high sensitivity 10 MP CCD. Interestingly, flash sync speed increases to 1/2000th of a second. This is a great feature, and one that many strobist shooters will be very happy about. I've owned a G3 since its release, and while the current model makes it look old and silly, the line of G series cameras have always been known to be of extremly high quality. It's the one compact camera most likely to be in a professional photographer's bag. This is because of great image quality and RAW format files in a very compact, unobtrusive format. The styling is [...]

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00September 2nd, 2009|Categories: photographic equipment|Tags: , , , , |

Wow. How cool is this. I've been thinking of getting a macro lately. I'm now very glad I waited. Canon has announced  a new lens in the form of an EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. They haven't dropped the old 100mm macro, just upped the ante (and the price) with this new one. It's going to retail at over $1000 US, so who knows how much it'll cost here. Of course, there's a lot of excitement about the upcoming 7D and potentially a new flash system to rival Nikon's CLS system, but I'm slowly collecting good glass and letting the body upgrades go past me a few years at a time before I jump. I'm still running the original 5D and will probably wait for the 5D MK III before I jump again. But this lens, I won't wait very long for at all. Just think - [...]

PMA Australia 2008

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00June 1st, 2008|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

As I write, there are no doubt a lot of people getting drunk. It’s Sunday night, and the PMA Australia 2008, held in Brisbane, is finally over. I was only there for two of the four days, and I didn’t even go to a single paid conference event. I was there in a role as a professional photographer come consumer, and as such I was there to suss out future directions, trends, and all the latest gear. It’s a highly personalised experience going to such an event, due to the incredibly diverse nature and levels of professional photography. I hang around the lower levels as it is, but that doesn’t make my perspective any less interesting. Here’s what I thought were some of the interesting bits.. (I’d be here for days to discuss it all) Adobe – They placed nearly ALL of their focus on Lightroom 2 [...]

Canon’s 40 Millionth Lens

By |2016-10-22T09:42:31+10:00May 6th, 2008|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , |

In March 1987, Canon produced the first EF series lens. In November, they followed up with the industry’s first Ultrasonic Motor powered lens - the EF 300mm f/2.8L USM. Then in September 1989 came the EF 50mm f/1.0L USM. Yes, that right, f/1.0. Now it has reached the incredible milestone of producing over 40 million of these EF lenses. And the rate of production has accelerated wildy in the last ten years due to the digital boom. Canon produced its 10 millionth lens in August 1995, it hit 20 million at the start of 2001, and 30 millionth in January 2006. Now just over 2 years later, they have hit 40 million. At this rate 50 million will be reached before the end of 2009. It's hard to image there are 40 million EF lenses around. Even taking into account the various manners of death a lens can encounter, there'd [...]

Canon EOS Digital Photo Guidebook for Professionals

By |2016-12-22T09:03:05+10:00April 22nd, 2007|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , |

Just to show I'm not anti Canon (ha ha, that sounds like a space weapon doesn't it), I ran across this publication on the net and it looks really good. It's a largish pdf (7.6MB), aimed at the professional digital EOS shooter. That's a pretty big target market, and I'm sure a lot of keen amateurs would be interested too. Everyone can benefit from a little revision now and then. You can find it here: Canon EOS Digital Photo Guidebook for Professionals (sorry, it seems to have disappeared). It's 96 pages and covers a great number of topics through colour management, shooting and processing. A great little free guide from Canon. [tags]Canon, EOS, digital photography, guidebook[/tags]

Canon and Error 99

By |2016-11-29T20:13:09+10:00April 21st, 2007|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

If I was an investigative journalist (as opposed to just being a curious writer) I would go deeper into this story. Search google for the term "Error 99" and you get about 41,000 hits (update in May 2011 - now 140,000 hits, and again in Jan 2013, now 546,000 hits. It seems the problems continue). The top ranking page is Richard's Notes, which is a blog containing a vast archive of photography related articles. Richard's Error 99 page was my starting point when a few months ago I suddenly started getting Error 99's on my EOS 20D. It was exclusively with my 17-85 EF-S lens, and only within the zoom range of 17 to about 40mm. I read Richard's page over a number of days (scroll and you'll see why it took days) and discovered that the issue was both wide ranging and attributable to a vast possible number of [...]