So Canon have released two new lenses - a 24-70mm 4L IS USM and a 35mm 2 IS USM EF lens. But more interestingly, Canon have finally decided to join the rest of the industry by switching to centre-pinch lens caps! Exciting news.
Of course, I’m still waiting for a 24-105 2.8L IS USM lens. That would be my ideal!
A couple years ago I photographed the temporary city of the Burning Man arts festival from the sky at night. And it was a real challenge! Even with a fast lens and high ISO, most of the shots were highly blurred. The fact I was shooting out the open door of a moving aircraft made it particularly difficult.
Well, New York magazine has a spectacular photograph of Manhattan in the aftermath of Sandy. And an impressive helicopter shot it is!
Like tourists taking photos of themselves by holding out a camera on an outstretched arm, the NASA Mars rover Curiosity has taken its own photo on the surface of another planet. Pretty groovy. It’s also particularly trippy as the photo is actually a mosaic of many different shots, and the final picture conceals the outstretched arm that held the camera. (either that, or it’s all a big conspiracy like the lunar landing, and the shot was faked in a Hollywood studio!)
My apologies for the recent downtime on this site. A badly implemented and supported network change at my provider lead to a lot of general pain, during which parts of PhotoNotes weren’t accessible. Following several solid hours of phone calls, around 11 different customer service agents, 3 hung up calls, 2 blind transfers to wrong departments, and 2 unnecessary modem replacements shipped out, I’ve finally got things working again. No thanks to O2 Broadband.
My apologies for any inconvenience the downtime may have caused.
Canon keeps surprising us with updates. The company has announced a firmware update to the EOS 5D mark III, adding uncompressed HDMI and support for f/8 lenses when using the central AF sensor. Very impressive that they’ve enabled this functionality without hardware changes.
The only odd thing is that it’s a massive preannouncement. Users have to wait until April 2013 for these goodies!
Excitingly, my new book - the Lens - is now available across the USA from Amazon. It should just be a week or two before it’s widely available at American physical bookstores as well. Canada will follow next, and hopefully soon the UK!
Yes, my new book is almost out in the wild. Read about it here!
So, between Nikon’s new D600 and Canon’s new 6D, it seems that affordable full-frame (35mm equivalent) digital SLRs are finally coming of age!
Both cameras look like great bodies, with various advantages to each side. (Canon for high ISO, WiFi and GPS; Nikon for better AF and viewfinder) Pretty exciting stuff.
Okay, so the ideal would be Thundercats, er Thunderbolt, peripherals all over. But since such peripherals are either unavailable or really expensive, USB 3 it is. And boy does it make a huge difference transferring data from UDMA CompactFlash cards to an external drive when it’s USB 3 all the way!
After winning the 200m race on August 9, Usain Bolt grabbed a camera off Swedish press photographer Jimmy Wixtröms and snapped a few shots from his point of view. Pretty cool.
Whether wisely and intentionally or not, Bolt grabbed a Nikon with a super wide angle 12-24mm lens, by the looks of it, which was the perfect choice for showing the Olympic stadium and the crowds of spectators and press.