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16 September 2014, Tuesday

Pentax H1a review

Honeywell Pentax H1a and clip-on CdS meter with Super-Takumar 55mm f/2.

NEW: Honeywell Pentax H1a Review.


15 September 2014, Monday

Canon 7D Mk II

Canon 7D Mk II with 18-135mm IS STM.

NEW: Canon 7D Mk II.

Canon's replacement for the 5-year-old 7D. This new Mark II is now THE sports camera short of a $6,500 pro body, with 10 FPS shooting!

With the ability to synchronize itself automatically to flickering arena lighting, the 7D Mk II just became the world's best indoor sports camera at any price, unless you bring your own arena strobes.

NEW: Canon LP-E6N battery.

The 7D Mark II uses this new battery, which is included with the 7D Mk II. It charges in the usual Canon LC-E6 charger for the older batteries, too.

NEW: Canon WFT-E7A v2 wireless file transmitter for 7D Mk II.

Optional for 7D Mk II.

NEW: Canon BG-16 grip for 7D Mk II.

Optional for 7D Mk II.


NEW: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM.

A tiny $149 normal lens for APS-C DSLRs.


NEW: Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS STM.

A bargain full-frame pro lens, just $599.


NEW: Canon 400mm f/4L DO-IS II.

The new version of the old 400/4 DO. They use a Fresnel element to weigh much less than a regular huge telephoto.

13 September 2014, Saturday

You have to love Amazon

Ordering is always easy from Amazon, and returns are even easier.

I just got a defective light switch from Amazon, went to the Amazon.com, and in about 15 seconds had a label printed out to return it.

Actually, all I did was stick the page in the box. Amazon is sending UPS back to my house to pick it up from me, free. I don't have to call anyone or drive anywhere to return it.

Nothing is more local than my front doorstep. Thank you Amazon!


12 September 2014, Friday

Nikon D750

NEW: Nikon D750.

The D750 is a D610 with a flippy screen and the superior autofocus system of the D810.


NEW: Nikon 20mm f/1.8.


NEW: Nikon SB-500.


NEW: Nikon 52mm close-up lens.


LEICA M3 and 50mm f/2 SUMMICRON.

NEW: Just Use It.

You can't wear out a good 35mm camera.


11 September 2014, Thursday

NEW: World's Largest SD Card: 512 GB.

But how will it fit my camera? Perfectly!

This new SanDisk card is the same size physically, but holds half a Terabyte. It must weigh a ton when full of pictures, though.

This series of card also comes in more reasonable capacities.

The biannual Photokina show is this coming week in Germany, so we'll be seeing new products announced all week.

10 September 2014, Wednesday

Fuji X100T Review

Fuji X100T.

NEW: Fuji X100T.

The X100T is the new version of the X100S.

It adds a bigger LCD, a new 1/32,000 electronic shutter, SEVEN customizable Fn buttons, Program mode goes to 4 seconds, ISO goes to 51,200, and a whole lot more — all for the same price as the old X100S.


NEW: Fuji X-T1 Graphite edition

Just a new color for the same great X-T1 (review).


NEW: Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8

Weather-resusitent pro tele lens.


NEW: Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 APD

Apodization (APD) means that this lens is designed to give even smoother bokeh than the regular XF 56mm f/1.2.


October Workshop Update

As usual, our Annual October trip to Yosemite is completely sold out and wait-listed. Who doesn't want to be shooting in Yosemite at the peak of fall color?

The good news is that we still have some room on our trip to the Eastern Sierra which starts immediately after the Yosemite trip.

See you in October!


UPDATED: Premium 50mm Lenses Compared.

I added links to all the more detailed comparisons I've made for each lens, and put those links in the master comparison. Now we have a comparison of comparisons!


UPDATED: Nikon D810 Review.

Actually I update this just about daily I added to the Performance section, and added an index, too.


NEW: Apple AirPort Express Audio Quality Review

it works great!


09 September 2014, Tuesday

How to create a large wireless network

Apple AirPort Utility.

NEW: How to Create a Large Wireless Network.

Everyone says it's easy, but non one has ever actually documented this step-by step, as I just have.

I'm actually feeling pretty smart, because I actually just covered almost an acre of property with strong, fast Wi-Fi.

Now it's easy to set up your entire dorm building or neighborhood on one big happy network.


NEW: How to Create a Multi-Room Music System.

Once you've got your big network setup, all you need to do is plug it in.


08 September 2014, Monday

ZEISS OTUS 85mm f/1.4

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4.

NEW: Zeiss Otus Apo-Planar 85mm f/1.4 for Nikon and for Canon.

Another big, heavy ultra-high performance manual focus lens.

These are for the man who appreciates the feel of metal in his hand, and doesn't mind that autofocus is permanently broken on these Zeiss lenses. You people know who you are. If you appreciate that Zeiss also makes the lenses for the satellites I can't tell you about that can read the number off a golf ball from outer space, this lens is for you.

For me, I prefer my autofocus NIKKOR 85/1.4G, and the Canon 85/1.2 L II also has absolutely stellar performance, again for less than half the price of the manual focus Zeiss.

The Zeiss Otus is a special-purpose lens that shines for astronomy and for shooting from a tripod, and focussing with Live View.


04 September 2014, Thursday

NEW: Premium 50mm Lenses Compared.

A comparison of all the hot-rod 50mm lenses of today, with a few classics and f/1.8s thrown in for fun.


03 September 2014, Wednesday

Sigma 50/1.4 ART review

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART.

NEW: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART Review.


02 September 1934, Tuesday

80th Anniversary of the first Canon camera

Kwanon camera

Kwanon Camera. bigger.

Canon was founded in a garage to make an inexpensive copy of the frightfully expensive new LEICA. The idea was to make the same camera, but at a price people actually could afford.

The Kwanon used a NIKKOR lens. Garage-shop Canon made no lenses, and since Nikon made no cameras, Canon simply had Nikon make lenses for them.

The Kwanon prototype came out 80 years ago, and production started in 1936.

These "Kwanon" cameras became very popular because they worked about as well as a real LEICA, and they cost much, much less. As always, Canon expanded the limits of technology and made cameras far more advanced than LEICA. For instance, Canon rangefinder cameras of the late 1950s and newer had life-sized viewfinders, something LEICA has never been able to do, and the Canon viewfinders changed their magnifications to match the lens used, something else LEICA has never been able to do. Canon leapfrogged LEICA in the 1950s, but LEICA has a saint and martyr, while Canon does not. Thus LEICA survives.

Today nothing has changed, except that Canon makes their own lenses, nikon makes their own cameras, and Canon cameras still outperform and outsell LEICAs by a huge ratio.


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