16 September 2014, Tuesday
Honeywell Pentax H1a and clip-on CdS meter with Super-Takumar 55mm f/2.
15 September 2014, Monday
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.
Optional for 7D Mk II.
Optional for 7D Mk II.
A tiny $149 normal lens for APS-C DSLRs.
A bargain full-frame pro lens, just $599.
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
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.
NEW: Just Use It.
You can't wear out a good 35mm camera.
11 September 2014, Thursday
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
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.
Just a new color for the same great X-T1 (review).
Weather-resusitent pro tele lens.
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.
it works great!
09 September 2014, Tuesday
Apple AirPort Utility.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART.
02 September 1934, Tuesday
80th Anniversary of the first Canon 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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