Canon EOS 1D Review

Joe Schmo: Hey that’s a very professional looking camera there!
Me: Thank you, yes it is.
Joe Schmo: How many megapixels is it?
Me: 4.
Joe Schmo: Wow 40?!
Me: No, 4 megapixels total.
Joe Schmo: That doesn’t sound very professional at all. My little point and shoot has 12 megapixels! I think you overpaid for that thing. Continue reading Canon EOS 1D Review

National Geographic 2477 Bag Review

So after finding the perfect shoulder camera/laptop bag, the National Geographic NG-2475, and then having to return it because it couldn’t fit my 15.4″ MacBook Pro, fortunately Bogen (yes, the same company that makes tripods) makes a slightly larger version: the National Geographic NG-2477. The new bag is a few inches wider and is identical in design and layout to the NG-2475 except for the buckles and the addition of luggage straps to easily attach to a rolling luggage handle. Continue reading National Geographic 2477 Bag Review

Canon Launches 1000D, The New Rebel XS

The rumors had been circulating for awhile of Canon’s newest release, the Canon Rebel XS (or 1000D, as it is known everywhere but in the United States). Nikon had been scooping up the pre-entry-level SLR market for awhile with their hugely popular D40 and D40x and now the D60 whereas Canon’s entry-level consumer camera, the Rebel line had previously dominated. But now, Canon is poised to compete with Nikon for that goldmine: the set of users who are looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot to a baby SLR. Continue reading Canon Launches 1000D, The New Rebel XS

Canon EOS 1Ds versus Canon EOS 5D

Sometimes new(er) isn’t always better. Take for example: Windows XP versus Windows Vista. Our office (and many others) have refused to make the up(down)grade to Windows Vista because of the slow performance, annoying security policies, and it offers nothing that we don’t already get with XP.

So how does something that is 6 years old like the Canon EOS 1Ds compare to the 3 years old Canon EOS 5D? It’s a tough call, but let’s see why anyone would choose an older SLR over a newer model. It’s worth noting that the only reason we can or even should compare the two cameras is because of the full frame sensor. Also you might be wondering why compare the original 1Ds rather than the newer and better Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II? The Mark II’s price (~$4000) is still significantly above the 5D whereas the original 1Ds’ price (~$1800) has fallen to be right on par with the 5D. Other than that, these two cameras are completely different and serve different purposes. Continue reading Canon EOS 1Ds versus Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 1Ds Review

I borrowed my friend’s Canon EOS 1Ds Mark I to try for a little while to see what it was all about. While it is not like it’s newer and better son, the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, it definitely is no slouch either. Let me repeat, the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark I is still a very capable and useful SLR today even though it’s nearly 6 years old. Continue reading Canon EOS 1Ds Review

Canon CP-E4, An Inital Review

The Canon CP-E4 battery pack is an essential item for any photographer who needs fast flash recharge and successive flash fires such as wedding or event photography. This battery pack is designed to plug into the Canon 550 EX/580 EX/580 EX II via a proprietary cable. What the battery pack does is decrease your flash recycle time by providing more juice.

I recently picked up one because I use flash a lot and need it ready to fire at any time and sometimes ready to fire off a burst. Continue reading Canon CP-E4, An Inital Review

Photography

Introduction

I’ve have always been vaguely interested in photography. Not hard to imagine when your parents own a photo shop so you practically grow up around everything photography. But growing up, I didn’t like shooting pictures or being in pictures. I had this funny habit of never smiling whene my picture was taken.
As I got older, I begin to appreciate shooting pictures. This interest grew rapidly during my car modification days. I wanted a way to keep track of the modifications with before and after pictures. At this point, I was really only interested in point-and-shoot as I did not fully appreciate and understand the need of single-reflex-lens cameras, or commonly known as SLR cameras. I did manage to get good pictures from my Sony CyberShot DSC-P71, a 3.1 mega pixel point-and-shoot camera. It was funny too because it took me almost three to four months after having the camera before I learned how to actually shoot decent night photos without the flash. I was pulling out my hair trying to figure out why all my night photos were dark and blurry.2004-11-06 - New York City - 090

It wasn’t until my friend, who got a Canon EOS 10D SLR camera, showed me how to better use my Sony CyberShot camera. At the time my friends and I all thought our friend was crazy spending a $1000+ on a camera with no lens. I never imagined ever even considering spending that kind of cash for any camera.

So I kept taking pictures of my car, my friend’s cars at various locations trying to get that one “money-shot” that I could post up on the forums and wow everyone with my little point-and-shoot camera.

My First Time With The Nikon D100 SLR

The first time I got a chance to lay my hands on an actual SLR and use it was my dad’s Nikon D100 that he used for shooting portraits. It made my little dinky Sony 2004-11-05 - New York City - 045CyberShot look like nothing compared to the size of the Nikon D100. The reason I was even borrowing the Nikon D100 was I was hoping to get some extraordinary shots of New York, where Andrea and I were going for her birthday. Before taking the camera, I should have thoroughly read the book on how to use it, but unfortunately my dad forgot to include the manual when he let me borrow the camera. I figured how hard could it be to use…boy was I wrong! The SLRs have so many configurable options that one could easily get overwhelmed. The multitude of available options is great for varying situations, but is fustrating when you want to just take pictures.

I never did quite figure out how to use my dad’s Nikon during the New York trip, but I did surprisingly got some decent shots. Most of the shots were shot in manual mode (which I didn’t know squat about anything to even be shooting in that mode). There are shots where I had set the camera to aperture prioritythinking the “A” on the command dial means auto (doh!). For the life of me I couldn’t figure out why some of the shots seemed so dark, now that I look at it, my f-stop was set to 13 for daylight and nighttime shots. No wonder I couldn’t shoot anything at night… The only reason I was able to even get a decent shot of Time Square was because it was so damn bright there, f13 would probably have been what the D100 would have chosen anyways.

Some of the main things I really liked about using the SLR is: 1) the ability to capture so much of a picture and zoom in so tight to a picture that normal little point-and-shoots aren’t able to achieve. This made me appreciate how nice it is to have optical zoom versus digital zoom. 2) The fast shutter speed. I was literally snapping everything I could see and frame. It was great! With my Sony CyberShot, I would take a picture, have to wait until that picture processes and then take another one. Quite slow