Canon 5D Mark II Real life Experience Review

Wow, the Canon 5D Mark II (kit with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) is an unbelievable camera and I strongly encourage everyone to take a look at this camera. According to dxomark, the 5D2 is rank 4th among some very expensive cameras. Based on it score, I believe the 5D2 is a much better deal.

Now to be honest with you all, I don’t consider myself a professional photographer, but rather it just a hobby of mine. I have read many of the reviews and many of the comparisons between other cameras and I have to say my 3 weeks of experience with this camera certainly lines well with the reviews. I have no real way to compare the 5D2 with any of the more interesting camera such as the Canon 50D, 1D3, or the Nikon D3. There are plenty of other reviews available that covers this angle of the 5D2 story. I have not seen much real life reviews of the camera, so I figure I take this opportunity to write a review based on real life conditions. To put things in the proper context, I am upgrading from the Canon EOS Rebel XT. I had considered upgrading to the 40D, but I felt that it was not enough bang for me to upgrade. The Canon 5D Mark II offered the bang I was looking to achieve and I truly believe it was worth every penny. Continue reading Canon 5D Mark II Real life Experience Review

Nikon D3x On The Verge Of Release?

I happen to see this post on Engadget about Nikon outing itself with the new D3x. There’s nothing too shocking from the specs, 24.5 megapixel CMOS sensor in the same body. Sounds like the newly released Sony sensor that they are using in their Sony Alpha A900 will also be in the D3x. Here are some quick specs:

  • 24.5 megapixel in a 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
  • 16-bit EXPEED system
  • 5.0 frames-per-second in it’s full size mode, and 7 frames-per-second in a cropped 10 megapixel mode (I guess they want to encourage people who need the extra 2 frames-per-second to purchase the D3)
  • ISO 50-6400, which I’m guessing means that, like the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III (highest ISO is 3200), this dSLR is not intended for low light situations as with the D3 is. There doesn’t seem to be any mention of any higher ISO range such as 12,800 or 25,600.
  • Same 3 inch 922,000 LCD
  • Live View
  • 12ms startup time with a 41ms shutter lag
  • Dual Compact Flash slots capable of 35MB/second write times

For pictures of the Nikon Pro magazine and how the D3x stacks up against the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, click in to read more. Continue reading Nikon D3x On The Verge Of Release?

The Latest Addition To My Photography Gear: The Amazing 1Ds Mark II

For a $4,000 difference between the 1D, the 1Ds' lettering is gold plated.
For a $4,000 difference between the 1D, the 1Ds emblems are gold plated

Sooo, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may have noticed my mention of a “new toy”. Well, the wait’s over, my new toy is a camera. Not any camera, but Canon’s top-top of the line, the much sought after and highly desired Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. Up until August 2007, it had been the highest megapixel camera for a full frame (or even cropped sensors) 35mm digital sensor. Introduced in September 2004, it took the photography world by storm offering the most megapixel at the time in a full frame sensor. The Canon EOS 1Ds (mark I) was the first dSLR to feature a full frame sensor with the Kodak DCN-14n following suite.

All this for only eight thousand dollars ($8,000). So, yea. Quite out of reach even for many professionals photographers. Continue reading The Latest Addition To My Photography Gear: The Amazing 1Ds Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Finally Released

Long, long overdue, Canon has announced it’s follow up successor to the aging Canon EOS 5D with the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It’s certainly exciting considering that Nikon has been one (two, three) upping Canon consistently the past year or so. What are the specs? Continue reading Canon EOS 5D Mark II Finally Released

Say Hello To The New Canon EOS 50D

After months of agonizing wait, hoping that Canon hasn’t lost it’s way, they have now announced a new SLR body: the Canon EOS 50D, the 40D’s replacement. It looks very similar to the Canon EOS 40D except they really went all out this time and made it a camera that *hopefully* will finally start competing strongly against Nikon again. Continue reading Say Hello To The New Canon EOS 50D

D3 Buffer Upgrade

This is a cool feature that Nikon offers, for a cost, the ability to upgrade your buffer. If 52 Large JPEGs or 16 14-bit RAW images aren’t enough buffer space for you, you can have your Nikon D3’s buffer upgraded to 119 Large JPEGs and 43 14-bit RAW images. Talk about a nice little upgrade! Nikon had offered a similar service back with the Nikon D1x upgrading its 9 Large JPEG buffer to 21 Large JPEGs. The cost for the D3 buffer upgrade? $500.

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

It’s Official: Nikon D700 Released

After months of rumors of a Nikon full frame prosumer SLR that will most certainly compete with the aging Canon EOS 5D, Nikon has confirmed those rumors today with the release of the Nikon D700. The Nikon D700 is a cross between the flagship professional model, Nikon D3, and the consumer model, Nikon D300. What features do the new Nikon D700 have?

  • 12.1 MP Full Frame (FX) 23.9 x 36mm CMOS sensor with EXPEED
  • ISO 200-6400 with 12,800 and 25,600 (as options)
  • 5 frames-a-second (FPS) with 8 FPS with the optional MB-D10 battery pack
  • 3 inch 920,000 pixel LCD display
  • 51-point AF system
  • Dust Reduction System (which the D3 doesn’t have)
  • Pop-up flash

The new Nikon D700 is certainly a beast. If the low noise performance is anything like the D3, I’m sure people will be scooping the Nikon D700 up like hot cakes at almost $3000 a pop. This certainly would be a great backup wedding or sports body to the Nikon D3. The Nikon D700 is definitely missing a very useful option that it’s bigger brother, the D3, has: dual CF cards. Looks like that option is still only available on the flagship professional model. I’m hoping the new Canon EOS 1D Mark IIIn will replace the second slot SD/SDHC with a CF slot like the D3. Check out this comparison shot from DPReview of the Nikon D700 versus the Nikon D3.

Now all that is left is, what does Canon have in store for the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II?

Canon and the Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED N

When I first heard about the new Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED N, I was blown away at what a nice lens it must be. I have yet to see it or handle it in person, but from what I’ve seen in pictures, it’s one bad ass looking glass that I would love to have in my arsenal; especially more so after seeing the test results. The 14-24mm performs phenomenally in the lab and in the field. From what I’ve seen this Nikkor lens has to be the sharpest wide angle of this focal length even compared to similar focal range primes! The Nikkor 14-24mm blows away the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM Mark II, the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM Mark II, and let’s not even talk about Tamron, Sigma, or other third party manufactures. Between this lens and the Nikon D3, I would switch back to Nikon if I had cash to burn. Actually it doesn’t make sense to switch brands just because the competitor has put out a better product. I’m confident in knowing that Canon will accept the challenge and give us Canon users a 1D that can actually auto focus with amazing low light capabilities that the D3 currently has. I’m not so concerned about the cameras, because to me, it’s the lens that makes the bigger difference. I rather invest my money in great quality glass than drop a wad on a camera that will be replaced a year later with something better for the same cost. Continue reading Canon and the Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED N