Archive for October, 2005

Do You Need a Full Frame DSLR ?

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Petteri has posted an interesting article discussing wheather you need a full frame Digital SLR ( Canon EOS 5D ) or not. In conclusion he wrote:

“A full-frame camera is more satisfying to shoot and, when handled right, produces even better image quality than an APS-C camera. Whether these advantages outweigh the negatives, especially when considering the much higher cost of both the camera body and the better glass it needs to feed it, is a different question. For some people, the expense and inconvenience of a Hasselblad is worth the improvement in image quality and the satisfaction of using an enormous viewfinder and a camera system engineered to incredible levels of precision. For most, it’s not. Unfortunately, a 35 mm based digital SLR isn’t a Hasselblad, but in terms of image quality, shooting satisfaction, and to a degree price, it stands in the same relationship to APS-C digital as medium-format stands to 35 mm film. Like 35 mm film, APS-C digital is significantly more convenient, easier to shoot, and less expensive than full-frame digital. So, if you’re standing on the fence and wondering what it is you’re missing out on, the answer for most people would be “a luxury.” Full-frame is in no sense of the word a necessity for the vast majority of purposes and photographers, and the ones who really do require it won’t need to read this piece of pontification to know that they do. But if you can afford it and are prepared to go the extra mile when it comes to shooting technique and choice of glass, it is immensely satisfying. It would take a lot to tempt me back to APS-C.”

Read “To Full Frame or Not To Full Frame” article by Petteri

Canon 24-105mm F/4L USM IS Production Stopped ?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM

There is a rumor floating around the photography forums since yesterday regarding Canon is stopping all production of 24-105 L lens due to some problems with the lens.

The rumor started from these 2 Japaneese forum websites:

You can try to read them using Babel Fish Translation here

LAST UPDATE: (21.10.05)

One of Nikonnian members had a conversation with a lens technician at Canon about supposed flair issues with the new 24 – 105 lens, and here’s what the technician said:


Take Better Cat Photographs

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Donia, a DeviantArt member, wrote pretty useful tips on how to take better photos of your cat.

Canon 300D with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8 & 1/60secs

She even wrote some interesting cats’ nature and tempers:

“Not all cats have the same nature, and there’s nothing you can do to change you cat’s temper. So when you are taking photos don’t try to imitate the attitude of another cat, try to study and represent your own cat’s feature and character. Curious Cat…”


Lens Cleaning Tips

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

FallisPhoto has quite good tips for any DSLR users on how to clean lenses.

He explained that we must use blower and lens brush first to remove as much grit as possible then we need some commonly used solvents in camera restoration and lens cleaning which are:

1. denatured alcohol, used to remove tar (from cigarettes, or pine pollen) and detriorated light seal material (sometimes found stuck to rear lens elements). Do NOT use rubbing alcohol; it will work, but it is not a benign solvent and it can attack some balsam cements used to glue lens elements together.
2. naphtha (Ronsonol lighter fluid), used to remove grease and oils (naphtha is REALLY good for fingerprints).
3. distilled water, used to remove everything else.
These are all benign and won’t harm your camera if you just keep them out of the electronics.
4. a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, used to remove lens fungus.


Download Bibble Labs 4.4 Photo Software

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Bibble Labs releases version 4.4 Update with support for Canon 5D & 1D Mark II N

Includes new Fill Light control and improved sharper output.

Austin Texas (October 17th, 2005) – Bibble Labs today announced availability of version 4.4 of its popular Raw Workflow software. Now supporting over 60 of the most popular DSLR and prosumer cameras, this update includes support for the new Canon 5D and 1D Mark II N cameras, as well as the Minolta 5D, A200 and Pentax *ist DL. Using Bibble’s integrated Photoshop plug-in, users of older versions of Photoshop including 7.0 and CS can now open raw images from the latest cameras without having to pay for a costly upgrade.


Photoshop Tutorial: Selective Coloring (Intermediate)

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

Selective Coloring

This cool tutorial was originally written by Dennis, a DeviantArt member based in Germany. The tutorial will show you how to use an adjustment layer (in this case Solid Color) and the layer mask to color only a portion of a black & white picture.


Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II firmware

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Firmware update for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II v1.1.4

What’s new?

1. Fixes the phenomenon of horizontal line noise appearing when P.Fn-21 is set to ON.
Fixes the phenomenon of horizontal line noise appearing occasionally in shots taken with P.Fn-21 set to ON at high ISO setting, depending on the shutter release timing.

2. Fixes the phenomenon of file number errors that occurred when shooting bulb exposures.
Fixes the phenomenon of file numbers not being sequential even if the file number setting is for sequential numbers if a CF card is replaced while the power of the camera is switched on.


Pentax and Samsung Camera Will Enter DSLR Market

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Samsung (CEO Lee Joong-Koo, announces an agreement with Pentax to jointly develop Digital-SLR cameras.

The partnership between Samsung and Pentax will be based on sharing their respective competencies to enhance competitiveness in digital cameras.


Konica Minota Advisory Notice

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Thank you for your continuous patronage of Konica Minolta products.

Konica Minolta has recently discovered a problem with some of its digital cameras manufactured between October, 2002 and March, 2004. The following products may be affected:


Canon 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Sample Photos

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Canon 70-300mm F4.0 - F5.6 IS USM

Canon 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 IS USM with Canon EOS 350D by Greg Lavaty – Added 09.10.05

Samples Canon 70-300 IS USM
1/500s f/8.0 at 160.0mm iso100 (100%crop)
Samples Canon 70-300 IS USM
1/500s f/8.0 at 160.0mm iso100 (100%crop)
Samples Canon 70-300 IS USM
1/250s f/6.3 at 115.0mm iso100 (Original – large file)

Canon 70-300mm F4.0 – F5.6 IS USM with Tamron 1.4x MC4 TC