ISO comparison – various Canon and Nikon cameras

ISO comparison - Canon 5D mkII, 5D mk III, Canon 6D, Canon 1Dx, Nikon D4, Nikon D600

I had a number of people ask about more details about the Canon 6D and whether I would recommend the Canon 6D (vendor), or Canon 5D mark III (vendor). It's tough enough to give advice at best of times, since the decision to buy a top-notch camera is a nuanced one.  Read more inside...

using the Canon EOS 6D in movie mode (model: Anastasia)

using the Canon EOS 6D in movie mode

To test the Canon EOS 6D  camera (vendor) and the Canon 24-70mm f4.0L IS lens (vendor), I met up with Anastasia Z in New York. She had such presence and confidence, that while shooting stills of her earlier in the day, I had an idea of a video sequence we could do. And with that, here is an overview of how well  Read more inside...

using back-button focus (BBF) on your Canon camera

Using back-button focus (BBF) on your Canon camera

There are two ways to initiate (and lock) focus on your Canon DSLR - using the shutter button, and / or - using the AF-ON button on the back of the camera, near your thumb. The AF-ON button can be set to be the only way to initiate focus, disallowing the shutter button from doing so. Depending on how you program  Read more inside...

even with high ISO settings, you still need great light

even with high ISO settings, you still need great light

Still having fun with the new Canon 5D Mark III (vendor), I met up with Elmira again in New York. Elmira is the model I used in my initial tests of the Canon 5D Mark III high-ISO performance. Being a delightful model to work with, I decided to use her again as a subject. New York was cold on this day, so  Read more inside...

review: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – high-ISO noise performance

initial impressions: Canon EOS 5D Mark III - high-ISO noise performance

I have to confess something first - whenever an important camera is announced, I have just a cursory interest in the specification sheet. The difference between 40 AF sensors and 70 AF sensors ... you know, that's just a number on the paper. It never really tells you how the camera performs. And  Read more inside...

the Best Camera in the World ..

the Best Camera in the World ..

.. will be the one where the camera manufacturers allow me some input into the matter.  If only Nikon and Canon (and Pentax and Fuji and everyone else) would just gather around a table and listen to me.  If only ... When I get to handle a new camera, I often wonder why the manufacturers designed a camera the specific way they did.   Read more inside...

camera settings: Canon EOS-1 D Mark III

camera settings: Canon EOS-1 D Mark III

One of the advances that the Canon EOS-1 D Mark III  bodies made over the previous generation 1-series D-SLRS, is in an easier menu system - especially the 'My Menu settings'.  So while the menu system of the mk3 makes it easier to adjust settings, My Menu settings allow you to change a few of them on-the-run without having to  Read more inside...