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...

Canon wireless e-TTL flash triggers / radio transmitters

Canon wireless e-TTL flash triggers / radio transmitters

A bridal portrait (taken during one of the photo sessions arranged by the Hudson Valley Click), where it is easy to see the advantage of using off-camera lighting. The strong back-lighting is used as a way to highlight the background and have the rim-lighting etch our model against the background. Of course,  Read more inside...

Lea – moving portrait (short video clip)

Lea - moving portrait - Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II

Canon just released the Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II (vendor), an update to an already highly-regarded lens. I tried this lens out during a photo session with a model, Lea Liu. Instead of just photographs, I decided to shoot video and create a "moving portrait" of her.  Read more inside...

review: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye zoom lens

review: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye zoom (lens review)

Venturing out again after posting a few images with the Canon EF 8-15mm f/fL fisheye zoom lens, I tried for a more diverse range of images to show what this lens is capable of ... and also compare it with the Canon 15mm f2.8 fish-eye lens to see how the brand-new zoom lens stacks up against the older fixed focal  Read more inside...

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye zoom lens

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye zoom lens

I got my hands on the brand-new Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L fish-eye zoom (Amazon) today, and I just had to try it out. And what better place than Times Square in Manhattan. Enough tall buildings and billboards to fill the frame of a lens that gives a 180 degree view! Now, before I continue, I have to admit that even though I have a  Read more inside...

review: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

review: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

The Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II (vendor), is touted to have improved optical quality, faster auto-focusing, and much better stabilization than the much-loved previous version of this lens. Using the lens on different shoots and walkabouts and tests, I got a fair idea of how the lens performs.  In short, the lens is all  Read more inside...

Canon E-TTL flash settings – Average vs Evaluative flash metering

Canon E-TTL flash settings - Average vs Evaluative flash metering

With TTL flash, (or E-TTL, as Canon call their specific flavor), the camera and speedlight working together according to various algorithms to control the flash exposure. The E-TTL flash exposure will therefore depend on various factors - the tonality of the subject and scene; the brightness of the  Read more inside...

review: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens

hands-on review: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens

The specialty of a macro lens is in allowing you much much closer to your subject than a normal optic would .. with the ease of continuous focusing from infinity to the closest distance.  No need to screw in additional rings or lenses or reverse your lens.  A macro lens works as a close-up lens, and as a more usual  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...

common wisdom – Canon’s TTL flash vs Nikon’s TTL flash

Canon's TTL flash vs Nikon's TTL flash

One of the frequent topics on the various forums is the Canon vs Nikon debate ... and one of the usual replies is that Nikon is better in certain ways, and Canon is better in other ways.  And the common wisdom that Nikon's flash system is superior to Canon.  And this seems to be accepted as one of those general truths. Now,  Read more inside...