Canon 5D Mark III Light Leak Fix

Lensrentals.com posted today their assessment of the 5D Mark III light leak fix, based on a new set of bodies that have been shipped by Canon.  Naturally, they opened it up to see the fix, and below is what they found.  While not exactly elegant, the simple electrical tape apparently does the job blocking stray light from the LCD display from hitting the metering system.  Many folks are in an uproar about this simple solution, but quite frankly, those folks need to just chill.  I, for one, think the issue is completely over blown.  Who goes around shooting with their lens cap on and their LCD lit up anyway?  I can see how this would potentially be an issue for someone doing long exposure night photography with auto-metering, but I can’t say that I’ve ever auto-metered a night shot. I see the point people are making about this being a $3500 camera, and issues like this being unacceptable. And while I agree to some point, I’m still very much enjoying my 5D and don’t plan on sending it back.

Pre-fix 5D

Post-fix 5D

Source: Lensrentals.com

New Canon Rebates Starting April 29th

From Canon USA: Canon USA will be launching new rebates starting on April 29, 2012. They will run through until June 2, 2012. This rebate program is a “double up” program. Your rebate will double if you purchase a 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 7D or 60D. For example, if you buy a 5D Mark III and a 14 f/2.8L II, the actual rebate would be $320.00.

The prices shown are current prices, rebate prices will be shown April 29th.

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Instagram for Android – A User Review

Big news hit the Interwebs on April 3rd of this year, Instagram was finally made available for Android devices! As Droid users rejoiced, iPhone fanboys (and girls) were found convulsing in fits of anger. Eh… iPhone, Android, I don’t really care.  I just want cool apps available for whatever mobile device I happen to be using today.  In my case, it’s an HTC Incredible 2, so I was intrigued what this Instagram hype is all about.

Downloading Instagram is a simple matter, like any other app open your phone’s Google Play Store, search, and install. After the customary sign-up and profile creation, you’re given the option to connect with friends via Twitter or Facebook.  Then you’re brought to the Home screen, which shows your friends latest photos.  The home screen is a basic photo viewer with options to “Like” or comment on photos of the people you follow. I like the simple nature of this screen, it’s all about showing photos one after another without too much extra fluff.

Other screens are accessed by touching the buttons along the bottom. The next one over from the home screen is the Popular screen, accessed by touching the star button.  The popular screen shows, not surprisingly, seemingly popular images from Instagram at the time, based on Likes. While all of the images on the screen have many likes, it seems more random than necessarily best of the best. Hitting the refresh button on the top right corner (usually) gets a new set of images.

Next up is the all important Camera screen, which uses your phone’s forward or backward facing cameras and includes the flash option (if equipped). Pretty basic stuff here, just point and shoot. Alternatively, use this screen to choose an image you’ve already taken using another camera or gallery app. Once you’ve taken or selected a picture, you’re immediately brought to the edit / filter screen. Up to this point, I’ve been fairly satisfied, but this is where it kind of goes down hill for me.  As a photographer, I feel that most of the filters are tired, boring, and just make images look like crap by adding noise and too much contrast.  A few are on the tamer side, while most give your images a retro look. It’s ok, but at this point is starting to get over done. As far as image editing goes, not a whole lot to get excited about here.  There’s a brightness/contrast enhancement button (top, middle) that basically over saturates and adds too much contrast, which in most cases (though not all) will just ruin the image.  For really low contrast photos it may add some punch, but be careful with this one.  I would like to see a slider that allows for gradual changes.  Finally, there’s the borders.  Borders are great accents to these square images, but why lock them down to a particular filter??  It would be great if they decoupled the filters from the borders, so that they can be selected individually. Now you might be saying “who cares about filters, I edit using another app anyway”.  That’s fine and all, but what a pain to use separate apps for accomplishing one task?

Moving along… once you finish your amazing image filtering magic, on the Upload screen you can add a caption and hashtags as well as geotag your photo before uploading it to the Instagram cloud. You can also choose to post the image to Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Tumblr (what, no Flickr?? no Google+??). This is pretty basic, but you don’t need any more.  What I would like is the ability to change this information later.  No can do… if you want to add anything (like additional hashtags), you can comment on your post. However, if you want to change or delete a caption, you have to delete the image and all associated likes and comments.  Pretty weak.

Two other screens to mention really quick… There’s a News screen that shows any new comments, likes, or follows. Also on the news screen is a Following tab that shows news for the people you’re following. Lastly, there’s your Profile screen which shows your photos, followers, and those you’re following. The followers tab quickly allows you to follow back any of your followers.

Final thoughts… It’s hard to call this a gimmick app, considering its following of 30 million users and recent $1B sale to Facebook. But at the same time, I find it somewhat lacking, with other image viewing and shooting options available (ie Flickr). I also haven’t decided yet how it will help me in marketing myself as a photographer.  Also, I’m seeing a significant amount of hashtag spam – people hash tagging images with the most popular words and phrases just to get as much exposure as possible (the other day I saw a photo of an ice cream cone tagged with many words, such as “sunset”, “dog”, and “clouds”). For me, the jury is still out.  I’ll play with it some more, hopefully it’ll motivate me to observe my surroundings more for picture making opportunities when all I have is my phone cam. Perhaps I’ll also use it as another venue for showcasing photography taken with my “real” camera. In the long run however, I don’t see this app attached to my hip.

Adobe releases Photoshop CS6 Public Beta

From the press release:

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and incredible performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. The final release is expected in the first half of 2012.

“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”

Click here to download the Photoshop CS6 public beta from Adobe Labs

Finally, a major overhaul of the industry standard in image editing software!  Adobe has made some huge changes in the upcoming release, some of which are outlined below:

  • GUI – Completely redesigned, this version now looks more like Lightroom, with dark gray menus and background, and new icons.
  • Auto and background saves – Finally, no worrying about crashing in the middle of major image work.
  • Content-aware Patch and Move tools – Hugely successful Content-aware tools are now even more powerful.
  • Blur Gallery – No more plugins needed for Bokeh and Tilt-Shift blurring in post!
  • Color Range: skin tone and face detection – Automatically detects skin tones with a large database of ethnic variations.
  • ACR 7 – In line with Lightroom 4 and Process Version 2012
  • Crop tool – Redone to also more closely mimic LR4’s crop tool, with the ability to hide and not delete pixels.
  • Properties panel – Expanded image properties and adjustment panels.
  • Video support – Video editing within Photoshop…. not sure yet what the benefits here are, but could be useful if you don’t have Premiere.
  • Oil Paint filter – A new standard filter for creating paintings from photos.
  • Auto correction settings – New “Auto” in Levels and Curves focuses on Brightness and Contrast without messing with colors.
  • Adaptive Wide Angle filter – Automatically fixes distortion caused by wide angle lenses or panoramic stitches.
  • Type Styles – Enhanced text modifications.
  • Printing UI – Completely redone printing UI for added flexibility.

For full details and screenshots, head over to DPReview.com.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Jeff Ascough, one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, seems to have had his hands on a pre-production model of the new EOS 5D Mark III long enough to post a fairly extensive review. The following quote from Jeff sums it up quite nicely:

“So are there any negatives to owning this camera? Maybe just one. You will lose the ability to blame the camera for any shortcomings in your own photographic ability. The camera is what every Canon user has been waiting for and then some.”

Read Jeff’s full review.

Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f/4L Lens


In the mean time, Adorama.com has some great deals going for the 5D Mark II, which officially dropped in price.

Exciting stuff!

Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Finally announced!

It’s here! Well, almost. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has been announced, with many of the expected specs:

  • 2MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102,800 expanded
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Shutter rated to 150,000 frames
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
  • 61 point AF system
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 1040k dot 3:2 LCD
  • Dual card slots for CF and SD

Several camera outlets already have it available for pre-order, get yours from Adorama or Amazon.com today!

Also, find the hand’s on preview at DPreview.com

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

It appears there’s a new 5D coming out, most likely being announced this Friday, March 2nd. I’m really stoked about this, as my 40D might be starting to fail. Going to need a new body soon, whether it’s the new 5D or something similar. Stay tuned, as soon as more information is posted, I’ll pass it along. Here are the current rumored specs:

  • 22mp
  • 61pt AF
  • 100% VF
  • 3.2″ LCD
  • Dual CF/SD Card Slots
  • Price: Around $3500 USD

Speaking of my failing camera… if you enjoy my photos and would like to keep my art dreams alive, please consider contributing to my camera fund! Thanks in advance!!





Canon 5D Mark III images leak, Launch on March 2nd!

I’m really excited about the launch of Canon’s next huge DSLR, the 5D Mark III, set to launch this Friday, March 2.  Some images were leaked and posted on CanonRumors.com, and they definitely don’t look fake.  Here’s a few shots:

 

Official specs have not yet been revealed, but this ultra powerful camera is rumored to offer a 22-megapixel sensor, 61-point auto-focus system, 6.9fps capture rate. It will also feature 100% viewfinder coverage, 3.2-inch LCD screen, and dual card slots: CF and SD. 

The sensor resolution spec is lower than the 36-megapixel Nikon D800, but Canon has explained before that this successor to the 5D Mark II isn’t attempting to compete on megapixels and is designed based on the needs of professional photographers. The body itself will cost around $3,500 and the camera will likely ship in late March or early April. Official details to come on March 2.

Easy Canvas Prints

Today I’m reviewing a canvas print I got recently from EasyCanvasPrints.com.

Check out these awesome canvas photos!

1. Ordering
The ordering and upload process was easy and straight-forward. You start by selecting a canvas size, then upload a photo (or choose from their stock images), pick some canvas options, and you’re done.

2. Shipping & Packaging
The canvas print was wrapped in plastic and protective shipping paper and boxed. Packaging could have used some bubble wrap for extra protection, but the box was not damaged in shipping, so all was good. The canvas was quickly delivered by UPS.

3. Canvas Print Quality
Overall I’m satisfied with the canvas. I chose one of my fine art images to print, a Chive Blossom macro. The original canvas that I received actually had a problem, but they quickly reprinted it and sent me a replacement, which was much better.

The canvas has a nice texture with good color and finish, though isn’t quite as saturated/contrasty as others I’ve seen. The finish is on the satin side, which is good for keeping reflected light to a minimum, while not making it look dull. The more muted color would be great for subtle fine art prints or portraits, but might take away from really bold images.

4. Canvas Build Quality
Stretching and framing on this canvas is pretty standard, the canvas is firm and attached well to the frame with staples. It’s fitted with a saw-tooth hanger, ready to hang on the wall. I would have liked to see an option for wire hanging hardware, since that is what is required at many galleries, but for home use this is more than sufficient. Rubber feet (bumpers) on the bottom would be great, and a really nice touch would be a dust cover on the back. However, these features would raise the attractive price point of this product.

5. Conclusion
Would I recommend EasyCanvasPrints.com? If you’re looking for canvas prints of family or subtle colored fine art for your home or office, I think it’s a good value. If you’re looking for gallery quality art prints, check my portfolio site – AdamRomanowicz.com

Canon 5D Mark II

Well, Canon finally announced the long awaited and much anticipated 5D Mark II Digital SLR. This camera has some fantastic new features that make me foam at the mouth..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a short list:

  • 21.1 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 1080p HD Video!
  • Digic IV processor
  • 14-bit A/D
  • 3.9 fps continuous shooting
  • Improved weather sealing
  • 3″ 920,000 dot high resolution LCD
  • 50-25600 ISO (w/ expansion enabled)
  • Live View with face detection
  • Higher capacity battery
  • AF micro-adjustment for up to 20 lenses
  • Sensor dust reduction
  • the list goes on….

All this and more for a palatable price of $2700! The camera should be available for purchase sometime in November. DPReview.com has posted a preview of the camera here.

Also recently announced was the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR, which I’m somewhat disappointed came out just 12 months after the release of the EOS 40D, which I purchased. While I’m very happy with the 40D’s performance, it is somewhat aggravating that many of the features introduced in the 50D should have been included in the 40D.