Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Canon EOS 5D officially announced

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

The news was leaked a couple weeks ago with a good bit of skepticism — however, Canon officially announced their latest digital SLR camera, the 5D, today.

The 5D looks pretty nice, although the only compelling features that set it apart from the 20D are the increased pixel count and the fact that it is full frame. Another few differences are the complete lack of build-in flash (which is fine, as it really needs an external flash for serious lenses) and slower performance (3 pictures per second, versus the 20D’s 5 — although, the 5D does compensate with a much larger buffer).

If this new camera was not three times the price as a 20D, then it might actually be the camera to purchase (to replace my aging Canon D60). I’m sure that a lot of pro photographers are going to love it though, as it’s still roughly half the price of the previously “cheapest” full-frame DSLR.

Hopefully Canon will introduce the successor to the 20D sometime soon. I don’t think this is it, as the 5D a really targeted to a different market.

About stolen cameras

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

Nat, it really stinks that this is the second 20D that’s been taken from you. It’s an extremely long shot, but if you have the serial numbers, you might want to put something about each in the stolen equipment registry.

Also, you might want to look into a “personal article” insurance policy for your camera (and other electronics) equipment, for the future. You should be able to find one that insures against breakage and loss (theft, accidently leaving it somewhere, etc.). It’s usually not too expensive (much cheaper than the camera equipment) if it is a personal policy. Again, has some more info on the subject.

In addition, If you currently have renter’s insurance, you might want to check to see if it may actually cover the stolen equipment, even though it wasn’t stolen from your residence.

New camera bag

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Introducing the Crumpler Shrinkle. It’s a wacky name for a camera/laptop combo backpack, but it’s also an unconventional bag. It has some sense of design and style (when it comes to camera bags, at least), and it seems very reliable and feature-packed. Of course, I don’t know any of this first-hand, as mine still hasn’t shipped yet, but this hard-to-find bag from Australia gets glowing reviews (from people who ditched their LowePro Trekkers and other similar bags for this) in many forums.

Just for-what-it’s-worth: I bought mine from Set Shop, a place here in the US who actually stock Crumplers.


Friday, March 18th, 2005

CameraHacks has just been officially launched!

Camera Hacks is a brand new community website to share information in the form of original tips, tricks, tutorials, and links to useful webpages for everyone with a camera.

Anyone can sign up and submit content; it’s a community weblog that I set up for sharing information about photography. Check it out.

Shoot the sky!

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

The project is simple:

Take a foto of the sky on the 11th of March and send it to

Sky 2 project wants people to send in a picture of the sky no matter the location nor time on the face of the Earth… and they want everyone to snap a picture tomorrow.

Scribbling to color: a great way to colorize black and white photography and video

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

A recently released paper demonstrates a stunning technique: color from black and white with a few scribbles!

This is really nifty stuff and makes me wonder how long it will take before:
# This shows up in a Gimp plugin
# Ted Turner gets his hands on this and start releasing new colorized movies
# Someone makes an all-color version of Young Frankenstein and releases it (or at least some clips) on the ‘Net
# The site gets noticed and the person behind the site realizes that PNGs would have been a much better choice than BMPs to post on their website — JPEGs at a high enough quality setting should have also been acceptable

I can see additional uses for this sort of technique too: Intelligent masking and an improved selection wand are two things (pertaining to image editing) which immediately come to mind.

American Mile Markers

Friday, February 25th, 2005

A guy named Matt Frondorf drove all the way from New York City to San Francisco and took pictures at every mile marker. His results are 3,304 different pictures forming the “Taken on the Road: American Mile Markers” project.

It’s an interesting way to see America, one little photo slice at a time.