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My London Photography trip (Photography on a budget)

24 Jul

So a friend of mine randomly messaged me last week saying you can go from Burnley (near where I live) to London for ‘like ten quid’, £10.50 to be precise. Not one to be boring all the time I jumped at the opportunity to go down on a nice little photography adventure. I love street photography and I knew my tiny Panasonic gh1 with the kit lens and a manual Nikon f.18 50mm prime would be perfect for being discrete and snapping up some un suspecting victims.

So anyway, we set of at about 5am and got in London (Pancras station) for 12:30, giving us around 9hours of lovely photography before we had to take the 6hour trip back again. Note, if you’re going to try this for yourself here are my top tips for what to bring: Continue reading

Hands on with the Sony fs-700

22 Jun

Yesterday I took a trip to The Media City in Salford to do some hands on molesting of the Sony fs-700. There where other small sensor camcorders their as well (along with the incredible Sony f65) but I was only really interested in the fs-700. First impressions? Well its bigger than the fs-100 and it feels very sturdy. This is good because to me it defiantly looked like it could handle some rough film making stick. First port of call was straight for the knads, that slow motion feature. It’s a very simple feature to navigate too using the main menu and once we had figured this out we set about recording some 200fps, what can I say, it’s very smooth. We couldn’t see any flicker and the resolution look very impressive indeed. When Philip bloom did his video review about this camera he mentioned that it took a while to read to card, approx 30secs but this is an issue we didn’t have, it was almost instant.

ND filters

Yes they are an amazing feature to include and I would be very happy to have these in my Canon but we can’t all be winners. The Sony gives us the ND options of – 1/4 ND -1/16ND & 1/64ND and its placed perfectly on the side behind where the lens will go (just like the EX1cams). My friend also mentioned it felt much sturdier when switching the ND’s on from the older EX cams but when I used it I found it to be slightly temperamental, making it too easy to just whack all the ND on fully rather than just 1/4. Continue reading

Sony fs-700 & The Black Magic Cinema Camera (two cameras I cant wait to see)

20 Jun

Its coming ever closer to the release dates of both the Black magic cinema camera and the Sony fs-700 so I am going to spend my time re-capping on all the info we’ve had on these cameras as they excite me the most in the Film Market this year, why? Well were getting two things here, a pro camera that can shoot slow motion 4k ready & a consumer priced camera that can shoot RAW 4.4.4 2.5k Images to 24p & 25p (NICE!).

I know the Sony is an awful lot more expense but it interests me some what as I can easily see this being the first of a long line of slow motion capable cameras at a lower price point (I am a big fan of slow motion so 200fps PAL really excites me). As we all know  the bigger company’s set the pace for the smaller ones and thus the features eventually find themselves getting more and more accessible, (how long before we see 200fps in a HDSLR?-More likely not to be from the rather ignorant Canon makers).  The key features of the Sony: Continue reading

FINALLY! The new Canon t4i/650D has arrived + NEW LENSES!

8 Jun

The New EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera Puts the power and creativity of DSLR Stills and Video at your fingertips
Silent and Continuous Autofocus in Video, The EOS Rebel T4i Lets People Re-Live Magic Moments Through Stunningly Crisp Video and Incredible Stereo Sound

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 8, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced a new flagship model in its most popular EOS Rebel line, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera. The new EOS Rebel T4i features incredible image quality with an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor that helps capture all the action with high-speed continuous shooting of up to five frames per second (fps) and an extended ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) that gives photographers the opportunities to take the EOS Rebel T4i into more shooting situations than ever before. Continue reading

Canon 5Dmrkiii – My Thoughts!

30 May

As we all know the Canon 5dmrkiii has been out since April but I thought I would kick this blog off with a review of my thoughts on this Camera. The first time I got to use this camera I was thrown into the deep end, shooting a Wedding, all the way from filming the grooms breakfast meal to his special first dance with his newly wed – a long day that really pushed the camera. Initially I was taken back by the camera, the low lights is AMAZING and much improved from the mrk ii that was still amazing so I had a massive comfort factor going into this wedding knowing lighting was never going to be an issue – less pressure for me :). This is the most obvious improvement from the older generation camera however there’s much more this camera now has to offer:

  • Improved moire
  • In camera manual audio control!
  • A Headphone Jack!
  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102,800 expanded
  • 61 point AF system
  • Dual card slots (SDHC/CF)
  • HDMI out – no drop in resolution (but not clean)
  • 29:59 second continued recording
  • 720p 50fps
  • ALL I compression (90Mb/s sec) Continue reading