Canon Tag

I was delighted with the Tamron Tap-in Console when I opened the box in the studio. I don't own a DSLR or a Tamron SP lens, but  the look of this accessory is reward enough - it's like having an electronic hockey puck with a USB interface, eh? For the people who use the higher end Nikon or Canon DSLR bodies and want to pair them with compatible Tamron lenses, this "hockey puck" acts as an interface to do a number of things: Put in firmware updates that may be issued by Tamron. Put in correction factors for individual lenses in regard to auto focusing at three separate distances. You have to determine the best correction numbers by separate test but once achieved you can lock them in via Tamron website commands. Put in auto-focus limiting modifications if you want to change the range of this. Decide whether you'll need MF and optimise the focus ring operation. Optimise how the stabilisation system of the lens acts according to your own needs. These are valuable things to control - but you'll have to...

How many times do we forget that pictures are all about us? What can we do to jog our memories? I was recently the guest of Mike and Jo at the Hope Farm guesthouse in York - courtesy of The York Society Inc. when I judged their annual photographic awards - and had time to consider this very thought. Thankfully, they were able to jog my photo senses back to life. Hope Farm is a somewhat historic building - many structures in York are - A doctor's farm that has become a well-appointed guest house and function centre. I had the unique experience of being the only guest in on the night and was very impressed with the standard and comfort of the accomodation. The morning brought a rather good breakfast: And I might have just sat there and  lapsed into a post-coffee coma if I hadn't seen the label on the table...

Most people know that Ireland for a long time had no snakes - having had them all removed by St. Patrick. I'm not sure if anyone has seen fit to smuggle more back in the meantime, but the Hähnel company has played with the legend a little by naming one of their products " the Viper ". * You can regard that as wry humour if you like, but the fact remains that it is a good product - a control system for TTL flash from external speedlights. I found two versions on the Camera Electronic accessory wall - for Nikon and for Canon. I shouldn't wonder if they might not think up versions for other flash systems, now that the mirror-less movement is rolling on. j Briefly, the transmitter and control box allow the coupling of the maker's flash units wirelessly and with TTL control over a 100 metre range. You can send out signals to three different groups of flashes and control what they are going to do from the transmitter itself - no need to go out to the flashguns. You...

Thank you, Mr. or Mrs. Canon. Thank you for thinking like I do, and more often, too. Thank you for doing the things on the Canon EOS M6 that I think are a good idea. I say this pointedly, as I have sometimes taken gear out of the box to test at the studio and regretted it. Not that the cameras were bad, but they sometimes had such arcane menus, simplistic controls, or trendy features as to baffle the mind - or at least the mind that had to get them back to the shop in under a week. I can truthfully say that I did not have one bad experience with the EOS M6 when I pointed it at the new model airfield. I turned the LCD exposure visualisation off so that the screen did not become dark during focusing, I turned the shutter to 1/250 second, and the aperture to anywhere between f:16 to f:25. I am led to believe, looking at the specs on a Canon website, that it may well go to f:38...

This column will come to you far enough into the new year that we won't have to go over the old chestnut of New Year's Resolutions - and let's face it - we get enough resolution out of our lenses as it is. If the NYE party left you with a bit of residual chromatic aberration you'll know to take more water with it next time. In the vacuum of time between the major celebrations I checked a Canon mirror-less camera out of the shop stocks and had a close look at what this manufacturer has done to catch up to Olympus, Sony, and Fujifilm. I use the phrase advisedly, as I realise that company prestige is involved, but Canon Australia need not get angry at me - I have a number of good things to say about their product. The example I grabbed is the Canon EOS M6 kit with a silver body and a 15-45mm lens. It has stablemates in the mirror-less lineup - the M3 and the M5 with different characteristics. I chose this one because it has a...

The PocketWizard people are an ingenious lot - they produce quite a large range of accessories for the photographer who wants to use flash lighting. They have been the standard product of the industry for a long time with their various models, and have been wise enough to concentrate their efforts upon  professional gear - and specifically the professional gear of the two major manufacturers. The Flex system, for instance - whether it is the Mini or the TT version - works well with current and older flashes from the Canon stable - the Canon 600 EX-RT, The 580EX, the 580EXII, and the 430EX being amongst them. But I believe that there may have been a little problem using the Flex TT 5 receivers in conjunction with the 580 and 430 series in that these flashes may emit more radio frequency interference than the newer products. PocketWizard applied their design brains to this and came up with the AC7 - the product in the features image., It's a hollow casing with a dedicated Canon hot shoe at the bottom faced upon a dedicated...

When you are three weeks old? When you are 65 years old? Or when you take the kit lens off your DSLR and put on the one you have bought especially for your next photoshoot? Well, all three occasions, actually. The first one is when the world swims into focus, the second is when it swims out again, and the third is when you actually get down to business with your photography. Don't misunderstand what I am saying - the kit lens that was on the camera when you bought it was not a mistake. Indeed, if you are just now looking at it after 5 years of fabulous images and wondering whether you should replace it because someone at the camera club bragged about their new $ 4000 acquisition...

We primed you with a post last Friday mentioning 15% off the price of Zeiss lenses at our Murray Street store but we cleverly did not tell you the actual prices - leaving you to search out the figures on our Camera Electronic store website or turn up at Murray Street and ask the staff. Either way will eventually show you that the 15% is a substantial saving...