Canon Tag

An order came down from the bridge today to make you aware of three new products. One we got, two are coming.The one we got right now is the Nikon 24mm AF-s 1.8G ED lens . It is the heading image. Full-frame, moderate weight, fast aperture, focuses to 23cm. Looks like a great optic for interiors and large groups. Come try it out.We'll also be getting a new Canon lens soon. The new 35mm EF f:1.4L II lens should be a high speed undistorted landscape lens for the EOS system. We'll tell you when to stream in to see it when it hits the shop.November will also be a big month for the Sony fans. We anticipate the arrival of a new full-frame mirror-less camera from this maker. The A7s II will be strongly followed - heck we have people asking about it now. There will be a launch in November here at the shop. More details as we think them up....

Armed with a Pentax SV, a roll of Plus-X, and 55mm Super Takumar lens, I roamed the streets. I roamed them on Saturday afternoons when the rest of Perth had shut their shop doors and gone to the football. I roamed them on Saturday nights when I should have been out at the movies with girls. I roamed them on dead Sunday afternoons when nothing moved except for the tumbleweeds and Holden Fj's. I have reviewed my negatives and prints of the period and they all reflect the fact that I had no idea what I was doing - it was not that the 60's was a haze of drugs or anything - I just had no skill as a street photographer.I have recently gone out again on Saturday and Sunday armed with a digital camera. The streets are busy to bursting these days and there are images everywhere ready to be scooped up on a photosensitive surface. The scooping costs considerably less than it did in the film era. I should be happy and productive and famous by now.Hah. I...

The future, as George Orwell would have it, is grey. We can supply it in varying strengths and configurations, we might add, and it in different diameters. Big Brother would approve.The neutral density filter makes things go darker. You can make things go darker by one f stop - or two, three, four, six , nine, or ten stops quite readily with commercially available products. You can get filters that allow variable density from 1 to 8 stops - just by rotating the filter. You can get filters that start out at the top with a dark patch and then fade out half-way down. You can even get in-built neutral density filters in some special cameras.The uses that people out these humble little bits of glass or plastic to are manifold: Landscape shooters position the partial filters so that bright parts of their scene are brought into the camera at a lower intensity  - the sensors then cope with the highlights much better.Special effect photographers stack up extremely dark filters to allow long exposure times - and eliminate people from cityscapes...

We hear this from clients quite regularly and note internet warnings about stolen photo equipment every month. Insurance companies contact us for quotes to replace cameras and lenses. It is really becoming a series of horror tales.We cannot say who steals the stuff, nor can we say what becomes of it. Anything that is presented for sale or trade here is VERY thoroughly scrutinised by the tech staff, the sales staff, and our second-hand expert. Then it is vetted by the WA Police through their computer and investigative services. So far I have only seen one instance where our commercial vigilance needed the attention of Mr. Plod, but when it did, the response was fast and magic.Unfortunately we often hear that photographic equipment has been stolen from motor vehicles while the owner is off taking pictures. This would seem to argue that some of the more popular photo locations have a population of thieves that monitor who is visiting. and what they have in their car. We all have a tendency to take more than we use, and if we...

Over the last few years the swinging LCD screen has become popular. Like other forms of swinging it has its hazards - my wife discovered this with a video camera that featured a screen that swivelled out to the side. When she rounded a corner suddenly with the camera and the screen hit the wall...

The time for  annual vacations is rapidly approaching. Wise shoppers are beating the crowds by shopping early. The camera trade is no exception to this.Now is the time to come in and get the summer vacation camera. Because you'll have enough time to read the instructions, take some photos, and discover exactly how to set the thing before you head out. The deadliest mistake we all made in the dear old days was to buy a camera, unpack it on our lap in the airplane, and try to learn photography between Perth Airport and the first lap of the drinks trolley. Our vacation pictures showed us that we should have done it different, and this was just with 35mm film.Nowadays what was the simple pathway of a roll of Kodachrome and a Pentax Spotmatic has been enormously complicated with all the digital controls available. Even setting a new device to Automatic and pointing it away from you*- normally a good thing - might be complicated by not knowing which button to press or where to hold it. You really should...

I have never quite decided what an event photographer is. Or what an event photographer does.An infantry assault over open ground in the face of machine guns is an event - likewise a wedding is an event, similar to the infantry assault, but with the officers up at the front...

Okay. This Sunday the 6th of September is Father's Day. If you are a father you have certain privileges granted, one of which is to go out to the Hot Rod Show in Fremantle.It's held at St. Patrick's school grounds between 10:00 and 4:00 and the entry fee for spectators is quite modrate. there is food and drink and cars and sales stalls and a lot of car enthusiasts to talk to. There will be hot rods and custom cars, so you need to take your camera.A zoom lens is useful, but make it at the wide end of the range - the cars are sometimes parked close together. I'm going to take a 35mm, 18mm and 14mm prime for my Fujifilm X-E2 and set my camera to take a medium 3:2 jpeg and a RAW file. Just for the fun of it I am going to set the X-E2 jpeg film simulation to Classic Chrome ( which is K----chrome but no-one is allowed to say it...

But don't expect all the answers - if you need everything there is Google and the public library.You can, however, have some answers - if you are prepared to wait. I need time to get to the computer and Google them..Thus the state of photographic knowledge in 2015. The facts that are given and immutable - like the sun never shines up under our feet - are few and far between and even they can sometimes be challenged by the semantic quibblers. This is annoying and makes me feel all Anti-Semantic - a difficult position in my family. I have decided to go selectively deaf to many of these flights of argument and feel better for it.The internet is a wonderful resource when you have too much time and/or intellect on your hands and want to waste some of it. You needn't resort to pictures of cats or naked ladies - there are innumerable sites dealing with photography that can sand the surface of your brain smooth. In some cases down to 1200 wet and dry and with a fine...