Canon Tag

Rah Rah Rah,The Canon section of the Pre-Owned cabinet filled up over lunchtime with ex-rental Canon lenses and bodies.This happens periodically as the Rental Department rolls over rental stock to make way for fresh supplies. The equipment is excellent - it has been carefully maintained and checked each time it goes out and comes in - and in some cases there has been very little traffic as rental.In general it carries full warranty so you get a chance at some very good glass and mechanisms at a bargain price.If Canon is your brand and you would like to advance to top of the range gear right now this is your opportunity. The ex-rental stock never seems to stay on the shelf long - make your move quickly.Here's a link to our catalog...

A paper has just been read to the Royal Society expounding a new mathematical discovery in the field of optics. Formerly the question of the photographic tripod has been the subject of rumour and folk legend - we now have a proper formula to explain it.Sir Isaac Newton is popularly portrayed as forming his theory of the force of gravity by getting hit on the head by and apple - this is nonsense of course, but in the case of the tripod number this was indeed occasioned by a fall. Someone's 5D MkIII and 600mm lens tilted over and hit the mud when the owner attached it to a $ 49 plastic tripod and then let go...

Okay. I went to the Pentax 645 Z night at the Oxford Hotel in Leederville on Wednesday night - sponsored by C.R. Kennedy and Camera Electronic. I saw James Simmons put on a marvellous show. I had a pint of the local ale, two samosas, a sausage roll, a prawn on a stick, and four chips*. It was all highly satisfactory.The rest of the crowd seemed to think so too - and with good reason. James is a pretty good speaker and his technique is worthy of study. The camera is a unique instrument that needs to be considered by a wide range of photographers - for a surprising number of reasons.1. It is medium format and puts out an immensely detailed file in large size. If your work needs to be sharp and detailed you get it with this camera and sensor. there is area to play with. 51.4 MP CMOS< if you know what we mean...

James Simmons does weddings. He does them very well. Canon and the AIPP thought so in 2014 when they awarded him their Wedding Photographer and Photographer of the Year prizes.*He showed the crowd a little of what he does on Wednesday night at the Oxford Hotel in Leederville. Not only some of the visual results projected up on the screen, but some of the ways in which he goes about the business - and I don't mean f stops and shutter speeds and where to put the light stand. Note: tough crowd - lots of mean old geezers like this correspondent ready to drink the Oxford ale and eat the finger food. Hooray for the Oxford.James does something that is worth considering - he makes his photography of a wedding good for the bride and groom. Good. Not just affordable, or well produced, or long lasting...

Okay. We've resolved never to crawl up a ladder ever again. But the perspective of the down shot still intrigues us.At a car show, you can get some pretty good perspective shots from the front or back quarter of he vehicle. Also from dead on front and back. You can sometimes get useful interior shots - if the owner has left the side window down. There are even secret techniques to get good interior shots when the window is up...

That was a down shot. The sort of thing that you do when you don't know that you can't do it.Wooden 4 x 5 field camera bolted to a rafter in the studio ceiling. Just enough space between the the back of the camera and the ceiling to insert the double dark holder.A builder's ladder to get up to the camera for cocking the lens and inserting the double dark and then pulling the dark slide.Focus? Lie on the floor with the camera just above my nose and focus on the rafter - I mean, focus works in both ways - once it is set for the rafter it'll be set for the floor.Red paper backdrop covered in thin red velvet. You have no idea how much white lint a red velvet can pick up until you are sitting there with a roll of sticky tape picking up the bits.Lights, camera, action. Model in place, drapes in place, football in place - ladder in place, double dark in place, cock the shutter, pull the slide, stretch the air release tube...

Yep. Thar it was. I seen it. Right thar in Plaza Arcade in 1968.A woman brought a Kodak Instamatic camera in - just a basic sort of model - with the Kodak 126 cartridge inserted in the back the wrong way round - the left side on the right side. Those of you who have seen a 126-Instamatic cartridge know that this is impossible, but that did not stop her.Then there was the Canon 318 movie camera that was dropped of the side of a boat into salt water. The person who brought it into the shop a fortnight later was philosophical about it and bought a new one and told us to throw the old one away.For some reason it got forgotten in a back cupboard for about a year. When we hauled it out the plastic parts of it were untouched, but the aluminium parts of the casing and internal works had literally disappeared into dust. A memento mori if ever there was one...

I am frequently asked about the law as it applies to photography - both the privacy laws and the copyright laws. As far as I can see if you are under 30 there are no rules - and if you are under 30, wear a fluoro Hi-Vis vest, and drive an old Mitsubishi Magna, you are excused road rules as well. Get out there and go mad...

Dear Camera Designers,Thank you for the new features on my camera. I appreciate the Automatic setting, the Intelligent Automatic setting, and the Disturbingly Prescient setting. Last night my camera got out of its bag, went down the street, and took a picture of the showers at the Nurse's Quarters all by itself. Tonight I am deadlocking the door.Thank you also for the smile recognition feature, though I must admit that mine seems to have died - I turned it on at it to the last family picnic and the camera refused to fire.The little pictogram in the special settings menu is my favourite - the one that has the cocktail glass. I look at it fondly every afternoon about 5:00. I feel you have come to understand me.Now that we have these ideas realised, I would like to suggest a further improvement in your design - the provision of a small and effective wireless flash trigger in the accessory battery grips of your DSLR and mirrorless cameras.Already one manufacturer has pursued this in red-and-white terms for one model of their...