Canon Tag

The two cameras selected this week are travelling specials - the sort of equipment that goes on safari or a bear hunt. Or, for that matter, goes to air shows or surfing beaches. Not the massive DSLR or slightly less massive mirror-less system cameras - these are hand-holdable tourist cameras that will bring back long shots. The first candidate is the Canon G3X. You can look up all the specs on the net but briefly it is a 25X zoom camera with fixed lens...

People who read photographic columns sometimes get the wrong idea about the writers of them. Despite what we try to pretend on this side of the pencil, we do not know it all. Some of us know very little of it. And bits of what we do know sometimes get forgotten. Fortunately real life can remind us. There is plenty of real life like a situation of sudden movement or sullen lighting that calls us back to the basics of photography. I've featured the  DSLR bodies from two major manufacturers to remind myself of this. I am regularly in a situation that has both sudden fast movement and bad lighting - stage dance shows - and I have on many occasions desperately wanted to be carrying a new DSLR. It's not heresy to the mirror-less movement to say this. Everyone who has tried to overcome the two burdens I mentioned has found out that their efforts have to be both extraordinary and guarded to try to cope with the limitations of the mirror-less. I do cope...

Well, it's not an asylum any more - it's a civic function centre. If it was an asylum a lot more people would have been there. Heathcote has escaped the fate of being bulldozed and replaced with high-rise luxury apartments by being a strong part of WA heritage. But it lives next door to a lot of extremely expensive real estate that you are forbidden to drive by...

They rarely quote the engine displacement in the specification sheets for cameras. Megapixels, frames per second, focusing points, yes, but you never get to read how many litres the engine actually is. Or, for that matter, the sprung weight of the chassis. I guess people can just be overwhelmed by figures. Well, if it helps here, the Canon 80D is the 6-cylinder sedan model of the Canon DSLR range. It is one step up from the hatchback and a little smaller than the full frame V-8 models. It is fully equipped with all the features and accessories that make for modern cameraing...

As most of our regular readers know, there is more than one kind of lens. New photographers may not consider it, but they need to think through their choices before they pay their money. Here are some considerations. Leave aside the optical performance of various lenses in between manufacturers. You can rest assured that in each major maker's lens lineup there will be an equivalent of their rival's lens. If not right now, then as soon as the design department can go out in the Ginza and buy one and pull it apart. I have no idea if they employ ninjas for this or just send the office girl round with the credit card. Consider, in your chosen brand, what you will be doing with your photography. If you say " Oh, anything...

De plane of focus, Boss. It's right here on my new Canon EOS M6 mirror-less camera! And my new EOS M6 has a whole lot of features that the Canon DSLR cameras have: 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 7 processor. Dual pixel technology. Combined image stablisation. 5 Axis. WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity. 100-25,600 ISO. And it can do even better things: 180º touch screen for selfies and v-logging. Built-in time lapse capability. 7 fps multi shot. It's the mirrorless camera for easy carrying and big projects. And you don't have to live on a fantasy island to own it - it is here right now with a range of Canon EOS mirror-less lenses. It's the best big camera in a small package that Canon have ever made. I want all the lenses, Boss! Click here to find out more about the Canon EOS M6...

Some fetes are worse than death - and some festivals bigger than life. The Vivid Sydney festival that is just starting and will run in some form until the middle of June looks as if it is on the good side of the ledger. Two Western Australian photographers will discover just how good it is going to be as they will be going there as guests of Canon Australia and Camera Electronic. Bebette Fekete and Mandy Liu will be going to experience the sights and sounds of the event, and we hope that they bring us back some amazing photography. Not being familiar with what the Vivid Festival is, We googled their main site and were astounded to learn that it will have light shows, installations, and colour all over Sydney  - 97 events in all. Central Sydney, Newtown , and Chatswood seem to have multiple events, and I'll bet the harbour is ablaze - safely. That's not all  - the festival lists 239 musical events during that period of time. Even more intriguing is a section called " ideas" - seminars, lectures,...

Forgive the expression, but the specifications of the new Canon EOS 77D DSLR are a little staggering  - when you read what it can do and the fact that Canon refer to it as an entry-level product, it really does put into perspective the heights to which this company has risen in the digital decades. Here's a rough list of a lot of smooth features: 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor - D¡G!C 7 processor. 45-point screen with dual-pixel AF. 100-51,200 ISO. WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity. 6 fps multushot capability. Touch screen LCD - top control LCD. 5-axis image stabilisation. Learn-as-you-use visual guide displays. Not to put too fine a point on it, this new Canon - as an entry -level offering - beats the 1950 Kodak Tourist II folding camera all hollow. I am all for nostalgia but I would way prefer to be nostalgic about the EOS 77D. Even if I don't go on tour, it will make me happy. You too, if you would like to get into the world of Canon optics. People forget that the small-frame Canon lenses made specifically...