DSLR Tag

One of the current buzz phrases is " Elephant in the room ". When we are accused of ignoring something that is glaringly obvious, the implication is that we are remiss in this. Far from it; wilful ignorance is one of the most useful social and diplomatic tools we have - it allows us to navigate difficult situations. I use it all the time at family birthday parties. Even the elephants are grateful sometimes. Take the question of the size and weight of full-frame DSLR cameras vs that of APS-C. Further, the supposed discrepancy between the DSLR system and the mirror-less cameras. Well, I've got two elephants right here on the shooting table, and we can poke their wrinkled grey hides...

Some photographers are luckier than others - they get more bites at the cherry. Whether this means they break their teeth on the stone in the middle is another matter, but every good thing has a bad side. The shooters who do not get that second, third, or fourth bite are the ones in the sports, news, and wedding trades. What they see, whether it is at a car-race track, a political riot, or a church aisle is seen once, and needs to be captured at once. They can sometimes increase their chances of getting it by using a camera that will shoot quick bursts of continuous shots - they sort it out later on an editing desk, looking for the peak action moment. But even given this technical help, nearly all the successful ones will admit that there is a great deal of skill in the timing of what they do. Note: The equipment they use plays a vital role in whether or not they can actually get the one-off shot. It must be capable of fast multiple shots, as we said,...

I jumped ship some years ago from the Nikon DSLR system to the Fujifilm X system. The reasons I presented to myself were partly practical and partly fanciful - it was the sort of thing that many enthusiasts do without any really serious thinking. I thought that I was going to get a system that would give me the same images as before, but with smaller and lighter equipment. I convinced myself that it would be a good thing. The opportunity arose - I was working in the main shop at the time and Fujifilm prices were pitched at a deliberately low level to capture new business. Did I change over completely? Yes - selling out all the Nikon gear over a period of a couple of years. I invested the money obtained into new Fujifilm bodies and lenses. Did I lose some good equipment? Yes - the two D-300 camera bodies were real workhorses and the two SB 700 flashes were state-of-the-art devices that I had learned to control very well. Even the SB 600 was pretty darned sophisticated. I was getting...

This one popped up on the radar in Murray Street - and it was completely unexpected - the online catalogue for the main Barbershop site did not list it at all. It was only when I looked at the images provided by or Australian wholesaler - C.R. Kennedy - that I was able to get details for this case. Well, this is magnificent. It is known and the " Heritage " and it surpasses even the " Quiff " as a period piece. Because make no mistake about it - this has gone well past the point of being a little handbag to haul to the shops - this is full-blown period travel luggage. The only other place you see things as wonderful as this are strapped to the rear of vintage cars. The term " Carry On "  on the Kennedy site suggests that it is suitable for in-cabin packing on domestic flights. These specify either 105 or 115 cm as a linear total of length, width and height. The " Heritage " comes to 106.5...