DSLR Tag

Professionals please pass further down the car. Amateurs and enthusiasts and first-time point and shooters please take note.When you bring your camera in for cleaning, there can be several levels of cleaning needed - you might be able to recognise which ones you need by looking into the viewfinder and at the images on your computer screen.1. If you have black spots and hairs and insect legs showing up when you look through the viewfinder they are most likely to be on the focusing screen inside the head of he camera. If they do not show up on " live view " at the back screen you can be sure they are up in the head. Here's hoping they are not too far into the pentaprism or porroprism as this needs dismantling to get to.2. If you see vague grey-ish balloons on your images as they come up in the computer - and they are always at the same spot in each image - these are dust motes on your sensor. Needs professional cleaning here at the workshop. If the...

Did goe to the Photographic Markets yesterday and was greatley amused.As a stroller, not a seller, I was able to observe many things that have heretofore escaped notice. And a number of these observations have set in train essayable thought:1. There is only so much valuable old material in any one area of the world, whether that material be Leica cameras or Vermeer paintings or old Soviet warheads. Eventually it will all have been sold to the Chinese, or the Dutch, or the Poles. Then the supply will dry up. After that the articles on offer will be Ansco 127 flash cameras, lithographs of Wave Rock in a plastic frame, and Holgas. Who will we find to buy these?2. Just as there is no Eldorado, Tall Dark Man, or Shangri La, there is no secret stash of mint-condition Leica cameras and lenses that will be offered by a bereaved family eager to sell them for pennies.3. " You can still get film for it" may be a true statement and may form the basis for a sales offer, but it...

Since the introduction of video capability on the DSLR, more photographers are incorporating motion pictures with their still images, and these moving images can sometimes have some very moving sounds attached to them.For instance: wedding vows, the cry of a new baby, family singing, or the sound of a skateboarder hitting a tree. The DSLR camera all have some form of in-built microphone but in some cases this is hampered in its operation by the rest of the camera. It might seem like a quite thing to operate when you are moving the lens zoom in your fingers or breathing into the back of it, but the microphone might exaggerate these sound - drowning out the bride or the artillery fire that you are trying to record.Savvy videographers have long taken to separate microphones some way from the camera, in the hands of assistants who point them toward the sound source. These are the people who fill the interminable credits after a cinema film as you go out to the loo. They are a luxury for the DSLR shooter as...

Looks like there has been a veritable flood of Nikon camera bodies and lenses traded in over the 10 days I have been gone. I see a row of Nikon D3 bodies - and D 300 and D 300s bodies. There are a couple of fightin' cameras - the D2x - and even a contingent of D 80 and D90. All at bargain basement prices - the secondhand prices have been dropped.The secondhand cabinet is groaning under the weight of lenses as well - and some of them are exotics like shift wide angles. If you have a very small amount of cash hidden in the biscuit barrel, I suggest that now is the time to bring it in and benefit from both the sale prices and the sudden influx of good gear.Funny how it works - one part of the year there will be an influx of Canon and the next thing you know it will dry up and Nikon flows in. I wonder if it is related to the phases of the moon - like the tide....

 And I need to get a tripod for my Canon/Nikon/Sony/Pentax DSLR with a 70/200 and a 24/70 lens. I need it to be small and light and easy to pack into my carry-on luggage and cheap. But it has to be very steady as I am going to do star trail photographs at Stonhenge as well as all the major cathedrals of Europe and the red light district of Amsterdam. And I need a bag for it, does it come with a bag? Do I get this duty-free?Sigh.No, Dear, you don't get it duty free. The government might give you the GST back at the airport but you are still bound by the laws of physics* and are going to have to think carefully about what you are asking for.Your cameras and your lenses are good devices - you'll be able to take clear images if you steady the rig - but they are heavy. They far exceed the safe weight bearing capability of small plastic tripods with small plastic heads. You would be inviting disaster if you put your...

I'm a little nervous about a new product that has appeared on the shop shelf behind me. It appears to be a box with a picture of a camera support rig on it- and they have illustrated it with a DSLR and video viewer on one face and a full-fledged video camera on another.It has two handles either side pointing down and a third arm that swings out and rests on the shoulder. Presumably it can support a massive camera and lens combination at head height. The handles allow the gunner to track the bride smoothly as she moves past and the shoulder rest means the level will not change. I do not know how much lead you need to give her, but if if she is attending the wedding in a Messerschmidt 109 I should say about 50 yards.I am not nervous about this - weddings are simple things and as there are only three professional participants at the average affair - the celebrant, the organist, and me - and as I have heretofore restricted myself to still photography...