• May 20, 2015

Canon launches a new fixed focal lens for portraits

Portrait photography fans are in luck with the launch of the new Canon lens. The brand has introduced its EF 50 mm f / 1.8 STM lens, which is ready to take portrait pictures and get beautiful background without blur. The focus distance is only 0.35 mm.

Features

This new fixed focal lens can capture subjects, in a way that it seems to arise from the scene, getting good results, even in low light. In addition, it is ideal to give an artistic touch to images, both photo and video, thanks to the maximum aperture of f / 1.8 that facilitates depth field control and its focal length is 50 mm.

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From a technical viewpoint, the Canon lens is characterized by the coating of Canon’s Super Spectra lens, as well as its 7 sheets opening and STM technology to achieve a soft focus and so that the noise is reduced.

The photographs are crisp and with a good contrast, apart from favoring, when used with a digital SLR with APS-C sensor, a good grasp of the composition of the scene to make excellent close-ups. However, it can also be used with digital DSLR cameras with full format, allowing you to take very candid shots.

Design

The lens in this section differs from other models by having a compact, lightweight design, and it’s also very easy to carry around, thanks to its weight of only 160 grams. Thus, it is very convenient to carry it in the bag with the camera equipment because it doesn’t take much space.

We also highlight its external design, which is easy to use for both amateur photographers and those who are experts. The metal frame favors a more robust connection to the camera body, as well as the manual focus ring that gives greater freedom to control the focus area precisely.

  • May 19, 2015

Fujifilm releases an X-T1 update with new AF system

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm has announced the availability of a firmware update is for the Fujifilm X-T1 model. The main novelty is that it includes a new AF system that allows capturing subjects that are in motion effortlessly. The new version, the 4.0, will be available for download on the brand’s official website in late June this year. It’s free.

News

This update, which is also for the model Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, includes a new main AF system with improved performance and area modes, as well as a wide angle and tracking feature to capture people that are moving without difficulty.

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  • May 19, 2015

Nikon notifies the occurrence of false DSLR cameras

You must be very careful of what you buy in certain auction sites. The little control that administrators have on places like eBay has led vendors of pirated products, mainly imitations from China, to turn that place into their personal yard sale. And recently a product type that has spread like wildfire for them has been the false DSLR cameras. It is something that Nikon already warned about in the past, but now stresses it again because imitation sales are not only stopping, they are multiplying.

The warning comes from the European division of Nikon, where they are nervous because of the consequences of the resurgence of fake cameras on the network. They are sold as if they were real DSLR models of the Nikon brand, but are actually much more bad cameras that do not remotely have what it takes to match the originals.

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  • May 5, 2015

TomTom Bandit, a sports video camera with autoedit feature

TomTom is currently in a delicate position as a company, at least in terms of the hardware division. Smartphones have left GPS navigators out of the market, and though the company has navigation software and maps enough to survive by licensing their technology applications or selling their applications, they want to give it a try in the world of action cameras with the new TomTom Bandit.

In terms of technical features, it doesn’t offer anything that we have not seen in other cameras, including models with more than one year on the market. We are talking about recording at a maximum resolution of 4K but with a frame rate per second of only 15 FPS, recording at 2.7K at 30 FPS, and 1080p at 60FPS and 120FPS on 720p mode. It is water resistant with a protective lens that comes with the case, thus complying with the IP78 standard.

TomTom Bandit

All this comes also with a 16 megapixel sensor capable of taking bursts at full resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 connectivity, and a 1,900 mAh battery that is easily removable, rechargeable via USB, which offers a range of about three hours of continuous recording at 1080p. The battery also includes the card slot, and USB port to connect to the PC directly in reader mode.

What makes this camera different from the others is its video autoedit function when connected to a smartphone. Based on the different camera sensors that detect the position, acceleration, G forces, rotation and even heart rate if you have the extra accessory that measures it, the Bandit can detect the best moments, or at least where there is more action, and edit a video automatically, preventing further editing that is always needed in the videos usually recorded with these cameras.

This system also allows a manual control, as by pressing a button you can add real-time recording to the videos called "highlighted experiences". Also, you can edit out any unwanted scenes from the mobile app available.

  • May 1, 2015

Types and Characteristics of Camera Sensors

Terminology can be scary some times. So much technicality can repel us, right? But of the missions of this blog, if not the main one, is to spread photographic knowledge and to democratize photography among all of our readers.

A topic that is often put off due to its apparent complexity is the sensor one. That is false my friend. It is not at all a complex issue, in fact, it is quite the opposite. And even though it not bad to know some photography concepts, it turns out that the sensors is one key element in a camera.

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  • April 29, 2015

Megapixels and Printing Paper Sizes Table

If you are a lover of printed photography or paper photography, you will probably be interested in having a photographic camera with a lot of megapixels in it. For starters, the more megapixels, the better quality the picture will have.

But there are a few exceptions. Besides the number of megapixels, other factors that intervene can improve or worsen the quality of our picture (I will tell you more about this some other time).

Some of you will remember about an article I posted titled “4 big camera manufacturer deceptions”. In this article I’d tell you that sure megapixels were important when picking a camera, but you should not give it too much importance. While it is true that a decent amount of megapixels is needed in order to print a good quality photo, we should not look for high megapixel cameras. And it’s that people are usually swayed away by numbers, without even analyzing, without knowing what they want.

To settle this question once and for all, I have prepared a small table (lately I’m all about tables) by which you’ll be able to know how many megapixels you really need if you want to print your pictures in paper.

This graphic is based in a 300dpi quality picture. If you don’t know what this number is, worry not, as it is just a photo quality indicator. Normally, a 200dpi picture should have a decent quality, but here I present to you a table based in a 300dpi quality, or in other words, EXCELENT quality.

Megapixel and Print sizes Table:

Megapixels
Print Size (cm))
Print Size (inches)
2 MP 13.2 x 10.2 cm 5.2″ x 4″
3 MP 17.3 x 13 cm 6.82″ x 5.12″
4 MP 20.9 x 13.8 cm 8.21″ x 5.44″
6 MP 25.4 x 16.9 cm 10.02″ x 6.67″
8 MP 27.6 x 20.7 cm 10.88″ x 8.16″
10 MP 32.8 x 21.9 cm 12.91″ x 8.64″
12 MP 36.3 x 23.7 cm 14.30″ x 9.34″
16 MP 41.7 x 27.6 cm 16.40″ x 10.88″
20 MP 46.5 x 31 cm 18.3″ x 12.2″
24 MP 50.9 x 34 cm 20.02″ x 13.4″
30 MP 56.9 x 37.8 cm 22.40″ x 14.9″
36 MP 62 x 41.4 cm 24.40″ x 16.3″
44 MP 68.6 x 45.7 cm 27″ x 18″

So now you see friends that a 10 megapixel camera should be able to capture pictures that we can print in an A4 folio, ensuring the maximum quality.

Do you understand now why I always insist that it’s ok to care about the megapixels, but you should not obsess with it either?

No more excuses. It doesn’t matter which camera you have, as long as it has 10 megapixels, 8 or 6. It’s not all about megapixels for a good photograph. You will get the good photograph.

  • April 29, 2015

Canon Rebel T5i vs T6i vs T6s, what’s the difference?

The T6s is an upgraded product of the T5i. Canon has released a total of two replacement products of the T5i , which are more advanced T6s and more entry level T6i . Unlike the T5i which almost didn’t upgrade the T4i at all, Canon has paid a lot of care on the upgrade of the T6s . The T6s is the best entry-level SLR camera of the Canon, or may be the best in SLR camera market, because it has promoted the manipulation of the entry-level SLR camera to a new level.

Canon 750D and 760D

Because the T6i and the T6s can be considered as two different models of the same product, the T6i follows the model style of classic Canon XX0D series in manipulation, while the T6s takes the 70D as an example, not only equipped with a top lcd display, but also installed Quick Canon Control dial, forming the classic double-command dial control style of Canon.

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Donna Toms
Donna Toms

I'm so excited for the T6S. I still have the 8 megapixel rebel xt.

  • April 28, 2015

Understand the SLR camera’s specifications

I publish SLR camera comparisons regularly, but it is possible that every time I post one I might be feeling intimidated by the terminology and the specifications of the photographic jargon. What does it mean if a camera has or doesn’t have a focus motor? And does the screen resolution affect the quality of the pictures? And what’s that about pictures per second?

Nikon D7200

In today’s article I will be clearing all those doubts. Bookmark it for a future reference because it sure will be helpful for you more than once.

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  • April 27, 2015

Nikon D4S and D610: watch the armor

The subject itself is not new, but what is new are the models that must be written down on the counterfeit Nikon Cameras list: D4S and D610.

In effect: the technical services of the prized firm warns us that they are detecting an increase of these counterfeit cameras coming in for repair or service, which logically Nikon refuses to give.

Nikon D4S

Another model which was detected of being counterfeited was the Nikon D800 E. Apparently what these scammers do is replacing the upper housing, thus, making their counterfeits worth more than the base models D800, D600 and D4. In the case of the D600, let’s remember they gave poor results for problems with the shutter.

Nikon D4S

But incredibly, models FC (APS-C) are also coming in for service, like the D7100 for example and the D610 mentioned before looking like a FX (24x36mm).

It is understandable that this cameras are being acquired through dubious channels, and also that the buyers don’t check the mouth of the camera mount. It’s enough with just looking at the size of the mirror.

On the other hand, through the menu – as the firm indicates on the link below – one can verify the model of the camera. The point is that, according to where you made your purchase, you should go back and look for the seller.

  • April 26, 2015

New v1.1.4 firmware for the Canon EOS T5i

If our dear manufactures didn’t have the maddening habit of calling the same things with different names according to the continent in question, If I were to say that a new “firmware” was just released for the Canon Rebel 5Ti, you’d immediately know that we are talking about the EOS 700D, but since it is not that way and one does not have a hard drive to store nonsense, one must go to the all-knowing oracle (Google) and ask for help.

So this way, once we’ve made the ensuing consultations, I can assure you that there is a new “firmware” for the Canon EOS T5i hat states that fixes all this and as usual, it will do all this in the background.

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