Canon EOS-1D X Professional Digital SLR

Finally after a long time waiting, and lots of second guessing on the internet Canon has announced it’s latest top ofthe range professional EOS digital SLR camera the EOS-1D X. The new camera brings a joiing of the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds models replacing both the EOS-1D Mark IV and the aging EOS-1Ds Mark III. Key …

EOS 60D firmware update available

Canon USA has posted a firmware update for EOS 60D owners, v1.1.0 is recommended for all EOS 60D owners with older versions of the firmware. Firmware version 1.1.0 addresses the following behaviours: Fixes a phenomenon where the wireless built-in flash settings are reset to defaults when the battery is removed from the camera. Fixes an …

Did you disable high speed sync without realising?

This is a cautionary tale about how experimenting with custom functions can significantly change how your pictures look. In this case I was getting very overexposed pictures in aperture priority (Av) when using a flash and high speed sync (HSS). Setting high speed sync on your flash allows you or your camera to select a …

EF25 Extension tube with EF135mm f/2L USM lens

Sometimes you just need to get close, really close, to make a great picture but what if close is less than the minimum focus distance of your lens? You can add an extension tube between the camera and the lens, this moves the lens further away from the sensor, but has the effect of reducing …

OCF33 a great tool for Speedlite flash training

After reading Syl Arena’s book the Speedliters Handbook I decided to purchase one of the 10 metre long OCF33 off camera cords that Syl was selling. Right after receiving the cable I started to experiment with some set-ups using the long cable to put a speedlite a long way off-camera. It works as I expected, …

Swedish Chameleon SC2 HD DSLR shoulder rig and follow focus

Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II was a nice surprise for film makers, a camera that shot video in low light, was compact, inexpensive and high quality. However it was not optimised for movie makers and cameramen used to shoulder mounted cameras. As a result many companies have produced HDSLR rigs that enable movie makers to …

Optimum setup for tethered shooting in the studio

I’ve often done software training on the Canon software utilities that come free with each camera, it’s often a surprise for photographers to find that tethered shooting and remote control is not only possible but already included with the camera. If only folks actually opened the manual pack and got the CD out! Since a …

58mm Canon Skylight filter

For me the answer to this question is a certain no, and here’s my reasoning: The ‘man in Japan’ most certainly didn’t factor in the inexpensive bit of glass you are planning to add to his optical engineering masterpiece. You might think that protecting a lens front element from scratches is good, and it is. …