Talk of the Town – EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 5D mark 2

Canon 5D mark 2

So the only thing I have been hearing about last year is the Canon 5d MarkII. Check out the specs:

Canon’s update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it’s better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600), plus EOS technologies like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Peripheral Illumination Correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a new 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) and a rugged build. Full-frame shooters rejoice!

Not sure if you caught it but it shoots HD movies, on top of being an already awesome FULL FRAME camera. All for around $2,200 for the body only. Check out the official Canon 5D Mark II page here.

Here’s a link to the dpreview review.

Check out this video made on the 5D. Pretty awesome.

Nikon D100 – My Camera

Nikon D100

Nikon D100

The Nikon D100. This is the camera I am currently using. I got this from a friend that was passed down from a product photographer previously. I have been shooting with the camera for a little while now and have been very comfortable with it. I had used this camera at my previous job as it was the camera we used for shooting product. The couple of things I have found to be an issue are: 1) it’s only 6.1 mega pixels 2) when using auto focus feature the picture seems a little soft 3) when shooting raw, the camera gets really bogged down (not sure if it’s the camera or the card, testing to follow). I have included some of the specs, a review from dpreview and some examples of a recent shoot I did. Enjoy!

  • Image Sensor Type – CCD
  • Sensor Size – 23.7 x 15.6mm
  • Total Pixels -6.31 million
  • Image Area (pixels)
  • DX-format – (L) 3,008 x 2,000 (M) 2,240 x 1,488 (S) 1,504 x 1,000
  • LCD Monitor Size –1.8 in. diagonal
  • LCD Monitor Resolution – 118,000 Dots

  • Approx. Dimensions – Width 5.7 in. (114.78mm) Height 4.6 in. (116.84mm) Depth 3.2 in. (81.28mm)
  • Approx. Weight – 24.7 oz. (700.2g)

Nikon D100 official page.

Nikon D100 review from dpreview.

Here are some shots of a recent shoot (shot in raw format).

Lighting 101

From the good people over at Strobist: Lighting 101. It’s a series of posts ranging from flashes to umbrellas to clamps to different types of light, all really great stuff.

Here’s are direct links to the Storbist Lighting 101 series:

Two Things Your Flash Needs to Have
Traveling Light
Light Stands
Super Clamps
Ball Bungees
Umbrella Stand Adapters
Synching: PC Cords and Pocket Wizards
Building a Pro PC Cord, Pt. 1
Building a Pro PC Cord, Pt. 2
Soft Light: Umbrellas
Soft Light – Wall/Ceiling Bouncing
Bare-Tube Style Lighting
Hard Light – It’s Better Than You Think
Balancing Flash Intensity With Ambient, Pt 1
Balancing Flash Intensity With Ambient, Pt 2
Using Gels to Balance Light Color
Cereal Box Snoots and GoBo’s
Textural Lighting for Detail Shots
Cross Lighting
Back Light as Main Light
Headshot in a Corner
Lighting for Glasses
Long-Throw Hard Light
Reverse Engineering Other Shooters’ Light
Know The Flash
See The Flash
Be The Flash
Don’t Let Good Light Ruin a Photo
Keep a Lighting File

Nikon D90 overview

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

So if I am going to start shooting more I am definitely going to need a camera upgrade. I am totally familiar with my older D100 but it lacks in megapixels. Originally I thought the new D300 was the upgrade to my camera but it looks way closer to the new D90. So I thought I would do a little research. Here are just a couple of the cool features:

• 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor
• World’s first D-SLR with an HD movie mode
• 3-inch super-density 921,000-dot color LCD monitor
• Live View
• Built-in image sensor cleaning
• In-Camera Image Editing
• GPS geo-tagging

All for around $800 (body only) or $1100-$1300 with Lens. Visit Nikon’s official D90 website.

Check out a good D90 review.

Here are a couple of movies on the D90.