Alright time to shamelessly plug and promote my photography friends. Actually these are all very talented people. Click on their pic to visit their site.
Troy Cherney www.tcherney.com
Ranz Navarro www.ranzphotography.com
Sean Rosenthal www.withinadream.com
Joey Paynter www.joeypaynterphotography.com
Karey Schroder www.kareymichelle.com
Nick Savoy www.savoyphotography.com
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.
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).
British Photographer Nick Turpin uses a pretty cool technique with his flashes. Direct overhead flash placement. Check him out at www.nickturpin.com
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.
So you want to be in the Photographers version of the movie cocktail? Then step right up to Black Rapid’s R-strap. All kidding aside this thing looks awesome, something I would totally use. For $54 (starting) this is a pretty affordable piece of equipment. Check it out at blackrapid.com