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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III / EOS 1D Mark III oil spot problem

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Some Canon EOS-1D mark III and EOS-1Ds mark III owners reported years ago that there are oil spots problem with their newly bought cameras. Somehow Canon didn’t response to those complains until recently… Canon posted a news on their europe website…

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Canon | No Comments » | May 16th, 2009

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE / ZF

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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 is know for a few different names, Zeiss 50 1.4 / Planar 50 1.4 / ZE 50 1.4 / ZF 50 1.4 … No matter which name you call it, it is the latest generation 50mm lens from Carl Zeiss which is made in Japan by Cosina.

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 is a simple and beautiful lens with full metal barrel body that feels solid in your hand and give you a little luxury feeling. The focus ring is smooth and very precise that give you a very high quality taste. The 9 blades aperture give you very soft and nice out of focus area blur.

Despite of the fine build quality and superb photo quality, manual focus is just not for everyone. However, for those who grew up with manual focus film cameras, Carl Zeiss would be a very enjoyable lenses that reminds you all the good old days.

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Canon, Nikon, Others | No Comments » | May 4th, 2009

LCD Monitor for photography – IPS LCD Panel

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Recently I am busy with searching for a new LCD monitor. I found that is really difficult to choose a LCD monitor for photo viewing / editing which is affordable. My requirement for the photo viewing / editing LCD monitor are:

  • Color reproduction as good as possible, above 95% NTSC color reproduction
  • Resolution is high and pixel size is not too small, 1900 x 1200 (16:10) resolution with 24″
  • Reasonably quick response time, so I can use wild color range LCD monitor to enjoy watching movies
  • Affordable price, I spent a lot of $ on lenses not long ago…. not much budget left…. US$600

As soon as I start researching on forums, blogs and reviews websites, I learn that is almost imposble to find a LCD monitor that can fulfill all 4 requirements… Most of the LCD monitors on the market can fulfill 3 of the requirements; either the 1st three or the less three (the one can reproduce more than 95% NTSC color are too expensive)

Finally, I find the perfect monitor that fulfill all 4 requirements!

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Others | 2 Comments » | March 10th, 2009

Nikon 50mm 1.4G prime lens samples / review

NIKKOR 50mm 1.4G

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm 1.4G prime lens is an upgrade version on the NIKKOR 50mm 1.4D. NIKKOR 50mm 1.4G prime lens is suitable for both Nikon FX and DX DSLR. It is equipped with SWM AF motor, you can enjoy very fast, smooth and quite auto focus.

Compare Nikon 50mm 1.4D with Nikon 50 1.4G, 1.4G improved on lens flare, chromatic aberration (effectively corrects sagittal coma flare and coma aberration) and most importantly, Nikon 50 1.4G delivery better background blur.

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Nikon | No Comments » | February 14th, 2009

Lens Cleaning

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Lens cleaning is one of the most common problem for photographers. I think most of us has experience of carelessly touching the lens with fingers. The oil and fingerprint is really difficult to clean. I tried a few different lens cleaning products from the camera shop, none of them work as well as I expected (after cleaning, I can still see a thin layer of oil).

Finally I find the perfect lens cleaning cloth, not from the camera shops, but from a supermarket’s home cleaning department.

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Others | No Comments » | February 8th, 2009

Most Popular DSLR Lenses

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L According to an online survey about DSLR Lenses. As you can predicted, lenses from Canon and Nikon are the most popular lenses. So, the result of the survey is formatted into “overall winners” and Canon, Nikon and ‘Other’.

Most Popular Lenses are ….

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Canon, Nikon | No Comments » | December 21st, 2008

Nikon D3X announcement

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The long awaited Nikon D3X is finally announced! One day before the official announcement, Nikon Pro magazine leaked information of the Nikon D3X, so most people know the features of the D3X already.

The new Nikon D3X is a upgrade version of the existing D3, also target the professional user market. The main new features of D3X are:

  • 24.5 megapixel CMOS sensor, Full Frame size – FX format (D3 only has 12.1 megapixels)
  • ISO sensitivity range
  • Continuous shooting speed
  • Active D-lighting settings

Nikon D3X would be available in December 2008 at price around US$7,999.

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Nikon | 1 Comment » | December 2nd, 2008

Enhance Videos with Photos

One of my friend show me something quite interesting, a research group created a video enhancement technology that makes use of photos to compensate / enhance videos.

Here is the research group’s introduction of their new technology:

enhance video with photos

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Photography | No Comments » | December 1st, 2008

Nikon D3x leaked on Nikon Pro Magazine

Professional photographers and enthusiast using high-end Nikon gear will have a new product soon to put at the top of their wish list. The information comes by way of a leak of sorts on a new Nikon camera that is coming.

Nikon leaked the D3x in its own Nikon Pro Magazine

Nikon leaked the D3x in its own Nikon Pro Magazine according to Engadget. Important specifications like price and availability are still unknown, but details are now available. The camera will have an FX-format 24.5-megapixel sensor.

Nikon D3x features on Nikon Pro Magazine

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Nikon | 1 Comment » | November 30th, 2008

High Dynamic Range

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High Dynamic Range is a technique help you to get impressive images that exceed your camera’s capability.

Dynamic Range means the limits of luminance range that a given digital camera or film can capture; the number of “steps” between the brightest and the darkest area that the camera can capture.

dynamic range example

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Read the full article >>> | Posted in Photography | No Comments » | November 25th, 2008

Techniques for Taking Sharp Pictures

Sharpness is often considered the “holy grail” of photography. There are many ways to judge an image and sharpness is almost always considered one of the important. Obtaining critical sharpness requires using proper technique. Many of the strategies are listed below….

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Photography | No Comments » | November 23rd, 2008

Professional LED backlight LCD monitor – HP DreamColor LP2480zx

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HP launched a professional LED back light LCD monitor with 131% Adobe RGB color (Over 1 billion colors in native mode).

The normal home use LCD monitors can only display 70% of the NTSC color. Some better / upper models can display up to 90% of the NTSC color; but 90% of the NTSC color is still far below the number of color that your camera can capture.

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Others | No Comments » | November 13th, 2008

EOS 5D mark II trial show in Japan

Canon organized a EOS 5D mark II public trial show in Japan. This show was open to public, people who are interested in trying EOS 5D mark II can join for free.

eos 5d2 test units

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Canon | 1 Comment » | November 12th, 2008

France Street View

Do you like traveling? Our European tour continue to France this time. You can see a lot of beautiful places like Paris, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Marseille and Nice.

You can now walk down the Champs Elysees, explore the old port of Marseille, journey along La Promenade des Anglais in Nice or take a tour around La Croix Rousse in Lyon.

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Others | No Comments » | November 11th, 2008

Spain Street View

Do you like traveling? Let’s continue our European tour, this time heading to the Iberian Peninsula with the launch of four cities in Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Valencia.

I invite you to visit Spain a country known for its architecture, culture and romance. Walk the boulevards of Barcelona and see renowned architecture of Gaudi.

Read the full article >>> | Posted in Others | No Comments » | November 10th, 2008

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