Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Great Deal On Amazon


There is a great deal on the Facebook page of Amazon. Once you share a status with a link the app provides you, you will automatically get a coupon for getting $5 off your $25 Amazon purchase directly applied to your account. The items that count towards your $25 has to be sold and shipped by Amazon. That is about it! Great offer and I already used mine! You should get your own coupon too!

Also make sure you access Amazon through my link here. Purchasing through my link helps pay some of the fees of running this blog. :) Hope you understand. You can get the offer here. If that link doesn't work, try this one.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Friday Deals Week Begins!


Black Friday Deals Week has begun on Amazon guys and I have the link to the deals page for you guys! Happy shopping! Amazon have the best deals ever! Last year I got a camera bag and memory card for 50% off! What a deal! :) So please enjoy your chance to shop for cheap products! The Amazon deals will last for 1 week starting from now. How exciting?

Here are some tips I have for you on getting the deals.
  • Go to the deals page. You can do so with this link
  • First look at the active offers and see if there is anything you want. If you want it, and the deal isn't all used up, add it to your cart! Even if you kind of want to product, do it anyways, you can remove it from your cart later. 
  • Once you are done with the active offers, look at the upcoming offers and see if there is anything you want. Do all the research on the product before the deal becomes active!
  • Once you pick out what you want on the upcoming deals, I suggest you refresh your browser 5 minutes before the deal starts as the timer on the page could have lagged a bit. Then 1 minute before it begins, refresh again, and then once the add to cart button pops out, click it! 
The offers will be gone very fast, so make sure you are fast on a non-laggy computer! :P That is all the tips I have for you. Hope you have enjoyed it, and please use my link! It helps with costs of running this blog! 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Got Myself a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse


I got myself a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse for cheap on Ebay! :D Just wanted to share the good news with you guys. LOL I always wanted one of these ever since I saw it at the different Microsoft Stores. It works great with my laptop. Just sucks a bit that there is no where to hold the receiver except for the magnetic bottom.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tips for Black Friday Deals Week


Black Friday Deals Week begins on Amazon on November 19th, 2012 and I have the link to the deals page for you guys! Happy shopping! I will do another blog post when the deals week has begun. Amazon have the best deals ever! Last year I got a camera bag and memory card for 50% off! What a deal! :) So please enjoy your chance to shop for cheap products! The Amazon deals will last for 1 week starting from now. How exciting?

Here are some tips I have for you on getting the deals.
  • Go to the deals page. You can do so with this link
  • First look at the active offers and see if there is anything you want. If you want it, and the deal isn't all used up, add it to your cart! Even if you kind of want to product, do it anyways, you can remove it from your cart later. 
  • Once you are done with the active offers, look at the upcoming offers and see if there is anything you want. Do all the research on the product before the deal becomes active!
  • Once you pick out what you want on the upcoming deals, I suggest you refresh your browser 5 minutes before the deal starts as the timer on the page could have lagged a bit. Then 1 minute before it begins, refresh again, and then once the add to cart button pops out, click it! 
The offers will be gone very fast, so make sure you are fast on a non-laggy computer! :P That is all the tips I have for you. Hope you have enjoyed it, and please use my link! It helps with costs of running this blog! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Let's Petition Superpoints!


Superpoints is a website where you can make points inviting friends, doing surveys, watching videos, and doing offers. The points can later be traded in for cash and gift cards. A few month back, they raised the prices to their awards by a lot with no big warning to their users at all before changing it. Now, just today, they just closed down their website, with no option for cash out for their users. They did not give any big warning before hand, and just made off their users money and time! This is very unethical and is no different than stealing. If you are on my side, or you are an angry Superpoints user, I recommend that you sign my petition here requesting Superpoints to give more time for their users to cash out!

Also, I recommend that you file a complaint to the BBB (Better Business Bureau) which have addresses, names, and phone numbers of Superpoints LLC on file. Any complaints filed on here will be permanent and is visible publicly. This will make sure the owner of this website will not be able to start off another scamming business without making things right. You can file your complaints here.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Vanguard Uprise 43 Zoom Expandable Sling Camera Bag Review


Backpack reviews are a bit hard to do in text, which is why I made a video on it, but I will do my best to do a summary in text for you guys. :) The Vanguard Uprise 43 Zoom Expandable Sling Camera Bag is a great backpack for your photography equipment. It features several large storage areas with adequate padding to minimize the chance of damage to your equipment, and a door providing easy and quick access to your camera on the go. Caught out in the rain? No problem! This Vanguard backpack comes with a rain cover in a dedicated storage pocket to help prevent water damage to your gear! I have used this backpack for about a year now and it has never failed me, however it is starting to get a bit small on me as I get more camera equipment. As you can see in the video, I have quite a lot of things I wish to bring along, but most beginner photographers will definitely not have that much equipment. It is a great bag, don't get the wrong idea here, and I recommend it to all photographers who have a medium amount of equipment. It is a great starting backpack for beginner photographers! 

Main Features:
  • Bright neon orange backing contrasts great against photography equipment.
  • Built in rain cover to help protect against water damage.
  • Quick access door to quickly access your camera.
  • Camera compartment have customizable Velcro dividers. 
  • Backpack can be expanded just slightly.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Update On RainbowImaging 100 Meter 2.4 GHz Wireless Shutter Release Review (Video)

Hello guys, I just wanted to give a quick update on one of my video product reviews I have posted before. the first video is the original review.


After the product broke and I have to do some DIY soldering to fix it, here is an update on what happened and how my views changed on this product. 


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Friday, September 28, 2012

High Speed Photography Tutorial (Including a Video Version)

Space Shuttle Endeavour Flyover at NASA Moffett Field near Mountain View, CA.
See more photos of the event here.

How would you guys like to learn high speed photography and be able to take a photo like the one I did above? Pretty sure all of you do. I am here to offer some tips and tricks on the method I use for high speed photography. Let's get started!

In order to take the photo, you need to have the correct settings on your camera. Here are some of the settings I use on my camera. I'll explain them in more detail under the image. These were just screenshots pulled out of my video. If this text version tutorial don't make that much sense to you, I recommend you want the video at the end of this blog post.

  1. In a high speed shot, you always want to control the speed of the shot. Always use Shutter Priority Mode (Tv or S) on your camera. In this mode, you can set the camera's shutter speed, and have your camera decide the rest of the values (ISO, Aperture) automatically to reach the correct exposure. You do this by using the mode dial on the top of your camera. 
  2. Secondly, make sure you have a shutter speed fast enough for your moving object. However, you should not drive this speed up too much as your camera may not be able to get the right exposure! Generally if the camera can not reach the correct exposure, the values in the camera will flash. Generally when this happens, it means your photo will turn out too dark, however under some circumstances, it may mean your photo will turn out too bright. This is generally a trial and error process. The tip here is to get it at the "right" exposure, one that is neither too short or too long. I can not give you a specific shutter speed as it will depend on how fast your subject is moving. 
  3. Set your camera in AI SERVO mode (Canon) or in the special focus tracking mode in your camera. This mode is generally under different names in other brands of cameras. I only know the name for Canon cameras as I have never used other brands before. AI SERVO will insure that your subject will be continuously focused on as long as you are pressing down the shutter button half way or in between shots when it is fully pressed down. 
  4. Set your camera on High-Speed Continuous Burst so it will take as many shots as fast as it can when the shutter button is pressed down. This will make it more likely you will get the shot you are looking for. 
  5. Zone-AF is what I use for these kinds of photos. The center focus points of ANY camera is the fastest and is great for focusing on fast moving objects. Most likely, your subject will be in the center anyways, so why not just limit the focusing to those points! 
  6. Setting the metering mode to center weighted average will help you get the correct exposure. Sometimes when you try to take a photo of a bird in flight, the sky behind will be extremely bright compared to the under side of the bird. If you left it on evaluative metering, your camera will most likely expose for the sky instead of your subject. Again, your subject will be in the center most likely, so this will even out the exposure a bit and help you get the right image. 

Some people may disagree with the tips I provide below. Again, this is just my way of doing things. Whether or not you want to follow these is completely up to you. 

Another thing I like to do is setting my camera on RAW + Small JPEG. I love shooting RAW as I have more work room in post processing, and I also shoot a small JPEG because RAW photos can not be previewed with out special softwares like Photoshop. Generally people look down at this for high speed photography as it will fill the buffer (temporary storage) of your camera as it writes the data to memory card. When this limit is reached, your speed will slow down significantly and your camera will refuse to take any more photos. How fast you hit this limit depends completely on the camera you have and the write speed of your memory card. If you want to see how fast before the Canon EOS 7D hits its buffer, check out my video below. The Canon EOS 7D has a pretty fast processor and a fairly large buffer inside so I shoot in RAW as the buffer limit don't bother me as much. 

If your camera hits the buffer too soon and it starts bothering you, you can try these few things:
  • Turn off the JPEG "preview".
  • Choose a lower resolution RAW format.
  • Switch to JPEG format (you usually can't fill your buffer in JPEG mode).
  • Buy a faster memory card or camera. 

The other thing you see in my above image is that I have my camera set on ISO Auto. If you are a bit more experienced with photography, you might be thinking, "That is not very professional!". Usually I'd agree with you, but however, the recently Canon EOS 7D firmware upgrade added the option for me to set a max in ISO Auto. If you want to read more about the firmware update, you can read about it here. You want to use as low of an ISO as you want, but with fast moving objects, there is no telling what you need to use. It is best to let your camera automatically pick between a limited range. I usually don't like to go over ISO 800, but in the Space Shuttle Endeavour Flyover case, I know ISO 400 should be enough to properly expose the shots. In photography, everything is about experience. You should be able to get a rough estimate of the settings you need for a particular image with out even seeing it first. Only tip I can offer you on that is keep taking photos and soon you will get the hang of it. To configure the maximum ISO on a Canon EOS 7D, press (Menu), and scroll to the 3rd menu. You should see this option. If you don't, you probably didn't update your camera yet, and again, you get get more details on that here.


I love these settings, and I wish to use them more often! What should I do? You can easily set it to one of your custom function modes on your camera (may not be present on some cameras and the number of modes you have vary between different bodies too). The method I show you here is for the Canon EOS 7D as this is the only camera I have and know how to use. Different cameras may have different methods of setting this up, or you may not have custom functions entirely. I recommend you consult your camera's instruction manual for more details on this subject.

If you have a Canon EOS 7D like me, you are in luck! Ever wondered what the C1, C2, or C3 on your mode dial is for? It stands for Custom Function 1, Custom Function 2, and Custom Function 3. On your Canon EOS 7D, you can set up a total of 3 custom functions. For me, I my C1 set on the settings for HDR photography. For my C2, I have it set up on landscape shot without a remote shutter release (in other words 2 second delay). For my C3, you have been looking at it all this time and it is my high speed photography settings.

The settings can be any mode you want (expect Auto and Creative Auto). The button can be P, Tv, Av, M, or B and any custom settings you dial in will be saved. Custom settings includes your menu options, your metering modes, your shutter speed (in Tv or M mode), and all the other things displayed on your LCD. Every time you turn to the Custom Function, all those options will be there set up for you the same way you did the first time. To do this, turn your mode dial to the mode you want (P, Tv, Av, M, or B) and dial in the settings. Then just press (Menu), scroll to the 9th menu, and go down to Camera user setting (as demonstrated in the photo above). Then it will ask you to either Register, or Clear Settings. You will want Register (obviously). Then you just pick which mode dial you want to set it on. Doing so will reset what ever you have set on that mode previously, so make sure you don't pick the wrong one!


Now that we are done with camera settings, let's move on to some methods I use in the field when I'm actually taking photos.

The first tip I offer you may not be practical in all situations. Sometimes you maybe wondering if the shutter speed you set is fast enough, or if the tracking modes is correct. In planned events, like the Space Shuttle Endeavour Flyover, I know the subject will be a Boeing 747 (airplane). Before the main target flew over, I saw some other airplanes flying over the area and I took some test shots with those planes. You can see the test shots I took below.


Generally this is not practical with wildlife photography because those things are not planned and the speed they move at varies too greatly. However, in these planned events, I know those airplanes flying overhead is traveling at about the same speed as the Boeing 747 later, so I was able to use them as test targets. If you expecting the subject to fly over sometime, and it is totally planned, I recommend you find some test objects traveling at about the same speed before the real deal comes.

If you are in the field getting wildlife photos, it is a process of trial and error. Again, like I said above, The more photos you take, the easier it is for you to judge the correct shutter speed.

Remember how I said above with your buffer filling up? One way I try to avoid that is by shooting 2-3 shots, and then taking a break. I still keep the shutter button half way pressed, and I still track the subject, but I take a break from taking any shots. If you think about it, later on your computer, you only need 1 or 2 good shots. You don't need several hundred trashy shots (even if they are all in focus). So when I take a break between the shots, it gives the camera more time to write the data to the memory card, it gives me time to reframe the shot (You can't see anything when the mirror is up!), and it also gives AI SERVO some time to refocus accurately. Technically AI SERVO is still focusing between the shots, however it will be much more accurate when it doesn't have the mirror flipping up and down.

If you looked at my Endeavour photos, you will know I left some margins in every photo. I recommend you do the same just incase you have to crop and reframe a photo. This will also give you some error space as well. As I mentioned above, you can't see through your view finder when the mirror is up! Sometimes I will find myself not panning my camera when the mirror is up! I am not the only one who make this mistake, so make sure you leave some margins when you frame up the shot. Also remember to continue panning even when the viewfinder goes dark.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Unboxing the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash (Video)


This video is an unboxing of the new Speedlite 600EX-RT flash. I will have a video review posted soon after I get to use this product for a while. This new flash features radio transmission which is easier to use for multi-flash photogrpahy. 

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Canon's New EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR


Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Hello photography enthusiasts! Canon has unveiled today their new EOS 6D camera. This new camera is a great upgrade if you are an EOS 7D owner as this camera is only around $2100 USD (Body only) compared to the EOS 7D which was priced around $1500 USD (Body only). If you are making this upgrade, please take note this camera only reads SD cards and are not compatible with EF-S mount lenses. A 20.2 megapixel full frame sensor, a built-in GPS, DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and a built-in Wifi transmitter are just some of the important components making this new camera unique. 

The new built-in GPS allows the camera to include location information in every photo you take. Other Canon DSLRs so far (Example: 5D MkIII7D) requires you to plug in an external GPS in order to recored location information. The new built-in Wifi transmitter allows you to upload photos wirelessly, print photos wirelessly, and control the camera wirelessly. Previous cameras (Example: 5D MkIII7D) needed an external Wifi transmitter in order to do these things. Peripheral Illumination Correction, Chromatic Aberration Correction, and Distortion Correction can also be done in camera.

If I had the money right now, I would totally upgrade from my EOS 7D to this camera. Sadly, I do not have the money right now. HAHA Currently (at the time of writing this post) this camera is up for pre-order at $2099.00 USD plus tax where required on Amazon.com. If you think you want to upgrade, or want to find out a bit more, please follow this link

Specifications:
  • Sensor: 20.2 megapixel full frame (self cleaning via ultrasonic vibrations)
  • Processor: DIGIC 5+
  • GPS: Built-in
  • Wifi: Built-in
  • Memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC Cards
  • Lens Type: EF mount (No EF-S or EF-M lenses)
  • ISO: 50-102400 (when ISO range is expanded in the in-camera settings) ISO Auto can be limited. User can set a high/low limit. 
  • Flash: Needs external Speedlite. None built-in.
  • Modes: Auto, Creative Auto, Scene Mode, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, 2 Custom Functions
  • AF Type: 11 Point AF including a high-precision center cross-type AF point with EV -3 sensitivity allows focusing in extreme low-light conditions
More specs are available on Amazon.com. I just listed some of the important ones here. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

3 Classes of Canon Lenses

Hello fans, I am here to tell you a big about Canon's 3 classes of lenses. The lenses in each of the class are very different from each other. Whether you are a beginner photographer or a more advanced photographer, I hope this guide will help you when you pick out your lenses.

EF-S Mount Lenses
The EF-S mount lenses are Canon's cheapest lenses. These lenses are not compatible with all of Canon's DSLRs. They are only compatible with the entry level DSLRs that support the EF-S mount. These lenses are designed for the crop sensor bodies only. The EF-S mount lenses are not made from high quality material, does not usually feature a distance window, and the front element moves and rotates as you zoom and focus. EF-S mount lenses use a micro motor focusing system which is both slow and noisy. The filter size for these lenses are usually 58 mm. These lenses are recommended for beginner photographers that doesn't plan on getting into the manual controls or amateur photographers that plans on using this like a point-and-shoot camera. This type of lens is usually bundled with entry level DSLRs when sold in a bundle.


USM Lenses
By USM lenses, I mean the non-L type lenses that uses a USM motor. The USM lenses are Canon's middle class lenses. These lenses are slightly better made and bulkier than the EF-S mount lenses. The USM lenses start using the EF mount which is compatible with all of Canon's DSLR lineup. The USM lenses uses a micro USM (not ring USM) as its focusing mechanism. The micro USM works a little bit faster and a bit quieter than the micro motor focus used in the EF-S mount lenses. In USM lenses, the front element still moves and rotate when zooming and focusing making it a hassle to use polarizing filters. The front element on these lenses still tend to be 58 mm. These lenses are recommended for beginner photographers who plan on getting more advanced and professional photographers on a budget. The build quality of these lenses are alright.


L or Luxury Lenses
The L model lenses are the Canon lenses with an "L" written after the lens's aperture information in the name. These are Canon's elite lineup of lenses and are made of the highest quality materials. If a lens in this line up has sister lenses from the other two categories that have the same focal length (example: the 50 mm lenses), the L model lens will always have the widest maximum aperture. The L series lenses also have a non-changing aperture as you zoom. Lenses in the other two categories change in aperture as you zoom, L lenses do not do that. These lenses also have a stationary outside and does not move or extend as you zoom or focus making it great for polarizers. These lenses also offer ring USM focusing which is very fast and very quiet and the focus can be manually adjusted after auto focus is achieved. This line up of lenses are recommended for professional photographers or advanced photographers that are serious with photography. These lenses start from $800 and up each.


If you guys want to see a video version of things described in this article or just want to see a photo slide show of photos taken with some of these lenses, you can view it below. If you just want to see the photo slide show, press play, and then skip to almost the end of the video.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Amazon Sales Tax For California Customers


Amazon.com, the website that has been famous for their wide selection of products, low prices, and especially their no sales tax rule in most of the states of the US, will now have to begin charging sales tax for all California residents that shop there due to a new slight law change that goes into effect next month. Many people have known this day will come, but don't know when. In fact, this law change was passed last year, but Amazon managed to strike a deal with California law makers to cut them some slack for another year. The deal will end beginning next month. It has also been a very big pain in the butt for the people running California as many people just bought the things they needed on Amazon instead of going to the local stores to buy them. In this economy, more and more people are not willing to pay the 8%+ tax that California law makers has thrown on their residents, and are buying their things on Amazon where the prices are always the lowest, plus gets you another 8%+ savings from tax! California has been very low on money now, and the law makers are trying to find new ways to tax their residents to make more money, and sadly, Amazon was their target and they succeeded in the new law changes.

So what should you do? I doubt petitioning these changes to the this poor law makers that are extremely in need of cash is of any use, so I recommend you get your big purchases out of the way this month! There are only 3 more days left before this new law goes into play. So yes, if there is something big you want to get on Amazon, do it in the next 3 days, or you will have to start paying the 8%+ sales tax.

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Features On Android Jellybean (Video)


A quick video showing you some of the new features on Android Jellybean, the new Android OS that was recently released. The phone you see in the video is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review (Video)


Warning: As shown in the video, I replaced this lens with one of Canon's top notch L-model lenses. The information provided in the video and video description may be slightly biased as the L-model works a lot better and gives a way better quality than this lens.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens is a great entry level lens for both entry level photographers and amateur photographers. The lens is light and compact and is made of plastic and glass. This is one of Canon's cheapest lenses and is usually bundled with some DSLR bundles. The lens gives off great photo quality for the price and would satisfy any amateur or entry level photographers.

Pro:
  • Light weight
  • Cheap
  • Has image stabilizer
  • Fairly good photo quality for the price
Con:
  • Not as sharp as L-models (Canon's elite lenses)
  • Chromatic Aberration at non-center
  • Aperture changes as you zoom
  • Front of the lens moves (not good for polarizers)
  • No distance window
  • Micro-motor focus (loud)
  • Light fall off at wide aperture
  • EF-S mount not compatible with some cameras
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Longest I ever went with out charging my phone...


This was during my Yosemite trip. Since I knew there would be no cell signal in the mountains, I turned on airplane mode. The phone lasted over 2 days with still 78% left on the battery. How nice. LOL This is the longest I went with out charging it! It usually dies on me with in 12-24 hours...

I got a free mouse! :D


I got a coupon in the mail for a free mouse at a Sony store. Since I was passing by the Stanford Shopping Center, I redeemed mine. I wanted a black one to match my laptop, but they only had white and pink ones left. LOL So I got a white one. It works great! Also, not sure what light it uses for tracking... There is no red light shining from the bottom, so I thought it would be infrared, but after pointing a camera at it, it didn't see any infrared light either. o_O What does it use for tracking? Weird.

Android Facial Recognition Now Checks for Liveness

After being told that that Face Unlock in Android Ice Cream Sandwich can be easily fooled by a picture of the owner, the Android team has now added a new feature in Android Jellybean that once activated, will require the person to blink after the face is recognized. Obviously a photo of a person can not blink, which in turn fixes the photo hack. Like previous version, your phone will still warn you about the security flaws in facial recognition and how a Pin and Pattern lock is more secure. This still holds true as anyone that looks similar to you or has a video of you blinking will be able to unlock the phone with no issue at all. Hopefully the developers in the Android team will come out with more crafty ways to prevent unauthorized users from using your phone.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Canon EOS 7D 2.0.X Firmware Upgrade


If you are keeping up with the latest Canon news, you will know that Canon has recently released the new 2.0.X firmware for the Canon EOS 7D. The new upgrade gives lucky Canon EOS 7D owners:
  • Higher maximum burst rate
  • The option to set a maximum for ISO Auto all the way up to ISO 6400 (starting limit is from ISO 400)
  • Partial compatibility with the new Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
  • Manual audio level adjustment during video shooting and during review
  • In-camera RAW image processing and converting
  • In-camera image resize
  • In-camera image rating
  • Faster scrolling of magnified images
  • Custom photo file names
  • Time-zone and Daylight savings options
If you own a Canon EOS 7D, you can go ahead and find the new firmware update here. The instructions for installing the firmware is included in the ZIP file. Make sure you have a full battery or use the AC adapter for the camera. Also remember not to touch anything on your camera especially the power switch, battery compartment, and the CF card door during the update!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Review (Video)


The Nikon Microfiber cleaning cloth is a great add-on to your camera supplies. Not only does this cloth not drop any lint, it will get rid of any contaminants on the surface of your lens for you. The cloth can also be used on other electronics such as LCD screens or computer monitors. The cloth also features anti-static properties to help get rid of dust earlier. Comes on a key chain ring so it's very easy to hang from your key chain or backpack.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Canon's New EOS M Series Cameras

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Disclaimer: The author is not responsible for any incorrect or unclear information provided in this post. You read this article and follow the information at your own risk. Prices are subject to change over time. 

As you know camera companies, like Nikon, Sony, and Olympus, has started pushing out the new compact DSLR cameras. It has been promised these new compact cameras give near real DSLR quality photos, and is extremely compact and light weight due to the lack of mirror and viewfinder. The rest of the camera is pretty much the same as a big bulky DSLR as it has interchangeable lenses too with different mode switches and flash hot-shoes. Canon has now released their own compact DSLR line beginning the EOS M series cameras which is also compatible with both EF-S and EF mount lenses as long as an adapter is used. The camera is compatible with the new EF-M mount lenses with no adapter. This new camera is an 18 megapixel camera and has most of the functions a real Canon EOS DSLR would have. The new camera features a CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, and an ISO range of 100 to 25600. Compared to a 35mm full frame sensor camera, this camera has a crop ratio of 1.6x. The new EOS M camera has all the modes a regular DSLR has (Auto, Creative Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, and Bulb) plus lot's of creative "scene modes" including Portrait, Landscape, Close Up, Sports, Night Portrait, Hand-held Night Scene Mode, and HDR Backlight Control Mode. The camera also captures crystal clear 1080p video and offers full time auto focus during the take (use STM lens for quieter/smoother focusing during video). Videos and photos can be viewed on a TV via mini-HDMI. These are just some of the features of the new EOS M series cameras. If you have $800 to spare and hate carrying your big bulky DSLR everywhere you go, or you just want to do some amateur photography work, I would recommend you to buy and try one of these cameras! If you do, please use my link! Thank you for reading!

Accessories for the new camera.

Specifications:
  • Dimensions: Approx. 4.28 x 2.62 x 1.27 in./ 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm
  • Weight: Approx. 9.2 oz. / 262g (body only)
  • Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC cards
  • LCD: Touchscreen, fingerprint resistant, 3 inch screen
  • No viewfinder, LCD is used
  • No built in flash. Needs Speedlite 90EX or other flash. (Standard Hotshoe)
  • 18 MP CMOS Sensor (3:2 ratio photos)(1.6x crop ratio compared to 35mm full frame)
  • Photo Modes: JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • Ultrasonic Sensor Cleaning and Dust Delete like the real DSLRs
  • Full 1080p video (stereo audio and auto focus during take), can be played back on TV via mini-HDMI
  • Features all DSLR Modes (Auto, Creative Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, and Bulb)
  • Features scene modes like Portrait, Landscape, Close Up, Sports, Night Portrait, Hand-held Night Scene Mode, and HDR Backlight Control Mode

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Unboxing the StudioHut Multi-Function Timer Remote Control (Video)


This is the Unboxing for the StudioHut Multi-Function Timer Remote Control for the Canon EOS series cameras with the 3 pin connectors. The company also makes it for a few other brands of cameras. This device is an intervalometer and is great for time lapse photography.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

RainbowImaging 100 Meter 2.4 GHz Wireless Shutter Release Review (Video)


This is the video review for the RainbowImaging 100 Meter 2.4 GHZ Wireless Shutter Release for cameras and DSLRs. The kit comes with the transmitter, receiver, batteries, a certification, and a badly translated instruction manual. XD The product in the video was the shutter release for the "3 pin" Canon EOS cameras. The remote also features 4 modes including single shutter, multiple shutter, bulb, and delay. The same company also makes other shutter released for other brand cameras like Canon (other type of connector), Pentax, Panasonic, Nikon, Sony, FujiFilm, and Samsung.

Reviews of other products mentioned in video:
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Zeikos Remote Shutter Release for Canon Review (Video)


This is the Zeikos Remote Shutter Release for Canon. This remote is for the 3 pin connector type cameras, not for the headphone jack type cameras. I find this remote very useful for keeping my camera still for landscape, portrait, and macro photography. Like the Canon remote, this remote has a button locking feature for Bulb exposures. The only difference between the Canon remote and this one is that this remote only costs around 1/8 (estimate) the price of a Canon remote. The Canon remote is made of the same cheap plastic this is made of, so don't be fooled!

Some of the compatible cameras:
  • 5D Series
  • 7D Series
  • 1D Series
  • 50D Series
  • Other "3-pin" type connectors or use the Canon RS-80N3
Features:
  • 3 feet Cord
  • Button Lock (Bulb)
  • 2 Step Button (Focus/Shutter Release)
  • Cost around $5 compared to Canon's $40
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Unboxing the Plugable SATA HDD Docking Station (Video)


This is the unboxing video for the Plugable SATA HDD Docking Station. This device is used to connect internal hard drives to your computer externally. It is extremely useful for testing or archiving purposes. This dock is compatible with the new USB 3.0 standard for faster transfer speeds. All USB 3.0 devices are backward compatible with USB 2.0.

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