28
April
2013

Border crossing

Had an hour and a half to think about this stuck at the border. First is ur going up to Canada via peach arch stay left. There r more lanes open on that side. When u come back the wait times are very optimistic. The sign says 40 minutes but we’ve been waiting an hour […]

27
April
2013

Large sensor compacts

Now that my personal list of cameras is settling down to the Sony Nex 7 (updating soon) and Fuji X-E1, I’m wondering about a true compact camera with a very wide angle Lense. A perfect camera for low light and high performance but potentially simpler and smaller. Here are some choices. All of these can […]

26
April
2013

Sony Digital Binoculars DEV-50

Wow, Sony is basically using its electronic viewfinder technology to make $2K high tech binoculars (see Popphoto). It uses two 1/3.91″ (about a quarter ince) CMOS sensors that are 5 megapixels and beams them to a pair of OLED screens or you can capture the video as well. Plus compared with traditional binoculars, you get […]

26
April
2013

Sigma 35mm F/1.4

Scott also mentioned that the new glass coming out was getting much better because the sensors (see the post below) are getting great. Well, the first reviews of the Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM are truly amazing at $900 vs $2K for the Canon equivalent… The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is the finest lens I’ve ever […]

26
April
2013

Camera buying addendum

Thanks so much to my buddies, Bob, Scott and John. We’ve all been buying and looking at various mirrorless systems and my buddies have neatly split into three camps. NEX (Scott), Fuji (Bob) and Samsung (John). So what is a geek to think? Well the main issue is how good the products really are. They […]

22
April
2013

Linux notebook

Linux laptops. There is a dedicated site that helps you get Linux running on a laptop. Ludwig uses the ASUS Zenbook UX31XA although the later one looks like the UX32VD. Here are the choices by a quick skim for ultrabooks notebookcheck.net. Looking at this, they rated the Macbook Air 13 inch (mid 2012) as 89% […]

22
April
2013

More on surveillance cameras

So I got a Foswell PTZ camera to try for $130 or so from Amazon will report on that. The IZon is working just oK, it needs something for low light is the main issue. But up at the $600 range are some pretty interesting products particularly those that are ceiling mounted and that can […]

22
April
2013

iPad and iPhone Gizmos

Monoprice finally has in stock the new iPhone lightening connectors. For about half the price $11 of the Apple variety. I’ve tried the el cheapo $5 ones and it broke in a day. See these items: Mini-B, micro-B and 30-pin iPhone cable. Wow has a little connector so you don’t need all these separate cables. […]

20
April
2013

Canon 5d2 settings

I keep forgetting settings but for my canon 5d2, I shoot in raw to get the extra two stops of dynamic range. This means that automatic light optimization I leave off since it doesn’t affect raw highlight tone priority shoots at a lower iso by on stop and then brightens digitally. So an iso 200 […]

18
April
2013

Upcoming cameras

My canon 5d2 died today. Sad. Too much rain during a shoot. Reminds me that I have to figure out weather protection for cameras. Still it has served loyally. Hopefully a simple repair. But means the urgency to get a backup camera has never been bigger. So onto figuring what I can buy given product […]

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