Category: "Cameras & more"
It's Christmas and I'm wondering again whether I should switch to a new camera. Not just any camera, the follow up model to mine, the famous EOS 5D Mark II. Mainly because of some of its newest additions (higher ISO, 1080p video, quiet shutter, auto cleaning, life view micro focusing etc), not because my old one let me down at any point. Of course I could only do it if I can sell my old one for a reasonable price, so (again) I wanted to know if anybody has something in mind. Ebay sells them from 1200 (dubious Taiwan imports) to around 1600 (with more acessories that I can offer), so I guess there is a middleway. The camera is 2 years old, has 5 or 6 batteries (2 brand new, 1 new, 1 ok and 1 bad) and is otherwise in a good (though not mint) condition. So you have my destiny in your hands!
Maybe you're only half as excited about camera development as I am, but I think it is worth mentioning that in my opinion, we're on the verge of a new era of digital cameras where still cameras (the ones you take pictures with) merge with video cameras.. I know there are already plenty examples, but I'm not talking about your crappy digicams that can film 5 minutes at 320 pixels, neither do I mean the movie cameras that let you take pictures. The first camera of this new kind has already found its place in one of the earlier posts as being the Canon 5d Mark II with its ability to record 1080p film at a mouth dropping quality. Well then, the movie camera company RED just announced the next step in this evolution: its modulatory fusion of a stills / video camera dubbed Digital Still Motion Camera (DSMC). You can configure the system much like an medium format digital camera in every way thinkable, and some of the highlightes include a 28K (as in 28000x9334 ie 261MP) sensor, and others ranging from 3K (120fps) to 9K at 16 Bit. Mounts are interchangeable meaning that you can add your favourite lenses. This will be the future of most other DSLRs as well, meaning different modules for the same camera (sensor sizes, pixel sizes, A/D converters etc...) plus the capacity to record both high quality pictures and video.
Pretty impressive... These pictures have been exposed for 6 months in a homemade pinhole cam. See the whole gallery here.
In case you wondered whether the EOS 5D MII's HD video function is worthwhile..
Now it's official - the Mark II is coming, successor to my EOD 5D DSLR. The specs are immensely interesting, so much that I'm (very remotely) considering it... Anybody interested in buying my old one :-)
Finally some good news for us Canon users from one of the best lens makers of the world, namely Carl Zeiss.
09/15/08. 02:02:01 pm. 21 words, . Categories: Cameras & more ,
Worth reading if you're interested in optics, cinematography or photographic lenses. Two Special Lenses for "Barry Lyndon" by Ed DiGiulio
Could this be the teaser to the new Canon 5D??? Ahh.... I cannot wait for it.
09/05/08. 05:41:45 pm. 16 words, . Categories: Cameras & more ,
This morning as I was coming from the cell culture downstairs to my office, I found an exotic package from Hong-Kong standing on my desk. Well, in fact I'm used to such deliveries, you wouldn't believe how some labs and companies ship their plasmids/compounds. But I was happy to find that this one would not contain any biohazardous material other than my long awaited for Canon remote controller. In fact, I had ordered this at Microspot.ch over 3 months ago, and as they still could not deliver it, I decided to cancel and order it at some of those Hong-Kong-based Ebay Shops, namely t-dimension9. I'm always a bit suspicous when it comes to those shops, but if the local economy does not want my money, so be it. In less than a wek, they managed to do what others could not in 3 months, so I'm quite happy with their service. Everything was ok, which ment that for the last 2 hours at home, I was playing with this extremely useful gimick.
What it does is not only serving as remote control (along with blocker for long bulb shots), but it can do basically everything you'd dream of (an more...). For example, you can set a countdown (Max 99hours) after which a picture will be taken, you can set intervals (shoot that picture, pause for 10min, shoot the next....), set ultralong exposures and do limitless combinations of those. One more photographic review can be found at good old Luminous-Landscapes.
09/05/07. 08:20:55 pm. 253 words, . Categories: Cameras & more ,