The Guide to Canon FD lenses in the digital age

A great article from Phillip Reeve on using Canon FD lenses on modern cameras (His tests were done on the Sony A7 series)

This guide was written to give you a good idea what to expect from Canon’s older FD lenses, many of which still perform very well on modern digital cameras.


Shooting and Raw Processing Workflow with Adobe Lightroom Mobile

An extensive video tutorial for shooting and processing Raw files on an iOS device (and syncing to your computer) using Lightroom Mobile from photographer Elia Locardi. As an interesting side point, he shot the video for this tutorial on a Fuji XT-2.

Lightroom to support Canon’s New Dual Pixel Raw

Adobe has told C-Net that they intend to support Canon’s dual pixel raw

The dual-pixel raw format lets photographers fine-tune focus and clear up distracting flare. Those advantages won’t be restricted to Canon’s own software forever, though.

“We’re working on it,” Adobe spokesman Roman Skuratovskiy said Thursday. He declined to say when Adobe would add the update to Lightroom and its cousin, Photoshop, though.

It’s good that Adobe has acknowledged that they will support the format, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. They said they were working on improving Fuji X-Trans decoding over a year ago and it still hasn’t improved, despite what some over-enthusiastic bloggers may say.

Source: Attention, photo buffs: Adobe will capture the power of Canon’s new photo format

Canon 5D Mark IV Review with Real World Video Samples and First Impressions from cinema5D

Cinema 5D takes a first look at the New Canon 5D Mark IV, with some sample footage.

The wait is finally over and here’s our Canon 5D Mark IV Review. It’s a whole 60g lighter than its predecessor. But will it satisfy the hungry DSLR video user who has been waiting for Canon to come up with a better priced 4K DSLR camera? What’s more, will this camera bring back all those users who once owned a video capable Canon DSLR camera, but ended up looking elsewhere?

Incidentally, the video shot by Johnnie Behiri is so much better than Canon’s official sample video. The video that Canon are using as the official sample is terribly shot and would actually put you off buying the camera. They really should hire proper professionals when shooting video for camera launches. They do it for demoing the stills capabilities, so maybe think of doing the same for video Canon.

Source: Canon 5D Mark IV Review – Real World Video Samples and First Impressions | cinema5D

Thoughts on the new Canon 5D Mark IV

My thoughts on the newly announced Canon 5D Mark IV (from my Photography Blog)

After much rumour and speculation (or deliberate leaks) Canon has finally officially announced the 5D Mark IV. The new camera is the latest version of the venerable 5D line which revolutionised the DSLR market when it was first released, being the first mainstream DSLR with a full frame sensor. The new 4th generation version has an improved 30mp sensor, shoots 4k and has built in WiFi and GPS.

Source: Thoughts on the new Canon 5D Mark IV — Thomas Fitzgerald Photography Blog

Is Nikon Killing the Nikon 1 System ?

Is Nikon Killing the 1 System

Several sites have pointed to a tidbit of information that was part of a recent review of the Canon Eos-M 3 from DpReview:

Its closest peers, based on price and features, are the Fujifilm X-A2, Olympus E-M10 II and Sony a6000 (we’re leaving Nikon 1 cameras out of the list, as we believe the series is no longer being developed.)

DpReview is not known for publishing rumours, so I suspect that they know something that we don’t know, especially given that their parent company is Amazon. If this is true it’s a shame, but not that surprising. While I believe the Nikon 1 system has a degree of popularity in Aisa, I don’t think it ever really took off outside of that region. Nikon’s efforts in this area seem to have been half hearted at best. While they have released several cameras in the range over the years, they never really developed the lens system for the series.

Some are suggesting that this may signal a move from Nikon towards its long rumoured Full Frame mirrorless camera. This may well be the case, but in my opinion, this probably isn’t the reason for Nikon killing the 1 system, if it is indeed killing it. In my view, it’s the new, and much delayed Nikon DL series of premium compacts that may be the driving force behind a potential decision.

They use a similar 1 inch sensor, and Nikon may well have come to the conclusion, that this form factor better suits the sensor size than an interchangeable lens system. Given Sony’s success with 1″ cameras, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, that Nikon executives may feel that this is a better approach. Of course, that won’t be of any comfort to any existing Nikon 1 owners.

It’s worth re-emphasising that this is all just conjecture based on a single seemingly off the cuff comment in a DpReview article, so it may well amount to nothing. Yet, anyone who I’ve talked to about this hasn’t seemed very surprised by the possibility. I still think it would be a shame though. While it may not have a huge following, the people who do use the Nikon 1 system seem to love it.

Street Photography with a Telephoto Lens

A good article from Alpha Whiskey about shooting Street Photography with a telephoto lens. This is often considered heresy by street photography purists, but as someone who shoots street photography often, I regularly use a telephoto.

I’ve written about my thoughts on the whole nonsense “rules” that often surrounds “Street Photography” genre before myself on my Photography Blog.

Lens Rentals Compares Macro Lenses, Particularly Impressed with the Sony 90mm

Lens rentals compares various macro lenses from different manufacturers,, and is particularly impressed with the Sony 90mm FE lens.

The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro totally shocked me. It’s clearly better at all frequencies at macro distances. In fact, it’s the highest resolving off all these lenses at macro distances, at least in the image center. I’m not certain if it’s related or just coincidence, but the Sony lens has electronic motors controlling both the focusing and the compensating element. As best I know, all of the other macro lenses tested have mechanical movements of the compensating elements.

(Warning, it’s a very geeky article!)