My time waste with Drobo

I thought that Drobo would be a great solution in terms of data storage and reliability, unfortunately reality was very different to my expectations. But let’s take things from the start. Like any other person with drives nearly full of photos, videos and music, I decided it was time to step up my storage and backup game and go for something serious. Drobo has always been in my sights, I admired how their drives worked with any mix of drives and how flexibly they dealt with drive replacements and drive management in general. I am writing this post because my experience with Drobo was anything but trouble free, quite the opposite… Continue reading

Why 50Mp files can only be a good thing

Canon 5DsWe finally have Canon’s high megapixel DSLR answer to Nikon’s D800/810. It is in the form of the 5Ds and it offers no less than 50 megapixel images. It is a major leap of resolution from Nikon’s very impressive D800/810 and roughly two and a half times the resolution of the 5D MkIII which was up to now Canon’s highest resolution body. This move also firmly puts Canon in medium format territory. An impressive technical achievement that Sony sensors will surely try to equal or better in the near future.

I have come across a lot of online opinions, groaning and moaning about how one does not need so much detail, how large the files will be, and so on. I have some limited understanding about these views, overall however I am all for increased resolution. Continue reading

Peak selfie symptoms and backstepping to film photography

Selfie_brushPhotography equipment and software is improving in giant leaps. It takes effort to just keep up the pace with all of the news… But as photography is in the heart and literally the hands of the masses via smartphone technology, we cannot avoid some silly propositions to ruin the party. I will just show here the two products that made me write this post. I know that writing about them is some form of advertisement, but they are evidence of the sorrowful side of photography that you could be in if you are not careful about what you buy. Continue reading

Is an expensive 46 megapixel Canon what we really need?

Canon_DSLRCanon has been at the DSLR cutting edge since the inception of digital SLR cameras. No question about it. It therefore has a moral obligation to do its best to stay at the number one spot, at least in sales volume and prestige with professionals. However, I have a bad feeling that it is trying to do so by alienating a market segment that has always been at the core of its strategy. And this is enthusiast photographers that are willing to pay a bit extra for their hobby, invest in a nice lens collection and so on. Continue reading

Your lens is your DSLR system, your DSLR system is your lens

_MG_1373-webWe are all intrigued by what new bodies can do and are always drawn in arguments for or against choosing full frame, APS-C or mirrorless bodies. That’s of course fine because a body is where we choose all our settings from, where we review our shots and this is the piece of equipment mostly in contact with our hands.

The argument of this post is that the lens side of things is probably a better way to look at and choose a DSLR system. Continue reading

New full frame Sony A7s with 4K video.

Sony_A7SWith the new A7s, Sony is confirming at NAB 2014 its determination to make 4K video mainstream. Its new full frame mirrorless DSLR is the same practical small size as the A7 and A7r, but this time the “s” denomination stands for sensitivity. The main highlights:

  • Full frame 12.2 Mp sensor. Clearly here Sony looks for pixel quality instead of pixel count.
  • Huge ISO range of 50 to 409,600! Here is where s-sensitivity comes from.
  • 4K video recording to external 4K compatible recorder only. Full pixel readout without pixel binning.
  • 1080p can be stored internally.
  • 4K HDMI 4:2:2 output.
  • Recording to XAVC at 50 Mbps.
  • 120fps at 720p.
  • S-Log2 support.
  • WiFi & NFC.
  • Multi Interface Shoe.
  • XLR-K1M XLR mic adapter kit.
  • And of course with adapters you can use any lens you wish. Continue reading

Windows XP anyone?

Strictly speaking, 2014-03-29 19.23.15-webthis is not a photographic post. But the fact that smartphones are so handy to take pics everywhere and anytime is probably proof of how valuable photography is for any blog, photographic or not. The photograph was taken going down with the elevator at the local computer and electronics store. Do you spot something familiar? Yes! It is the screensaver of Windows XP, all the way from the early 2000s. In IT terms, a history lesson. I am not accusing anyone for using Windows XP or Windows 98 or even Windows 95. But since these guys sell computers, don’t they know that Microsoft support for Windows XP officially ends on the 8th of April? (yes, this is in a week’s time!) Continue reading

Go for a camera with a viewfinder

ViewfinderIn my previous blog post I have published photographs in a snowy environment. This is for me a typical situation. Although mountains often mean clouds, fog and bad weather in general, we all tend to choose those nice days with the better conditions. Similarly bright shooting conditions are usual in the spring and summer, especially when at the sea.

In order to understand the significance of this post’s title, try this when you face very bright light shooting conditions. First, try to shoot with your smartphone. Continue reading