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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon T5i & 18-55mm STM Sample Images
« on: April 19, 2013, 02:59:11 PM »
Hi All,
I took the new EOS Rebel T5i out earlier this week with the new 18-55mm IS STM kit lens.  I've posted some pics on our blog and elsewhere, but thought I'd share a few different ones here. 
I was really impressed with this setup given the price and intended market.  The T5i delivers great JPEGs right out of the camera.  The STM lens focuses quickly, is capable of some nice detail and background blur, and even has some pleasing bokeh (ok, you purists can criticize, but for a kit lens intended for a Rebel body, they quality is fantastic).
I'll be putting zoom samples in the Lens Forum.  I'll also try and take some low light pics at some point, but I'd expect them to be fairly similar to the T4i.
Dan at H and B Digital.

Notes on the images:
1)  Nice and sharp, great colors with the typically difficult reds, good contrast, and high quality bokeh (no polygonal edges, circles of uniform density).  1/320 sec. at f/5.0, ISO 100, at 46mm, 1.5 feet from subject.  No crop or post-process.
2)  Another sharp shot, the light greens a little washed but metering is otherwise accurate and colors fantastic on the flower.  Bokeh a tiny bit muddy, but what do you want?!?  1/800 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 200, at 55mm, 2 feet from subject.  No crop or post.
3)  The closest I got to a portrait...  Greens are great, this camera is awesome for street shooting.  1/320 at f/5.6, 55mm, 8.6m from subject, small crop (straightening).
4)  Super detail and great distinguishing between various yellows, which some cameras have trouble with.  1/640 at f/4.5, ISO 200, at 32mm, 4 feet from subject.

How is the video with that setup?

Hey Martin,
I actually haven't had the chance to test the video with the L series lens setup, but I'm going to offer that it is very similar or the same as shooting with the T4i since the two cameras share the same sensors and processors.  I believe they also share the same contrast method for Live View autofocusing, but I personally try to avoid using autofocus (too much) when shooting video! (Too much racking that doesn't look intentional/"cool"!)  So, if you're not using autofocus, I'm going to say that video would be the same at the T4i, i.e., very good.  The EOS M also has a mic in jack, so there's that...

Dan at H and B Digital

EOS-M / EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens & Sample Images
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:21:49 AM »
I was able to take a few photos yesterday afternoon with the new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens for the EOS M.

The lens is compact and lightweight, and is great looking, unencumbered by buttons or rubber dials; the zoom is very smooth. The lens includes Canon's Image Stabilizer technology, which Canon claims provides up to four stops of shake correction.  It is also built with three aspheric lens elements.

Finally--and certainly most importantly--focusing seems to be much quicker than with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM.  This unscientific observation is confusing, since one might expect the prime lens to focus a bit quicker (although not necessarily the case with some expensive L series lenses like the 85 f/1.2L as compared to, say, the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, which is lighting quick).  Perhaps the reach of the zoom lens allows for quicker focusing and fewer attempts to focus at infinity.  Autofocus is by no means perfect, but it seems much improved with the 18-55mm lens.  To me it is about managing expectations--shooting anything in Canon's LiveMode will render less than ideal results as compared to using a viewfinder.

Below are some sample images taken around 3 p.m. on a cold, cloudy afternoon in Manhattan, with additional images at HandBDigital's blog at

Happy shooting,
Dan at H and B Digital

Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 1/200 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 1600.  Skin tones are great, and colors come out quite well even at this relatively high ISO.

Four disaster-response nurses from Colorado, in New York to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, look down at the few skaters on the Rockefeller Center rink.  Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 1/60 sec. at f/5.0, ISO 800, at 24mm.

Watches in a window in the Diamond District, shot with the widest angle zoom at 18mm.  Yes, some distortion at this wide angle, but not completely unexpected for a zoom in this range (any vignetting is due to the store's lighting and not, I believe, due to the lens).  Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 1/160 sec. at f/9.0, ISO 400.

Zoomed in at 55mm on the same watches (very sharp in the original).  Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 1/320 sec. at f/9.0, ISO 400.

EOS-M / EOS M EF to M Mount Adapter with 70-200 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:54:39 AM »
JUST SHIPPED and in stock!!!  I just took the Canon EOS M out with an EF 70-200 f/4L IS attached via the EF-EOS M Mount Adapter.  WOW.  This opens up a whole new set of possibilities . . .

First, the setup:


Does it solve the focusing issues of the EOS M?  NOPE.

But is it ridiculously cool to walk around with a big lens and a tiny camera?  ABSOLUTELY.  Image quality is darn good too.

More images and a Hands on Review of the EOS M:

Happy shooting,
Dan at HandBdigital

I understand that many out there may not want to see any further Hurricane Sandy stories, but given that many of us in the City and the surrounding areas are still without power, public transport and other amenities, and that the damage was quite extensive even in Lower Manhattan, I have posted some photos below taken during the storm and in its aftermath on the West Side of Lower Manhattan.  I've included several photos here, and others can be seen at our blog at or at

The damage in the West Village and the West Side in no way compares with that seen elsewhere in the City, such as in Breezy Point, and our thoughts are with people in those areas.

Thank you for looking.

--Dan at

The Storm:

Early in the storm (at approx. 5:30 p.m.), the Hudson begins to breach the paths of Hudson River Park.  Quite a few people were walking along the path only minutes before this shot was taken.  By 8 p.m., the water was well above the railing.  Canon 7D, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L, 1/60 sec at f/3.5, ISO 640.

The high water had already moved some objects around, including this trash can. Pier 45 at Christopher Street was completely submerged only 3 hours later.  Canon 7D, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 1/100 sec at f/5.0, ISO 1000.

The new World Trade Center building rises above lower Manhattan as someone walks along the Hudson River Park sidewalk.  Two hours later the water was well above the railing.  Canon 7D, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L, 1/40 sec at f/3.5, ISO 2500.

The flooding reaches the corner of Jane and Washington Streets at 7:00 p.m., when we still had power. Note the lights on in the car at the far end of the street--this apparently happens as cars get flooded. At one point I saw a car floating by...  Canon S95, 1/10 sec. at f/2.0, ISO 1600.

The typically bustling until-all-hours Meatpacking District without power at 10 p.m. Emergency lighting lights a few hallways and exit signs; north of 25th Street was apparently unaffected.  Canon 7D and Canon 17-35mm 2.8L, 1.6 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 800, EV -2. — at Meatpacking District.

The Aftermath:

Two SUV's submerged in a flooded garage in the West Village; several other cars were stuck inside.  The entrance to the garage is approximately 200 yards from the Hudson, but water came in from both the West Side Highway (West Street) and from the garage entrance.  Canon 7D with Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L, 1/40 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 800.

The building on 8th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets whose facade collapsed.  While striking, it's quite amazing that there was not further similar damage in the area.  This area remains without power, as does much of Lower Manhattan.  Canon 7D with Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L, 1/320 sec. at f/7.1, ISO 500.

A building on West Street that had a sliding door collapse under the pressure of the rising waters; the high water mark can be seen on the glass door and the building.  According to the next photo, the building had been ordered vacated  the day after the storm.  Canon 7D with Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L, 1/100 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 400.

An abandoned and flooded BMW rests on the northbound curb on West Street.  Canon 7D with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 1/13 sec. at f/3.5, ISO 400.

Again, more photos from Sandy available at our blog at or at

Thanks again for looking.

PowerShot / Re: Hands-On Review of SX50 & Wish I'd Had it for Sandy!!!
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:16:20 PM »
Thanks for the concern, I certainly hope things return to some normalcy soon.  Even though I'm without power and heat, there are many who suffered far worse and my thoughts are definitely with them.  I was fortunate to go out and shoot a few photos from the relatively safe confines of the West Village in Manhattan.  Here's a link to a few photos posted on H and B Digital's blog from the storm. 

Additionally, below is one of the photos typical of the "happy hours" before the storm--and before reality hit--where people were out taking portraits with smaller cameras (though this appears to be with something like the Canon S95 series, which I also used and love).

Finally, regarding the SX50, there is an ISO limit in auto modes (at 1600, I believe), and you can set the limit at ISO 1600 or below in the manual functions.  You can still shoot up to ISO 6400 (12,800 expanded) in the manual settings, however, and can shoot up to 15 second shots.  I haven't had a chance to shoot it at night (maybe I can take it home tonight and shoot some dark West Village photos, but I generally don't take new cameras out of the store!), but in low light conditions around the store it focuses incredibly quickly.  I don't have images of those yet, will try and get some up.  As I believe I said in my review, I certainly don't expect the images to stand up to an EOS or other DSLR, but where else can you get a zoom like that???

PowerShot / Hands-On Review of SX50 & Wish I'd Had it for Sandy!!!
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:13:34 AM »
Here's a link to my hands-on review of the PowerShot SX50 on H and B Digital's blog (our website is 

I wrote this last week, well before Hurricane Sandy.  I live in Lower Manhattan, and wish I had one of these little buggers during the storm.  Instead, I was lugging around my 7D with the 24-70 f/2.8, my 20D with the 17-35 f/2.8, and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and a flash in the bag--along with rain covers to attempt to keep the above dry (they were fine inside my Domke F1-X bag).  I went back out later without the above and just my S95, nowhere near the SX50's zoom capacity.  Although the SX50 isn't waterproof and not comparable to the 7D or other EOS bodies in terms of image quality, running around with that amazing zoom range and not worrying about $1000's of dollars in gear would have been great.

I'll hopefully be posting photos from Sandy on our blog later today (I'm still without power at home, but our store is open.)

Dan at H and B

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