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PowerShot Cameras / Medium Format, Full Frame or APS-C PowerShot
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:07:00 PM »
In the spirit of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R, Leica X (Typ 113), Fujifilm X100T, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Ricoh GR and Nikon Coolpix A.

Would you be keen to get one with a fast prime lens at about $1,300 for APS-C, $2,800 for Full Frame and about $5,600 for a 44x33mm Medium Format.

Having read of declining sales of SLR, MILC or P&S makes me wonder if photo hobbyists (those who do not derive primary, majority or significant part of income from photography) are leaving their bigger & dedicated cameras at home and just going "commando" with a smartphone.

Does not matter whether it be iPhone, Android or Windows (notice I did not mention Blackberry).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / EOS 7D Mark II AF-Setting Guidebook
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:27:55 PM »
If you are experiencing soft images with your new EOS 7D Mark II then download the EOS 7D Mark II AF-Setting Guidebook

Reading, understanding and practice will most likely resolve the soft image problem 99% of the time.

EOS Bodies / Petapixel: Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:44:37 PM »


Canon is rumored to be developing a full frame and/or rangefinder mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

Judging by how well Sony & Fuji's forays are this may end being true.

Let's pray that Canon's foray is more impactful than the EOS M.

Sports / 2014 Philippine Football with the 7D Mark II
« on: November 30, 2014, 02:25:04 PM »

Lenses / Old lenses Canon will phase out
« on: November 09, 2014, 10:42:52 AM »
Back 4 years ago I made a list of old lenses Canon will phase out and since then a lot of things have changed making an update needed.

End of Life
1987 EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
1987 EF 28mm f/2.8
1987 EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus
1988 EF 24mm f/2.8
1990 EF 35mm f/2
1990 EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
1998 EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
1999 EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
1999 EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
2001 EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

Series II, L upgrades & IS version
2010 EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
2011 EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
2012 EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
2012 EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
2012 EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
2014 EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
2014 EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Nearing end of life. Expect any of these lenses to be superseded in 2015

1998 EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
2004 EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

1987 EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
1990 EF 50mm f/1.8 II
1991 EF 100mm f/2 USM
1991 TS-E 45mm f/2.8
1991 TS-E 90mm f/2.8
1992 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
1992 EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
1993 EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1995 EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
1999 MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo

L lenses. Year cut off is 2002.
1993 EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1995 EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
1996 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
1996 EF 135mm f/2L USM
1997 EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
1998 EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
1999 EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Personally I'd like to see a EF 135mm f/2L USM replacement come out with IS and a faster f-number like say 1.8 or 1.4.

As to pricing hopefully Sigma, Tamron and Tokina continuous to help in reining in Canon's MSRP.

Lenses / 100-400mm and more DO lenses confirmed
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:06:28 PM »
No other than Chuck Westfall confirmed it. As to when we can expect a 100-400mm and more DO lenses were not answered.

Hello Osbourne Effect.

EOS Bodies / 5D Mark IV announcement on March 2015 or later
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:59:15 PM »
Just throwing it out there. Your welcome.

Black & White / Manila's Supermoon 2014
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:45:08 AM »

Manila's Supermoon 2014 by alabang, on Flickr

This photo is dedicated to my now deceased mother. Wherever you may be I hope you and your Lola Solita are happy.

Portrait / Poor Lighting
« on: June 10, 2014, 12:43:08 PM »
Now for a little break.

Kim by alabang, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / 64GB: Sandisk Extreme 120MB/s vs Lexar 800x
« on: June 07, 2014, 09:41:10 AM »
Both the 64GB CF cards of Sandisk and Lexar are published to read at 120MB/s but the Lexar does its writes at 75MB/s while the Sandisk does it at 60MB/s

Price difference is below $3.

Can anyone verify which reads/writes faster?

Street & City / Typhoon Haiyan: 7 months later
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:13:43 PM »

Tacloban Fish Shed by alabang, on Flickr

This was photographed at was once a very busy and bustling "Fish Shed" for the city of Tacloban that serviced most of the seafood requirement of Eastern Visayas. After nearly 7 months the people who worked there are building back and going back to business as usual.

Google Maps:

Sports / 7th Guiuan Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:10:00 AM »

7th Guiuan Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition by alabang, on Flickr

The first time I shot surfing was in 2007 in Guiuan. Fast forward to 2011 and I am back again with better ideas. :-)


Landscape / Typhoon Haiyan: 4 months later
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:31:49 AM »
On March 7-8 I went around the islands of Leyte and Samar to survey the progress being made in the rehabilitation of Haiyan-hit areas of Eastern Visayas in the Philippines. Although disheartening from a a local's point of view I see that life is slowly going back to normal.

Villa Calicoan by, on Flickr

The image above was taken at Guiuan, Eastern Samar where the typhoon (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) first made landfull on November 8. I have been here before because of the thriving surfing community that I take personal interest in photographing as often as I can.

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