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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 Expect any of these lenses to be superseded in 2015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: https://goo.gl/maps/zzv8W

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. :-)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiuan,_Eastern_Samar

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 500px.com/dolina, 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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