Month: April 2010

Creating a bootable external drive in OSX and why you should think about doing it.

Catchy title huh? This is a short post but one that I hope might help a few people out. Firstly, if you are a PC user then i’m afraid I can’t help you with all the details, but at least read the first few paragraphs to find out why you might want to do this. In the past 18 months I have had three hard drive failures, 2 in laptops and one in an external USB drive on my desk. It happens and I hope by now we all know that. I’m not going to preach on backing up...

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Snow Photos 101 – Long lens selection

So you’ve mastered you wide-angle lenses and medium telephoto zooms like the ubiquitous 70-200. The next step is inevitably looking at longer lenses in the 300mm and up range. Firstly, be prepared for your wallet to take a bit of a hit For the most part, once you start heading north of 200mm the price of lenses can take a bit of a jump for the higher quality ones. I can’t cover every lens option but here’s a few thoughts on some of your options from the main two manufacturers. During my years shooting skiing I have rarely needed...

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Nikon Announces the new 200-400mm F4 ED VRII

Nikon has today announced a brand new version of their beautiful 200-400mm F4 zoom lens. Everyone knows I shoot Canon, but I appreciate a good lens and this is one! The original 200-400 was a highly regarded lens and this new version adds Nikons VRII image stabilization (equivalent to roughly 4 stops) and also the new Nano Crystal Coating that we have seen on their latest 300mm f2.8 lens. The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens weighs in at 7.4 lbs (3.4 kg), and it will retail for $6999.95 (USD) If I was a Nikon shooter this would be top of my list! Amazon is already taking pre orders for the lens HERE Rea d the Nikon press release below: MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 27, 2010) Today, the evolution of the super telephoto lens continues as Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens which delivers optical excellence and stunning image quality for professional photographers. Ideal for bringing to life exquisite detail for sports, nature and travel photography, this new lens affords a constant maximum aperture of f/4 and rugged construction for maximum versatility. Continued refinements and new technologies such as Vibration Reduction (VR) II, Nano Crystal Coat, and optimized autofocus (AF) modes enhance functionality and improve performance for discerning FX and DX-format photographers. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm lens builds upon a...

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Geotagging in Aperture 3

This sort of follows on from the review I did a few days ago of the Gisteq PhotoTrackr. I was not overly enamored with the software that came in the box with the PhotoTrackr but it did allow you to export the GPS track to a .gpx file and that meant you can upload it to other software. With the introduction of Aperture 3.0, Apple added compatibility with geotagging to the popular photographic organizational tool. The new “places” tool in Aperture 3 lets you sort and view your photos by location, and also lets you geotag your photos either by uploading a .gpx file from a third party tracking device or by syncing with information in your iPhone photos. Once Aperture has cataloged a photo that contains GPS coordinates it then uses what apple terms “reverse geocoding” to translate a GPS location into familiar place names or names of a place of interest. For example, the photos that I tested the PhotoTrackr with were all shot at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia. When the shots were imported into Aperture 3 their location was listed as exactly that “Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, Britihs Columbia”. Using this information, Aperture allows you to sort your photos in the Places interface, using drop down boxes for things like country, state and city. Finding every photo that you ever took while on...

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News from NAB 2010

I know a lot of people who check out this blog are interested in video as well as photography, and especially in the current convergence between the two. This years NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show has just wrapped up, and even more than last year the buzz about the show was all about DSLR video technology. There were many noteworthy announcements at the show but these are a couple that caught my attention. Carl Zeiss Compact Primes II When major cine lens manufactures start producing a lineup specifically designed for shooting video with a DSLR the whole industry sits up and takes notice. This was one of the most covered releases at NAB 2010, and rightfully so. The new Compact Primes II lineup consists of 8 lenses available with a Canon EF mount, designed to perfectly partner you DSLR camera on your next video project. The lenses are available individually for about $3900 each or in sets of varying sizes that offer a reduction in price. Availability is late May. Important features include 14 blade apertures for beautiful bokeh, full frame coverage, 300 degree focus rotation, interchangeable EF and PL mounts and identical barrel dimensions right through the range of primes from the 18mm up to the 85mm. For movie makers who have been putting up with using still camera lenses for 2 years, these will be a...

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