Canon 5D mki, mkii, and mkiii comparisons

October 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

With the price drop of Canon’s 5D’s, now may be the right time to think about purchasing a full frame camera.

Canon 5D Mk III vs Canon 5D MkII vs Canon 5D MkI

Camera Canon 5D Mark III Canon 5D Mark II Canon 5D Mark I
Sensor Resolution 22.3 Million 21.1 Million 12.7 Million
Sensor Size 36x24mm 36x24mm 35.8 x 23.9
Image Size 5760 x 3840 5616 x 3744 4368 × 2912
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ DIGIC 4 DIGIC 2
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 98% 96%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71x 0.71x 0.71x
Storage Media 1x Compact Flash & 1x SD 1x Compact Flash 1x Compact Flash
Continuous Shooting Speed 6 FPS 3.9 FPS 3 FPS
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 150,000 cycles 150,000 cycles 100,000 cycles
Exposure Metering Sensor iFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensor TTL full aperture metering 35 zone SPC TTL, full aperture, 35 zones
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25,600 ISO 100-6400 ISO 100-1600
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400 ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600 ISO 50, ISO 3200
Autofocus System 61-point (41 cross-type points) 9-point TTL (1 cross-type point) 9-point TTL (1 cross-type point)
Video Output AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format No Video
Video Maximum Resolution 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p No Video
Audio Recording Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
No built in Microphone
LCD Size 3.2″ TFT-LCD 3.0″ TFT-LCD 2.5″ TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 920,000 dots 230,000 dots
HDR Support Yes No No
Built-in GPS No No No
Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery BP-511A Lithium-ion Battery
Camera Construction Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm 152 x 113.5 x 75.0mm 152 x 113 x 75 mm
Weight 860g 810g 895g

GoPro 3

October 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

The GoPro 3 has just been announced, and the Black edition packs quite a punch!


1080p 30fps, 960p 30fps, 720 60fps
5mp 3fps burst
built in WiFi
WiFi Remote + App Compatible

1080p 30fps, 960p 30fps, 720 60fps
11MP 10fps
burst built in WiFi
WiFi Remote + App Compatible

4kp 12 fps, 2.7k 30fps 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60fps, 720 120fps
12mp 30fps
built in WiFi
WiFi Remote (included) + App Compatible
Pro low light performance

Due to this announcement you can expect the GoPro 2 Hero, to come down in price, as well as a healthy bargain in the second hand market, for this great versatile little video camera.

Canon 6D Announced

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

The new entry level full frame Canon 6D has been announced today.


Full frame 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
ISO 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, expands from min 50 – 102400 max
4.5 fps shooting
11 point AF
Wirelessly control via built-in Wi-Fi
Processor DIGIC 5+
Storage types: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Shoot Full-HD video
Live View 1,040,000dot 3 inch LCD screen
Built-in GPS
Magnesium alloy body (Splash and dust resistant)

Behind the photo 004

May 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am talking about the FED2 analog camera.

I would like to thank the people who have sent me messages, left comments here on my Blog, on Youtube , Twitter and on Flickr about wanting me to do more Behind the Photo videos. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

More info on my FED2 camera can be found here

A slideshow showing photos from my FED2 camera can be found here.


FED2 Rangefinder Camera

June 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

It is time to return to the photographic roots.

When I talk about roots, I mean film photography.  I shot on film throughout the 1980’s, 90’s up to mid 00’s, then I turned to digital. So it was refreshing again to return to film and the magic it has. I have been capturing Street Photography using a beautiful former Soviet, mid 1950’s  Fed2 Rangefinder Analog camera. Which has been fun and exciting to use.

The Fed2  is completely manual, fully mechanical metal camera. It has helped me to learn to expose photos without the need of a light meter or any auto settings, and having to do the calculations in my head, which becomes second nature the more you practice using the Sunny 16 rule. The Fed2 has allowed me to become fully immersed in photography. My photos have to be more calculated due to the expense of film photography plus only having 24-36 shots per film. I am essentially training my eye and photographic mind to be sharper and making more shots count. Below are some of the photos I have taken us the FED2.

There are other advantages of the FED2:

*   It is more discreet than a large DSLR, people seem to care far less when you are taking photographs.

*   It is lightweight and durable should it take a knock or two.

*   The Rangefinder focusing is very accurate using it’s zone focus system.

*   The batteries will not run out of charge, as this camera does not use them.

*   You have that unique film look, rich in tones, and grain should you choose it.

Using a film camera, makes photography exciting, as you can not see your photograph, until it gets developed. Why not try it yourself, get onto ebay and grab a wee bargain.

Due to the price of film rolls and the developing, I plan in the near future to develop my own Black & White prints to save money, achieve desired results and to deepen my understanding of photography.

Here are great resource links to FED and the Fed2 camera

My Fed2 photos can be found by “clicking here” 

How I got into Street Photography

June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Being a child of the 70’s & 80’s I took many photos as a kid on various film cameras. I started taking photography seriously in the summer of 2000, when I bought my first SLR, an analog Canon EOS300. The reason I bought it was because I was going to Athens on vacation and I wanted to capture the magic and memories from such an amazing city. I then began to read up on books and the internet all about photography and the techniques needed to understand  and achieve decent photos. I learned about lighting, exposure settings & composition and practised these fundamental skills, on various subjects such as people, architecture and nature. Each year I would learn more techniques and apply them.

In 2004 I got my first digital camera, a Sony Cybershot P10, it was 5 megapixels and I was happy at the almost instant results of taking a photo and the photo could be online in minutes. My film SLR then began to collect dust, and I was happy with my small point and shoot. However my photography began to suffer. I became lazy… I relied on Autofocus, I relied on automatic settings and my photos began to look like everyone else. About 7 years later (2007). I got bored and my passion withered.

My new Passion which began in 2006 was Parkour, a discipline that enables a practioner (known as a Traceur) to overcome physical obstacles using their body to jump, climb, vault etc. It was mainly urban based and I found myself on the streets almost everyday training.  When walking to various training spots I would often see a lot of beautiful, interesting and magical things on the streets, I would often think, if only I had my camera… The photography flame re-ignited.

I used my latest at the time, another digital point and shoot, a Sony Cyber T100, but soon realised how limited it was, due to the lack of manual controls and the small sensor was poor in low light environments. I was finding Street Photography a bit frustrating as my camera could not handle the low light and dark winter was now setting in. So I decided in 2008  to save up and buy a Digital SLR, a Canon 40D.

In 2008 I then joined the online website flickr, which gave me fantastic support through like minded photographers and the fun and passion was in full flow. I now had full control of my focus and exposure settings all set to manual. I invested in my first decent wide angled Lens 17-40mm L f4 Lens. This lens was and still is great! The 17mm allowed me to get very close and often involved in peoples spaces, and this came across in my photos. The reason I never used a telephoto lens is I did not was my photos to come across voyeuristic and looking creepy, capturing shots from a distance. I wanted the viewer to feel a connection with the subject and their environment; to feel like they where there. To feel the emotion, see the  juxtaposition or perfect timing.

Further on I invested in two very fast primes lenses, which allowed better quality photos, through sharper optics, better low light performance and creamy bokeh should I need it for subject to background separation. Part of me missed the Analog side to photography, so I bought an old, but in perfect working order, a fully manual, all mechanical 1950’s former Soviet Fed2 rangefinder. So I can now shoot both Digital and Analog.

I have been shooting Street Photography (at the time of this post) for 3 years now and working on a couple of documentary projects in the last year, that I feel passionate about. Working with Analog film again is helping to sharpening up my vision and the techniques that I have learned. I carry a camera everyday with me, and it is exciting not knowing what could be just around the corner…

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