In the examples that you can see below I am demonstrating the focal depth of my newest acquisition a 50mm Canon L Series 1.2F lens, for those that aren’t photo technical like it seems that I am it is a medium telephoto, about 2x in most peoples recognition, with a very shallow depth of field which also allows for images to be taken in much darker places. I can’t wait to get this lens out on the court and fields taking photographs of different sporting events, it will lead to much sharper images of the players which I am attempting to focus on.
In addition to sports endeavors the depth of field will help create interesting portraits for my portrait work.
Video of CVC Cheer during halftime.
Photographing the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers in their home game stand against Kingsburg, I was able to capture the above video with my newest addition to my arsenal of camera’s. The video is taken in HD so if you have the band width please enjoy.
I captured an additional video as the squad cheered on the local crowd.
Looking for a Camera?
Many people insist that their camera on their phone is enough for them, and while this may be true it wasn’t until recently that camera’s on phones offered a resolution better than the resolution of the screen on the phone itself, or the ability to off load the photographs to a computer or other medium for backup and though it is hard to beat the convenience of the camera phone it is hard to beat the quality of many other camera’s available to the every day consumer. Photographs are a way of self expression, memory preservation and documentation for many purposes. Consider this; many people would have more than enough camera if the camera’s were more suited to their uses, sports and wedding photographers such as myself need camera’s that respond on target every time without delay, landscape photographers need camera’s that preserve the beauty in front of the lens and mom’s and dad’s can often work with simple point and shoots.
The beauty of a dslr (digital single lens reflex) camera is that you have the ability to interchange your lenses and have a rather fast start up time and very little shutter lag. What do I mean about all of this? Simply put dSLR’s wither consumer, pro sumer, or professional are built with one thing in mind, speed and versatility. Very little time until recently has been put into efforts to make the camera’s beginner friendly, relegating their use to the experienced or casual use in hopes that the photographs would turn out well.
Their are many good things to be said about the use and availability of dSLR camera’s often though they can for their operator become bulky for the equipment needed to properly use one and expensive, enter the option for pocket sized camera’s. Which without the entire history is the topic of my post. Anything pocket sized is ready for use at almost a moment’s notice no matter where you are and there are many manufactures offering many different styles of camera’s to fit almost anyone’s needs or particular color taste; Canon, Nikon, Casio, Olympus and Samsung to mention just a few.
First rule of purchasing a camera, “Know what you’re getting in to” it is through research you find the things that you can live without and the things that you have to have a couple resources I have found useful over the years have been: dpreview.com, fred miranda, photo.net and people that are already owners of the camera that I like via reviews on sites that people use to purchase camera’s every day, be certain that you read the good and the bad to get a good view of the cameras limitations and strengths, some now even offer water proof digital camera’s.
While looking for a camera, if you have the time, take your time to ensure that you receive good information. The sales person at the local Best Buy may know what is new on the market and which camera is going to have the most MP (mega pixel), often however they won’t know what the lens relative focal distance and low light capabilities will be, their job is to sell you what ever is in the department that to which they have been assigned that day. Visit a local cameras shop, even if you are planning on ordering the camera online, their job is to match you with the camera that is within your budget and help you find the one that fits your need, especially if they are a small business. Mikes Camera, my local camera shop, has recently become competitive option to online purchases and may be well worth the trip to downtown Visalia.
For those of you looking for further recommendations on which camera would work best for you as a portion of your research please check out this site, they will be able to give you a couple of good recommendations that won’t break the budget.
Canon 50D Released
Canon announced today the Canon EOS 50D a new camera body to replace the almost un-aged 40D digital body released just one year ago. The new camera features improvements for those that include a more megapixels, larger dynamic range, and the ability to plug their camera directly in to their HDTV’s. The Canon 50D updates the Canon pro-sumer line which has been moving much more quickly than any other line as of late, this due to the high demand of people that have gotten their feet wet with a consumer level cameras and have decided to push upward.
Many professional photographers who have moved beyond the Canon 30, 40, 50D cameras series are left wondering when Canon is going to see fit to update the long standing Canon EOS 5D, a true professional level camera offering a full frame sensor with all of the benefits. The only complaint that 5D owners have had through the use of the camera is the seemingly slow shutter cycle speed, 3 frames per second, restricting the ability to achieve a burst rate that may actually capture something just milliseconds later when the moment may be more perfect than the one that was originally set to be captured.
The long rumored Canon 5D replacement has earned many different names and spec’s, without a base for any of them other than the hopes and needs of the current 5D owner base. The rumored specifications for the 5D replacement make it rival the features of the Canon EOS 1Ds-Mark III in all areas including frame rate, frame size, and even it’s disposition to foul weather, while these features would be nice I don’t honestly expect Canon to release a camera that will directly compete with their Flagship camera for photography professionals.