Archive for the 'Gear' Category

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Featured on Shotkit

Scroll down for English Version
 

Riesigen Spaß hat es mir gemacht dieses Titelbild zu erstellen 🙂
 
Mark von Shotkit hat mich gefragt ob ich ein Foto von mir und meinem Equipment für seine Seite machen will – seht selbst was dabei herausgekommen ist und wofür ich mein Equipment verwende.
 
Mehr meiner Fotos findet ihr hier unter http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at
Tragt euch in meinen Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/ ein!
 
Klickt auf die Bilder um zu den Artikel zu kommen

 

 

 

 
English Version
 
Making this featured image was lots of fun!
 
Mark from Shotkit asked me to do this Image and write about how I use my gear – it was a blast – thanks Mark
 
More of my pictures you can find here http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at
Be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/
 
Click on the images to jump to the article

 

 

 
More of my pictures you can find here http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at
Be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/
 

 

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Coming home – Nassplattenworkshop

Scroll down for English Version
 

Bevor ich richtig mit meinem Blogartikel zum Workshop beginne, möchte ich euch vorab erzählen wie ich nach Krumau gekommen bin.
 
pano
 
Meine alten Kameras kaufte ich bei einem Altwarenhändler in Tulln. Dieser sagte mir, dass meine Kameras von einem gewissen Herrn Seidel aus Krumau sind. Irgendwann erinnerte ich mich an diesen Satz und googelt nach Seidel und Krumau. Cesky Krumlov – eine Stadt voller Touristen uns Sehenswürdigkeiten – inklusive dem Museum Fotoatelier Seidel. Da will ich mal hin. Irgendwann später buchten wir einen Wellnesaufenthalt in Oberösterreich – garnicht weit weg von Krumau. Meine bessere Hälfte erinnerte mich an meinen Wunsch ins Atelier zu fahren und so taten wir es dann auch (Foto Dezember 2016)
 
_G5B7604
 
Wow – was für ein tolles Museum, samt benutzbaren Dunkelkammern und Studio im Wunderschönen Krumau. Ich hatte damals meine analoge Pentax ME umhängen und fotografierte das Museum. Durch die Pentax kam ich mit Martin ins Gespräch. Nach etwas Fachsimpelei über analoge Fotografie, erzählte ich Martin über meine Nassplattenfotografie und meine Kameras die von hier sind. Darauf fragte er mich, ob ich Lust hätte einen Workshop hier in Krumau zu halten – der Rest ist Geschichte.
 

_G5B2898
 
Es gab sogar so viele Anfragen, dass ich einen zweiten Workshoptag einplanen durfte. Ich hatte richtig viel Spaß mit den Teilnehmern beim Workshop und nahm auch eine meiner Kameras mit um die Gruppenfotos zu machen. Eine Heimkehr für die Kamera und ein besonderer Moment für mich. Im Leben beginnt immer alles mit einem kleinen Zufall, der in meinem Fall ganz schön große Auswüchse hatte.
 
_G5B2782
 
An beiden Tagen haben alle ganz toll zusammengearbeitet und einzigartige Kunstwerke entstehen lassen. Trotz langen stimmverbrauchenden Tagen, war ich Sonntagabend noch voller Energie am Heimweg. Und das liegt nicht zuletzt an euch, da ihr mir so viel positive Energie zurückgegeben habt.
Deshalb gibt es schon einen neunen Vorabtermin am 4 und 5. November für den nächsten Workshop in Krumau. Sobald dieser fix bestätigt ist, gibt es wieder Infos über meine Kanäle.
 
_G5B2489
 

Danke an Pro Digital und Hensel für die tolle Unterstützung. Großen Dank auch an Martin und sein Team vom Museum Seidel für die Bereitstellung der Räume und der vielen Liebe zum Detail. Seht einfach mal im Museum vorbei und bucht dort eine Fotosession. Ich durfte die Ergebnisse vorort sehen und war begeistert. Ihr leistet top Arbeit! Last but not least – danke an Alex für die top Fotoreportage.
 
Hier eine Videozusammenstellung vom Workshop, weiter unten folgen ein paar Fotos.
 

 
Wenn ihr selber so eine Entstehung miterleben und so ein absolutes Einzelstück besitzen wollt, dann kontaktiert mich über meine Webseite: http://zeitreise.jetzt
Ihr könnt auch Workshops bei mir machen, wenn ihr selbst eine Platte erstellen wollt.
 
Benutzte Tools:
Stativ, Hensel Tria 6000 Generator, EH Pro 6000 Blitzkopf, Hensel Grand 90, Hensel Expert D 1000 Kompaktblitz, 12″ Reflektor EH, Wabenset dazu
 
Vertrieb Österreich: http://www.pro-digital.at
Vertrieb Deutschland: https://hensel.eu/unser-aussendienst/
Vertrieb International: https://hensel.eu/en/locations/
 
Tragt euch in meinen Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/ ein, um mehr davon zu sehen.
 
_G5B2417
 
_G5B2434
 
_G5B2493
 
_G5B2497
 
_G5B2505
 
_G5B2534
 
_G5B2541
 
_G5B2545
 
_G5B2673
 
_G5B2679
 
_G5B2703
 
_G5B2725
 
_G5B2820
 
_G5B2845
 
_G5B2875-Edit
 
_G5B2882
 
_G5B2981
 
_G5B2993
 
_G5B3007
 
_G5B3046
 
_G5B3139
 
_G5B3141
 
_G5B3187
 
_G5B3201
 
_G5B3221
 
_G5B3236
 
English Version
 

Before I start this blog post about my workshop, I want to tell you how I came to Krumlov
 
pano
 
I got my old cameras at an antique shop in Tulln, the guy there told me that my cameras origin is from Krumlov in the Czech Republic – from Mr. Seidel. So, I googled that later and figured, that there is a Museum Seidel in Krumlov. I was sure now, that I wanna see the museum sometimes. Later that year we planned a wellness weekend in Upper Austria – very close to Krumlov. Alex reminded me about the Museum and so we spent a visit there. (photo was taken on December 2016)
 
_G5B7604
 
Wow – what a great museum that was, you got everything there, starting from original darkrooms to the original studio. I carried my analog Pentax ME with me to take pictures of our tour. Because of the old SLR, I had a conversation with Martin of the Museum. I told him about my wetplate photography and about my cameras that are from Mr. Seidel. After that, he asked me if I want to do a Workshop there and the rest is history.
 

_G5B2898
 
For the workshop, I got so many requests that I did a second day too. I had tons of fun with all participants during the workshop. One of my cameras came with me to do a group shot on a bigger plate. “Coming home” with my camera was a very special moment for me. It makes my historic wetplate work even more unique. As you can see, all things in life art starting small. In this case, it turned out pretty big at the end.
 
_G5B2782
 
I experienced great teamwork on both days, everybody created their unique piece of art. Despite long working days and little lack of voice on Sunday evening, I had still lots of energy left, because I got it from you guys during the workshop.
That’s the reason the next Workshop will probably be on 4th and 5th of November. As soon as this is fixed, you get all information about that on all my channels.
 
_G5B2489
 

Thanks to Pro Digital and Hensel for their great support. A big thanks goes also to Martin and his team from Museum Seidel for letting us do the workshop in this great building and their love for detail. Be sure to book a photo shooting in Fotoatelier Seidel in Krumlov if you are there. You gonna love their work. Last but not least – thanks to Alex for doing a great reportage!
 
Check out the workshop video and scroll up for some pictures.

 
If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://zeitreise.jetzt
I do workshops too so you can build your own tintype.
 

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/
 
Used Tools:
Stativ, Hensel Tria 6000 Generator, EH Pro 6000 Blitzkopf, Hensel Grand 90, Hensel Expert D 1000 Kompaktblitz, 12″ Reflector EH, Wabenset dazu
 
Distribution Austria: http://www.pro-digital.at
Distribution Germany: https://hensel.eu/unser-aussendienst/
International Distribution: https://hensel.eu/en/locations/
 

 

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Das beste Objektiv der Welt – the best lens in the world

Scroll Down for English Version
 
 
Heutzutage ist es nicht einfach, wenn man einfach nur ein neues Objektiv kaufen will.
Es gibt so viel Auswahl und jeder Hersteller schwört darauf, dass sein Objektiv das Beste ist.
Am Ende des Tages wollen alle aber nur das Eine – unser Geld.
 
Neue Objektive sind hochwertiger, schärfer, mit vielen Linsen und haben Antiflarebeschichtungen – um nur ein paar Argumente zu nennen.
 
DAS BRAUCHT DOCH KEINER!
Eine meiner über 100 Jahre alten Petzval Linsen ist so knackscharf, dass man mehr Poren auf einer Nassplatte sieht, als so manchem lieb ist. Und in diesem Ding sind gerade einmal zwei Gläser.
Hierbei reden wir von einem 100 Jahre alten Objektiv (das übrigens jetzt auch wieder für gutes Geld als neu verkauft wird https://shop.lomography.com/de/lenses)
Selbst auf Kickstarter finden sich immer wieder Hersteller, die ihre alten Objektive „neu“ erfinden.
Warum nicht gleich die alten Objektive weiterverwenden? Seht euch mal den Youtubekanal von Mathieu Stern an: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYX22a35sKhA0T6ee7uZfvg
Der verwendet um ganz kleines Geld (unter 50 Euro) sehr coole Objektive, die sich qualitativ hinter neuen Objektiven nicht verstecken müssen.
 
Natürlich übertreibe ich hier ein wenig. Aber ich will euch nur klar machen, dass man auch schon früher gewusst hat, wie man gute Objektive baut.
 

Mein Canon 35mm 1.4 (erste Version) gibt es seit 1998.
Warum ich mich trotzdem für diesen alten Knochen entschieden habe, will ich euch kurz erklären:
 
Canon 35mm 1.4 II
Es gibt seit Kurzem die Version 2 dieses Objektivs – Kostenpunkt: um die 2000€.
Ein wirklich tolles Objektiv, das Ken Rockwell als das schärfste 35mm Objektiv bezeichnet: http://kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/35mm-f14.htm
Wie ihr auch auf seiner Seite nachlesen könnt, ist es nicht so hochwertig gebaut wie die „alte“ Version und hat auch nicht so ein schönes Bokeh (ist ein in der Fotografie verwendeter Begriff für die Qualität eines Unschärfebereichs – wikipedia) wie die alte Version.
Meiner Ansicht nach ist auf meiner Canon 5D MKIII zu wenig Schärfeunterschied zu sehen, als dass sich 1200 Euro Aufpreis für die Version 2 auszahlen würden.
 
Canon 35mm 2.0 IS
Eine Alternative für mich, wäre auch noch das Canon 35mm 2.0 IS gewesen. Man verliert hier eine Blende, dafür gibt es einen Bildstabilisator. Und es ist auch um einiges leichter. Ich habe es mir für einen Kundenauftrag ausgeborgt und war sehr angetan davon. Abgeneigt war ich deshalb, da es keine L Linse ist (L bezeichnet die Pro Linie von Canon) und sicher nicht so lange hält (Bei der Arbeit gehe ich nicht immer besonders sorgsam mit meinem Werkzeug um, da ich ja arbeiten und nicht Museumsstücke herumtragen will)
 

Sigma, Tamron und Konsorten
Das Sigma 35 1.4 Art wird von jeder Seite her gelobt. Ich selbst hatte es für einen Kundenauftrag und war sehr begeistert. Tolle Haptik und superscharf. Leider hilft all das nicht. Warum?
Sigma (und alle anderen Hersteller) bekommt von Canon keine Info wie der Autofocus funktioniert.
Also müssen sie reverse engineering betreiben und sozusagen rekonstruieren wie denn so ein Autofocus funktionieren könnte. Damit handelt sich Sigma manchmal Probleme ein – so wie jetzt gerade der manuelle Fokus bei manchen Objektiven nicht so richtig tut wie er soll auf einer Canon 5D MKIV. Deshalb gibt es seit Kurzem von Sigma ein USB Dock, an das man die Objektive anpassen und updaten kann, sollte der Autofocus nicht mit der eigenen Kamera funktionieren. Oder man schickt die Kamera und das Objektiv zu Sigma und die machen das. In meinem Fall wären das 3 Kameras.
Ich selber habe ein 50mm Sigma, das leider nur an zwei Kameras funktioniert. Keiner konnte mir bis jetzt dabei weiterhelfen (weder Sigma noch Canon). Nicht so schlimm, da es an meiner Hauptkamera gut funktioniert.
Wenn man nur eine Kamera besitzt und Sigma (Sigma steht hier für alle nicht Canon Hersteller, wie Tamron und Co.) hat, das gut funktioniert, wäre das doch ein super Deal.
JEIN – Mein ganzes Equipment ist zum Neupreis versichert und als die Frontlinse des Sigmas locker war (sicher durch meine eigene Schuld), brachte ich es zum Sigma Service – der KV dauerte eine Woche – die Reparatur länger – Ersatz oder Leihgeräte -> Fehlanzeige. Ich hab mir dann zwischenzeitlich ein günstiges 50mm 1.8 STM von Canon gekauft – Das funktioniert auf allen Kameras einwandfrei und ist überraschend scharf. Klare Empfehlung von mir!
Wenn ihr also nur eine Kamera besitzt und genügend Zeit habt (solltet ihr mal ein Problem mit der Linse haben) -> dann greift zu. Als Berufsfotograf kann ich das nicht.
 
Mein Canon 35mm 1.4 hat gebraucht vom Fachhändler inklusive Garantie 750 Euro gekostet – immer noch viel Geld – aber es wird mir auch Geld einbringen und lange halten und ich muß mir in Zukunft keine Sorgen machen.
 
DAS BESTE OBJEKTIV
 
Nicht alles was neu ist, ist besser – eine alte Linse mit Adapter kann ganz viel Spaß machen und kostet nur einen Pappenstiel. Gebrauchte Objektive sind immer eine gute Option (mein Canon 135 2.0 habe ich auch so gekauft und liebe es – viele meiner Portraits sind damit entstanden). Das beste Objektiv der Welt gibt es in mehrfacher Ausführung seit vielen Jahren, ob ihr das neueste beste Objektiv der Welt benötigt, müsst ihr für euch selbst entscheiden – ich bezweifle es in vielen Fällen.
 
Hier noch zwei Fotos in hoher Auflösung von meinem Canon 35mm 1.4 – sieht doch ganz gut aus für ein fast 30 Jahre altes Objektiv.
 
Mehr meiner Fotos findet ihr hier unter http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at
 

Tragt euch in meinen Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/ ein!
 

_g5b7594
 
_g5b7635
 

 
English Version
 

It’s not easy today to just buy a new lens. There are so many choices available and every manufacturer wants to make you feel, he’s the only one who produces the best product.
At the end of the day everybody just wants the best of you – your money.
 
New lenses are high end, sharper, have lots of glass inside and do have anti flare coatings – just to name a few arguments.
 
NOBODY NEEDS THAT!!!
One of my 100 years old Petzval lenses is so tick sharp, that you see much more details on the skin as people would like. And this lens has just two parts of glass in it.
I’m talking here about a more than 100 years old lens (by the way, you can buy this now new again for your favorite digital camera https://shop.lomography.com/de/lenses – yes it costs as much as other new lenses). Even on kickstarter you find old-school manufactures that reinvent their old lenses for new cameras.
My question there is, why don’t you buy an old lens for the beginning and use it on your camera with an adapter? Have a look at Mathieu Stern’s Youtube Chanel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYX22a35sKhA0T6ee7uZfvg. He uses old lenses for small budgets on new digital cameras – as you can see, they are really sharp and don’t have to hide behind new ones.
 
Of course I put things to extremes here, but I want to show you, that back then they also knew how to build good lenses.
 
My Canon 35mm 1.4 (fist version) exists since 1998 on the market.
Why I still decided to go for that old fart? Let me show you:
 
Canon 35mm 1.4 II
The new version costs about 2000€. What a great lens that is, even Ken Rockwell wrote that this is the sharpest 35mm that exists. http://kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/35mm-f14.htm
But you can also read there, that the new version is not build as well as the old one and it has also not an as pleasing bokeh (aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens – from wikipedia) as the old version.
And from my point of view, you cannot see much difference in sharpness on my 5D MKIII that makes sense to buy a lens that costs 1200€ more.
 
Canon 35mm 2.0 IS
I was also considering the Canon 35mm 2.0 IS for a while, because I used it during a customer shoot.
A really sharp lens with image stabilization – yes you lose one stop – but you get IS for that and a lighter lens to carry. I didn’t buy it, because it is not an L lens and that means for me, that it will not last long enough. (I often don’t take so much care about my tools during work– because I want to focus on taking good photographs and don’t want to worry that something could break)
 
Sigma, Tamron and others
The Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art is a wonderful lens. I used it for an event once and loved the outcome a lot. It’s so sharp, the autofocus is fast and it feels solid. But that’s only one side of the coin. Sigma (and all the other manufactures) are not getting any information about the Canon autofocus system. So they do reverse engineering on how a Canon autofocus could work. With that you get problems sometimes – like now some of the Sigma lenses have manual focus problems on a Canon 5D MKIV. That’s the reason you can buy an USB dock, to fine tune the autofocus or update your lens. You can also send your lens and your camera to Sigma to do an adjustment. I would have to send in three cameras…
My Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens only works on two cameras, until now nobody was able to help me to resolve this issue. Anyway it works well on my main camera and so I’m not putting more time into that issue.
That would mean, if you have only one camera and a Sigma Lens (sorry to write all the time about Sigma, I mean all other manufactures) everything is more than fine.
Yes and no: The front element on my Sigma 50mm 1.4 was lose (my own fault), so I brought it to Sigma and waited for a quote – I waited about a week and the repair took even longer. This would not bother me, when I would be able to get another lens for rent – I would have gladly paid for that. But they don’t offer a replacement during a repair.. So I bought a cheap Canon 50mm 1.8 stm meanwhile, to have a working 50mm lens in my bag (this lens is surprisingly sharp and works very well on all cameras and all that for under 100 Euros).
That means, if you have only one camera and you have time (if you need a repair) -> buy the Sigma lenses – they are really great for their value. As a pro I can’t do that.
 
I bought my used Canon 35mm 1.4 from a shop for 750€. It looked like new and I got warranty on it.
Still a lot of money, but it will also bring me money and I don’t have to be worried in the future about anything.
 
THE BEST LENS
 
Because it’s new, It does not have to be the better choice. An old lens with an adapter can be lots of fun and fits in everyone’s budget. Used lenses are always worth a thought (I got also my Canon 135mm 2.0 used and love it ever since – lots of my portraits came out of that lens).
The best lens in the world exists since many years and you get it in all different versions. You have to decide by yourself, if you need the newest best lens. I doubt it in the most cases.
 
Above you can see two HiRes shots with my Canon 35mm 1.4 – not bad for a nearly 30 year old lens, right?
 
More about my work: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at
 
Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/

 

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Größer als ein Auto: Weltgrößte Nassplattenkamera – World Largest Wet Plate Camera

Scroll down for English Version
 
Weltgrößte Nassplattenkamera
Plattengröße über 2 Meter
2000mm Objektiv
Shootings auch gerne vor Ort – bitte rechtzeitig voranmelden, damit ich einen Sattelschlepper mieten kann 🙂
 
Mehr über Nassplattenfotografie unter http://zeitreise.jetzt
 
Tragt euch in meinem Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/ ein!
 
Nassplattenfotografie-ganz-gross_1_(Markus_Hofstaetter)
 
Nassplattenfotografie-ganz-gross_4_(Markus_Hofstaetter)
 
Nassplattenfotografie-ganz-gross_3_(Markus_Hofstaetter)
 
Nassplattenfotografie-ganz-gross_2_(Markus_Hofstaetter)
 
English Version
 
World largest wet plate camera
plate size above Meter
2000mm petzval lens
Please book in advance for on location shootings, because I have to rent a semi trailer truck 🙂
 

More about wet plates: http://zeitreise.jetzt
 
Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/

 

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Canon 1DX and the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye lens hands on

During the photoadventure fair in Vienna I got my hands on the new Canon 1DX.

 

 

First thing I tried was the new autofocus. I am very happy with the autofocus of my 7d, the automatic af point selection in AI Servo mode works pretty well. But jumps around when too much people are moving at the same distance. Also in very dark areas its safer to work without the AI Servo mode.
On the 1DX I turned AI Servo and automatic point selection on (easy to change with the Mfn button like on the 7d).
You can imagine that a lot of people are running around on a fair. So I pointed one of the focus points in the face of a visitor and pressed the shutter half down (I prefer to have that focusing action on the af on button).
The visitor started moving thru the crowed and the focus system of the Canon 1DX was following him. No matter how many people crossed his way at the same distance and no matter how much I moved the camera, the camera kept focusing on his face. I guess the color detection af feature is responsible for this great result. I tried to shoot some pics in between of the visitor and every single one was sharp (Love the new function to zoom in at 100% with one time pushing the zoom button)
I had the feeling that the shutter is more quiet as the shutter on the 7d. I asked also for the face detection af, but the Canon guy told me that this feature is right now not working very well.(I just thought, who needs that feature if the normal af works that perfect)It will be full functional in a later firmware release.

 

Another thing was, that the camera felt pretty heavy with the 70-200 2.8. Again I can only compare it to the 7D with the battery extension.

 

I know, everybody wants to know the performance in low light situations. (The girl behind me was very excited about that)
The memory card slots were taped, so no chance for posting pictures here, I only can post my experiences about the image quality with checking the lcd on the cam (btw, that one looks realy great and I also liked the new menu a lot)
The camera was set to L jpg with noise reduction on. So I changed the cam to raw and tried some shots with ISO 25600 and 51200. As expected I was able to see some noise on the pictures, but its tough to compare that to other cams when you are only able to check them on the camera screen. I just can tell you that I did not see any horizontal or vertical lines (like other websites netioned) in the noise, I had the feeling they look very good for that high ISO. I changed the setting back to iso 6400 and shot some pictures. Checking those on the screen was pretty amazing, I could not see any noise on the screen . Would realy be interesting how they look like on the pc.

 

 

Finally I got my hands on the new fisheys zoom lens. I tried it on a full frame and on a crop body. Somehow liked it more on the crop body, because you have the same view as on the full frame. How come? On the full frame at 8mm you have a lot of black nothing around the picture, the crop camera has less “black nothing” and so I had the feeling you get more resolution out of it at 8 mm. The build quality is very good and I guess this baby could give me some amazing views during a big tournament. I also liked the minimum focus distance a lot. Makes fun to shoot close up faces with that lens 😉

 

 

Posted by Markus | Filed in Gear | 1 Comment »

 

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

My thoughts about the new Canon EOS-1DX

Here it is now, the new flagship from Canon. The Canon Eos 1DX.

 

 

A full frame DSLR with 18mpix, a new autofocus system that can handle face recognition, up to 12 frames per second (14 jpg only), ISO 50 to 204800 (100 to 51200 native), a 1gb lan port and much more. Here is the full spec list:

 

Canon EOS-1D X
• Full Frame
• 18.1MP
• Dual DIGIC 5+ – 17 Times The Processing Power of DIGIC 4
• ISO 100-51200 Native
• 100,000 Pixel RGB Metering Sensor
• EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis)
• 61 Point AF
• 21 f/5.6 Cross Type Sensors
• 20 f/4 Cross Type Sensors
• 5 f/2.8 Dual Cross Type Sensors
• EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking & Recognition Auto Focus)
• 12 Frames Per Second
• 14 Frames Per Second JPG Only
• 400,000 Shot Rated Shutter
• Ethernet Connection
• March Availability

 

If you read thru this specs it looks like Canon makes wishes come true.
So why would that camera be interesting for me?
First of all I am shooting Pool tournaments and there is not such thing like enough light.
I remember shooting in Prague with ISO 6400 and 12800 with 1/20 of a second at F 2.8.
While ISO 3200 is pretty good on my 7D and 6400 is still ok sometimes, 12800 is only worth shooting when you get a bright picture afterwards (just to freeze something).
I would be happy to shoot sometimes ISO 25600 and above without thinking too much about noise. Here an example of a ISO 12800 shot from my 7D:

 

 

Full frame….I really love the crop and the extra zoom I get from it, but if the camera is really that good in high ISO I could easily use a 1,4 extender and shoot with F4.0. Another thing is that high ISO could also replace the image stabilization system. Did you ever think about that?

 

If the new autofocus with face recognition works well, it would be a big help for me. The autofocus on the 7D is already a little masterpiece, but in dark environments I have the feeling that my 40D does a better job. So lets see what the 1DX can do for me here. I love to shoot street at night, but never changed from the 40D to the 7D. Here is an exmple of what I mean:

 

 

A lan port for picture transfer sounds great and there are some new buttons too. To see the new joystick for portrait mode made me very happy. It was always so complicated to get my fingers on the landscape one.
For sure the price is far away from all other cams I bought by now. Anyway, after it is available I will rent it for an event and will make afterwards a decision if it is worth it or not. But I had already two times a bad experience with the weather sealing on the 40D and the 7D. The 7D went back to CPS after the humid air in China. And after shooting a sunrise in the rain of Florida both cams had to dry for two days until they worked as expected again. And I think I will not have that problems with a 1 series camera.

 

First impression: Canon well done!

 

 

Posted by Markus | Filed in Gear, photos | Comment now »

 

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Shooting Jenny with the new Pentax 645D

First of all I have to say thanks to the guys from www.digitalkameraverleih.com .
(A very good place to rent a camera if you are from Vienna or Lower Austria.)
They gave me the opportunity today to try the new Pentax 645D with 40 mega pixel:

 

 

I am a DSLR guy and it was the first time in my live to use a medium format camera.
Maybe you guys think it will be difficult to use that camera without any explanation….
But it’s not! It took me about 30 seconds to find out how to change ISO, shutter speed and aperture.
Usage is very intuitive and smooth. I was surprised how accurate and fast the autofocus was. For sure not that fast like on my 7D, but guys we are talking here about a studio cam. I tried two lenses and on both lenses the focus was perfect on every shot.(The last picture in the gallery was my fault, with F4.0 and 125mm the depth of field is very small. And aiming on the hair will not work if you want to have sharp eyes 😉 )

 

High ISO is also no problem with that camera. Up to ISO 1600 and the noise level is amazingly low for that kind of camera(I saw samples from other medium format cameras that were worse at ISO 800 or 400). I put one 100% ISO 1600 crop (freehand shot from the late afternoon) in the gallery, so you can see what I am talking about.
But the camera is made for studio sessions….and as a DSLR guy I was pretty amazed about the picture quality. I put also a 100% ISO 100 crop in the gallery to make you guys drop your jaws 😉

 

Last but not least I wanna say thanks to Jenny (I hope I spelled your name right).
She is the beautiful girl on the other end of the camera and made this session even more special.

 

Now enjoy the photos:

 

 

 

Posted by Markus | Filed in Gear, photos | 1 Comment »

 

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Just got my new Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8 L IS II USM

I will use this lens for the European Championship. It’s really stunning how Canon improved the IS on this lens. From my point of view it is a little bit sharper and the IS is a little bit more silent then the previous version.

I will be able to do a little review after the next tournament (Sunday).

 

Here are two test shots to show you how accurate the IS is working:
7d / 200mm / 2.8 / 1/50 sec
http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/dforum/IMG_7542.jpg

7d /200mm / 2.8 / 1/8 sec (just a capture of my LCD Display)
http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/dforum/IMG_7553.jpg

For sure I was shooting booth pics without a stand.

Posted by Markus | Filed in Gear, other, photos | Comment now »