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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:

 

 

 

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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.

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