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Canon release a new 24mm EF-S STM pancake prime for their crop sensor DSLR's

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Sunday, October 5, 2014,
Image source : Canon


Although the 40mm EF Pancake STM was a corker of a prime lens, there was something a little restrictive about it's 40mm angle on an APS-C sensor. Sure, the pictures it produced were extremely crisp even at the f2.8 aperture thanks to it using the same UDF like coating found in L lenses, in fact it was even sharper and vastly more capable of retaining more detail than a number of actual L lenses also, there was also no barrel distortion at all with it being an EF lens on a ...
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The Canon EOS-M suddenly becomes much more attractive as a potential secondary compact or backup picture box with RAW still image shooting capabilities…(…@ less than or around half price)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, October 3, 2014,
image source : Canon UK

I've always been a firm advocate of Sony's line of Alpha NEX mirrorless compacts as far as mirrorless APS-C based snapper gear goes, this is despite being a long time Canon user. However with a recent significant sharp price drop of the EOS-M (Canon's first and currently only mirrorless compact interchangeable lens camera) it might be time to re-assess what it originally got trounced for in always being slammed for trying to compete with Sony's Alpha NEX range of APS-C ...

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Tenba PM17C Messenger bag 638-231

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, February 17, 2014, In : Accessories 
words and image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


Laptop bags for 17 inch monsters of a decent quality and decent design tend to be far and few between. Even amidst the rare few manufacturers that are willing to provide for such uncommon 'want to port' laptop dimensions, they're usually a little hit and miss in terms of actual fit. Then you also have the extremes of visually pleasing design at a premium, cheese grater like visual appearance but extreme quality in terms of strength/dura...

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YONGNUO RF-603C wireless radio flash trigger

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Accessories 
words and image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


The RF-603C usually comes as a pair. The reason being that one is usually mounted on the hot-shoe mount of your Canon DSLR and acts as the master radio wireless flash trigger, and the other will act as the receiver whilst usually having a flashgun mounted on it that doesn't have radio wireless flash capabilities, which basically completes your simple off camera radio wireless flashgun trigger setup. You can also buy additional RF-603C u...
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Rambling opinion on what I reckon of the Sony a7R and a7 sometime way after release, (... without any actual hands on)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : Camera's 
words: Eksovichea Tito Hak   image source/photographer : official Sony website



So it looks like that if I ever finally get round to going full frame on a digital camera, the Sony a7R or a7 would more or less fulfil my requirements with the way things currently stand, and it's definitely something I would seriously consider as an option.

If I ever did get the cash I would have maybe opted for the Sony a99, however the idea was sort of dead in the water in my particular case as it would have requ...

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The mirror viewfinder vs electronic viewfinder/LCD screen (...trade offs)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : neural bytes 
words and image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


I was looking forward to using a regular mirror viewfinder again having been stuck with using crappy low resolution LCD screens on various point and shoots for some time, and I guess in situations where the LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder could potentially get broken or fail to then impede on your ability to actually seriously take pictures, a regular mirror viewfinder will ensure you've still got something to preview and frame y...

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Sony VCL-ECU1 ultra-wide converter x0.75 for the 16mm f2.8 e-mount pancake lens (not to be confused with the VCL-ECF1 which is the fish-eye version)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : NEX lenses 
words and image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak



It doesn't cause any degradation of image quality. So if there are any flaws they're from the original pancake lens itself. It pretty much does exactly what it says, its converts the pancake lens into an ultra-wide angle lens at what should be 10mm without going all fisheye effect. Sure, a decent DSLR ultra-wide angle lens might give you better image quality, but getting something like that for a DSLR at arounf f2.8 would weigh in at ab...
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Sony e-mount 16mm f.2.8 pancake lens

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : NEX lenses 
words and image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


I won't try to justify what this lens can or can't do against all the other reviews that have gone before about it. It's not a new lens so you'll find plenty of reviews that pretty much all say the same thing. But to put it simply, if you know the lenses claimed limitations and how to work around/with some of them via the buttons you have on your camera for different settings, then I reckon you'll be quite pleased with the potential res...

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YN560-III speedlight flash

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, In : Accessories 
words and image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


Essentially a general external camera flash with manual controls, it will work on Canon or Nikon DSLR's. It's manual in the sense that the flash settings won't automatically change as you alter the settings on your Canon DSLR camera body and lens. You have to tap in the appropriate intended settings that you're going to use on your camera via the controls on the back of the flash even when its mounted on the camera!  Flashguns with auto...

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Canon 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM EF-S lens (made in Taiwan)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, In : canon lenses 
words and image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


This lens more commonly comes as part of a kit, but it can also be bought on its own as an aftermarket option. Generally quite a sharp EF-S kit lens specifically designed for digital crop sensors. So 17mm is 17mm with this lens just as 85mm on this lens at the tele end is 85mm when used with a crop sensor Canon dslr. Its technically and physically one of the better examples of an EF-S kit lens when compared to the 18-135mm version and t...

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Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM EF lens (... made in Japan)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Saturday, January 11, 2014, In : canon lenses 
words and image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak



Not the smallest of zoom lenses although light (compared to the Defractive Optics (DO) version which is also much heavier despite being smaller and a little slower on the aperture front in starting out at f4.5, although the IS gives you a 2 to 3 stop advantage for image steadiness), but its certainly much smaller and lighter than its much costlier L lens counterpart of the same zoom range and aperture rating.

This is also the replacement...

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DSLR Controller Beta (for android)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Saturday, January 11, 2014, In : software 
words & image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


Essentially an android app that will allow you to control Canon DSLR's via an android phone or tablet whilst also giving you a live-view on your android device screen. The size of the live-view display that you can use is only limited by the size of your android devices screen. The live-view stream to your android device can be rendered at up to 30 fps if you're using a direct USB cable connection. I'm not sure how it handles over a wi-fi...

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Stumped for lack of a laptop/desktop client for your mobi eye-fi card?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, January 10, 2014, In : Accessories 
words & image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


Maybe you blew 50 quid on a class 10 16GB mobi eye-fi SD card with the intention of adding some fast and fuss free wi-fi capabilities to your compact camera or DSLR,... only to realise too late that the mobi versions compatibility is limited to android and iOS devices via the freely downloadable software. ...camera wi-fi adding fail fail. 

Yup, it turns out that you need the pro x 2 version of the eye-fi card if you want fully supported la...

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Canon 40mm f2.8 EF pancake prime lens (made in Malysia)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, January 10, 2014, In : canon lenses 
words & image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak



In a word...impressive.

This lens is extremely crisp and sharp. It was eye pleasingly contrasty and punchy on the colours front when I needed it to be without my having to necessarily drop into the menu settings to change picture style settings. (Almost as if it knew what I wanted without my having to tell it/set it).

Even without a lens hood It handled a number of daylight backlit situations near a window and a certain amount of glare quit...

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Canon 50mm f1.8 MKII EF lens (EF a full frame) on a crop sensor body...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, January 10, 2014, In : canon lenses 
words & image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak


Some people complain you can't fit much in the frame using a 50mm full frame lens on a 1.6x crop sensor body which is true. But maybe it might be worth considering that an 85mm f1.8 EF lens costs around about 300 to 500GBP depending on where you buy and whether it's brand new or second hand.

A 50mm EF lens on a Canon 1.6x crop sensor camera body will give you an 80mm equivalent viewing field, which is very close to using the 85mm EF lens ...
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Is it worth getting the NEX 16mm f2.8 prime lens for your Sony NEX camera?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, In : NEX lenses 
So I was weighing up the pros and cons of whether it was worth getting a Sony NEX 16mm f2.8 pancake lens in already having the NEX 18-55mm zoom lens to use, and having conducted a much more thorough round of research on it, this is what I can conclude.

The NEX 16mm f2.8 lens has significantly lower default barrel distortion than the Samsung 16mm f2.4 equivalent on their Mirrorless Compact System (MCS) camera range, and generally it could be said that the 16mm Sony lens on the Sony MCS perform ...

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shooting tips - Getting the most out of your Sony NEX-F3 (Central weighted, flexi-spot or multi-zone focus?...and why it's still worth shooting in JPG on the F3)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : NEX-F3 
Focus

I generally only ever use the central weighted focus setting for measured macro photography snaps, in such situations it's easier to see the focal detail without necessarily having to drop into the zoom view mode all the time to check focus detail. There's also the fact that in most cases you'll also optionally have far more time to fine tune settings and drop into zoom preview mode anyway.

It's also perfectly possible to use the central weighted focus setting on infinity focus snaps too,...

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The 18-55mm kit lens isn't as bad as some people would have it...(... from taking pictures using this lens thus far, this is what I can conclude from my experience of it)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : tips 
People complain about the lens distortion at the widest viewing point on the Sony E-mount 18-55mm lens. But these are the types of people who usually don't know how to use a lens that has been designed to incorporate the broadest range of shooting styles. At 18mm the SEL 18-55mm does exhibit some slight image curvature,(obviously nowhere as much as an actual fish eye lens) however for the types of pictures that many people want to take, it often helps create more of a dramatic visual effect w...

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How to get RAW image capture features on a compact camera? (...buy a powershot SX130)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Camera's 
The powershot SX130 already gets part way their to a sort of D-SLR feel but in compact none interchangeable lens form. Pixel count isn't everything, especially when it comes to image quality, and even at 12 megapixels the SX130 still produces excellent quality images. But aside from the large D-SLR like LCD screen and sort of similar control layout (bar a few buttons and dials) there was just something about it that felt a little incomplete in not having RAW image capture capability. That was...

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Ricoh 16 megapixel APS-C but smaller and none modular...(...pocketably smaller)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : Camera's 
It only seemed appropriate to keep the run of stuff on snapper gear going, at least the stuff that caught my interest, and having briefly mentioned Ricoh recently it looks like they've decided to extend their APS-C camera range beyond their modular "chop 'n' change" parts of their GXR series that are available for the general consumers side to optionally throw money at amidst all the other competition. They've now made a none modular stand alone APS-C sensor camera for people to optionally bu...

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Canon powershot SX150 IS...(...hands on quick review and general impressions)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Camera's 
Its a pocket-able (as in it actually fits in your pocket) JPG only camera with 12x optical zoom. Ideal as a backup camera for people who have DSLR and want to take snaps where a DSLR or MSC might be a little impractical (in JPG). The control layout is roughly the same as on a DLSR too. What do I reckon? [...what I reckon]
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Tru digital x0.45 58mm thread wide angle multiplier lens

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : lenses 
wide camera angles are great. It basically means you can fit more in the picture/frame without having to physically move, which is ideal if you're in a confined space or in a situation where you're not able to move any further backward in order to fit more in the picture frame. But for all those who are shooting in wide open spaces (if not lacking the will from sheer laziness) lacking the common sense, you can simply just move back a few metres and crop the top and bottom of the image down a ...

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I was reading a number of user responses on various sites and blogs, from what I gather there seemed to be a little confusion about what the "L" means on canon lenses and what the difference between a prime and zoom lens is...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : tips 
L is a lens grading created by Canon and are specific to canon lenses. Some people reckon the "L" denotes "luxury" (more likely correct) but I'm personally partly more inclined to go with "Low dispersion" for the sake of diplomacy, but then again if that were entirely true the entire time L lenses have existed why did they not call them LD lenses to begin with? It's like someone just makes this stuff up as they go along whilst deciding to say it mean "Low dispersion" in order to sound like it...

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Canon 35-135 mm 1:4-5.6 USM lens...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : lenses 
It's not the most current of lenses, but the optics on this thing as far as I can gather would give modern equivalents a serious run for their money. The USM (ultrasonic motor) is neither here nor there in this day and age, since it could still be considered as noisy when put against the SEL 18-55 mm which is virtually silent whilst working the auto focus. But since I was using the canon 35-135 mm in full manual mode there wasn't any motor noise to be bothered by. My full verdict on this lens...
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18-55 mm Sony E-mount O.S.S. kit lens...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Accessories 
I'd finally managed to get hold of an actual NEX lens to use with the F3 body. Overall I was pretty impressed, here what I made of it. [18-55 mm Sony E-mount O.S.S. kit lens]
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slightly different effects using Sony NEX-F3 built in pop flash

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : tips 
Ok so the NEX-F3 has a very handy built in pop up flash. But you might find that the intensity of it might be a little too much for certain styles of pictures if you want that more edgy use of light and shadow contrast on still subjects. One solution is to obviously use a flash difusser/bounce diffuser which helps reduce the intensity of the flash in subduing it or bouncing it and using the ambient light created by it.

However I couldn't be bothered making a fiddly makeshift paper effort for i...

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Sanyo's ENELOOP high capacity NiHM AA & AAA batteries, some of the best batteries that you can buy to use with your camera gear...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : Accessories 
Rechargeable NiMH AA size batteries generally tend to be pretty bad at lasting the course, especially from experience of using some well known high-street brands such as ENERGIZER (formally Eveready) and Duracell. Unlike Li-ion batteries they generally tend to suffer from the milk bottle effect of not being able to fully charge like when they were new through irregular patterns of charging. They were pretty much useless after a 10 or 20 charge cycles over a few months. 

Fortunately though the ...

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Don't buy a new camera bag, re-use your barely used messenger or flight bags that you've got piling up (buy lens pouches instead

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : Accessories 
Why I reckon lens pouches are a good thing. [lens pouches]
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YONGNU WJ-60 LED macro ring

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Accessories 
Simplified an all in one macro light ring solution consisting of 60 LED's. Batteries not included. [review

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Sony NEX-F3 1.01 firmware released...(...still doesn't fix battery drain)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, In : NEX-F3 
photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak
 
Finally the first firmware update for the F3 has been released in the form of 1.01. Generally there's not much in there in the way of anything that would address the more pressing issues of things like battery drain of around 4 to 5% even when the camera is switched off over a 6 to 7 hour period at a time. (maybe due to user inaccessible wireless activity?). The only thing the new update really adds is tuning for optic compensation for the specific character...

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Solutions for the short battery span on the NEX-F3?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, In : Accessories 
photograher: Eksovichea Tito Hak

 With NEX-F3's lack luster battery life performance using the official supplied OEM NP-FW50 lithium -Ion battery, I was kind of thinking an extended battery pack might be something to consider if it was something that was an unfixable flaw of the F3 iteration. But generally having to constantly have an extended hand grip battery pack attached to it at all times would have defeated the purpose of having a NEX camera body to begin with .i.e. having full D-SLR cap...
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Adobe Lightroom and Adobe CS (4,5 or 6) is it an either or thing?... (...you'll still need some sort of image editor)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, In : software 
Is there any point to using Lightroom 4 if you already have CS4 or later? Not necessarily purely because you can already do everything that Light room 4 does from your CS4 (or later) and much more. However, having said that Lightroom 4 does present a more user friendly all in one application that integrates all the various elements from the different and vastly more extensive individual apps within the comprehensive CS4/5/6 suites that are relevant to the specific purpose of photography and m...

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PENTACON 2.8/135MM M42 lens antics on a NEX-F3

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, February 21, 2013, In : lenses 
photographer: Eksovichea Tito Hak

 Vintage lenses. I always had the impression that vintage in this kind of area meant sentimental reasons for artificially inflated prices regardless of the actual quality of optics against more modern options. But as it turns out the PENTACON 2.8/135MM has actual substance rather than just being sentimental hype. Apparently though they were who Carl Zeiss camara glass manufacturers were before they actually became Carl Zeiss. Click this to see the full extent ...
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NEX-3N is definitely a-go...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : NEX camera news 
The NEX-3N antics are REAlly real-real to seemingly now be gathering the momentum of full steam ahead after the whole "it still might not happen" like reserve going on even with whole steady stream of leaks being fed to us. Word now has it that we can expect to see the servo power zoom lens control capable snapper (/video shooter) refresh released as early as spring. From the pre-release press snaps you can see that there's been a noticeable reduction in its overall size from the F3 whilst re...
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The kind of blur in pictures that you might actually want...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, February 18, 2013, In : tips 
We all hate unwanted camera image blur from camera shake or the type of unintentional motion blur that subdues the clarity of the main focal point of interest when snapping a moving subject, but there are times when the blur can be a very desirable artistic effect when intentionally playing with a shallower focal depth on a lens. It can help to more subtly draw attention to a focal point using the blur as a means of subtly cropping an image whilst at the same retaining the rest of the image t...

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It looks like the NEX-3N with power zoom servo controlled lens is going to be getting a shot at a consumer slot after all...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, February 18, 2013, In : NEX camera news 
It looks like the NEX-3N hullaballoo is starting to flesh out some actual substance with official press snaps, this is despite the short falls of potential battery drain for a standardised internally fitting battery, it actually looks like they might be going ahead with a NEX-3N update having power zoom servo motored lens control features. As far as I was aware the pro range of NEX camcorders have much more convenient external clip on batteries meaning they can pretty much be any size you can...

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Is using Adobe Photoshop and/or Light room for post snapped digital picture processing cheating?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Sunday, February 17, 2013,
In my personal opinion and in a word, no. You need it if you are serious about digital photography as a pro or enthusiast.
 
Long ago when 35mm camera film ruled and digital camera's were a mere comic book fantasy, there were numerous factors beyond just the type of camera you were using and the photographers ability to use a camera that would determine how pictures would turn out. Obviously the type of camera, camera optics and your actual ability would have a significant/huge outcome on how y...

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My rambling thoughts on Sony's NEX-F3 after a few weeks of use...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, February 14, 2013, In : NEX-F3 
Its far from a complete review, mainly because I've not actually tried it out with an actual NEX camera lens or used a fully electronic lens mount adaptor for it whilst using it with a Canon lens. I was originally going to wait till after I'd actually acquired some kind of auto focus and aperture kit for it, but the lack up NEX camera related items made me think I ought to just post it just for the sake of having something to post. Anyhow here's the link if you're interested
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Miss-conceptions about low camera ISO settings...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, In : tips 
For the remedial's who will most likely apply this to made up manufacturing quality standards ratings in not fully understanding it was originally used to rate the suitability of drinking water and nothing more, not the quality of manufactured products. (such is the influence of China). 

The ISO settings in camera's has absolutely nothing to do with the a fore mentioned convoluted and miss-understood meaning when talking about camera settings. Originally when talking about cameras ISO ratings ...
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rumors of a NEX-3N are already on the brew

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, February 7, 2013, In : NEX rumors 
The NEX rumor mills are turning, and supposed pictures of a NEX 3N are surfacing. What is the rumored NEX 3N claimed to have that the current camera bodies don't? Full on NEX camcorder servo lens control that’s usually reserved for their larger pro NEX camcorder bodies, that's what. Do I reckon the pictures of a potential 3N are real regardless of whether a compact NEX-3N body with electronic servo zoom control makes it to market or not? (Although I reckon it looks remarkably like a C3, whi...

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...it takes "D-SLR quality pictures"....

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, In : neural bytes 
I'm trying to not drop into the depths of fanboyism to spout unfounded crap based on an emotional response in some bid to try and blindly defend something I might personally feel undermines something I very much enjoy that relates to a product. Which essentially is fanboyism.  

 
Lets define what a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera is.

In a world where companies are trying to make money, and business acumen often dictates the bounds of what is what in a bid to make consumers part with the...

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90's 35-135mm canon USM lens antics...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : NEX-F3 
With the manual EOS lens to E-mount adaptor having dropped through the letter box I had chance to embark on some full on manual canon 35-135mm EF USM lens antics, meaning there wasn't any means of digitally recording aperture settings (Not that its really essential for the task of taking pictures). Another problem was that the EOS lens adaptor I'd acquired had no clicky F stop lock on it for aperture control, so it was a case of adjusting the numberless smooth action sliding bezel aperture co...
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Circular or petal lens shade hood? (...why petal shade hoods were designed)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : tips 
It’s a taken that the point of a lens hood is to help avoid glare in bright light situations such as where great amounts of direct sunlight is present, especially at the further reaches of telescopic zoom on a zoom lens. Conventional thinking might suggest that the greater the shade provided by the hood the better, especially if you slap the word pro on it (as in short for the word professional and not prostitute) and make it full circular instead of flower/petal shaped?  It might be true i...

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Sony add a new 20mm pancake lens and a 18-200mm OSS power zoom lens for cinematographer types

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : NEX lenses 
Going a little upscale for this round up of NEX lens antics, Sony are about to put out two new lenses In address to the complaint that there's a shortage of NEX lenses to choose from. The new pancake lens for regular snaps will set you back $350 (expected April), and the monster 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS powered-zoom optic lens expected to make your wallet $1,200 lighter as a standalone option (expected March).

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35mm f/1.7 CCTV Lens for E mount series + C Mount to NEX adapter + Macro Ring

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : NEX lenses 
An inexpensive CCTV lens that you can pick up on eBay for 15 to 20 quid. Be sure to get the kit with a NEX adapter so you can actually use it with your camera. But what would be the point of mentioning it if you couldn't take interesting snaps with it? Click this to Click this to get to a blog with a bunch of samples of what can be done with one.
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TechArt bump the price up to $280.80 on their full auto USM EOS EF lens to NEX e-mount adaptor

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, January 18, 2013, In : Accessories 
... that's it. But since I'm skint, and not really in the market for one right now it doesn't effect me anyway. I guess they must have seen the RJ adapter. TechArt site here.
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The new stuff they added for the NEX-F3...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, January 17, 2013, In : NEX-F3 
What's new in the Sony NEX-F3...

- A new external design that now seems to have more in common with the NEX-6 then the 5N.

- It has a different and newer sensor from the C3 and 5N despite still rated as 16 megapixels, its also dropped from 16.2 to 16.1 in count despite still being capable of 16.2.

- It now has a built in pop up flash like the NEX-6.

- It has a newer processor than the C3 and 5N under the hood from what I hear but I've yet to confirm that.

Other more notable differences include:



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Cash back offers are still running on canon lenses

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, January 17, 2013, In : offers 
All those who might be looking to get some canon glass might be interested to know that they have a cash back offer on too that runs till the 28th of January on purchases, and allows till the 28th of February to have the claim forms submitted. Here's the page.


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Break out the fizzy pop, Sony cash back offer forms have till the 16th of Feb to get there...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, January 17, 2013, In : offers 
Looks like the broken sleep might have been playing tricks with my mind and eyeballs, but it looks like that anything that was bought before January 16th (via proof of purchase) has until February 16th to have their form submitted for cash back. So if you bought a Sony camera before the 16th of January from a reputable retailer you might want to check if your gear is included in the cash back offer. Click this for the link to the form.


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Miss-conceptions about ISO ratings, performance and picture image quality...(... what is your camera for?)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : neural bytes 
High ISO settings don't necessarily equate to better pictures in low light conditions, although it is true that the higher the ISO capability the more well lit a picture might turn out in low light conditions, even if it is at the expense of higher levels of unwanted visual noise and loss of clarity. But the main hindrance to ISO performance and the ratio of picture quality is determined by the type of sensor, and the image capture resolution in relation to the size of the sensor.


The megapixe...

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Manual only canon EOS EF lens to Sony NEX E-mount adaptors

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Accessories 
If at present your budget won't quite stretch a full auto canon EOS EF lens to Sony E mount body adapter there's always the option to get a full manual one. However if you need something like manual aperture control you might want to avoid the mount adapters that go for around a tenner, as they still won't allow you to manually control the aperture iris built into the canon lenses. 20 to 25 quid will get you a manual only canon EOS lens to E-mount adapter with a built in manual aperture iris ...
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Soooah many canon lenses, but what other USM canon EOS EF lens mounts are there for NEX camera bodies?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Accessories 
So it looks like I'll be experimenting with a cheap canon EOS lens mount adapter for purely manual control only for the moment. But for all those with the cash to burn now, what other adapter options are there for harnessing the full automated USM features of a Canon lens with Sony NEX camera body? Well there seems to be a number of options to suite budget, and although the Metabones Speed boost reigns supreme other options might seem a little more suitable for particular needs. Here's a look...
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So this is the new and improved auto Metabones EOS EF lens to Sony NEX body E-mount adaptor called the "speed booster"... (...its faster)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Accessories 


So this is what it does. Faster and smoother everything. It does it all, and at 599 bones it better be. 
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Sony £50 Winter cashback offer on NEX-F3... (...technicalities)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : offers 
So for a moment there I thought I was going to have to cancel the order and send it back in finding out that application forms for the cash back offer had to be received by the the 16th of January to qualify for cash back. This was having been assured by the sales rep over the phone that it counts from the date of purchase which was like 4 days ago. But after a second call the sales guy assures me I've got till the middle of February for the form to get there, provided I've got the docs to pr...
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Camera Centre, best place in the UK for price to get Sony NEX-F3 camera's at the moment...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Best prices 
Pretty much self descript. At £299 its probably the cheapest that you'll find anywhere in the UK at current for the NEX-F3 with 18-55mm lens kit. Pay by debit card you can get a further 3% discount. They've also got some excellent deals on camera body on packages too if you ask them nicely. Click this to get to page directly.
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