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As a follow up to the Nikon Z7 with 500mm post, here are a few photos from covering the MotoGP in Australia. All photos are out of camera JPEG, shot with the Z7 and the 180-400mm zoom. Some are with and some without the 1.4 teleconverter flipped on. The lighting condition ranged from cloudy to […]

Took the new “tiny” Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF lens with the Nikon Mirrorless Z 7 out for a run last night at the A-League opening match for the season. Lots of mixed autofocus posts and youtube reviews by bloggers so I wanted to see how it went in an event. The round 1 derby at Marvel Stadium […]

The Nikon Z7 can send photos to an iPhone or iPad using the Nikon Snapbridge app. It can do this via Bluetooth as photos are taken, but only a low-resolution version. The app can also connect to the Z7 via Wifi and download full size jpeg images but this needs to be initiated from the […]

Something weird is going on with the Fuji XT-2 and the new v2 firmware. The new firmware allows you to capture raw files when using the film simulation bracket. Here are two samples of capturing RAW + Fine JPEG. The RAW rendering by Adobe Lightroom 2015.10 Camera Raw 9.10 looks completely different to the out of […]

If you’re thinking about upgrading your Macbook Pro to the new ones that have the Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C ports, you’ll probably need these accessory cables to compensate for the deleted Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. If Apple was a good corporate citizen and wanted to look after it’s loyal customers they should really have […]

Tested the Fuji XT-2 as a behind the goal remote camera. Triggered by a Yongnuo remote, it fires at 14 fps. Looks like it’s a pretty good solution. More testing to come. Here’s a sample animated set of images. And here’s the setup:

Here’s another sample and 100% crop from a pre-release 5Ds. EF100mm 2.8L, 1/80th @ f/2.8, ISO 5000. RAW, processed in Lightroom. No chromatic aberration and excellent lack of noise.

Canon Professional Services CPS had a pre-release Canon 5Ds at the French Open. I borrowed it late one day when it looked likely Tsonga was going to win an epic match on centre court. I wanted a loose shot with the crowd celebrating with Tsonga and CPS had a 100mm 2.8L lens that could do justice to […]

Here is an image at ISO250 for comparison with the high ISO.

A couple of images from Arizona shot in 2011 of the Secret Canyon. When these were taken, Adobe Lightroom was using the “2010” RAW converter. With the current version of Lightroom, the converter has been updated to “2012”. And Photomatix has had another 2 years of enhancements. The first image is a 3-shot bracket that’s […]

After shooting with the 1D for six months here are my settings for most sports. I started with Pete Read Miller’s settings and made these adjustments: ISO speed settings: I try to use 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 as these are the “native ISO” settings. The next preference is 1/3 stop slower […]

With a 4 year old Mac Pro getting a bit long in the tooth – it has no USB 3, no Thunderbolt, no 6GB SATA bus – it was time to bite the bullet and build a Mac that’s got current technology. It’s not even bleeding edge, just current tech. The reference site I used […]

In 2007 I bought a Canon EOS-1D Mk III and I sold it 12 months later because mine had the much reported Autofocus tracking problem and swapped to Nikon with it’s D3 body. That camera and it’s subsequent updates of D3x, D3s and D4 all used a similar approach to autofocus. With the Canon EOS-1D X/C […]

In my article Getting beyond 12 frames per second I mentioned that the GoPro Hero3 Black was worth investigating to see if it’s touted ability to shoot 4K video could be a real alternative to remotely triggered cameras. So I put one to the test as a behind the goal camera at last week’s A-League […]

Shot yesterday’s A-League match with the 1D C (which is apparently a 1D X with video) and a 400mm. Very happy with the result. Images are different to the Nikon D4 – the JPEGs don’t have as much detail or latitude to tweak as the D4 but the RAW files seem to have more dynamic […]

I didn’t realise there was so much interest in the Canon 200-400mm f4 lens as Nikon has had one for years and it’s already in its second generation. I borrowed the lens from CPS (Canon Professional Services) when I was shooting the Australian Open two weeks ago and can confirm Joshua Holko’s review from his […]

The Canon 1D X can shoot at 12 frames per second (fps) and the Nikon D4 at 10 fps with complete auto focus. They can both shoot a bit faster with no auto focus after the first frame but that’s not much use in most sports situations. At the Australian Open last week I shot […]

This is a Nikon V2 camera with a 70-200mm lens. Because the V2 has a small sensor the equivalent focal length is about 190-540mm. And this camera can shoot photos at 60 frames per second. Compare that to my usual D4 DSLR which shoots at 10 frames per second and you’ll see why it’s the […]

“it is VERY important to me if the autofocus is perfectly accurate. I need an reliable autofocus system that will never just stop focusing because the lack of contrast” http://mortenhilmer.com/2012/photo-gear/working-with-the-nikon-d4-and-the-canon-eos-1dx/

What a mouthful. This post is about how to connect cameras wirelessly to an iPad so images can be edited and captioned, and uploaded live to services on the Internet live during an event. For most agency and wire service photographers, the typical setup is to ingest images from their cameras’ memory cards via a […]

2012 has been an amazing year for photographers. We’ve seen the Nikon D800 and D600, the Sony RX1, the Canon 1Dx and the Nikon D4 at the start of the year. Then there was the Leica M, M Monochrome, the Nikon 1 series and more 4/3rds cameras that I can mention. But, the camera that […]

We are firmly in the Twitter and Facebook era. Live blogging and tweeting has been with us for 2-3 years and it’s now an expected method for broadcasting a live event if it’s not shown live on TV. The challenge for photographers is how to provide images to live tweeters and bloggers in a timely […]

UPDATE: Finally got this working – it was down to a setting in CrushFTP that was banning the static IP. I have no idea why the IP was banned but removing this config setting cleared everything up. UPDATE2: I’ve also ditched CrushFTP and am using the built in Mac OSX SFTP server. Full details on […]

It’s claimed to be the “WORLD’S FASTEST 13′ MACBOOK PRO”. Even if it’s not, it looks great and it’ll be blazing fast:

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