Looking forward to this coming later this month!
Hi all, Lance here. Don't know about you but I've been overwhelmed with all the new item,s coming down the pike or soon to be released! Let's touch on a few things I found interesting.
First, off this side by side comparison, I saw on Nikon Rumors Sony A7, Nikon Z7 and Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless cameras side by side
Then this press released from Lexar in regards to XQD cards!
Contrary to earlier market reports, which as the Polish Distributor of the Lexar brand have also been confirmed in one of the previous announcements, the XQD cards with the Lexar logo will not appear on the market. The new owner of Lexar recognized that in the face of Sony's monopoly for the XQD license and a relatively small number of compatible Nikon models, further investment and development of this technology makes no sense.
The future, however, does not look as bad as it might seem. At the recently completed Photokina 2018 exhibition, the Lexar booth was presented with the CFExpress 1.0 card, announced as a direct successor of XQD. What most paid attention was the incredible transfer speed of files, which in the case of reading should be as much as 1400MS / s! It's more than three times faster than the fastest XQD series offered by Lexar so far. This standard is to be backward compatible with older devices, however a software upgrade will be required. The ball is therefore on the side of Nikon, whose decisions regarding the list of models covered by the updates will directly affect the release date of the new card. Unofficially, it is said that this will not happen sooner than at the end of the first quarter of 2019.
To make it more interesting, Canon also entered the game, which pushes the CFExpress standard to appear as the successor of CFast cards. This is not surprising - offered by the new standard of transfer rates would be an extremely attractive alternative for users of the producer's popular film cameras.
We only have to be patient and hope that the largest of this photographic world will come to an agreement as soon as possible, so that the CFExpress standard will be in the slots of our cameras and cameras offering speeds that we could only dream about a moment ago.
Lastly in the mood for the season. Here's a retouch I did of a subject I captured at our local zoo. Would you want to see a tutioral of how this was done? LMK and we'll see!
Wow, it been a whirlwind of a week! Last week got a surprise of doing a band shoot, this was during the 115th Anniversary of Harley Davidson that went on last week. The band Gimme Skynard was reforming with two new members and wanted some shots playing during the event, as well as some group shots. Except for the weather which was tropic-like humidity last Sunday. Their performance and the pictures went fantastic.
Then today I got to see and try the new Nikon Z6 series cameras in person at a launch party for them by Arts Camera Plus. Wow, I was expecting quite a bit, Nikon has taken years of camera design and new technology and combines in one awesome piece of equipment. Even tried the F to Z mount adapter, allowing the use of over 90 percent of F-mount lenses without loss of function, in fact in many cases adding a function like VR. It will be cool to see Canon new full-frame mirrorless as well! Thank you to the great folks at Arts for the event! Always nice to see something like this in person. Remember shop local when you can!
Till next time
Well, this week I attended another special exhibition of aircraft from all over the globe at EAA Air Venture. While the first time I attended this was many years back (Early 1980's) I can honestly say it has been a must to the last 5 years! I'm sure for everyone that goes there is that something special that draws them. For me, it's seeing the classic Military aircraft. Planes such as the Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, and F-86 Sabre all enthrall me. I'm sure its due to my love of Military history. That's not to say I don't appreciate the Build up's or the Trick planes and their pilots as I do!
Because this I believe is one of the biggest airshows in the country. It is huge! I easily can walk 6-10 miles in a day. So even though being in pretty good shape, you can understand you really have to think about the gear you take with you. Up till now, my rig was a double camera strap and a Mountain Smith bag like I saw Moose Peterson mention in one of his videos. While this worked fairly well, I had something in mind that would save my back. And also allow for other things, a tripod, Umbrella, seat, and other camera gear.
This year I finally built up an idea I had a while back for a mobile camera equipment cart. It using an old Golf Bag Cart as the base. It cost me a couple hours and about 50.00 in products including the old golf cart. I'm glad to say it works pretty well. Now that I used it, I will be retrofitting and be adjusting. I've shown a few pics here of the first build up! I'll share more instruction later. With this, I was able to use two of my Think Tank bags as carriers. This allowed for bringing not only my tried and true Nikon D4 and D750. But also my Sony's, the A7, and A6300. It was interesting shooting with both cameras, with of course plus and minus to both rigs. A Short list of some observations between the systems.
1. The startup, while its gotten better, be it asleep or turning on the Standard DSLR out passes the Mirrorless by a bunch. Very important if your a person that wants to capture those spontaneous moments. I really hope this can be addressed. As in wedding, portrait work, or Wildlife, this is a big miss! (Winner DSLR)
2. Battery Life:
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the battery life on Sony cameras is almost offensive when comparing to a DSLR.
Shooting at EAA this last week brought this to the forefront. My D4 many times I can get a whole day on one battery, but I always carry a spare. The Sony A7 I have a battery pack on, But only using part of the day, I could easily see having at least 6 batteries along for a shoot. (Winner DSLR)
3. One card slot. Now be aware I do know on some of the newer models Sony has added another slot yah!, I just love the peace of mind in an important shoot to have a second copy of the images! (Winner Nikon, but note Sony learning)
1. Sony offers 5-axis in-body stabilization in its newest camera bodies that is very useful.
2. Size, for sure I believe the reason many switch from the DSLR is weight and size. I've always felt I've had good control of my camera when shooting, but not going to lie, picking up the Sony with the 70-200, is a lot different than my Nikon D4 and same lens. (Winner Sony)
3. not only are these cameras feature-packed, they offer tremendously good image quality. Using the Nikon system, I can say without a doubt that the Sony sensor trumps the Canon sensor when it comes to dynamic range and shadow recovery.
The full-frame A7RII and crop sensor A6500 gives me unreal resolution, dynamic range, and sharpness that I’m extremely happy with, and has allowed me to get the most out of my photos. (Winner Sony)
What does this all mean to you and me? I think the biggest thing is knowing we have option's which is a great thing. I'm not into camera soberly, be it Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony just to name a few, are tools that can help you create what you imagine! And lastly to put on your radar was an announcement from Nikon about a new Mirrorless full frame August 23rd, Again options! Got to Love it.
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Hi all hope you're enjoying the first days of summer, just a quick reminder my 20% off all my prints @imagesbylemke.org is in effect till the end of the June. I believe I have a great selection of photo art that can enhance any space
Talk about a week folks! Last week found some days approaching 60 degrees in my area, which is Southern Wisconson. I had some great days in the field. Seeing Common Loons on small area lakes during a stopover on their migration northward. And that was a good thing indeed, as the Northern half of my state as well as bordering states got hit with a late Winter storm over the weekend. Many places receiving a couple feet, we've gotten my guess of 4-6 inches in our area. So besides the Loon picture this week, I got some pics of some of the Lighthouses in our area getting buffeted by 15-foot waves. That was just what I experienced.
Hello all, hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time with your friends, family or just chilling. With the Christmas shopping season in full play, and people stressing out what to get for that someone special! I wanted to share an offering that might help you with your holiday needs, and help some friends of mine at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Well waiting in anticipation for the upcoming announcement from Adobe today! Here are some quick notes of what I've heard about!
-Lightroom now come in Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC Mobile, Adobe stated these features! "a cloud-centric photo service for editing, organizing, storing, and sharing photos – from anywhere". Lightroom Classic CC will have "For photographers who prefer a more traditional desktop-first workflow"
-Quick share in Photoshop
-In Lightroom, Speed, Speed and More Speed increases, as well as a new masking feature.
More to come!
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