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It’s been awhile.

2012 was a great shooting year. Projects came and went and I enjoyed every minute of it. Finally, the new Mac Dy photography portfolio site is up. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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NEW KRISPY KREME PRODUCTS IN MANILA

bcnsigcoffeeA great snack while on the job shooting. I wouldn’t really know though since I still don’t have time to go out and try the Pull Apart Baked Creations. Must assume they will be great in supplying your blood stream with more than sufficient sugar and caffeine for that undying attention to photographic perfection.

From the Krispy Kreme email: “Bite into the freshly baked goodness of the Kruffins– an American style hand made muffin, filled with rich and delicious fruits, nuts or chocolate… It’s a muffin with a hole! Varieties include Double Chocolate, Apple Streussel, Blueberry and Classic Kruffin; and the Pull-Aparts – A North Carolina original. Hand-rolled balls of dough, pulled apart and laid to form a doughnut like sweet bread, filled with sweet or savory varieties and baked fresh to a melt in-your-mouth experience. Sweet and savory varieties include Cheese, Bacon & Cheese, Sausage & Cheese and Cinnamon.

And if you can’t decide whether you’re savory or sweet, be sure to try both to find out!”

Finding the doughnuts too sweet, this photographer/blogger does not indulge in regular doses of KK.

CANON MAKES THE BEST EVEN BETTER

One of the most popular lens with pros and amateurs alike kicks off the new year with an under the radar announcement and a loud bang for photographers.

ef70-200mmf28lisiiNo doubt the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM is the choice for the new 4 stop Image Stabilizer. If Canon’s quality control is up to standards the new re-designed optical system, consisting of 23 elements in 19 groups should deliver impressive results. But, according to Canon’s MTF chart, the 70mm end is a bit week. Then again, purchase of this lens will not amount to too much usage on the low end of the zoom.

The main differences between the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and f/4L IS are 2 full stops of light and a very big difference in price point. At present the EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM goes for USD1,349.00. As of this press release there is still no official price for the new f/2.8L IS II but there are rumors around the net pointing towards USD2,500.00 and that translates to a whopping PHP118,00.00.

An events and wildlife shooter will have the most advantage when it gets dark with the f/2.8L IS II. But, if shooting in daylight is a regular occurrence then the f/4L IS would do just fine for just PHP65,00.00. The Image Stabilizer on the recent f/4L gives a 4 stop advantage as well on all focal lengths and this, IMHO, is just right for most photographers.

In real world shooting applications, the charts and specs on paper wouldn’t mean anything. These are only reference guides to help make a purchasing decision. Canon L lenses are the best out there but do buy what you need and can afford. A photographer just needs to find his/her shooting style to choose the right lens.

ef70-200mmf28lisii_lenshoodThe EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM comes with the newly designed lens hood ET-87 and ring type tripod collar.

The enhanced magnesium alloy barrel design of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens features added strength with a minimal 20-gram increase in weight compared with the previous model (1490g vs. 1470g) and retains Canon’s protective seals and fittings providing dust and water resistance for those photographers working in adverse conditions. A new bayonet mount on the front of the lens includes a locking mechanism to ensure the supplied lens hood remains securely in place. Other noticeable improvements include a wider focusing ring, and sleeker design by reducing the thickness of any protruding elements such as the switch panel. The new lens is also compatible with Canon’s existing EF1.4X II and EF2X II Extenders as well as EF Extension Tubes and the 77mm Close-Up Lens 500D.

Update September 14, 2009: Canon Philippines- The EOS 7D’s body retails for P99,950. The 7D kit with an EF-S 18-135-mm lens stickers at P124,950, while the 7D with the 15-85-mm lens is priced at P144,950. – info from www.philstar.com

Image from Canon USA

Image from Canon USA

Canon, really delighting you always! 12 noon (Manila time) a press release in Lake Success, NY, announcing the new Canon flagship of APS-C (x1.6) sensor, the EOS 7D. The dual digic 4 wonder called the Image Monster in Japan, boasts of new technology that will put the camera on the forefront of many pro photo events. Though it’s only semi-weather sealed, it can take a drizzle of rain shower but won’t survive a monsoon spell or a drop unto the beach just as a beautiful wave come crashing in. “The camera’s nine internal seals enhance weather resistance, and its 150,000-cycle shutter durability positions the EOS 7D as a “workhorse” for professionals in any photography discipline.” -from Canon press release.

Image from Canon USA

Image from Canon USA

Introducing the completely new auto focus system that has 19 multi-points cross-type AF and an improved AI Servo AF. Combined with the skill set of an events photographer this will greatly improve the dynamism of images the 7D is able to produce. Think panning method. It is now easier to track and capture a moving subject without that “hope the subject comes out sharp…” in the back of your mind.

My wish has been granted, armed with the Dual Digic 4 processors there is no doubt an increase in the dynamic range and noise reduction in low light capture. This handy feature will make shooting in a dimly lit hotel ballroom environment easier and less nerve wracking. The Dual Digic 4 cross processes the image for better color, tones and highlights. Thereby reducing the post editing/processing and getting the images to the client more efficiently and beautifully.

Image from Canon USA

Image from Canon USA

The 7D can produce a frame rate of 8 per second on high speed continuous burst at 1.3 times faster than the EOS 50D. Now you can actually shoot the lighting of the candles on the cake before the first droplet of wax come dripping down. Believe me, this is fast. The 50D’s current burst mode already accomplishes this by getting a blow by blow, pardon the pun, on the happy birthday blowing of the candle song.

Not only does the 7D shoot like a zoom-zoom jet fighter it even saves on power doing it. The low power consumption is a plus to any photographer. An 8 hour event won’t even show a blinking low batt warning with the dual batteries in the grip of  the 50D. That is about 800-1000 images with extensive viewing to check images throughout the event. I would expect the battery of the 7D to last around 4 days of shooting during a vacation with the family. That is almost a no charging situation when an extra battery is available on a week’s jaunt.

Image from Canon

With the new EF-S 15-85mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens. Image from Canon

Just to keep things short, a great new addition is a “built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of multiple off-camera EOS Speedlites without the need for an external transmitter.”. Now that’s a great reason to buy the 580 EX II or 430 EX II and goodbye to the expensive and often useless ST-E2.

The EOS 7D is quite an amazing advancement. As an events photographer this new APS-C flagship Canon DSLR will perform when it’s needed most. Assuming, of course, you’ve remembered to charge the batteries. But on the down side it has a whole new set of accessories. The magnesium alloy battery grip BG-E7 has been added with new buttons to control various functions and can hold 2 LP-E6 battery packs. The LP-E6 is the current battery for the 5D MK II which provides 1800 mAh of power. This pair will empty out the ATM of about $3-400 USD. Arf-arf… there goes the down payment for the family vacation…

Oh, by the way, the EOS 7D has CMOS sensor crammed with 18 million effective mega pixels. Like all photographers really need to print billboard size and it’s got the trendy new HD video. Like I’ll stop in the middle of an event and shoot a video only realizing later on that I’ve missed a good dramatic shot.

EOS 50D and EOS 7D comparison. Image from http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos7d/

EOS 50D and EOS 7D comparison. Image from http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos7d/

The 7D will be released by the end of September in the US at a price point of about $1,699 USD. Expect inflated pricing from Canon Philippines (actually a great way to protect authorized dealers) and possibly an end of October or mid November release. Save those coins, I am betting that this one will be on high demand with low supplies. Much like the sexy 5D MK II.

Here’s a leaked version of the press release from CR that was posted last night. Apparently it was originally in Japanese then translated to Mandarin Chinese and finally to English. And, finally, the official Canon press release. Plus the EOS 7D Special Site from Canon Japan. Have fun!

Here is an excellent and extensive Preview Report from dpreview.com. Check it out and judge for yourself.

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