This week: Ron goes to Belize, Photographers harassed by the fuzz, and Fred thinks crop sensors are dead…well, eventually.
Ron talks about his vacation to Belize/Guatemala. Ron took his Canon 40D with the 17-85 mm standard kit lens, 10-22 mm ultra wide, and the 50 mm f1.4. Also a Panasonic LX3 point-n-shoot camera. He shot mostly landscapes and used the LX3 for video.
NEWS & DISCUSSION
Canon Detects Problem with 5D Mark II Firmware
With v2.0.3, sound recording will not work if a manual record volume is used in the C1/C2/C3 custom settings modes. The company is currently working on a firmware update to address the issue and meanwhile requests users to change the sound recording setting to Auto in the custom modes. Version 2.0.4 is now up on the Canon website.
Alex asked Rick about photographers moving to video and Rick felt that video was the future. It was also mentioned that audio is very important when shooting video. Viewers can tolerate choppy video but can’t tolerate choppy audio.
Alex mention that the hosts will slow down the talk about video in the future on TWIP. Alex plans to bring back GMT (Gear Media Tech) and use that for the video topics.
Lawsuit: Police Harass Journalist and Bystanders.
The question is do you hand over or delete the photos on your memory card when asked too?
Photo Department Fired at BusinessWeek
The entire photo and art departments of BusinessWeek were fired at the end of last week. Director of photography Ronnie Weill, photo editors Scott Miyn and Mindy Katzman were among those let go. But the firings may have been as much about shaking up the design of the magazine than about reducing staff overhead. A spokesperson for BusinessWeek , which is owned by Bloomberg, tells PDN that David Carthias has been named the new Director of Photography. No other photo editors have been named so far, but Carthias “will be making more announcements in the near future.” According to The New York Post, Richard Turley has also been named the magazine’s new design director. Both Carthias and Turley have been working on a redesign of BusinessWeek which, according to the magazine’s spokesperson, will be unveiled on April 23.
Q: Listener Edward Allen writes: I have a Rebel Xsi and a couple of 8Gb unbranded memory cards that came with the camera. When I am shooting Raw (so @ 13mb / shot) and on continuous shooting, I notice that after say 4-5 shots the camera has to pause (and the red “read” light flashes too) while the camera handles the images before I can carry on shooting. In your experience, is this the camera, or the write speed of the cards?
A: Ron answers: It can be either. You have a fixed buffer size on your camera. You can go to DPReview and look up the buffer size on your camera. Have a fast card is critical to capturing the photos.
Q: Listener Jerry Anderson writes: Nikon, Canon and Sony all have great full-frame sensors in their DSLR camera line-ups, and cameras like the Sony A850 are offering 24mpx resolution at a very attractive price point. As Moore’s Law and intense competition continues to bring us better cameras at lower prices, are the days of the “crop sensor” cameras like the Nikon D300 or the Canon 50D numbered?
A: Frederick answers: I can answer it in one word: Yes. I know Ron will disagree. Ron’s one word answer is: No. Frederick thinks the full-frame sensors are where things are going. If you buy lenses now for crop-frame sensors you will regret it if you move up to a full-frame sensor body later. Ron thinks the full-frame sensor is going away in 15 years (replaced by an array of smaller sensors). Rick thinks the crop-frame sensors are great for wild life photographers because they extend the effective focus length and the camera body and lenses are smaller and lighter.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Ron: EXIF Tool — a command line tool that allows you to time-shift the time code buried in the file’s EXIF data area. For Mac and Windows and handles a large number of file formats.
Frederick: Photoshop World in Orlando, Florida. Also recommends Rick Sammon’s 24/7 iPhone Photo App (iTunes).
Rick: Topaz Adjust for semi-HDR effects.
Alex: Depth of Field iPhone Apps. Alex likes iDOF Calc (iTunes).
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