Below are some still images and a video I shot with the Canon MP-E65mm macro lens, an amazing lens that covers the 1-5x macro magnification range. All are shot of one piece of obsidian, a natural volcanic glass.
Below are some more images for your enjoyment from my testing of the Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x f2.8 Macro Lens. There were taken with a Canon EOS 550D camera.
Yesterday I received a Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x Macro lens for review. This is an unusual lens, in that it focuses from 1x magnification to 5x magnification to a full frame sensor. This is a manual focus lens that does not focus to infinity. It is exclusively for macro. To start the testing process I grabbed [...]
I’ve been using the new Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 card reader for image transfer. It is a multi-card reader because you can access multiple cards simultaneously and you can do card to card transfers. Being USB 3.0 the transfers are fast (depending on the memory card) and very reliable. I’ve had no issues at all with [...]
Printings In Motion is the force behind Spreengs, greeting cards with a built-in screen that you can download a video to by using USB from any computer. While Spreengs is their retail operation, Printings In Motion have their own website and deal with companies to produce customised products, such as interactive brochures and more. I [...]
Over the weekend I upgraded our home WiFi network to the recently released Netgear R6300 WiFi Router. This router supports all protocols up to the new 802.11ac standard. Plus it features simultaneous band technology and gives greater speed when using the older n and g standards. It supports GigaBit Ethernet for the four wired ports. [...]
Here I present the initial test results of shooting infrared with a Sony a77 dSLR camera, using a Hoya R72 IR filter. The Sony is a nice camera for shooting IR, with the tilting screen. Leaving the camera in Program mode it gave an exposure of 20 seconds, f5.6 and 100ISO in a part cloudy [...]
I’ve had a Sony a77 dSLR for a few days for some testing. Yesterday was the first chance I had to get out with the camera and here are some of the first shots I have taken with the camera. Early impressions are positive. I didn’t think I’d like the electronic viewfinder but I have [...]
Eileen Fritsch has posted a nice article about the production of Digital ImageMaker international as a magazine over on the Great Output blog. Great Output is an excellent blog on printing and related topics to do with imaging and art. Definitely worth a read.
PhoozL IQ: A Photo IQ Quiz is an App for the iPhone that makes learning photography fun. There is a free version that has 50 questions that are randomised into ten question quizzes and a Pro version with 100 questions and the ability to add more through in game purchase. The game is really fun. [...]
Epson have a lot of the headspace of printers for photographers, and so any new photo printer from them gets noticed. Here we review the R3000, an A3+ nine-colour printer. The R3000 prints up to 13″x19″ on sheet or 13″ x 129″ (that’s 3.2m long) on roll media, making it great for panorama photographers. It [...]
The app is a collaboration between Little, Brown and Company, the publisher and the Ansel Adams Trust. It sells for US$13.99 in the US App Store and does not seem to be available in international App Stores, at least at present. The app brings together 40 images excerpted from Andrea Stillman’s Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs [...]
Phoozl.com is a website for photographers who like games. At launch it had about 30 games. One word of warning, it is a Flash-based site, so don’t try viewing it from an iPad. The site looks great, the games are fun and work well. Basically it comes down to this: if you like the types [...]
The B-510DN is a business printer, A4 or letter sized and very useful for photographers as well. This is a four-colour printer, so it is not one that photographers would naturally consider. However a photography studio or even a hobbyist at home has need for the following: A fast printer for general printing tasks; Good [...]
I tend to be very conservative with software updates on my MacBook, as it is my main writing machine. But some software I wanted to run forced me to do the upgrade to the latest Mac OS X version. And a great update it is. Snow Leopard brings 64-bit computing to the Mac core applications [...]
Eye Candy is a plug-in set of filters for Photoshop and compatible software that is aimed much more at graphic designers than photographers, though I think many photographers will also find uses for it.
The Lensbaby Fisheye optic fits into the Composer and can be used with the Muse with an adapter. It is a 12mm focal length almost full circle fisheye (on a full frame camera body) with a 160 degree field of view.
The Lensbaby Fisheye optic for the Composer and Muse (with adapter) is a 12mm focal length, 160 degree circular fisheye lens. See the full review in a longer article.
In this article I offer my review of some of the exhibitions. As all such reviews are, these are my personal response to the exhibitions I saw. I did not set out to see all the exhibitions. Along the way I stumbled across some other exhibitions that either were not in the program or that [...]
In this article series I offer my review of some of the exhibitions. As all such reviews are, these are my personal response to the exhibitions I saw. I did not set out to see all the exhibitions. Rather I went through the exhibition program and chose ones in Ballarat and Creswick that appealed to [...]
While I love the Gigapan Epic for shooting panorama photographs, it is not a perfect device.
The Ballarat Foto Biennale is a month long festival of photography that is run every second year. Last time it was the Daylesford Foto Biennale (DFB) but the City of Ballarat came on board for this one and, hopefully, into the future. The BFB consists of an extensive number of exhibitions, comprising a core and [...]
Like we always do, we tested the Panasonic G1 over an extended time for its infrared photography potential.
Dorothy Simpson Krause’s latest book is a gem. Not specifically about digital processes, but a gem never the less. It is a book about how to make your own artist books. It covers a whole range of techniques and applications and is illustrated bya great selection of artist books.
If you want to understand how to do inkjet transfers onto metal there is no better way than this DVD.
Finally the combination of teaching commitments and bad weather gave me a break and let me get out with my modified GigaPan Epic motorized panorama platform and my converted for infrared photography Canon 350D.
The GigaPan Epic automates the shooting of panoramas and photo mosaics. In this review we cover the unit itself and the free stitching and uploading software that is provided. A panorama allows you to capture a much wider field of view than your camera and lens can do in one image. A photo mosaic uses [...]
MaxMax.com, the people who converted my 350D and will do my next camera, also sell filters. I’ve been testing a number of their infrared filters of late and the first one I will talk about is their unusual XDP filter.
DxO Labs announces today the publication of detailed RAW-based image quality data and DxOMark Sensor rankings on its popular www.dxomark.com website for two new D-SLR cameras, the Pentax K-m and the Olympus E-30.
DxO Labs adds detailed measurements for the Fujifilm FinePix S100fs, the Olympus SP-565 UZ and the Panasonic Lumix DMC FX150 to its RAW-based Image Quality Database DxO Labs announces today the addition of RAW-based image quality data and DxOMark Sensor rankings on its popular www.dxomark.com website for the Fujifilm FinePix S100fS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC [...]