Canon EOS R -
Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera with an all-new EOS RF lens mount!
Just managed to watch the live feed from Maui from Scott Kelby on the new products just announced.
The EOS R is available to pre-order from 12th September 2018 and available to purchase from 9th October 2018. The breakdown of pricing is as follows:
Basics so far...
Two new EF lenses - MUCH lighter than ever before - the lightest big lenses on the planet! Whoo Hoo!! (said every sports and wildlife photographer).
Canon's Elliott Peck - says you're not switching to the RF-mount and Mirrorless - you're adding it to what you're already using, because of its support for the EF lenses you already have (using their adapter).
Four new lenses for this new RF mount for Mirrorless. 35mm f/2 IS UM
"The new full-frame mirrorless EOS R camera provides gorgeous results, with four RF lenses re-imagining Canon optics and three optional Mount Adapters helping to ensure you can bring your EF and EF-S lenses along. Advanced features and compact designs, all in the brand-new EOS R system that’s designed to take today’s visual storytellers into tomorrow."
"Marking a new chapter in the history of EOS, the EOS R system is built for imagemakers who demand high-performance capture, a full-frame sensor and excellent ergonomics. A 54mm diameter lens mount enables RF lenses to have large rear elements, while a mirrorless design brings them closer to the sensor for bright, sharp and compact lens designs. A 12 pin electronic connection delivers fast communication between the camera and the lens, facilitating a versatile and powerful system. Plus, with a variety of mount adapter options, it’s easy to incorporate your EOS R system into an EOS system and expand your creative opportunities.
A 12 pin connection between the camera and lens means communication at a higher speed with larger amounts of data transfer, enabling incredibly fast AF, high IS and image optimization. It’s a system designed to expedite operations that’s ready for future expansions. 0.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor that captures gorgeous images, to a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for fast and accurate autofocus, to impressive 4K video recording capabilities. All this comes in a compact and intuitive design that's compatible with RF, EF* and EF-S* lenses, opening a world of creative possibilities. Ready to capture any number of subjects in many different environments, the EOS R is primed to deliver the stunning photos and videos that photographers, moviemakers and any visual storytellers need to make their stories fly."
"Mount adapters deliver seamless connections between the EOS R camera and EF and EF-S lenses with all functions intact. Offering L series level weather and dust sealing, they are even compatible with EF extenders like the Extender EF 1.4x III to extend your camera’s optical reach. With an entire arsenal of EF and EF-S lenses at your disposal, these mount adapters ensure endless creative possibilities for the EOS R camera.
MOUNT ADAPTERS EF-EOS R
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MOUNT ADAPTER EF-EOS R
Lightweight and compact, the Mount Adapter EF-EOS R connects EF and EF-S lenses to the EOS R camera, exponentially expanding the list of compatible lenses.
CONTROL RING MOUNT ADAPTER EF-EOS R
The Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R adds a control ring like those found on RF lenses, providing the same level of control to your EF and EF-S lenses and supporting the same setting configuration regardless of lens.
DROP-IN FILTER MOUNT ADAPTER EF-EOS R
The Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R enables compatibility with EF and EF-S lenses and includes drop-in filter capability for use with circular polarizing filters or variable ND filters. This enhancement enables compatibility with numerous lenses regardless of their front diameter, and makes filter use possible with lenses like the ultra wide EF 11–24mm f/4L USM lens or the tilt-shift TS-E 17mm f/4L lens which cannot accept a filter on the front.
The EOS R camera features a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with approx. 30.3 effective megapixels for stunning results with incredible detail and clarity, even in low-light situations. It’s powered by the DIGIC 8 Image Processor, which enables an expansive ISO range, enhances Image Stabilization and turbocharges operations across the board for outstanding image quality and impressive performance.
The EOS R camera has a standard ISO sensitivity range of 100–40000 for stills and 100–25600 for video (100–12800 for 4K video shooting). Combined with the EOS R camera’s remarkable low-light AF performance, still and video shooting is possible even in dark situations in a variety of places and occasions.
Touch and Drag AF makes it fast and easy to select a focus point without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Using the Touchscreen LCD, it’s as simple as pointing to the desired area of focus. The chosen AF point is then displayed in the camera’s EVF for quick confirmation.
The EOS R camera features an expanded range of selectable AF modes to adapt to specific situations and subjects. For example, with Eye Detection AF, when the EOS R detects a human face, it automatically uses the subject’s eye as the autofocus point and maintains focus as the subject moves through the image frame.
The EOS R camera offers advanced recording features such as 4K at 29.97 fps, Full HD at 59.94 fps and HD at 119.9 fps. Helpful functions include distortion correction during recording and Movie Digital IS. Additionally, video can be recorded during still photo shooting by simply pressing the Movie Shooting button.
Canon site for more info here.
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The other day I came across another of these pay per entry photography competitions.
This time it was Facebook sponsored post connected to the British Journal of Photography ( BJoP). $15 per entry.
As the post was on Facebook it naturally attracted some skepticism from others and rightly so yo might think as there are more and more of these pay to be featured/reviewed/get followers/get in a gallery type 'competitions' floating around the internet.
What I found with this one was a bit of a badly worded offer once you looked at the web site. It wasn't actually from the BJoP but directed you to a site called open walls. The offer was to have your photography exhibited in an exhibition in France in 2019. Not bad you might think... but for $15?? .. sounds to good to be true.? You mean the printing/framing/shipping to France for $15... this was the unclear bit and why people deduced it might be a scam. The sponsored post on Facebook was clearly not monitored and had appeared several times on my feed and had a fair amount of people calling it a scam each time I saw it including 'why bother entering these comps' type of replies, so I decided to call the BJoP and make them aware and to see if it was genuine. The guy confirmed it was genuine but didn't know if it included printing/framing etc
As if by magic, within half an hour the Facebook post had had replies from BJoP. Sadly only directing all the contributors individually to the open walls site again and not actually addressing contributor concerns. One post pointed out that the BJoP had existed since 1854 and therefore must be genuine. Sadly this didn't take into account the quickly written and vague TnC's that are on the site that didn't convince entrants that the weight of history and professionalism might actually come through in a simple competition like this.
Recently I have been approached by several people to ask if I would like to be featured/reviewed/published etc for a small fee.
Another example I have was on Instagram from Beautiful Home Inspiration who started off by being very complimentary about my photos and offering me to be featured on their IG page. So I replied asking 'I guess you charge per submission?' What I got back was a copy/paste standard message now I was on their radar offering to be featured to 100k followers. 1 post $35, 2 post $45 up to 10 posts $145 - I'll receive 200-300 new followers per shutout with a handy pay-pal link included.!
Now I dont know when the world started to spin backwards but at one time photographers were paid for their work. All the photographers I know are hard working, dedicated individuals who have taken years to hone their craft and spent countless thousands of pounds on gear and getting out to the wild at dawn to get a shot or working with products or models to get the valuable experience that means that others can appreciate their art. The culture seems to be that we are the ones who have to pay these days or clever sites and groups have made us feel like that unless we pay for exposure, we are never going to be seen or get anywhere with our work.
How are we to trust which competitions and offers are going to lead to exposure/gallery exhibitions etc and which are not genuine?
Is the web now a place that you can't trust if anyone is actually going to further your career?
Should we take things into our own hands and manage our own exposure and online presence?
I'd love to hear any comments on similar experiences.
So I was contacted by a representative of Lumapod, a crowdfunded startup making a new type of tripod that you can see here.
I was delighted to have some positive comments in the email approach.
"We researched various mediums trying to find people who have an abundance of knowledge about photography and think you are the right person! We know you probably haven't heard of us, but we are hoping to get your honest opinion on a new travel tripod we have designed."
So I responded positively asking where I can get one to test and even blog or podcast about.
There isn't much information on the website so naturally its difficult to give an opinion unless I can use it on the top of a windy mountain or a quick setup inside a busy cathedral, something that I find getting gear out can be a bit time consuming or environmentally unstable.
So after some time of waiting I got a reply..
"We would love to send you one and get your opinion. Unfortunately, we have very limited prototypes at the moment and can't send any out because we need to use them for our own internal use… "
OK then... I'm not 100% sure in this case if I can give an opinion from just a photograph of something that at first glance doesn't look too stable to be honest.
The design looks good and compact but to be honest the feet are a bit worrying and I cant see it doing the trick in a challenging situation like an established stable competitor such as Manfrotto.
I'm all in favor of startups looking for feedback but without something that can be tactile and usable i'm not sure there is much point in reaching out for opinions. With no price or availability info available at the time of writing this either, then it's ineffectual and inconsequential marketing that I don't think has helped the startups cause.
I look forward to getting one if the company honor their promise and writing a good review. Watch this space.
Please listen to me being interviewed here on how photographers are not making money from photography in the 1/160 second photography podcast.
500 UK business leaders talk about the truth of doing business outside of London. Have you read the report?
So after only 2 weeks contributing some of my catalogue to Shutter Stock I made 25 cents form someone downloading one of my sunset pics.!
Its not amazing but its a start.!
Get stock images from my portfolio here.
You have to love the internet for the endless amount of opportunities there are now for making money online.
In an upcoming podcast that I was interviewed for I talked about the different avenues I have tried to make money from photography.
I thought i'd share two with you here.
1, Stock Photography.
I have work on Shutter Stock that you can see here. They currently are offering me an opportunity to earn an extra $200 by referring people to their site, signing up and buying not just my pictures but pictures in general. This then means that you will also get the offer once you have signed up. SO if you are looking for stock photography then click this link and we can all benefit from earning something a little extra.
So I have framed art for sale at Spreesy here.
A nice way they offer incentives to make money is on a comission basis.
For you the promoter/plugger whatever you want to call it, there are absolutely no outlay costs at all, its all done by me.
You simply have to promote art with a specific URL and if someone buys it via that link you get a generous % commission.
Currently I offer 7.5% - 8.5% on the work I advertise, so to put that into real money
Art for sale at £199.00
Promoter Commission Per Sale (7.50%)- £14.93
Not bad for just blogging,vlogging or tweeting about it.!
So if you'd like to get involved with this and try to get yourself some social media promoting cash then I go here.
So I received a message from Gareth at 1/160 photography podcast of which you can hear his previous interviews here.
Initially he was interested in my Lightroom skills which I found very complimentary and as a photographer editing your own work, it's subjective as to whether your edit actually work and looks good to others.
After a half hour phone call about the subject and talking about other aspects of photography it became more apparent that the podcast interview might be more appropriate to talk about trying to make money as an amateur photographer and all the options out there that you can monetize your work.
So we agreed to meet in Central Milton Keynes for a chat.
The interview went well I think and although we were in a quiet spot we did get interrupted by a noisy quad bike.!
We discussed a lot of aspects of trying to make money online with photography and i'm looking forward to hearing the finished version when it comes out.