Why the Canon 24-105mm Lens Rocks

canon-24_105mm-canonuserI've been using Canon camera products since 1996 and embrace the fact that they are always evolving their lenses to make them the best on the market for the price.  I've recently transitioned from 3 lenses, a 28-135mm, a 24mm, and a 50mm to just the one 24-105mm.  I thought I would get more bang for my buck with the smaller pancake lenses but I was not that impressed with the images as I'd like.  About 2 months ago, I agreed to shoot a wedding for a friend and he had a 24-105mm I borrowed and was blown away by the versatility and awesome shots at 24mm all the way to 100mm.  The lens is not too big but is durable and since it is a red lens, you know it is quality.  After returning the lens, I sold my other 3 lenses and purchased the canon 24-105mm and never looked back.  What is the best all around lens in your bag?

Portable Power, Small package: EOS M3 EF-M

canon-pandsLooking for a portable solution with most of the option of a full size camera, look no further.  The Canon EOS M3 EF-M is here.  It’s about the size of a large digital point and shoot camera but with the ability to change lenses (it comes with an 18-55mm lens), this mirrorless body is a hit.  These cameras are excellent for pre-shooting or if you are traveling and don’t want to carry your full bag, the M3 does the job.

Not just great 24.2 MP images, this little giant shoots 1920x 1080 HD Video at 23.9 FPS.  It has full manual mode and takes RAW images so if you want to use it for prosumer use, it works great.  Pricing is around $599.00 USD. Here are the specs and details from the canon page.  http://ow.ly/XVCy0

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My Second Quadcopter Drone Dilemma


my-second-drone-blogI own a Syma X5SW Quadcopter drone for about 3 months and really like it but I have out grown it and am looking for the next level for around $200-$300.

I've been reviewing the Syma X8G, Cheerson X-20, and the Phantom Parrot but all have different features like a 4k camera or GPS.

If I'm looking to just shoot some cool video and not go too nuts but want something more powerful.  Any Suggestions from the community? THANKS

Turn Your Cell Phone into a 4K Video & 12MP Precision Camera

osmo-canonuserWant to turn your cell phone into a photo/video powerhouse?  It will cost you around $600.00USD but it is worth every penny.Introducing the DJI OSMO, which is a hand held Gimbal integrated 4k, 12MP Camera that uses you Cell phone as a viewfinder.  The Osmo system from DJI combines the Zenmuse X3 camera/ gimbal with a detachable handle, bringing the benefits of stabilized 4K shooting to a handheld form factor.

The camera features a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor that enables up to full DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at 24 or 25p as well as 12MP photo capability. Basic controls for the camera and gimbal are provided on the handle itself, a joystick for manual pan and tilt are all included with the unit.

Here are the stats from DJI

  • Fully stabilized 4K, 12MP camera optimized for ground use
  • Slow motion and audio recording
  • Tripod-free long exposures
  • Remote camera control
  • Secure grip
  • 6-hour standby time
  • 1 hour of video shooting

One our our founders has one and he give it a major thumbs up, DJI did a great job on this Hybrid Imaging Device. Here is a link to DJI's site for more information. http://store.dji.com/product/osmo?gclid=CLbV5-Xm9coCFYkCaQodreIHqw

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Canon’s first Multi Purpose Camera is Introduced: ME20F-SH

canon me20f-shCanon is has a new platform, the Multi purpose camera. It first product is the ME20F-SH.   This small box sized camera is versatile & can fit into smaller spaces. You can use optional accessories to configure the camera for a variety of applications.  The camera's sensor feature photosites that measure 19 micrometers, which is 7.5 times larger than the photosites of the nominal Canon 35mm DSLR sensor. This allows the camera to provide excellent low light performance.

This is an HD camera body only and is capable of capturing 1920 x 1080 footage at 59.94P / 59.94i / 50.00P / 50.00i / 29.97P / 25.00P / 23.98P.  Professional connectivity includes the HD/3G-SDI connectors and genlock input, allowing the camera to be easily integrated into a multi-camera workflow. The OSD is also available on both the HDMI and the first SDI output.

The ME20F-SH features a built-in filter stack including a clear filter, an ND 1/8, and an ND 1/64, as well as an IR cut filter, this allows you to choose to use the IR cut filter much as you would choose from the built-in ND filters.

Here are some product highlights:

  • Up to 4 Million ISO & 12 Stops DR
  • Full Frame 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV 4
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Connectors
  • Canon Locking Cinema EF Lens Mount

Featuring an astonishing four million ISO rating, the Canon ME20F-SH canon me20f-sh sideMulti-Purpose Camera captures video at up to 1920 x 1080p 60 and supports both NTSC and PAL broadcast frame rates. The camera incorporates a full frame 35mm-sized sensor with approximately 2.26 million pixels. This results in a pixel that is about 7.5 x larger than the pixels on optional Canon Full-frame DSLR cameras, which provides for camera's notable ISO rating.

Looks like Canon is moving into the cinema production space with full force and this body along with its cinema lenses will close the gap even more.



Canon EOS 80D DSLR is Here

Canon-80D canonuserCanon 80D is finally announced by Canon today and features Canon newly developed CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor, the camera features blazing fast AF while you  are using live live mode or recording video from the DSLR. Canon 80D also features upgraded AF module that built with 45 Phase AF points.

The 80D can shoot Full HD videos at 60 fps on the other side the Canon 70D was limited to 30fps only. It's powered by a DIGIC 6 image processor that not only improves the overall speed of the camera but it also give cleaner low light images thanks to the updated image processing algorithm.

The upgraded viewfinder with 100% view will sure help you to get a good experience while using it, on the rear side of the camera we have Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor that enables flexible positioning and clear viewing even outdoors.

The Canon EOS 80D is available in March for $1199 body-only or $1799 bundled with an updated EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM Lenses.   Early buyers let us know you're review firsthand.


Awesome Cinema Camera: Panasonic LUMIX GH4 Pro 4K Mirrorless

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 4k MiLumix-GH4-Mirroless-canonuserrroless looks like a typical DSLR body but it packs a major video punch for the cost. (lists at $1499)

One distinctive feature of the Panasonic Lumix GH4 is 4k video recording in both both 4k 4096 x 2160 and QFHD 4K is unlimited.  8.8 MPS still frames can be recorded during video capture as well.

The Lumix GH4 has a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor achieving high quality, high sensitivity image recording with a quick response.  Outstanding noise reduction allows for exposures lasting up to 60 minutes.  Here are the manufacturers features.


  • Capture 4K cinematic video (4096x2160) plus 4K QFHD video (3840x2160)
  • Produce detailed images with exceptional moire suppression
  • High-speed, 49-area auto focusing, perfect for hybrid
  • Tough magnesium alloy body and exceptional shutter life
  • Camera body only, no lens included
  • V-Log L Function Firmware Upgrade Kit DMW-SFU1 available for purchase

The 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor achieves high quality, high sensitivity image recording with its quick response. Superior noise reduction allows for exposures up to 60 minutes long.

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Super Duper Wide Lens Choice- ZEISS Touit 12mm 2.8 Lens

zeiissjpgIf you do a lot of architecture or landscape photography, think about a lens with a 99 degree view with a range of F2.8-F22.  The new ZEISS Touit 12mm lens will change the way you shoot wide angle photography.  Everyone knows ZEISS glass is spectator and they continue the tradition with this awesome wide angle lens.  What’s more, all moving parts of the ZEISS Touit 2.8/12, conceived specifically for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X Series cameras, are engineered for extreme precision and a long working life.   Price is around $1000.00 USD.  Here are the specs from the Zeiss site. http://ow.ly/XVCs0

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has arrived!

eos-canon-markReady the F-22 Raptor of  EOS Bodies?  The EOS 1D X Mark II is here.  The latest flagship Canon Body delivers with a blazing fast 14 FPS (up to 16 fps* in Live View mode), 4K Video and an incredible ISO Range of 100-51200; Expansion to ISO 409600.  This is the top shelf EOS camera and Canon continues to stay on top of the heap for full frame portable cameras.  If you have the budget and are ready to take your image and video quality to the next level, The EOS-1D Mark II is for you. Price is around $5999.00 USD.

Here is a link to the Specs and more info from canon, http://ow.ly/XVx81

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