Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
App of the week - Slow Shutter Cam. It will allow you to create a longer exposure by merging several shorter exposures. Great in low light. Motion Blur. $1.99 iOS.
Chris wants to talk about macro lenses today. Designed to get really up close shots with very shallow depth of field, a Macro lens is a great way to get up close and personal. There are 50-100mm macro lenses, which are designed to get up close without being close. It's called the "flight distance." There's a macro lens on Kickstarter which is also a wide angle lens as well. It's called the Laowa 24mm F/14 probe lens, which lets you get super close without getting the camera in the way. But at $1400, it's a very specialized lens.
Chris has a SONY credit card and he has amassed a bunch of points to use to get a camera. Is the Sony A7 good? Leo loves his Sony A7R II. Great camera. But if you're just a hobbyist who loves to take snapshots, the Sony RX100 is a great point and shoot camera, but it isn't cheap at $1200. And if you have a ton of points, then the RX100 Mk. V is last year's model and it's still a great camera. It really comes down to just how much you want. Since Chris already has an Alpha camera, using the Sony A6000 would probably be a good choice as well.
George is running out of room on his iPhone. How can he make space without deleting his photos and videos? Leo says the first thing to do is turn on iCloud to backup your photo storage. Also, use the replace photos with thumbnails option so that the originals aren't left on your phone. You may need to buy extra iCloud space though. So the other option is Google Photos. Download that app and backup your photos and videos to Google Photos. You get 15GB of uncompressed space, or unlimited high resolution space. All for free.
Marty wants to know if the Epson EcoTank printer is good enough for printing photos. Leo says it's not really designed for that. It's a business color printer. Epson makes excellent photo printers, but the EcoTank isn't designed for that.
(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)
Chris posits the question that if a mirrorless camera doesn't have a shutter mirror, why does it make a sound? Chris says it does because it's expected to and it's just a recording. Much like the iPhone, which has a recording of the Canon AE1 as its shutter sound. But today's mirrorless models also have the option of turning the sound off. There is also some jurisdictions where a camera is required by law to make sound when taking a picture. Chris likes the shutter sound though, because he will take a picture, and then wait a half second to take another.
Mark is excited about the new Nikon full frame mirrorless camera. Leo says that Canon is likely going to announce one too, and it could be that the DSLR is on its way out. Mirrorless cameras are smaller and lighter. But it comes at a cost, as it will lose the optical viewfinder in favor of an electronic viewfinder. The sensor is also close to the lens and that means simpler optics. Photokina is coming September 26th, and we'll likely see both the Nikon and Canon full frame mirrorless cameras.
(Pictured above: Nikon D7200 24.2 MP DX-format Digital SLR Camera).
Chris got a new car and he has a backup camera. Some cars have composite pictures of your car all the way around you. Dashcams are hot right now, too. And in future car models, rear view cameras will replace mirrors. That means you have less drag and better mileage. Leo says that you can trace all these innovations back to the iPhone. When you put a camera in your phone, you can put one anywhere. It's amazing how photography is incorporated into our lives.
In Europe, there was a lunar eclipse recently, right during the moon rise. Called the "Blood moon," the eclipse would make for very dramatic photographs. It also happened during the golden hour, just before sunset. Chris used the app The Photographer's Ephemeris to know where the moon would be in the sky and when, and what lens to use to shoot it. Unfortunately, at the last minute the clouds rolled in and he lost it all.