Thursday, August 29, 2013

Storm Front Approaching

I was wrapped up shooting slow water shots in the Kaikoura Bay that I didnt even notice the drama unfolding in the distant Kaikoura Ranges.

The Nor' West was pushing a storm down from the alps and into the bay. Almost as an afterthought I grabbed a quick stitch of the clouds and rain starting to smother the landscape.

Canon 5DIII + 70-200 2.8 I.S Mark II + Lee Grad ND 3 Stop filter

Thursday, August 22, 2013

70D First Impressions....

Ive managed to get hands on with the new Canon EOS 70D. Ive only had a chance to get a precursory series of tests done with it, but initial feeling is that it is a good step up from the venerable 60D.

Focusing is blazing quick with the STM lens and I'm sure all the good USM lenses will perform in much the same manor. The new live view works a treat and is now a really effective way of focusing and not an afterthought which is how Canon's live view focusing has felt until now.

Raw files look great. I'm my view the 18meg sensor that has been thrashed to death by Canon has had inherently average colour and snap to the files, no matter how you process them. Early files from the new 20 meg sensor look great with lots more 'pop' and a nice rendering. This may be helped by the new Digic processor also..

More to come....

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Website

So the reason for this new blog is to coincide closely with the launch of my new website...

My last site has served me well but never really showcased my photos as well as I wanted. So...time for a freshen up!

Make sure to favourite this blog and see how things progress. :-)

This is from the latest "super moon" full moon from here in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Canon 5dIII + 70-200 2.8 I.S. II + 1.4x + Lee 0.9 ND Grad

Monday, August 12, 2013

Spring is on its way....

With spring just around the corner here in the southern hemisphere, I though I would reflect on the tulips I photographed last spring. Cant wait for the days to be a bit longer. As much as I love the snow and the beauty of our country at this time of year I need the sun!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Zeiss 21mm vs Canon 24mm & 17mm T/S Lenses

As an owner of both of the new Canon T/S lenses, 17, and 24mm II and a lover of exotic glass I though I would satisfy my curiosity once and for all and take both of these specimens along with the Carl Zeiss ZE 21mm for a descent head to head.

The Zeiss ZE 21mm has always appealed as I do enjoy that focal length and all of the reviews and comments over the years lavishing praise on this beauty haven’t gone unnoticed. The comments have always raved about the edge-to-edge sharpness and its beautiful colour rendition along with its ability to impart a ‘3D’ look to images.

Anyways… I took the 3 lenses for a weekend away shooting a variety of subjects. My thoughts follow. Of course your mileage may vary but it certainly verified and validated my decisions.
The Distagon 21mm certainly has a nice colour as many have mentioned. It also seems to have the ability to gain about half a stop in the shadows and highlights whilst still retaining good contrast across the midtones. It has an inherent warm cast, which on many occasions that needs toning down in your raw convertor otherwise images tend to look way too warm. It definitely has the gullwing distortion but for the style of my shooting this is not a problem whatsoever. I also found to get really sharp corners its best to focus at infinity and let the aperture gain the depth of field required  (not hard). The traditional method of focusing 1/3 in or using the DOF scales left the corners wanting.

The Canon T/S lenses, one word really.. WOW! These 2 lenses keep up and surpass the Zeiss in most areas. The sharpness is sublime from corner to corner. The colour rendition of Canons new coatings are unreal. Beautiful saturated colour and fantastic contrast. Of course you also have the benefits of tilt and shift, which makes landscape photography a lot more interesting and easier to achieve the result your looking for. The sharpness is so high that large prints require MUCH less post sharpening then is normal.

Canon certainly is starting to push the boat out with some of their new lenses. The new 70-200 2.8 II is another example (as long as you get a good copy) Ive always had my reservations with some of Canons offerings but the latest releases have been incredible.

If your in the market for the Carl Zeiss 21mm lens then you would do well to at least try the new T/S lenses from Canon. If you have to have 21mm focal length than the decision is simple but if your looking for the best landscape lenses with the ability to increase DOF with tilt and shift, stitch multiple frames quickly and have the sharpest print possible then go try them! Some say the 17mm is useless as it doesn’t take filters but Ive found the colour to be so good and saturated that this is no longer the problem it could have been.

Spoilt for choice these days!!

Friday, August 9, 2013


So Im in the process of setting up my blog here on Blogger. This blog will contain photos from my travels and recent landscape photography excursions. I often have early access to lots of new photography equipment on the market. As and when this happens I will get some info and samples up.

Canon 5DII + Carl Zeiss 35-70 + Lee 2 stop hard ND grad + Lee 3 stop Pro ND