Simple Audio Equipment

Simple Audio Equipment

Zoom H2Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder.The H2 is the only portable recorder with 4 mic capsules on-board for 360° recording. With 4 mic capsules in a W-X/Y configuration, the audio is decoded instantly, bringing these four signals together for unparalleled stereo imaging.

But the H2 doesn’t stop there. For maximum flexibility, you can record from the front of the H2 in a 90° pickup pattern or the rear of the H2 in a 120° pickup pattern at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution as a WAV file, or as an MP3 file at bitrates up to 320 kbps. Additionally, you can record in a 360° pickup pattern at up to 48kHz/24-bit resolution which will allow you to convert your recordings to 5.1 Surround. Simple to use and reliable and is cheaper than the Zoom H4 which has more features that I don’t need. Continue Reading

My Fuji Mirrorless System Camera

Fujifilm X-E1 with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f:2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Zoom Lens

Fujifilm X-E1 with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f:2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Zoom Lens

Yes it is true!!! I bought myself a Fuji System. I now have a Fuji X-E1 which I bought used on May 29, 2015 and 4 lenses a week after that. I really wanted to try the Fujifilm X System, but I’m hesitant because I’m already into Micro Four Thirds. Having two mirrorless system seems not too practical, until I came across a used Fujifilm X-E1 body for a really cheap price (only $200). I said to myself, hmmm, I can use this with my Canon FD Lenses. And there it goes, I bought it together with the Fotasy AFFD Canon FD Lens to Fujifilm FX Mount Camera Adapter .

Shot with Fujifilm X-E1 Compact System Digital Camera with the Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro Lens

For a week I’m using it with my Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 and Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro(Photo above). I was amazed when I saw the jpg images. After that first week, I found myself with the Rokinon 12mm F2.0, the third week I came across a near mint Fujinon XF 18-55mm f:2.8-4.0 for only $265, by the 15th of June 2015, I bought the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f:3.5-4.8. At this time I’m happy with this setup, I’m covered from ultrawide to telephoto and with the release of the new Fujifilm X-T10, I might get that as my primary body and have the X-E1 as a backup.

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Monopod, Tripod, Ball Head

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Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod  When I bought the Gorillapod from Amazon, I only bought the mini tripod without the Joby BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level since I already have one that I planned to used with it. I have been using arca swiss type plates for my cameras and I’m so used to it that I don’t want any other ball head. If you don’t have a ball head yet, Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod + BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level for approximately $50, but if you have a ball head that you can use, the Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod is a great buy for only $30+ . Read my review here.

 

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Manfrotto 680B Monopod. Four section Monopod featuring sure rubber grip, wrist carrying strap, quick action lever leg lock system with 45° run, large 60 mm camera/head platform with plastic cover and dual 1/4” – 3/8” camera fixing screw. This replaces the Bogen Manfrotto 680. Build quality is excellent. I sometimes used  this a when I’m shooting sports, helps me carry that heavy gear.

 

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Camera Straps and Wrist Straps

My Camera Straps

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Classic (RS-4) Camera Strap. This is my favorite strap if I needed to carry one camera body. It really works for me and I can carry my dslr with whatever lens is attached, it just makes it really easy and comfortable.

The BlackRapid Classic (RS-4) Camera Strap is a lightweight and low profile strap with the length adjuster on the front of the shoulder pad for quick adjustments on the go. The shoulder pad of the strap has a small zipper pocket suitable for a couple of memory cards or similar small items. The bottom of the shoulder pad has light airy foam covered by mesh for comfort and breathability.
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Bags, Belt, Lens Pouches & Lens Changers

Below are the bags, pouches, belt and straps that use I carry all of my camera gear to and from locations. Updated July 14, 2015

loweproflipside400awLowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack This is where I store my sports gear for transport to locations. Inside I have a Canon EOS 7D with EF 70-200mm F/2.8 attached, a Canon EOS 5D with a Tokina 16-28mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens, a Canon EF 400mm F/5.6L, a EF 50mm F/1.4. I also have a Canon 580EX, Rogue Flash Bender and a lot of other small stuff like, cf memory cards, camera batteries. . It features a adjustable dividers allow custom organization inside the roomy main compartment, a mesh-covered, padded waistbelt, back pad and contoured straps for added comfort and wicking away moisture; a hideaway tripod holder to secure a tripod or monopod to backpack; built-in memory card pockets on inside panel; front storage panels and mesh pockets for storing additional gear; Hypalon SlipLock attachment loops for SlipLock compatible products; a built-in All Weather Cover; and silent zipper pulls.

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Still Life at the Coffee Shop

It was my first time to walk into this beautiful coffee shop, I’ve always passed by this place but never really got a chance to stop by. This time I went in together with a group of friends and I was surprised to see the inside, it is serene, quiet, beautiful, family friendly. Unfortunately they were about to close. On a Sunday they’re only open from 10AM to 2PM.

Olympus OMD E-M5 and Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5 G Lens

Olympus OMD E-M5 and Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5 G Lens

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Spending a Day with the Birds and the EPL7

I spent my Sunday morning in the park with the Pen E-PL7 and the Panasonic 100-300mm. The Pany 100-300mm is quite huge for the E-PL7 but, but manageable. Frankly speaking I really like the AF in the E-PL7 compare to the E-M5. I have noticed that this pen has improved AF both in Single AF and continues AF. Also love the color and contrast of the Panasonic 100-300mm

Olympus Pen E-PL7 and Panasonic 100-300mm

Olympus Pen E-PL7 and Panasonic 100-300mm

Gear:

Going back to shooting

I have not done a lot of post since late last year because of my busy schedule. I miss it so much, in fact I always carry my PEN E-PL7 with me so I can shoot here and there, but I don’t have a lot of time in my hands like I use to. A lot of the photos I shot are still in the memory cards, sometimes I managed to download them to my lightroom library, but that is it. I don’t have time to post process them. But hopefully everything will eased up a bit and I can go back to posting photos everyday.

Olympus PEN E-PL7 with Lumix G 20mm F/1.7 MK I

Olympus PEN E-PL7 with Lumix G 20mm F/1.7 MK I

GEAR:

Closeup with A Bee

Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Tamron SP 180mm F/3.5 Macro.

I wanted to try out my Tamron SP 180mm F/3.5 Macro lens for Canon EOS on my Olympus OM-D E-M5, thanks to the Canon EOS Lens to Micro 4/3 MFT System Camera Mount Adapter with Built-In Aperture Ring from Amazon, I was able to adapt the Tamron macro to my MFT body. Continue Reading

A Photo from my Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera

Sony A6000 with Sony 18-105mm E PZ F/4 G OSS Lens.

Here’s one shot from my new toy the Sony A6000 with the Sony 18-105mm E PZ F/4 G OSS Lens.  Shot in aperture priority F/4, 1/200, ISO 250 at 105mm.

Going back to my Old DSLR.

Shot with the Canon EOS 7D and Tamron 180mm F/3.5 Macro. Details: F/6.3, 1/640 at ISO 640

I shot this with my Canon EOS 7D MK I and my Tamron SP 180mm F/3.5 Macro. I have not shot with my Tamron 180mm macro for a quite sometime now. Surprisingly it feels good to shoot again with my DSLRs. I have been too attached with my mirrorless system I almost forgot that I still have my DSLR gear.

For this photo, my Canon EOS 7D was set to manual for better control of my exposure.  It was a little windy so I have to make sure I can stop action/movement that’s why I set my shutter speed to 1/640. To get the details of the bee  I set my aperture to F/6.3 and ISO set in Auto. In post I added a little bit of  white vignette for a dramatic effect.

Canon EOS 6D Sample Photos

Canon EOS 6D with the Tokina AT-X Pro FX 16-28mm f/2.8

I wanted to see how well the canon EOS 6d perform when used in sports photography so I brought it with me to shoot a high school girls soccer game and a girls basketball game last night.
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BESTEK Universal Camera Liner / Insert Mini Review

I’ve had this camera insert for more than a year now. I used this primarily with an Aeropostale messenger bag to carry one Canon DSLR body (5d or 7d) with a Prime lens attached like the EF 35mm F/2 or the EF 50mm F/1.4 and two additional prime lenses. This used to be my everyday carry bag, back when I regularly shoot with my DSLR,  but when I got my Micro Four Thirds Gear, I only use my DSLR for sports work. Other than that, they mostly stay in the bag at home.  But there are times that I still miss shooting with my DSLR specially during off season and this what I still use to carry my DSLR kit. Mine has the label/tag that says CADEN, but on the Amazon description is says Bestek. I tried searching Amazon for CADEN and I got results that were more expensive than the Bestek Camera Insert.

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Canon EOS 6D Unbagging

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Look what what I got from Canon today! It’s the Canon EOS 6D. I have 5 days to try it out. The Canon EOS 6D is the Canon’s entry level full frame DSLR. One feature of this camera that excites me, aside from being a full frame, is it’s high ISO capabilities. It has an ISO range of 100-25,600, two custom High settings of 51,200 (H1) and 102,400 (H2) way better than my 5d classic and 7d. It also uses the Digic 5+ processor  which makes it a good alternative to the more expensive 5d MK III.

 

 

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack As Camera Bag For Mirrorless System

 

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack for Micro Four Thirds or any Mirrorless Compact Camera Systems.

 

When I bought my first mirrorless camera 2 years ago, my search for the right bag for my compact system camera started. At first it was ok,  I only have 1 body, the E-PL1 and two lenses the Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 and the Panasonic 14mm F/2.5 pancake, it was manageable. For a long time I’ve been using the Think tank Skin 50 to carry these gear, which works really well,  but as time went by I’ve accumulated some more lenses and added two more mft camera bodies.

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Thinktank Skin 50 Ver 2, Thinktank Pro Speed Belt with my EPL1 Panasonic 14mm F/2 and Canon FD 50mm F/1.8

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Thinktank Skin 50 Ver 2 Thinktank Pro Speed Belt with my EPL1 Panasonic 14mm F/2 and Canon FD 50mm F/1.8

Currently I have the OMD EM5 with Panasonic 20mm F/1.7, EPL3 with Panasonic 14mm Pancake, Oly 45mm F/1.8, Sigma 60mm F/2.8 Dn, Rokinon  7.5 Fisheye For MFT and the Panasonic 100-300mm Zoom a 7inch Tablet or a Netbook that I carry with me everyday. I have a Tenba messenger bag which I really love, and this is my favorite bag for my mirrorless so far, but since it was design for DSLR, it’s kinda big, so I’m looking for a slightly smaller bag that can fit not all, but most of my gear. Continue Reading

Strobist Lighting Gear

Speedlite / Flash

The Canon Speedlite 580EX Older but still a crowd favorite. Some of it’s notable features includes, E-TTL (and E-TTL II), has a guide number of 58/191 (meters/feet) at ISO 100 and 105mm focal length. This speedlite works flawlessly and is reliable in any situation.

 

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Sports Photography Gear (DSLR)

Updated : July 10, 2015

This is my remaining DSLR Camera Gear. I have sold most of them and I don’t see myself getting a new lens or new dslr camera body or lenses. I am slowly transitioning to a compact system camera (mirrorless system), right now I’m using both micro four thirds system and Fuji APS-C . You can check out my mirrorless system here.

Camera Bodies:

Canon EOS 7D and Canon EF 400mm F/5.6L USM

Canon EOS 7D. I have 2 of these that I used for sports. This is my primary body for sports and event photography. I choosed the 7d because of it’s high frame rate, quick autofocus, great image quality and best of all it’s durability, it is weather sealed and I don’t have to worry about shooting in harsh weather condition. The Canon EOS 7D is still Canon’s King of the Crop (APS-C). With the release of the current firmware update Version 2.0.X it keeps the EOS 7D on the cutting edge of technological innovation by adding user-requested innovations developed for Canon’s high-end EOS cameras: A higher maximum burst rate for continuous shooting, definable maximum limit for ISO Auto, compatibility with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, and manual audio level adjustment. Additional enhanced features include faster scrolling of magnified images, quick control during playback, in-camera RAW image processing, JPEG image resizing and ratings, plus customization of file names and time zone settings.

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Canon EOS 5D with Tokina 16-28mm F/2.8

Canon EOS 5D with Tokina 16-28mm F/2.8

EOS5DClassic50mm14Canon EOS 5D 12.8mp Full Frame. I used this as a backup to my 7Ds. Even  though it’s considered a classic by many it is a trust worthy and reliable camera. Best of all it’s image quality is just outstanding. You can never go wrong with this camera. Portrait, events, landscape, you name it and it will delivery.
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My Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Compact System Camera Gear

Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Cameras

MFT Camera Bodies:

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Review Canon FD 135mm F/3.5 SC Manual Focus with Chrome Tip

Canon FD 135mm F/3.5 Chrome Tip with Original Metal lens hood BT-55

Last time, I reviewed the  Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro Manual Focus Lens. Just in case you missed it, you can find it here.

This review is about the Canon FD 135mm F/3.5 SC Manual Focus Lens with Chrome Tip.

This is the third Canon FD Lens that I bought from ebay. I was curios to try the 135mm Focal length from the FD line of lenses, and this 135mm F/3.5 SC fits the bill nicely. At $45 I got a complete set with 2x teleconverter, macro / closeup filter adapters, original metal lens hood BT-55 and the FD 135mm F/3.5 lens with Chrome Tip in excellent condition.

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Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Manual Focus Macro Lens

I bought my Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro lens from eBay after reading good reviews about it. Based on the test shots I did, the lens is an excellent performer, it is sharp at f/3.5 and improves a lot when you stop down. Like my Canon FD 50mm F/1.8, this lens is in great condition for a lens this old. It is heavier compare to my native M43 lenses, but feels well balance on my OMD EM5 and Pen EPL-3. Continue Reading