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

Camera Bodies:

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

Canon EOS 7D. 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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Micro Four Thirds System Gear

My Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless System 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

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Daily Photo – Black Grasshopper

Shot this the other day during my daily walk to the bushes. This is a Lubber Grasshopper, these grasshoppers are eye catching because of their large size and dark colors.  They are unable to fly and as I have notice,sluggish and doesn’t jump away unless they are threaten. Continue Reading

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Daily Photo – Bee On The Job for Bee Thursday

I shot this in one of my daily hikes. Spring is just an exciting time for me, this is when our buggy friends come out to enjoy the weather and feast on different kinds of flowers and plants. Like this Bee who was really working on that flower. Continue Reading

Wildlife Alligator

Daily Photo – Alligator for Wildlife Wednesday

This one is from my archives. I shot this at the National Zoo with my old Canon Rebel XS and a Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6. I shot this behind a glass cage, there was a little bit of glare and the image appear soft.

When Lightroom 5 came out, I revisited my 2009 Catalog and reprocess some of the photos. This is what I came up with. See the before and after below. Continue Reading

Kalamansi Lemon Close-up

Calamansi shot with the Pen-PL1

I shot this one with my very first pen camera, the OLYMPUS 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera  and with the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens .

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Praying Mantis Close-up

Praying Mantis for Buggy Friday

Shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM , and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .

Since I don’t have a dedicated macro lens, the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube, help me get close to my subject  by cutting the minimum focus distance of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM   .

In post, I use the usual, Lightroom, Photoshop CC and my favorite plugin from Topaz LabsTopaz Detail.

I wrote a review of the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension tube that you can read here. Continue Reading

Crocodile

Crocodile for Wildlife Wednesday

This one is from my Archives. This was shot from the National Zoo back in 2010 using a Canon EOS Rebel XS and the beautiful Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.

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Daisies Close-up

Daisies for Macro Monday

I shot this one with my little Olympus PEN E-PL3 (Black) and with the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 (Black) Lens .

In post, I use the usual, Lightroom, Photoshop CC and my favorite plugin from Topaz Labs, Topaz Detail. I use Topaz Detail to extract the details from the photo. Continue Reading

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White Pollen

Shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM , and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .

Since I don’t have a dedicated macro lens, the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube, help me get close to my subject  by cutting the minimum focus distance of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM   . Continue Reading