Dan Carr

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Born in the UK , Dan took a gap year in Whistler, British Columbia after high-school which planted the seed for a mountain obsession. While his passion for mountain life took a backseat as he finished an Aerospace Engineering degree in England, it wasn't long before he returned to the mountains to start shooting his friends in action. Dan spends 8 months of the year chasing winter around the globe shooting the worlds best skiers and snowboarders for companies like Oakley, Salomon and Columbia. His work has been featured in ski and snowboard magazines from Japan to Canada and everywhere in between as well as innumerable commercial campaigns for an ever widening list of clients. He now lives in the resort town of Whistler when he is not on the road, which provides the perfect backdrop for many other types of adventure, landscape and nature photography. Since starting a blog on his website a few years ago Dan’s interest in all things digital has pushed him to learn, write and teach about many aspects of photography from HDSLR movie making to HDR photography and of course share his knowledge about ski and snowboard photography.

G-Drive ev ATC Review

G-Tech add new Rugged lineup
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 5, 2015

G-Tech's new Rugged hard drive lineup includes several different models to offer varying protection, and integration with their existing Evolution Series drives and dock.  Dan tested out the G-Drive ev ATC to see how it stood up to the elements.

Miller Air Carbon Fiber Tripod System Review

Lightweight, affordable DSLR focused support
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 27, 2015
The Air Tripod System Range is comprised of the Air Alloy and Air Carbon Fiber and both feature the same Air Fluid Head.  The Air Tripod System is billed as a lightweight and affordable option for DSLR users, though a Canon C100 MKII or similar would be quite at home as well with a maximum payload of...

Codex Multi-Camera Recorder

Alexa Mini partner
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 27, 2015
  Alongside the launch of the exciting looking ARRI ALEXA Mini a few days ago, long-time ARRI partner Codex, revealed a new multi-camera recorder.  The recorder features 8 HD-SDI inputs meaning that up to 4 simulatneous ARRIRAW streams can be recorded with a total frame rate of 360fps.  This could mean...

Studio Binder - Call Sheets Simplified


Written by Dan Carr  |  February 26, 2015
  Studio Binder is a new cloud-based production tool that's looking to simplify the call time process for cast and crew.  The service lets you store projects and cast/crew information in the cloud, delivering a simple interface to schedule call times to all members of your team via text message or...

Have I Finally Perfected My Backup Strategy?


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 26, 2015
Like many people, I’ve struggled over the years to find the perfect backup solution for all of my digital content.  As file sizes creep ever upwards, it’s been a permanent upgrade process that’s often caused more than its fair share of headaches.  All drives will fail at some point, it’s an absolute certainty.  The only...

15 Free Logos For Your Production Industry Business


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 31, 2014
So you’ve decided that the freelance lifestyle is for you and you’ve got a website online to show off your skills.  Getting your business branding on point should be one of your next goals but...

WordPress For Video Professionals

5 minute setup + best themes and plugins
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 30, 2014
This article is intended to be great starting point for someone who’s looking to either improve their existing website, or start their first one.  I’ve split it into four distinct sections: -->> Part 1: Introduction - Why...

Automating Your Creative Business

The best part about this stuff? Most of it is absolutely free!
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 1, 2014
In the first couple of posts in this series we took a look at some useful services to help creative professionals with accounting, and then we took an

Email Marketing For Freelancers - Why You Need A Mailing List


Written by Dan Carr  |  October 1, 2014
I started off this series of posts last month with a look at simplified accounting for freelancers, using FreshBooks.  This month I want to talk about an incredibly powerful, yet highly underused marketing...

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 18, 2014
Having robust mobile storage solutions that you can rely on is important, as is the speed of them.  I recently purchased the latest LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive and ran it through some tests. Most folks will already be familiar with the concept of the rubberized Rugged drives from LaCie, I’ve been...

9 New Features That Make The EOS 7D Mark II Canon’s Best DSLR For Video

An old workhorse finally gets an update
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 15, 2014
The original EOS 7D was launched in September 2009, a lifetime ago with the pace of change in this industry.  That camera’s lifespan was considerably lengthened by a major 2.0 firmware update in August 2012, so it’s only now that we are finally seeing the 7D Mark II, just announced at...
  Movidiam is a creative network that allows brands, agencies...

ARRI Alexa Firmware To Enable 3.2K ProRes For Up-Scaling To 4K


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 6, 2014
Not wanting to leave Alexa owners out in the cold after last week’s 4k Amira announcement, Arri have unveiled plans for an Alexa firmware update in early 2015 that will enable 3.2k ProRes recording. This...

Set Scouter Aims To Help You Find The Perfect Location


Written by Dan Carr  |  August 27, 2014
Currently in beta, Set Scouter is a new service that aims to make the location hunting process much easier by connecting filmmakers directly with property owners who are actively looking to rent places for production use. The process of finding the right location and negotiating...

ARRI To Enable 4k Recording On The AMIRA


Written by Dan Carr  |  August 26, 2014
In a surprise (maybe even a shock) announcement today, ARRI released a statement outlining their intention to enable 4K recording in the recently released AMIRA. I don't often use the term "droolworthy" with regards to a camera, but for me the AMIRA does fall into this category, along with cameras like...

Sony's Latest Budget A5100 Mirrorless Camera Delivers Surprising Video Features

XAVC S, Clean HDMI & more....
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 26, 2014
The A5100 is the latest edition to Sony’s increasingly popular mirrorless system and for the price point they’re hitting, this camera comes with a few surprising video features. The A5100 falls into the budget end of the Alpha mirrorless family, sitting below the A6000 and the A7...

GoPro Launches New Field Guide Video Series

Learn from GoPro's in-house media team
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 26, 2014
GoPro's in-house production crew are the guys responsible for creating things like the Hero 3+ launch video, currently sitting at over 16 million view on YouTube.  If there's ever anything you wanted to learn about shooting with a GoPro, these are the guys...

Internal 4K Recording Coming To The Sony F5...For Free??


Written by Dan Carr  |  August 25, 2014
One of the main differentiators between Sony's F5 and F55 cameras is the ability for the latter to record 4k XAVC footage internally to its SxS cards, but this might all be about to change..... Filmmaker Paul Ream has uploaded a test video to Vimeo that appears to show 4k footage recorded internally to the...

Simplified Accounting For Freelancers With FreshBooks

Get on top of your invoicing, estimates and expense tracking.
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 19, 2014
A recent survey of PVC readers really underlined just how many of you are freelancers, so I thought it would be a great time to kick off a series of articles that tackle some of the business aspects of freelance creative work. We’re going to start today with a very dirty word for many of us;...

Canon Unveils XF200 & XF205 Professional Camcorders

Popular HD camera gets an upgrade with wireless and ethernet capabilities
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 2, 2014
The XF100 and XF105 get a spec bump and some ergonomic changes for NAB this year, adding wi-fi and ethernet connectivity to both the new XF200 and XF205, as well a few extra connection options on the 205 model.  The right side of the camera now also features a rotating grip with zoom rocker and...

Best WordPress Plugins For Photographers


Written by Dan Carr  |  April 2, 2014
WordPress is the world’s most popular web platform with over 77 million installs running right now.  Many photographers use WordPress to host their portfolios and blogs but out of the box WordPress is a mere skeleton of the powerhouse it can become with the use of a few simple plugins. ...

Canon Launches New 17-120 Cine-Servo Lens

Cine lens lineup expansion for ENG shooting
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 2, 2014
With NAB starting in just a few days, Canon has today unveiled several new products including the very interesting looking CN 7x17 , or Cine-Servo 17-120.  The red ring around the lens tells the main story here, this is not a B4 mount 2/3" lens, but a PL (or EF) mount cine lens with a removable...

Google Drive Drasticly Drops Pricing - Now Viable For Photo Storage?

Automated off site backup just got cheaper
Written by Dan Carr  |  March 24, 2014
Google recently slashed the prices of it's Drive cloud storage solution.  I don't use the word 'slashed' lightly, but since 1TB of cloud storage used to cost you $50 and now only costs $9.99 I think it's usage is deserved!  I'm forever trying to simplify my backup...

LinkedIn For Photographers

Unlock the hidden potential for your photography business
Written by Dan Carr  |  March 20, 2014
Whilst LinkedIn doesn't get the media attention of many of the other faster growing social sites it's been slowly gathering pace since its launch in 2003 and now they have 277 million users. Most photographers concentrate on Facebook, Twitter and Google+...
An interesting product from Zacuto for those using Canon Cine Primes and Zeiss Compact Primes.  Clever design!  

Nikon Df Leaks - Retro design gone too far?

Nikon Launches A New Retro Full Frame Camera
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 4, 2013
No you're not looking at an old film camera...... this is Nikon's latest full frame 16mp digital SLR; the Nikon Df. Styled to pay homage to the old Nikon FM2 it's covered in physical dials on the top instead of the usual buttons, and the LCD display is best described as 'minimalist'.  Now I'll...

fotoBiz & fotoQuote Review

An in-depth look at software to manage your business workflow
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 9, 2013
“How much should I charge?” is a common question amongst new photo business owners and fofoBiz helps you answer this question with bespoke software that also assists with the day to day operations of your business. 10% Discount! You can get 10% discount on all Cradoc software using the coupon...

Zeiss Launches the $4000 55mm Otus Lens

Is this the ultimate standard lens?
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 7, 2013
Cameras like the Nikon D800 have pushed the resolution of current lens designs right to the limits and in many cases beyond.  Start testing a collection of Nikon lenses on the D800 and you quickly realize that you really need to pair it with A-grade optics in order to tap into the power of the...

When Should You Convert To Black & White?

To convert or not to convert.... that is the question.
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 24, 2013
I have just got back from a few weeks traveling and shooting in S.E Asia and much of my time was spent in Cambodia exploring the incredible ancient runins around Siem Reap, and then heading out on a 4X4 trip around the northern part of the country to access some more remote, less frequented places.  I had certain self imposed goals for...

ARRI Unveils New AMIRA Camera At IBC

2k, 200fps one-man documentary camera
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 13, 2013
ARRI have surprised many people at IBC this year by unveiling a a new 2k camera called the AMIRA, aimed at the documentary and corporate one-man-band market.  While most people expected a 4K solution, that camera would seem to still be in the lab and instead ARRI have chosen to service a market that hasn't quite...

Micro Four Thirds & Mirrorless - Here To Stay or Gone Tomorrow ?

Declining sales and greener pastures
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 6, 2013
I've been wanting to write something along these lines for a while now because these thought have been running through my head over and over again.  The question I have pondered on more than one occasion is whether I should invest more heavily in some sort of mirrorless camera system or whether these types of cameras as simply an...

A Look At Canon's New 200-400 F4 L IS Lens

Canon's $12,000 Monster Lens
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 16, 2013
Canon announced development of this lens a couple of years ago but it only recently began shipping to dealers in small quantities.  I was lucky enough to take delivery of one of the first to land in Canada and I've since sold my Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS and replaced it with the new...

Canon Looks To Revolutionize DSLR Video AF

New Dual Pixel CMOS AF System
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 3, 2013
This week Canon launched the latest in their lineup of of XXD cameras, the EOS 70D.  It features a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, environmental sealing and 7fps continuous shooting speed with built in WiFi connectivity.  What's particularly interesting about this launch though is that the headline feature of the whole launch...

Canon Launches New EOS 70D

Big steps in APS-C DSLR range
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 2, 2013
Lonndon, UK, 2 July 2013 – Canon today unveils an outstanding new addition to its world-famous EOS series – the EOS 70D. Designed for aspiring enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D is the ideal camera for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level. It combines completely new, world-first Canon...

Adobe Moves Creative Suite To The Cloud - What You Need To Know

No more updates to Creative Suite as Adobe switches focus to new subscription service
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 9, 2013
Adobe announced this week at the MAX conference that Creative Suite will no longer be upgraded with new features, the future of all their creative software now lies firmly with the subscription service Creative Cloud.  Alongside this announcement they unveiled new versions of all their Creative Suite programs which will now carry the CC...

Canon Releases Major Firmware Update for 5D MK3


Written by Dan Carr  |  April 30, 2013
Canon have released firmware update 1.2.1 today for the 5DMK3 which is one of...

MOVI - A New Chapter In Camera Stabilization


Written by Dan Carr  |  April 5, 2013
In the scramble to get media attention during the run up to NAB next week an unexpected product has leapt to the top of the charts, MOVI.  MOVI is a hand held gimbal rig developed by Freefly Cinema and unveiled tonight on

Simplify Your Creative Business


Written by Dan Carr  |  April 3, 2013
As a self-employed creative professional I wear many hats on a daily basis.  My virtual hat rack includes photographer, accountant, marketing manager, administrative assistant, video editor, writer, lawyer and business development manager.  You can see why I need a whole rack!  But my situation isn't uncommon at...
Camera Raw 7.4 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6. Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4. The goal of these releases is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in...

Google Makes Nik's Plugin Suite Available for $149


Written by Dan Carr  |  March 25, 2013
Big news shared by Google this morning on their G+ page.  Instead of having to spend $499 for the whole Nik plugin suite, they will make it avalable for only $149!  Even better, if you've previously purchased one plugin, they will upgrade you to the entire suite for no charge.  Nik's plugins are quite brilliant and this...

Nikon Launches Large Sensor Compact Camera


Written by Dan Carr  |  March 5, 2013
Nikon have today launced their first large sensor fixed lens compact camera, the Coolpix A.  The camera features a 16MP DX (APS-C) sensor with a fixed 18.5mm f2.8 lens, equivalent to a 28mm in 35mm terms.  With a price tag of $1100 Nikon are clearly targeting potential Fuji X100s buyers.  The main differences are that the Nikon...

Nikon Introduces AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED


Written by Dan Carr  |  March 5, 2013
MELVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable...
COPENHAGEN, March 4, 2013 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced the Phase One IQ2 series: three new full-frame 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and 13...

Think Tank Announces 3 New Products


Written by Dan Carr  |  March 3, 2013
Think Tank Photo Releases Photographer Pro DSLR Battery Holder Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo announces the release of the Pro DSLR Battery Holder; a soft, compact case for photographers carrying two pro-size camera batteries for either Canon or Nikon bodies.   It joins Think...

PocketWizard® Announces Easy-to-Use Plus®X Transceiver for Wireless Flash and Camera Triggering

Simplest PocketWizard ever is ideal entry into the PocketWizard wireless system of products
Written by Dan Carr  |  March 3, 2013
  So. Burlington, VT - March 1, 2013 - LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, today announces the immediate availability of its new PlusX Auto-Sensing Transceiver. The high-quality...

Canon To Provide CPS Support For Pros Working The Oscars


Written by Dan Carr  |  February 14, 2013
CPS provides support at many major sporting events in the USA as well as other events that see a large media turn out.  This year they will be on hand at the 85th Academy Awards, taking place in just over a weeks time.   From Canon:   CPS is pleased to announce that we will...

Canon To Add 25p To EOS-1DC In Upcoming Firmware


Written by Dan Carr  |  February 13, 2013
Canon has announced this week that they intend to add a 25p mode to the flagship EOS-1DC DSLR.  Currently in 4k recording mode the camera only shoots at 24p which limits its worlwide usability where standards vary.  Quite why it wasn't included from the get go is anyones guess but at least it is coming...

NIKKOR Celebrates 80th Anniversary


Written by Dan Carr  |  February 7, 2013
  TOKYO - Nikon Corporation celebrates the 80th anniversary of the launch of its NIKKOR photographic lenses this year In commemoration of NIKKOR's 80th anniversary, Nikon hopes to...

First Hands On Video With The Canon 200-400 F4 IS

Joshua Holko posts first impressions
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 6, 2013
  The Canon 200-400 f4 L IS was pre-announced by Canon at CP+ more than two years ago and as such, has probably become the most desired lens for Canon...

Nikon Launches New 800mm Monster Lens


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 30, 2013
MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 28, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed to assist FX-format photographers in capturing their subjects with clarity and precision....

The Last Roll Of Kodachrome

National Geographic show now available to watch
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 16, 2013
National Geographic followed Steve McCurry on his journey to shoot the last 36 exposures of Kodachrome.  McCurry took a 6 week trip to a variety of locations to find the subjects for the very last roll.  The video is now available to watch on Youtube and if you have half an hour spare then it's well worth a...

Behind The Image - Through Their Eyes


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 14, 2013
  Another image of mine with a bit of a story behind it was just published this month in Skier magazine.  In March 2012 I headed to Austria to cover an event called Nine Queens.  The event brings together the world's best women freeskiers for a week...
Petersburg, VA, USA, January 14, 2013 - Metabones® and Caldwell Photographic jointly announce a revolutionary accessory called Speed Booster™, which mounts between a mirrorless camera and a SLR lens. It increases maximum aperture by 1 stop (hence its name), increases MTF and has...

Nikon D5200 Announced at CES


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 8, 2013
  January 7, 2013 The Artists' Modern Muse: The Nikon D5200 Inspires Users to Capture Creatively Soon to be Available in the U.S., The Nikon D5200 Blends D-SLR Performance and Imaginative Features That Make it Simple to Create and Share Amazing Images and Full HD...
Lexar Press Release New Lexar Professional 1100x XQD Card Propels Photographers into the Next Generation of High-Performance Shooting New 32GB and 64GB XQD Cards Leverage the Capabilities of Next-Generation Cameras January 7, 2013 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today introduced the...

New Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
  From SIGMA: Conventionally, large aperture lenses for 300mm F2.8 have been loved by professional users due to their brilliant capability of depiction and bright aperture value. It has established a solid standpoint in the world of photography. Based...

New Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
From SIGMA: The most important features for a standard zoom lens for digital single lens reflex camera is to achieve high image quality, to meet the needs in various occasions and to be handy and compact. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will clear away all the general concerns,...

Fuji Launches New X100S and X20

Retro is still the new cool
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
For the opening day of CES 2013 Fuji is grabbing all the photography related headlines with the update of a couple of their most popular cameras. In fact they are making quite a  habbit of this since last years opening was dominated by the X-Pro 1 news.  The X100S and the X20 replace the X100 and X10 respectively, two cameras that...

Canon Delivers New Printers at CES 2013


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 7, 2013 – At the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveiled the latest devices in its lineup of PIXMA Office All-In-One (AIO) printers, delivering high-quality solutions to a wide variety of...

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em ! Canon's New Powershot N

Unique new companion to your smartphone
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
We wouldn't normally comment on consumer point and shoot cameras on this site but Canon have caused a stir this moring at CES with an entirely new style of camera that's well worth a look.  It's no secret that worldwide sales of point and shoot cameras have declined sharply in recent years as our cell phones take centre...

Car Photo Retouching Masterclass

Incredible work by GF Williams
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 5, 2013
I just HAD to share this !  Sometimes I'm just browsing Facebook and you find an interesting link that leads to another interesting link and a subject you don't know much about and then BAM ! Incredible photography.  This just happened to me as I discovered GF...

Behind The Image - Racetrack Startrail


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 4, 2013
A few weeks ago I decided at the last minute to head to Death Valley to shoot some images for a book project. I had 5 spare days in my calendar and that was just enough time to get some meaningful work done somewhere.  I jumped on a flight to Vegas the next day and spend the next four days driving...

Samsung Launches New NX300

SAMSUNG NX300 Combines Speed, Performance and Connectivity for Perfect Shooting in Every Moment
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 4, 2013
LAS VEGAS, USA – January 3, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the NX300, the new flagship model in its successful NX series. The NX300 once again raises the bar for compact system cameras (CSC), delivering an...

CAPTURE, CONNECT AND SHARE WITH THE LATEST CANON PRODUCTS AT THE 2013 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

Company Brings to Life “Image Incredible” through Interactive Experiences and Inspired End-User Photographs
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 4, 2013
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 4, 2013 – At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8th, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils the vision behind its 2013 lineup of connected digital cameras, camcorders and printers. Visitors to Canon’s booth (#13304) will be invited to explore...

Canon C100 Short PULSE Debuts Online


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 17, 2012
One of the first projects to be shot on the Canon C100 is now online.  Commissioned by Canon and directed by Emmy-award winner Patrick Moreau of stillmotion, the docu-short PULSE profiles the making of the BioBeats app, a new technology that utilizes cameras to generate custom music based on a...

Nikon Produces 75 Millionth Nikkor Lens


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 17, 2012
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses* for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached seventy-five million at the beginning of November 2012. Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2, in 1959 along...

Adobe Announces Updates To Creative Cloud Services


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 13, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 11, 2012 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today is revealing a major update to its Adobe Creative Cloud offering. During Create Now, an online event this morning, the company is announcing that Creative Cloud members will now have access to over a dozen exclusive new features for Adobe...

Adobe Announces Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 Final Releases


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 13, 2012
Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 final releases on Adobe.com. The update adds HiDPI support within the Lightroom Library and Develop modules and includes additional raw file format support for 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D5200 and Sony DSC-RX1. A comprehensive list of newly...

Leica Camera Celebrates 99 Years


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 12, 2012
Allendale, NJ (December 6, 2012) – For nearly a century, Leica cameras have captured fleeting moments and transformed them into stories brimming with the lifeblood of true human experience. The iconic image of the end of WWII as displayed by the sailor and nurse in Times Square embodies the excitement and relief felt in...

New Documentary With Joey L Online


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 11, 2012
I'm a huge fan of the work of New York based photographer Joey L.  He's just released a new book about lighting and simultaneously a 45 minute...

10 Holiday Gift Ideas For Photographers

Photog friendly Christmas gifts
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 18, 2012
Yes that time of year is here where you have to think of a gift for your photography loving friend or loved one, the one who seemingly has everything! I've compiled a list of 10 of my favorite gift priced goodies in no particular order and various price points so you're sure to find something suitable and easily...

Interview With David McLain & Jerome Thelia About The Calling And Sony's A99

New short shows off Sony flagship
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 15, 2012
Whilst attending PhotoPlus Expo recently I had the chance to sit down with National Geographic photographer David McLain and his business partner and New York based colorist Jerome Thelia to talk about their recent short The Calling which was shot entirely with Sony's new full frame DSLR, the A99.{C} Canon's...

Schneider Optics - Tilt Shift Lenses


Written by Dan Carr  |  November 2, 2012
My usual plan when visiting trade shows is to get some hands on time with the new big announcements and then spend a day poking around every other little thing I can find at the show. Occasionally I stumble across something that I have no prior knowledge of and when that also happens to be something amazingly cool then it's...

Leica's New M - Hands On

Ground up redesign for Leica's flagship
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 2, 2012
Leica unveiled the new M camera last month and it's no small iteration, becoming the first Leica camera to feature a CMOS sensor and the very first to shoot video. I spent some time with it this week and PhotoPlus Expo along with the new 50mm Summicron ASPH lens. {C} In the hand I found it to be...

Carl Zeiss Preparing New Premium Lens Range For DSLRs Starting with 55mm f1.4 Distagon

New extreme quality primes for high MP cameras
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 29, 2012
Carl Zeiss recently announced that they would be producing a new DSLR lens range that would take a no-holds-barred approach to lens building. "We simply removed the limitation of price" one Zeiss representative told me on their booth at PhotoPlus Expo this week. The result is a first lens that look...

Hands On With The Canon 200-400 f4 L IS 1.4x

Canon's latest super telephoto monster
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 29, 2012
Canon's 200-400 was announced as an in-development lens more than 12 months ago. This means that it hasn't yet become an official lens and that we don't know when it will ship and how much it will cost. Canon is still staying tight-lipped about this unfortunately, despite the lens being heavily tested during the summer...

Hands On With New Canon 6D

Canon latest full frame contender
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 26, 2012
Here at PhotoPlus Expo I was able to get my first hands on time with Canon's latest full frame DSLR, the EOS-6D which was officially launched a few weeks ago at...

Nikon Launches New 70-200 F4 VR - Hands On At PhotoPlus Expo

New Lightweight Pro Zoom
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 26, 2012
For PhotoPlus Expo this year Nikon has unveiled a much wanted lens, a 70-200 f4 VR which features new stabilization technology to provide up to 5-stops of Vibration Reduction (VR). I had the opportunity to take a look at the new lens and compare it alongside the 70-200 f2.8 VR. Canon users...

Photokina Wrap Up - Part 2 - Lenses & Accessories


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 19, 2012
As well as all of the official camera announcements that we already covered there was an innumerable number of other interesting new products from all of the big manufacturers. New high end printers from Canon , new lenses from Panasonic, Schneider and Sigma and new camera bags from Think Tank, Gura Gear and Lowepro. There's...

Photokina Wrap Up - Part 1 - Cameras

Every major manufacturer bought something new to the show
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 18, 2012
Photokina 2012 will go down as one of the biggest shows of its kind with every major photographic manufacturer launching extremely significant in their respective marketplaces. In this article I'll attempt to wrap up these camera announcements as succinctly as I can.{C}   Canon EOS...

Hassleblad Launches $6500 Mirrorless System

Redesigned Sony NEX-7 given Italian design and hefty price bump
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 18, 2012
Hasselblad has today announced a partnership with Sony to produce the Lunar mirrorless camera, with a full blown DSLR on the horizon as well. The cameras appear to take Sony's recent proven designs and add a 'luxury' design by using materials like carbon fiber and wood to change the ergonomics....

Phase One Launches New 645DF+ Medium Format Platform


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 17, 2012
COPENHAGEN, September 17, 2012- Phase One, the world's leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today announced the world's most versatile camera platform for high-end photography. With support for more than 50 different digital medium format digital...

Panasonic Unveils Their New Flagship HDSLR - The GH3

Pro build and features come to the M4/3 family
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 17, 2012
At Photokina today Panasonic have unveiled their new flagship Micro Fourthirds camera, the GH3, which is beginning to look more and more like a full sized DSLR with every passing iteration. With the previous GH2 Panasonic won a lot of fans in the indie film making world with remarkable video quality is with this new GH3 they have...

Canon Unveils Lower Priced Full Frame Camera - EOS 6D


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 17, 2012
Just a few days after Nikon announced the D600, Canon has unveiled their mid-level full frame DSLR, the EOS 6D. With a 20MP sensor, built in GPS and WiFi and a new super low light AF system, the lower priced full frame market just materialized this week.   CANON ANNOUNCES ITS SMALLEST AND...

Nikon Launches More Affordable Full Frame Camera - The D600


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 14, 2012
Nikon has just taken the wraps off their new camera, the D600. It packs a 24MP full frame sensor into a more consumer friendly priced package, due to hit shelves at $2100. This is by far the cheapest full frame camera on the market and should be shipping as soon as September 19th according to one of the biggest stores. Now begins a...

Sony's New DSC-RX1 Breaks New Ground - Mirrorless Full Frame Camera

24MP and a fixed 35mm f2.0 Sonnar lens
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 12, 2012
Sony are pushing incredibly hard in the photography sector this year and nothing demonstrates it more clearly than the new RX1. While some companies are just learning how to fit APS-C sensors in mirrorless cameras , Sony have squeezed a full frame 35mm, 24MP sensor into a camera the size of their current smallest competitors. The...

Sony Announces NEX-6 To Further Expand Their Mirrorless Lineup


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Sept 12, 2012 - With a brand new, sleek design and enhanced control capabilities, the new Sony NEX-6 camera packs all the imaging power, shooting responsiveness, handling and operability of a DSLR into a pocket-sized mirrorless camera. The newest addition to Sony's acclaimed E-mount...

Sony Unveils Flagship SLT-A99 Full Frame DSLR

24MP camera launched to top the Alpha lineup
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Sept 12, 2012 - Sony's long awaited ?99 digital camera sets a new performance standard for professional-class DSLRs, combining all of the benefits of full-frame imaging with the responsiveness and speed of Translucent Mirror Technology.The successor to Sony's flagship ?900 DSLR, the ?99 camera features...

Another One Bites The Dust - My Drobo Has To Go

Hardware and software issues prevalent in popular storage solution
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 11, 2012
I take no pleasure in having to write this, Drobo as a company have always been very good to me, their support has been great and I have never lost any data from their machines. I have however experienced a series of hardware and software issues that have now spanned several years and multiple Drobo models. My experience this past...

Canon Expands Cinema EOS Lineup With New C100

Smaller, lighter Cinema EOS camera with new run-and-gun friendly features
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 30, 2012
Less than a year after the launch of Canon's Cinema EOS system they have announced the third camera in the lineup, the C100. Positioned at the opposite end of the lineup to the new 4k C500, the C100 shrinks the same form factor and adds a few new features designed to make this HD camera the choice for one-man operations such as...

Is A New Era Of Camera Design Upon Us ? Nikon Launches First Android Based Camera

Nikon S800c Unveiled
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 22, 2012
Point and shoot cameras typically don't receive a lot of coverage here but every once in a while a manufacturer will spring a new feature that surely gives a glimpse into the future of the pro market. Today Nikon have launched such a camera and it's called the S800c. The first camera to be based on an Android operating...

CANON CELEBRATES PRODUCTION OF 80 MILLION EF LENSES


Written by Dan Carr  |  August 21, 2012
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 - Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company's 80-millionth EF lens on August 3, 2012. Production of EF lenses surpassed the 10-million mark in 1995, doubling to 20 million units in 2001. After reaching the 30...

Paul C. Buff Einstein Review

Feature laden flash put to the test
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 26, 2012
The E640 Einstein Light has been around for nearly a couple of years now and I've been using it for a year myself. It quickly became, somewhat surprisingly to myself, my strobe of choice for most jobs so I thought it's about time I told you all why. Before I delve into the finer details of the...

What Does Canon's Launch Into Mirrorless Mean For The Future Of Their Lineup ?

Could APS-C sensor compact signal a shift for the future ?
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 25, 2012
Canon have finally joined the rest of the major industry players by releasing a mirrorless camera system called EOS-M, along with a new lens system called EF-M. The first camera in the range manages to pack an 18MP APS-C sensor and 3" touchscreen into a camera that is considerably smaller than their high-end G1 X point and shoot...

Canon Creates EOS-1D X On Screen User Guides

No need for the old paper or PDF manual now!
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 18, 2012
There's no denying that Canon's new flagship, the EOS-1D X is a complex beast. It shares a lot of features with the EOS 5D Mark III that I have been using for a few months now and I will tell you that it is the only camera where I've felt like I have to read the manual. There are so many new features and so much...

Nikon Announces Development Of 800mm Lens

In development, an f5.6 800mm super telephoto.
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 12, 2012
Nikon have today announced that they are developing a new 800mm f5.6 VR lens. As has become popular recently with Canon, Nikon are calling this a development announcement which merely means that they confirm it's going to come at some point but detailed specifications, shipping dates and pricing will follow at a later date....

Lexar Announces Intention To Produce XQD Cards


Written by Dan Carr  |  July 12, 2012
Lexar XQD Memory Cards to be Compatible with Nikon D4 and Future XQD-based Camera Models Fremont, CA, 11 July, 2012 - Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its support of the XQD™ memory card specification for compatibility with Nikon D4 and future XQD-based...

Induro Announces New Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set


Written by Dan Carr  |  July 11, 2012
Matching traditional Hi-Hat dimensions, the DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set goes far beyond in terms of operational scope and flexibility. Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment, making height adjustments and terrain adjustments a breeze. Specially reinforced pivoting ovoid feet provide a sure grip on...
CANON U.S.A. ENCOURAGES NATIONAL PARKS VISITORS TO UNLEASH THEIR CREATIVITY THIS SUMMER WITH FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS Canon's Photography in the Parks Program Equips Visitors with Free Camera and Camcorder Loans, Professional Photography Lessons and a Unique, Hands-On Experience...

CANON U.S.A. PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY FILMMAKER RON HOWARD FOR YEAR TWO OF THE "LONG LIVE IMAGINAT

The First User-Generated Photo Contest in History to Inspire a Hollywood Film
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 7, 2012
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 7, 2012 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has created a new partnership with two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard for year two of the brand campaign, "Long Live Imagination." The partnership, launching May 7, 2012 with a digital campaign, comes on the heels of Ron Howard and Canon...

Phantom Miro - First Footage & Interview With Jim Geduldick

Vision Research lowers the entry point to High Speed Cinematography
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 2, 2012
Just before NAB, Vision Research announced a new version of the recently expanded Phantom Miro lineup, the M320s. The new M320s joins the recently updated Miro family alongside the M310, M120 and M110, all of which offer variations in connectivity and sensor sizing to suit a variety of industries. Filmmaker Jim Geduldick shot with the...

Think Tank Announces First 4 Wheeled Camera Bag - The 4-Sight Roller

Airport roller with 4 wheels !
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 26, 2012
Santa Rosa, Calif. - Think Tank Photo announces that in May it will release its first four-wheeled rolling camera bag, the Airport 4-Sight™. The Airport 4-Sight meets international airline carry-on standards. The roller's weight has been reduced dramatically through innovative design and by a strict focus on the features...

Hands On With RED & 3ality Technica's Meizler Module For Epic

All-in-one solution for turning taking your Epic wireless
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 24, 2012
The new Meizler module was teased a month or so back on RED's website but at NAB the nearly finished product was on display. At the RED booth it wasn't possible to get up close to it but outside at the 3ality Technica booth they had one just sitting there all wired up and ready to play with. It seems that not many people knew this and...

Mamiya Leaf Introduces the Leaf Credo Medium Format Digital Camera Back Platform

80MP, 60MP and 40MP CCD Medium Format backs
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 23, 2012
Mamiya Leaf have today announced the Leaf Credo range of digital camera back designed to work with the 645DF. There are 80MP, 60MP and 40MP variations of the new CCD back. The Credo backs feature 1.15 million dot touch-screens. TEL AVIV, April 23, 2012- Mamiya Leaf, a leading provider of medium format...

Sony Demos F65 4K Cameras As HD Production Solution

Dual F65's providing sports stadium coverage with 8K wide image
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 23, 2012
As I wandered the show floor at NAB 2012 bumping into friends and colleagues, the inevitable question arises; ' so what's the coolest thing you've seen so far ?' Every time this was asked, for the first couple of days at least, my mind jumped back to the Sony booth. Using multiple cameras in a fixed position to cover the length or...

Post-NAB HDSLR Wrap Up

All the HDSLR news you need to know about from NAB 2012
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 21, 2012
The National Association of Broadcasters show has just wrapped up in Las Vegas and I was down there for a few days to check out some of the new gear. I'll be covering some products in more detail in the near future but we'll start off with a wrap up of some of the coolest new HDSLR gear coming to market this spring and...

Ten Things You Might Not Know About The Canon C500 & EOS-1D C

Canon's Sunday NAB event offered up some more information on their upcoming 4K cameras
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 17, 2012
On the Sunday evening here at NAB 2012 Canon screened two short films shot with their upcoming 4K cameras, the C500 and EOS-1D C. The first short, The Ticket, was shot by Shane Hurlbut with the 1D C and the second by Jeff Cronenweth on the C500, Man & Beast. Both DPs were given a chance to speak afterwards about their experiences...

Canon Announces The EOS-1D C - Packs 4K Video Into The EOS-1D X !

Is this the ultimate combo cam ? 18MP stills & 4K video
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 12, 2012
With just a few days until NAB 2012 Canon have unveiled two new additions to their Cinema EOS lineup. You can read all about the C500, their new cinema camera, over on our sister site PVC but here on PPC I want to talk a little bit more about the new EOS-1D C which I think...

Initial Thoughts On The Canon 600EX RT & ST-E3 Radio Transmitter

First impressions on Canon's new wireless radio system
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 4, 2012
I've just taken delivery of Canon's new top of the line strobe, the 600EX RT as well as the new ST-E3 radio transmitter. This is the first time Canon has offered a radio trigger system so I have run through some of my first out of the box impressions.

Nikon Launches The 36MP D800


Written by Dan Carr  |  February 7, 2012
Nikon has unveiled the new D800 today which features a 36MP full frame sensor along with all of the video function improvements we saw on the D4. In an interesting twist, Nikon will also be offering a D800E which is identical except for the omission of the anti-aliasing filter. This should provide increased sharpness in that...

Canon Launches Three New Lenses

New 24-70 L II and first wide angle primes with IS
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 7, 2012
The long awaited replacement to the Canon 24-70 f2.8 L workhorse has finally been unveiled alongside two unique new prime lenses. The new Canon 24-70 f2.8 L II is 10mm shorter than it's predecessor as well as 150g lighter which will make a lot of people happy until they hear the suggested price of $2300! Canon also launched two...

Combined Photo Mechanic & Lightroom Workflow Video

How to make the most of these two favorite programs in a singular workflow
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 29, 2012
I've posted a detailed video about what makes Photo Mechanic a must have program for many journalists and...

Hands On With The Canon G1 X


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 17, 2012
Canon surprised many people with the introduction of this camera last week. A large (1.5?) sensor camera with a fixed zoom lens...

Nikon At CES With The New D4

Hands on impressions with Nikon's latest flagship
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 16, 2012
At the beginning of January Nikon launched their new flagship pro camera, the D4. At CES in Las Vegas Nikon had a predictably large presence with the D4 and various other cameras...

A Look At JVC's New 4K Camera And The Future Larger Sensor Interchangeable Lens Version

Intriguing first public look at prototype JVC 4k camera
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 12, 2012
At CES JVC officially launched the GY-HMQ10 which is said to be the world's first handheld 4K camera. A walk through the JVC booth also yielded a further surprise though, tucked away in a corner, behind glass was another 4K camera but this one had a Nikon F-Mount. This is the first time the camera has been shown in public and whilst...

Adobe Launches Lightroom 4 Public Beta

Time to get testing !
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 11, 2012
Adobe has opened up a free public beta for Lightroom 4. Once downloaded, users will be able to use LR4 for free until March 31st. For users of Lightroom 3 it looks to be a fairly gentle upgrade so far, though Adobe have been known to keep back some killer features until launch time. The biggest feature, that I guess we were all...

Hands On Impressions Of The Fuji X-Pro 1

Photos and video run through of Fujifilms latest retro star
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 11, 2012
Here at CES Fujifilm launched what is set to be one of the hottest cameras of 2012, the X-Pro 1. All the specs and press release can be found on yesterdays posting but today I was able...

Fuji Launches New X-Pro 1 And 3 Lenses

Fuji's first foray into the interchangeable lens, large sensor market
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 10, 2012
Fuji has launched their brand new camera system with a new camera, the X-Pro 1 and three fast primes lenses. The camera follows on from the ever popular X100 with a classic retro styling and is outfitted with a 16MP APS-C sized sensor. Initially three lenses will be available (18mm f2 , 35mm f1.4 , 60mm f2 Macro) but Fuji has already...

Canon Creates Its Own Space In The Marketplace With The G1 X

Small camera, surprisingly large sensor
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 10, 2012
With the mirrorless camera market undeniably in expansion Canon have been the only major manufacturer not to join the party. Nikon took their time with the 1-Series and rather than battling it out with Olympus, Panasonic and Sony they decided to create their own space for the V1 and J1 cameras by implementing a much smaller sensor than...

Nikon Unveils The New D4

Pro model DSLR with major video improvements.
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 6, 2012
Just a few days before the PMA / CES show in Las Vegas, Nikon have unveiled their latest flagship camera, the D4. Featuring a 16MP full frame sensor capable of shooting photos up to 11fps and iso 204,8000. Perhaps the biggest surprise though is the development of Nikon's HD video capabilities. Among other things the D4 can not...

Video Feature Improvements In The Nikon D4


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 6, 2012
Nikon have just unveiled the new D4 and with it comes some significant improvements in the video functionality. When Canon launched their new EOS 1D X they too included a
    I recently overhauled my personal portfolio website using a combination of services from Graph Paper Press and Photoshelter, two popular Photographer's solutions, and I wanted to share my...

Canon Cinema EOS Lens Prototypes

In-development EF Mount Cine Lenses
Written by Dan Carr  |  December 17, 2011
Shortly after the launch of the Canon C300 I interviewed one of Canon's technical staff about the camera. At the time he...

Lytro. Gimmick Or Glimpse Into The Future ?

A look at Lytro and some of the technical limitations of how it works.
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 26, 2011
The wraps were removed from the first consumer model at this week's press event and underneath was a camera with an unfamiliar form factor. The rectangular brushed aluminium chassis features a 35-280mm f2.0 zoom lens and small 1.46" touchscreen on the rear end. Only three user controls are available on the camera, a shutter,...

Exploring The Video Feature Improvements On The Canon EOS-1D X

Canon have listened to DSLR movie makers and implemented important new features
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 18, 2011
Yesterday Canon launched their new flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X. Please

Canon Launches New Flagship DSLR - EOS-1D X

Full frame, 12fps and iso 204,800 means business!
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 18, 2011
Canon has unveiled a new camera today which amalgamates the truncated 1-Series lineup. The new EOS-1D X officially spells the end of the 1Ds lineup and the 1Ds Mark III is confirmed to be discontinued now. 1D + 1Ds = 1D X. The new 1D X is a full frame 18MP, 12 frame per second powerhouse designed to offer something, if not most...

Video Tutorial: Photo Mechanic - Ingesting, Variables and Code Replacement

Speed up your sports and event photography workflow
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 14, 2011
Photo Mechanic is a program designed to speed up the process of ingesting photos from memory cards, captioning them with IPTC data then rating and sorting them. A longtime Lightroom user myself, I was curious why so many sports photographer swear by this software and why some wire services insist on it's use. After using it on...

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series Now Available


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 24, 2011
First portable Thunderbolt drives begin to hit the market.   Lacie Press Release LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt™ Series Now Available Today LaCie announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is now available for purchase. It is the first portable...

Calibrating Your Lenses With Spyder LensCal From Datacolor

AF micro adjust to improve image sharpness
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 23, 2011
Not all cameras and lenses equal. To get the absolute best performance out of your combination requires some fine tuning with the lens micro adjust feature that can be found on higher end DSLRs. The Spyder LensCal from Datacolor is one way to simplify this process. First things first, find out of your DSLR...

Nikon Finally Joins The Mirrorless Camera Party

Are They Too Late ?
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 21, 2011
Nikon has announced the new 1 Mount system of mirrorless cameras and a dedicated new line of 1 Nikkor lenses to take the fight to Panasonic, Sony and Olympus in the ever growing EVIL market space.   New cameras J1 V1

Skier Magazine Cover Shoot - Behind The Scenes

Sunny shooting in Switzerland
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 19, 2011
  Back in March I was in Switzerland shooting for an outerwear company called Orage and also for an editorial article in Skier Magazine. They ended up running one of the images on the cover so I produced a short behind the scenes video so you guys can see how it was done.

Adobe announces Carousel - cloud-based image service


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 8, 2011
At Photoshop World today in Las Vegas Adobe took the wraps off a new remote photo access / editing program for iOS and MacOS devices. LAS VEGAS, Photoshop World 2011 - Sept. 7, 2011 - During the Photoshop World 2011 keynote, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced Adobe(r) Carousel(tm) for iPad,...

Photographer From Slovenia Ordered To Delete 11,000 Photos By The Government

This is surely taking privacy laws too far ?
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 19, 2011
Boštjan Burger, a Slovenian photographer, has been ordered to remove 11,000 photos from his online website. Incredibly he has also been ordered by the Slovenian government to delete these photographs from his hard drives. According to the government the photos, which all show peoples faces,...

Leica Launches New M9-P Rangefinder and 21mm f3.4 Super-Elmar Lens

Sleeker Digital M Camera and Low Profile Wide Angle
Written by Dan Carr  |  June 21, 2011
Leica unveiled an updated design to the venerable M9 this morning in Paris. The new M9-P features a more discreet, classic design forgoing the "Red Dot" in favour of classic scripted Leica lettering engraver on the...

Canon Updates Availability of New EF Lenses

Fisheye zoom and super teles are coming this year.
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 26, 2011
Canon had previously announced updates to their whole super telephoto line as well as the addition of an 8-15 zoom to the EF lineup. Due to the problems in Japan, release dates slipped but now we have confirmation from Canon USA on the new delivery schedule.   LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 25, 2011...

Sigma Announces Huge Price and Availability of 46MP SD1 Camera

New Foveon Sensor DSLR Ships in June for $9,700 !!!
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 20, 2011
A 46MP Foveon sensor negates the need for a bayer matrix or anti-aliasing filter. Sigma's new SD1 is the largest Foveon sensor on the market and it's coming in June.   46-megapixel DSLR creates new market for medium-format photographers Ronkonkoma, NY, May 20,...

Panasonic Announces G3 Micro Four Thirds Camera

Worlds smallest interchangeable lens camera with built in viewfinder.
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 13, 2011
Panasonic has launched a new camera in their M 4/3 lineup which is 25% smaller than their previous G2. FULL 1080P video and a 16MP sensor make this an intriguing little camera for the pro who needs something smaller to travel with or carry around on a daily basis. Press release:   The...

PMA Cancels 2011 Photo Trade Show & Moves To Jan 2012

CliQ now adjoined to CES
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 5, 2011
The re-branded PMA trade show Cliq, the largest photo trade show on the 2011 calendar, has been cancelled and moved alongside CES in January 2012 in Las Vegas.PRESS RELEASEPMA and CES announce colocation at 2012 International CESJACKSON, Mich. - The Photo Marketing Association International...

Lowepro Launches New Sport AW Series

Lightweight bags for photogs on the move.
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 3, 2011
Lowepro unveils an ultra-lightweight, high-performance backpack design, purpose built for adventure-sport athletes who like to go fast and light with their essentials and camera gear. (Petaluma, CA, May 1, 2011) - Lowepro, the leading brand of protective gear for photography equipment and portable...

Cinevate Launches Atlas FLT Slider and Simplis Rig for DSLR Movie Making

New compact, lightweight DSLR gear.
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 15, 2011
For NAB 2011 Cinevate have launched several new products including the new Atlas FLT slider and the Simplis support system. Click through to see videos of these new products.

Nikon Announces D5100 DSLR

New 16MP DSLR with HD Video
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 5, 2011
Today, Nikon announced the new 16.2-megapixel Nikon D5100 Digital SLR featuring an articulated 3" display and full HD video recording.{C} MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 5, 2011) - designed for those ready to artistically express themselves and need a versatile camera that can keep pace creatively. The Nikon D5100...

Lensbaby Announces the new Composer Pro

The Composer Pro delivers ultra-smooth creative control for the most discerning professional photographers and videographers

Written by Dan Carr  |  April 4, 2011
Lensbaby announces its newest SLR creative effects camera lens, the Composer Pro.   Lensbaby Composer Pro Portland, OR - April 4, 2011 - The Composer Pro refines and enhances the popular and award winning Lensbaby Composer by upgrading the swivel ball and focus...

Marshall Introduces 3 new LCD Monitors

Great new LCDs for DSLR movie making.
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 2, 2011
NAB is nearly upon us and Marshall have released details of some great looking new LCD monitors that will sit nicely with those of you using DSLRs or other small video cameras. Arriving in 3 sizes (5.6?, 7? and 9?) they all share most features except that the 7 and 9 get a handy HDMI pass through feature...

Getty War Photographer Talks of His Time in Libya, Egypt and Bahrain

Stories and Photos from the Arab Conflicts
Written by Dan Carr  |  March 26, 2011
Pullitzer prize winning war photographer John Moore is no stranger to scenes of conflict. As a photographer for the Associated Press and now Getty Images, John has covered almost all the major wars and conflicts in the last 20 years. This video is an interview with him about his last 6 weeks work in Libya, Egypt and Bahrain. The...

Think Tank Photo introduces 5 new solutuions for the traveling photographer.

New products to make life on the road a little tidier.
Written by Dan Carr  |  March 19, 2011
Think Tank Photo products have become some of the most popular gear carrying solutions in the business and they are always trying to find new ways to ease the transportation of your gear on your next assignment. This week they have introduced several smaller solutions to fit into your current carrying...

New Marshall 7" Monitor with HDMI Loop Through

Small Monitor With Big Features for HDSLR Movie Making
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 11, 2011
Marshall Electronics has recently announced the worlds first 7-inch LCD monitor with HDMI loop through functionality allowing you to run multiple LCDs from a single HDMI output on your HDSLR. Now you can have a monitor for the camera operator or director and another one for your focus puller without having to employ expensive...

Fujifilm X100 Ready for Primetime

Long awaited fixed lens compact camera ready for release
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 8, 2011
Fujifillm's long awaited X100 compact camera is now ready for commercial release after being previewed since Photokina 2010. I have written a preview of this camera before and I'm excited...

Canon Announces Development of Stunning New 200-400mm f4 L IS With Built In 1.4x Teleconverter

Wildlife shooters dream long lens ?
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 7, 2011
A brand new 200-400 f4 L IS zoom lens is being developed by Canon for release before the end of the year. Incredibly the lens features a built in 1.4x teleconverter to give a 280-560mm lens ! Nikon shooters have long enjoyed their own 200-400 f4 zoom lens but Canon has finally answered it with this awesome looking lens! This one is...

Canon Announces New 500mm and 600mm Lenses


Written by Dan Carr  |  February 7, 2011
Canon has announced today that the new 500mm f4 L IS II and 600mm f4 L IS II are ready for release after being previewed at Photokina back in...

Superbowl Commercial Shot With Canon 7d

Most famous ad slot in the world shot with $1500 SLR ?!
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 7, 2011
Those of you who watched the Superbowl today might have caught a glimpse of a Doritos advert that was shot entirely using Canon SLRs. A few months back a competition was run by Doritos and Pepsi Max to see who could make the best commercials for their products. The top three submitted commercials for each brand would be aired...

Flash Syncronization and SLR Shutters

Ever wandered how second curtain sync works ?
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 6, 2011
New York based photographer Paul Duncan has created a great little video explaining the mechanics and theory behind various types of shutters and flash synchronization. Particularly useful if you are using flash for shooting high speed subjects and sports or trying to get to...

Phase One Introduces New Digital Backs Up To 80 Megapixels

40, 60 and 80 MP Digital IQ Backs
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 24, 2011
Phase One have introduced three new digital Medium Format backs today including the IQ180 80 megapixel back with high resolution touch screen LCD and USB 3 connection. More details after the break.   Press Release Phase One Announces IQ Series

Was Convergence Just a Phase ? Or is it here to stay?

Will we see digital video cameras merge with still cameras ? Maybe not.....
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 17, 2011
Convergence has been a buzz word in both the digital stills and video industry for the last couple of years but is it here to stay on a professional level? At the tail end of 2008 the Canon 5dMKII changed nearly everything. Yes the Nikon d90 was a little earlier with the video mode but the quality left a...

Australian Photographer Sells Photo For $1Million


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 14, 2011
Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik sold a print today for $1million. The print was sold to an art collector who wished to remain anonymous. The collector will be the owner of the sole printed copy of Peter's photo "One" which was shot in New...

E-Book Review : Photographer's SEO Book

Search Results Made Simple by Zach Prez
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 12, 2011
When you are trying to think of the next thing you can do to push your photography business to the next level, working on your website's SEO (Search Engine Optimization) might not be the first thing that comes to mind. These days social media and web marketing might be at the forefront of your mind, but good SEO practices can...

Sandisk Joins the 128GB Game With Extreme Pro CF Card


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 6, 2011
Just yesterday Lexar reveled the world's first 128GB SDXC Card and today Sandisk has announced the first 100mb/s 128GB Compact Flash Card as part of their Extreme Pro lineup. The card will carry a whopping price tag of $1500 ! Full press release after the break.{C}   SANDISK ANNOUNCES...

Lexar Announces 128GB SDXC Card !


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 5, 2011
In the run up to the CES show in Las Vegas this week Lexar has released details of the worlds first 133x 128GB SDXC card. $699.99 MSRP in the US. Full press release after the jump! Las Vegas, NV, January 3, 2011 - Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced...

Photo Assignment in Burma for TIME Magazine


Written by Dan Carr  |  January 2, 2011
Have you ever been chased by Burmese Secret Police when you were on a portrait assignment ? Nope, didn't think so! Check out this video interview with British photographer Platon about his recent cover shoot for TIME Magazine of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.{C}  

Samsung releases the NX11 Mirrorless Camera


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 29, 2010
Earlier in the year Samsung Imaging unveiled the NX10 , their shot at the interchangeable lens mirrorless compact camera market. Today they have shown the new NX11 just prior to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The NX11 featured a 14MP sensor that also shoots HD video and uses the companie's APS-C sized sensor and NX...

Sony to double image sensor production capacity


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 28, 2010
It's long been about the big two, Canon and Nikon but today Sony have indicated further that they mean business in the photography industry with the announcement of a $1.2 billion investment into acquiring a new facility for sensor fabrication.{C} Investment of approximately 100 billion yen in contemplated...

Tamron announces 60th Anniversary Model 18-270mm Di II VC lens


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 10, 2010
Tamron has today announced the worlds smallest and lightest 15x SLR zoom lens , available for Nikon and Canon mounts. Full press release after the break. December 9, 2010, 2:00am EST, Commack, NY - Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the release of yet another...

New DSLR Shoulder Mount Rigs from Letus


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 10, 2010
I've written about the impressive Letus Hawk viewfinder before and now Letus are rounding out their DSLR equipment with new shoulder mount...

New online community to discuss photo pricing - Shakodo


Written by Dan Carr  |  December 8, 2010
Prices for photo licensing and assignments are based on so many variables that it can seem like a dark art when you first make the transition from amateur to professional. "How much should I sell this photo for ?" is one of the questions that lands in my in-box a few times a week and the answer is never straightforwards. A new online...

onOne Software Announces Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture

New version of Perfect Resize and direct integration with Lightroom and Aperture provide photographers with essential tools to quickly achieve high quality results.
Written by Dan Carr  |  December 3, 2010
Portland, OR- December 2, 2010 - onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced availability of Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® and Apple Aperture. Tackling specific problems...
This week I thought I would do something a bit different. I'm currently putting some interesting and very cool products through some testing but in the meantime I decided to show a little bit of my regular work because blogging, reviewing and writing is only a part-time gig for me. The majority of my time is spent shooting...

Leica introduces limited edition Titanium M9


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 22, 2010
At Photokina today in Germany, Leica has released a new version of the popular M9 full frame digital rangefinder camera. The M9 has been almost impossible to get hold of since its launch due to it's popularity and with this special edition only available in 500 units I think this will be even harder to find! Featuring a titanium body...
In another pre-Photokina announcement, Fujifilm has released details of a new compact camera featuring a fixed 23mm f2.0 lens on a compact camera containing a 12MP CMOS sensor. The camera also shoots 720p video and sports a beautiful looking classic design with mechanical selection for shutter speed, ISO and aperture. Looks like a...

Nikon unveils the 1080p video shooting D7000 DSLR


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 15, 2010
Nikon has today announced a considerable upgrade to their popular D90 DSLR. The D90 will remain in the lineup but the new D7000 adds 1080p video recording, dual SD card slots and a new 39 point autofocus system all wrapped up in a solid magnesium alloy body. Full press release and more photos after the...

Nikon releases the SB-700 flash


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 15, 2010
Nikon announces the SB-700 flashgun to replace the SB-600. Full press release and more photos after the break Nikon UK, 15 September 2010 - Nikon today is pleased to announce a new Speedlight - the SB-700. Packed with features, this is an easy-to-use, yet sophisticated flash in a compact...

Nikon announces two new Nikkor lenses


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 15, 2010
As well as the new Nikon D7000, Nikon has also announced two new lenses for the Nikkor lineup. The AF-S 35mm f1.4 and the AF-S 200mm f2.0 VRII Full press release and more photos after the break Nikon UK, 15 September 2010 - Nikon today announces a completely new professional telephoto lens...

Canon announces the Powershot G12


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 14, 2010
The Canon G series Powershot cameras have long been the favorite pocket sized companion for professional photographers needing something a little smaller. Today canon has announced a new cameraPowerShot G12 - the newest model in the popular series of PowerShot G, which has won numerous awards and credibility of professional...

Thoughts on the newly updated Canon super telephoto lenses.


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 13, 2010
The final installment this week of information on the recent Canon lens announcements. This time we are taking a closer look at the updated super telephone lenses. The "Big Whites". Newly updated versions of the 300mm and 400mm will be available by the end of the year and uncharacteristically, Canon also allowed us a glimpse at...

Thoughts on the Canon 8-15mm f4 L


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 8, 2010
Last week I wrote some of my thoughts on the new Canon EOS 60D and compared it to the already popular 7D. This week I'm going to take a look at some of the lenses that Canon announced...

Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead review


Written by Dan Carr  |  September 6, 2010
A solid ballhead is something that every good photographer should have in their kit. Just like buying a tripod, if you buy the right one it will last a lifetime because unlike today's cameras and lenses, technology of modern ballheads is relatively simple and changes very little. Instead it all comes down to manufacturing...