Pelican 1440 roller case for Elinchrom Ranger Quadra kit

March 8th, 2013

An Elinchrom Ranger Quadra transportation solution

As a follow-up to my extensive review of the original Elinchrom Ranger Quadra system, I thought I would share a storage and transportation option I’ve recently added for my Quadra kit: the Pelican 1440 roller case (link to B&H – also called the Pelican 1444 for the divider set configuration).

Click here or on the picture above to go to the full review.

Fast M-series 21mm lens shootout on Leica M9, NEX-7 and Ricoh GXR

January 14th, 2013

Can the $1249 US Voigtlander Ultron Aspherical 21mm f/1.8 compare favorably to the $7000 US Leica Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 ASPH.?

The contenders (in order of maximum aperture):

Leica Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Voigtländer Ultron Aspherical 21mm f/1.8
Zeiss Biogon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZM
Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH.

Click on the image above or on this link to proceed to the full review.

Canon EOS-1DX and EOS-5D Mark III image review glitch explained

August 24th, 2012

Here’s another glitch/bug with the Canon EOS-1DX (and shared by the 5D Mark III):

Immediately after creating an image and during the time in which it automatically appears on the camera’s display, if you zoom in to check the focus, then try to scroll to a neighbouring image, the camera will remain locked on the image just captured.

The inability to scroll to other images is caused by turning on auto image review to any of the timed durations, or the hold option. I believe this setting is on by default and is found in the red Shoot3 tab “Image review.” Therefore any 1DX or 5DIII taken straight out of the box should display this behaviour.

The solution is to turn off image review, which will allow you to directly zoom into the image by pressing the magnify button and scroll to neighbouring images at any time, no matter how soon after capture. This also works if you have programmed the Set button to initiate image zoom, as I have.

This raises the question of whether this behaviour is a glitch, or whether it’s intentional.

After giving it some thought, I think it’s intentional. With auto image review on, after taking a photo, when that photo first appears, and if you try to scroll to another image, it just disappears and the screen goes black (and actually changes your shutter speed or aperture (or whatever you have the rear dial assigned to do in shooting mode). The logic is that the photographer’s priority is shooting, not review, because if the photographer really wanted to review images, s/he’d hit the playback button and consciously switch out of image capture mode. If during initial auto image review you press the playback button, you can scroll through images, whether zoomed or not.

I don’t have my 1DIV handy, but pulled out a 1DIII for comparison. Same basic principles with it. Auto image review only allows you to see the most recently captured image. You can’t scroll to another image, unless you press the playback button. Also, during auto image review, you can’t zoom in. The screen goes black because the camera thinks you want to set the AF point. I.e you’re still in image capture mode rather than image review mode.

I think the 5DIII/1DX (never tried the 7D) are probably the first to allow us to zoom into the image during auto image review. Previous cameras forced us to hit the playback button first.

When auto image review is turned off, the logic is that the photographer doesn’t want to see the images, therefore, if one presses the zoom (or assigned the set) button, one is consciously deciding to review images and may want to scroll through more than just the most recent one.

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