iPhone camera request

The iPhone camera is good, and especially so in the latest iPhone4 incarnation. But, the software shutter button sucks. A lot. It works well enough when you're staring into the LCD, but many of the shots I take are without looking at the screen. Meaning it's difficult to hit the shutter button without messing up composition. In a perfect world, I'd be able to [use one of the hardware buttons](http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/camera-app-gives-the-iphone-the-hardware-shutter-button-it-always-wanted-20100811/) as a shutter release....

October 12, 2010 · 1 min

Fujifilm lust

I shot with a Fujifilm point-and-shoot 15 years ago, and with my trusted E510 just a few years ago. They were both nice little compact cameras. But Fujifilm's new X100 is fracking gorgeous. It looks like it pulls the best of the old school 35mm camera designs, and mashes them into a full on decent digital camera. Metal case. Rings and controls that work when the camera is off. I love everything about this camera....

September 20, 2010 · 1 min

Canon EOS-1D Mark III - yes, please!

Wow. Canon updated the EOS-1D to Mark III. 10MP. 10fps. 3" LCD.Dual Digic III processors. Integrated sensor cleaner. ISO 6400. Now I just need $3,999 US. Anyone need a kidney?  

February 22, 2007 · 1 min

Shopping for Zoom Lens

Shopping for Zoom Lens I've been jonesing for a zoom lens since I picked up my Canon XT back in June. The kit lens is not too bad (aside from some chromatic aberration), but a longer lens would be great. I had been eyeing the Canon 55-200 EF lens, at around $300 bucks at the local Black's, but after reading some reviews, I want to stay far far away from that lens and its questionable build quality....

October 24, 2006 · 2 min

Camera + Bike transport?

I've been trying to find an answer to this, but haven't found anything definitive either way. Occasionally, I want to bring my Canon XT DSLR along when riding my bike. I might want to photograph something on campus at work, or along the path. So, the question is - is it safe to pack the XT inside a compact LowePro case, and stuff that in a pannier? It seems pretty secure, but I wonder about vibrations from the ride (about half an hour, ranging from 20-60 km/h, depending on weather, traffic, blood sugar....

September 23, 2006 · 1 min

VuPoint toy camera and MacOSX?

I was at the mall with Evan today, and we popped through the Toys 'R Us store. They had a cool looking little toy digital camera for $19, so I just had to pick it up for Evan to mess around with. The box said the software was only for Windows, but I just assumed that MacOSX would be able to see it magically, as it does for everything else that claims to be Windows-only....

August 31, 2006 · 1 min

Canon XT Update

So, 2 months after I finally get my Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D), they announce the upgrade. The 400D/XTi sounds pretty nice, but I'm not regretting getting the XT when I did. Things I like about the 400D/XTi: 10 megapixels - more is better, right? dust removing shake-off of sensor new sensor - lower noise, apparently bigger LCD large continuous shoot buffer - twice as many rapidfire shots eyepiece sensor shuts off LCD automatically when you hold the camera to your eye RGB histogram, in addition to luminance slightly less costly than the XT Things I don't like about the upgrade:...

August 24, 2006 · 2 min

Canon Digital Rebel XT test shot

A test shot taken with my new Canon Digital Rebel XT. The lense cap was on, and the Vt mode was selected with a 30" exposure. I count 14 visible bad "spots" (pixels?), but Photoshop's Histogram counted many (i.e., dozens/hundreds) of bright non-black pixels in the image. This will make photographs of stars basically impossible, as there will always be bright blue/red/gray spots on every dark image.

June 8, 2006 · 1 min

Got my Canon Digital Rebel XT

Father's Day came early at my house. And Christmas. And my birthday. And Kwanzaa. For the next several years. Janice got me my Canon Digital Rebel XT today. What a sweet camera. We sprung for the Canon XT, with spare battery, vertical grip, case, UV filter, and some other goodies I'm forgetting at the moment. Not sure if/when/how I'll use the vertical grip, but the extra battery will come in handy....

June 4, 2006 · 1 min