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  • Olympus OM-D-M5 Mark III

     

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    Packing a wealth of capabilities within an especially compact design, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with an abundance of speed, precision, and versatility. Featuring a 20.4MP MOS sensor and a TruePic VIII image processor, the E-M5 Mark III offers quick continuous shooting up to 10 fps with a mechanical shutter, up to 30 fps shooting with an electronic shutter, and DCI and UHD 4K video recording. The sensor and processor combination also affords a sensitivity range up to ISO 25600 while a sophisticated 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system compensates for up to 6.5 stops of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Complementing the imaging specs, the sensor's design also incorporates 121 phase-detection points, all of which are cross-type, along with 121 contrast-detection areas for fast and precise focusing and subject tracking performance.

    Despite all of its performance-oriented attributes, the E-M5 Mark III manages to retain a sleek design, which is also weather-sealed for use in trying weather conditions. A high-resolution 2.36m-dot 0.67x-magnification OLED viewfinder is featured along with a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD, which sports a vari-angle design to suit working from high, low, and front-facing angles. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enable wireless transferring and remote camera control from linked mobile devices.

    20.4MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor

    A high-resolution 20.4MP Live MOS sensor works in conjunction with a TruePic VIII image processor to promote fast shooting performance, a sensitivity range from ISO 200-25600, and versatile 4K video recording capabilities. Ideal for photographing moving subjects, the sensor and processor combination also avails a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 10 fps for up to 150 consecutive raw files when working with the mechanical shutter. When shooting with the silent electronic shutter, this shooting rate can be boosted up to 30 fps with single-shot AF for up to 23 consecutive raw frames or 10 fps shooting with continuous AF for up to 152 consecutive raw frames. If recording JPEGs, unlimited sequential shooting is possible until the memory card is full.

    DCI and UHD 4K Video Recording and OM-Log

    The sensor and processor also support recording both DCI (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K movies. When working in DCI, a true 24.00 fps frame rate is used, along with IPB compression and a 237 Mb/s bit-rate, and UHD 4K is available in frame rates up to 29.97p and a 102 Mb/s bit-rate. Full HD 1080p and HD 720p recording is also supported. Audio recording is possible using the built-in stereo microphone, and an external mic jack is available for improved audio recording quality. Use of an external recording monitor is also possible, via HDMI output, which supports 4:2:2 8-bit color for a greater color correction range.

    Additionally, a Time-lapse Movie mode is also available for recording up to 4K UHD resolution with a 5 fps shooting rate to highlight subject changes or movement over a longer period of time. Full HD and HD time-lapse settings are available, too, as well as a high-speed Full HD setting with 120 fps frame rate.

    121-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detection AF

    An advanced autofocus system combines both 121 on-chip phase-detection points and 121 contrast detection areas for focusing performance that is both quick and accurate. All 121 phase-detection points are cross-type, too, for improved precision in mixed lighting conditions, as well as enhanced subject tracking capabilities. Different focusing modes are available to suit working in various shooting conditions, including 121-point, for general use; Group 25-point, for moving subjects, such as birds and wildlife, and when 121-point is too wide; Group 9-Point, for smaller and more distant subjects; Group 5-Point, for when 9-point is too wide or to suit working with nearer moving subjects; Single, for working with still or small subjects that are not moving; and Small AF, for working with close-up subjects. Custom AF targets can also be set, for working with specific numbers of focus points within the 121-point grid, and an AF limiter function allows you to constrain the focusing distance within a specified range for more responsive performance.

    5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization

    In-body, sensor-shift image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5.5 stops with any lens in use and compensates for camera movements that become especially noticeable when working with telephoto shots, macro imagery, and long exposures. Furthermore, this unique image stabilization system works across five axes to compensate for vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shake movement. This range of detected movements serves to benefit traditional still image shooting as well as movie recording and working with moving subjects more effectively. Additionally, when paired with select lenses featuring optical image stabilization, shake compensation up to 6.5 stops is possible.

    Body Design and Connectivity

    • High-resolution 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder is available for eye-level monitoring, and it offers a 0.67x maximum magnification for clear, distortion-free viewing.
    • Rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD monitor features a vari-angle design to support working from a variety of angles, and it is also a touchscreen for intuitive menu navigation and image playback. Additionally, a Live View Boost mode can be used to optimize the screen's brightness and prioritize the frame rate when working in dark locations.
    • Included BLS-50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is used to provide approximately 310 shots per charge .
    • In-camera battery charging is supported via the micro-USB port.
    • Single SD memory card slot is UHS-II compatible for fast read/write speeds.
    • Wide accessory compatibility provided with the incorporation of a microphone port, a top hot shoe, micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports, and a 2.5mm port for optional remotes.
    • Rugged splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof construction incorporates extensive sealing throughout the body design to accommodate working in harsh weather conditions and trying environments.
    • Supersonic Wave Filter and a dust-resistant coating are used to greatly reduce the likelihood of dust reaching the sensor.
    • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth permits wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet when using the dedicated O.I.Share app for iOS and Android.

    Shooting Modes

    • High Res Shot mode offers the equivalent output of a 50MP JPEG image or 80MP raw image by combining eight sequentially recorded frames into a single, larger image. In between each of the exposures, the sensor-shift stabilization mechanism moves slightly in order to acquire more information than in a single exposure and these frames are then composited into a final image with greater resolution and color detail. TruePic VIII processing aids this shooting function by compensating for any subject movement blur and this feature can also be configured to record 25MP images for file size flexibility.
    • Live Composite is a unique long exposure mode that allows you to gradually build up an exposure over time without overexposing key elements within the frame. This mode works to only record newly detected light sources over time, and allows you to watch as an image develops, making it ideally suited for photographing star trails or other moving light sources.
    • Live Bulb and Live Time settings can be used to produce creative long exposure imagery. Live Bulb lets you hold the shutter open for up to one minute and Live Time lets you press the shutter button once to open the shutter and then press again within a minute to end the exposure.
    • Pro Capture Mode is a unique setting that starts recording and buffering full-resolution JPEG or raw images prior to fully depressing the shutter. As soon as you press the shutter button halfway, frames will begin to be recorded, and once you fully press the shutter, the image will be saved in addition to the previous 35 frames. Additionally, you can hold the shutter button in this mode to keep shooting continuously using the silent electronic shutter function.
    • Interval shooting is supported for up to 999 frames with 1 second to 24-hour exposure intervals.
    • Anti-flicker shooting automatically detects the frequency/flicker of artificial lighting and activates the shutter at peak brightness moments to render exposures with consistent exposure and color.
    • In-Camera Focus Stacking will automatically record eight images of a subject while shifting the plane of focus slightly, then composite these exposures into a single frame to exhibit an extended depth of field. Alternatively, Focus Bracketing allows you to record between 3-999 frames with adjustable focus steps in a 1-10 range for manual compositing during post-production. These modes are only available when working with M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, 30mm f/3.5 Macro, 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO, 300mm f/4 IS PRO, and 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lenses.
    • Keystone Compensation allows you to correct for convergence when working in live view. Similarly, Fisheye Compensation allows you to use the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens as a rectilinear wide-angle lens by correcting and eliminating distortion.

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  • Understanding Natural Lighting

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    Image by Anne McKinnell

     

    Understanding Natural Lighting

     

    According to John Wade, “During the course of just 24 hours the colour, intensity and direction of natural light changes dramatically, leading to countless photographic opportunities.” To be able to master lighting within photography we first must understand how light changes over the course of the day. To be exact, light changes from hour to hour throughout the day which goes unnoticed by the human eye. Mainly because the eye seamlessly adapts to the various conditions. Within this article, we will go through how to see the light and how it might affect your photography.

     

    Colour of the lighting

     

    When we think of lighting we think of bright white light. In fact, light has colour which can be seen in the visible spectrum; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  Each of these colors have different wavelengths. Some shorter at the blue end and longer at the red end. Mixing all these colors together we get white light.

     

    Direction of the lighting

     

    We all know that those couple minutes after a sunrise and shortly before a sunset is perfect for outdoor photography. These minutes are known as the ‘golden hour.’ During this time the light is softer and warmer in colour; not actual temperature. This is the same for the twilight hours. Which come right after sunset. Now that the sun is below the horizon, the shorter blue wavelengths are diffused across the atmosphere which is known as the ‘blue hour’. So, in a course of one day the light changes from black, blue, red, orange, yellow, white, yellow, orange, red, blue, then back to black.

     

    As the light moves the direction of the light changes. For example, when the light is over head it has a harsh light on a subject. This is not a good time to photograph outdoors, but if you know the limitations, you could get away with it. As the sunsets, the light becomes more directional. If the sun is behind the camera, it will provide the light to shine on the subject. This will show more detail because the light will get into every crack and crevice of your object/subject, creating a pleasing and dramatic image.

     

    For the best natural lighting, you want the sun to be at a 30-45-degree angle. This helps creates shadows, adds more texture and depth to the image. A 90-degree angle will add more dramatic look to the image. This is where the subject is lit from one side. Against a dark backdrop, this will help them stand out. Although, when the sun is facing the camera it changes again. Indicating that you can focus it across water and see the reflection in your image. When used behind a subject, it creates a halo around their profile. Which then softens the edges of the subject. Translucent objects lit from behind like a flower or leaf creates a glow, but more solid objects can produce a silhouette against the sun or more dramatic sky.

     

     

    Summer vs Winter Lighting

     

    Even the time of the year matters. Summer versus winter. Most people think Summer is the best time for taking photographs but, in actuality, winter is the best time. Reason being, is that the sun appears lower in the sky. Creating photogenic low light qualities and creates a more dramatic golden hour.

     

    Overcast Lighting

     

    Not all the light we photograph with has to come directly from the sun. We recommend photographing in overcast or slightly raining conditions. This style of light is still directional but has a natural diffuser over it which helps spread the light more evenly. Shooting with diffused light, could add more drama to the image. Therefore, a specific light happens even before and after a storm, which adds an amazing tone to the images.

     

    Sunset

     

    Sunsets are a great time to photograph with natural light. This will bring out a red sun which makes photographing irresistible. On clear night, once the sunsets you might get lucky enough to see an afterglow as the sky fades to red then orange hues. Finally fading to purple and then blue; creating the blue hour.

     

     

    Inconclusion, the best time to photograph under natural light is during the golden hour. Which is either in the early morning or late afternoon. We lightly touched on how using frontal lighting, reveals strong details in a subject you are photographing. Revealing more texture to the object/subject, which gives a more three-dimensional look to the image by using side lighting. By using backlighting, you can create clear silhouettes against a bright background. To avoid direct sunlight coming into the lens, use a lens hood to stop any extra lens flare. Using spot metering mode on your camera will help correctly expose the image to have well-lit and shadowed areas within the frame. Lastly, if you are photographing the sun, in your photo use plus one or two exposure compensation. This will open the lens one or two stops to rebalance the tones so the photograph is not to bright.

  • Nikon Z 50 Release

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    Nikon just announced the Z 50, their newest mirrorless camera that’s small on size but big on fun. Relentlessly pursue your creativity wherever it takes you: A weekend getaway, exploring your city or that epic hike. Then drop your photos and high-def videos to your phone to share seamlessly. The Z 50 might just be your new favorite plus-one. Get all the details, including info about their two new mirrorless DX lenses: the compact NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens and telephoto NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR
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  • Landscapes That Tell a Story

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    This story was written by Tamron's writer Jenn Gidman about Photographer Jim Begley.

     

    Landscapes That Tell a Story

    Jim Begley looks for the light, and a way to make each photo his own, with the versatile Tamron 18-400 VC HLD lens.

    Jim Begley has traveled and led photo workshops all over the US and the world, from the national parks of the Southwest to the glacial terrain of Iceland. What he looks for when he's scanning the scenery: the best possible light and a way to make each image his own, even if he's taking it at a destination that's been visited by thousands of other photographers.

    "If you've got terrific light, you can turn a so-so image into a fantastic one," he says. "I make sure that what I want to highlight in the photo is the sharpest and brightest part of the image, because that's what the viewer's eye will be drawn to. What I'm looking to do is make that photo unique, to make it mine, even if it turns out to be different than what I anticipated."

    Keep reading for some of Jim's tips on how to create eye-catching landscapes with a versatile lens like the Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD lens, which he used on all of the photos you see here. "I fell in love with this lens the first time I used it," he says. "It offers me the flexibility to capture diverse photos from one scene in front of my camera, often from the same spot—important when you're vying for space at tourist attractions with other photographers. It's also light enough to carry around all day, and the Vibration Compensation feature helps keep my images sharp when I'm shooting handheld, which applies to most of these images here. It's the perfect travel lens."

    Take a photo that makes your viewer think about the story behind it.
    This is especially true for landscapes, which have often been through so much natural and man-made upheaval over the years. You want to make the viewers wonder how the scene before their eyes got the way it did.

    Yellowstone National Park has some of the most intense geothermal activity in the world, including hot-spring activity underneath Yellowstone Lake. As soon as you see the Fishing Cone geyser shown here, located in the West Thumb Geyser Basin, you get the impression that something interesting is going on, or has happened. And it did: In the early 1900s, it used to have eruptions that went as high as 40 feet in the air. It doesn't do that anymore, thanks to water level and temperature changes over the last century—now it's just considered a hot spring. It's still compelling photographically, though, especially with that neat contrast of the different shades in the water, which was super-clear.

    You can read more at www.tamron-usa.com.

  • Meet the New FJ400 Strobe light and FJ-X2m triggers

    Announcing the new FJ400 Strobe from Westcott. Using their FJ-X2m trigger, you no
    longer need to worry about having a dedicated remote for your camera, this universal
    trigger powers TTL, HSS, and more amongst six camera brands!

    Preorder yours today at Dodd Camera - Westcott

  • Tamron Perfecting Portraits (Free Event)

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    Please join Bob Sims, Tamron rep and professional photographer, as he teaches a 60-minutes seminar on portrait photography. Followed by a hands-on Live Photo shoot with a model. During the seminar, Bob will discuss what techniques and lenses he used to create his portrait images. He will also briefly discuss lighting, posing and building rapport.

     

    Please join us and Bob at our Chicago Location on September 24th, 2019 From 5:00PM to 7:30 Pm

     

    Dodd Camera - Chicago

  • Tamron Fall Savings

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    Looking to get a new lens for your camera? Tamron has select lenses now thru November on sale. You could save up to $200 off a new lens. Only available on select lenses.

     

    Check out Savings at Dodd Camera - Tamron

  • First look at the Canon 90D

    Canon 90D

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    Fast. Versatile. Impressive. Whether capturing high-speed sporting events or simple, everyday moments, the EOS 90D camera is engineered to deliver impressive results. Equipped with an enhanced 32.5 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, powerful DIGIC 8 image processor and an ISO range of 100-25000 (expandable to 51200), you’ll achieve sharp, detailed images, even in low-light settings. Perfect for fast-moving subjects, the EOS 90D camera features a 45-point cross-type AF system* and EOS iTR AF (face detection) — plus high-speed continuous shooting of up to 10 fps — raising the game for wildlife and motor sports photography enthusiasts. And with stunning uncropped 4K 30p video capability, the EOS 90D documents your travels, events and other milestones in full, wide-angle view. No matter where your photography ventures take you, the EOS 90D proves to be the versatile, all-around SLR camera you didn’t know you were missing.

    • High Image Quality with 32.5 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
    • High-Speed Continuous Shooting of up to 10 fps with no Time Lag during OVF Shooting
    • 45-point all cross-type AF system* Supports up to 27 Points with an f/8 Metering
    • Equipped with an Approx. 220,000 Pixel New AE Sensor and EOS iTR AF (Face Detection)
    • Fast and Accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Eye Detection AF
    • Multi-Controller Customization
    • Vari-angle Touch Screen LCD
    • Built-in Wi-Fi Capability & Bluetooth Capability

    Preorder today at Dodd Camera - Canon

  • Panasonic S1H Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Body

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    Preorder S1H now! Dodd Camera - Panasonic

    Panasonic S1H Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

    The LUMIX S1H is a full-frame mirrorless camera for film production, scaled to a hand-held design without compromising professional-level standards. It offers extensive recording modes and cinematic image quality to meet the high demands of today’s creators. With superior functionality that slots effortlessly into the professional workflow, the S1H is also designed for active filming in the field when attached to a gimbal or drone.

    •  24.2-megapixel full-frame image sensor
    • Dual Native ISO. In combination
    • Optimum signal processing by Venus Engine
    • 14+ stops of dynamic range
    • V-Log / V-Gamut compatible
    •  HDR (High Dynamic Range) in HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    • 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording and output through HDMI.
    • Anamorphic 4:3 modes
    • V-Log View Assist function (LUT Viewer)
  • Used Gear

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    Please visit or call you local Dodd Camera location for all used camera and accessories. We have a mix of film and digital cameras, lenses for sale.

     

    Follow the link to our website to see store locations. Dodd Camera - location

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