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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Views of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV from Andy Rouse

It’s been the worst kept secret ever, the new EOS 5D Mark IV has hit us today. It offers a wealth of features that first saw the light of day with the EOS-1D X Mark II, plus a whole load of cool stuff that’s new to the 5D4. Let’s start with the obvious, a 30.4 MP sensor, right in between the 5D3 / 1D X II and the 5DS. A good decision I think as it gives a nice big file (so you can crop and still get a big image) that can be pushed to high ISO’s. Of course a bigger file means a slower drive speed, but 7 fps is pretty respectable and the intended pro audience for this camera (wedding, portrait, reportage) won’t be too worried about that.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Over Ten Years in the Making

Now the lid has been lifted on the superb Canon EOS 5D Mark IV we can get all doughy-eyed and take a nostalgic stroll through the history of this truly fantastic range of DSLR cameras.

The camera industry is an iterative market - meaning that once every few years we can get ourselves into a fury of excitement when we know that an upgrade to our favourite camera family is impending.

The Canon 5D Mark IV has been subject to a barrage of rumours lately, but is one of those products that really hits the rumour websites immediately after the launch of its predecessor.

Now, we’ve all seen the 5D Mark IV specs we can start speculating once more, but before we look forward - let's take a look back through the annals of time (or eleven years) and see where it all began.

Memory Cards for Recording 4K Video: MB/S Vs. Mbps

The memory requirements of your new 4K Video capable camera are a bit different from past generations of video capable cameras.

If you’ve tried shooting 4K on an older memory card already, you may have noticed that it filled up rather quickly or you’ve missed bits of footage, that’s because 4K Video has a considerably higher bitrate than even HD Video.

Simply put, the higher the bitrate, the higher the write speed of the card needs to be. The faster the write speed, the faster the video will be saved to the card, meaning you won’t lose any footage because the card can’t keep up with the camera.

Camera manufactures recommend a card that uses UHS I Class U3, for either SD memory cards or CF memory cards.

With 4K becoming a more frequent capability of the latest DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras - including the new Canon 5D Mark IV - we've decided to give you a bit more explanation into what storage you need for 4K.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Roll up, roll up. Clowning around at the Olympus experience event with the Olympus 40-150 and 12-40 Pro lenses

Olympus run a wide range of events for photographers via their Image-Space website. I applied for a place on their Giffords Circus event which took place in the middle of July and was delighted to be offered a place.

Having shot a circus before, I knew light levels would be an issue. I took advantage of the Olympus Test & Wow scheme and reserved an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with HLD-7 battery grip, Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens and the 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens with MC14 converter.

With all this borrowed gear in hand I set off across London in torrential rain to the event in Chiswick Park.

Friday, 29 July 2016

The story behind the shot with Andy Rouse

There is something very special that has always drawn me to the Grouse family. Photographically they are very rewarding as they are simply stunning, but for me it’s so much more than that - they just make me smile. I always think that photography is a reflection of your moods and I certainly take very different images when I’m in a good mood as opposed to when I am having an epic melt down!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

DJI Phantom 4: hands on review from a first time flyer

When we were loaned a DJI Phantom 4 drone, the first thing we probably should have done is passed it on to a responsible member of staff with sufficient drone flying experience to ensure that this £1,229 piece of equipment was in the safest hands possible.

What we actually did was loan it to me for the weekend - to really put it through its paces as a kind of ‘Drone for Dummies’ experiment. I am not particularly coordinated, definitely clumsy and not particularly proficient at navigation. 

The perfect subject for proving how difficult or how easy this Phantom 4 is....

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Andy Rouse’s Top Photos Of The Last Year: Part Two - Aviation

Andy Rouse, aviation photographer? What’s that all about? Well it’s about following your passion and never allowing yourself to be pigeon holed. A year ago I decided that my calling to the world of aviation had returned and that I had to follow it. I’d blocked it for many years, mainly due to my failing to be a pilot on several attempts, and had always returned and dabbled in it. Wildlife though has dominated my professional life and I love it - I still get such a thrill from getting close to animals and watching them in their daily lives. Unfortunately, the negative and nasty side of the business has got far worse, with petty jealousy, sniping and some photographer’s willingness to do anything to get a shot. Couple that with the hard fact that to be in the public eye all the time means you have to dedicate your life to it (there will be pros reading this now that work 12 hour days for most days of the week without a social life or holiday) and perhaps you will see why I have started to take a back seat in this world. With a young daughter whom I love very much, I just don’t have the time to spend endless days and nights away in the UK photographing wildlife. So for the foreseeable future I have really cut down my UK wildlife photography to just a few species that I really love, and have limited my foreign trips to 4 per year (again only on subjects that I really love). This means I have more time for a great home life and more time for aviation, as with aviation I am home in the evenings.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Fuji X-T2 vs X-T1 vs X-Pro2 Review

With the Fujifilm X-T2 release date now upon us, many people want to know how it compares to its predecessor - the Fujifilm X-T1. The X-T1 was originally announced in January 2014, and since then has gained immense popularity and has been the catalyst for many photographers to migrate from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras. Another comparable model is the Fujifilm X-Pro2 which was announced earlier this year in January to widespread acclaim.

So, in this article we review the new Fuji X T2, see how it compares to the X-T1 and the X-Pro2, and look at what improvements have been introduced.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Travel Photography Gear: Cameras & Accessories For Holidays

It’s now that time of year when - with any luck - you are planning to take a break and go on your summer holidays. Whether that be going abroad or simply enjoying the best that the UK has to offer, you’ll no doubt want to photograph some of the many sights and scenes you encounter on your travels.

Travel photography has its own distinct style, requirements, and often limitations, so in this article we look at some of the best travel camera equipment currently available that will help you perfectly capture your holiday highlights.