This week, David Marland leads off with his book review of “A World History of Photography” by Natalie Rosen. Find it on Amazon here.
Leigh Diprose (on FB) and Adam (on our wall) both linked to the new monster from Fujifilm,
and William Long (on FB) posted a story about how Ansel Adams had a blind spot for Pictorialism.
Adobe announced an update to Lightroom this week, which now aloows you to work with smart previews (low res versions) even when the original raw files are present.
The camera announcement at Photokina which most caught my attention (of course) was the Sony a99ii.
Here are some links: preview video | dpreview | popphoto
Sony also announced a collaboration with ProFoto on the forthcoming AirRemote TTL-S system, due early 2017.
David Kembrey put himself front and centre with some photos to critique.
A former work colleague of mine, Luke Gemmill, reached out looking for some volunteer photographers to shoot some action stuff involving cars, and stunt drivers.
For upcoming performances for this year and next, I am looking to invite, half decent amateur photographers / videographers who want to be into our inner sanctum for the love of photography not money, to shoot “action shots” of our cars and drivers while we perform. Photographers would capture high-speed drifts, handbrake turns, hair raising head to head crossovers and the cars being driven on two wheels.
Our next major show is Royal Geelong Show. We will be performing three shows on Friday 14th October 2016 and Saturday 15th October 2016 – afternoon, evening and night performances.
We also have a show on Wednesday 5th October 2016 in Pinnaroo, SA – but I doubt I will find any photographers out that way.
What we can offer the photographer/s:
· Credit for any photos published – high chance of photos being ran on websites, social media, posters, in newspapers, in magazines etc etc
· Free access to the show
· I’ll buy them lunch / dinner
· Might be able to take them for a ride in one of the cars on another performance day
If this sounds like something you’d be happy to be a part of, give Luke a yell.
You can find him on Facebook here.
Adam was interested in Canon’s new 70-300 zoom,
and shared this story about the risks of taking your camera to Burning Man!
Darren Pubrick asked about accounting software and retouching for business-minded photographers.
The software I used to use was Accomplish Cash Manager, which I found very easy to pick up and use.
Mike Hollman posted to his Facebook feed through the week, this post about images of storms, as taken from the cockpit of an airliner.
Steve Peters had a go at Glynn about pricing of camera hardware between different international markets.
Okay I am going to take Glynn to task over his recent comments over the pricing of the Canon 5d MkIV.
The RRP in Australia is $5699.00 deducting GST this is $5180.91 which is about US$3886.26.
B&H are selling the MKIV for US$3,499 which in Australian dollars is $4,664.65, after adding GST this gives a total price of $5131.08 and this is not taking into account any freight, insurance and that you have no Australian warranty and need an adaptor for the battery charger.
Currently I have found two Australian retailers who have the MKIV at $4,988, so Australian retailers are very competitive in their pricing. To demonstrate this further I look at Canon’s other cameras here in Australia and Compared to B&H.
AUS $ US $ Conversion Inc GST
Canon 6d $1,698.00 $1,499.00 $1,998.37 $2,198.21
Canon7D 2 $1,999.00 $1,499.00 $1,998.37 $2,198.21
Canon 5D 3 $2,998.00 $2,499.00 $3,331.51 $3,664.66
You will note that after accounting for GST we compete very well. If you are a Business then you will of course be able to deduct the GST so it becomes irrelevant.
More importantly I think Canon have decided to move the price point of what is often considered a professional camera given there is a many other Prosumer cameras in their range. Will I buy a MkIV? Not at this point in time. Does it worry me? No. If I was a professional would I buy one? Yes it’s a tax deduction after all.
On a side note the UK price for the MK IV is £3,599.00 about AUS$4,658.00 but then they do have a 20% VAT.
Carl posted a link to this video about a field test of the Nikon D5.
And HE had a go at Glynn as well, about Glynn’s gushing over the Tamron 115mm f1.4 lens, but being less enthused for Nikon’s 105mm 1.4 offering.
David Marland sent me this video link just before we started recording, hence why I hadn’t had a chance to watch it. Facebook | Youtube
Glynn was intrigued by a Photokina story about a 3D printing photobooth. Sadly, he couldn’t find the link, and instead, came up with THIS one from 2014.
If you DO happen to find a link to the one Glynn mentioned, let me know.
He also found lighting kits for drones!
SanDisk has announced the world’s first 1Tb SDXC card.
He also sent me a link to the GoPro Karma
drone UAV, but I don’t think he talked about it.