Canon introduces mirrorless camera

Four years after the first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, Canon has finally stepped up to the plate with the newly-announced EOS-M.

Canon’s new mirrorless camera

Photography pros, amateurs and general enthusiasts alike will most likely appreciate this camera for what it is, as it successfully bridges the gap between SLR and compact cameras. As other, already existing mirrorless cameras, it’s significantly smaller than any other interchangeable lens camera, makes use of a large enough sensor (equivalent to an APS-C and about 4 times larger than most standard compact cameras) and maintains the simplicity of a compact camera.

Even though it comes with its own native EF-M mount, an appropriate adapter was presented alongside it, which will allow users to attach any EF and EF-S lenses they wish. Although this option adds versatility, it certainly makes AF speeds a viable concern (not to mention how silly the camera will look when attaching a 70-200 lens to it, but that’s another story!).

Nice lens. What’s that stuck at the back of it?

The first primary innovation about the EOS-M is that it seems to have addressed the poor AF focusing abilities of other cameras of the same category. If you remember, mirrorless systems tend to be unable to auto-focus with fast moving subjects, especially ones that move to and from the camera, thus making action shots almost impossible to achieve. The EOS-M makes use of a hybrid CMOS AF that may be able, at least up to a certain degree, to overcome that problem. Of course, that remains to be seen upon some hands-on testing.

Furthermore, it has kept the interface very simple by getting rid of most of its control buttons and replacing them instead with a very comprehensive, easy-to-use touch screen. It’s fast and responsive and will not scare away compact camera users.

All in all, the new EOS-M seems promising. If you think it fits the bill based on your requirements, do some more research and and get yourself one to play with.

M.

DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated with Canon Global nor any of its subsidiaries. I am merely informing my readership about a new product that may be of interest to some.

Vanila Swing Live Band – Promo work

While in Athens, I did some promotional photo shoots for a local music band here. It was all outdoors with Harley Davidson motorcycles, old, classic cars and lots of fun people. However, as the shots needed to be processed and marketed properly, I could not release them to the public yet.

Now that the marketing process is well underway and the post-processing done, I can present you a couple of examples.

The band is called Vanila Swing and they know how to rock the house.



The photos are mine. Unfortunately, I don’t know who did the graphic design part afterwards.

M.

Open

I find doors fascinating. Their whole concept excites me. They can offer anything from some of the simplest pleasures to the most mind blowing adventures. You can open the fridge door and pour yourself a cup of your favorite juice. Or you can open the front door of your home on an icy cold, winter day and walk into the warmth and comfort of your living room. A door inside an abandoned, half-demolished building may hide everything or nothing behind it. A door inside a dream usually takes you to a whole different dimension.

Locked doors are intriguing. Unlocked doors are welcoming. Whichever the door, it can get old, but it never loses its value.

When low light is *really* low

I covered the live set of a band in Athens last week and it was quite the challenge.

They played in a bar in Chalandri, one of the northern suburbs of Athens. The location was nice, classy and comfortable. However, not exactly what you would call concert-friendly. A section of the floor was clearled of all tables and chairs and the band set up shop there.

The patrons definitely enjoyed themselves and so did the band, but from the photographer’s point of view, it was a nightmare. The whole place was packed to the rims, making it difficult for me to move anywhere, let alone lug all my equipment with me. What was worse than that though, was the MI-NI-MAL lighting I had to work with. Being a live gig, external flash photography is a big no-no, so I had to make do with two or three tiny lights that were barely able to illuminate a glass of water.

It was a struggle and with my ISOs cranked up all the way to cremation-mode, plus my widest of lenses, I was hoping to get something at least usable.

By the end of the night, I had gotten some shots I was relatively happy with. One of them, specifically, was a very nice moment, but needed some post-processing. Luckily, the theme of the gig was retro/swing/60′s, so the grain and lack of colors made for an interesting and pretty effect.

 

If you ever find yourselves in a VERY dark setting, don’t panic! Use a lens that has the¬†highest aperture area possible and crank up the ISOs as much as your camera can handle. At the end of the day, a noisy photo is better than no photo at all!

M.

A source of beauty is born

I’ve been trying to set up a blog for my photography for quite some time now. In the past few months, I have had various setbacks, related to time-constraints, design failures, priorities, lack of motivation…. I have finally managed to overcome all those hurdles and the blog is finally with you.

As I go along, I will be posting various useful pieces of information. It will range from examples of photo shoots, to tips about how to use your camera, to success stories and everything in between.

I hope you enjoy it thoroughly. Please join me in this never-ending journey through my lens and feel free to share at will. Of course, as always, all and any feedback is more than welcome.

For now, I will leave you with a photo of a beautiful but hidden location in Austin, TX. Can you guess where it is?

Till next time…

M.