J. Kovacs Photography: Blog http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog en-us (C) J. Kovacs Photography office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:52:00 GMT Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:52:00 GMT http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/img/s3/v42/u389498276-o556688546-50.jpg J. Kovacs Photography: Blog http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog 76 120 The 11 Stupidest Things Photographers Say About Gear http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2016/4/the-11-stupidest-things-photographers-say-about-gear My dear friends,  please find below an excellent  article I came across today. It has been published by Petapixel (see the link below) and the author is Michael Comeau. It is very often one can read about the things below, and here you have some interesting answers to those. Please enjoy!

Source: Petapixel

The 11 Stupidest Things Photographers Say About Gear

I’m like a lot of photographers. I want to shoot more often. And one big reason I don’t shoot as much as I like is that I waste too much time reading about gear.

Now I’ve been shooting since 2008, which means I’ve been reading about photo equipment for 8 years. That’s not an eternity, but it’s long enough to realize that when it comes to cameras and lenses, photographers have a bad habit of making dramatic statements that have zero basis in reality.

Here are my 11 favorites:

11) Any Sentence Including “Microcontrast” or “3D Pop” or “Medium Format Look.”

What happened to the word sharp? Because it seems like there’s a new breed of photographer that seems hell-bent on sounding like a lens company marketing department.

Whenever I hear pseudo-science mumbo jumbo like “microcontrast,” I think of a photographer trying a little too hard to justify a $3,000+ lens purchase.

Listen, these days it’s pretty hard to buy a bad lens, no matter how much—or how little—money you’re spending. So that fancy lens you want? If you can afford it, just get it. You’ll probably like it.

And oh yeah, the only way to get the “medium format look” is to use a MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA AND LENS.

End of story.

10) I Prefer the Nikon Look

My favorite gear article ever is Fstoppers’ blind test of the Nikon D810, Canon 5DSR, and Sony A7R II. They shot an identical picture with all 3 cameras, and people could not guess which camera took which picture.

The idea that we can clearly discern one camera brand from another is all in our heads. Image quality has been solved. You couldn’t buy a bad camera if you tried these days.

Where brands really differentiate themselves these days is ergonomics, RAW file flexibility, size/weight, lens selection, and customer service.

Focus on that, NOT some silly idea of getting the “Brand X Look.”

9) OMG That Lens Has the Best Bokeh!

I don’t understand photographers’ obsession with the rendering of out-of-focus areas. Look at any photo on this site that has a shallow depth of field.

If you’re more interested in what’s out of focus than the subject, then to me, the picture is a failure.

Strong subjects overcome ‘bad’ or ‘distracting’ bokeh any day of the week. End of story.

Not convinced?

Well, can you find a great picture that would be bad if it had different bokeh? And can you find a bad picture that would be made great if it had different bokeh? I sure can’t.

8) The “Legendary” Brand X 85mm Lens

There are no legendary cameras or lenses. There are only legendary photographers who make legendary pictures. And very few of those legendary pictures specifically required certain equipment.

For example, Steve McCurry shot his famous Afgan Girl picture with a Nikon FM2 and 105mm f/2.5 AIS lens.

Steve’s an amazing photographer.

He could have made do with a Canon or Olympus or Pentax or Leica or anything else.

7) My Camera Is Outdated!

In photography, 99.9% of the time, newer is better. But any equipment that still functions as intended is not outdated.

I have a Canon 5D. Yes, the original one from 2005. And Canon’s about to announce the 5D Mark IV, and it’s going to be way better than my old 5D.

But you know what? My 5D still powers on just fine and is 100% functional. So it’s not outdated.

6) I’m Afraid My Gear Will Get Wet/Broken/Peed on.

Stop treating your camera like it’s a newborn baby. If you take reasonable, common-sense precautions, your gear’s going to be perfectly safe 99.999% of the time.

Keep your camera protected in the rain or snow. Stay off railroad tracks. And don’t show off your expensive new gear in unfamiliar places.

But cameras were made to be used. And if you’re not going to them in less-than-perfect conditions—when good pictures tend to happen—why even own a camera?

5) My Family Will Be So Happy I’m Bringing All This Gear on Our Vacation!

Here’s a surefire way to ruin your family vacation: bring a huge photo backpack with 2 cameras, 9 lenses, and a gigantic tripod.

I live in New York City, which is jam-packed full of camera-wielding tourists. Almost every day, I see families sitting around waiting for Daddy (yes, it’s always Daddy) to finish fiddling with all his photo gear.

And they never look happy.

Listen, your family is not signing up for to follow you on your photo safari. They just want to enjoy themselves. So at most, bring a camera and 2 lenses. You don’t need anything else.

4) F/4 Is the Sweet Spot of This Lens!

I’ve never understood the idea of shooting at a lens’ sweet spot. I love my Sony 35mm f/2.8 lens. And let’s say the MTF curves and the lab tests and all that say it’s sharpest at f/8.

That piece of information is 100% useless.

Unless you’re making truly massive prints and need maximum sharpness (99.9% of us don’t), your aperture should be a reflection of the amount of light in the scene and/or your desired depth of field.

Period.

3) I Just Downloaded the Lightroom/Photoshop/Capture One/Apple OSX Update That Came Out Today!

I don’t have many strong opinions on software, but I’ll tell you this: NEVER download a new update when it’s first released.

This is not a knock on Adobe, Phase One, Apple, or any other software developers. But with software getting more and more complex, it’s impossible to test every possible configuration and setup.

Every so often, that means we have to deal with bugs.

But you can make things easy on yourself by letting your friends be the beta testers.

2) I Hate When People Say “Your Pictures Are Great, You Must Have a Great Camera!”

I translate this statement as, “I need to hear that I’m a great photographer.”

The reason real people (as in non-photographers) say things like “your pictures are great, you must have a great camera” is because they don’t know anything about photography and want to make conversation.

So please stop the phony outrage and accept statements like this for what they are: people just trying to be polite. They’re talking about the tools because it’s an obvious point of conversation.

And besides, how many times have you Googled “what camera does photographer Joe Schmoe use?” Because when you think about it, that’s basically saying “Joe Schmoe’s pictures are great. He must have a great camera!”

And finally…

1) I Don’t Care About Gear!

Listen, I tell myself all the time that I’m not obsessed with gear… and it’s total BS.

I troll Craig’s List for deals every single day, even for stuff I don’t need. I’m always thinking about whether I should buy the new Sony A7R II, even though my A7 II perfectly suits my needs 99% of the time.

Let’s just admit the truth: we all want new toys, whether it’s a Nikon D5 or a Hasselblad or a $20 film point & shoot.


So am I crazy?

About the author: Michael Comeau is a NYC-based street and portrait photographer. He also runs the MikeOnTheStreet.com blog, where you can download his free book on shooting street portraits. This post was also published here.

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Invitatioun op de Vernissage

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D’Walfer Foto-Frënn weisen am Kader vun de Walfer Bicherdeeg an ënner dem Titel „Ënnerwee an Europa" eng Fotosausstellung mat 30 Biller vu 14 vun hire Memberen aus 12 europäesche Länner.
D’Ausstellung ass ze gesinn den 21. an 22. November, jeweils vun 10:00 - 18:00 Auer am groussen Zelt an der enceinte vum Stande Prince Henri zu Walfer.

Den Entrée ass fräi.

 

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I have the pleasure to invite you to visit the Photoforum Group Exhibition exhibited at CHEM, site Esch sur- Alzette, presently until end of September 2015.

An after work visit will be followed by a drink on Thursday 17/09/2015 at 18:00 at the cafeteria of CHEM, please feel free to join us!

The exhibition contains photos of mine and of my colleagues’ photographers members of FLPA.

For more details on the subject, please see the attached invitation.

Looking forward to see you there!

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Basilica de la Sagrada Familia http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/6/basilica-de-la-sagrada-familia Gaudí’s conception of the Sagrada Familia was based on the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals. His intention was to express Christian belief through the architecture and the beauty of the building and communicate the message of the Evangelists. He achieved a symbiosis between form and Christian iconography, with a personal architecture generated via new but thoroughly logical structures, forms and geometries inspired by nature, with light and colour also playing a central role.

The meaning of the Sagrada Familia is communicated through the form and expressivity of its architecture and the iconography of its sculpture.

There were many helpers and followers of Gaudí who collaborated with him during his lifetime, including Francesc Berenguer, Josep Maria Jujol, Josep Francesc Ràfols, Cèsar Martinell, Joan Bergós, Francesc Folguera, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubió.

Please check out some photos here so that you could understand what I meant.

 

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Why Complaining About Photos Being Photoshopped Makes No Sense (To Me)- by Marko SOLIC http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/3/why-complaining-about-photos-being-photoshopped-makes-no-sense-to-me This is an article that I found extremely interesting and well writen by Marko Solic and published on March 10, 2015  in Petapixel. I felt the need to share it with you since in a big extent I embrace the same philosophy the article renders.

I guess it happens sometimes when your audience came to you and said your photos were not like reality or "was not natural" or any expression of this kind. Like you guys I always asked myself what is reality and how to depict it. A Romanian author wrote a nice piece on this that I really enjoyed but I missplaced it.

This one by Marko SOLIC will definetely do, so please spare a moment and read the piece, some of your answers might be here. Enjoy!

Source: Petapixel

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Every day about 200 million photographs get uploaded to Facebook. That’s almost double the number of all the books that have ever been published in human history. And that’s just Facebook, I’m not even mentioning Instagram, Snapchat, or just the photos everybody takes and doesn’t even post online.

While taking all those pictures, most people don’t really think about what they’re actually doing, or how the process works. But if they did think about it, I guess their reasoning for that process would be somewhat like this…

  1. There’s this thing in front of me, it’s called reality
  2. I can use my eyes to see this reality
  3. If I want to capture the reality in front of me and show it to somebody else, I can use my camera
  4. The best possible camera would capture the reality in front of me perfectly, and it would look the same like this thing I’m seeing with my eyes
  5. If somebody uses Photoshop to change the picture that their camera had captured, it’s ok to do so if they’re trying to bring it closer to reality, but really bad if they overdo it and get it further away from reality. And it’s really, really bad if they use it to make someone look beautiful, although I think they’re ugly

Lots of photographers will jump at this conclusion and say “No, it’s not about the camera, you have to be a better photographer to get better (e.g. more realistic) pictures”. They will obviously have a problem with point #4.

Other photographers will know a bit more about how their camera actually works, and they will have a problem with point #3.

Other photographers will know a bit more about how art works and what they want to do, and they will have a problem with point #5.

A small percentage of photographers will have a problem with point #2. The reason is that as much as education about photography is crucial if you want to be a better photographer, understanding that point #2 is also completely wrong requires not only learning about photography, but also learning a bit about physics and evolutionary biology.

By the end of this post you will probably agree with me that points 2, 3, 4 and 5 are all ridiculously wrong. Things we need to cover to get to that conclusion are:

  • Your camera does not “see reality”
  • Your eyes do not see reality either

After we go through this, I will explain what photography is really about, at least for me.

P.S. I know… what about point #1? To tell you the truth, I have no idea. In college I had a course called “Physics & Philosophy” where we would spend most of the time arguing with the professor. He would tell you that maybe point #1 is also wrong. I would strongly disagree, but the truth is that neither of us really knew. The good thing is that for the purpose of this blog post, we don’t really need to know.

So let’s get on with it…

 

Your camera does not “see reality”

If you use your smartphone to take pictures you probably do it by opening the camera app, pointing the smartphone in the direction of the thing you want to photograph, and clicking a button. That’s it. If the camera and the conditions around you are good enough, the image you see on the screen will look more or less like the scene you’re seeing in front of you.

Then you’ll happily click the share button and just wait for the ego-boosting likes to keep coming. I don’t know about you, but I can feel the warmth of them just by writing this.

But then one day, you realize that maybe your smartphone has some weird stuff called “camera settings”. Or better yet, you don’t use a smartphone. Maybe you even use a big bulky complicated DSLR, and you’re so brave that you turn the little dial knob all the way to M (in this case, hopefully you dial M for manual, not murder).

Now, before taking a picture, there are all of these decisions that you have to make. What shutter speed to use, what aperture, what ISO value, how much to zoom in or out, where to focus, what white balance setting to use, etc. And when you decide on all of those, what kind of light source will you use? Continuous or flash? Big or small? Sharp or soft?

It’s normal for somebody who has just bought a DSLR to be completely intimidated, turn the knob back to A (meaning automatic), and hope that the DSLR will make better pictures then the smartphone because, well, it’s bigger and all the pros use it. Sometimes it will. But most of the time, I’m sorry to say, no.

Some of those settings will actually make your photos “better” or “worse”. For example, using a lower ISO setting will give you photos with less noise, while using a higher ISO setting will give you sharper photos in conditions with very little light availble.

But changing most of the settings can completely alter how “real” your photo looks. Without using Photoshop or any other kind of photo manipulation on the computer, just by changing the settings, any “real” photo can be made to look incredibly “unreal”. This is why it makes absolutely no sense when someone says “it’s straight from the camera”.

This usually means that it’s somehow more real or better that if it was edited on a computer. But considering that you can almost endlessly modify any picture you take before even taking it, just by pushing some buttons and turning some knobs, “straight from the camera” really makes no sense.

Sure, you’ve probably seen beautiful long-exposure waterfalls or portraits with blurry backgrounds, but here’s a photo I took of some fireworks:

Flowerworks

I only played with long exposure and shifting the focus point, with no editing on the computer. (Well, almost no editing.)

Do you think that’s what fireworks “really” look like? No, I don’t think so. But then, maybe cameras can capture reality, and the photographer’s job is to get the settings right so that the camera captures the same thing that we see with our eyes? Because our eyes see reality? Right?

Wrong. The thing is…

 

Your eyes don’t see reality either

Your eyes don’t work like your camera

Before we get into this, let’s make one thing clear: your eyes don’t exactly work the same way your camera does. For starters, your camera can zoom (or you can change lenses).

Your eyes, unlike the eyes of some birds, can’t do that. On your DSLR you can put lenses with shorter or longer focal length – the shorter the focal length, the wider the field of view will be. For a typical full-frame DSLR, this can range anywhere from about 10 to about 1000 millimeters. Here are the lenses you could buy just for Canon DSLR cameras a couple of years ago:

Canon_lens_lineup

Your eye a has field of view equivalent to a 43mm lens, thus settling the everlasting debate of whether the 35mm or the 50mm lens “sees” exactly like the human eye. In other words, the human eye has more or less the same field of view like some of the small lenses in the front row.

Your typical DSLR (as well as some smartphones) has a sensor with about 20 million pixels. Your eye has about 130 million pixels, but only 6 million of them see color. Others see only black and white.

Most importantly, only a very small part of what you “see” is what you’re actually seeing. Most of the image in your brain is constructed from what you have seen in the past, while “live feed” comes only when it’s necessary. This is the brain’s way of compressing data, like when you turn a big video into a smaller compressed one. The smaller video is easier to upload to YouTube, and although this may offend you, your brain also has limited bandwidth.

And finally, just like for the camera, the settings for the eye can be changed. For example, a camera could overexpose a picture while messing up the white balance setting, thus making a certain black-and-blue dress look gold-and-white. If it does so in just the right way, different human eyes can mess up their white balance for the image in different ways.

Yes, I admit, I also see the dress as white-and-gold. I know that it doesn’t actually look like that, but my eyes and my brain keep lying to me. But there’s a reason I’m not worried about that. You see, all of our eyes and brains keep lying to us. So what I say is: screw them, let’s see how stuff really looks.

 

You don’t see most of the stuff that happens around you

Now let us leave the photography world for a while, and get a bit into physics biology. Don’t worry, it won’t be boring like it was in school.

So how do you actually see everything around you?

The most basic explanation is – there’s a light source. The Sun, a lamp, a flash – it doesn’t really matter what. All light sources are basically the same: they emit photons. Photons travel from the light source to an object. Let’s say they travel from a light on your ceiling to a wall behind your computer screen. The photons bounce off of the wall, and travel to your eyes. Your eyes register them, send the signal to your brain, and then the brain tells you: “hey, there’s a wall behind your computer screen”.

Photons are particles, not really the same as, but kind of similar to tons of other particles which also travel around you all the time. For example, there are particles called neutrinos, and millions of them are passing through you right now. You don’t care, do you? And why would you? You don’t see them, you can’t feel them, so how do you really know that they even exist? Well, there’s really good evidence saying that they do exist, even though you can’t see them.

There are also particles which you also can’t see, but d*mn well can feel. Maybe you don’t care about neutrinos, but if you would eat something radioactive you would definitely care about stuff like alpha particles, even though you can’t see those either.

So everything that you see around you is just stuff that reflected one type of particles, while most of the things that go on around you don’t even get noticed.

 

Colors you see don’t really exist

Photons travel in waves. If you remember your highschool physics, waves have a frequency. Different frequencies mean different colors. Right now, the computer I’m writing this on is standing on a brown desk. What that really means is that of all the different photons that exited a light bulb in my room, only the brown ones bounced off my desk and came to my eyes. The rest of them were absorbed by the desk.

There are tons of photons with different frequencies that you can’t even see. Infrared, ultraviolet, radio waves, microwaves, gamma rays… These are all waves of photons, but you can’t see them. The only ones that you see are a small range of photons, with different colors. All the different frequencies of photons fall into something called the electromagnetic spectrum, and by the courtesy of Wikipedia we can show them all in one picture:

Electromagnetic_spectrum

Notice how the waves with color are just a tiny part of the whole spectrum. But the thing is, even they don’t really have a color. A color is just a construct that your brain has made up. Your brain said to your eyes: “When this type of photon comes in I’ll turn that into a signal for color red, and when this other type of photon comes in I’ll turn that into a signal for blue. When all of them come together I’ll show that as white, and when none of them come I’ll show that as black.”

The photons themselves don’t really have any color, that’s just something your brain made up because it’s useful. The reason it’s useful is because you use your eyes (e.g. registering photons) as your primary way of, well, living in the world. You use your eyes more than you use your ear or nose.

But not all animals do. Biologist Richard Dawkins has famously speculated that some species of bats see sound in the form of colors. And why wouldn’t they? Color is the most useful tool for mammal brains, and they use echolocation just like you use sight.

So while you see colors, there are bats that may be able to hear colors. I know that this sounds really weird, but it’s really not. Heck, there are even people who can hear or smell colors. Color doesn’t really exist in physical world, it’s just a construct of your brain. Get used to it.

 

Objects you see… Yeah, they’re not what you think they are

If biology wasn’t shocking enough for you, let’s add a bit of physics, shall we?

We’ve established that the wall behind your computer screen, or your desk, or pretty much anything around you doesn’t really have color.
But it does exist, right? I mean, your table is a solid object, and you don’t have to actually see that — it can be checked simply by banging your fist into it. Even more so for the wall.

The things around you do feel solid, but that’s just because when you touch/hit them, there are electrical forces at work. And electrical forces can hurt.

But in reality, your wall, your desk, and everything around you (including yourself) is made of atoms. Atoms have a bunch of particles in the middle (called a “core”), and some particles around the core (called “electrons”). You’ve probably seen in school the model where the atom looks like a small solar system, with a core in the middle and electrons circling around it. That’s not completely true because electrons don’t really “circle” the core. Actually, they’re not even at one place at a certain time, but that’s due to quantum mechanics. And quantum mechanics is way too weird even for this blog post, so we won’t touch it any more.

The part that interests us is the scale of the model. The core of the atom is really, really small. But if it was waaaay bigger, let’s say like a tennis ball, you could put that tennis ball in the middle of a huge football stadium. In that scenario an electron would be smaller than a fly, somewhere on the stands of the stadium. Everything else in the stadium would just be empty space.

That’s what stuff around you is actually made of — most of it is just empty space, nothing else. Let that sink in a little bit more. Everything that you see around you right now, everything that you’ve ever seen, everything you’ve ever imagined and even everyone you’ve ever met — most of it was just empty space.

If you would take all the people that currently live on planet Earth, remove the empty space from them and push them all together, how much space do you think they would take?

We don’t have to do the math because my new favorite blog has the answer. All the humans on the planet Earth, without the empty space in them, would easily fit in one single M&M:

Single_mm

So far we’ve established that your camera doesn’t capture what your eyes see, the colors that your eyes see don’t really exist, there are tons of particles around you that you don’t see, and everything that you do see is mostly just empty space. Whatever this thing that your eyes see is, it’s definitely not reality. But then the obvious question is…

 

So what’s the point of photography?

First, I want to make something clear. Although we’ve seen that photographs don’t show reality (and neither do your eyes), real events still happen around us all the time.

Good things, bad things, funny things, sad things. Things we celebrate and things we condemn. Things that make sense, things that don’t make sense, and even Leo not winning an Oscar. All of these (don’t) really happen. And there are photographers who have a job of showing those things to the world.

For the reasons we’ve covered, this is not easy. Associations like World Press Photo now have very detailed rules about what actually is, and what isn’t, allowed when it comes to editing photographs. And they still regularly disqualify photographers whom they have already awarded. This is a complicated problem, but seeing what we’ve learned so far, it’s not really that surprising.

If you’re thinking now that the same rules should apply when it comes to “photoshopping” people, I’m very sorry, but that’s not likely to happen. And I don’t think that it should. Yes, I also hate it when someone retouches the skin to the level of it losing all texture, resulting in a face that’s smooth like a bowling ball.

But I don’t hate because it’s “not real”, I hate it because it’s bad retouching. Actually, it’s just bad taste. Like doing a black and white photo and leaving a part of it in color. It’s not bad because it’s not real – it’s bad because it’s bad. There is no good explanation for this, just like there is no good scientific explanation for the fact that guys who wear white sneakers have extremely bad taste. They just do.

But then, documentary photography is just one kind of photography among countless others. Its job is to present events which have really happened, but in pretty much all other types of photography that’s not what we’re trying to do. Whether you like it or not, photography is a form of art, and art’s purpose is definitely not to show “reality” as it “really” is.

I won’t try to answer the question about the purpose of art, but I can tell you what its purpose is to me. First of all, for me art should be about sending a message. Saying something to the world. Expressing your opinion in a much more powerful way than just by, well, saying it. Most of my photographs can’t do that.

But I’m trying.

In most of them I can only hope that I’ll cause some emotions, to stir them up in the person who’s looking at the photograph, and most of the time that’s good enough for me.

But trying to show reality like it really is in photography? Or in art in general? I would never want to do that. Not just because it would be wrong, but also because, frankly, it would be utterly boring.


About the author: Marko Solic is a professional photographer based in Zagreb, Croatia. In addition to his work with a camera, Solic is also finishing up a masters degree in physics and computer science. You can see his work over on his website and read more of his writing on his blog. This article originally appeared here.

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The Unspoken Reason Why Wedding Photography is So Expensive http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/the-unspoken-reason-why-wedding-photography-is-so-expensive Here’s a common complaint: “Why is wedding photography so expensive?”

One of the most common complaints about wedding photography is that it’s too expensive. I’ve seen this sentiment uttered from all corners of the Web. I’ve also seen just as many photographers jump at the opportunity to defend their prices by writing articles that only an accountant could appreciate.

And here is the source with an interesting piece.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event The Unspoken Reason Why Wedding Photography is So Expensive jkovacsphotography http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/the-unspoken-reason-why-wedding-photography-is-so-expensive Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:16:47 GMT
Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/canon-eos-5ds-/-5ds-r 5Ds5DsCanon 5Ds

Canon has added to its EOS 5D range with the launch of two 50MP cameras, the 5DS and the 5DS R. Both cameras are high-resolution full frame models, primarily aimed at stills photographers. The only difference between the models is that the 'S' has an optical low-pass filter, while the 'S R' has a self-cancelling filter (the same relationship as Nikon's D800 and D800E models shared).

The two cameras will exist alongside the EOD 5D Mark III, acting as dedicated high-resolution cameras primarily intended for studio, landscape and wedding shoots, rather than the all-round capability offered by the existing model. The Mark III still trumps the S and S R in terms of maximum ISO and continuous shooting speed.

Slightly unusually for Canon, both models have been announced a long way ahead of their June 2015 availability date, so we wouldn't be surprised if some of these details changed between now and then.

Canon EOS 5DS / SR key features

  • 50MP CMOS sensor
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-6400 (Extends to 12,800)
  • 61-point AF module with input from 150k pixel metering sensor
  • Dual Digic 6 processors
  • 3.0" 1.04m dot LCD
  • CF & SD slots (UHS-I compatible)
  • 1080/30p video
  • M-Raw and S-Raw down-sampled formats
  • 30MP APS-H crop and 19.6MP APS-C crop modes
  • USB 3.0 interface

Most of the big new features on the high-res 5Ds are about ensuring you're able to get the best of the cameras' extra resolution. Our experiences with the Nikon D8X0 series cameras has shown us that simply having a high resolution sensor isn't enough: to take full advantage of it you need to really obsess about stability.

To this end, Canon has reinforced the tripod socket and surrounding area to allow stable engagement with a tripod. It has also used a more controllable, motorized mirror mechanism, like the one in the EOS 7D II, that allows a deceleration step before the mirror hits its upper position - reducing mirror slap.

The third change a revised mirror lock-up mode that allows you to specify an automatic delay between the mirror being raised and the shutter opening to start the exposure. It allows the user to choose the shortest possible delay that has allowed mirror vibration to subside: maximizing sharpness while minimizing the loss of responsiveness.

Although the S and the SR can both shoot movies with the same choice of frame rates and compression as the 5D III, they don't offer clean HDMI output or headphone sockets. The message is pretty clear - if video is a major concern, these aren't the cameras for you.

 

Source: DP Review

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R Event jkovacsphotography http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/canon-eos-5ds-/-5ds-r Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:03:43 GMT
Merry Chrstmas and Happy New Year 2015! http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/12/merry-chrstmas-and-happy-new-year-2015 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!!!

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Christmas Event Greeting New Year jkovacsphotography http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/12/merry-chrstmas-and-happy-new-year-2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:09:15 GMT
Photoforum 2014 http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/9/photoforum-2014

I have the pleasure to invite you to the Vernissage of the Photo-Forum Exhibition 2014, Friday 03.10.2014 at 19:00 in Colmar Berg, at Centre Culturel, Rue de la Poste. The event is organized by the “Federation Luxembourgeoise de la Photographie Artistique”.

The exhibition will contain photos of mine and of my colleagues’ photographers. For more details on the subject, please see invitation below.

Looking forward to see you there!

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Luxembourg photoforum 2014 phtoforum FLPA http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/9/photoforum-2014 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:26:09 GMT
EISA - Photography Awards List http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/8/eisa---photography-awards-list

Photography Awards
2014-2015

EUROPEAN CONSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
Canon EOS 1200D
EUROPEAN LIFESTYLE CAMCORDER 2014-2015
Canon LEGRIA mini X
EUROPEAN ADVANCED COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
Fujifilm X-T1
EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2014-2015
Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R
EUROPEAN PHOTO ACCESSORY 2014-2015
Manfrotto MT055CXPro4
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
Nikon D4s
EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8
EUROPEAN CONSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
Olympus OM-D E-M10
EUROPEAN ADVANCED COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000
EUROPEAN PHOTO & VIDEO CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4
EUROPEAN TRAVEL COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ60
EUROPEAN ADVANCED DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
Pentax K-3
EUROPEAN SMARTPHONE CAMERA 2014-2015
Samsung Galaxy K zoom
EUROPEAN CONNECTED CAMERA 2014-2015
Samsung NX30
EUROPEAN DSLR LENS 2014-2015
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM [A]
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
Sony Alpha 7R
EUROPEAN COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 III
EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
EUROPEAN DSLR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Tamron SP 150-600 mm F5-6.3 VC USD
 
Source: EISA
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event News http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/8/eisa---photography-awards-list Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:24:23 GMT
BENELUX Photosalon 2014 http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/8/benelux-photosalon-2014 Imago 2014BENELUX Photosalon 2014Imago Hamme 49ste BENELUXSALON

"49ste -BENELUX Salon"
KONINKLIJKE FOTOKRING "IMAGO " HAMME

ERKEND BENELUXSALON  BFF 2014/05-  CvB 2014/05-  FLPA 161/14/05 

 

Avec la collaboration :

  • du Ministère de la Culture Flamande
  • de l’ Administration Communale de Hamme
  • de la FIAP
  • du C.V.B.
  • de la B.N.A.F.V.
  • de la F.L.P.A.
  • de la F.B.P.
  • de l’ O.V.U.
  • du  K.A.V.F.

Vernissage: 13.09.2014 at 15.00 Kleinhulst 4, 9220 Hamme, Belgium.

For whoever is around please step in, you will for sure see excellent photos.

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Photo Contest jkovacsphotography http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/8/benelux-photosalon-2014 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:03:38 GMT
Jugendhaus "Woodstock Walfer"- Soiree Porte Ouverte http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/6/jugendhaus-woodstock-walfer---soiree-porte-ouverte Porte Ouverte Jugendhaus WoodstockPorte Ouverte Jugendhaus WoodstockMusical "Let;s Groove for the World

 

 

Saturday 7th of June 2014, at the Centre Prince Henri in Walferdange, Walfer's Youth House organized a 'Soiree Porte Ouverte'. The main theme of the evening was 'Integration and Diversity' where various projects and activities were presented. The young performers emphasized by means of acting and street dancing current world challenges, notably:

  1. Racism
  2. Child Labour
  3. Homosexual Discrimination
  4. Forced child marriage
  5. Difference between poor and rich
  6. Who decides where we live.

 

Please find below their 'mise-en-scene' for the evening and the full coverage of the event.

19h00 Début
20h00 Begréisung
20h05 Dance Group Maison Relais Walferdange/Bereldange
20h10 SGP - Rap Group
20h30 Musical "WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD"

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Groove House Let Musical World' Youth diversity for henri integration jkovacsphotography prince s the walferdange http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/6/jugendhaus-woodstock-walfer---soiree-porte-ouverte Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:03:53 GMT
CHICKEN HEAD Live Luxembourg http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/chickenhead-live-luxembourg CHICKEN HEAD LIVE Petange Lucembourg

CHICKEN HEAD  Support act fűr Pugsley Buzzard/Australia

 

Die neue luxemburgische Band CHICKEN HEAD um den bekannten Guitaristen Tosch Schuetz wird ihr erstes Konzert am kommenden

Donnerstag 22. Mai in der SCHUNGFABRIK in Tetange ab 19:30 geben. CHICKENHEAD wird als support act fuer Pugsley Buzzard auftreten und zum ersten mal ihr Pogramm aus einem Mix aus Rock-Funk-Soul und Blues Songs vorstellen.

 

Neben Guitarist Tosch Schuetz der lange Jahre die Band POUNDCAKE geleitet hat, spielt noch Dan Thurmes am Bass sowie Serge Kieffer am Schlagzeug. Beide ja bestens bekannt in Luxemburg durch ihre Zusammenarbeit mit Tommy Talton/USA sowie anderen lokalen Acts wie AWACS, FUNKY P, LUKE HAAS, oder EVERYDAY ZULU.

Fehlt noch der aus England stammende Saenger Warren van Duebury. Seine sehr charakteristische Stimme gibt CHICKENHEAD den Wiedererkennungswert auf den viele andere Bands verzweifelt hoffen.

 

Weitere Band infos findet man auf der Homepage www.chickenhead.lu

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Concert Event http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/chickenhead-live-luxembourg Wed, 28 May 2014 00:36:11 GMT
Open Air Photo Exhibition, 27 May-15 October 2014- " Water Elements" http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/photo-exhibition-27-may-15-october-2014 Steinsel 3JPPhoto Exhibition 27.05-15.10.2014"Water Elements"

Open Air Exhibition "Water Elements"

From 27 May- 15 October 2014 

Location: Park "Am Haaf" Steinsel

Exhibition Opening: 27 May 2014 at 19:30

Kulturhaus
Rue des Sapins, STEINSEL, L-7307 Luxembourg

Artists exhibiting:

·  Carine Bintz

·  Michele Lamesch

·  Jean-Paul Schmit

·  Monique Schmit

·  Roland Schockweiller

·  Anne Schroeder

·  Paul Schumacher

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/photo-exhibition-27-may-15-october-2014 Fri, 16 May 2014 23:17:06 GMT
Nikon D4s http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/2/nikon-d4s D4sD4s

MSRP US: $6499.95, UK: £5,199.99
Body type
Body type Large SLR"
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution 4928 x 3280
Other resolutions 4096 x 2720, 4096 x 3280, 3696 x 2456, 3200 x 2128, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2464 x 1640, 2400 x 1592, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1640, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 4
Color space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter array RGB Color Filter Array
Image
ISO Auto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
File format
  • NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
  • NEF + JPEG
  • TIFF
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp No
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD with brightness and color adjustment
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture-priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hotshoe, flash sync port)
Flash modes Auto FP high-speed sync, front-curtain, rear-curtain, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous low speed
  • Continuous high speed
  • Quiet shutter-release
  • Self-timer
  • Mirror up
Continuous drive 11 fps
Self-timer Yes (2-20 seconds, 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Bit rates for 1080/60p: 42Mbps (10 min limit), 24Mbps (20 min limit)
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types CompactFlash, XQD
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WT-5A or WT-4A
Remote control Yes (wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 3020
Weight (inc. batteries) 1350 g (2.98 lb / 47.62 oz)
Dimensions 160 x 157 x 91 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.58)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (9999 shots)
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GP-1A

Source: Nikon

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) D4s Event Nikon http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/2/nikon-d4s Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:30:10 GMT
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!! http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year Wish you a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!!

Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr !Schéi Chrëschtdeeg an e glécklecht Neit JoërMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Happy New Year ! Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!! Xmas http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:55:31 GMT
The 2nd Luxembourgisch National Championship of Photography http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2nd-luxembourgisch-national-championship-of-photography With 2014 on our doorstep, the Luxembourgish National Championship of Photography has come to an end. Spanning over the last two years this championship included several national and international photography competitions. Finishing on third place, I would like to thank everybody for their continuous support. Please find below the link to the final results.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) 2nd Luxembourgisch National Championship of Photography FLPA luxembourg http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2nd-luxembourgisch-national-championship-of-photography Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:29:30 GMT
2 nd Competition of the National Championship http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2-nd-competition-of-the-national-championship National Championship LuxembourgNational Championship LuxembourgNational Championship Luxembourg

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Event Exhibitions National Championship Luxembourg 201-13 Photo Contest http://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2-nd-competition-of-the-national-championship Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:24:27 GMT