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Lite-Scoop by Light Genius review and demo

The Lite-Scoop by Lite Genius is a flash modifier which allows you to improve your flash photography and save time. Perfect for wedding and event photography, as well as taking photos of your family and friends, the Lite-Scoop works great in both landscape and portrait modes, improves your photos by diffusing your flash, works great everywhere, makes it easier to achieve perfect exposures for each photo, and can be combined with an umbrella for even better results.

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Advantages of the Lite-Scoop:

  1. Can be used anywhere, does not need a wall or ceiling to bounce off.
  2. Works great for photographing one person or even a large group.
  3. Mounts on the narrow side of your flash, making it quick and easy to switch from Landscape to Portrait mode.
  4. Diffuse and soft light makes it easier to achieve correct exposure.
  5. Using the Lite-Scoop with an umbrella makes the light even more diffuse.
  6. Much more affordable, quicker to use, and easier to carry than using a flash bracket or light stand.

Properties of the Lite-Scoop:

  1. Very lightweight – weighing less than 1 ounce, you will not even notice it’s there.
  2. Waterproof – very easy to clean.
  3. Soft foam – helps protect both the your camera flash and anyone or anything coming in contact with it.

Demo of Epson Home Cinema 3500 2D/3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Projector

In this video, I do a night time demo of the Epson Home Cinema 3500 2D/3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Projector. This is what I call an ideal scenario, where I turn off all the lights to really show the contrast and high details of this projector.

In this next video, I do a daytime demonstration of the Epson Home Cinema 3500 2D3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Projector. This is basically what I call the worst case scenario: ceiling lights on, video light on, and the sun shining through the patio door. Even with that much light in the room, the projector still does a good job, so it would definitely work well for conference rooms, classrooms, family reunions, etc.

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Epson Home Cinema 3500 unboxing of Epson Projector

In this video, I do an unboxing of the Epson Home Cinema 3500 2D/3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Projector. With 2500 lumens of colour and white brightness, this is a strong contender for a tv-replacement. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working on demos and reviews of this HC3500 projector, so make sure you subscribe!

As a photographer and videographer, I have taken quite many photos over the last 5 years. When Epson Canada offered to lend me this product for 2 weeks to do a review, I was very excited to finally get to see my content on a big screen. And at 200 inches maximum screen size, this projector certainly qualifies as a large screen experience.

As a 1080p projector with both 2D and 3D capabilities, I’m looking forward to seeing some of my favourite blu-rays and streaming some online 3D content from YouTube and the likes.

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Canon Extender 2x III teleconverter review

In this review, I do a review of the Canon Extender 2x III teleconverter. I rented this from Lensrentalscanada.com along with a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L lens and the 1.4x III teleconverter hoping to get some amazing bird photos. After over 1000 shots with the lens alone, the 1.4x and the 2x teleconverters, my sad conclusion is that the lens alone probably gave me the best results.

Sure the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters do zoom in the image by 1.4x and 2x respectively, but they also deteriorate the image quality by a good amount, so taking a photo without the teleconverter and cropping it down usually gave very similar results without many of the inconveniences that comes from using a teleconverter (lost of 1-2 stops of light which sometimes disables autofocus on some lens/camera combinations).

All photos in this video are as-is .jpgs coming right out of the camera with no post-processing. Definitely some post-processing would improve some of these, but I want to show the files as they come, not after spending hours refining a RAW file. I first show the full image, then I zoom in 1:1.

Canon Extender 1.4x III teleconverter review

In this review, I do a review of the Canon Extender 1.4x III teleconverter. I rented this from Lensrentalscanada.com along with a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L lens and the 2x III teleconverter hoping to get some amazing bird photos. After over 1000 shots with the lens alone, the 1.4x and the 2x teleconverters, my sad conclusion is that the lens alone probably gave me the best results.

Sure the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters do zoom in the image by 1.4x and 2x respectively, but they also deteriorate the image quality by a good amount, so taking a photo without the teleconverter and cropping it down usually gave very similar results without many of the inconveniences that comes from using a teleconverter (lost of 1-2 stops of light which sometimes disables autofocus on some lens/camera combinations).

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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L lens review a great super telephoto lens for bird photography

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In this video, I do a review of the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L lens. This is a great super telephoto lens for bird photography. The image quality on this lens is superb, and the build quality is even more impressive. Made from solid metal, I’d feel safe carrying this in the woods in case I need to knock out a bear or two.

The major downsides are the aperture and lack of image stabilization (IS), which may or may not be deal breakers depending what you take photos of. Using a 400mm lens, the depth of field is really small, so I realistically probably wouldn’t use a lens at f/2.8 or even f/4 too often, unless the subject was far enough away. With aperture of f/5.6 at a distance of 6 feet on a full frame camera such as the Canon 6D, you get a depth of field of 0.2 inches. In metric, at 2 meters, you get a depth of field of 0.65 cm. An aperture of f/2.8 would half those depths of field, which would make it unusable for most situations.

As for lack of IS, if you’re doing bird photography at 1/2000 or faster shutter speeds, the images should be sharp with or without IS. If you plan on using this lens indoors in bad lighting conditions, though, prepare to use ISOs in the 12’800 to 102’400 and wishing your camera could go in the millions of ISO.

The lack of IS is much more an issue for video work, where I’ve had some success handholding it and applying the warp stabilizer in Adobe Premiere Pro. It doesn’t turn it into tripod-steady footage, but closer to steadycam footage, which is usually quite acceptable.

Using a teleconverter, though, the image quality dropped quite a bit, and the aperture of f/8 (1.4x) and f/11 (2x) disabled the autofocus on my Canon 6D camera, which made this lens quite harder to use. But used without any converters, the autofocus was fast and accurate.

Overall I quite enjoyed renting this lens, and I’m looking forward to comparing it to other similar lenses such as the Canon 100-400mm L and the Tamron 150-600mm lens. My guess is the zoom versions would be more versatile in parts because of the zoom, but also because of the image stabilization, but for image quality, I believe the 400mm f/5.6L would come out on top by a large margin.

Lens Rentals Canada review

In this video I do a review of the Lens Rentals Canada camera and lens rental service: www.lensrentalscanada.com

I wanted to test out the Canon 400mm f/5.6L with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for some wildlife photography. I’m still not decided which lens I would like to purchase, if any, so renting seemed like the most logical choice.

For a very affordable price, I was able to rent the lens and teleconverters for 10 days, which gave me plenty of time to test things out and take some great wildlife photos.

I received the lens the same week I put in the order, and it came in pristine quality. The lens and teleconverters were perfectly clean, and everything was in like-new condition.

I picked up the lens at my local Canada Post office on the expected delivery date, and on the last day of the rental I dropped it off to the local Canada Post office. It came with all the pre-paid paperwork, and the local Canada Post office helped me removing the old data and putting the new one in.

For a very small amount, you can add a damage waiver where if the lens accidently gets damaged, you only have a 10% deductible to pay and they take care of repairing or replacing the lens. The few dollars extra this costs is definitely worth it to give the peace of mind in case the worst happens. Thankfully everything went well and I returned the lens in the same condition I got it (except probably not as clean), so I thankfully can’t comment on this add-on service, but online reviews I read seem to be favourable even in those cases. :)

So if you live in Canada and want to rent out a lens for a special project / vacation, or want to rent backup gear for a wedding or other event, I definitely recommend checking them out.

My biggest disappointment is their third-party selection is quite small. There are a couple of Tamron lens I’d love to test which they don’t yet have in stock, but I noticed they did add some other third party lenses in the last 6 months, so there’s still hope for the future.

Microphone and Recorder shootout for filmmakers 2014 edition Zoom H6 vs H4n vs Audio Technica AT803

In this video I put the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder head-to-head with the Zoom H4n Handy recorder and see if the new and improved Zoom H6 is indeed new and improved.

I compare the sound quality of the H6 XYH-6 X/Y capsule, the H6 MSH-6 Mid-Side (MS) capsule, and the H4n X/Y built-in microphone.

I also compare their preamps and recording ability using the extremely popular Shure SM58 microphone, the Audio Technica AT803 lavalier microphone, and the insanely affordable Neewer lapel microphone.

See (or hear) which options you like best for your own productions, and let us know in the comment box!

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Zoom H6 Handy Recorder unboxing

In this video I do an unboxing of the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder. I decided to upgrade my Zoom H4n to an H6 mostly for the improved sound quality and the improved workflow. The H6 boots up faster, has easy to adjust volume controls, and has interchangeable microphone capsules.

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Canon 6D ISO Test low light ISO noise demonstration in video mode ISO 100 to 25600

This is my Canon 6D ISO test, this shows how the image looks like at the following ISOs: 100 160 320 640 1250 2500 5000 1000 12800 25600.

To my eye, it seems like the highlights are holding out quite well all the way up to 10k ISO, while the shadows are holding out perfectly until 2500 ISO, and very decently at 5k and 10k. At it’s highest ISO setting of 25’600, though, the image does seem to fall apart quite a bit, but I could see it having some uses.

If you would like to see such a test for photographer where I could go up to the H2 setting of 100K ISO, let me know, but 25,600 is the highest the camera can go in video mode.