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Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash review

In this video, I do a review of the Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash.

What sold me on this flash was the following features:
-Guide Number of 60m at ISO 100
-E-TTL II, TTL, and Manual modes
-High Speed Synch (HSS)
-Built-in Wireless and IR remote master and slave
-Auto-Focus assist infrared beam (works in total darkness!)
-Depth-of-Field (DoF) preview button on camera activates flash for 1 second to see shadows
-20mm to 200mm zoom
-Light and Dark Orange gels and gel holder
-Built-in diffuser panel and bounce card
-Pouch that can attach to a belt or strap to carry your flash and flash foot

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Adobe Creative Cloud CC Creative Suite CS 7.0 Announced

In this video, I talk about Adobe’s announcement of a new version of Adobe Creative Suite, called Adobe CC, short for Adobe Creative Cloud. It is also known as Adobe Creative Suite CS 7.0.

They already released Adobe Lightroom 5.0 which for my workflow hasn’t really changed much yet, but I’m looking forward to some of the new features of Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects.

Notably their support of ATI video cards for hardware acceleration, auto-synch video and audio files in Adobe Premiere, and built-in support for LUT support and improved colour correction.

Visit www.adobe.com to find out more information.

And as soon as the updates are available and I have some time to experiment with it, I’ll provide tutorials and reviews on those new features.

Which new features are you looking forward to in the new update?

Canon EOS Rebel T2i a 2013 Review

In this video, I do a long overdue review of the Canon EOS Rebel T2i, but with a twist. Instead of reviewing it compared to cameras of 3 years ago, I compare it to today’s cameras. Does it still have a place in today’s world? I definitely think so. If I didn’t have a camera, I would probably look more into the T5i, but already having this T2i, there is very little benefit to “upgrading” to any of the newer rebels.

Upgrading to a 6D or 5D Mark III would definitely be a possibility, but that would be quite an investment I’m not ready to make.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Review

In this video, I do a review of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

I have been using the Adobe Creative Cloud for over 6 months now, and it has improved my workflow quite a lot. I love the price structure – being able to pay monthly instead of a huge chunk, especially since I do both photography and videography, so in the old model, I would’ve needed to fork out over 2500$ for the Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, and over 500$ a year on upgrades.

Chainfire DSLR Controller for Android – Review

In this video, I do a review of a great app for Android – DSLR Controller, by Chainfire. While only a beta for now, it has a lot of great functionality, and I haven’t stumbled upon any bugs with my setup, so I strongly recommend you look into it.

Nikon D7100 Preview

In this video, Matt Granger from ThatNikonGuy/PhotoNewsReview does a preview of the Nikon D7100 DSLR camera which was introduced today. Featuring a 24.1MP DX sensor with 6fps, 51 AF-points with 15 cross-type AF points, and a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, this is a great alternative to the Nikon D600 camera if you don’t need full-frame. For videographers, this camera can go up to 30p or 60i, and features both a mic input and headphone output so you can monitor the audio that is being recorded.

I’m looking forward to see if Canon will reply to this with a 7D II in the near future.

Meike Battery Grip – Multi-Power Battery Pack for Canon T2i / 550d – sold by Neewer – unboxing

In this video, I unbox a Meike Battery Grip I purchased from Neewer in eBay. This allows you to have access to all your controls in portrait mode, add a second battery, increase stability, and have access to some advanced shooting functions, such as an intervalometer, long exposures, and delayed shooting.

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Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control review

In this video, I do a quick review of the Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control.

This infrared remote has two options that let you control your camera. If your camera is in a picture mode, you can take a picture immediately, or after a 2 second timer. If your camera is in video mode, you can start/stop the video, or you can take a picture. If the AF is on, this enables you to refocus the camera while you’re in front of it.

The bigger downside is that the RC-6 operates using infrared, so you must be in line of sight of the camera. You must also be located in front of the camera, since that’s where the sensor is located.

APC Power Back UPS review

Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS) allow you preserve your equipment, and prevent data loss when the electricity goes out. Acting as a fancy power bar, it has a built-in rechargeable battery that can give you some 10-15 minutes of power in case of a power failure, enough to save your files safely, and shut down your computer.

I own two APC Back-UPS. The first one has a LCD screen and plugs in the computer via USB to provide better control and cooperation between the two. I plug in my desktop computer, USB drive, and anything valuable on this one. The second is smaller and I use it more for laptops and smaller peripherals.

APC products at Adorama

The ones I have are similar to these two (Adorama links):

  • APC 1500V Power Saving Back-UPS Pro, 865W
  • APC 550VA Back-UPS with 8 Outlet Surge Protector and Battery Backup, 330W
  • Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 di VC USD 6 month review

    So I’ve had this lens for about 6 months, and a lot of people are asking me how I like it now that I’ve had a lot more experience with it.

    I have to say I still love it, and it’s the lens I use as often as I can.

    What I love about it:
    The Image Quality (IQ) is amazing, especially at f/8-f/11.
    The VC is incredible.
    The USD autofocus is silent, quick, and efficient.
    The build quality is very good.
    The price is affordable.

    What I dislike about this lens:
    VC is great for photography, not so much for video.
    You need a LOT of light, so I strongly recommend using a flash with this one.
    While light-weight for it’s class, I needed to upgrade to a CarrySpeed strap and a stronger tripod to support it.

    Compared to other lenses:
    Canon 75-300: I did not like this lens, IQ is terrible, focus is horrible, no IS, loud focus.
    Canon 70-300: IQ lightly lower than the Tamron, IS is better than VC for videos, but front element moves when you focus, so not too good when using filters.
    Canon 70-300L: Slightly better than the Tamron, but way too expensive.
    Sigma 70-300 Macro: Not a real macro lens, no OS, no HSM.
    Sigma 70-300 OS: no HSM, IQ not as good as Tamron.