Aussie Photo Adventures

Photography terms

Fast Glass.
Some photographers refer to wide aperture prime lenses as being Fast Glass. Usually refers to an aperture of f1.4 or wider. The large lens opening allows lots of light to pass through the lens in a short amount of time, making these fast lenses ideal for working in low light conditions.
A further bonus of using “Fast Glass” at wide apertures is the effect of getting a very shallow depth of field.

Full Frame Fever (photokina)

If you are a Micro 4/3 fan or APS-C aficionado there isn’t a lot of fun new toys releasing in the near future or so it seems. But for the full-framers and MF clan, things are different.
In brief, Panasonic has announced not one but two new S series full-frame mirrorless cameras. An everyday 24MP and a 47MP high-resolution solution fitted with the new L mount which is being developed by Leica, Sigma and Panasonic jointly, so lots of compatible lenses there.

Fujifilm will start shipping their new range-finder style 50MP Medium format camera in November this year. Also from Fujifilm next year the GFX 100 which will have a 100MP sensor, IBIS (body stabilisation), plus we’re getting 3 more G series lenses.

Leica will have a new MF DSLR with 64MP sensor next year. No EVF in this one team despite suggestions there would be. It will have 4k video from the full width of the sensor which is big news for film-makers. There is also a 10-25mm f1.7 for the M43 crowd made by Leica but looks like it branded Panasonic, may have that wrong.

Sigma has gone mad with new lenses, five shipping in the next four months including a 56mm f1.4 for M43 and APS-C. Which it seems is all you cropped sensor people get this time around. Sigma will also have a new full-frame Foveon sensor, also L mount. Also, from Sigma a 60-600mm zoom.


Excitations Photo Adventures, photography instructor, Ian Mckenzie

Learn a little more about our chief instructor, Ian McKenzie. That’s the old bloke above, we have a Q&A session with him. Just click on the picture.

Photography News

Google+ closing.

According to news reports today Google+ as a social platform is toast. I haven’t sen any shut down dates and times but I guess we will know soon enough.

In some ways this will be sad news for photographers, as it did provide a quality viewiing experience for photos. Especially compared to some other social networks. But. that is digital life. Here today gone tomorrow. A timely reminder that there are no bullet-proof forever digital platform guarantees.


This new offering from Fuji will apparently be sold in two versions, Black or Graphite Silver. The same as previous models, however, this time the price for both models is rumoured to be the same. So for you Graphite Silver fans a bonus.

Canon Makes it Three.
Canon has announced the release of its full-frame mirrorless camera system. So now we lucky photographers have three full-frame companies to choose from. Are we spoilt or what?
The EOS R has a whole heap of goodies including a new lens mount and a new range of lenses. The RF series. Currently, with four sets of glass announce. Assuming they are made of glass that is. An f4 24-105mm, a 35mm f1.8 macro, a 50mm f1.2 and an f2 28-70mm which is a nice surprise.
But there is more. Also announced are a couple of long lenses. Canon’s EF 400mm F2.8 and EF 600mm F4 claimed to be the lightest super-tele’s on the market. I just did a rough USA $ to Aussie dollar conversion and I think your wallet is going to be a tad lighter as well.



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    October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Ockerisms or Aussie slang.

Ripper” = good, great, awesome.
Occasionally “you little ripper”
Generally used as an expression of approval, for example, “it’s a ripper day” meaning that it is a glorious day. “He has a ripper car” in this instance he has a very good car.

quick tips

Spring has arrived and it is time to do some Spring cleaning.
For all photographers, a great place to start is our computers. Especially for those of us who shoot raw and use programs like Adobe Lightroom or Phase One’s Capture One. If we are really good little photographers, we regularly backup our catalogues. But, if you are like me, I rarely delete out of date backups.
With that in mind, I’ve just cleaned out my redundant backup copies from one of our catalogues. Total space saved was just over 300GB. I still have 5 more catalogue backups to do. Of course, your space savings may be more or less than mine, depending on the number of photos in your collection.

And remember backing up a catalogue in most raw converters, does not back up your original images. The backup only copies adjustment and metadata information.