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20/06/2019 0

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image file resolutions cover picture of twilight dusk landscape western NSW Australia. By Australian Photo Adventures and Excitations.

ALSO FROM SONY A PAIR OF LONG WHITES

Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS breaks Canon and Nikon’s grip on the long end of the lens battle. The lens is from their G Master series and when clipped onto any of the A7 cameras will be a formidable weapon for landscape and wildlife shooters. Put the blazingly A9 behind it, and you have a sporting hero.

Also from Sony a new telephoto zoom. New FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS expected around the end of August.

PANASONIC ANNOUNCES A NEW FULL FRAME CINE CAMERA.
The Lumix S1H 6K cine camera has a new sensor. But the headline news here team is 6K video at 24fps and 4K@ 60fps and all this with built-in Log formats for all you high-definition slow-mo aficionados. Price looks like around the AU$5000 mark, give or take.

BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINE CAMERA 6K

New toys for Canon photographers. Blackmagic has released a new pocket cine camera which takes EF mount lenses. Plus, it shoots 6K raw video in Raw format. Around $4000 will get you started on your new 6K video career.
If you’re happy with 4K and using micro-four-thirds lenses, the current model will get your career started for much less money.

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

CLASS NOTES,

We offer a series of class notes for some of our photography training courses. Links to those notes are below.
Beginners Guide to Photography.
Intermediate Photography.
Free YouTube tips and tricks.

EVERYTHING BIGGER AND BETTER ON THE INTERNET.

I’ve just read a not so interesting article on one of the bigger than “Ben-Hur” websites. Announcing the replacement date for a camera that hasn’t been released yet. That’s it folks, your brand new camera is out of date six months before its rumoured release date.

 

New releases & rumours

FUJI X-PRO 3

Rumoured to be announced at the end of this year. Good news for all those X–Pro fans out there.

CANON ANNOUNCES A NEW MIRRORLESS CAMERA

Addition to their R series on the way. This one is an Astro-camera explicitly designed for you night owls who love shooting stars.
At the same time, Canon has also laid out its road map for new lenses for the mirrorless series. Exciting times ahead.

NIKON ADDING MORE Z CAMERAS

Or is rumoured to be releasing  more cameras in the Z mirrorless range. There are suggestions of a new lower-priced Z maybe running a cropped sensor and a Pro model for the high-end users currently using D5’s.
The later making a lot of sense with the Olympics coming along next year and I believe on Japanese soil.

FUJI FILM ANNOUNCE 100MP CAMERA.

There was no secret this was coming. Fuji told us so months ago. So on the 27th June this year or thereabouts and for a relatively small sum of money.

About US$10,000 for the body, I believe you to can join the very high-resolution club. While it might sound like lots of money, it isn’t. Considering joining this club just a couple of years ago would have cost you the price of a hugely desirable car.

But a massive resolution isn’t the only thing you get. There is more folks. In-camera image stabilisation and of course 4k video output that on paper at least rivals anything from the current crop of DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

I, for one, can’t wait to these cameras in the hands of high-end filmmakers. Talk about game-changing.

 

Events

  1. Sunraysia Beginners Photography course

    September 14 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Stuffage

CRIMES AGAINST INFLUENCES.
You know these people. If you don’t, go to Youtube and check out the crying Millenials, bitching because Instagram has removed likes from their platform. “This is like…. my job. It’s what I am.” Complete with lots of pouting of botox enhanced fish-lips as they sob uncontrollably.

A couple of favourites this week include a coffee van in the city of angels. They have a sign explaining that they no longer serve free coffee to influencers; in fact, they have a surcharge of 100% for said influencers.
And the bride, requesting her wedding photography free in return for offering a 25% discount on the photographer’s services to her “many followers“. Yup, you read that right. You photograph my wedding for free, and I’ll give my followers a 25% discount on your services.

TOP END ADVENTURE

Red mountains late afternoon light advertising a photo adventure to the top end by Excitations.
Late afternoon on hills near Georges Creek, on the Oodnadata Track, South Australia.

I’m contemplating a trip to the top-end of our beautiful island and intending to photograph some bloody big thunderstorms. We are currently looking at early November 2020. Our intention to capture build-up storms, not the wet variety which is often not photogenic.
Our group will consist of a maximum of 4-5 photographers, two vehicles, travelling from Victoria by road through South Australia into the Territory via a non-direct route. Non-direct because we are photographers, not tourists. Return by air.
Accommodation will be a mix of camping and hard roof motels/cabins. Tents will be a two-person size with single occupancy.
Pricing and logistics still to be finalised. Duration around 14 days.
If you are interested in joining us, please let us know, early. There is no cost for expressions of interest.

 

ENGAGE BS PROTECTION BEFORE ENTERING.

Seriously people, do yourselves a favour and set your bullshit meter to its highest setting, before entering the world of internet reviews. I’ve just had two links to photography equipment reviews sent to me to see what I thought.

The first had some guy on video talking about a new you-beaut lens. He even had a mock-up to show us. Ten minutes later he tells us as soon the product is available He’ll do an in-depth report. Wow!
The second was even worse went for 30-minutes with a whole lot of knowledgeable banter, minus the mock-up. And, minus any actual information, at all. Just an opinion and love of hearing his own voice.