Quick roundup of news coupled with my musings …

Canon EOS 150D / EOS SL2 / Kiss X8 Rumors

Northlight images is reporting that the SL2 will be announced sometime in August. This is a followup to the quietly successful SL1, Canon’s smallest DSLR.   The SL2 is being described as a little 750D (t6i) without the articulating screen.

Canon SL2 Rumored Specs

  • 24.2MP
  • 19 point AF
  • 4.5 fps
  • 1080/30p video
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III focus system
  • Fixed 3″ LCD touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi + NFC

This is why I believe Canon moved the 750D/760D to a slightly larger size- they want to differentiate that line from the SL2 line coming in a few months.  Giving people a choice within the Rebel line. Nikon has just elected to take their D5X00 series smaller.   If they can get the rear dial like the new Canon 760D T6s on the Sl2 I would be VERY compelling to many Canon photographers already owning lenses and craving that smaller, mirrorless like approach.   Previous rumors have mentioned Canon switching to an EVF in the SL2 (This was also a rumor for the Canon 750D/760D series and it turned out to be false, I believe it won’t happen in the SL2 either).

SL1 is current $499 with 18-55 STM. Watch my Review

Canon SL1


Related – The Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM is now shipping

Future of Mobile Editing

Adobe has announced that they will pull Photoshop Touch from the app stores on May 28th.  The other apps Adobe has released in the last few months have superseded the features in the now outdated touch.  And along with this announcement Adobe has released a look at mobile photo editing coming later this year.


The Future of Photography – 4k Video?

Christina and I have discussed the future of photography multiple times on our weekly mish mash show including the recent episode 58. I propose that we will in the not so distant future shoot video (basically shooting a burst of images that happens to be so fast it is virtually video) and then you pull a still or stills from the video.   I am not the only one that thinks that way, it’s pretty clear from the recent Panasonic G7 release that Panasonic has a similar idea. Their new G7 offers two 4K photo modes – ways to extract stills from video.  I already own the GH4 and recently accompanied Christina on an engagement shoot. I was recording video with the GH4 and pulled out some of the best moments as stills and sent the files off to AdoramaPix (saved 20% too). Just got the prints back and I am pleased with the results.

Prints from Video - The future is fast arriving
Prints from Video – The future is fast arriving






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 I doubt many Amish have seen the movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off but I can't get this quote out of my head "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." On our last day in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania we were treated to a beautiful sunrise, an Amish dairy farm tour, a buggy ride and beautiful blue skies. I had a few Amish buggy photos and wanted to try a panning shot - I talk about how to capture shots like this in my popular Shutter Speed Explained video - Watch at http://photorec.tv/shutterspeed/ *  Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 70mm and 1/30 second
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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2

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