Canon 5D Mark I vs 5D Mark IV: A Low-Light Comparison

Canon 5D Mark I vs 5D Mark IV: A Low-Light Comparison

The original Canon EOS 5D DSLR was announced in August 2005, and the latest Canon EOS 5D Mark IV was announced 11 years later in August 2016. Through the four generations, maximum ISO has increased from 3200 to 32000. But how do the two cameras compare in low-light performance? In this 10.5-minute video, photographer Pablo Strong conducted a shootout to find out.

This test was a followup to Strong’s previous comparison of the cameras’ image quality in daylight.

At ISO 800, Strong found that the two cameras are actually quite similar — the 5D Mark IV is just “slightly” cleaner.

Canon 5D Mark I at ISO 800
Canon 5D Mark IV at ISO 800
Crops of the Canon 5D Mark I (left) and Canon 5D Mark IV (right).

At ISO 1250, both cameras continue to produce usable photos, but the 5D Mark IV’s photos are noticeably cleaner.

Canon 5D Mark I at ISO 1250
Canon 5D Mark IV at ISO 1250
Crops of the Canon 5D Mark I (left) and Canon 5D Mark IV (right).

At ISO 1600, the 5D Mark I becomes “distractingly” noisy while the Mark IV continues to produce very usable images.

Canon 5D Mark I at ISO 1600
Canon 5D Mark IV at ISO 1600
Crops of the Canon 5D Mark I (left) and Canon 5D Mark IV (right).

Finally, at ISO 3200 (the 5D Mark I’s max ISO), the 5D Mark IV shines while the 5D Mark I has been pushed too far.

Canon 5D Mark I at ISO 3200
Canon 5D Mark IV at ISO 3200
Crops of the Canon 5D Mark I (left) and Canon 5D Mark IV (right).

Just for reference, he’s how the 5D Mark IV performs at ISO 32000:

“It’s not that the 5D Mark I is completely unusable in low light,” Strong says. “You just have to work a little bit harder and make a few more compromises with other settings to get the result that you want.

“But if you’re going to be doing professional photography work […] you’re going to really want to go with the 5D Mark IV.”

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Canon 5D Mark I vs 5D Mark IV: A Low-Light Comparison

Spooky #FBFs For Last-Minute Costume Inspo

Spooky #FBFs For Last-Minute Costume Inspo
Maybe you waited until the last minute to find your Halloween costume. Maybe you’re Megan Kelly and are in need a non-problematic disguise. Either way, these instantly iconic Halloween lewks, worn by V favorites from Gigi Hadid to Emily Ratajkowski, are worth a revisit. Because around here, Halloween is about being whoever you want to V.

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Spooky #FBFs For Last-Minute Costume Inspo

Missoni’s New York Flagship Goes Grunge

Missoni’s New York Flagship Goes Grunge
The New York-based artist Cheryl Donegan has long examined fashion and self-presentation in her work, so it’s fitting that she would catch the eye of Angela Missoni, who tapped Donegan for “Surface Conversion,” a series site-specific art installations at the luxury house’s Madison Avenue flagship. But unlike the byzantine knits that hang in the store, Donegan’s layered, collage-like works are often made using repurposed textiles and lo-fi digital techniques.

A feminist fixture on the…

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Missoni’s New York Flagship Goes Grunge

Lexar Quits XQD Cards, Accuses Sony of Preventing Progress

Lexar Quits XQD Cards, Accuses Sony of Preventing Progress

Lexar has abandoned the XQD memory card format and is now focusing its attention on pushing for CFexpress as the future standard.

After the Lexar memory card business was shut down by Micron in June 2017 then acquired by the Chinese company Longsys in September 2017, Lexar stated that it would continue producing XQD memory cards.

The Polish Lexar distributor My Adventure published a press release on Monday stating that Lexar has pulled out of the XQD market. Longsys purportedly concluded that given Sony’s monopoly over XQD licensing and the relatively small number of cameras that support the card, “further investment and development of this technology makes no sense.”

Lexar says Sony and other companies were responsible for preventing progress.

“While Lexar is eager to pursue the XQD technology, the product availability of XQD has been held up by multiple parties including Sony (who owns the IP) which is preventing us from moving forward,” the company tells Nikon Rumors. “In addition, we are diligently working on the future standard of CFexpress through our efforts in the Compact Flash Association and partnerships with key camera manufacturers.”

XQD was announced back in 2010 by SanDisk, Sony, and Nikon. CFexpress was announced by the CompactFlash Association in September 2016 as a direct successor to XQD — XQD-compatible cameras can be upgraded to support CFexpress with a firmware update.

While XQD cards have top theoretical speeds of 1000 MB/s, CFexpress could reach ridiculous speeds of 7880 MB/s, or nearly 8 gigabytes of data per second.

With this latest move, Lexar joins the young ProGrade Digital in rejecting the XQD format and pushing for a future of CFexpress dominance.

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Lexar Quits XQD Cards, Accuses Sony of Preventing Progress

A Ferragamo Night Out

A Ferragamo Night Out
Last night, the Boy’s Club New York hosted the 70th Annual Fall Dance at The Plaza Hotel, an evening filled with some of Hollywood’s brightest young talents, some of who fit perfectly in the Ferragamo family. Arriving in Paul Andrew’s debut AW18 collection, notable guests in attendance included Larsen Thompson, Dylan Sprouse, Sofia and Marina Testino, Emily Robinson, Diggy Simmons, Emily Meade, Clara McGregor, among others.

Go inside last night’s BCNY Gala in the gallery below to see all the…

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A Ferragamo Night Out

Google Pixel 3 Has a Camera Bug That Loses Photos, Fix On the Way

Google Pixel 3 Has a Camera Bug That Loses Photos, Fix On the Way

If you own a Google Pixel 3 or 3 XL and have noticed any photos not getting saved to your gallery, it’s not just you. Google has confirmed that its latest smartphones have a camera bug, and a fix is on the way.

The issue was reported by Pixel 3 users last week. After taking a photo using Google Camera, it would sometimes fail to properly save and be lost forever.

In addition to affecting the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, owners of the original Pixel, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, and several other Android smartphones have also reported the same problem.

The bug is apparently related to the Google Camera app’s HDR functionality — if the app is shut down before the HDR has finished processing, the image is lost. A temporary solution to the problem is to make sure your camera app stays open until HDR photos are finished processing. You can also turn off the HDR feature to avoid the bug completely.

The good news is Google has identified the issue and is now working on patching it.

“We will be rolling out a software update in the coming weeks to address the rare case of a photo not properly saving,” the company tells The Verge.

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Google Pixel 3 Has a Camera Bug That Loses Photos, Fix On the Way

Winning Photos from the 2018 Nikon Small World Competition

Winning Photos from the 2018 Nikon Small World Competition

Nikon has announced the winning photos from the 2018 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, the 44th annual contest celebrating “excellence in photography through the light microscope.”

The first place photo, shown above and captured by Emirati photographer Yousef Al Habshi, shows part of the compound eye of an Asian Red Palm weevil and the greenish scales that surround it. The beetle is usually less than 0.43in (11mm) in length.

Al Habshi created the photo using reflected light and by stacking 128 micrographs into a single photo.

“The main challenge was to show the black body against the black background without overexposing the skin and scales,” the photographer says. “Because of the variety of coloring and the lines that display in the eyes of insects, I feel like I’m photographing a collection of jewelry. Not all people appreciate small species, particularly insects.

“Through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world which hasn’t been seen before. It’s like discovering what lies under the ocean’s surface.”

Here is a selection of other winning photos from this year’s competition:

Spore Structures

2nd place. Fern sorus (structures producing and containing spores). Rogelio Moreno Gill of Panama, Panama.

Bug in Bubble House

3rd place. Spittlebug nymph in its bubble house. Saulius Gugis of Naperville, Illinois, USA

Peacock Feather

4th place. Peacock feather section. Can Tunçer of İzmir, Turkey

Spider Embryo

5th place. Parasteatoda tepidariorum (spider embryo) stained for embryo surface (pink), nuclei (blue) and microtubules (green). Dr. Tessa Montague, Harvard University of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


6th place. Primate foveola (central region of the retina). Hanen Khabou of Paris, France

Tear Drop

7th place. Human tear drop. Norm Barker, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine of Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Weevil Portrait

8th place. Portrait of Sternochetus mangiferae (mango seed weevil). Pia Scanlon, Government of Western Australia of South Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Stalks and Pollen

10th place. Stalks with pollen grains. Dr. Csaba Pintér, University of Pannonia, Georgikon Faculty of Keszthely, Hungary

Human Cell Division

11th place. Human fibroblast undergoing cell division, showing actin (gray), myosin II (green) and DNA (magenta). Nilay Taneja, Vanderbilt Universit of Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Butterfly Wing Scales

12th place. Urania ripheus (butterfly) wing scales. Luciano Andres Richino of Ramos Mejia, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

A Mite on a Bee

15th place. Varroa destructor (mite) on the back of Apis mellifera (honeybee). Antoine Franck of Saint Pierre, Réunion Island, France

Breast Tissue in Lactation

17th place. Breast tissue in lactation: Milk filled spheres (red) surrounded by tiny muscle cells that squeeze out milk (yellow) and immune cells that monitor for infection (blue). Caleb Dawson of Melbourne, Australia

Hornet Venom

19th place. Vespa velutina (Asian hornet) with venom on its stinger. Pierre Anquet of La Tour-du-Crieu, Ariège, France

You can find the complete gallery of winning photos on the Nikon Small World Competition website.

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Winning Photos from the 2018 Nikon Small World Competition

Yashica’s ‘Unexpected’ Y35 Camera is Worse Than Anyone Expected

Yashica’s ‘Unexpected’ Y35 Camera is Worse Than Anyone Expected

The Japanese brand Yashica stirred up a great deal of excitement in the photo world in 2017 by teasing its return to the camera industry. In October 2017, it unveiled the Yashica Y35 digiFilm camera and raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Backers are now receiving their cameras, and the initial reaction has been overwhelmingly negative.

Yashica’s many teasers for the Y35 camera told photographers to “expect the unexpected.” The camera turned out to be a minimalist digital camera that features pretend rolls of film that are used to choose your photo style, aspect ratio, and ISO combinations (instead of being able to do so in-camera).

While the concept may be novel and fun for people yearning for the look and feel of film cameras while having the convenience of digital, execution appears to have been lacking.

The Phoblographer reports that the project was the result of a Hong Kong-based company that picked up the iconic brand name, and that the Kickstarter campaign is now getting flooded with comments from many of the 6,935 backers who are seriously disappointed with the camera they received.

Of the nearly 4,000 comments that have been posted to the campaign page, a huge number are reports of poor build quality and badly thought out design details.

Here are some of the issues and complaints being shared:

  • The camera turns off when the shutter is pressed
  • The camera doesn’t even turn on
  • The camera is plastic and cheaply made
  • Camera parts are breaking and falling off
  • Fake buttons molded into the plastic just for looks
  • The camera is hard to hold while pressing the shutter
  • Many backers have yet to receive their cameras and haven’t had any updates on the status
  • Awful image quality comparable to cheap toy cameras for kids
  • Incorrect labeling on the fake film rolls, resulting in mismatched photo styles
  • Black-and-white photos coming out blue
  • An unreliable shutter button that doesn’t always trigger a photo when pressed
  • The shutter takes photos on the way up instead of when its fully pressed down
  • A shutter button so stiff that it’s unusable
  • The winding lever gets jammed and needs to be manually pushed back
  • Stickers on the camera have bubbles and are defective
  • Photos can’t be found after they’re captured
  • Difficulty inserting digiFilm rolls into the camera
  • Removing the lens cover caused the lens to separate from the camera body
  • An included cable that isn’t compatible with the camera
  • Photos are out of focus and distorted

The general sentiment seems to be that backers were expecting a faithful revival of the famous Yashica brand, but were instead surprised when they received a cheap and unreliable plastic camera with the brand name featured on the front. The price tag of $150+ also makes the failings of the camera difficult for backers to stomach.

Even though cameras are being delivered to backers, many commenters are still calling the project a “scam” for misrepresenting what the camera would be like. The company behind the campaign was responding to individual comments days ago, but it appears to have gone completely silent as more and more complaints are posted.

“Expect the unexpected,” “Yashica” said. Unfortunately, supporters probably weren’t expecting a camera that’s so unexpectedly bad.

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Yashica’s ‘Unexpected’ Y35 Camera is Worse Than Anyone Expected

Sony Beats Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 in Dynamic Range

Sony Beats Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 in Dynamic Range

Photonstophotos has published its dynamic range test results for the new Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The numbers show that both Canon and Nikon trail the performance of Sony’s cameras.

Here’s the comparison chart by Photonstophotos:

At ISO 100, the Sony a7R III has a Photographic Dynamic Range (PDR) of 11.64, the Nikon Z7 is 10.98, and the Canon EOS R is in last with 10.6. The Nikon Z7 does have a lower native minimum ISO of 64, but even there it has a PDR of 11.56, which still trails the Sony score at ISO 100.

At base ISO, Canon’s EOS R (10.6) is closer in dynamic range performance to the APS-C Sony a6500 (10.31) than to the full-frame Sony a7R III (11.64).

At ISO 25600 (the max native ISO of the Z7 — the Sony goes to ISO 32000 and Canon has ISO 40000), Sony scores 4.34, Nikon is measured at 4.25, and Canon is 3.85.

What’s interesting about these test results is that Sony is the world’s leading image sensor manufacturer right now in quantity (and arguably quality), Nikon uses Nikon-designed/Sony-manufactured sensors in pro-grade cameras such as the D850 (and perhaps the Z7?), and Canon makes its own sensors and only recently began selling them to third parties.

“[K]eep in mind the Canon and Nikon cameras are the newest cameras meaning that the gap is expected to increase once Sony announces the new models,” sonyalpharumors writes.

Despite the apparent differences in scores, however, this test also shows that all three cameras have very similar dynamic range performance that’s in line of what’s expected of top full-frame cameras — the numbers above are all better than or equal to pretty much all cameras on the market, so don’t read too deeply into them.

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Sony Beats Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 in Dynamic Range

Adobe MovingStills Creates Realistic Camera Moves in Still Photos

Adobe MovingStills Creates Realistic Camera Moves in Still Photos

At the ongoing Adobe MAX 2018 conference, Adobe is showing off some sneak peeks of features being developed for the Creative Cloud. One of them is MovingStills, which lets you add realistic camera moves to any still photograph, bringing it to life.

The idea is to use artificial intelligence to intelligently create parallax based on what’s found in a photo, turning it into a faux video shot with a moving camera.

Here’s what an ordinary “zoom” into a 2D photo looks like without any special technology:

“The result is not very impressive,” the presenter says. “It looks quite flat and there’s no illusion of depth, there’s no parallax. It’s not quite like a real video.”

By developing a feature that understands how the things in the photo are arranged in 3D space, a much more realistic result is possible.

In addition to single click animation to bring photos to life, allowing MovingStills to select the optimal camera path, you can also choose between different camera paths to produce different effects.

The view control interface lets you specify the view you’d like the shot to start with and the camera view at the end, and the AI will fill in the motion in between the two camera “positions.”

Finally, since the feature can be so hands-off, an entire album of photos can be quickly turned into “moving stills.”

No word yet on when MovingStills will be included in a Creative Cloud app update.

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Adobe MovingStills Creates Realistic Camera Moves in Still Photos