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.
At ISO 800, Strong found that the two cameras are actually quite similar — the 5D Mark IV is just “slightly” cleaner.
At ISO 1250, both cameras continue to produce usable photos, but the 5D Mark IV’s photos are noticeably cleaner.
At ISO 1600, the 5D Mark I becomes “distractingly” noisy while the Mark IV continues to produce very usable images.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
“[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.
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.