Camera Gear Review News (Page 2) RSS Feed for Camera Gear Review News Report News & Deals  ►

 Tuesday, April 18, 2017
With a brand new Canon EOS M6 (a great little camera) in my possession, it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 30 steps I took to make a fresh-out-of-the-box M6 ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is a good time to install the neck strap.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  5. The date, time and time zone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the Rear Control dial and Set button to update this information.
  6. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  7. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  8. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  9. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Screen info/toggle settings: Update #1 to select only Grid display and Electronic level (all options selected for #2), uncheck #3 and #4 (I may alter these settings later)
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: VF info/toggle settings: Uncheck #1, update #2 to select only Grid display and Electronic level, check all options for #3 (again, I may alter these settings later)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Histogram display: RGB
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Image review: Off (without a review display being shown and cleared, the viewfinder becomes ready-for-shooting faster)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Continuous AF: Off (increases battery life)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: MF Peaking Settings: Peaking: On
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted, though enabling CA correction is usually a good idea and if shooting in JPG mode, consider enabling other options as well.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off (again, those shooting in JPG mode might want to explore the results of this option)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture. If shooting in JPG mode, selecting "Standard" is probably a better option.)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (Noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post. Select "Low" if shooting in JPG format).
  21. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Off
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Hints & Tips: Off
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2): Auto update set: Enable (Custom shooting modes are great – see Configuring Custom Shooting Modes for more information)
  24. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: C.Fn II: Others: Set M.Fn button to ISO (I may make more changes here after acclimating to this camera)
  25. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Format, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), AEB (found back up near the top of the list)
  26. To get to the Playback Menu, take a picture, playback the picture and while it is displayed, press the Menu button.
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Highlight Alert: Enable
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Auto Rotate: Off (always uses full LCD for display)
  29. Playback Menu, Tab 5: * resize: Enable
  30. Playback Menu, Tab 5: Magnify (approx.): Actual size (zooms to 100% pixel level, ideal for checking sharpness)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
If you intend to mirror my RAW image capture workflow, this configuration would likely be ideal for you. While my setup is optimal for me, use your judgement to alter this list for your own needs and preferences.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M6
 
The Canon EOS M6 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2017 9:23:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 12, 2017
With a Canon EOS 77D (nearly the same as the Canon EOS Rebel T7i) in my hands, it is time to set up the camera for use. How do I set up a 77D for use? Following are the 27 steps I took to get started with a brand new 77D or T7i.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is a good time to install the neck strap.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Insert the battery (after charging completes).
  5. Power the camera on.
  6. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and Set button to update this information.
  7. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: set RAW to "RAW"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Off (highly recommended)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied in DPP)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  18. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  19. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  20. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Show, Flicker detection: Show
  21. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom Functions: C.Fn I:ISO expansion: On
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom Functions: C.Fn I:Exposure comp. auto cancel: Disable
  24. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Enter author's name: [your name]
  25. Display Level Menu: Mode guide: Disable
  26. Display Level Menu: Feature guide: Disable
  27. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB (back up near the top of the list)
I make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
Using this camera configuration means that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While this setup works ideally for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup preferences.
 
Cameras continue to become more complex and if you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, it is a very good idea to keep an up-to-date list such as this one. If your camera goes off to a service visit, it will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS Rebel T7i
Canon EOS 77D
 
The Canon EOS 77D is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D is also available at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2017 9:33:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Tamron TAP-in Console Review.
 
If there are compatible Tamron lenses in your kit, acquisition of a TAP-In is worth considering.
 
The Tamron TAP-in Console is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 4/12/2017 8:07:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 10, 2017
Just posted: Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review.
 
Tamron has delivered impressively with this G2.
 
The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon |Adorama (B&H and Adorama are shipping after the holiday break).
Post Date: 4/10/2017 8:27:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 7, 2017
Image quality (results from 3 cameras), vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens page.
 
The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H (Nikon mount coming soon).
Post Date: 4/7/2017 7:59:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 6, 2017
Expectations for the just-announced: Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens.
 
This is an interesting little lens with many niceties. Check it out.
 
The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens is available for preorder at B&H, Amazon and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/6/2017 12:00:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 3, 2017
One of the lens aspects I always test thoroughly is autofocus accuracy with consistency being especially important as consistency can be calibrated into accuracy if necessary. And, I generally dread testing 3rd party lens AF accuracy because ... historically, many of these lenses have performed poorly in this regard. It is highly frustrating to spend weeks evaluating a lens and have the AF results reveal a flaw large enough to make people no longer interested in it.
 
As I shared recently, the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens shows impressive sharpness even at its widest aperture. But of course, that sharpness can only be realized if the lens is focused accurately and most of us rely on AF for that task. And, with the relatively shallow depth of field this lens can produce at 200mm and f/2.8, that aspect becomes even more critical.
 
While I'm not completely finished with this lens evaluation, I have some good news to report. The image shared in this post is a collage of 100% crops taken from 15 consecutive 200mm, f/2.8 autofocused images, each captured with the lens initially de-focused. If I hadn't told you, you might have thought that I simply copied and pasted a single image to create this graphic, but those are indeed 15 different images. That's impressive. And, I have a variety of similar tests showing similar results.
 
I had a track meet to photograph last week and ... I really wanted to see how this lens would perform in that role. The Tamron 70-200 made it into my hands just as I was leaving and, (I don't recommend doing this, but I couldn't help myself) without any prior testing, I mounted the lens on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and went out the door. I shot the meet solely with this lens. The results from about 1,000 images captured were not perfect (they never are), but they showed this lens' AF system performing quite well. That I photographed this event in low light, including heavy cloud cover and light rain with a post-sunset ending, gives the results added value.
 
I often notice peripheral AF points not performing as well as the center AF point when using third party lenses, so I have also been testing those. While the peripheral AF performance is again not as good, it is only very slightly less so, delivering a significant majority of in-focus images, including at the mentioned track meet and even in the very low light levels at that event. A high percentage of the results from a portrait session with this lens, including tightly-framed head shots and utilizing only peripheral AF points, were correctly focused.
 
So, I'm quite impressed with the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens' AF performance.
 
At this point, this lens is looking like a bargain: B&H has the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock (Nikon mount in stock soon).
Post Date: 4/3/2017 8:23:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see here. Check out the Tamron G2 vs. Canon IS II comparison.
 
B&H has the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock (Nikon mount coming very soon).
Post Date: 3/29/2017 9:28:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 27, 2017
Find out in the just posted Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens Review.
 
B&H has the LENS in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2017 9:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 24, 2017
B&H currently lists the expected availability of the new Canon EOS M6 as Thu, Mar 30th.
 
With that date rapidly approaching (less than a week away), it seemed logical to get our expectations loaded on the Canon EOS M6 Review page, so ... we did just that.
 
What are the differences between the EOS M6 and the EOS M5? We list those differences right at the top of the M6 page – and the list is short. So short that much of the M6 page is the same or nearly the same as the M5 page. And, a short list of differences is very good in this case. If you are familiar with one of these cameras, you just need to read the mentioned differences list to be familiar with both.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2017 8:09:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens Review page.
 
I'm not surprised by the image quality results – this lens has the heart of the Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 Classic Lens and that lens was similarly impressive.
 
Here is the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens compared to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens in stock.
 
Looking for a bargain? The Zeiss 135mm f/2 Classic Lens is just that after a $623.00 instant savings at B&H (plus get a 4% B&H reward).
Post Date: 3/22/2017 8:04:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Just posted: Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens Review.
 
Learn how this great looking lens from a market newcomer performs.
 
B&H has the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/21/2017 8:06:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 17, 2017
New on the site is the Canon Extreme Lens Recommendations page.
 
Because ... sometimes your portfolio needs a boost and an extreme lens can make that happen.
 
Let me know what I got wrong? And, what extremes did I miss?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2017 8:14:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Just posted: Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Review.
 
Find out how well this big, beautiful lens performs!
 
The Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is in stock at: B&H | Amazon | Adorama
 
BTW, the tripod shown here is a Really Right Stuff TP-243 Ground-Level Tripod. It is a compact, rock solid support that does not flinch at even lenses bigger than this one.
 
The tripod head is a Wimberley Tripod Head II. It is ideal for lenses such as this one.
Post Date: 3/14/2017 8:05:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 13, 2017
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens Review page.
 
A full review of this lens is coming soon. Note that the upper right corner shown in the image quality tool is sharper than the other three corners.
 
Amazon has the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens in stock. This lens will be arriving at B&H and Adorama soon.
Post Date: 3/13/2017 7:59:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 |    
Canon News, Nikon News Archives
2017   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May
2016   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2015   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2014   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2013   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2012   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2011   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2010   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2009   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2008   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2007   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2006   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2005   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
Feedback
Help  |  © 2017 The Digital Picture, LLC  |  Bryan CarnathanPowered By Christ!