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Tumbling

Here's Parkour athlete Eric Mukhametshin in one of the subways to the London Waterloo IMAX cinema. I took it with a pre-production EOS 5DSr during a Canon event a while ago, but have only just got round to sharing it. I used the EF 24-70mm f4L at 70mm f4 and at 6400 ISO for a shutter of 1/400. This has frozen Eric's face, but allowed some blurring of his feet to give a feeling of motion. Thanks also to Scott at Ampisound for Parkour shooting advice during the day.

My samples form the EOS 5DS so far are at the link below and I hope to add a lot more material to this page soon.

#mycanon

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5DS_R/
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Bored on Brighton Pier

Great street photographers work unseen by their targets. They're like the Ninjas of the camera World, stalking, snapping, then exiting without a trace. Me? I'm a terrible street photographer. I have no problem spotting interesting subjects, but it's the part about shooting them where I fail in an epic fashion. It's like I have a giant flashing beacon on my head yelling 'look out! I'm about to take a sneaky photo of you, and you're not gonna like it!'. As a consequence, most people have already given me a dirty look before I can even raise a camera to my eye.

So imagine my surprise when I not only spotted a good subject for a street photo, but they remained in a daydream long enough for me to actually capture them and move on. 

I took this photo with the Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s, fitted with the EF 85mm f1.8 USM lens. That's working at an equivalent of 136mm, so I was actually quite distant when I took this, several meters from the shop window on the outside, while she was inside in her own World. It's an out-of-camera JPEG, cropped a little vertically into an almost square shape.

I decided to shoot this in Live View, using Face Detection, with the screen flipped-out to be more discreet. The high contrast between the bright outdoors and the shaded interior slowed the process, and the Live View focusing added several seconds more. This was turning into far from a spontaneous opportunity. But eventually the frame confirmed the focus and I snapped the shot. I looked-up to see if I'd been caught, but she remained in another World, gazing into the distance.

I'm just coming to the end of my review of this upper entry-level DSLR and my sample images so far are at the link below.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_Rebel_T6i_T6s_750D_760D/
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+David Hazelden you cannot know that for certain. Consider the fact that a significant (ie greater than zero) proportion of CCTV cameras are internet-connected and NOT locked down. Go to a random IP and sniff around ports 554 and 10000-10010, if there's a camera on that LAN chances are it's not locked and it's wide open.
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The Nag's Head

I photographed this horse munching a snack near Devil's Dyke in Brighton using the Panasonic Lumix G7. The field was higher than the footpath which made it hard to avoid the fence between us with the camera pointing upwards. So I flipped the screen out and held the camera high overhead, angling it to become easily visible even when shooting in the portrait orientation. This allowed me to be squarer to the horse and effectively peep over the fence. Job done.

This is why I like screens that are fully articulated, rather than those that just tilt vertically. The latter only give you positional flexibility when shooting in the landscape orientation (unless you like shooting round corners), and even then typically only angle down by about 45 degrees. In contrast, the fully-articulated screen of the G7 not only let me frame at high or low angles in the portrait orientation, but I could angle it to face me regardless of where I was positioned in relation to the camera. I wish more cameras had screens like these.

My Lumix G7 review is at:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_G7/
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Panasonic Lumix G7 review - a great mid-range camera!

I've just finished my in-depth review of the new Lumix G7, Panasonic's latest mirrorless camera. The price may be mid-range, but rhe feature-set certainly isn't with 8fps shooting, fast AF in low light, a large and detailed electronic viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen, Wifi, timelapse, 7-frame bracketing, silent shooting and 4k video with the chance to extract 8 Megapixel stills from 30fps footage. Phew! I'm pleased to report it delivers the goods in practice too, and you can find out why it's one of the best mid-range cameras around in my review. I've made lots of comparisons with rival mirrorless and DSLR cameras (including noise and resolution tests which may surprise you), along with taking a detailed look at how the 4k video compares against the flagship Lumix GH4.

As always, if you're ordering anything at all from Amazon or B&H, you can support me by first clicking through to them via the links at the bottom of my reviews - your support really does help me continue posting these reviews which regularly exceed 10,000 words in length. I hope you find it useful! Let me know what you think.

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I looked at the 70D but the G7 has better video features...that AF on the 70D sure looks awesome...but the G7 has so much to offer for the price I can live without that feature. And I'm with you on saving up for a GH4 or upcoming GH5! :D
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Fancy winning a Sony A7 and 16-35mm f4?

My good friend +Stefan Haworth  has teamed up with Sony for a competition where you could win one of their full-frame mirrorless cameras and the rather tasty 16-35mm f4 lens. Just follow him on Instagram (@stefan_haworth), then tag your best images with his name and the hashtag ‪#‎SonyA7switch‬ . It's open to anyone Worldwide, so have a go! For more details, see Stefan's post.

PS - I don't have any prizes, but feel free to follow me on Instagram too while you're at it! I'm @cameralabs and post lots of photos I don't put on any of the other networks! Cheers!
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Don't let the bugs in, Stefan!
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Gordon vs Canon EOS 5DS and Otus 85mm

When Guy from Hireacamera visited Brighton with a Canon EOS 5DS and a Zeiss Otus 85mm, it seemed rude not to ask for a portrait! He also brought a Canon EF 11-24mm so resolving power wasn't a concern. I used these combos to put together a gallery of 5DS samples. Check them out at the link below and if you ever need to rent gear in the UK, check out Hireacamera.com

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5DS_R/
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Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s review - a classy step-up from budget DSLRs

The EOS 760D, or Rebel T6s as it's known in North America, is Canon's latest upper entry-level DSLR. Successor to the EOS 700D / Rebel T5i, it boosts the sensor resolution from 18 to 24 Megapixels (the highest yet for Canon's APS-C DSLRs), features an improved hybrid AF system for movies, a new 7560 pixel metering sensor, a 19-point viewfinder AF system (inherited from the EOS 70D), and becomes the first Rebel / xxxD to feature built-in Wifi with NFC. Like its predecessor, it's also fitted with a 3in fully-articulated touch-screen and a penta-mirror optical viewfinder.

Interestingly the 760D / T6s was announced alongside a slightly cheaper version called the 750D / T6i. This version lacks the upper information screen, eye sensor and rear control dial, along with the digital zoom and HDR modes for movies. But inside, the sensor, screen, viewfinder, 5fps continuous shooting and 19-point AF system are identical.

Having the two models is an interesting strategy. The lower-end T6i / 750D feels firmly in the upper entry-level camp, while the higher-end T6s / 760D feels more like a mid-range model, like the EOS 70D. In my review I'll take an in-depth look at the EOS 760D / T6s and show you how it compares not just to the 750D / T6i, but rival models including Nikon's D5500, Panasonic's Lumix G7 and Sony's A6000. So if you're shopping for a step-up from a budget interchangeable lens camera, you're in the right place!

PS - as always, you can support me by shopping for anything at Amazon, B&H or Adorama by first clicking through to them via the links at the bottom of my reviews - your support is always appreciated, thanks!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_Rebel_T6i_T6s_750D_760D/
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Hello Kitty!

I was lucky to study at one of the first UK Universities to be connected to the internet. Back in 1988, long before the Word Wide Web, few of us knew what to do with this connectivity, but we were aware our terminals were linked not just on-campus but to a wider network out, beyond and across the Ocean. That means I've been online now for 27 years and in all that time I have never posted a photo of a kitten. Ever. That's a long time to avoid such a key genre.

So to celebrate the wonderful news announced in the US today, I'm going to literally break the habit of a lifetime, and post my first photo of a kitten - actually taken only an hour ago at a friend's house. I honestly don't know what's going to happen as a consequence. Will the Earth stop spinning? Will I be struck down? Maybe you'll block my feed. Then again, maybe you'll like, or at least accept it. Hopefully we'll remain friends. Afterall, #lovewins and for Puzzle, the Mother of this particular kitten, she's never looked happier.

PS - I'm delighted to discover the overwhelming majority of my stream is pro equality, and as for the remainder? Well, you've helped me with my pruning.

PPS - snapped with a Canon EOS 760D / T6s fitted with an EF 50mm f1.8 STM at f2.8, 1/60 and 800 ISO.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_Rebel_T6i_T6s_750D_760D/
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Slice of the city

View from Albert Dock, Liverpool with Canon EOS 760D / T6s and kit zoom. I liked the way the modern building in the middle distance slices across the view with the older architecture in the background and the dazzle ship in the front. Arguably a bit busy as a composition but plenty to look at!

My review in progress is at

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Shooting in daylight with large apertures

Mention extra-fast shutter speeds to most photographers and it's hard not to think of freezing action. But they also allow you to deploy large apertures under bright conditions without an ND filter, and for me that's one of the key benefits of the electronic shutters we're seeing on an increasing number of (typically mirrorless) cameras.

I took this portrait with Panasonic's new Lumix G7, which offers an optional electronic shutter up to 1/16000, giving it two stops of exposure difference over the top mechanical shutter of 1/4000. So if the largest aperture I could use at 1/4000 on a bright day was, say, f2.8. Then a shutter of 1/16000 would then let me shoot under the same conditions at f1.4 without having to screw-on an ND filter.

I actually took this shot at 1/10000 using the 42.5mm f1.7 lens with its aperture wide-open at f1.7. If I only had the mechanical shutter on this particular model, I'd have been forced to shoot at 1/4000 and a smaller aperture, resulting in less of a blurred background.

Electronic shutters also have the benefit of operating in silence, which is great when you're shooting in quiet environments. Indeed with typically faster shutter speeds and silent operation you may well ask why we don't just use them all the time? The answer is because they can suffer from skewing artefacts when the subject - or the camera - is in fast motion. But with a little practice, you'll soon be able to recognize situations where they'll work fine, such as this one, and the other situations when you should stick with the traditional mechanical shutter.

It's another useful tool to have at your disposal, and one I miss on cameras that don't offer it, such as most DSLRs. Meanwhile, the Lumix G7 is one of the best mid-range cameras I've tested. Check out my latest in-depth review here:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_G7/
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Spiralling

Here's a shot of the fabulous staircase at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-sea. I took this with my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone which has a native aspect ratio of 16:9. So I've tried to embrace the shape here and in the photo below in my stream - note you may need to click the image to see the wider shape, depending on your platform.
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Canon goes large with the PowerShot G3X: 25x zoom / 1in sensor

Today Canon launched the PowerShot G3X, its long-awaited entry into the big zoom / big sensor category, currently driven by Sony's RX10 (Mark I and II) and Panasonic's FZ1000. Canon's differentiating itself with the longest zoom range: a 25x optical zoom equivalent to 24-600mm with an f2.8-5.6 focal ratio. Behind this lies the same 1in type / 20 Megapixel sensor employed by the G7X, which I believe is also the same Sony sensor deployed in the FZ1000 and RX10 Mark I. The G3X doesn't have a built-in viewfinder, but its 3.2in screen is large, touch-sensitive and angles down by 45 degrees or up by 180 degrees for selfies. Continuous shooting is quoted at 5.9fps (or 3.2fps with AF), the best quality video is 1080 / 60p, there's microphone and headphone jacks, a built-in three-stop ND filter, and Wifi with NFC. I had a chance to try one out, so check out my first impressions versus the Lumix FZ1000 and Sony RX10! In particular I think you'll find the comparisons of how the aperture changes versus focal length useful and I don't believe many others have looked into that yet.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_PowerShot_G3X/
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Hello! I'm Gordon Laing, Editor of Cameralabs!
 
I've been into photography since my childhood, so it's great to be able to test and review cameras for a living. I'm also into travelling and good food, and I'm happiest when I'm combining all three!
 
If you're wondering what camera, lens or accessory to buy next, are looking for a photograhy tutorial, or simply fancy a chat about photography, then please head over to Cameralabs!
 
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II/ . Part 1 of an 18 minute high definition tour around Canon's latest full-frame DSLR, t...

Olympus E-620 review - YouTube
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_E-620/ . A ten minute HD tour around the Olympus E-620, the company's latest upper-entry-level DSLR,...

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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon1022EFS/ : A five minute video tour around the Canon EF-S 10-22mm ultra wide angle lens by Gordon Laing...

Panasonic FZ150 vs HX100V vs SX40 HS vs FZ47 / FZ48 | Cameralabs
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Looking for a Panasonic Lumix FZ150 review? Check out my in-depth report with sample images, movies and comparisons against key rivals.

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In-depth review of the Nikon D5100 DSLR, comparing its quality and features against rivals including the Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i. Includes sample images

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Chase Jarvis interview part 2 - YouTube
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Full interview at http://www.cameralabs.com/interviews/Chase_Jarvis_interview_Queenstown_New_Zealand/ - Part 2 of an interview with sports and lifestyle phot...

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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_PowerShot_SX20_IS/ . A 10 minute HD tour around Canon's latest super-zoom digital camera, the PowerSho...

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