Saturday, 28 January 2012

Canon 5DIII - 5D Mark 3 Spotted Testing on Shoot?

It looks like the Canon 5D Mark 3 might finally have been spotted out being put through its paces on a shoot. Blog "Aperture Academy" has images of an unidentified Canon camera being used with two new lenses.

There are two camera bodies in their images, one looks like it could be the 1DX as it has an integrated battery grip and second display. The other has a separate battery grip which may be the Canon 5DIII or could be a Canon 7D replacement although the 5D3 looks more likely as the camera body pictured doesn't have a built in flash.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Hama Defender Lens Case / Camera Lens Bag

With a few top end lenses the manufacturer supplies a lens pouch case with them, for many other lenses they are supplied in the box and packing but with nothing to protect once you have taken them out of the box. The Hama Defender Lens case is an ideal way to protect your valuable lenses that didn't come with a manufacturer supplied case.

The Defender lens case has a sturdy zip to keep the lens in place and is extremely well padded around the body of the case. The Canon lens bags are very flimsy in comparison and offer virtually no protection in the event of dropping the bag. I haven't tested it (!!) but from its construction I would imagine that a lens in the Hama lens case will survive a reasonable drop intact due to the padding and build.

Although the packaging of the case shows a Canon white pro lens (it appears to be the 70-200 f2.8) this wouldn't fit in the case as it is too long and wide for it. The case does fit the Canon 50mm f1.4 with lens hood, the Canon 85mm f1.8 and the Canon 24-105 f4 without hoods.

Canon 70-200 f2.8IS lens case side by side with Hama Defender

Camera lens case -
DSLR camera bag - 

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Eastman Kodak Files Bankruptcy Protection

Sad news today that Eastman Kodak has filed for Bankruptcy Protection in the USA. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Reflex as seen here

Kodak was also one of the first companies selling a full frame DSLR at 14 megapixels when the competition at the time were around the 6Mp mark with APS-C size sensors.

Sadly it didn't manage to capitalise on that leading position and shortly afterwards stopped selling any DSLRs.