Trying out the Canon iMAGE GATEWAY

I noticed that you can nowadays link photos from the Canon iMAGE GATEWAY to blogs. Just wanted to try how this works!


A few comments on EOS 60D

I have now used the Canon EOS 60D DSLR for a month, and during this time I've shot a lot of stills and videos. I really like this camera! The body is only a bit larger than the EOS 550D but it feels very well shaped and comfortable to use.
A big plus: the tilt/swivel screen
For me, the most important new feature in the EOS 60D is the tilt/swivel LCD. Beforehand I didn't think it makes a lot of difference whether the camera has a tilt/swivel LCD or not, but now I think that I will never buy a DSLR without one! 

You can flip the screen in any direction and use it in many ways and in many kind of shooting situations. I keep it open it for all my video shots on tripod, and it helps with low and high angle shoots (both with video and stills). When shooting video without a tripod, I also find that it is easier to balance and keep the camera steady if I have the tilt/swivel screen open. Especially helpful it is when I’m shooting video (or candid stills) holding the camera on my palm, almost down at waist level.

Smaller additions
With all new cameras, you will always get some new photography functions. With the EOS 60D you can do some in-camera RAW processing - nice to have if you need to be able to produce JPEGs out of your RAW files when don't have a computer available. You will also be able to apply creative special effect filters to the photos taken.

I seldom use flash units when taking photos, but when I do, I like to position the flash freely – sometimes on top of the camera and sometimes in a more interesting angle and perhaps also a bit further away from the camera. Therefore I was pleasantly surprised to see that the EOS 60D (just like the big sister EOS 7D) has an integrated Speedlite transmitter, and you can use the built-in flash of the camera to trigger external Speedlite EX flashes wirelessly.

Comparison to EOS 7D
With video, I believe that with the EOS 60D overheating is not a problem even when you record a series of long video shots. With the EOS 7D you should pause shooting video every now and then to avoid the camera becoming too hot and displaying a warning sign on the LCD. For videographers it is also nice to know that with the EOS 60D you can manually control the recording volume – just like the pros shooting with the EOS 5D Mark II.

Or course the EOS 7D, which costs a few hundred euros more that the EOS 60D, has its benefits. With that extra money you'll get a somewhat bigger and sturdier body with better weather sealing, a 100 percent viewfinder image, a faster frame rate and the possibility to do AF micro adjustment. The EOS 7D also has a dedicated button for video mode which makes changing the mode from stills to video a lot snappier – this is something I really miss in my EOS 60D.

For people who want to use a HDMI monitor or a HDTV set for monitoring, it is worth noting that the EOS 7D provides higher resolution video image via the HDMI output while recording. The output of EOS 60D (just like all the other EOS video DSLRs) drops down to 480p when you press the record button.

For me the perfect choice would probably be something like an "EOS 7D Mark2" with a tilt/swivel screen. But because there is no such thing, and I really appreciate the tilt/swivel screen, my choice for now is the EOS 60D.


New gear for video use

During the last couple of months I have been buying some new gear for video use.

In addition to the new Canon EOS 60D camera and some new Canon lenses, I now have the Glidetrack ShooterSD which you can use both as a camera slider and as a shoulder support. Last week I bought a Velbon DV7000 tripod with the PH-368 fluid head. If you buy a different set of tripod/head, make sure that they can be detached so that you can position the Glidetrack in between the tripod and the head. I also have the LCDVF 3:2 ViewFinder which allows you to have a closer look at the image (a great help when using manual focus) and it also makes shooting handheld easier by stabilizing the camera.

This video is a combination of a couple of test shots using the gear mentioned above. Everything seems to be working just fine. Except that I need more time to learn to use the equipment better...

Testing GlideTrack from Jukka Kolari on Vimeo.


Eating in Paris (with EOS 60D)

A short collection of clips shot in cafes and restaurants in Paris in October 2010. All the shots were filmed with Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera and the lens used was Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM. Sometimes the lighting was very scarce in the restaurants so next time I must remember to bring an f/1.4 or at least f/2.8 lens with me...

Eating In Paris from Jukka Kolari on Vimeo.


Bookfair in Helsinki

Third fair in two weeks with the EOS 60D – this time the biggest bookfair in Finland. All shots here were taken with the Canon EF-S 10-22 lens, mainly using ISO 1600.

HkiBookfair2010 from Jukka Kolari on Vimeo.

Some random shots with a lot of ebook reader devices in them. Many of the current ebook readers are based in e-ink/e-paper (from Amazon, Sony and a lot of smaller manufacturers) but also many devices with colour display being launched (like the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab etc.). Somehow I can not avoid thinking that some of the ebook reader devices seem already old-fashioned…


10 pics from Paris (EOS 60D)

During our visit in Paris, big demonstrations were going on all around France, mainly against the Sarkozy's retirement reform. Fortunately not all demonstrations were violent...

For us, good food is one of the reasons why we love Paris so much. Below a few highlight of our visit -- the two first ones taken in Christian Constant's enjoyable bistro Les Cocottes (both ISO 1600).

Another favorite hobby of ours in Paris is just walking around, sitting in cafes, spending time doing nothing.

If we do something besides sitting in cafes and eating out, we normally go to art galleries and museums. This time it was time to visit La Maison Européenne de la Photographie (this time Kimiko Yoshida, Koos Breukel and the fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld) and the Polka Galerie (exhibitions of Peter Lindbergh and Stanley Greene).

In Paris, you always see some wierd stuff happening. There was evidently something interesting happening behind the bushes...


Canon Expo video clip

Here another video shot in Paris, this time from the Canon Expo 2010.

CanonExpoParis2010 from Jukka Kolari on Vimeo.

This is mainly a collection of clips about the 4K video/multipurpose camera.

Handheld point-and-shoot style captures, unedited, combined in ZoomBrowser, some of the material overexposed etc. but again showing what kind of video material you get with the Canon EOS 60D.