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Canon G1 X Mark II Review: If at first you don’t succeed…

Canon G1 X Mark II Review: If at first you don’t succeed…

Most photographers saw the original G1 X as a step in the right direction, quickly followed by two steps in the wrong direction. It featured a sensor nearly as large as what’s found in the company’s Rebel line of DSLRs, yet in a body not much bigger than their typical G-series advanced point-and-shoot. “It must be magic!” excited photographers proclaimed. Except, Canon decided to pair that large sensor with a slow lens, a combination that just didn’t make sense. After all, the reason for using a large sensor is to gather more light, so why compromise it with a lens that can only open to f/5.8 at the telephoto end? This is forgivable in the world of interchangeable lens cameras, which ship with slow kit lenses; users can always opt for a faster lens down the road. But with a point-and-shoot, you don’t have that option. Furthermore, the superb close-focus capability of previous G-series cameras (a common advantage of small-sensor cameras) simply couldn’t be matched by the new lens designed to cover the much larger sensor. Continue Reading

March 2014 Monthly Photo Contest Winner – Jonny Davenport

March 2014 Monthly Photo Contest Winner – Jonny Davenport

Our second self-portrait photo contest was another hit! It’s always amazing to see the variety of ways in which people choose to present themselves, or a character of themselves. Like last year, we received so many creative entries that it was difficult to pick a winner. The one image that all judges were able to agree on was Jonny Davenport’s “Anatomy of the Self-Portrait.” We love the story it tells of the work that goes into creating a studio image, and the dark, serious lighting that is at odds with the humor of putting that same amount of work into a self-portrait. With all the roles being played by the photographer, it’s a self-portrait within a self-portrait, and it just doesn’t get any more self-portraity than that! Read on to see the full photograph and to learn more about photographer Jonny Davenport and how he made this image. Jonny will be taking home the prize of a TENBA photo bag. Be sure to enter our next monthly photo contest (which we still have yet to announce—sorry) for your chance to win your own! Continue Reading

2014 NAB Show Report

2014 NAB Show Report

The annual National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas has quickly become one of the most exciting trade shows we attend. While much of it focuses on things like satellite trucks, global media distribution solutions, video servers, and big antennas for transmitting who-knows-what, digital cinema continues to play an increasingly important role at the show. So, too, has the show become more pertinent for manufacturers. It was at the NAB Show in 2012 that Blackmagic Design announced their first-ever camera, and even Nikon, a company traditionally focused on still photography, has had a presence there for a few years now. For the big players in the industry like Canon, Panasonic, and Sony, the show has grown into an almost comical display of flexing their video muscles, but it’s often the smaller companies that prove to be the most intriguing. Here’s a brief overview of some of the cool stuff coming out of NAB this year. Continue Reading

Made in the Northwest – CRU

Made in the Northwest – CRU

It always surprises me how many small businesses there are in this area that have such a large impact on a national and even international level. CRU, specialists in high-end computer storage solutions, are no exception. The Vancouver, WA-based company has been the go-to hard drive manufacturer for government, security, and forensics uses for years. More recently, their hard drives have become the standard for the digital distribution of movies—if you’ve been to the cinema lately, chances are the film you watched was being read from one of their drives. We took a trip up to Vancouver to talk to CRU about their business, products, and their relatively recent foray into the professional photo and video markets. Continue Reading

Color Management 201 with Michael Wyman

Color Management 201 with Michael Wyman

Color Calibration. Why do we need to do it?

One would imagine that you could just buy a computer system and it would be perfectly accurate when it comes to color; this is not the case for many reasons. There are too many variables when it comes to accurate color – different manufactures of displays, a variety of video cards, and all the other hardware that goes into a modern computer system. Even Apple computers, which by my experience have a head start when it comes to color, benefit from being properly calibrated.

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