Sunday, July 25, 2010

Canon MT 24EX macro flash

I have had the pleasure to get hold of a dedicated macro flash, the Canon MT-24EX. It looks like this on a Canon XSi with a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens:

It makes macro photography a breeze. With some simple snaps and twists and presses of buttons you can do stuff that would take multiple lights or remote controlled flashes to do without it. I think if you have a Canon SLR with a macro lens, this is an item you want. If you do some sort of (small) product photography, this is a neat thing to have. I have posted a quick video that kind of shows how it looks and how it can be adjusted.

I prefer to take macro photos with it in manual ("M") mode where I adjust the aperture to get the depth-of-field I want, the shutter speed to both reflect if I am hand-holding (like 1/200s) or if I have tripod mount (slower), and ISO fixed to 100 or 200 for best quality. Then the E-TTL of the flash system simply adjust the flash strength to make the exposure right. It is a breeze. Only drawback is that it is expensive and somewhat bulky.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

iPhone 4 as only camera?

I have been using an Sony Ericsson W810i for many years as my cell phone and been happy with it. On and off I have glanced, a bit jealous, at my friends and co-workers with their smart phones. But now when iPhone-4 was announced I decided it was time to test it out.

I am quite impressed with the camera and video functions on this camera, for everyday social photos. On a trip to Legoland here in California, I decided to only have the phone as an experiment. I tell you, it worked just fine. Sure, there were moments where no (real) zoom felt like a miss, and no zoom in video on top of that. But I tell you, some photos can be made really nice. How about these two? Edited in camera....