Author: Dan Carr

Hasselblad X System Crop Factor and XCD Lens Full Frame Equivalent Focal Lengths

Medium format mirrorless systems are a great way to get into photography with a sensor that’s larger than a full frame 35mm sensor, so long as you can afford the higher price point. Whilst cameras like those of the Hasselblad X System, and the Fujifilm GFX Format are pricey, they are still less expensive than traditional “full frame medium format” cameras which use even larger sensors. When moving from a full frame (or perhaps APS-C) DSLR, one of the confusing things to understand can be the focal lengths of lenses for a medium format system. We are so used...

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Which Canon Cameras Maintain Autofocus with Extenders at f/8 Max Aperture?

The subject of autofocus (AF) at an f/8 maximum aperture is something that often comes up in my writings about cameras, lenses and telephoto lens techniques for subjects like sport and wildlife. It’s an often misunderstood subject in itself, but it also continuously raises questions about which cameras will still provide AF when used with a lens+extender combination that delivers a max aperture of f/8. For now, I’m providing this information for Canon lenses because the majority of my lens and camera reviews in the past have been about Canon gear. In the future, I’ll also create a similar...

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21 Perfect Gifts for Photographers

The Photographer’s Gift Guide has historically been one of the most popular posts of the year, so it’s with great pleasure that I bring you the 2016 edition. As always, I’ve tried to find a selection of great products at a variety of different price points, so there should be something for everyone on here. Here’s the clever thing… For the last three years I have been monitoring exactly which products you guys click on from my gift guides. That means I have got a very good idea of exactly which kinds of gifts are the most popular amongst...

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How to Calculate a Camera’s Crop Factor

The term crop factor refers to the ratio of a specific sensor to a 35mm full frame sensor. This factor determines the equivalent field of view of a lens when used on a camera with a sensor that is either smaller or larger than our reference full frame sensor. Many people are familiar with the two common APS-C crop factors: 1.6x for Canon, and 1.5x for Nikon, Sony and everyone else. But how do we get to this number, and how do you calculate the crop factor for other sensor sizes? Crop Factor Calculation The important thing to know is...

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What Is the Best Photography Bean Bag Fill?

I wanted to write this post because I wish it’s something I’d have read myself a few years ago when I started getting into wildlife photography. The answer to the question “What is the best photography beanbag fill?” seems obvious to me now with experience, but for a while I was getting it all wrong! What is a photography beanbag for? I’m sure there will be a few people who are unfamiliar with the usage of a beanbag in photography, so let’s start with a brief overview. Beanbags take two main forms: The first is a U-shaped bag that...

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$230,000 Raised for Charity + Winners Announced

  I’m totally blown away by the response that we got this year from the Complete Photography Bundle. Incredibly, we managed to raise $230,000 for the chosen charities in 5 days. Last year the same event raised $210,000, so I’m really pleased that we set a new record! What’s even more staggering is that the size of this contribution actually takes the total 5DayDeal contributions since 2014 up and over the $1million mark! Giveaway Winners As part of the celebrations this week, I teamed up with the Canon Rumors website and we ran a giveaway for two brand new...

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Win a Canon EOS M5 Kit and G7X Mark II – 1 DAY ONLY

  CONTEST ENDED – WINNERS HAVE BEEN INFORMED In order to celebrate just how well we’re doing with the Complete Photography Bundle ($140,000 raised for charity so far!), I’m doing something crazy!! In the next 24 hours, I’ll be giving away a Canon EOS M5 mirrorless kit and a Canon G7X Mark II! The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18, anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. Giveaway Dates The giveaway will run to 12pm (PDT on October 19th. Prizes After the giveaway closes, two random names will be generated from the entry list....

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Cloud Backup for Photographers

Regular readers of the site will know that I’m always hammering on about how important a good backup strategy is. Hard drives will fail, as sure as the sun will rise. It’s only a matter of time. When I get into backup discussions with other photographers, we always seem to end up on the same topic: Cloud backups. A solid backup strategy should always follow the 3-2-1 rule. 3 copies of every photo, 2 of which are local but on different drives, and at least 1 offsite copy. My current backup routine achieves this, but it’s the last step, the...

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