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Just came back from the shop and bought a MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens from Canon. The ultimate macro or close up lens that is able to magnify from 1x (real life size) to 5x. Features Focal length and maximum aperture: 65 mm f2.8 Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups Diagonal angle of view: 18°14” Focus adjustment: Manual Closest focusing distance: 0.243m 5X Filter size: 58mm What Canon says about the MP-E 65mm: A unique manual-focus lens designed exclusively for macro shooting This is the first macro photo lens designed to achieve a high magnification greater than 1x without additional accessories. It is ideal for small subjects. The newly designed optical formula and UD-glass elements suppress chromatic aberrations which become apparent at high magnifications. For flash photography, Macro Ring Lite ML-3 can be attached to the lens.   First try outs were difficult, but I was warned that this would not be an easy lens. So I need a lot of time to practise and do test shoots. As soon as I have some results I will share them here   On the left you see a picture of the lens in 1x and 5x magnification setting. In both extremes the lens acts completely different. So a new big adventure lies ahead.

I have been playing with my new underwater housing for my Canon Digital Ixus 75. And I love it. The main reason why I bought it was because I started swimming with my daughter, and I wanted to capture these wonderful moments. Here are some first try-outs. I have to admit that it is a pain in the @#$ to get the right images when you have a 6 months old baby in one hand and a camera in the other. So I do realize that I have to wait until she will be a bit older and can float by herself without my direct help. Till then I’ll have to be happy with the ‘lucky’ shots from close by. The main problems that you need to be aware of are the fact that you build-in flash is very limited and has a short range. Second is that you need to be aware of the fact that light diffuses differently underwater then above water. There is an example in the gallery where the lens is halfway under and the flash is completely submerged. Last but very annoying is that every little particle in the water will be emphasized by the flash light, and therefore becomes visible. But maybe I will figure out how to bypass these issues. …to be continued. for more check the gallery

If you experience dark and flat colors when you print to your Canon Selphy from Adobe Lightroom, don’t worry. There is a easy solution to fix this problem. You need an ICC printer profile. And you need to activate it in Lightroom. Tested on a Canon Selphy ES-30 (but should give same result on older models) Here is what you need to do: Download the profile canon-selphy.icc. Save it somewhere on your PC where you will be able to find it again. Go to the file and double click it. (or right click and choose ‘install profile’) Then open Lightroom and select the photos that you want to print to your Canon Selphy. Got to the print module and on the right side scroll down to ‘color management’ There you can set your profile, click on the arrows next to ‘managed by printer’ and choose ‘other’, the ‘Canon Selphy.icc’ should be in the list. If not something went wrong at step 3. Make sure you set the other settings like ‘page setup’ and everything else you want to change Press print. You should have a photo printed by your Canon Selphy that has the right colors and the right contrast. Hope this helped. And if you want to read more about ICC profiles then follow this link International Color Consortium. UPDATE: I have found an ICC profile for the Selphy CP720. I do not have that model but maybe you do and is this file helpfull. Use the file following the method described above. Download the profile Selphy-CP720-OK.icc.

I bought a Canon Selphy, a small photo printer that is easy to use and compact in storage. After some consideration I decided to go for the ES30 model, due to the fact that I do not need the internal storage. So I didn’t need the ES3 model which was more expensive. The first test was a print from a memory card that can be plugged into the device. And I have to say I was slightly impressed (looking at the price / quality ratio). Then I decided to place the photo on my PC and connect the Selphy via an USB cable and print via the Lightroom print module. I used the included software, Ulead Photo Express LE. I got the same result as when I printed from the memory card. After toying a bit with Photo Express I decided to try printing via Adobe Lightroom 2.0. I used the printer module in LR and I was shocked by the result. The photos were too dark, did not had any contrast, and the colors were too flat. Huge problem! All my work is stored in Lightroom and if I want to print something, I would like to do this via Lightroom. Several searches via Google did not bring my any result. So I decided to call the Canon service center, big mistake! Total waste of money! A very rude conversation via the telephone, and no solution was given. But I will spare you the details. After several more searches I found an article that described a similar problem but for an older Selphy model. They writer suggested to use an ICC profile. I could have figured that out by myself. But the problem is that you need expensive hard- and software to create a good profile. Then in another […]

Today I stopped by the road when I saw some poppies. Last summer I already had this idea in my head but never had the opportunity to take the right picture. This one gets close to the initial idea. The picture has been adjusted in Lightroom, end set to monochrome colours. Then I combined the monochrome image with te original image in Photoshop with the original on top of the monochrome. With the eraser I erased everything from the top layer except the red poppy. You see the result on the right. This is what I love about digital imaging. 15 years ago I used to get the same result by printing a black & white photo and then colouring with transparant ink. Hell of a job to achieve. And now the result is way better. I will try to scan some of the old photos that were ink coloured, and place them on the site. [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70mm f2.8, daylight, polarization filter]

I got this idea about doing some selfportraits. Here is the first try. Played with Lightroom to get the light color temp, contrast and sharpness. When this was set correctly, I decided to use Photoshop to remove the gray background and switch from RGB color to black and white. At the end I shifted the whole composition to the left to hide the collar of my t-shirt. Peronally, I am happy with the result. I’m thinking about doing a whole serie, the same way I have done while I was on the academy. so in the near future there will be more to come. My first idea is to start with all different faces, all black and white, in a low key setting. So we have to wait how it will workout. Click here for the gallery. [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70mm f2.8, daylight]

Last weekend, I finally decided to upgrade my gear. I drove to my preferred camera shop in the other end of Holland with my pocket filled with money. I was determined to by the latest edition of Canons xxD series. The 40D. I was curious about it’s new features and had been playing with this body for a while inside my head. On my list were also several new lenses, because i had decided that I would upgrade my glass to f/2.8 all the way. So I did my research on the Internet and made a short list of combinations that I could buy. I was eager for the Canon EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8 iS USM, and the Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM, in combination with my new 40D. But this left a gap between 55mm and my Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 USM. So I also had an eye on the Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8 L USM. When we arrived at the camera shop (Kamera-express.nl), (Yes, we. My wife accompanied me for moral support), we were welcomed with a nice cup of coffee in the prof room at the back of the shop. And I was sitting at a large table looking at three bodies. My own 20D (which I brought for comparison), a new 40D and a 5D. I had this idea in my head that the new digi III processor would produce more colorful picture then my current digi II processor. So I made some tests with all three bodies. the 20D to see what I had up to now, the 40D because I was eager to buy this. And the 5D because the guys from the shop (let’s call him Gijs) told me that this was nice with colors as well. I never had the idea to buy […]

I was always frustrated with the fact that  my ‘standard’ lens was too dark. So I went looking for a new lens with a bigger opening. I wanted to be able to shoot without flash. So I had three options…. I could go for the f/1.8, the f/1.4, or the f/1.2. But the main drive was the price which ranged from €100,- to €1300,-. Knowing that €1300,- would be way too much and I probably would be unsatisfied if I bought the cheaper one. I went for the f/1.4. And I have to say that I am very satisfied. Please find the specs below. Features -Focal length and maximum aperture: 50 mm f1.4 -Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups -Diagonal angle of view: 46° -Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with USM -Closest focusing distance: 0.45m / 1.5ft -Filter size: 58mm Crisp images with little flare are obtained even at the maximum aperture This standard lens features superb quality and portability. Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. If crisp images with little flare are important to you, they can be obtained even at the maximum aperture with this robust lens..

Finally I had the guts to by a close-up lens. Which will give me the opportunity to explore the wonders of macro. But more about this in the future. Below you will find the specs for this new lens. I can’t wait to start playing with it.