Review: Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens

May 2018 issue Tech

What makes a tilt-shift lens so different from most other lenses is that the lens plane is not fixed in relation to the image plane. The lens can be rotated (tilted) in relation to the image plane and moved (shifted) parallel to the image plane. These movements can also be combined.These features allow you to create images where the plane of focus is tilted, and if you combine that with a fast aperture,  you can produce lush organic blur. Combined with a slow aperture, such as f/11, you can... Continue Reading >

Print big: Canon imagePrograf Pro-2000

December 2016 issue Tech

While printing can, and in some cases should, be outsourced, being able to offer customers large-format high-quality prints made in house can offer an increase in profitability and faster delivery times. When considering the cost of a printer, photographers need to take into account the ongoing operating costs of ink, media, and time.Though the Canon imagePrograf Pro-2000 shares a lot of technology with the 17-inch Pro-1000 reviewed in our March issue (“New Pro Line”), its 24-inch roll... Continue Reading >

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Worth the Wait

7.13.2016 Tech

High-end cameras like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II don’t come around every day. In fact, the latest iteration of Canon’s pro high-speed, high-end DSLR has been a long time coming. In my experience so far, it’s well worth the wait.On paper, the camera is impressive with its new 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, 4K video, and improved AF functionality. You can read all the details on the EOS-1D X Mark II product page. In actual use, the things that impress... Continue Reading >

Pro review: fine-art inkjet printer

March 2016 issue Tech

Canon imagePrograf Pro-1000The imagePrograf Pro-1000 is the first in Canon’s imagePrograf Pro Series of fine-art inkjet printers. It’s a step up in size and technology from the Pixma Pro-1, but it doesn’t have a roll feed option like the larger imagePrograf machines, and the maximum print size is 17x22 inches. The 80mL ink cartridges have more than twice the capacity of the Pro-1 inks and load into their own compartment, which runs the length of the front panel and is located beneath... Continue Reading >