Turn Off Autofocus – Do it Yourself!

Light and Beer

Recently, I’ve been shooting all my shots without autofocusing and only relying on the manual focus wheel on my Olympus E-510. What I’ve discovered is that it’s making me think more about my shots, framing, and forcing me to concentrate more on achieving the perfect photo that I have set in my mind already.

In contrast, the world of commercial and event shooting has called for the “spray and pray” method of shooting. On top of this, your camera’s autofocusing may not always be up to par with your expectations and standards; especially in low light as is the case with the above photo. It was achieved with manual focus. [Read more...]

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lenses

Canon has announced two new tilt-shift lenses for landscape and architectural photographers, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and TS-E 17mm f/4L. The TS-E 24mm lens is priced at $2199. The TS-E 17mm lens is priced at $2499.  Check availability for each:

TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

TS-E 17mm f/4L

Get more details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Win a Free Lens Rental

DPS and BorrowLenses.com have teamed up to run a contest. The prize is a two-week rental of a DSLR lens — any lens that BorrowLenses.com offers, with the exception of super telephoto lenses.

The contest is open to anyone living in the U.S. (BorrowLenses.com only ships to U.S. addresses and only offers in-person pickups in San Mateo and San Jose, California). All you have to do to enter is post a comment [Ed. on DPS' website - link] with the lens you want to rent. A list of lenses is available on the BorrowLenses.com website and the selection seems pretty decent. The winner will need to provide BorrowLenses.com with a credit card number, ‘just in case.’

You can enter on DPS’ post announcing the contest.

Adorama Weekly Specials – July 14, 2008

Solid deals from Adorama’s specials this week.  If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on Canon gear anytime soon, the Canon rebates expire on July 19th.  You can still pick up a Canon 40D for $939.95 with the current $200 instant rebate.  A number of Canon lenses are also part of the rebates as well.  Read on for these and many more goodies from Adorama. [Read more...]