Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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First Look Video from Fujiguys – Fujifilm X-E1

Source – Fujiguys

September 6, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Photography, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Check Out the Canon 5D MKIII Bible

Repost from PASM Workshop

Too lazy to read the manual or finding the manual a bit to dull or not enough when it comes to explanations for different functions, wishing there’s more examples to demonstrate the new features, well, this book might just be for you.

The Canon 5D Mark III Experience – The Still Photography Guide to Operation and Image Creation is an e book user’s guide that goes beyond the manual to help you learn the features, settings, and controls of this sophisticated, powerful, and highly customizable camera. Most importantly, it explains not only how but also when and why to use the features, settings, and controls in your photography.

For Experienced Photographers to get up and running with the 5D Mark III:
For experienced photographers coming to the 5D Mk III from the 5DII, 7D, 60D,etc., this guide explains the new and advanced features in order to quickly get you up and running and taking advantage of these capabilities, including the sophisticated new 61 Point Autofocus System and all its Modes, Area Modes, Menu options and AF Case Presets. Plus it explains the new camera controls, the in-camera HDR and Multiple Exposures features, introduces the new video capabilities, and guides you through all the 5D MK III Menu and Custom Function items in order to help you best set up the camera and its controls for your specific shooting needs.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Mk 3 af autofocus metering spot partial Canon EOS 5D Mark III Mk 3 af autofocus point zone expansion spot

Canon 5D Mark III Mk 3 HDR shooting mode Experience Canon 5D Mark III Mk 3 comparative playback side by side image review
Example images from Canon 5D Mark III Experience:
Metering Modes, Autofocus Area Modes, HDR Shooting Mode, Comparative Playback.

You can preview Canon 5D Mark III Experience at the following link. The preview shows the Table of Contents and Introduction, sample 5D Mark III Menu Settings pages, Custom Functions pages, Camera Controls pages, and sample text pages from the PDF version:

click to Preview Canon 5D Mark III Experience ……. more after the jump

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April 15, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Canon, eBooks | , , , | Leave a comment

Awesome Kickstarter Project – Galileo

What can the Galileo do? it can be used for……

  • Video calls and conferencing – stay connected as you follow the action
  • Baby monitoring – see what you want to see, not just what the babysitter shows you
  • Remote learning – follow professors around the classroom; see who is asking questions
  • Time-lapse photography – create dynamic time-lapse videos that encompass movement along with passage of time
  • Cinematography – Shoot interesting transition shots, panning down, panning across and up, etc.  Mount the Galileo on rails and create a mini-rig for your iPhone camera!
  • Real estate photography – build 360° spherical virtual home tours with ease

Features -

  • Infinite 360° panning and tilting rotation.  200° per second pan-and-tilt speeds.
  • Remotely controlled from your iPad, iPhone, or web browser.  Swipe your finger across the screen or move your mouse to control the movement of the Galileo and your device.
  • SDK (software developers kit) for app development.  Freedom to integrate Galileo functionality into existing apps or to create entirely new apps built around the movement capabilities of Galileo.  Or build software to integrate the Galileo with other hardware (e.g. camera rails).
  • Outfitted with a standard tripod screw, the Galileo can be mounted on any tripod.
  • Fabulous charging station for your iPhone or iPod.  Charges your device while plugged in (USB cable included).
  • Rechargeable Lithium polymer battery lets you use your Galileo anywhere.

The Galileo’s initial pledge of US$100,000 has long already been met, with 13 days left, the pledge total now stands at US$444,633 and growing fast. For US$85, this gadget is a sure steal. Check out more details and pledging information at their Kickstarter page here, Kickstarter Galileo Page

Source – Kickstarter Galileo Page

April 8, 2012 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Applications, Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, Kickstarter, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Philip Bloom’s Video Review of the Canon EOS 5D MKIII

Repost from PASM Workshop

Canon 5Dmk3 video review from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Philip Bloom reviewed the latest Canon 5D MKIII and did a video (embedded above) review on it as well. The review can be found on his blog, link here, and he will continue to update it as he gets more familiar with the camera. Check out and see what the master has to say.

March 31, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR, Review, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How of Why – The Making of the Nikon D4 Release Video

Repost from PASM Workshop

HOW of WHY from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

Check out all the Nikon gears used in this 11 minutes behind-the-scene making-of video by Corey Rich, totally awesome. Below you can see the actual Nikon D4 release video. Enjoy

WHY – Nikon D4 Release Video from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

Source – Corey Rich

March 18, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Nikon, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SONY NEX Firmware Released

Shortly after SOny released their mirroless NEX-3 and NEX-5, they released the first firmware upgrade today.  Got my Sony NEX-5 two days ago (review and pics later), and I can say this update came at the best time.  So what’s new with this firmware? Sony added 3D sweep panorama (but only viewable on their own Sony Bravia TV, gee!). Apart from that,

  • Improvement of ‘normal’ 2D Sweep Panorama shooting;
  • Decreased power drain when the camera is switched off;
  • Quicker start-up in low-light conditions.

You can find the download page here. Oh, one more thing, the firmware upgrade is for PC only, Mac users, eat your heart out.

Source – Sony

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, NEX, NEX-5, SONY | , , , | 1 Comment

Video Demonstration of the Sony NEX5

Very informative video covering the main features of the Sony NEX5 which is due out next week in Hong Kong. Rumours also said that there will be a firmware upgrade in July to allow for capturing 3D via the 3D Sweep Panorama mode.

Source – SonyEurope

June 24, 2010 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, SONY, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

SONY NEX-5 Commercial

Source – SonyEurope

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Sony NEX-3 Review

Photo Twist have a review (more like preview) on the Sony NEX-3, check it out here.

Source – Photo Twist

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, Review, SONY | , , , | Leave a comment

SONY NEX3 and NEX5 Pricing Released

Image from Engadget

Sony NEX3:

  • 14.2 megapixel sensor;
  • Memory Stick and SDXC media;
  • 720p / 30fps video;
  • 2.95-inch LCD; and
  • US$320 (Body only)

Sony NEX5:

  • 14.2 megapixel sensor;
  • Memory Stick and SDXC media;
  • AVCHD 1080i video;
  • 2.95-inch LCD; and
  • US$448 (Body only)

Both were said to be available in June.

Source – Engadget

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY | , , , | 1 Comment

Sony DSLR Alpha Mirrorless Teaser (New Version, Include UI)

The anticipated new mirrorless camera from Sony will be announced next month, check out the awesome vid for now.  According to SonyAlphaRumors, the specs can be summarized as per the following pic, click here for the full read.

Source – hanjunchoi, SonyAlphaRumors.com

April 23, 2010 Posted by | DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY | , , | Leave a comment

Review – Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen from Gear Diary

Image from Gear Diary

Image from Gear Diary

Raymond Ser over at Gear Diary posted up his first part of the review on the all new Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen this week.  As Raymond puts it, the review is more from an amateur perspective which I found to be very easy to read (lacks the camera jargon).  That coupled with some really nice shots of the Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen, definitely a good review on the camera.  Check out his review here.  Can’t wait for the second part.

For those interested to know, the street price of the Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen in Hong Kong is around HK$6,880 (US$882).

Source – Gear Diary

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, Review | , , , | Leave a comment

Rumored Canon G11 Specs

Image from Gizmodo

Image from Gizmodo

According to Gizmodo, the following is the rumored disappointing specs of the Canon G11, gee, who needs that swivel LCD screen, gimme some meat, LOL -

Effective: 10.4MP[downgrade?], Recorded: 10.0MP
1/1.7″ CCD
RAW, JPEG, QuickTime
Image Stabilization
6.1-30.5mm f/2.8-4.5 (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)
Optical: 5x, Digital: 5x
Normal: 1.6″ (50cm) – infinity
Macro: 0.4? (1cm) – 1.6″ (50cm)
Integrated Mount for the LA-DC58K Lens Adapter
ISO 80-3200
Evaluative, Center Weighted, Spot
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
Effective Flash Range: 1.6″ (50cm) – 23? (7m)
SD/SDHC
Still Images per GB: RAW: 67
JPEG: High Res: 374 – Low Res: 7,684
Video: 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps [no 720p?]
Viewfinder Coverage: 77%
2.8? LCD Vari-Angle
USB 2.0, Dedicated A/V Out, mini-HDMI (Type C)
Windows XP, Vista
Mac OS X (10.4 or later)
12.5 oz (355g)
NB-7L Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery

Source – Gizmodo

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Canon, News Related | , , , | Leave a comment

Panasonic Announced Firmware Update for DMC-LX3

According to dpreview, “Panasonic has announced a firmware update for its Lumix DMC-LX3 digital compact camera. Version 1.3 improves auto white balance and general performance of the camera. It also rectifies minor operational issues. The latest version will be made available for download on the 1 June, 2009.”

Download link here, http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX3/index.html.

Source – dpreivew

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears | , , , , | Leave a comment

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