Posts Tagged ‘dslr’

Death of the Dust Trombone: Canon Replaces Legendary 100-400mm Telephoto Lens – Good-Bye Push-Pull Zoom

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Canon’s aging beast, the Clinton-era EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM lens is no more – after 16 years of production, it’s being replaced by the EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM II, a more conventional design. 

Here are some “dust trombones*” right here, back about a decade ago, all extended to the 400mm telephoto setting, the better to see the Blue Angels over Fort Mason, my dear:

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The thing about the old lens is that it offered IMAGE STABILIZATION (IS) plus an “ULTRASONIC” MOTOR (USM) (for fast auto-focus) in the same package. At the time, Nikon couldn’t keep up, so it would make you choose betwixt one feature or the other, if you were lucky. Nikon lost a lot of customers during the Aughts for just this reason.

Read all about it.

I’m sure the updated lens will be better (and of course, lots pricier) in most respects.

Adieu, push-pull lens.

*Pull it in fast enough and you can feel the breeze on your face, since all that air inside needs to go somewhere…

August in Frisco: Photos of Tourists Taking Photos

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

A couple decades back, these two would have been Japanese tourists taking photos of every random thing possible. Today, they’re Chinese (based upon the loud ai-yaaahs).

Who will they be two decades from now? IDK.

OTOH, these conventioneers might be Japanese – I can’t tell. But I can tell you that the tiny flash on this DSLR isn’t effective when you’re photographing the top of a tall building, as dude was doing:

On It Goes…

An Expensive Canon 1D DSLR Camera in Peril High Above Masonic – Just Taking a Photo of Mervyn’s Heights?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Or Target Tor, as it’s called these days

Remided me of this risky light bulb change at the State Building a half-decade back

Justin Ryan Beck is Back! OccupySF = Hippie, Cop, Nervous Pup, Hipster, Black Power Salute, MUNI 1057 (Cincinnati, 1948)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Famous San Francisco street photographer Justin Beck has bounced back from losing his camera on the mean Streets of San Francisco, looks like.  He’s got another Nikon to work with so that’s nice.

Check it, a canary yellow streetcar.

Is this an album cover? 

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Poor pooch. Daijoobu, daijobu. Gambate!

Umi Restaurant of Potrero Hill Has Your Pentax DSLR, You Know, the One You Left Outside Last Night.

Monday, August 15th, 2011

The news from Potrero Hill’s highly Yelp rated Umi Restaurant:

“@umi: did you leave a pentax camera on one of the benches outside 18th street in potrero? tell us the model & lens, we’re holding it…”


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Famous San Francisco Street Photographer Justin Ryan Beck Gets Camera Stolen From His Hands at Arguello and Balboa

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Do you know how much bad art we pay for? I mean, there’s lots and lots of (government-funded and government-mandated) bad art around town, let me tell you.

OTOH, popular photographer Justin Ryan Beck does his good art, his street photography, for free for one and all – isn’t that nice?

Or least it was nice, until yesterday, when the digital camera he was using got stolen out of his hands in the Richmond District at four-something PM in the afternoon:

I’m OK but was just robbed at the corner of Arguello and Balboa. Talked to cops. Time for a new camera I guess. :/” 

Here’s his last photo. It appears he’ll be on a break for a while.

Oh well.

How can we get a DSLR, preferably a new Nikon along with a wide anglish lens or two, back into the hands of JRB, you know, where it rightfully belongs?

This is What You Get When You Turn a Wide-Angle Camera Lens on Its Side to Photograph a Billionaire and His Daughter

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I don’t know if he does it anymore, but around town there’s a celebrity photographer who would take full-length portraits of party guests using his full-frame Canon DSLR (MSRP = $8000) and a super wide-angle lens.

It was grisly – you’d end up seeing people with big heads and tiny legs. Kind of like this.

That’s what you might call a bird’s eye view of Bernie Ecclestone’s shoes:

Next stop: Animals Close Up, With A Wide Angled Lens

Kuwait Bans DSLR-Camera Photo-Taking in Public – Shoot a Stranger, Go To Jail? – But Accredited Journalists Excepted

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Just try to use your biggish digital single-lens-reflex camera on the streets of Kuwait these days. It ain’t easy, brother.

Now, I don’t think that you could ban DSLR use in San Francisco. There’d be a rebellion or something.

Cause if something happens, it didn’t happen unless it was recorded somehow – that’s how we look at it.

Our Folsom Street Fair 2009 was a great day for walkies with the slave, past the guy with the Nikon, past the guy with the Canon, past the Leather Etc…(!) store…:

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Just be on the look-out for this guy. I think he’s up to something: