Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gorillapod Power

Went to Sendai the other day to visit Canon to get my 30D's dirty sensor cleaned as its a new work rule that we have to have it done once a month now. Turns out that Canon was closed that day unfortunatly but at least I got to visit my favorite shop! The camera mega store that is Yodobashi Camera. I had been looking at this crazy tripod for a while but with the 5000yen price tag had kept putting it off. But scene as how one of my recent wedding couples were nice enough to give me a me a 3000yen tip I decided to splurged and got myself the Joby Gorillapod slr-zoom as it would only cost me 2k extra, couldnt help myself, it looked like such a cool geeky gadget and easy enough to fit inside my camera bag.

They say its able to hold 3kg, wrap around poles, bend in just about any direction and pretty much allows to mount a camera almost anywhere.

So of course I had to put it to the test with my sub camera the Canon 30D with vertical grip, 2 batts, 70-200mm f2.8L IS, 430ex II flash and a Kenko ball head. This total weight combined would have to be over 3kg for sure but the Gorillapod still managed to hold it up. Of course you would want to use the remote cable for shooting like this but still that pretty damn coool!
They come in 3 sizes and this one sells for 5000yen or about $50 bucks US. Im sure its way cheaper in the states but for some reason a lot of camera gear is more expensive here in Japan. But still well worth it for sure. Im looking forward to trying it out in some more unusual places when I get time.
So far I highly recommend them! Come check them out at http://www.joby.com/products/gorillapod/

Jets first suit

Well the wedding season is back in full swing again now as we are just coming into autumn here in Japan and the temperature is dropping quite rappidly! Tomorrow I'll take probably my first sunday off in almost a year to attent JB's wedding! Yep who whould have thunk it. James and Mari are tying the knot so we thought we better get Jet some proper attire for him to wear.
He likes to call them "Daddy work clothes". Heres a couple of shot of him testing out the new suit in a park across the road. Very smart!

have to make sure theres enough leg room for running


hes also been working on his cool guy pose.
This one is called Blue Steel. 8)

Will post more shots and an update after the big day tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canon 5D mkII photos and info released at last!

Finally the long awaited 5D mark 2 has had its official details and shots of the camera released on Canon sites.screen capture from Canon site

The camera specs seem to be pretty close to what the predictions were for it. Heres a quick list of the specs.

body only US: $ 2,699
Full frame sensor
21.1mp!
50-25,600 ISO
DIGIC 4 processor
FULL HD video capture!
3.9 frames/second

So some pretty great looking specs there. Although for me the 3.9fps with the 21mp is a bit of a let down. I would have much prefered say 16mp with 8~10fps perhaps but there are plenty enough cool new stuff to make up for that! Im told that the camera will be for sale here in Japan this autumn so hopfully not too long now. Cant wait to get my hands on this baby!!


Come check out lots more info on the new beast here at dpreview.com