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The Everyday Sling might just be the perfect pack for not carrying too much gear, combining comfort with Peak Design's signature modern style.
(Phil: Originals for all the pictures on this page and many more are available in Neil's D30 gallery).
One of the best features of the Kodak DCS 520 is the excellent software that comes with it. Here the Canon loses. As a photojournalist I use the naming, viewing and captioning elements of the Kodak Acquire plug-in (TWAIN on a PC) before opening the images in Photoshop. The Canon software doesn't re-name or batch caption pictures so a third party solution is a must for me. What would have taken about two hours with the Kodak was a four hour chore with the Canon - even using Fotostation 4. I obviously hadn't established a decent workflow, a must when you handle up to 500 images a day!
The pictures themselves were on the whole really great. Good colours, reasonable sharpness and even contrast at 100 and 200 ISO, little noise at 400 and still good at 800. The 800 ISO images were less noisy than the Kodak DCS ones without using any noise reduction software. With Quantum Mechanic the two types of files are pretty similar at 800, with the Canon just winning in the shadows which is where problems will show up. Having shot under most types of lighting on the first day I had found the photographs to have pretty good colour which was easily adjusted in Photoshop. On balance the colour was easily as good as the Kodak images and image sharpness was as good too. The pre-set white balances that I tried on day one were all well set up but I found the custom white balance to be largely unuseable. It uses the whole frame and unless you use a grey card it's a real lottery to use. The Canon images are as easy to work with in Photoshop as the Kodak ones. Lesson number four: be prepared to optimise images in Photoshop rather than relying on the in camera sharpening and contrast controls.
At the end of day one my final thought concerns write speeds. The Lexar cards seem to be quicker than the IBM microdrives to both write and read. I have never been a microdrive fan, mine never really worked in my DCS520s. I've had no problems with the 340Mb card in the D30 but the Lexar seems to handle bursts better. This is an un-scientific opinion, but after two years shooting digital I'm pretty sure that I'm right.
Day two was a lot less hectic, with a portrait out in Buckinghamshire of film director Stephen Frears ("My Beautiful Laundrette", "Grifters" and "Dangerous Liaisons"). The quality of the 100 ISO files convinced me to use the D30 for the big set-piece portrait. I set up two Lumedynes on the main sound stage which was undergoing a major set re-build and shot a couple of test frames with the press officer standing in for him. I got the electrician to rig up and switch on two big (10k and 12k watts) lights and I was ready. The LCD screen review worked very well in this situation and I shot some pictures that looked good on it. Lesson number Five: The D30 LCD is very reliable. What it shows is pretty accurately what you have shot. Five minutes on, and he was off to teach some film students. I followed and in the classroom I put a Canon 550ex, set to slave mode, on a stand with a Sto-fen diffuser. I had the STE-2 on the camera which was on 400 ISO and shot some live teaching pictures with the flash on the main subject. Another ten minutes and we were off to an edit suite where Stephen Frears was working with a single student. Having a room full of cables, monitors and junk food makes shooting pictures difficult, but with STE-2 and two 550exs I worked away at making pictures. By this time I'd been on site for two hours and shot pictures for only 20 minutes.
Back in the office I was determined to refine the workflow (click here for Neil's D30 Workflow article) before shooting a couple of product shots on white backgrounds with Elinchrom lighting and big soft boxes.
Day three has been spent shooting portraits of an 86 year old ballet student at her home in Surrey and saying gooodbye to our editor who is leaving us today. Nothing much new has come up with the D30 except that I have heard the microdrive spinning, which shows how quiet it can be out of the city.
At the end of day three I have really got to grips with the D30 and I am very impressed with it. Obviously it was built down to a price so it hasn't got a lot of the professional features that the DCS520 has (waterproofing, fast autofocus, voice captioning, large internal buffer memory, top class software etc.). There were many features of the D30 that I would build into a hybrid D30/DCS520 camera, which in turn would go a lot of the way to providing a feature set for Canon's eagerly awaited professional model next year. The weight and size of the D30, it's exceptional E-TTL flash peformance and 800/1600 ISO quality would all go in. The autofocus, custom white balance and AF assist light wouldn't make it. The D30s batteries are excellent and will surely be used in the next model, although the tiny orange catches that hold the batteries in place will need to be beefed up for a pro' version. A lot has been said about the D30 and shutter lag. My perception is that it is no worse (and may well be better) than the DCS520, the difference comes in the shutter release action which on the DCS is progressive and easy - against the on/off quality of the D30. Any future professional model will have to match the EOS1v both in shutter lag and pressure sensitivity to please everyone. For 90% of applications the D30 shutter lag isn't an issue, and it hasn't bothered me at all.
Finally we come to the big question: would I buy this camera? Yes. It's not up to the standard of the DCS in most areas, but the images are as good and the flash kicks butt!! At less than half the price of a DCS520 it represents a bargain for photographers moving into digital ahead of the much anticipated fully pro model due within twelve months.
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Imaging-Resource have updated their Canon EOS-D30 preview to a final review (of a production D30). "While not coming anywhere near the speed or incredible ruggedness of the EOS 1V film camera or its brethren, the D30 nonetheless shows solid engineering, and at nearly 3 frames per second is fast enough for most applications. When you toss in its excellent image quality, generous ISO speed capability, superb low-light shooting, excellent flash integration, and compatibility with the full range of Canon EF lenses, it'd be a bargain at twice the price. "
Neil Turner, Contributing Editor has written a lengthy second look at the Canon EOS-D30. Neil had the D30 for three days, in which time he used it for pretty much all of his professional shooting. "Quite simply I have substituted the D30 for one of my DCS520s for the past few days, and it has been my main camera at all times. Obviously, I have no control over where the paper sends me so the D30 hasn't had it's assignments chosen to suit it at all. I have amassed three pages of handwritten notes and there are a million thoughts going through my brain, so here goes."
Rob Galbraith has published his appraisal of Canon's EOS-D30 from a photojournalists point of view, Rob introduces the article, "D30 image quality is top-notch and 550EX flash photography is a breeze. But the camera may not be the best choice for peak action sports. This article looks at some of the Canon EOS D30's main strengths and weaknesses, and includes 14 full-resolution photos."
Jeff over at DCResource has just posted his own Canon EOS-D30 user review. Here's what Jeff had to say about the D30 "I don't feel that I can answer the above question, since this is the first Pro SLR digital camera I've used. Is the D30 a great camera? Yes, absolutely -- it continually amazed me every time I used it. If you've got a collection of Canon lenses and want to go digital in a big way, the D30 is for you. Even if you don't, and can afford the D30, it's definitely something to consider. Most of our readers will just daydream about the D30, but if it's in your price range, you should definitely check it out!"
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
The Movie Maker is a compact, motorized slider designed for phones, action cams and small mirrorless cameras. We think it's a fun little kit and a good value proposition for the cost, provided you can work around a few of its weak points.
Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.
What's the best camera for a parent? The best cameras for shooting kids and family must have fast autofocus, good low-light image quality and great video. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for parents, and recommended the best.
What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.
What’s the best camera costing over $2000? The best high-end camera costing more than $2000 should have plenty of resolution, exceptional build quality, good 4K video capture and top-notch autofocus for advanced and professional users. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing over $2000 and recommended the best.
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There's no mistaking the Nikon Coolpix P1000 – with a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom, it really is in a class of its own. It's a conspicuous-looking superzoom with one main job: getting you really close to far away subjects. We've put together a gallery showing the kind of results you can expect from it.
A new report from The Verge claims Instagram is currently testing a feature that allows users to re-share posts to their own account feeds.
GoPro has announced its HERO7 camera lineup. The updated action cameras feature new HyperSmooth and TimeWarp modes, as well as improved video and photo specs.
The latest Samsung midrange smartphone offers a super-wide-angle lens in its triple-camera setup.
The Sony 24mm F1.4 is the latest lens to join the company's premium G Master lineup. We've been shooting with one for a couple of days - here's what you need to know.
Apple released iOS 12 a few days ago and some iPhone X users are less than happy with how the new operating system has made their phones look.
Camera bag manufacturer Lowepro has introduced mark II backpacks for its ProTactic AW range with models that are said to feature an improved handling experience as well as a collection of accessories that can be attached to the outside.
Canon has announced its latest superzoom camera, the PowerShot SX70 HS. Compared to the SX60 that came before it, the SX70 has the same lens but offers a higher resolution EVF, 4K video capture and support for Canon's new CR3 Raw format.
Cosina has announced its eighth lens designed specifically for Sony's E-mount system. The Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 lens is due out October 2018.
Sony has taken the wraps off of its new 24mm F1.4 GM full-frame lens, which the company claims is the lightest in its class. Despite its fast aperture, the 24mm F1.4 is remarkably light, weighing just 445 grams (15.7 ounces). The lens will set you back $1400 when it ships next month.
In this episode of DPReview TV we take a look at Sony's brand new 24mm F1.4 GM lens, a desirable focal length for many photographers. How does it perform? Chris and Jordan give us their first impressions.
We've had a little time to shoot with Sony's new wide/fast prime, both close to home and on the water in San Francisco. Check out our initial sample images.
Fujifilm released a firmware upgrade for its X-T3 mirrorless camera that addresses issues with distortion compensation and the mechanical lock on SD cards.
The app's algorithms have been trained using using 200 million cropping data points from real photographers.
Thanks to a software update, the Loupedeck+ editing console can now be used for video editing.
British photographic engineer MTF Services is claiming the world’s first third-party lens adapters for the new Nikon Z system with a collection of four units designed to allow cinema lenses to be mounted on the mirrorless full frame bodies.
Think Tank Photo has updated its line of heavy-duty rain covers and introduced a new, compact version for emergency situations.
The X-T3 is our first opportunity to analyze what's likely to be Fujifilm's next generation image sensor. Take a look at how it performs next to the competition in our studio test scene.
Canon's new normal is seriously sharp wide open. After shooting with it for a few days, we've prepared a gallery of real-world sample images.
Nikon will cease offering Brazil-based customer service and technical support, though the company stresses that it will still offer technical assistance and warranty repairs for valid warranties.
Two years ago, CatLABS of JP announced a plan to save Packfilm from the dead. Now, it's announced it's giving up its efforts to better focus its resources elsewhere.
The GoPro Fusion is designed to make it easy to capture 360-degree video and stills. We took it out recently on a typically hot Seattle summer day to see what it can do.
We've got our hands on a full-production Nikon Z7 camera and have updated our gallery with additional samples.
A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for Chroma Chrono, a programmable RGB camera flash that emits multiple colors during long exposures.
Think Tank Photo has launched a new lineup of six dual-access, water-resistant protective lens cases it calls Lens Case Duo.
Canon and Nikon finally entered the full-frame mirrorless market this summer with the brand-new RF and Z mounts. Now that we've had some time with the cameras, we wanted to revisit our earlier predictions and take stock.
The devices' camera specs look pretty much identical to last year's iPhone X but under the hood a number of important improvements have been made.
Blackmagic Design has announced the public beta of its new Blackmagic RAW video codec. The company says the new format combines the benefits of shooting Raw video with the ease of use and smaller file sizes usually associated with non-Raw video files.
Serif, the company behind the Affinity suite, has announced the latest update for its mobile Photoshop competitor Affinity Photo for iPad.
The Atomos Ninja V external video recorder and monitor will be ready to ship at the end of this month. The 5.2in Ninja V is designed to provide a smaller option, while still offering many of the features of the larger 7-inch models.