New Firmware Update for the Canon 5D Mark III

Canon today launched a new firmware update (version 1.2.1) for the 5D Mark III that provides two notable improvements to the camera: uncompressed HDMI output and the ability to use cross-type autofocus at f/8.

The 5D Mark III can now be upgraded to capture clean, uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit digital video. Uncompressed footage will be sent with embedded time code over the camera’s HDMI output while it simultaneously displays the video on the rear LCD and records it to its memory cards.

A new “mirroring” feature via the HDMI output allows video to be displayed on the rear LCD screen with or without scene and camera information while also outputting a clean video signal to a monitor or external recorder.

The new firmware allows cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point when the maximum aperture becomes as small as f/8, in the same way that the EOS-1D X does.

More info on Canon’s website.



May Photo Walk : Moonrise over SF

Two-Tone Moonrise Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael as he leads a photo walk to beautiful Kirby Cove Beach in Marin County where we will photograph the rising full moon over the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

This photo walk is open to photographers of all abilities. Only requirement is a camera and a tripod. Michael will be on hand to help you to set up your camera and give you guidance to come up with a beautiful photo you’ll be proud of.

On Friday, May 24th at sunset, the full moon will rise directly over the city and the Golden Gate Bridge allowing you to get detail in the moon and the landscape.

Peek-A-Boo Moon, Kirby Cove Beach Photo by Michael Maloney

Sign up early for this photo walk as it will fill up quickly.

05/07/13 – Photo walk has filled however you can get on a wait list as there may be some openings as we get closer to the event.

Friday, May 24th

7:00 PM

Cost : $25.00

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.


How to Hand Hold a 400mm – Easy without Gravity!

Throughout his International Space Station mission, CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield has been taking some of the most incredible photos of Earth ever seen. In this video, the Station Commander takes us to the best seat in the house and shares his techniques and his passion for capturing the fleeting glimpses of our changing world from 248 miles above earth.

Credit: Canadian Space Agency/NASA

New Firmware for the Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon released firmware update 1.1 for the Nikon Coolpix P7700 compact camera. The improvements in this version are:

  • Display accuracy for the virtual horizon has been increased according to the direction in which the camera is pointed.
  • The interval between shots with uninterrupted shooting when Auto bracketing is set to Exposure bracketing has been reduced.
  • An issue that prevented shutter speeds slower than one second for the second and subsequent shots when shooting with Auto bracketing set to Exposure bracketing has been resolved.

You can download the update from Nikon’s website.


Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo Walk

The Weedy Sea Dragon - appropriately named I'd say.

Thank you to everyone who joined me Thursday for our Camera West Photo Walk at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We had a small, enthusiastic group of shooters and the aquarium did not disappoint us as there were plenty of colorful fishes and unusual sea creatures to photograph. Plus, we learned how to shoot in some challenging situations – dim light, glass reflections and quick moving jellyfish. Never realized how quickly some of them could move!

Anyway, a good time was had by all and when we were done with our shoot, many of us gathered for dinner at a great Cannery Row restaurant. Fish of course was on the menu. The perfect finish to a beautiful day!

If you are interested in joining us for another photo walk, please click on the Events link on the left of this page.

Photos by Michael Maloney

Lois and Cathy shoot in the jellyfish exhibit

Bob waits patiently to shoot the murres and puffins swimming underwater

Backlit, this jellyfish looks like an alien creature floating through the galaxy

This delicate semi-transparent jellyfish fascinated me

Lois & Gene shoot the jellyfish display