Gary Copeland : On Shooting Just For Myself

Camera West friend and super talented commercial photographer Gary Copeland’s specialty is covering the contemporary music scene. This includes on-stage performances, individual performers, the backstage world of musicians, and events like the South by Southwest Music Festival. Many of his images, all with Leicas are shot for various recording companies such as the Volcom Entertainment record label. Lately however, Copeland has turned to a more personal project : documenting the backstage life of a band that includes some of his closest friends.

He sat down recently with The Leica Camera Blog, revealing thoughts on this personal project, what it brought up for him, and what he does and doesn’t know about his own creative process.

Gary will show his work and talk about it at an upcoming presentation here at Camera West in Walnut Creek. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.


Auto Focus Speed Boost for the Canon EOS M

Canon will soon release a firmware upgrade for the EOS M that will boost the AF speed, making One Shot AF up to 2.3x faster. The new firmware will deliver improved performance as a result of a reworked AF Drive Control System. Canon will be releasing the firmware update in the next few weeks.

Below are videos showing off the performance of the EOS M and the 22mm lens with current firmware and soon to be released firmware.

Current firmware :

New firmware :

World’s Fastest Zoom Lens

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Nikon

Sigma USA has announced its 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens for APS-C DSLRs – the world’s first constant F1.8 zoom – will be available in July at a price of around $799. The company has also said the lens will be available for Pentax and Sony mounts, as well as the Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts originally announced.

  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-16
  • Fast Constant Maximum Aperture
  • Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27-52.5mm
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focusing and Zoom Design
  • One Aspherical Element and SLD Glass
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating

New from Leica : D-Lux 6 “Edition G-STAR RAW”

Leica Camera proudly presents the Leica D-Lux 6 “Edition G-STAR RAW”, a special edition created in collaboration with G-STAR RAW, an innovative fashion brand, popular worldwide. This is Leica’s first D-LUX edition designed by a fashion brand.

G-STAR RAW, a Dutch designer label known for urban clothing, specializing in raw, unwashed and untreated denim approached the design concept for this limited edition based on their slogan, “Just the product”. G-STAR RAW has a straight design philosophy where the product is always the focus of the communication and maintains its authenticity. This allows the product to stand out in a crowd. Innovative while remaining authentic, an approach which led to the Leica and G-STAR RAW collaboration. The D-Lux 6 “Edition G-STAR RAW” has painted surfaces in the typical G-Star grey, a nice handmade cladding for a better grip and one-of-a-kind accessories, the dedicated leather case, a carrying strap and a wrist strap complete the set.

The Leica D-Lux 6 “Edition G-STAR RAW” offers outstanding quality and reliability synonymous with Leica and can be yours for just $1190.00.

Product Advisory for the Canon EOS-1D X & EOS-1D C

If you own a EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera or a EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera, you’ll want to check your serial number to see if your camera is part of an autofocus recall from Canon. In some units, there is a possibility that the following phenomena may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism.

  • AF searches but does not lock in on the subject. (Caused by minute particles produced by wear mentioned above.)
  • The image shown in the viewfinder is “blurry” or “not steady”. (Occurs if wear progresses.)

EOS-1D X : If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6” or “7”, the phenomena described above may occur.

EOS-1D C : If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”, the phenomena described above may occur.

However, If the camera’s battery compartment contains one of the markings illustrated below, the camera is NOT affected by the phenomena described above even if the sixth digit of the serial number is one of the numbers mentioned above.

Markings of UNAFFECTED cameras:

If your camera has a black mark between the silver brackets on the bottom of the battery compartment (left photo) or a "A" mark above the battery compartment (right photo), your camera is not part of the recall.

Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and repaired free of charge by Canon. Contact their Customer Support Center.