Canon Releases the EOS 6D Mark II

The long awaited Canon 6D Mark 2 is now available for preorder.

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Here are the updated features that most will want to know:

Canon 6D

Canon 6D Mark 2

Sensor

20.2 MP Full Frame

26.2 MP Full Frame

Processor

DIGIC 5+

DIGIC 7

AF Points

11 Points

45 Points (All Cross)

IOS Range

100-26500

100-40000

Frames Per Second

4.5

6.5

Video Recording

1080p 30fps

1080p 60fps

Screen

Fixed Clear View Screen

Vari-Angle Clear View 2 Touch Screen

Card Slot(s)

Single SD

Single SD

Wireless/GPS

Wifi/GPS

Wifi/Bluetooth/NFC/GPS

Viewfinder Coverage

97%

98%

Shutter Speeds

1/4000 – 30 Sec

1/4000 – 30 Sec

I would say the big things people will miss the most are 4K, 100% viewfinder coverage, and dual card slots.  Easily put… these will almost always be saved for the 5D series.

This is the first Full Frame Camera that Canon is offering with a rotatable touch screen.

Missing 4K is going to be a solid pass for most video professionals but again I’m not surprised at all as they save this for the highest end professional cameras.

After using a 80D a few times I would say the touch screen is a great feature to have if only to check your focus but zooming in quickly.

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They do allow exports of 4K time lapses which seems reasonable since the image quality of each photo is far higher than 4K to begin with.

They’ve also got an HDR video mode that I’d be interested to try but again without 4K, I do not think video professionals are going to take this very seriously.

Other than that I don’t think there is too much to talk about here.  The body is starting off at the very reasonable price of $1999 and is available for preorder at B&H.  They will start shipping in the end of July.

I will not be pre ordering it as I think it’s worth it to invest in a pre-owned 5D Mark 3 over this body.  Perhaps I’ll do a full comparison soon.

For more check out the videos Canon released today along with some sample images provided by Canon.


Canon 24-70 2.8 MkII

This is the most incredible lens I’ve ever used.

I’ve shot with dozens of lenses over the years but I was lucky enough to get my hands on one for a recent engagement shoot I did over the weekend and it blew me away.

It is the sharpest zoom lens I’ve ever seen.  It even keeps up with the sharpness of a lot of prime lenses.  I was using it primarily on a Canon 5D MKIII and here are some of the results.

 

Now I understand this is the most expensive lens of it it’s kind (mid-range zoom at 2.8) but it’s absolutely worth it.  You can pick it up now at B&H for just $1699.  This lens will be living on my body 99.9% of the time from here on out.

For this shoot I also brought my Canon 85 1.2L II, Canon 70-200 2.8L, and Sigma 35 1.4 and almost didn’t use them because I had such great light and the image quality of the 24-70 2.8L II, was just too amazing.

I’m shooting a band tonight in a very dimly lit venue so I’m excited to see how it performs.  Check back for more.

Six Things You Didn’t Hear at WWDC But Need to Know.

Apple unveiled tons of new tech goodies today in San Jose.  I’m not going to talk about any of them in this post.  However I am going to talk about all the changes they made that they didn’t talk about.


 

 13″ MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 2 and Traditional USB-A ports are Gone from the Online store.

Well if you were hoping to scoop up one of Apple’s last 13″ MacBook Pro’s with a traditional USB port you missed that boat.  Your last chance to purchase one through Apple is going to be through their refurbished store.


iPad Pro still uses Apple Lightning Connector.

I could’ve sworn they said the new iPad Pro was USB-C connector but according to the website they’re all still lightning.  Turns out they just support USB-C power adapters for fast charging.  So if you were like me and mis-heard there is your clarity.

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AirPods will have more support in iOS 11.

To me this is exactly what was keeping that AirPods at 9 out of 10 but as long as they work like they should these will get a perfect 10!

I talk about this in my AirPods Review, you can only pause/play or activate Siri (useless) when tapping on the AirPods.  With iOS 11, you can now assigned different commands for each ear.  That is great except I still think they should add a 2-Tap and 3-Tap options  doubling our capabilities.

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Apple brings back the wireless keyboard with numeric pad!

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Good lord.  For $129 you can purchase Apple’s new Magic Keyboard with a numeric pad.  I LOVE having a numeric pad but I’m not sure I can justify spending that much on a wireless keyboard.


iMac Pro will not have user upgradable ram or purchase space gray keyboard and mouse separately.

Apple has confirmed that the RAM will not be user upgradable or replaceable.  This has been a big issue for Apple users for years.  Apple also tends to up-charge hundreds of dollars more for RAM than the rest of the market.  You can tell the typical door where the RAM lived in the existing 27″ iMac is gone.

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And as for those “Bad Ass” Space Gray keyboard and mouse?  You will NOT be able to purchase them outside of the iMac Pro. Try eBay for 4x what you’d pay for white ones.

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AppleCare + for the Mac.

Finally we can feel better about being more mobile with our Macs.  Starting today you can purchase AppleCare+ for the Mac which covers two incidences of accidental damage*.  (Subject to service fee). Those fees are broken down here.

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WWDC – HomePod, iMac Pro, iPad Pro, iOS 11, High Sierra

Today Apple is kicking off their annual world wide developers conference.  This conference originated around the debut of the latest softwares such as MacOS and iOS.  There have been cases where new hardware was introduced but it’s primary goal in recent years has been to give a preview of Apple’s newest OS.

Heavy rumors have been circulating for weeks surrounding iOS 11, MacOS updates, WatchOS Update, TVOS update,  a 10.5″ iPad, MacBook update, and maybe even a Siri Speaker to compete with Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.

In the meantime if you’re new to WWDC and don’t know what to expect check out 9to5Mac’s video that summed up all of 2016’s updates.

 

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1:04pm – Still waiting.  So much for being on time.

1:09pm – Finally taking the stage.

Video of a new employee basically screwing everyone with an iPhone by unplugging servers .

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The end of the world would happen…

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Tim takes the stage.

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1:12PM – “The best WWDC Ever”. That’s a bold statement Tim.

1:13PM – Features on young developers as young as 10 years old.  So I’ll be out of a job before I’m ready to retire… Can 30 year olds learn how to code with the playground?

1:15PM. – Focus on 4 platforms iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and tvOS.

1:15PM – Starting off with tvOS

Amazon is coming to tvOS and tvApp (Funny since they might be releasing a speaker to compete wth Alexa)

1:16PM – Shortest tvOS update ever. on to AppleWatch.

1:17PM – Watch OS4.  Siri Watch face.  That uses the same type of machine learning like Siri suggested apps.   Lets hope this works better than Siri in general.

One can only wonder if they’ll still support the original Apple Watch.  I’m sure we’ll learn.

1:20PM – Just new watch faces so far.  On to Activity.

1:23PM – New UI for the workout app.  You’ll also be able to sync your Apple Watch to gym equipment.  I doubt my gym will have this for years they still have 30 pin connectors.

1:25PM – Music app for the Apple Watch.  Still no sign of showing any love for third party apps storing music on the watch.

1:26PM – New vertical dock to show everything you have coming up using the Siri watch face.

Apple really pushing people to Apple Music with no love to Spotify.

All watches will be supported on WatchOS 4

1:28PM – Tim takes the stage to talk more about the Mac.

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1:29PM – MacOS High Sierra??? Please tell me you’re kidding. Making lot so of weed references…

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1:31PM – Just bragging about how fast safari is on High Sierra.  Most people have 25mbps into their house so who cares?

1:34PM – Photos update for the Mac.  Photographers don’t use this so zzzzzz

“Apple pioneered printed books.”  Wait what??

1:36PM – File system updates.  New Finder??? Called Apple File System.

1:38PM – Optimizing video capabilities in High Sierra.

1:40PM – External Graphics cards.  This will be amazing for photographers like me music a 13″ MacBook Pro.  Sign me up.

1:41PM – Just teased some Apple VR???

1:45PM – 21.5″ can support 32Gb of Ram and 64Gb for the 27″.  Also putting some Thunderbolt 3 ports while including USB 3 ports. Hmmmm too much backlash from the MacBook Pro comunity? 8GB of VRam for 27″ iMac 5K.  That’s pretty rad.

1:47PM – VR demo using the new 5K 27″ iMac.

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1:50PM – VR Demo was insane (Video to come)

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1:51PM – Moving away from iMacs to MacBooks now. Faster SSDs.  Slashing prices on 13″ pro to $1299.

1:52PM – iMacs ship today!

1:54PM – Sneak peak about the new iMac Pro.

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1:57PM – Up to 18core processors, 16Gb of VRAm, 128GB ECC Memory, 4TB SSD, 4x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 10GB Ethernet, Still has USB 3 ports.

Everything else they didn’t have time to talk about.

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Available in November starting at $4999.

Now it’s time for iOS

Annual knock on Android OS adoption rate at just 7%.

Time for iOS 11.  What no iOS “High 10”?

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2:00PM – Starting with messages.  Auto syncing.  This is long awaited as they’re now in the cloud.

2:02PM – Apple Pay.  Expecting 50% of retailers to have it by the end of the year.  Peer to Peer payments.  Watch our Venmo.

2:03PM – You had a good run Venmo…

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2:04PM – Big update to Siri.  THANK THE LORD.  Wait just the voice is changing???

2:05PM – Really focusing on all the wrong things about Siri.  It can now translate language which could be very useful but we’ll see how well it actually works.

2:06PM – SiriKit.  That kid no developers seem to care about using.

2:06PM – Not much about Siri… well that’s a shame.

2:07PM – On to the camera updates in iOS 11.

2:09PM – Did I just see Long exposure? yeah good luck…

2:10PM – Control Center is getting. much needed update.  Still no word of customization of the controls in control center…

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2:11PM – You can trim Live Photos and choose the frame that you like.  I’m not sure Live Photos really have any value in my life at all.

2:12PM – Apple re-creates Instagram’s Boomerang and calls it Loop.

2:12PM – Looks like long exposures just blend multiple photos in well lit areas.  No night photo examples.

2:15PM – Time for an Apple Maps Update.  Detailed floor plans built in, directories, browse by floor, Airports also included in floorpans.  Navigation with speed limit and lane guidance.

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2:17PM – Do not disturb while driving.  It will automatically ask you every time your driving based on if it’s connected to bluetooth and using wireless.  You can have certain contacts break through this feature.  Did they basically just give us away messages??

2:19PM – Homekit.  They’re now configuring speakers into HomeKit with AirPlay2 with multi room audio.  I swear if my 4 AirPlay 1 speaks don’t work I will not be happy…

2:20PM – By now you basically need to use Apple Music for most of the fun things they’re talking about.  Introducing features about what you friends are listening to like Spotify has been doing for years.

2:21PM – “Big News” around the App Store.  Trying to get people going Steve Balmer style…

2:22 – The “Big News” consists of Faster App review times, reset rating, and completely redesign similar to Apple Music.

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2:25PM – Trying to help discover new apps.

2:26PM – Trying to separate Apps, Games, etc to make it easier to search.

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2:30PM – App store demo is super awkward.  Very quite in the room.

2:32PM – How iOS will be using machine learning to improve the user experiences. Nothing too exciting for the non-developer here.

2:33PM – Now we’re talking about AR (Augmented Reality).  They are brining AR Kit to developers to use it with more ease in their own apps.  Demo Time.

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2:35PM – Able to even have items interact with each other.

2:38PM – Live AR demo is pretty sweet.

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2:41PM – Tim back on stage to get us to iPad.

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2:42PM – iPad Pro getting pushed “further than ever before”

2:43PM – Adding 10.5″ iPad Pro to the lineup.  Replacing the 9.7″

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2:44PM – Full Size smart keyboard.

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2:45PM – ProMotion with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

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2:46PM – Now talking about the new performance of the new 10.5″ iPad Pro.  A10X fusion chip.  6 Core CPU. 12 Core GPU.

2:51PM – Same camera system as the iPhone 7.

2:52PM – iPad Pro is now using USB 3!  This is huge.  Is iPhone next??

2:54PM – Order today, ships next week.

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2:55PM – iOS 11 on the iPad now has a much larger dock, very similar to MacOS.  Multitasking also updated. Drag and drop now supported.

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2:56PM – New app Files that allows you to use not only local storage but cloud storage.

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2:58PM – Drag and drop works really well without a keyboard between multiple apps.

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2:59PM – Files all sync between devices.

3:00PM – In Line drawings and having a document scanner build directly into the notes app.

3:05PM – Screen shot editing UI.  I’ve wanted this since I owned my Tab s2.

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3:07PM – Tim Cook back on stage to take us to the end with a video I’ll post later.

3:09PM – “One Last Thing”.  Music.

3:13PM – Introducing HomePod.

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3:15PM – The HomePod knows hoot play best to the room.

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3:17PM – HomePod works natively with Apple Music. Has Siri built in with “Hey Siri”

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3:20PM – List of things HomePod can do using Siri.

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3:22PM – Will not send any information to Apple until you say “Hey Siri”

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3:23PM – Will be available in December at $349

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3:24PM – Tim Cook back on stage to sum it all up and close us out.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2017. San Francisco, California.

After 20+ years of spending Memorial Day Weekend down the shores of New Jersey, Leann and I decided to head out west to the great city of San Francisco, California.

She’s been a number of times but not I.  Needless to say she knew some really sweet spots to check out.  I’m weird when it comes to visiting new cities.  I have no interest in seeing your typical tourist attractions.  In this case, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Lombard street, etc will not be focused on here.  I was way more interested in visiting bars mentioned by Bay Area artists than anything else.

We wasted no time landing and headed to the hostel we’d be staying at Music City Hotel. This place was bare bones but had some really great features.  It was plastered with high resolution images of famous Bay Area musicians and even had a rehearsal studio that was totally free to use.

From there we headed out to find the closest dive bar we could find.  Kozy Kar Bar did not disappoint.  With $3 PBR and some very interesting decor it felt very familiar to some too the Philadelphia dive bars we are used to.

Then my buddy Victor suggested we hit a bar called Soda Popinski’s. Another fantastic spot full of super friendly people who made us a part of their group as we spin the wheel determining what drinks were on deck.

The next morning we’d get up super early (who needs sleep?) and grab some grub at
Mr. Homes Bakehouse.  I really knew nothing about this place but based on the line that we luckily avoided it’s extremely popular.  Met even more great people waiting in line.  San Francisco is a very friendly city. 

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From there we ventured up through the financial district toward the ferry building.  Very similar to Reading Terminal Market the Ferry Building was full of vendors selling local food, drinks, coffee beans etc.  Leann got her Blue Bottle Coffee and we were off to explore some more.

We filtered in to the outdoor area of the Ferry Building and of course there were four gentlemen playing music in the market that caught my ear and eye right away. By the way just a rule of thumb.  If you take the time to listen to street music or if you’re like me and snap a photo or two you better be ready to tip them.

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From there the buzz from last night was starting to wear off.  I knew we weren’t far from AT&T Park where the Giants play so as we made our way over there we found a great little spot to refuel a bit.

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After a brief walk around the ballpark Leann had Timbuk2 as a must hit spot to pick up some new bags to ride with.  I’m not much of a shopper and was even able to resist the temptation of a new backpack or messenger back so I thought it was time to treat myself.  What better way than a stop at Southern Pacific Brewing.

As many of you know I’m not much of a beer snob but this place was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t help but start drinking some local beers and shooting some photos.

It was at this. point we found it best to relieve ourself from the weight of our purchases and head back to the hotel for a bit.  After a quick drop-off we headed right back out to do some more shopping at the sports basement as Leann prepared for her triathlons.

It was at this point I first sold the Golden Gate Bridge.  Guess what?  It’s still there.

At this point I was starving and ready for a real meal.  We ventured over toward North Beach.  North Beach is a very Italian section of San Francisco full of simple pizza places to very nice Italian restaurants.  It was at this point we spared no expense.  North Beach Restaurant is where we landed and man was that food excellent.  Service was also top notch.

At this point we summed up day one.  I feel like we covered a ton of ground in just a single day but I was so stoked for day two.


Getting up early again we thought it best to grab some local grub at MyMy and head out exploring some more.  After a day and a half of walking these insane hills, I was starting to feel in my legs.

We headed down to the Fisherman’s Wharf with tons of shops, In and Out Burger, and kinda touristy things to do but we were pretty thirsty at this point which lead us to Beer 39 on Pier 39.  There wasn’t much special about the place other than the fact we were the first customer of the day.  No shame there.  We were anxious to hit some breweries but none of them really opened until 11am so this did just fine.

If at this point you’re noticing a trend of any kind you’d be absolutely correct.  We like to drink.  And why not? After killing some time here on local beers and flights we finally made our way to the breweries.  First stop 21st Amendment.

This place was fantastic.  We timed it just right, leading up to a Giants game so there were tons of fans our pre-gaming with out.  Hell or High Watermelon in very popular in Philly but they server it with a big ass slice of watermelon.  A nice touch. After having an excellent bar pie and some amazing brews with even more fun people we headed on down the street to another local brewery.

Thirsty Bear Organic Brewery.  Should have just called it Thirsty Bust.  The place wasn’t very busy at all and the service was slow and not very good at recommending beers at all.  We didn’t even finish our beers before moving on.

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To Anchor Brewery.  A place we wanted to hit.  We actually stumbled upon this the first day we were near the ballpark but didn’t realize it.  Anchor was responsible for setting up an amazing outdoor spot right near the ballpark with great food, amazing beer, and outdoor games.  We quickly met some fun people who made us feel at home and really enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere of this spot during the game.

From here we headed off to meet some old friends at another bar and finally back to the hotel.

We were leaving extremely early the next day so I had the idea of basically staying up all night and sleeping most of the way home.  Not my greatest idea but there was one important stop I really wanted to make.  The Dalva Bar.

Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind has pointed out the Dalva Bar in a song that has always resonated with me so I thought it would be awesome to check the place out and really feel more in touch with the song.  Sure enough it did and our all nighter began!

We met up with some more friends whom I used to work with.  They took us around a bunch of bars in the area before ending back up at which bar?  You guessed it Kozy Kar.  Couldn’t think of a better bar to start and end the trip at.

With little or no sleep we made our way back to the SFO first thing in the morning and hopped on a plane back to Philly.  I’m very lucky that Leann was able to organize this trip in the way that she did.  We had a ton of great food and beer, made some fun new friends, and most importantly memories.

I love that city and can’t wait to get back.

Southern Pacific Brewing

Southern Pacific Brewing was our first brewery stops in our recent trip to San Francisco.  We kind of stumbled upon it after a quick trip to the Timbuk2 store but was sure glad we did.

This is one of the nicest breweries I’ve ever been to.  Not only was the beer and food excellent but the atmosphere was incredible.  Check it out for yourself in the photos below.

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