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Canon, Inc. is a huge company as almost everybody know. They host an event called Canon Zoom (in Czech republic) and during it the best of Canon’s gear travels between three big and nice zoos. For the last few years we’ve visited Zlín, Brno and Prague. Here is a small video from 2011 in Czech language so if you aren’t familiar with it, maybe in 2013 we’ll make a English version of it also.

Anyway this event is huge and fantastic. Everybody can try new gear and we had a ton of it. Several 5D Mark IIIs, 1D Mark IV, 1Dx (awesome camera, felt in love with it and I’m shooting with it a lot), 7Ds, 60Ds, 300 f/2.8, 200 f/2 and on. If someone needs help there are people to help them with it be it a decision of purchase, or some technical help. Of course I was part of this event, couldn’t miss it.


Photos of the booth were taken by Oldřich Drnec.

It’s absolutely amazing, how close you can get with 300 f/2.8 + 2x extender and 1D Mark IV …


Last time I wrote a post about this topic I posted a video by Joe McNally and his Da Grip. This is really important technique and you should get used to use it and really make sharp images. Today I’d like to tell you about something different. This is a technique or setup what I use and it is absolutely subjective. You don’t have to do it the same way how I do it, just give it a try and you will see if you like or not. Without it you cannot say it.

Use back focus button instead of focusing using shutter release button. This topic was discussed in a podcast and Scott Bourne has his opinion why should he press one button extra (the focus button) when he still needs to press the shutter button to take the picture. How I said someone likes it, someone doesn’t. But I cannot imagine focusing without using back focus button. Here are some reasons why.

I’m a Canon shooter and factory default settings for my Rebel XSi (450D) was to focus and lock down exposure by pressing the shutter button half way down. When you are shooting in One Shot mode (AI-Single), then the camera had to focus first and than it will take picture. But imagine you have a bit trouble with focusing and with my L glass 70-200 f/4 you can have it on M/A, let camera do the focusing and if you need to than you can adjust it manually. But when you want to make another shot camera will refocus and you will need to adjust it manually again to get the focus where you want it to be. With back focus button setuped it will be individual, you can focus and you can take shot anytime you like.

Another reason for this is when you are shooting some action or sports. Cameras have buffers. Buffer is space in camera where images are stored until they are transfered to cards. And buffers have limits. For my XSi it is 6 RAW files or 9 JPEGs. When your buffer get full you need to wait until it makes some space and for that time camera will not shoot. Some photographers like to release the shutter button to give camera time to empty this memory and write it all down to SD or CF card. But when you will release your shutter button, your camera will stop focusing. And that means you will need more time to focus after the buffer is empty to get sharp shot. With back focus button, you can still hold it and the camera will keep focusing. Then you just have to press the shutter.

Another great thing is with default setup you locked exposure and camera started focusing. With setting up back focus button, you will leave your shutter button just with exposure lock and that gives you more creative options and possibilities.

These are two great advantages of using back focus button and I got really used to it. I don’t focus anymore by shutter button and that is the way it is. But it is really up to you if you like it or not.

Here you can find an article from Digital Photography School about using Back Focus Button.

Some time ago a friend of mine asked me to help him with his shooting. He has Canon Rebel XS and wanted to learn more about shooting landscapes. Everything started in the local pub where he was terrified about getting up at 8 a. m. and I was terrified to get up so late! We had a couple of beers and went back home.

I woke at 7 a. m. and got ready for shooting. What I wasn’t ready for was the cold. As you might know, cameras have their range in which they will be working fine. When you will go outside this range, there might be trouble. My Canon can be used according the manual to -5 °C (23 °F). And that is quite OK. The trouble was, that it wasn’t -5°C or even -10°C but -22°C (-7,6 °F)!

The beginning of shooting was quite fine and fun. To be honest we had for the first 5 minutes the best light I’ve ever seen. There was a snow storm coming and it mixed with beautiful sun light. Really gorgeous. But I made one shot and I wasn’t able to continue shooting, my arms were freezing! That isn’t the worst part.

We stayed outside for some time and then decided to go back. I saw a nice curve of road and took my camera. I turned it on, set everything for the scene, focused and pressed the shutter button. But nothing happened. The mirror inside body got frozen! It hadn’t ever happen to my or anyone I know. But to be honest, I’m the only freak to go out and shoot in -22°C.

After some time the camera continued working and I made some shots. I really didn’t want to stay out because the camera and went back home so I got only few shots.

Here is I think the best shot from the whole “trip” and I’m looking forward to go on another hike with my camera. I just hope weather will be nicer…

This photo can be seen at my Flickr page also.

Shot was taken with Canon EOS 450D/Rebel XSi with Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lens @70 mm. Settings I used were ISO: 800, f/11, 1/50s, +2/3 EV.


This Monday I had a chance to take a close look on the new 60D from Canon. What is the same and what is different … and what is crazy? To be honest it is a mixture of 7D, 550D and 50D (possibly).

Body and handling


The 60D sits right between 7D and 550D in size and even performance. The body itself is from “plastic”. Well a better one, but it surely isn’t the tough magnesium. It fits quite good in your hand and I had some feeling they moved the shutter button a bit, but it might and probably was, my mistake.

Canon is specific for their thumb dial. Previous models had this dial and joystick for navigation. In this particular model they made a combination of these two – a dial with “joystick navigation pad” in the middle. For me it was quite a pain. If you are shooting in warm conditions, you don’t have to wear gloves. But in winter the situation is different. With gloves you might not be able to use the dial as you would want to. Instead of turning, you could press the navigation.

Now lets talk a bit about controls and buttons other than joystick. Canon took all the buttons on the left back side of camera and arranged them to the right site. It’s great, because you can press it with your right hand and the left one can always support camera. On the other hand more buttons you have on small space, bigger possibility of pushing something you really don’t want. They also changed the buttons next to top LCD. Previous models had two possibilities to change when you pressed one button like AF/Metering. Now you have only one function.

You might think that I only criticize, but to be honest, I really didn’t like the camera. But there is one point I liked and I thing that this is the only reason why you should buy 60D. It’s the floppy screen.

Is it worth the money?

Canon EOS 60D ISO 6400

For me absolutely not. If you want to shoot just video and some stills, get 550D. If you want to get serious, go for 7D. How I sad earlier, the only selling point for 60D is the floppy screen.

Want to know more about performance and tech spec? Than click on this link.

Where to buy this camera? I recommend Megapixel or FotoŠkoda for Czech people and of course B&H or Adorama.