Topaz are offering 15% Discount off their Suite of Products

Topaz are offering a rather nice 15% discount off their excellent A.I Gigapixel, A.I Sharpen and A.I DeNoise products (in addition to the full suite of products). Just use the following link for the discount http://topazlabs.refr.cc/joshuaholko The photograph below of the young wolf on the border between Finland and Russia was processed in Lightroom and then upscaled for a 40″ x 60″ print using Topaz A.I Gigapixel. I will have a future video on this very soon.

 

New Mac Pro Tower of Power Arrival

A few weeks ago I blogged that I took the plunge and ordered a brand new 16-Core Xeon Mac Pro for my still and video editing requirements. I noted at the time I would delve more in depth into my thought process for the purchase as well as discuss my reasoning for the final specification I chose. Since we are all pretty much stuck at home at the moment and since it has been more than a few years since my last unboxing video (the Canon 200-400mm f4L IS Lens) I felt it high time for another unboxing video and a vlog discussion on the new Mac Pro. Enjoy.

 

 

New Studio and New Mac Pro Tower of Power

Things have been a little quiet on my blog over the last week or so as I have been very busy with renovations and painting during the COVID lock down (It seemed the ideal time to make the most of the forced time at home). My days have mostly been spent at the ugly end of a paintbrush as I have moved from room to room splashing a new lease of life around the walls and ceiling. Painting has to be the exact antithesis of what I would rather be doing and if it were not for this current COVID crisis I would be in Svalbard right now sharing a wonderful experience with a group of passionate photographers.  Ce la’ Vie.

As well as painting the place I also recently moved my studio and office (down sized a bit) and added a new Mac Pro computer for my video and image editing workflow. I will probably do a video in the coming weeks on why I decided to pony up the substantial cash for the new Mac Pro and what my mind set and reasoning were for this not inexpensive purchase decision. In the end, I opted for the spec. below; which I felt offered really good bang for buck performance. I do have some updates in my mind down the road, such as the addition of an After Burner card for editing Prores and more internal SSD storage. – more to come on that later.

Canon Announces New Firmware for the EOS 1DX MK3 April 2020

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following enhancement and fixes:

The option to capture full HD movies and 4K UHD movies in 23.98p frame rate has been added.

The communication speed has been improved when connected via wired LAN.

The “Browser Remote” function has been added.

The function to transfer only protected images has been added.

Corrects the phenomenon in which, when the electronic level is set to “Show” in the viewfinder display, in rare cases, the camera may freeze when operating the AF-ON button or shutter button.

Corrects the phenomenon in which the Custom Shooting Mode settings may change when the shooting mode is switched.

Download firmware v1.1.0 for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 RAW File Noise Tests 2020

Early today I picked up two brand new Canon EOS 1DX MK3 camera bodies from Sun studios in Melbourne (Thanks Rob!). A few weeks ago I beta tested a pre-production firmware version for Auto Focus and wrote my initial impressions online HERE. I was seriously impressed by what I saw and have been super keen to get production cameras in my hands. I have now had a chance to shoot some images and test the new cameras high ISO capabilities with full production firmware. You can download the RAW files HERE. A few notes below:

I did not bother to test 1/3rd stops since these are either push or pull in camera from the standard full ISO stops – 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12,800, 25,600, 51,200 and 102,400.  I did not test Highlight Tone Priority.

I did not underexpose the images by four or more stops and then push them since this approach does not represent real world application (at least in my world). Instead, each image is exposed correctly in camera. I still suggest you ‘normalise’ the exposures and match white balance once you import into Adobe Lightroom.

You must have the latest version of Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera RAW or DPP to open the files. I do not use Capture One so did not test this software. Incidentally, Canon EOS 1DX MK3 files are noticeably sharper out of camera than MK2 files. Canon’s brand new AA sensor is the best I have seen in this regard. It is remarkable.

Conclusions: ISO 100-3200 are essentially noiseless in real world use and require no noise reduction. ISO 6400 is still totally ok out of camera without any noise reduction of any kind. ISO 12,800 and 25,600 are exceptional by industry standards and can be made to look as good as ISO 3200 with moderate noise reduction. ISO 51,200 and 102,400 are as expected quite grainy, but still usable with more judicious noise reduction.  This is remarkable performance that represents at least a 2-stop advantage over the MK2 and sets a very high benchmark for other cameras.

The images you are looking at below are JPEG’s that are direct unaltered conversions from the Canon CR3 RAW file in Adobe Lightroom. No noise reduction has been applied to them other than the default Adobe setting. Note that the images are scaled down (which has the effect of lowering noise) so I strongly suggest you download the RAW files linked above and view them at 100%.

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 100

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 200

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 400

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 800

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 1600

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 3200

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 6400

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 12800

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 25,600

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 51,200

Canon EOS 1DX MK3 – ISO 102,400