So we just recently received a new Canon 5Ds. It’s been a long wait since we pre-ordered, but it’s finally here so we decided to see how it looked side by side with our trusty 5D Mark III and our somewhat finicky IQ 160 Phase One back. Below are some comparisons of Chris’ pearly blues from ISO ranges 100-800.
This is just our quick look at the cameras side by side to get a idea of what the new canon is all about. It’s by no means an in depth technical review… We’re not exactly the most technical photo crew on the planet and we’re not hoping to be so either.
What we’ve noticed between the cameras is that the 5Ds files have a bit more contrast than the 5D3. The 5D3 handles higher ISO’s a little better than the 5Ds but that was expected with the cramming of more pixels into the sensor. The 5Ds is very close in sharpness to the IQ160 but we feel the IQ160 beats it just barely. In terms of ISO, the IQ160 is really not great above ISO 200, and even though we rarely shoot above 800, the 5Ds will be able to cover us in that department as well as having an actually functioning auto focus system.
I’m sorry medium format cameras, but you guys just cant keep up against massive multi-point AF arrays. I can see us moving away from the IQ160 for these reasons alone, but then again it could open the door for buying an even larger medium format back in the future.
Take a look at the images below. We’d love to hear your take on all of this as well – let us know in the comments!
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ISO 100 test between Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 5DS, and PhaseOne IQ160.
ISO 200 test between Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 5DS, and PhaseOne IQ160.
ISO 400 test between Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 5DS, and PhaseOne IQ160.
ISO 800 test between Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 5DS, and PhaseOne IQ160.
In the fall of 2014 the Crisman team made a quick trip down to the amazing island of Puerto Rico for an assignment. Although we could have stayed for weeks, our schedule only afforded us a few days in paradise – where we did what we do best, we made pictures.
Traveling to the surf capitol of the island, Rincón, we headed straight for the beach in search of the sun, sand and photos to be had. It was on the appropriately named Surf beach that we met up with Rincón local Koty and her dog Maya to shoot a few frames.
Of course there were very few complaints from the crew – despite the fact that we often had to play human light-stand with a 7B backpack strapped to our backs. No worries though, no assistants, cameras, or lighting gear were lost on this trip.
We owe a big thank you to Koty and our crew in Puerto Rico for all of their help in making this shot and a handful of others possible –
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It’s a new year.
And with that we’re off to a new start. As we sit here in the studio with snow falling around us, there’s a moment of both tranquility and anticipation. We’re back in action and ready to get cracking in 2015. After a much needed pause in the action, the new adventure of 2015 is upon us and we’re already working on new assignments, planning new personal projects, looking into picturesque locations and seeking out unique and beautiful talent – all the while, making sure the every day we come to work is one where we’re having fun and doing it for the sake of making amazing images.
That is to say, it’s pretty much business as usual.
The Crisman team has a big year ahead, and as always we’ll be sharing it as we go. There’s always this blog, Chris’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to stay up to date on the action. We’ll do our best to keep posting as this train keeps rolling – make sure you enjoy the ride.
We can’t believe that it’s already time to close the books on 2014. Forgive the cheesy expression, but it literally felt like only yesterday that we were gearing up for the year and jumping into our first shoots in January. In keeping with tradition from last year, we felt it was necessary to pause and take a look back through the images we’ve created this year. It’s been a tough edit – we tried to pick our top 10, but couldn’t stop there and landed at 13. We’ve made some many photos that we’re happy with and have to leave out a few that we’re not able to share quite yet. That being said, we wanted to share our favorites thus far, the best of the best.
No collection of images would be fit to show without a proper thank to you everyone involved in the process – including our wonderful clients from all over the globe, the extremely dedicated and talented crew who have helped produce these shoots, and of course our subjects themselves. Thank you, we couldn’t have done this without you.
Did we miss anything? Any of your favorites not included? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and/crismanphoto!
Whew. That’s about all we can say for the last six weeks. Starting in October, lasting through the entire month of November and just now after a quick bite of turkey and some stuffing, we can take a breath and reflect on how crazy-busy we’ve been these past few weeks. Our almost non-stop schedule of shoots has taken us across the country, up to NYC, down to tropical Puerto Rico, and crisscrossing a ton of cities in between including Washington DC, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Detroit to name a few.
So what do we have to show for all of this travel? As always our hands are tied to show the final results, but we’ve really created some beautiful new photos and have great stories to share along with them. For now though, we’ll tell our story through pictures and share a taste of everything we’ve seen. Enjoy!
The past month and a half have sure been a wild ride and it’s not over quite yet. We’ll be jamming straight on through till 2015. As for now though, stay tuned and keep in touch below orÂ @crismanphotoÂ and /crismanphoto!
A few weeks ago, our editors at the New York Observer called with the opportunity to photograph none other than the actor and comedian Kevin Kline. A true professional, Mr. Kline was an amazing subject who was generous with his time and open to some of our crazier ideas. We owe a big thank you to our editors at the Observer as well as Kevin and his team for making this possible.
We shot a handful of options, both studio portraits and environmental setups. We had the luxury of shooting in the rooftop bar at the Archer Hotel, offering us beautiful views of midtown Manhattan.
And at this point you’re probably wondering where the cookies and milk came from. No this was not some clever prop that we had planned all along – it was a request of Mr. Kline’s. When we explained we were shooting him sitting at the bar and asked what he wanted, the answer was simple “milk and cookies.” Genius.
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Weâ€™re moving to the next great state on our list, Arizona. The Crisman team has traveled to Arizona a handful of times to shoot in the past few years, but the one assignment (over the course of two trips) that has really stuck with us was shooting a story on forest fires, logging, and forest conservation for The Nature Conservancy.
The crux of this assignment was to shoot the fire itself – something that a freak snowstorm in early April made impossible to do. Fire or not, we still made portraits, braving the elements to photograph essential people and landscapes for the story.
Ultimately, our editors at The Nature Conservancy decided it was best it we went back in warmer weather in search of a real fire to shoot – which, thanks to the help of our partners at the National Forest Service, we obviously found.
We owe a big thank you especially to Mary Lata, for taking us into the blaze itself, and her crew for watching over us and making sure we made it out of there safe and sound (albeit a little bit smoky).
Did you miss our original stories on Catching Fire for The Nature Conservancy? Take a look back in the blog archives at the two posts detailing our adventures: Catching Fire I and Catching Fire II.
Stay tuned for the next 47 states… Questions? Comments?Â Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!