imagesmith’s photo gear

Heres the current line up of our photo gear


taken with the mighty Lumix LX3

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D (sold)
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS
  • EF 24-70 f2.8 L
  • EF 17-40 f4.0 L
  • EF 50mm f1.4
  • EF 100mm f2.8 Macro
  • Speedlight 580 EX
  • Speedlight 550 EX

I invested on pro graded lenses recently. I sold all my 3rd party lenses. Don’t get me wrong, but my previous 3rd party lenses performed well and served me well, published some great photos with it. But of course there are some shortcomings in every product and It was frustrating at times. Now with my new 21MP 5D Mark II some of my consumer lenses showed some poor perfromance. Hopefully as budget and business will let me, next yearΒ  I can add these lenses to my arsenal EF 135 f2.0 L, EF 15mm f2.8 fisheye, TS-E 24mm, EF 50mm f1.2 L and EF 85mm f1.2 L, oh well i will be a happy kid again πŸ˜€ Thats what you called day dreaming πŸ˜‰ Seriously, I dont want to shortcharge my clients and il give them the best output that skills and equipment can provide.

my LX3.. the first impressions

Panasonic Lumix LX3

its here.. bought from hong kong (Thanks Aids!) I also ordered Sandisk Extreme 3 8g SDHC.

First impressions:

  • classically designed camera. Rangefinder look. I love it!
  • superb leica summicron lens, contrasty, fast and sharp
  • too many features to play with
  • 16:9 ratio is really awesome
  • impressive ISO performance up to 400. ISO 800 decent
  • hi-res LCD
  • phenomenal HD video
  • lotsa customizable features
  • can be used for strobist. 580ex I and flashwaves RF trigger works!
  • decent 1/2000s flash sync speed (with off shoe flash)
  • 24mm wide angle lens!
  • Quick controls (joystick & 4 way nav buttons)
  • in-camera post production
  • RAW file capaility

The LX3 is a serious point & shoot camera. It wont replace my DSLR’s but it will definitely be with me all the time.

Sheeny, shiny products!

Jayr my assistant preparing the next to photograph
Jayr my assistant preparing the next shiny object

This week Im shooting shiny products, the most challenging product I ever photographed. I successfully eliminated the unwanted reflections and I also created some wanted shadows to put more life to the product. You really need to understand how the light bounces back (angle of incidence) to perfect this shot.