1. The other day we were invited by Sony to attend the Honda Indy in downtown Toronto.  We grabbed a slew of Sony equipment including the new Sony RX100 III point and shoot, the Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sony A77 II crop sensor semi-transluscent mirror camera, and a handful of lenses so that we could capture as much of the festivities as possible.  Lenses we brought included the Sony 55mm f/1.8 FE, the Sony 35mm f/2.8 FE, the Sony 70-200mm f/4 FE, and the massive Sony 500mm f/4 G lens (which turned into a tricky to maneuver 750mm thanks to the A77 II’s 1.5x crop sensor). 

    Enclosed are some of the sample photographs that show the versatility of the cameras used, but if you want to see the full gallery, just head over to our flickr album here, and enjoy the full-resolution goodness that Sony has provided.  A big thanks to the Sony team for supplying us with power, equipment, and Pit Passes for the event.

    PS: Stay tuned for a creamy sampler video shot at 60fps, which we’re currently putting together from the event. 

     

  2. While we had the D810 for a night, we decided to fire off some sample photos to show you the camera’s versatility.  The majority of the shots were taken at the same Body Butter event that our video was shot at, but we included some magic hour snapshots, and some low-light street photos too.  Lenses used included the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikon 16mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 85mm f/1.4, while settings wise, we tried to keep it as close to the camera’s default setup as possible.  Check out the full gallery with extra photos at our flickr album here.

     

  3. We took the all new Nikon D810, and put it to work in one of the most challenging on-site shooting environments for a video test: a dimly lit bar for a live concert.  The white balance was set to Auto 1, with a Standard color profile.  HD Video was recorded at 1080p @ 50fps, which we dropped down to 25fps for YouTube, an f.2.8 aperture and 1600 ISO.  Additional equipment included a Panasonic 32GB SDHC U3 card, a Manfrotto 562B Video Monopod, and a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.  All audio was recorded in camera for the purposes of this video, with levels manually set to their lowest possible sensitivity.  

    About the Show:  Body Butter is a collaborative outfit featuring Burt Sugar (of New Positions and Gay fame) and Mr. Bliss (of Strange Robotix) putting their love of 80’s soul, funk and electro in a blender, and transforming it into their own blend of modern pop.  I’ve known both members for some time, and had been actively awaiting this show, which has been in the works for the last six months, and was made possible by the joint ventures of People Put Out Productions (PPOP), Eastern Promises, and The Handlebar.  The set spanned only four songs, but the combination of Chris’ mellow electronic beats, and Neil’s explosive vocal talents (which sounded like they were channeling both Boy George and Robert Plant simultaneously), greeted the band’s debut show with thunderous applause at the relatively small 120 capacity venue.  My big regret of the night was being unable to keep recording video, as about 40 seconds after this video ends, Neil exploded into a vocal solo so raucous that has me convinced we’ll be hearing a lot more from Body Butter in the near future.

     
     

  4. This year for NXNE, the Canadian online music publication known as Chart Attack sent veteran documentary photographer Colin Medley to capture some snapshots of the much lauded and equally criticized music festival, armed with nothing but a Canon AE-1. For those who have no idea what that means, it’s a 70’s film camera. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it’s a type of camera that looks like a Rebel, but shoots on something known as 35mm negative film. Still confused? Come down and we’ll explain it to you from the base upwards, but for the purposes of online brevity, let’s get on with the story.


    We supplied Chart Attack with film and processing, and the results were pretty slick (although I personally wish we would’ve tossed them some high ISO black and white film to get the most out of those dingy bar-lit atmospheres). Now that the event is over, if you catch a glimpse of these pics, come on down and let us know where, and what you think, and you save an instant 13% off on your very own film/photofinishing! Pretty sweet, yeah?

    The offer expires August 17th, 2014, so get on down here, and enjoy the full gallery with extra snaps at the link below!

    Chart Attack NXNE Feature
     

  5. As you may have noticed, we haven’t been posting as much these days.  Well, part of the reason for that is that we worked our old computer into the ground.  With the recent push towards more video content we needed to update our workhorse, so here she is in all her glory.  Stay tuned, because now we’re really moving.

     

  6. A few weeks ago we had a chance to speak with Vitor from JCL Sales Group (the Canadian distributor for Voigtlander) and we decided to put together the discussion into a short web series, so that you could learn all about the brand, their history, products, and philosophy!

     
     

  7. New things are afoot at Downtown Camera. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come!

     

  8. This Saturday, Downtown Camera will be hosting The Big Voigtlander Event, where Voigtlander reps will be on hand at the store to demo lenses, answer questions, and to top it off, we’ll be offering in-store promotions and prizes.  In honor of the event, we took the three new cinema inspired lenses released by Voigtlander for Micro Four Thirds system cameras.  Check out the video below, and don’t hesitate to stop by this Saturday!

     
     

  9. Hey everyone! We know you’re all anticipating the upcoming Voigtlander event this Saturday, so we created a short video showing off some of that creamy Voigtlander lens goodness. Stay tuned as we’ll also be posting a video rundown of Voigtlanders four-thirds Nokton cine lenses later this week.

     
     

  10. Hey folks!  Tired of coming into a camera store and buying gear without knowing if it’s decent or not?  Well we’ve heard your lamenting cries and decided to get your back.  Now when you come into Downtown Camera, you can try out nearly every Canon and Nikon lens available in their catalog, including some massive powerhouse telephoto selections.  Come on down today and check out that lens you’ve always had your eye on, via our new hands-on approach.

     

  11. Join us on Saturday, May 31st and try an array of unique and amazing Voigtländer lenses for Leica M mount, Canon EF mount, Nikon F mount, and Micro 4/3 mount, as well as the many other special products from the Voigtländer line, including Bessa film bodies, lens adapters, viewfinders, and light meters.  
      
    In-store specials available on select Voigtländer items.  
       
    Join us and enter a chance to win a $300 Giotto’s tripod or a Gordy’s Neck Strap as in-store prize draws!