State Cross Country Remote Camera Outakes

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I set a remote camera during every race I had to cover at the 2011 CHSAA State Cross Country Championships this year. I had some success and a few failures. Speaking of failures (WARNING: Rant Approaching), CHSAA has once again made covering the finish line nearly impossible for photographers. They continue to insist on having non essential personnel clogging the finish line. It is the most disorganized event I cover each year. I dread having to cover it. I know I’m not alone in this respect. (Rant over) Anyway here are a few select pictures from my remote along with some explanations.

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I Think I’m In Love: Fujifilm Finepix X10

Photo Courtesy of FUJIFILM North America

Wow. This is a seriously cool camera. I made a promise to myself to post as little about gear (and more about pictures) as possible since my redesign but I just couldn’t help it. I have always loved the look and feel of rangefinders but have never been satisfied with the “enthusiast compact” digital cameras available. I think that feeling might change. Behold what appears to be the best combination of retro style and modern digital technology I have seen to date. I want one.

Here’s a quick rundown of the most important specs:

  • 2/3″ 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor
  • An f2.0 to f2.8 lens consisting of 11 glass elements in 9 groups, including 3 aspherical
  • An all-metal lens barrel and smooth manual (YES PLEASE!) zoom ring
  • Film Simulation Modes including Velvia, PROVIA, and ASTIA (Excited yet?! Wait, what’s film again?)
  • 460K dot high contrast LCD screen
  • A glass optical viewfinder with a wide 20° viewing angle (That’s right, OPTICAL)
  • 0.8 seconds start up time using the on/off power switch built into the lens ring
  • P, A, S and M shooting modes accessed through an external dial
  • Quick shutter-release lag time of approximately 0.01 seconds

A few more press pictures after the jump.

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Props to Canon Pro Service

If you are a Canon shooter and are using your equipment for your primary source of income you should be a Canon Professional Service member. Last Monday I blew the shutter on one of my (usually) trusty EOS 1D Mark II Ns. I sent it UPS 2 day on Tuesday afternoon. Canon received my camera on Thursday morning, evaluated the problem, fixed it and sent it out on Friday morning. That’s a 1 day turnaround time for a serious repair!!!! Props to CPS for the excellent job they do repairing my equipment to keep me working.