You’ve done it: flight, rental car and hotel booked, $1,700 Gold Badge purchased. You are about to attend the most diversified festival in the country — SXSW. Now it’s time to pack. What does one take to this event featuring A-list celebs, billion dollar corporations and the CEOs of the next big thing? Here’s what we brought to stay connected, light on our feet and ready to make a strong first impression for all those meet-and-greet networking sessions (not to mention the VIP parties).
No excuses, just good shots
Today’s affordable tools, cameras, classes and copious creative outlets have brought making a film (one of the best story-telling devices) nearly to the everyman. Still, all those advances can’t change a basic fact: sometimes making a movie means going to where the story is rather than waiting for it to come to you. But paying to check 10 Pelican cases of equipment will essentially eat your entire production budget, not to mention it’s tough to sneak into a location if you have a fleet of boxes and bags. This kit can be carried by one or two people in traditional suitcases — which means you get your shots, no matter where those shots may be.
If you fake it, you won't make it
Canon is on the front line of the assault against counterfeit parts, taking the proverbial (cannon) shot across counterfeiters’ bows. Counterfeit products, be they purses or batteries, boast cheap price tags because they’re cheaply made. Fake Canon batteries, battery grips and chargers aren’t manufactured under the stringent quality standards and regulations that true Canon products are, and as such they can be at best a nuisance — lower performance, voided warranties — and at worst cause hazards like overheating, device damage and fires.
Today in gear, we discuss Roland’s resurrected drum machine, galactic wonder shoes, Canon’s latest compact champion, Jordan and his Jordans and more.
Today in Gear, we find British cycling jacket, a Holdfast leather camera bag, a silver ball for storing files and much more.
Autofocus in Every Pixel
We know you feel tech savvy standing at your son’s baseball game with a digital SLR around your neck and a high-def camcorder over your shoulder. But with the latest technology from Canon, the digital SLR is finally capable of shooting high-def videos worth your time and effort. Ten years and seven iterations after releasing their game-changing 10D digital SLR, they’ve done it again with the 70D ($1199), a mid-range digital SLR for the photographic enthusiast who’s ready to shoot smooth videos right next to stunning stills.
Fuloon Inflatable Backseat Car Mattress Calling all stand-up comics freshly moved to LA in the hopes of seeing their name up in lights: don’t let the prospect of living out of your car for months on end dissuade you. “What’s the deal with airline peanuts this backseat mattress,” you ask? It’s an inflatable affair about…
Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace Electronics, cash, small valuables. Just not drugs. Don’t put drugs in this thing. It’s a portable lockbox, but way, way more attractive than anything “lock box” connotes. The cable that wraps around the case will tether to a secure object and double as a carrying handle, so you can take a…
CyberTool Lite Swiss Army Knife Counterintuitively, the CyberTool Lite is actually not a smaller version of Swiss Army’s original Cyber Tool, but rather an expanded edition. This new arrangement keeps all the stainless steel specialty tools, like knives, hex, Torx and Philips bits, pliers, wire cutters and something called a reamer, but adds an 8x…
Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Portable Speaker A man’s got to have his music, location be damned. The Rock Out 2 is a 7-inch speaker that connects via 3.5-mm audio jack and pumps out tunes for 20 hours per charge. It charges via USB, or through a small Goal Zero solar array (sold separately) that…
The tenth installment of our Staff Favorites series features Mr. Jeremy Berger. As far as life experiences go, Jeremy’s raced so far ahead of the pack that he’s threatening to lap us. Last summer he trained for and completed an Ironman in Louisville. He lived abroad in Germany after graduating as a Fulbright Scholar; he drank whiskey with good ole boys while working as a line cook in Mississippi; he’s a natural (and trained) culinary whiz; recently, he adventured through a certain embargoed Caribbean island. His favorite gear is many-faceted, fun and useful, the signature of an aggressive and full approach to life.
Connectivity never looked so good
The creative process is a series of concessions. That ideal image, pristine and brilliant in your mind, gradually breaks down in the face of technological limitations and, well, real life. Canon’s EOS 6D, the lightest and most affordable of the brand’s full-frame models, seeks to narrow the gap between vision and reality. With a 20.2 megapixel sensor, a 100 to 125,6000 ISO range, and 11-point autofocus, the EOS 6D more than holds up its end of the creative bargain.
Read on for a breakdown of all the camera’s unique features.
Putting products on a pedestal
We’ve all experienced it before — that overwhelming desire to stop and marvel at something. For some, the response is sparked by the sight of art, a beautiful landscape or even particular members of the fairer sex (uncouth, we know). Certain things in this world simply demand more than a passing glance or two. For people like us, though, it’s all about great things that live at the intersection of impeccable design and remarkable engineering. Chances are you feel the same way.
Today, we’re introducing a new way of telling stories — one with fewer words and a higher focus on bringing products we test to life through the magic of short-form video, one perfect for a quick moment of inspiration (or awe) that’s mobile friendly and ready to go. We’re calling them GP SHORTS.
Click to watch our first take.
The world’s smallest, lightest DSLR
For as long as digital SLR cameras have been around it’s been assumed that their image quality and versatility came at the expense of weight and size. Canon shifts the balance — equalizes it, really — with their new EOS Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest, lightest DSLR. There are no sacrifices made to trim down: a powerful 18-megapixel sensor and full HD video recording are proof of that. What’s more, the SL1 is compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses, allowing you to get the perfect shot, whether that calls for 8mm or 1,600mm. With the EOS SL1, Canon has shrunk the DSLR down to something that you’ll want to carry every day. They’ve given you access to the top-tier shooter you need every time there’s an important moment to capture. So what, specifically, makes the EOS Rebel SL1 such a compact powerhouse? We break it down on the next page.
A new Rebel with a cause
Canon’s Rebel line of DSLRs has always offered an impressive mixture of features while remaining completely approachable. The recently released Canon EOS Rebel T5i continues this tradition as the new flagship of the Rebel line. Like the EOS Rebel 650D before it, this shooter boasts an 18MP CMOS sensor, a 9-point cross-type AF sensor, a 3-inch 1.04m-dot touch-sensitive vari-angle ClearView II LCD, and Full HD video mode, complete with continuous autofocus in movie mode with subject tracking; these are all contained in a body that feels more professional than its predecessor.
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The complete package either way
Kit lenses have a bad reputation for being the cheap training wheels of the photography world, built solely to make the DSLR buying process more approachable for thrifty consumers in search of a one-stop upgrade. These knocks against the category aren’t completely unfounded, but you shouldn’t let the general snobbery of experienced photographers steer you away from a good deal or convenience. There are a variety of kit lenses that are still a tremendous value and a great starting point for building a glass collection, whether they’re purchased with a camera or on their own. Here, you’ll find a few of our favorites across a variety of major brands and setups.
The Founder's Reserve
The ninth installment of our Staff Favorites series features none other than GP founder, Mr. Eric Yang. Eric is, cliche be damned, the heart and soul of our team, and his vision and aesthetic define everything you love about what we do. Few people know that he can survive for days at without food or water, subsisting on a diet of symmetry alone. His first language was Photoshop. Helvetica was inspired by his childhood doodles. Michael Bay calls him for advice on being epic; errors fix themselves once caught in his knowing gaze. He was “old school before old school became new school”. He is the most fastidious man in the world. As we’ve found to be the case with all our staff, the gear speaks to the man.
A Full-Frame Legacy Lives On
Canon has long stood apart from its competitors in the world of DSLR cameras. Each successive EOS release since the pioneering EOS 650 model in 1987 has pushed the vanguard of photographic technology, all the while maintaining sleek, elegant design and attending to customer feedback.
This attention to the consumer shines through in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($3,499), a camera that has single-handedly set the standard for modern DSLRs.
Let’s dive further into how the Canon EOS 5D Mark III continues Canon’s full-frame legacy.
The eighth installment of our Staff Favorites series features Mr. Jonathan Gallegos. Jonathan has been described as a “strange bird” among the GP crew — though we mean it in the most affectionate sense. He certainly has an eclectic skill set: a Masters Degree in taxation paved the way for his full-time job as a tax accountant, but before all that this numbers man also figured out how to deftly craft copy, all the while bussing tables, running a “debt-laden” eBay store and toweling off tennis pros. His passions run wide and deep. Photography, cars, sports, arguing the finer points of Shiner Bock and his other favorite beers — none are spared his attention. All of these things are firmly rooted in his sometimes obscene, always diabolically funny sense of humor. He might not always be entirely tasteful, but he’s got a damn good taste in gear.
Gear for a 3-week Caribbean journey
Packing for three weeks of travel could easily balloon into roller bags, laptop cases and fanny packs. If you’re staying in luxury hotels and somebody else is handling your gear, fine. Bring the sheepskin robe. But if you may have to spend full days carrying your luggage on your back, then you’re limited to the essentials. Here’s what I stuffed into my GORUCK GR2 for three weeks in Cuba.
It’s pretty clear that our staff is passionate about gear, and as we strive to bring you the best of the best, we also want to take the time to share our own personal favorites. These are the goods we personally own: our essentials. Over the next few months, we’ll bring you each of our writers’ 10 personal favorites. By the look of things, the selection will run a wide gamut, from heirloom pieces to the most practical of gear that can be easily procured — a gear fingerprint, of sorts. Last but not least, each will share one “holy grail” item that still remains the stuff of dreams, out of reach, but hopefully only temporarily so. This week, we check out the goods of Bradley Hasemeyer, GP’s Auto Correspondent and Behind The Wheel host.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 The latest addition to the EOS family takes the crown as the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market today. Though it weighs a mere 14 ounces, it still packs a 18-megapixel APS-C sensor as well as other goodies like a touch-enabled LCD screen — making it a perfect entry-level option…
You can go ahead and file the Canon PowerShot N under stopgap product, but until someone figures out how to cram a big ol’ sensor and lens into a tiny lil’ package, there’s going to be a divide between what your smartphone’s camera and a real camera can capture. The PowerShot N’s approach is to…
12 gifts for the tech obsessed
To the inexperienced, the words “techie” and “guy” seem synonymous. Sure, most guys do like technology these days — but like does not true a techie make. So while this list can absolutely be applied to any modern man, its real target is the hardcore gadget nut. The one who scours the blogs and refreshes…
Your new resource for all things Canon
When you spend as much time as we do scouring the known universe in search of noteworthy products, one thing becomes abundantly clear: building a single great thing is a phenomenally difficult accomplishment, and repeating it is next to impossible. Every so often though, a company emerges that defies the odds and changes the world…
Shoot smarter, shoot better
We see color all around us: on our screens, big and small and in real-life. It’s the norm. Black & white, however, evokes an emotion. With less to consume and consider, we begin to see drama, contrast and subjects. For our fifth Sharp Shooter article, we’re tackling the process of shooting black & white photography….
Shoot to the clouds
It seems like everybody’s jumping on the social media bandwagon (some more logically than others). Canon’s decided to take a shot too with their curiously named, cloud-based storage service Project 1709. Currently in beta testing, this online photo warehouse places heavy emphasis on UI and sports the ever-popular tile layout (cough, Flickr) for quick viewing,…
Still pointing and shooting
It seems like only a year ago we were telling you about the Canon Powershot S100 — wait, it WAS a year ago, almost to the day. So, in celebration of that anniversary, Gear Patrol, or rather Canon, brings you the next evolutionary step in point-and-shoot cameras, the Powershot S110 ($449), scheduled to hit stores…
We've got ourselves a Japanese standoff
Nikon’s D600 full-frame DSLR seemed poised to undercut its arch nemesis Canon in the prosumer market — until now. The Canon EOS 6D ($2,100) is Canon’s smallest, lightest (only 24 ounces) and cheapest full-frame DSLR ever. It’s slightly slimmer and weighs less than the D600 while boasting integrated wi-fi — a convenient feature we’ve been…
A man dressed in an all brown uniform just dropped off the “grail” watch on your “work” from home day. You feverishly tear the packaging open and hold up the culmination of your hope and dreams as if it were a cub named Simba. Spending two months of salary on this iconic piece of horological…