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PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine

PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine

August 2021

Introducing the all-new PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, the biggest and best Canon DSLR photography magazine. We're now bigger and better than ever, with 148 pages packed with more Canon EOS DSLR techniques, test and tips than ever. You'll find new Canon pro photographer interviews, more in-depth Canon DSLR and kit tests, a comprehensive Canon DSLR and lens buyers' guide, Canon School technical advice, photo stories and more

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
how we test

We measure the max operate height of each tripod and its folded height for carrying. We also measure the combined weight of each set of tripod legs and head, using electronic scales, and measure the diameter of all leg sections, from the widest to the thinnest, using digital callipers. We check the ease of use, smoothness and precision of all available adjustments in each set of tripod legs and heads. This ranges from adjusting leg sections and pivot facilities (where available), to the locking mechanism of the ball head, as well as independent pan and friction damping adjustments, where fitted. To check overall stability, we shoot with a range of DSLR and mirrorless camera bodies fitted with wide-angle, standard, telephoto and macro lenses. We look for good resistance to flexing and vibrations…

1 min
it’s in the bag

A time-honoured tradition for carrying a tripod is to strap it to the outside of your photo bag or backpack. It’s a neat solution but can be awkward if the tripod catches on obstacles when you’re in confined spaces, and you might fall foul of carry-on restrictions when flying. Some of the latest designs are so small that you can fit them inside a bag, neatly solving the problem. When folded, most of the tripods in this test group go down to around 40cm (about 16 inches) or less. The two largest tripods in the group are the Kenro Ultimate Travel and Novo Explora T10, which fold down to 48cm. That’s still just under 19 inches, and entirely manageable for popping into a larger carrying bag.…

1 min
playing the angles

A ll of the tripods on test have legs that can be locked at multiple angles to the centre column. Typically either two or three alternative angles are available, in addition to the legs being able to swing up. This can help when you’re shooting on uneven terrain, or when there are obstacles in the way. For example, you might need to use one or two legs in a near-horizontal orientation and place the feet on a wall or table to get into position. Also, by splaying the legs to a wider angle when shooting at low operating heights, you can increase stability and reduce the risk of the tripod toppling over. Using wider leg angles also gives you a lower minimum shooting height when needed.…

1 min
heads up

A ll but two of the tripod kits on test come with ball heads, so the quality of the head is an important buying consideration. Smaller, more lightweight tripods tend to have a lower maximum load rating of around 4-6kg. They’ll typically have relatively small ball heads but can still perform well with the payload for which they’re designed. Some kits with heftier 8-15kg load ratings have chunkier, more heavy-duty heads. They tend to have ball heads that feature adjustable friction dampers and an independent panning release. Exceptions are the Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Advanced, which has a conventional 3-way head, and the Peak Design Travel Tripod, which features an integral head.…

2 min
focuspoint

Letter of the Month During lockdown my nine year old grandson, Elijah, struggled with schools closing, opening, then closing again… So I suggested he get a hobby and I have tried to initiate him into photography. I’m a very keen Canon photographer, and I gave him a couple of my PhotoPlus back issues to read through, and while I think the jargon may be slightly over his head, he did say that looking at the photos made him want ‘to take some like them’. Imagine his delight when I let him loose with my Canon EOS 77D DSLR and he produced this beautiful shot. He was so pleased with it. We printed it out and framed it for his Mum. Elijah’s aim is now to save up his pocket money to purchase “a…

1 min
meet the team…

PhotoPlus THE CANON MAGAZINE Peter Travers Editor • 5D Mark IV peter.travers@futurenet.com “I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with some of the top Canon pros in the business, it’s the best way to learn, as our big ‘Shoot Like A Pro’ guide shows.” PAGE 28 Dan Mold Technique editor • 1D X Mk III dan.mold@futurenet.com “In part two of my new landscape photography projects, I look at how to get the most from your Canon camera and lenses for better depth of field and sharpness.” PAGE 50 James Paterson Technique writer • 5D Mark IV james.paterson@futurenet.com “I’ve enjoyed playing with different gels to create some cool and colourful portraits in the studio for my photo project in this issue’s Canon Skills section.” PAGE 46 Louise Carey Technique writer • R6 louise.carey@futurenet.com “I show you how to use a digital grad filter in Lightroom to improve skies in scenic…