Camera Reviews

Fuji x100s on Nature Trail – Field Trip to Sanborn Park, Saratoga, CA


Just posted some shots from my new Fuji X100s on

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Fun camera! nice and light

– Jordan

Sony A7R…Great Camera…Loud Shutter

Dad...that camera is noisy!

Dad…that camera is noisy!


So long story short…a Sony A7R with Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens showed up in December. Immediately noticed it had a very loud shutter, and you could feel it vibrate in your hands. Seemed lame for such an expensive camera. I sent it back and bought a Sony A7 24MP body instead. It has a different shutter, quieter and no chance of vibration.

Camera shake from the shutter would probably only happen with longer focal length lenses at certain shutter speeds…but again…I was worried it may bother me in the future so sent it back.

Download RAW files here

Here are some sample JPEG’s:

tripod, 1/160th, f/5.6, iso 50

tripod, 1/160th, f/5.6, iso 50


tripod, 1/10th, f/8, iso 50

tripod, 1/10th, f/8, iso 50


following are all handheld…






A7 w/ 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens review to follow.


2013 Holiday Shopping Guide – Pocket Cameras – Which Digital Camera Should I Get?

In the PixelReeder 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide – Which Digital Camera Should I Get?  post…I discussed the 3 main categories of consumer digital cameras.

Pocket Cameras I would consider purchasing:

Canon PowerShot S120  Around $400 from B&H in NYC 

I reviewed a previous version (s100) here. Canon seems to upgrade this camera every year. 12 MP CMOS chip, decent 1080 HD video, high iso, RAW file capture, IS, fast lens for low light. VERY COMPACT


Cyber-shot Digital Camera RX100  – around $550

Sony Cyber-Shot RX100
(photo from Sony website)


20MP, 1″ CMOS sensor, fast Zeiss lens, RAW mode, HD video. This would be preferable to the Canon S120. They also make an improved RX100 II…for a few hundred dollars more. For most folks the original is good enough.



2013 Holiday Shopping Guide – Which Digital Camera Should I Get?

Its that time of year, and I am asked repeatedly, “Which camera should I get?.”

Christmas is here! Which camera should I buy?
(Copyright 2011 Jordan Reeder / Reeder Studios, LLC)


Even though most of the new smartphones take really decent pictures, most people still like to have a “better” camera. Special occasions, holidays, travel, etc. Most smartphones still can’t compete with a proper modern digital camera in terms of low light sensitivity, optics, resolution, color, autofocus, flash power, RAW capability, dynamic range, etc. A few more years…and smartphones will probably be good enough.

There are 3 big categories for consumers seeking digital cameras.

1. Compact / Point and Shoot / Pocket Cameras – Pretty obvious…small cameras (no interchangeable lenses) with decent megapixel sensors. Downside – usually physically small sensors which produce noisy images in low light, and can’t achieve the shallow depth of field look you get with a full frame or APS -C sized sensor. Generally least expensive compared to other types of cameras, decent cameras for average consumers range from $150-500.

Canon PowerShot S120
(photo from Canon USA website)


2. Mirrorless Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses –  This segment has seen the most change/growth in the last few years. Falls between compact and DSLR cameras. Sensors are now high MP and can be as large as full frame 35mm. Most midrange cameras have a slightly smaller chip size. They do very well in low light, smaller form factor and weight compared to a DSLR. Vast lens selection. In the next few years, many consumers interested in DSLR’s will be buying these instead. Moderately priced. Decent cameras (with 1 lens) for average consumers range from $400-2000.

Sony a7 24.3 megapixel mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses
(photo from sony website)


3. DSLR Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses  Larger / heavier bodies and lenses, SLR viewfinder, usually larger APS-C and full frame 35mm sensors which produce better images in low light. Great color, dynamic range, fast AF, huge selection of lenses, features, etc. Most professionals use some type of DSLR. Decent cameras (with 1 lens) for average consumers range from $650-2200

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame 35mm 20.2 MP Camera w/ Interchangeable Lenses
(photo from canon website)


So which one should you get?

If you want something small that you will take with you all the time because you’ll hardly notice its there, go for the compact point and shoot. I’ve found larger point and shoots like the Canon Gxx (G15, G16, etc.) series get left at home. They weigh too much, if I’m going to mess with that I want a proper big camera with interchangeable lenses. Some people like them…that’s fine…just my opinion.

If you are really into photography, you are probably already thinking about upgrading your current DSLR…then you need to really think about Mirrorless vs DSLR. If you have a bunch of DSLR lenses already, probably best to just upgrade the body.

For those of you who really enjoy photography and are thinking you want interchangeable lenses…look into mirrorless cameras. Cool thing is you can mount a simple compact lens when you want to travel super light and still fit it in a jacket pocket…DSLR would be tough.

In the next week, I’ll post some recommendations on makes and models.



Hey Dad, I insist you use my Canon S100 on your big trip! OOPS! — “lens error, will shut down automatically, restart camera”

Loaned my Dad a Canon PowerShot S100 (reviewed here) for his trip to Hong Kong, telling him it was so much better than his old camera.

Which it is…but a couple of days into the trip I get this message from him, “For some reason ur camera lens will not retract. It says “lens error, will shut down automatically, restart camera” when I try to shut off and close lens.  Camera wasn’t dropped or bumped. I reset lens closing from 1 min to 0 min but it didn’t help. Any ideas ?”

Oops sorry Dad. I googled the issue and came up with this Canon lens issue web announcement:

It has been confirmed that some PowerShot S100 digital cameras encounter a lens error caused by a disconnected part inside the camera. This announcement conveys the details of the issue and Canon’s service policy for affected cameras.

Canon continuously strives to provide our customers with high quality, reliable products that can be used with confidence. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who have been inconvenienced.

Some PowerShot S100 units (with the serial numbers listed below) may encounter a lens error due to a part becoming disconnected inside the lens. In particular, this lens error may occur when the camera is used in certain environmental conditions such as high temperature and/or humidity.

click here for more info

Sounds like they will repair free of charge even if out of warranty if this is in fact the issue, probably is because he is in a high humidity environment. Camera normal resides in sunny, dry, sf bay area :)

Will update when resolved.


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