Archive for November, 2013

Followup review of the Canon 5D Mark III

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Travel, Video on November 23, 2013 by William Hooks

What do I NOT like about the 5D3/ Canon DSLR systems?

– No crop mode such as DX/ FX (Nikon got this RIGHT)
– No highly compressed 1080p/24 to reduce file sizes..NO 1080p/60!!!!
– No XLR inputs**
– Much more difficult to achieve ‘image overlay’ process in-camera (again, Nikon got this right)
– No built-in intervalometer (Please take a tip from Nikon??)
– Overheating during some longer video recordings**
– Beep mode is too quiet to be useful in a number of situations, especially outdoors
– (Overly)complex AF system
– Canon super telephotos tend to be much more expensive than Nikon counterparts
– No recording of an StdDef-quality vid version on a second card, for output to DVD/web**
– No ND filters built in ** (I’m reaching here….)

I prefer to use Nikons for photography and Canons for video… YMMV.

** these and other issues are well addressed by the Canon EOS Cinema camera line.

My video record of the Climate Change Solutions Forum at Cal Tech

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photojournalism, Video on November 22, 2013 by William Hooks

This is the first of four parts. Please also refer to my Facebook page for updates.

My (borrowed) editorial comment on the core issue of climate change

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photojournalism, Travel on November 14, 2013 by William Hooks

a href=”″>
<img sr

Climate Change Solutions Forum to be posted on YouTube

Posted in Photojournalism, Video on November 13, 2013 by William Hooks

Look for it under that title… I made 2 of the presentations during the second half of the program, which was held at the Hameetman Auditorium at Cal Tech, Pasadena, CA last Saturday.

It will be posted in 4 parts.

I have been asked to return to Cal Tech, to speak at an upcoming Environmental Sciences Conference in the first quarter of 2014.