CEMETERY | Thursday, December 30, 2021

10:34 PM

#CEMETERY: winter requires a lot of patience if you’re waiting for good natural light. Gloves and a furry headband to keep ears warm help too. #canon #graveyard #5DmkIV

RICHMONDPARK | Monday, November 29, 2021

1:12 AM

#RICHMONDPARK: for someone unencumbered with mass, I have a lot of static inertia when in bed or on sofa, but I staggered into the park for the time in ages, hoping the cold would deter the lukewarm Insta crowd - it did - and the deer were so relaxed I didn’t spot them until I was almost among them. I am not a fan of zoom lenses, quite the opposite, but I concede that modern cameras makes their lack of speed irrelevant. And modern software fixes their compromises perfectly. #canon #5d4 #deer #landscapephotography #richmond #visitrichmond

canon | Monday, March 28, 2016

9:35 AM

The reason it was so cheap is this. Around 122,000 shutter cycles. But this is a shutter rated at 400,000 cycles. It has to be at 14fps. #canon #eos1dx #dslr #photography

canon | Monday, March 28, 2016

9:32 AM

The gap between the 5D series and this camera is huge. It’s not measured on paper, but in places like this. Amazingly adjustable AF system for all manner of situations, and straight out of the box, will eat you alive. It took weeks to get anywhere near the results of my old 5D2, a camera that just works brilliantly straight away. The 1DX takes a lot of getting used to - it’s a big jump and anyone who thinks that the 5D III is anywhere near the performance of this camera based on specs is an idiot. Massive amounts of horsepower driving the lens AF system, vast processor power dedicated to image processing and the exposure gets a dedicated processor too. And this is all happening at 12-14 frames every second. This is the highest performing camera I’ve ever seen. God knows what the Mark II must be like. I nearly took the Leica upgrade offer from the M9 to the M, at around £2300, and the 1DX came in at about half that with the trade-in. And it’s a hundred times better than the Leicas. #canon #eos1dx #dslr #photography #

canon | Monday, March 28, 2016

9:20 AM

You have no idea how amazing it is to see this button. Canon have made it a custom button too, but it is a direct descendent of the spot metering button from the Canon T90 in the 80s. That camera remains a milestone, a landmark, an amazing waypoint in camera design and its multi-spot metering with shadow/highlight correction remains the finest in-camera metering system that has ever been. Until now. The 1DX offers the very same multi-spot metering. At its simplest, you would spot meter from the shadows and then the highlights, and immediately see in the viewfinder the dynamic range of your image, and then shift the whole range up or down to favour the shadows or highlights. Modern sensors have a huge range, of course, but understanding spot metering is a fundamental skill for any photographer seeking fine-grained control over every aspect of the picture-making process. #canon #eos1dx #dslr #photography #spotmetering

canon | Monday, March 28, 2016

9:13 AM

This is a peculiar set of controls: duplicate buttons which can be customized, but of course, these are really here to present an identical configuration when shooting in landscape or portrait. The back of the camera also has duplicate controls for everything. It’s very, very impressive. #canon #eos1dx #dslr #photography

canon | Monday, March 28, 2016

9:09 AM

Two Compact Flash bays are quite something. They have multiple configurations, such as RAW to one and JPEG to the other, which makes for an ultra-flexible workflow, not to mention unstoppable shooting given two massive cards and switching to JPEG all-round. At 14 frames a second, it’s easy to use vast amounts of storage. #canon #eos1dx #dslr #photography #compactflash

canon | Monday, March 28, 2016

9:04 AM

This is a series of posts on the Canon EOS-1DX. The EOS-1 has always been a highly impressive flagship, from back in the 1980s to the present day. The camera has become larger and incredibly sophisticated, diverging into full-frame and APS-sized before merging back with this camera. It’s packed with features above and beyond the rest of their lineup, starting with this, an Ethernet port. #canon #eos1dx #dslr #photography #ethernet

Canon 5D and 5D II are antiquated

_Warning: Droning, rambling rant ahead.

Low tide on the Thames

Background: So I’ve talked myself into taking the gf’s D300 to India, for I need a zoom telephoto while I’m there, my least-preferred lens, but I either shell out 700 quid for a new Canon lens which isn’t as fast as my old Nikon 80-200 f2.8, or just borrow the damn Nikon. Easy decision. So it’s time to start learning the Nikon, a system I haven’t touched since I chucked the D1X and D70, and so far, it’s been fun. Setting aside the (rather endless) question of image quality, what we have here is a lightning-fast camera. It just responds. The focus is rapid, the drive is twice as fast as the 5s and it all just works. Last night, I was shooting with the 5 in a dark, dark nightclub. 25600 ISO all the way, which, incidentally, I absolutely love. So it was dark, and the 5D was just refusing to lock focus. Not surprising, but the 5D often does that when working at speed. But the D300 isn’t. The focus points are large and easy to catch, there’s 51 of them, and focus tracking, watching the point zip around the viewfinder, works well. I tracked some seagulls flying over on the South Bank and all was good in the hood. Last time I tried it with either of the 5s, it was a complete waste of time. So. What we have here is Canon putting photographers somewhere other than first. We get a camera that barely focuses, but does put out 21 megapixels. A camera with a poky viewfinder, but does shoot video. I have no brand loyalty, by the way, so this isn’t an advert for one company over another. But Nikon seem to realize that it is possible to make a series of high performance professional cameras over a wide range of prices and sizes without disabling them in some way, rather than only two at the top end, like Canon. Some of us, indeed, plenty of us, don’t want a massive heavy body, let alone two of them. But we do want good weather sealing and excellent build, top-notch AF and high-speed motors. And with Canon, there’s this huge patch occupied by the 5D series. A good camera, but I wish it was better.