A flexible, portable combination

23 Jul

Over the weekend, I managed to take my track cycling gear (without normal non-cycling shoes) and my older 20D with 50 mm lens to race at the Reading Velodrome without any problems (weight, bulk), probably the same weight as if I had taken street shoes, and got some nice photos. Looking at my Flickr stats for today, I realized that I had done something similar for the Oxford 8’s rowing races a couple of months ago.

While I love having the 7D now, the 20D I was using before is no slouch. It’s a bit lighter than the 7D, produces good picture quality, and is much cheaper to replace, so I don’t have to worry as much about it getting stolen! I’m really starting to see the benefits of having multiple bodies with several lenses so that I can mix and match the best combination for any particular situation (weight vs. ultimate performance).

Take a look at Reading Grand Prix 2012  for the shots that I managed with just the 50 mm lens and the older 20D!

Having the 7D available as the “main” camera body gives me options that I never would have considered before, mainly taking a nice camera to a place that I wouldn’t have taken a main body to. The 7D’s autofocus is definitely superior to the 20D one, but the 20D does fine in daylight if you’re willing to live with the missed shots.

I am planning a review of the 7D soon, so keep an eye out…

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Fun threads on Flickr Canon DSLR group

15 Jan

I follow this group a fair bit, but I find that it too often just descends into a war of “what’s the sharpest lens evah?” and “I just got my DSLR and want to shoot weddings next week, what do I need to do??” kind of gear obsessiveness.

 Cue the threads, where we get to read about what inspires us, why we don’t need all of the gear we (including I) obsess about:

Where would you go? http://www.flickr.com/groups/canondslr/discuss/72157628823642983/

Novelty post (becoming content with what you have, because it probably does more than you know how to use): http://www.flickr.com/groups/canondslr/discuss/72157628821502391/

What’s had the biggest impact on your photography? http://www.flickr.com/groups/canondslr/discuss/72157628826237545/ 

My favorite photo of 2011

7 Jan

I had made a resolution for 2011 that I would work on my photography. I had already gotten the 50mm f/1.8 was was so amazed with the sharp pictures and ability to shoot indoors. So what was my favorite for the year?

Whirligig garden:

Why this one? Because it’s fun! It looks like a warm summer day, being a kid, and being able to enjoy the long days away from school.  And it’s fun!

Technically, I got it just right, from the framing to the longer exposure time that added the motion effect that made it look even better than what I saw by eye. The colors just popped out with the post processing that I had started doing earlier in the year!