*When I went to High School none of the kids considered to be “cool” turned out to be truly that cool in later life. Instead the theater and band geeks, the shop class nerds, the art class wallflowers, and the AP course kids all turned out to be the cool ones in real adult life. It still amazes me how that worked.
This is an amazing deal that makes Amazon prime service amazingly sticky for any photographer like me who takes tons of photos. I’ve been working at paring down 33000 photos to 27000 the past month, but that’s more because they are low quality, duplicate, or otherwise flawed than the sense that I have too many .RAW files on my computer. Once I have my library up there it’s going to become very difficult to even contemplate canceling Prime however…
This camera just shipped Thursday so this is kind of a scoop for me, minor of course as pros will be submitting reviews soon. I’m kinda hoping the guys over at Petapixel like these images.
When I first mounted a lens and got it in hand my first impression was that my old camera had been to the gym and maybe done some steroids. Solid heavier and certainly thicker at the grip side. Controls are classic Canon configurations with just small changes and one addition, a malfunction lever to help navigate focus modes on the fly.
The first intimidating part is this huge array of focus points for the AF that can be set in a bewildering set of options. The idea here is to capture and lock focus with pre sets for everything from a ballet dancer to a car race, or a hummingbird shoot. Six standard modes help the new owner see how this plays out real world and learn what really can be done.
New sensors are said to be low noise at very high ISO settings. Okay that’s always welcome. But I’m a skeptical guy. So I devised a tough test. I set up on my hummingbird feeder, let the cat out and settled in. the light was late so the birds are backlit. No problem, add a speedlite flash, set it up for super fast exposures and settle in.
The camera can shoot ten frames per second, great for fast action. My flash however can not possibly keep up. I dialed it’s strength back some and put up with what I could get. Typically I got quite a few frames with the bird back lit, and a few with flash.
Given the advantage of high sensitivity I was able to keep the exposure as fast as I can, and still thicken the depth of field with a middling F stop or aperture. Wide open aperture would be shallow focused and I would have more soft images. Hummingbirds are a little tricky. Fast.
For those of you with less demanding styles of photography don’t be afraid of the sophistication. The camera has easy to use modes that are essentially auto pilot for you or point and shoot mode.
Bottom line this camera is a great deal at $1799. Arguably the best bang for the buck. it’s shutter will last about four times as long as a Rebel T3I and is about twice the price. It’s far less likely to break in the field, metal frame has real benefits. Like when you mount a heavy lens.
Shot without the flash. ISO 5000. Exposure .000125 second or 1/8000.
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Disclosure-My day job is tightly related to gold sales to the jewelry biz. And that pendant is made by a good friends company. But hey, I sell raw materials not jewelry.
I just think that since gold got so hard to afford in the last few years, it’s worth bringing up when it’s a much better price. Rings and earrings and chains are far more affordable. Most of these things will far outlast a tablet or smartphone.
The big brand stores offer terms and a wide inventory. Sometimes a sale or two. Big name designs.
The smaller independent stores are more likely to be responsive to recent drops in the gold price. Those places that do custom work are certainly more closely tied to the day to day price of metals. “Buy Local” works for jewelers too.
For anyone that bought gold coinage in recent years, let me suggest that you can take one or two or three of those coins and have something made. Many jewelers really will take your gold and use it or at least take it in trade. Turning a 1 year old coin into beautiful custom jewelry for yourself or your loved one adds great sentimental value.
Okay, folks, Declutterfest 3 is a go for this weekend.
And now, we enter the Office, where the good stuff lives!
As before, it’s SOP: Saturday; anytime after noon. I provide pizza, beer, Coke, and water (BYOB otherwise), and you bring two boxes: one for me, and one for you. (I’ll probably also hit Staples and get 4-8 boxes this week anyway.)
We go through my stuff (books, games, computer equipment, comics/graphic novels), and you take what you want. Every 3 to 8 books is 3 to 8 less books going to a good home than I have to deal with in my eventual “estate sale” of books.
NOTE: There is a lot of dust and two cats, so plan accordingly if you are allergic.
I’d really like there to be at least 4 people here, to maximize people getting cool stuff.
Lemme know if you’re game.