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Alf McQueef

Finally changed the camera - now with the first results...

I have been using my EOS20D for nearly a decade now, and while it still takes great shots (the lens making far more difference than the body) and frankly the extra image size of modern cameras is pointless unless printing posters, the size of the screen and lack of features like video were causing annoyance, so the replacement has been ordered!

I had been looking at 7D's for a while, but they have been around a bit and anyway I fancied a full-frame DSLR this time. The reduced viewfinder image size has always irritated me, especially as I used Olympus OM film SLR's for years and they have a huge viewfinder image that really helps compose landscapes. Mentally I am also very much in the mindset of knowing what focal lengths I want in "old money", applying a 1.6 factor still slows me.

So, accepting it has limitations in AF and speed (not that vital for landscape, travel, or people work) I just ordered an EOS6D with the 24-105mm L series "kit" lens. I am really looking forward to getting to grips with it in time for a couple of weeks in Cornwall later in the summer, and hopefully it will make me take more shots generally - I was very into photography before getting the 20D but that coincided with Lu being born, also I never liked the look of landscapes with a crop-factored ultra wide lens.

I went through some of my gear at the weekend - and threw out a lot of film! I will keep the old OM1 and OM2, and also the EOS50E (which, quality wise, is way ahead of the modern DSLR's that occupy even a remotely similar price bracket) but I can't see myself using many of them much again. A shame... As objects, the OM1 and Zuiko prime lenses are lovely things...

I also found some Canon lenses - a 20mm prime, 24mm prime, and 75-200 f4 L - that I have not used in some time - it will be interesting to see how the new 24-105 L series zoom compares at the wide end to the tiny 24mm prime that worked so well on the EOS50E film camera. Annoyingly the relatively compact L series 70-300mm f4-56 I bought a couple of years back does not work with extenders so I will be losing a lot at the long end by going full frame - more glass may be needed.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

More glass is always needed!
Hope you enjoy your new toys when they arrive.
Boxer6

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
More glass is always needed!
Hope you enjoy your new toys when they arrive.


+1.

To both comments.  
Alf McQueef

Well the camera turned up in very quick time (from the US).

No sign of a lens though! And nothing about another shipment. Hope this does not turn into a drama! At least it is clearly marked - correctly as a "kit" with the lens - on the invoice. And I have the 28-135 IS which was a slightly lower quality forerunner of the 24-105 L, plus a 24mm prime, so I can get going with it. Charging the battery right now...
Big Blue

Nice. The new body I got was a 70D; the CMOS sensor is new and it had better looking stats than the 7D. Did you buy from SLRHut?
Alf McQueef

Yep! I am a slag for discounts. I can't bear it when OEM's charge totally different prices in Europe for stuff far cheaper in the US and far east then start trying to force you to use their "official" distributors. I got a 5 year worldwide warranty for £120 over the online price for the camera, but this included an upgrade to the wifi/GPS version (the cheap online prices are the non-wifi version). Their batteries and SD cards are a total ripoff - just buy the camera/lens from them and you save a lot.

All my kit is "grey import" actually - the 20D and all the lenses - bought over time either in the US or from Hong Kong.

Just had a play with it, all seems very nice.
Big Blue

Alf McQueef wrote:
Yep! I am a slag for discounts.

Me too. Currently we have chosen our new dining table for when the dust settles after the kitchen/diner/family room is finished. Cheapest UK price is close to double the price in Italy. Just waiting on shipping cost. The saving should pay for the chairs.
Alf McQueef

First results yesterday - very pleased with them! I was worried how much difference it would make (especially given how cheap and insanely good value DSLR's a little newer than my old one - like the 40D - are on Ebay). But the full frame benefits of being able to really see what I am doing and line stuff up properly in the big viewfinder image were superb for the sort of stuff I †generally do (mostly wide angle). My landscape photography has been a bit subdued the whole time I have had the 20D as I never got on with the look of say a 16mm lens on an APS-C sensor, it never looked right to me in the way 24mm does on a full frame.

The kit lens is on its way so I was using a Canon non-USM 24mm prime that I picked up ages ago for peanuts used on Ebay, it was my main landscape lens on the EOS50e film camera and now I have a full frame DSLR it will be back in use! Lovely being able to use a prime wide lens on manual focus using the depth of field markers like in the old days. Minimal editing here, just a quick conversion from RAW (I'm not a Photoshop geek):















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