Wednesday, July 12, 2006

My new camera (5D)


Woo hoo! I got my new camera today (well its new to me anyway). I found a guy (a rather nice fellow) in Sacramento who wanted to trade his 5D for a 30D (and with a lens tossed in and some $$$) and this afternoon was when the deal was done. So yes, I am finally done upgrading cameras (this will be no. 4 in just over a year (300D->20D->30D->5D)), though now its time to start focusing on lenses and tripods and ...

Even though I've shot with a 5D before there are a few things that still surprise me. First its heavy (not as bad as a 1-series but certainly heavier than the 30D) and second 12mp files are freakin' huge! I forgot just how huge which means it takes the camera longer to write the file to the card (the 30D was so fast it was done before I looked down at the LCD), takes longer to download, takes up more space (on both the CF card and on the HD) and when you edit a 12mp image in Photoshop at 16 bits/channel with many layers, well... you get the idea...

All those things aside though, I am as happy as a clam (are clams really all that happy? From where does that expression originate). My beautiful 17-40 (one of the only lenses I haven't traded away in the last year) is a true wide angle again so its fun times, though I will miss the 1.6x effect when doing bird photography. There are so many things I'd like to go shoot, but one thing in particular I am looking forward to is doing some piggy-back wide-field astrophotography. Oooh, that'll be fun.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 17-40@40mm, ISO 1600, f/6.3, 1/80, PTLens, curves, and output sharpening.
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