Santa has been again…..Wot a good boy I am! First a Kindle and then a camera.
I went into Sheffield with my estranged wife, super star she is…Sometimes!… To Harrison Cameras. I have had my eye on a second hand Canon 5D II. I have eventually got it.
My first impressions are that it takes a good picture. I haven’t got a charger for it nor a flash gun…sorry strobe….sorry again, Speedlight.. The battery charger is on it’s way.
I CAN’T WORK IT!
Time will cure that. It is a bit tacky compared to the E-3/E-5 Olympus cameras. I won’t be popping this one under a hose pipe any time soon. I won’t be taking it to the bottom of waterfalls.
I want a still camera, this has video as well but no swivel screen for macro focus in live view. Means much rolling around on the ground. I’ll ask the Ex. to assist she looked good today.
I also got an old 17mm/40mm zoom lens. It’s only f4 but that will do for landscapes. I had thought a cable release leaf shutter prime might have been chucked into the deal..I dream. Apparently though the technology is a hundred years old. The lenses are still 2K and upwards.
I did fancy an F2.8 400mm Canon prime but as long as I eat porridge I could not justify spending £6.5K on a lens. It is like new if anyone fancies one.
I spent my money wisely. I did get a cable release, A UV filter and a polariser. Wanted a couple of ND Grads but all they had were Cokin and I wasn't going to invest in them. I’ll get a Cokin holder and Lee Grads. That will do for my New Year present. Like learning a foreign language is the first hour with a Canon. The lord alone knows what trials and tribulations the old Hasselblad is going to entail. Alfie was handy for the first Canon shot. I haven’t a clue what it was set on……Nothing new there then!… I’ve had Olys for years and years and hadn’t much more idea with them. All I can say is Alf is tired….Shopped out.
Not an imaged stabilised lens but it will do. They even put a flock fur coating inside the lens hood. Akin to Indian restaurant wallpaper but without the lurid red bits. I’ll have to be careful with that.
The business end 77mm across…like a basking sharks maw…. so I’ll have to pay a fortune for filters and filter hoods. I need four inch square Grads. Nothing in my life pans out as cheap as I anticipated it would be. It’s because I’m not careful.
I am dreading and at the same time looking forward to making it do as I bid it. It will take a while so though it isn’t heavy I’ll still carry the E-3. I’ll be getting fitter and more desirable day by day.
We will see how it goes.
Cameras have been a factor of my life, so have fast cars and fast ladies. All have to be learnt.The ladies learn’t but I never did…This one, the camera….. It will be a beauty.
PS. The cardboard box is what I got my investment in. Nowt like shopping in the north. They did offer a bag to put the box in…..Waste not want not. The box was fine for me.