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Started photography around 1986.


 

First camera was a Canon T70 - purchased around 1986:-

The large LCD panel and key-touch buttons had a major impact on 35mm SLR cameras that followed. The T70 features shutter speed-priority TTL AE, TTL multi-program AE, and preset aperture AE. The dual metering system gives a choice of centerweighted averaging metering and partial metering at the center. In 1984, the camera won the Good Design Award (from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry) and the European Camera of the Year Award.

T70 Image

Second camera was a Canon T90 - purchased around 1988:-

Developed as the top-of-the-line T-series camera, the T90 is a multi-mode SLR with built-in motor drive. The form of the pentaprism hump is a distinct characteristic. Instead of being sharp-edged like on previous cameras, it is rounded with smooth curves. The camera was designed to lessen the picture-taking burden on the user via automation. It aimed for seamless operation to respond to the user's will. A lot of top-notch technology and thought went into the camera.
The camera has three metering systems to suit diverse shooting conditions. Eight auto exposure modes and two manual exposure modes also make the camera highly versatile. Drive operations are divided among three small coreless motors to consume less power. With four size-AA batteries, the built-in motor drive can shoot at a maximum of 4.5 fps. It was truly a top-of-the-line camera. In Japan, the camera's nickname was "Tank."

T90 Image

 

Third camera was a Canon 30D - purchased around 2006:-


Canon 30D image

Forth camera was a Canon 50D - purchased around 2008:-

Canon 50D image

Fifth camera was a Canon 7D - purchased around 2010:-

This has to be one of the best semi-pro cameras around at present. Get to know the camera and you will be rewarded with such a versatile piece of kit, that can literally be adjusted to suit any situation.
The killer feature has to be the 19 cross-type AF points. They can be selected at ease and quickly lets you focus on the subject at hand. An example is, if you are following a duck and its head is the left of frame, with your eye to the view finder move the focus point over to the left to focus on the birds eye and the duck is the positioned centre frame, ensuring focus on the eye.
I use this with a EF24-105 4L IS USM, and a FF300 2.8L IS USM with 1.4 or 2x converter with astonishing results.
Keep a spare battery for wildlife shooting, it's saved me on a couple of occasions and for true high speed capture at  7 FPS, use a card with a minimum transfer rate of 60 MB/S.

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 8fps shooting
  • ISO range up to 12800
  • 100% Viewfinder
  • 19 cross-type AF points
  • iFCL metering system
  • Dual "DIGIC 4"
  • Full HD movie
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
  • 3” Clear View II LCD
  • Magnesium alloy body with environmental protection
Canon 7D image

Why a crop factor on a sensor is great for wildlife photography.

crop factor

From the above diagram, you can clearly see that the 5D Mark II sensor is much bigger that the 7D sensor.  Yet, Canon does cram 18 mega pixels into that smaller space.

comparison

In actual use, shooting the same subject from the same location would yield the results depicted in the above image.  If the 5D Mark II’s view represented the full frame’s image, then the 7D would capture a much smaller image area.  That’s where the 1.6 crop factor comes into play.  The crop factor magnifies the lens’ focal length so a 35mm lens on the 7D becomes the equivalent of a 56mm lens (35mm x 1.6 crop = 56mm lens equivalent).
But suppose you only wanted to capture that smaller area?
For the 5D Mark II to capture the same smaller area, you would need to either:

  • Switch lens to a 50mm
  • Move closer (and possibly distort the image due to the wide angle lens and a close subject)
  • Crop the image to match.

Cropping is the easy answer. But, what does that REALLY accomplish?

7D sensor

5D crop

The 5D Mark II’s cropped image is now only 8 mega pixels That’s like comparing a 8 mega pixel shot from the Canon 20D to a 18 mega pixel shot from the Canon 7D.
Personally, after using a camera with a crop factor for over 4-years, I would find it hard use a full frame sensor. I love the extra magnification created by the 1.6 crop! Turning a 300mm lens with a 2xconverter to a 960mm lens, awesome.

 

 

Main 35mm film was slide Kodachrome 25 & 64 for many years, alternating with Fujichrome 100. key subjects over the years with SLR and then DSLR's: -

1984-1990 / SLR Travel photography and Motor bike racing
1990 -2000 / SLR Travel photography
2006 - to date / DSLR Mainly travel and wild birds.

 

 

 

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