5D Happiness

As I posted, I went to get my zoom repaired at APM Cameras in Newcastle on Tyne the other day following the tripod fall in Dornie and I noticed a 5D Classic for sale for £450. It looked in great condition, and was labeled “new shutter”. So as I still have my old one with the broken sensor, I thought there was no harm in asking if he was able to repair it. Sadly the answer, as I expected was no. I’ve had the 5D in a cupboard for about 3 years now since I bust it in Wales and was hanging on to it simply because it cost so much money when new!

Anyway, we got to chatting and he indicated it might be of use to him for spare parts, so I took it into the shop. I still had the brand new low pass filter that I’d bought 3 years ago, and although the sensor was beyond repair, you can’t buy the filters anymore, so I thought that might be worth something.

So, I gave him the broken camera and the filter and he gave me the 5D, for £230. Utter bargain I’d say as when I got back to the van and stuck a lens on it, it performed flawlessly. In fact, a simple test shows that there is very little if any discernible difference between it and my 5D MK III using the same lens.  I’m going to do some proper shots later and will post some here to show the difference.

So now it’s my backup/second camera and quite frankly the only thing I miss from the Mk III is the ability to back button focus. I like good news 🙂

 

It’s here!

I got to Broadford for about 7:30am, so I walked the dog down by the loch then came and had breakfast. Booked Jack into the vet’s for a checkup on a little lump on his gum, then went off to the post office. It was only 10am by then so I was surprised to see my camera there. I’d talked to Fraser from HDEW cameras on the phone yesterday, and he said they’d be posting 4:30pm Friday. So great postal service there 🙂

Fraser had asked if I wanted a battery, but as I had sent only the bare camera back, I wanted only the same in return. I did though ask him to check that the eye cup was attached, as for some reason Canon don’t attach them when they send the camera out.
HAHHAA! you guessed it…NO eyecup!
Never mind, I rang them and they’re sending one up. I’m staying here for a week so no loss there.

Battery charging now, testing the camera later on. I’ll keep you updated of course!

Camera update

It’s 2 weeks since I dropped my camera off and I’d not heard form Johnstones, so I rang them and they said my cameras was “so” faulty, Canon themselves wanted a look at it. So it only got sent down to them 2 days ago Grrr!

Another week so I’ve come across to Helensburgh, a place I’ve never been before to explore a little 🙂

My new camera

I finally got my shiny new Canon 5D Mark III and guess what? I’m happy with it 🙂

From the day the Mark II was released and I got my hands on one, I was never impressed, despite all the reviews saying how great it was and all the pros rushing out and buying one. A lot of people seemed to focus on it’s video mode but it’s a still camera, and I felt video mode should not be centre stage.
Anyway, the IQ (Image Quality) is what counts for me, and it just wasn’t there in the Mk II.

It is in the Mark III though, sharpness and contrast being back on par with the Mark I, but greater tonal and dynamic range. It is what the Mark II should have been.
I think what large companies like Canon do is they make a product which they know will sell, but without devoting time and resources to it’s development. That way they get massive revenues for little outlay. It’s just revenue building. Then the next time they release the camera as it should have been, and we’re all pleased again and once more Canon are great for making a brilliant camera.

In fact they have this thing called Product Differentiation. This means the 6D has wireless and GPS built in, but no other camera has. The 7D has ultra fast shooting speed compared to other cameras. The 5D has better focussing etc etc etc. They say it’s because different people want different things so they make the different products. However, every person who owns a 5D Mark III would like GPS and wireless mode, but it’s not offered except as a very expensive add on.

They will never make the ‘ultimate’ camera, it’s just endless politics and revenue building.

Anyway, apart from it not being that good at low light focussing, I like the images it produces and that’s really what counts for me. I just wish it didn’t cost almost £2,000 to get great images.

Anddddddddddd the 5D Mark III it is!

After some lengthy deliberation, I have decided to buy the Canon 5D mark III.

It’s not my first choice, that would be the excellent Sony SLT-A99, which kicks the Canon into touch easily. The problem there is I have to get rid of all my Canon lenses and accessories and replace them with Sony. I’d lose a lot of money and have to spend a lot more too to get what I’ve got now. If I ever win the lotto it will be Sony all the way, failing that, I’ll have to make do with the Canon, although even as second best, it’s supposed to be a great camera. Time will tell.

I’m still looking for a deal. They are about £2,300 most places. I’ve found one for £1,939, but I’d like to find it a bit cheaper still if I can so wish me luck. If I can’t find one cheaper by the end of June I may have to pay the £1,939, as I’m going to Cornwall for summer so I’d like to have a camera by then.
As ever, I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Dust to dust…

Whilst visiting Evreux I found a camera shop so decided to see what could be done about the horrendous marks appearing on all of my photos. I know what’s causing them, it’s dust and debris on the sensor. The problem is try as I might, I don’t seem able to get rid of them. So, I bought this dust kit:

Dustkit
Dustkit

As you can see, €72.90 so not cheap at all, nut necessary. All of my photo are being ruined.

Anyway, what you do is you take the plastic ‘spatula’ which fits your camera, wrap one of these special cloths around the end, soak it with special fluid, and wipe the sensor. Hey presto they claim, it cleans your sensor perfectly.  In fact what it does is, it leaves abrasion marks on the low-pass filter which covers the sensor and therefore renders it permanently useless. I haven’t got a spare couple of thousand quid to replace it, so now I got a permanently damaged camera. Great.

My advice, don’t touch these kits with a bargepole.

 

Dust is the enemy!

Dust kit
Dust kit

Earlier, I complained about a cleaning brush I’d bought from Jessops. The post is here if you wish to read it.

As a result I had to buy the kit pictured here. I finally found one in Evreux and it cost me a massive €73. The guy who sold it to me emphasized that there were 50 wipes in the kit so it should last a good while. Indeed there are and once used you can re-use them as lens wipes, or safe wipes for your spectacles, so you do get value from the kit.

However it’s become an almost daily thing, cleaning my sensor. I’m not quite sure where I’m going wrong, but I clean the sensor thoroughly then the next day there are marks on my photos again. One appeared from nowhere and I almost had to scrub the sensor with the cleaning fluid to get it clean.

I’ve thoroughly cleaned again tonight so I’ll see what tomorrow brings but I’m starting to think there’s a problem somewhere 🙁

Jessops gives me the brush off Grr!

Rubbish brush
Rubbish brush

I bought a small air-pump and brush from Jessops. It was only a couple of quid, and “Yes,” enthused the young lad behind the counter, “this should be in every photographers kit and is specially developed for digital SLR’s such as the Canon 5D. Furthermore … ” he excitedly told me, “it will save you loads of money as sensor cleaning is about £20 a time.  Not only that … ” he fervently continued, “but you can use it for your lenses too, and all the hard to reach areas such as the viewfinder window and around the controls.” OK I’m sold on it then. Sounds to me like my life hasn’t been properly complete without it.

So, sitting in the garden of the Chateau de Versailles I decide now is the time to clean my sensor as I’m getting tiny marks on every single picture I take. Out with my infallible high-tech cleaner and lets be at it then. So, the first brush against the sensor makes one thing clear and one thing not clear. It’s clear that despite frantic pressing of the small rubber bulb, I’m not going to get enough air out of this thing to dislodge a feather. You can’t hold something stable and press it that hard and that frequent anyway. Hmmm.

Also, it’s left streaky brush marks on my sensor! Grr! OK out with the trusty optical cloth and wipe those nasty marks away. I’ll start again. Ahhh but … starting again has the same effect. Not only is this device useless for blowing air out of, but it’s also leaving streaks on my sensor.  Now let me tell you these sensors are not cheap to replace!

Now another problem. The optical cloth is guaranteed not to scratch your glass, so I always carry one for the lenses. However, they make no guarantee about lint from the cloth. So now I have hundreds of tiny hairs and dots all over my screen. After much huffing and blowing, I reckon I’m about 100 times worse off than when I started. 🙁

The moral of the story is, do NOT believe the spotty kid in Jessops who says those £2 blowers are good for digital cameras. They are cheap, ineffective CRAP! and look up ^, there’s a mug shot of one of the beastly things. I’m now off to find a decent camera shop to get the sensor, mirror and screen professionally cleaned.