salton sea . welcome to smell . the july edition
here are a few shots that worked out...all shot with the canon 5d and 24mm tilt shift...manually focussing with sweat in your eyes and flies all over your face is really hard!
in this post i hinted to "something different"...well i suppose it is time to spill the beans :) the something different is a canon 5d and a whole bunch of new fun glass to play with :) i never thought the day would come that we would even consider the "dark side" but we've had a taste of the forbidden fruit and it tastes goooooooood! first up, the fun stuff...what we got:
two canon 5d bodies
canon 24L F1.4
canon 35L F1.4
canon 50L F1.2
canon 85 F1.8
canon 200L F2.8
canon 24L tilt-shift
canon 45 tilt-shift
sigma 50 F2.8 1:1 macro...for the ring shots :)
580EX II speedlight
this is basically a full kit for me (nate) and after a bit more testing we will be adding another kit for jaclyn with a slightly modified setup...we'll keep you all up to date on those developments too :)
we've been secretly playing and testing with this whole setup for the past couple weeks and have been REALLY pleased with everything! fixed focal length, fast glass, coupled with the insanely low noise of the 5d sensor is opening up a whole new way for us to shoot and it has totally re-invigorated our drive for shooting. we have been shooting little parts of weddings for our past three with the canon stuff and it has performed really well. grace's church camp and all the photos from my birthday are all canon. we still have a lot to get used to with the backwards-ass canon system but i am sure it will all be second nature soon :)
i suppose the inevitable question on most of your minds might be WHY? so here goes...
we have had a long love affair with the nikon system. when we started in digital imaging six years ago it was with a pair of D1x bodies and over the years we have owned just about every model nikon has produced. we have loved the rock solid build, incredible focus system, amazing flash capabilities, intuitive ergonomics, and their awesome (but limited) lenses. we have shot basically everything that is on this blog and our old blog (with the exception of ring shots, tight shots from ceremonies, and the few random fisheye images) with one lens and one body: the nikon D2x and 17-55 AF-S ED F2.8. that setup is a total workhouse and we have been completely happy with it. on the flipside of all those pros, the very fact that nikon has such a perfect "one stop" workhorse setup also has led to a bit of feeling trapped within that one pony show. after three years of shooting that we were looking for ways to add new variety into our dwindling creativity and since nikon has such a small to no selection of "wild and fun" lenses we started drooling after some of our friend's setups and images which all happened of course to be canon. add on to that the buttery goodness of the 5d full frame sensor coupled with the extra buttery bokeh (out of focus areas) and depth of field of fast fixed glass and we had some major gadget lust. oh, and the noise on the canon is insane...we have been shooting 3200 files that look like our nikon's 800 iso stuff!
so after our very limited experience with canon stuff so far here is the small bit of negatives we can throw at it:
* the 5d body is made like poo compared to a pro body like the D2x.
* the focus system is not as accurate or as confidence inspiring...especially when dealing with the razor thin depth of field at 1.2 and 1.4.
* i hate that the viewfinder isn't 100% coverage.
* the battery doesn't last anywhere near as long as the D2x one.
over the course of the next few posts we'll drop little tid-bits about what was shot with what etc...so stay tuned for more fun gadget talk!
on a side note, i'd like to give a big shout out to a number of our great photographer friends who provided us with advice and guidance over many IM conversations and phone calls that helped us make our choices!
my favorite workshop partner, susan stripling
jesh de rox
THANKS A MILLION GUYS!
have any of you guys had a chance to go see this yet? anybody stopped by a kwik-e-mart?
grace's official "funny face" she MUST do every single time i point the camera in her direction!
avalanch ranch (church camp)
by the way....do any of you sharp photographers notice anything different about these photos? :)
grace waiting to begin the show...
happy *belated* birthday america
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