Friday, July 15, 2016

Canon's Little SL1 DSLR

I decided that the G1X was really not adequate as a smaller option to my 5D Mark III. So, the G1X will be going on the market. I sold my extender 2XIII a few weeks ago but am going to keep my 1.4X extender to use with my full frame body for sports this Fall.

I came up with a plan which will both give me a small carry around option as well as providing longer focal lengths without the need to resort to big, expensive lenses. My solution is the super small SL1 APS-C sensor DSLR. Paired with my 24mm f/2.8 pancake lens it is very small and has the field of view of 38.4mm with a fast aperture. Paired with the very inexpensive EF-S 55-250mm STM lens it also has an equivalent range of 88-400mm with image stabilization.

Here are some shots from this morning, all at 250mm, or 400mm equivalent.

f/5.6, 1/750 sec., ISO 800

100% crop of the above image.

f/6.7, 1/90 sec., ISO 800

f/6.7, 1/1500 sec., ISO 400

f/5.6, 1/90 sec., ISO 400

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Backup Closeup options.

My daughter will be taking my 100mm macro lens and her EOS 7D to Costa Rica for three weeks. So, I decided to investigate my current other options for making closeup photos.

One of my past favorites for closeups was a 300mm f/4 IS lens with a 1.4X extender. I also used a Canon 500D closeup filter on the 300mm lens without the extender.

I no longer have the 300mm lens but I have the 500D filter and a 1.4X extender. The longest lens I currently own is a 70-200mm f/2.8L lens without image stabilization.

One of the problems with using the 500D filter is that there is a very limited in focus range. Using it with a zoom lens creates more options than with a prime lens however.

Here are a bunch of samples. From the 100mm macro at minimum focusing distance to various zoom shots with the closeup filter, with and without the extender.

100mm macro lens at minimum focusing distance (MFD)

70-200 zoom at 200mm w/500D w/o extender at MFD

70-200 with extender at 140mm w/500D at MFD

70-200 with extender at 140mm w/500D at Infinity Focus

70-200 with extender at 280mm w/500D at MFD

70-200 with extender at 280mm w/500D at Infinity Focus

UPDATE 7/19/16:

Another closeup option is the crop sensor SL1 and the EF-S 55-250mm lens which focuses pretty close.

55-250 at 250mm (400mm EQ) at MFD (33.46" from sensor to subject)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

100% Crops and a Video

Last Saturday I walked up along the old Champlain Canal trail North of Waterford with my 100mm macro lens. While I did get some decent closeups of wildflowers, I can't resist taking snaps of wildlife even when the gear isn't ideal.

Here a couple of images showing the view from the camera along with 100% crops.

Earlier this Spring "they" dug a drainage ditch along the trail to channel water from the old canal and keep the water away from the trail. Along this ditch tiny rivulets of water pour into the ditch from the larger swampy area at various points along the trail. At one spot there is a nice vantage point through the grasses and cattails. Here is a five second video of that spot. I'd like to get back there with a tripod and make some longer videos.