Truland Photography

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Delaware River Scenics

Here are some scenics from a walk along the Delaware River shore between Riverton and Palmyra, New Jersey. These are all made with the Canon EOS RP and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

There is something about the RP and 24-105mm lens that doesn't seem quite right to me. I think I'm seeing a lack of contrast and dull colors from what I'm used to with my DSLRs and EF lenses. But, the RF zoom lens is a rental and I don't really want to take off the UV filter lest the front element get scratched. Also, I'm unable to use software I have lots of experience with due to the RP's .CR3 RAW files.

I'm now leaning against purchasing the lens from LensRentals rather than returning it. A problem is I've already sold my EF version of the same lens.  I have until Tuesday to decide.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Reading Terminal Market

I brought the EOS RP and RF 35mm lens into the Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia. The 24-105mm was to big to carry around in that cramped space and f/4 probably would not have been ideal.

These are single file images processed with Photomatix Pro 6. All are ISO 400, f/2.8 and shutter speeds ranged from 1/60th to 1/250th of a second. Here are some samples.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Morning Walk

I took a walk this morning over to and around Waterford with the EOS RP and RF 24-105mm lens. These are familiar scenes and the results aren't really distinguishable from the Canon DSLR bodies and lenses. But, five file hand held HDR images would have a tendency to even out the end product regardless of the equipment used. And not being able to run Canon's DPP software on my current MacBook Air leaves me without a lot of processing options.






Monday, December 23, 2019

RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

The Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens I rented from Lens Rentals arrived at a local FedEx location this morning for pickup. I made a quick stop at Cohoes Falls in some hazy weather to try it out with the EOS RP. It's a nice setup, the lens is in excellent condition and I expect to use Lens Rental's "Keep It" option to purchase the lens at the end of the week's rental.

I also picked up the grip for the RP which really balances out the camera and lens combination. The camera without the grip is fine with the 35mm lens but the zoom is quite a bit larger and heavier.

Here are some samples.






Tuesday, December 17, 2019


I've had nothing to add to the blog over the past several weeks. The trip to Maine fell through, primarily due to weather. Weather at home has kept me from being outdoors and using the EOS RP.

I'm increasingly committed to moving over to the Canon mirrorless system. It's complicated planning that migration. Things I need to sell, things I need to keep, things I need to purchase.

Another RP body and some RF lenses would be necessary. The good RF lenses are not cheap. Of the two basic f/2.8 zooms, the 24-70mm is $2,300 and the 70-200mm is $2,700. A cheaper option is the RF 24-105mm f/4 which is currently $900.

Then there's grips, batteries and adapters. All things considered, I want to be out shooting.

My last 5D Mark III is definitely going to be sold along with my EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. But I've got to be absolutely sure before I sell that camera.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE 12/20/19:

I decided to rent the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens over the holidays. I barely made it under the wire for normal shipping to have it by Christmas Eve. It's scheduled to be shipped back on New Year's Eve, but, LensRentals' quote to buy this copy of the lens, after rental fee discount is only $855 which includes tax.

As I said, a new lens is $900 plus tax so I'll have a week to evaluate the lens and if I like it I can keep it for less than getting a new one.

Stay tuned.