Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Finally got my dream camera!

At last I was finally given permisson to get my dream camera. The Canon 1D Mark III. I had lusted after this camera ever since it first came out due to its super fast frame rate 10 frames per second, fast focusing, great body and build quality. When you shoot as much as I do you soon find that although the 30D, 40D, 50D etc. are great cameras, they are not desinged to take the kind of punishment I give them. The 1D Mark III is I think my 4th or 5th DSLR within a year and with its 300,000 shutter rating this one should last me a while before I have to get it fixed (touch wood). 

My new baby!
(my new cam shot in my home made mini studio)

I found mine on Yahoo auctions Japan after hunting around on there and Ebay for a couple of weeks bidding on various bodies only to get outbid at the very last second (literly) of the auction. The one I got was pretty much in mint condion with 14000 shots on it and it also came with Canon Professional Version strap. Which seems to be rather hard to come across as I havent seen them for sale new anywhere and sell on ebay for between 10,000~20,000yen just for the strap!!

So far the strap is quite good. Not to be mistaken with the "professional" Canon strap availble from camera shops for 3500yen. This one is rubbish in my opinion. The inner side of that strap is a rubber kind of material and slips of the shoulder easy and tends to wear out very quicky. Thats what I found anyway. Soon though I hope to import a couple of R-straps these things look really comfortable to use and Ive heard nothing but good reviews about them, except they are a bit pricy. 

Anyway heres a quick test HDR shot I made with the new beast. 

A creek in the country
This HDR (high dynamic range) image was made from 5 exposures ranging from about -2 through to +2 and because of the 1D mark 3's super fast frame rate I was able to shoot these hand held. Took just half a second to fire off all 5 shots. 

The noise at high ISO's is also fantastic! Im now able to shoot the receptions at weddings at 2000, 3200 even 6400 if I need to. There is pretty much no visible noise at the size of the prints the customers are getting in their albums even at 6400 so it makes my job much easier now!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My 40D has returned!

Got my Canon 40D back today from getting repaired. Took about 3 weeks but at least I still had my Canon 5D and 30D for back up. They ended up putting in a new shutter unit, mirror assembily, and release conector. Didnt even know anything was wrong with that. All together it ended up costing me 42,000yen but at least its working again (for the time being). 

Now Im bidding on my long time dream camera from ebay auctions. The Canon 1D Mark III!
I was thinking to go with the 5D MK II but I think I really need to have a full pro body that can keep up with the amount of punishment I give it every day. People ask my why I dont go for the 1DS Mark III. Well for many reasons. Mostly because I love to shoot sports also so I love the idea of having 10 frams per second to get those hard to capture moments. Secondly I dont need 21 mega pixels. I often make huge prints for customers and for decoration at work with 10mp or less and thats not even shooting in RAW or Large mode. Just regular Medium jpg setting which is what we use for most of the regular wedding shoots apart from studio or outdoor stuff. 
Oh and lastly because of the price. The 1DS is something like $8000US where as the 1D is about half that. Anyway so now I just have to try and get in the last bid without going too high. I'll report back about it when I get one. Hopfully not too long away. 

Hmmm Wonder what this could be.....

Jet's gonna have a brother or sister
"This is Mummys inside tummy"

Sledding with Mummy and Jet at Shiozawa

Had the day off today and the weather was great for a change so we took Jet up to one of the closes ski parks (Shiozawa)for some sledding fun. Its only about a 30~40min drive from home here in Fukushima to get here. As a ski resort it sucks but just for a place to play on a sled its great. These shots were all photographed with my Canon 5D and 70-200mm f2.8L IS. 

Jet gets air!
Jet getting some air off a small jump. He loved it!




Speedy Mummy and Jet
Mummy and Jet hammering down the slope pretty fast

Taking a rest from sledding
A HDR shot of Haruna and Jet taking a rest on the sled. 
Edited with Photomatix 3 and Lightroom 2