Canon EF 200mm F2.0L IS USM

The old Canon 200mm F1.8 L was discontinued years ago, and the only examples that are around tend to have worked very hard for their living. I had a 200mm F1.8 about 4 years ago, and loved the quality of the images, however, it’s handling was quirky to say the least. The new 200mm F2 looks as though it should handle better, as the tripod mount is better placed. I only hope that it is ask good as the original. One of the advantages with the 200mm is that with a 1.4x converter it gives (near as damn it) a 300mm F2.8 and with a 2x a 400mm F4. I can’t wait to see this in the flesh, I am also looking forward to the new 800mm F5.6


Diana Jury to Visit Paris

I am not certain what the point of traipsing 11 jurors to Paris is, it all seems a bit strange, unless of course they expect to find the crash scene as it was ten years ago, complete with smoking Mercedes Benz.
There was a bizarre comment from Sky News

But this is no jolly for the jurors. It’s not a day to star spot or sight see – it is a long and arduous day.

I can’t quote see how two days in Paris covering 3 journeys (two of which last less than 10 minutes) and a quick gander around the Ritz hotel can be described as an “arduous day”

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Two Faced BBC Again

The BBC are at it again, they have shown video footage of the Jurors going to the Alma tunnel where Diana and Dodi were killed in a tragic accident. Their film crews were following the coach that the jurors were travelling in, which was also being followed by a number of photographers.

The twat that is the BBC Royalty Reporter, Nicholas Witchell, claimed that it was an insight into how the Princess of Wales would have felt being pursued, he took a holier than though attitude to the Photographers, despite the fact that HE and the BBC Film Crews were doing exactly the same thing So according to the double standards applied by both Sky and BBC, it is OK for them to do it, just as they said the same thing about Kate Middleton a little-while back, but if we (press photographers) do it, we are the worst scum in the universe.

The only thing that did surprise me, is that the arsehole didn’t describe it as a high speed pursuit across Paris. As press photographers we don’t, and never have chased anyone, we occasionally follow, we also will generally stop a follow if the driver is driving in a dangerous manner. On the night of the Diana crash, the photographers had not been right on the tail of the Mercedes driven by the piss-head, if they had been, as the BBC and Sky had reported, they would have been involved in the accident.

The Mercedes hit a solid concrete post and bounced back into the carriage-way, if the motorcycles had been the “couple of seconds” from the car at the time of the accident, there would have been no way that they could have braked in time to avoid the wreckage of the car. Whilst I don’t doubt that a couple of photographers may have taken pictures of the wreckage, rather than assisting the victims, that is the extent of their involvement say now, as I have said before, there is no conspiracy, Fayed is a twat if he believes otherwise, the reason that he has demanded so many enquiries is to try and find someone else to blame, when the blame really lies at his own door. It was his employee that was pissed, it was in his car that they died.

Yet More Diana Speculation

Bloody Nicholas Witchel, the BBC royalty fawner, sorry reporter. Came out with so much bollox it is unreal, commenting on the video footage released by the court that is investigating the death of Diana, ended up finishing the article by saying that Diana “was hunted to her death” by the paparazzi, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Outside the Service entrance to the Ritz hotel, there were three or four photographers, whom Henri Paul even acknowledged.
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