I really couldn’t justify the £10k that a new 400mm F2.8 L IS II would cost, so I was fortunate enough to pick up a late 400mm F2.8 L IS from a private seller, I must admit that I love shooting with the 400mm F2.8, I got rid of my last one (a 400mm mkII non IS) a number of years ago when service parts became impossible to get. This one is in near mint condition, the paint is mostly intact (one or two marks) but importantly it is optically perfect, including a recalibration test done last week.
Having mainly zooms in the kit bag, I have decided that I should have a few “prime” Primes also, so I shall be adding some new glass over the coming months. Seeing as most of the stuff I shoot is either on a 16-35mm or a 300mm, first up is the Canon 24mm F1.4. I hope to give this a proper work out over the coming months & then add a 50mm & an 85mm.
I always fancied an Angle Finder going back to when I was shooting film with Canon A-1s, but they were always too expensive for the amount of use that I would get from one. One came up recently that was priced such that it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. It is in absolutely mint condition, and came with both eye-piece adaptors & original pouch. Whilst I probably will never use it it is a nice bit of kit & will live in the camera bag.
One of the issues with the Canon WFT-E6 wi-fi module is configuring and setting it up to communicate with the iPad or iPhone. There are a number of variables that need to be set before it will talk to the iPad. So if you are having problems here is my guide to how I managed to connect two WFT-6s to an iPad pro. Continue reading
It has taken a while, but I have found a second WFT-E6 at a sensible price, which now means that I can shoot with both bodies and wi-fi the images to my iPad. I cannot believe how expensive these things are new, and as I mainly use them at football, nearly £500 each was to expensive to justify.
In most situations they are overkill, the Eye-Fi mobi pro cards did the job, unless there was a lot of wi-fi interference, which on match days there frequently is. As you can probably imagine several thousand supporters, plus TV & the such like all using WiFi means that the airwaves are congested. Not a problem on most news stories, when there are just a few photographers & journalists about, however I do like the fact that I can send images direct from the camera to the picture desk, with as little or as much interaction as I wish.
It is also great when doing corporate shots, so that the client can see images as they are shot (subject to me checking them on the back of the camera first!)
One wheel on my wagon
After some 12+ years of service my Peli Case 1650 has parted or at least started to part company with one of its wheels. A little disappointing, because despite its age it has never really been heavily used, it has spent most of its time padlocked in the boot of the car. So back to Peli Products it will go.
Having recently upgraded to a smart phone it only seemed sensible that I upgrade from a rather dodgy “3” Dongle, which works more less as and when it feels like it, frequently showing zero signal which connected & sending images, then minutes later showing full strength signal whilst dropping the connection, so a cheap mifi is the order of the day, meaning that I also am not tying up a valuable USB port whilst wiring images.