Gitzo Pod

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18/03/2018. Gitzo Travel MonoPod GM2562T

 

Having had a Manfrotto CarbOne monopod for about 18 years & an aluminium Manfrotto monopod since 1980, it seemed about time to replace, especially as the Clip Locks on the CarbOne are difficult to use with gloves on. After some research (OK I looked on Amazon) I found one that will do the job, and as a bonus will also fit in the Pelicase with the 400mm, rather than being “bungy strapped” to the outside of the case.

As with most things that are overpriced, it came in  very luxurious packaging, including a plastic holder containing an Allen key & a set of instructions. Whilst it is not as tall as either of my other monopods, it will be used whilst sitting down 95% of the time.

 

F*ck that’s wide

18/03/2018. Canon 14mm F2.8L mkII

18/03/2018. Canon 14mm F2.8L mkII

 

I haven’t had a 14mm for a little while,  the last one that I had was a Sigma 14mm F2.8 which I had on loan for a review which was Ok, prior to that I had a Canon 14mm F2.8L which was pretty poor, not sure whether I just had a poor example or whether they were all as bad. However, I decided that I should have one in my bag, so I went for the Canon 14mm F2.8 L mkII.

I will update when I have had a chance to use it in anger!

Really…

Canon 400mm F2.8L IS 013

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.

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To Good To Refuse

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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.

 

Eventually….

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

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!)