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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New Toy Time

canon 24mm1.4A

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.

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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!)

Just when you think it’s all over

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Having upgraded & replaced just about everything in the kit bag over the last 12 months, the Quantum Turbo decides it’s time to stop working. I have ordered a replacement cell, which will be here tomorrow & with luck that will cure the problem, as I have no plans to replace the Quantum with the Quantum 3 (over £500) when I only use it occasionally.

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Anyway it is a quite simple process, but a right royal pain in the arse, undoing the three screws was simple enough, and getting the control panel & electrics a bit of the way out was easy enough, however Quantum use a bit of industrial double sided tape to secure the battery to the case, obviously not anywhere that it is easy to reach or indeed obvious to spot.

Anyway a lot of swearing and the whole assembly is out of the box.

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I can’t really complain, I have had the Quantum since some time in the early 2000s, and although it has been used 15 years between services can’t be too bad. I ordered the replacement battery from http://www.batterycompany.co.uk on Sunday night & it should be here tomorrow (Tuesday) pretty good service & cheap £22.00 including shipping.

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** Update** Well that went well,  all reassembled and working perfectly, with no left over bits, and no rattles either. Just a full recharge required.