I was wondering if it was an early fall (umm, autumn) this year in the UK... A peek at exif proved me wrong. On another note, I couldn't resist temptation to try out a 7D with a couple of lenses - no pact with Santa, just to see what I was missing. A bit heavy, but surprisingly nice to hold, very good performance - fast, responsive, customizable (it took me a while to figure out ISO would still be all over the place in M unless I moved it out of the Auto ISO slot). However, I was spoiled by my little GF1 - I rarely if ever got CA (corrected by firmware/raw processing software). Canon's 24mm 1/1.4 and 135mm 1/2.0 are pretty bad in that respect (and these are supposed to be really good lenses). Not bashing venerable Canon, just sayin' - makes sense really, the more advanced the camera/system, the more latitude you have adjusting stuff, and (as a corollary) the more you have to correct yourself. There's a huge gash on the rented Canon software CD, so I cannot process CR2 files, which might have helped. Na ja... Will find a copy, somehow.
I'm trolling through the archives from ancient up towards the present. What Ive uploaded is a confusing (to anybody else) mix of old stuff and stuff I've just shot. Ive changed my mind on the 7D. more later.
Yup the canon RAW processing software (Digital Photo Professional) on your buggered CD, and a free download from Canon, comes with a database of Canon lens characteristics and does a good job of getting rid of CA, barrel and pincushion.
My current favourite is the 60D as its half a pound lighter than the 7D and the clincher is the swivelling view screen - very important as far as I'm concerned, don't know why all dslrs dont have them. The difference between the strength of the pro Magnesium alloy body of the 7D and the non-pro body of the 60D made of an Aluminium alloy cassis and glass fibre re-enforced polycarbonate bodywork seems to be so much bull. What are bulletproof vests made of? It's not Mag alloy.
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The 400D is the Canon dslr I have. Those two videos made me wince the first time I saw them. Very reassuring though, as the abuse I put cameras through is an order of magnitude less.
Yes, I have missed a tilt screen in my three days with the Canon... still wondering why it had to be about three times as heavy as my film Canon SLR. Thanks for the link - these guys are fun (and the pink D90 makes a cameo!) I took it pretty well until the "creme brulee test"...
"still wondering why it had to be about three times as heavy as my film Canon SLR."
The 7D has a large(ish) built in electric motor which enables is to shoot at 8FPS. The shutter on your old SLR was a simple small(ish) spring mechanism which was primed for release by the film wind on. A fairer comparison would be with an old style SLR plus a high quality motor drive.
Aha! Thanks - that would explain it. And what's in the magnesium alloy? Iron? Lead? (a rhetorical question)
David, I LIKE this great capture of Britain's autumn colors. Thanks for your visit to my gallery! Re Hampton Court Palace: Henry "begging away" the palace from Cardinal Wolsey is an idea I got from Margaret George's "Autobiography of Henry VIII," which I read in preparation for my 2009 visit to London on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession. In all, I've been to Bath and the Cotswolds, and, in 2009, London and Exmoor National Park. In London, I was amused to meet folks who'd never been to Exmoor, and, in Exmoor, I was amused to meet locals who boasted they "hadn't been to London in 50 years." London and Exmoor are no more than two hours apart by train! In Alaska (my 2010 vacation), they'd be considered suburbs of one another!
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Photo taken in Richmond Park, Richmond, Greater London, UK
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