I had a chance to play with my friend David’s Canon 5D Mark II for an hour at his house. It has been a few years old, but still works like new. It has the 24-105mm f/4 L macro lens mounted at front. Image quality is fantastic. At ISO 800, I can’t find any noise at all, even viewing the images at 100% crop. Since I was just taking a few test shots, I didn’t shoot in raw and process them later, but straightly in jpeg with monochrome mode and upload with no processing. The images are quite clean.
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As some of you already knew, I broke my D5000 DSLR a few months ago. That, combined with other changes in life, put me into a sad mood that I haven’t been able to update my blog for a long while.
It was on just the second day into the northern France trip, outside of the Notre Dame in Bayeux – maybe I somehow offended God and it was my immediate punishment, the camera fell on the concrete ground up side down. Luckily the lens hood was on so the Sigma lens was intact. But I couldn’t take any more pictures with the body. It kept saying Autoexposure Error. I was very upset.
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(… Continues from previous post.) At first, as I tended to try out all its features and use it to its full capability, I had to search on Internet and download the manual – yes, it’s still available after twenty-some years thanks to the enthusiasts. After figured out what each button does, I took it out for shooting and the fun began.
As there is no instant feedback – LCD screen – on film cameras, and I didn’t want to waste films either even thought they are now inexpensive to purchase and develop, I tried to make the best of each shot, imagining what the image should look like, framed carefully, adjusted exposure to my best guess and focused precisely. But it’s extremely difficult to do all that outdoor on a day at -5°C. It’s even worse when there were wind gusts.
Now that I’ve finished one exam, I can take a small break to get back into my hobby – photography.
A few months ago still in the winter, by chance, my cousin mentioned and showed me he still owned, although had not much used any more, an old film camera. It happens to be a Nikon as well – the N2000. I couldn’t refuse the temptation and played with it for a couple of weeks.
I used to have a compact Olympus μ[mju:] (http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Olympus_µ), a gift from my father that I used till 2003. It’s a palm-sized point-and-shoot camera with only few features. When I hold this 35mm full frame Nikon N2000 in my hands, knowing and appreciating it’s capabilities, there are so much joy and excitement. (My D5000 DSLR is not a full frame model. Simply put, full frame means better sensors in the camera body which in turn yield much better performance. Comparatively, the sensor in D5000 is 1.5 times smaller; the Canon Rebel series are 1.6 times smaller. Today, digital full frame SLRs cost at least $2,400 USD before putting on a lens.)
After much debate and consideration (for almost a year), I finally got myself a new lens, Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM, as my birthday gift a few days.
I’ve got the D5000 about two years ago and used it mainly for vacations, and sometimes for party events. Although the camera body and the kit lens (18-55mm DC VR) combination is not bad most of the time, in dimmed churches, museums and party rooms, the limitation of the kit lens makes me feel helpless from time to time. The maximum aperture is f/3.5 at 18mm and f/5.6 at 55mm. Most of the pictures I took in dimmed environment were at 35mm to 55mm, and I had to act fast. Using a tripod was not possible 99% of the time. The D5000 sensor produces quite a bit of noise at ISO 1600 and up. So what do all these leave me? A slow shutter speed. Sometimes less than 1/15 of a second, which easily induce camera shake and people’s motion blur.
I was going to continue on writing about the Paris trip and finish the last part. I guess I will leave it for another day. On the way back from our friend’s house after dinner last night, I saw the moon and thought I should take another shot at it. It’s not even a full moon, but was one day after half-full. The sky was clear.
Previously, I had a post about shooting the moon when I was in Venice but wasn’t well prepared at that time. This time I was at home with everything I needed, including the tripod and remote release to reduce camera shakes. I wanted to give it another shot.
(As part of the consolidation of my pictures on the ‘Net, I’m transferring this set of photos from my Flickr page, plus a few more. The reason of not using Flickr as my main photo site is explained here.)
The story: Dancap Catering is one of the divisions of the company I’m currently working for. It not only provides prix fixe dinner for show patrons of it’s sister company, Dancap Producitons, but also provides catering service for any events. In an effort of marketing the service, the company needed some food photos taken of what they can offer and I volunteered.