Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm in the market for a new camera

Yeps that is right. I have done a ton of research over the past months to figure out what I think is important for me when I buy a new camera.
I am not going to bore you with all the details but at the end of the day it will be a Canon 5D Mark II. 21 mega pixels sounds like heaven to a landscape photographer. If I could I would go medium or large format. But I don't have the cash to do that. I am still figuring out what lens to buy though.

A couple of options I am looking at are:
- Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4 L IS USM: Superb all round lens. I am used to photographing exclusively with wide angles. I don't own anything else. Once in a while I would have loved to have a longer lens though. This 'kit lens' sounds like the best option. I can always go wider in the near future and buy ...
- Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4 L USM: Superb wide angle used by a lot of landscape photographers. This would be more what I am used to today.
- Canon TS-E 24mm ƒ/3.5 L II: I would love to own a Tilt Shift. Basically because of how you can alter your plane of focus. I am not interested in doing those lame miniature looking landscapes. But I want to control DOF. This lens will be bought in the future (I am going to set aside my bonuses from work for this lens).
- Canon EF 16-35mm ƒ/2.8 L II USM, Canon EF 24mm ƒ/1.4 L USM prime or Canon EF 14mm ƒ/2.8 L II USM prime (rising in price). These are all wonderful lenses. One more expensive than the other. Primes will always be sharper than zooms. But of course lack the versatility.

I want to share this little video with you too. This is high speed footage of a Canon 5D (Mark I) at full burst. Look at all those vibrations. It's crazy. Some stuff I was surprised to see in this little clip were these:
- When the iris closes it is not completely round (more oval shaped), and not really centered.
- Mirror bounces all over the place. Crazy!
- The time in between the mirror is open and the leafs of the shutter open is long. But then again this whole sequence is over in 1/4000 of a second.

Technology like this amazes me!