Category Archives: DSLR

Canon EOS 50D to Canon EOS 5D Mark III

I outgrew the Canon EOS 50D. I needed a more advance camera to continue to learn and make shooting a little easier. Enter the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I bought the kit which comes with the Canon 24-105mm f4L IS. This is a beast of a camera. Now I can record video on the camera with a push of a button. The 50D doesn’t record video. More importantly, the autofocus on this camera is simply amazing. I went from 9 AF points to 63.

It took me some time to get used to all the advance settings and using the camera. It’s very different from my old 50D. However, it’s just so much more advance in every aspect.

When I was research a new camera, I was seriously considering the Canon 7D as well. I went with the 5D Mark III because of the full frame sensor. It’s better at taking pictures in low light than a crop sensor. If I had a bunch of EF-S lenses, I probably would have gone with the 7D or wait for the rumored 7D Mark II. Most of my lenses were EF, so I was good to go.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my purchase. It’s not a cheap camera by any means, but you do get a lot of performance in a well rounded package. No, there’s no pop-up flash, but you can always edit the photos in post production to make up for it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Unboxing Photo

Canon 24-70mm L f2.8 mk1 lens

This lens is legendary. All the pros and semi-pro photographer have one. This is a big and heavy lens to use and carry around. It’s also one of the best lens to use because of the 2.8 aperture. The bokeh is buttery smooth. I still have a love hate relationship with this lens.

First of all, this is an awkward lens. There are a lot of bad copies out there. The problem was that it either back focused or produced really soft images. The lens also reverse zooms. The lens extends at wider angles. When I use autofocus on a 50D and a 5D mark 3, it’s hit or miss. Sometimes I would get good sharp images. Other times, it’s a blurry mess. I would say it’s 50/50. Manual focus is a different story. This lens need to be manual focused.

Unfortunately, the original version of this lens has been discontinued by Canon. There is a newer version out that corrects a lot of the flaws. It’s also slightly lighter and smaller. Only slightly though. The big barrier to the average consumer is that this lens costs $2300. For that kind of change, I would rather get the 70-200mm f2.8 II.

What’s new and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS

The next phase. While attempting to write and review stuff, life has a nasty habit of getting in the way. It’s not easy to blog and keep a 9 to 5. Well, it’s actually more like a 7 to 6. So, I’m changing life a little bit to allow more time to focus on the fun part of life and less on the 9 to 5. It’s going to be a busy 3 weeks. However, there is a long list of new products that I will be getting to review and use.

For now, I’ve been using the 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS more lately. Many people are questioning this lens and whether it’s a good buy. It is. First of all, it’s very compact. I travel a lot, so packing light is essential. Second, it’s doesn’t include a tripod collar. Yes, that’s true. FYI, it’s doesn’t need one. It’s light enough to hand hold and has IS to take care of any jitters. Third, it’s sharp, really sharp. And finally, 300mm on a 1.6 crop sensor means I’m getting 480mm of focal length.

More to come.

Chief Monkey