New Canon 5D Mark III

We all look for an excuse to update our cameras, especially when a new model arrives on the scene just before you are about to take off on a 4 week photographic tour of South Western Australia. So I have been using the new 5D and love everything it offers, especially the new AF (auto focus) system, the extra card slot for SD cards and on it goes. The feel and output from the camera is a good experience and would highly recommend this model if you are thinking of upgrading. If you checkout the photo galleries, you will see a number of recent additions from WA. I got a bit caried away using HDR and combining this triple-shot technique with RAW I soon racked up nearly 200 Gb of photos in just over 3 weeks. 


We have been fortunate to shoot some weddings during the Spring and found being involved in a wedding as the official photographer is a lot of fun and responsibility, of course. My daughter Anita and I, have developed a successful formula to provide a less expensive wedding-photography service without compromising attention to detail, the creative side of the photography. We also enjoy the occasion of the special day and take time to work in with the bride and groom, their families and friends. Anita takes care of artistic direction, while I am in charge of the technical side. Check out our Wedding Photo Gallery for some of our recent wedding shots. By far my favourites are the shots that come out of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM II lens. This lens is just sensational. Take a close look at this month's photo on our Home Page :-)


Organising a Trip to Europe

We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Europe in October. The question always arises as to what photography gear I will take. On a trip to Thailand last year I took the Canon G11 point and shoot. While it was great due to the compact size, there were quite a few occasions when I wished I had the 5D Mark II in hand. Dashing around on the beach at the Railay Beach resort at sunset comes to mind. Most observers would dismiss my actions as just a tourist (which I was) but would have they taken another look if I had the 5D with the killer (and heavy) Canon EF 70-200mm L f2.8 IS II poised for action.

In planning our trip to Europe I am going to compromise. Take the 5D but with only one lens and flash. So what lens to take? I currently use the wide Canon EF 17-40mm L for my real estate and landscape work, however 40mm really is quite restrictive from a touring point of view. Two possibilities come to mind:

The 24-70 is a favourite for weddings and is heavier and bulkier than the 24-105. With the slightly more compact feel, longer reach and image stabilization, I think the latter might be the choice as the walkaround on tour. What do you think?