Journal

A Wild Week Of Weather! December 9 - December 14 2012

What a week it’s been here in Perth, Western Australia, with nearly a entire week of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain. I’ve been busy all week taking photos of the storms as they built up and moved over the city finding myself up at dawn every morning this week.

We had a huge mix of different weather all rolled into one of the most interesting weeks of weather that I can remember in Perth! This included pretty much everything except for snow! LOL We had strong wind, hail, heavy rain, lots of different types of cloud including the very rare Mammatus and even more rare Lenticular Clouds! There was also very rare (For Perth) Sun Pillars which are caused by sunlight reflecting in ice crystals in the cloud (even more rare because this usually happens when it’s very cold!) …

Smoke Haze Sunrise Over Perth - November 26 2011

These Photos were taken on Sunday November 26 2011.

Perth awoke to a smoky morning which was the result overnight winds pushing smoke from bushfires in the Margaret River region which have been burning over the last week.

There was a strong smell of smoke and a thick haze which resulted in a spectacular sunrise with some great colours just before sunrise, and a pink sun as it poked though the haze, and as it rised higher the sun turned orange and yellow Here are some of the photos:

For Lovers Of Canon And Coffee.....

This showed up in the post today:

It’s a replica Canon 24-105 f/4 IS Coffee Cup! Now I can combine my love of Canon and Coffee! LOL

There is also a 70-200 f/4 Travel Mug but that one is a bit hard to find at the moment and was handed out to the press by Canon during the Winter Olympics. Canon has started to sell them in Canada, so they might be made available to the world wide market soon.

My Canon EOS 600D Mini Review

I’ve had the chance to use a the Canon EOS 600D (AKA Rebel T3i in the US market and Kiss X5 in the Japanese market) digital SLR camera so here is my mini review for this camera. This is my third of the entry level XXXD/Rebel series camera I’ve used (My first d/SLR was the original 300D/digital Rebel back in 2004 when it was the first ‘affordable’ digital SLR camera on the market) and I also owned a 500D. The 600D is being marketed as a high end entry level/enthusiast camera in the current lineup and is positioned between the 500D and the 60D which all use the same 18 megapixel sensor.

The Body

The Canon EOS 600D sees the first change in design since the 450D where Canon used the same basic shape and layout design over the next 2 generations (500D and 550D) the 600D…

My Canon EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Mini Review

The Canon EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens was released in October 2009 along with the Canon EOS 7D and is the replacement for the Canon EF-S 17-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. I managed to finally find the EF-S 15-85 IS lens, so sold My 18-135 IS which I got with My 7D as a part of a kit.

The EF-S 15-85 IS lens makes a great standard zoom lens for anyone who is using a Canon APS-C camera (With EF-S lens mount) and gives crop camera shooters a lens capable of covering a wide to medium telephoto zoom range. The EF-S 15-85 IS has the equivalent focal length of a 24-135mm lens on a full framed camera, and is the EF-S equivalent to the EF 24-105 f/4 IS.

Construction

The Canon EF-S 15-85 IS is Canon’s first newly designed consumer grade lens which now features a cleaner look, and a better build qu…

Another new lens - Canon EF-S 15-85 IS

I decided to order the new Canon EF-S 15-85 IS lens after reading about it, and seeing some great results from this lens, especially when used with the 7D.

I was originally planning on getting this lens with my 7D, but I couldn’t find anyone selling the kit at the time, so I bought the 18-135 IS kit instead. While I did like the 18-135 IS lens, I miss the faster and silent Ultrasonic Autofocus motor (USM) and I also wanted something wider then 18mm (29mm equivalent). I was thinking about getting a 10-22, but I didn’t think I would really shoot that wide, and I liked the focal range of the 24-105 IS when I had my 5DMkII, I also looked at the 17-55 IS, but wasn’t that impressed with the build quality, and since I mainly shoot landscapes, I don’t really need f/2.8. I …

My Nikon D90 Mini Review

I had a Nikon D90 earlier this year but never got around to writing my mini review for the camera when I had it, so here it is now!

The Nikon D90 is Nikon’s “Enthusiast” model which fits in between the D5000 high end entry level model and the Semi pro D300 and would be the equivalent to Canon’s XXD series. The D90 was also the first d/SLR to feature video. The Nikon D90 features a 12.3 megapixel 1.5x crop sensor, and ISO range from 100-6400.

The Body

The Nikon D90, like it’s predecessors has a plastic (polycarbonate) body with a metal chassis. The build quality was very good though! Probably the best plastic bodied camera I’ve owned, and very well built. Nikon covers most of the plastic up with rubber, so it doesn’t feel plasticky, and the camera …

Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Mini Review

I got the 18-135 IS when I bought my 7D so I thought I would write a quick mini review of the lens.

The lens is one of Canon’s newest EF-S lenses which are designed to work on the Canon APS-C sized sensor cameras (With EF-S mount).

The lens has the focal range (Equivalent in 35mm) of a 29-216mm lens and covers a 7x zoom range which puts it in the class of being a “Super zoom” lens.

The construction of this lens is decent, it doesn’t have the same quality as a L series lens, but it’s not priced like a L series lens and is quite reasonably priced. The 18-135 IS lens features a metal lens mount, and a real manual focus ring, but doesn’t have full time manual focusing which means you have to switch the AF/MF button to the manual focus setting if you plan on…

My Canon EOS 7D Mini Review

Now that I’ve had the chance to use my EOS 7D and get familiar with the new camera, here is my mini review.

The Body

Canon have done a great job with the build quality with the 7D, it’s very solid, and well built, and it feels somewhat better then the XXD series. The camera is about the same size as a 5DMkII and feels very comfortable to hold. The body kind of reminds me of my old Nikon D300, and Canon have now made all the rear buttons larger (Similar in size as what you get on a Nikon body) and they have also worked on the sensitivity of the buttons. To delete a photo, you need to press down hard on the delete button, I’m assuming this is to prevent accidentally deleting your photos.

Canon have now got rid of the 2 step on/off button found on the XXD series and on the …

First day out with my new EOS 7D - First Impressions

I finally got the opportunity to get out and have a play with my new Canon EOS 7D today so I thought I would just write about my first impressions. I will write a review once I’ve used the camera for a while and try out all the features.

This is definitely the best Canon camera I’ve owned, and as good as the Nikon D300 I had. The 7D is very well designed!

The pictures right out of the camera really pop! Great colours and lots of detail. It reminds me of the great picture quality I got from my 5DMkII.

The autofocus works great, and you can now choose “Zone focusing” where you can select a few AF points from the 19 point layout rather then use all the AF points, or having to manually select a single point, a great feature!

The viewfinder is allot better then the prev…