Saturday, January 26, 2013

Florida Christmas 2012

I once again put some retirement money into my photography habit.  I upped the ante, went full-frame and sprung for the new Canon 6D.  I purchased the kit and lucky ole Allison received the EF 24-105mmL for an incredible deal.  I was jealous, but I don't need the lens since I still have my trusty 24-70mmL.  When Jill and I went to see Mom, Jim and Faith in Florida for Christmas, it was a great opportunity to combine the new camera with my "travel light" 70-300mm.  The 70-300 may not be L, but I tell you, it locks on to a subject and doesn't like to let go. All of the shots below were taken with that combo.  I was able to use my 100-400mmL in Morro Bay before vacation with the 6D and the results were great.  I love the 7D and I will not sell it, but even though it's all in all a better camera than the 6D, it does have a cropped sensor.  The 6D might not be able to take 8 f/p/s, only 4.5, or have nearly as many focus points as the 7D, but so far I've found that the sensor size alone more than makes up for any lack of speed or cross type focus points. 100% crops with the 6D are sharp, period. I also think it will be fun to log my shots with the internal GPS and use a smart phone or tablet to wirelessly control the camera and share pictures.  I'll put it to a good test this summer when we go to Alaska with Ernest and Kathleen.

Florida Yellow-Bellied Turtle ~ 300mm, f/6.5, 1/250 second, ISO 400
Heron's Glen Osprey ~ 300mm, f/8, 1/1600 second, ISO 400
Communal Yellow-Bellieds ~ 300mm, f/6.3, 1/200 second, ISO 400

Great Blue Heron ~ 300mm, f/8, 1/2000 second, ISO 800