Freelance Photographer
Durham, UK

Posts Tagged ‘lenses’

Canon Lens Auto Focus Accuracy – Part 2

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Having set my mind at rest in Part 1 that my new lens wasn’t totally dodgy, I set about trying to make it even better.  In fact, I decided to repeat the process on all three of my main lenses. (more…)

Canon Lens Auto Focus Accuracy – Part 1

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Back in May I wrote about the new Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS lens I had chosen and my reasons for making the choice I did.  After taking it out on a few non-critical sessions I haven’t been blown away by its sharpness – it’s good, but perhaps not quite as crisp as I was hoping for.  I started wondering if this was down to my unrealistic expectation or if there was something wrong with the lens.

Then one day I was out on the riverbanks in Durham and saw a heron fishing in the shallows.  I was a bit far away, but thought I’d grab a few frames just for interest.  Reviewing the shots I’d just taken zoomed in on the camera’s LCD, the heron was clearly blurred even though I was absolutely certain I had auto-focused on the body (I was too far away to pick up the eye which I would normally aim for).  What was more, the detail in the background was sharp – and it was consistent, shot after shot.  Suddenly I panicked – did my new lens have a serious back-focus problem?

Grey Heron

The shot that started it: after default sharpening in Capture One, this Heron still looked soft while background details look sharp (100% crop)


Macro shots from Houghall Woods

Friday, June 17th, 2011

OK, I’d better confess up front that these aren’t really macro shots.  But they are shots taken using just my macro lens in different roles on a photo walk from earlier this spring.  The bluebells weren’t quite in full flower, suffering from the dry spell it seemed.  All the same, I found some different angles and a couple of pleasant surprises.  More inside… (more…)

Choosing a Canon 70-200mm lens

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I’ve recently been through a very difficult buying decision and I’ve read that it’s one which many Canon shooters face – which 70-200mm lens should I buy?  If you search on this subject, the internet is full of opinions, but I found many didn’t help me to make my choice.  The bottom line is – it’s a completely personal choice, noone can really tell you which to choose and you need to decide for yourself.  So why am I writing a post about it, then?!  I thought I would share the factors that influenced my choice in case the thought process I went through helps anyone else make their decision.  More after the jump… (more…)

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year!  Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit.  OK, so maybe not the most timely post, but better late than never!

Durham City has had it’s own celebrations for several years now, including a Lion Dance performed by Oceans Apart Kung Fu Club.  This year we made a family event out of it and I managed to take some photos as well.  More after the jump… (more…)

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