That's a battery grip for the 40D, now on the 10D this I found was a wonderful addition to the camera adding comfort and ease of use. This was something I instantly missed with the 40D, but unlike before I've decided to take a risk and order a generic Chinese copy of the Canon BG-E2N grip. Now I've no great expectations of this being in the same league as the genuine part - how could it be Canon part = £150+ vs. Chinese part = £25 (delivered) but on the other hand it is just a plastic box to hold some batteries/switches /wires! Anyway, with the Sigma lense needing a repair(?) I don't really want to invest too much money in accessories - sooner put the money toward a better lense.
The sun came out this afternoon so I went over to Mountbatten to continue getting used to the 40D but this time took out my old 30-70 and 100-300. I have to say I'm not getting on to well with my standard walkabout 18-125mm Sigma and am beginning to think there is an issue with the autofocus at the wider settings - very poor focus accuracy - so more to look into. Once again, I'm of the opinion that there are far to many options on this camera than I'm ever going to want (or need) and still feel that the 10D took better and more vibrant pictures. Still time will tell but I also need to sort out that longer strap and wouldn't mind a battery grip as I had on the 10D - really missing the 'portrait' optional shutter button. Few more pictures uploaded to the 'Places' main gallery, mostly of a ship turnng around - or whatever the nautical term is!
Why oh why cant makers/sellers put on the length of their straps - I decided to treat myself to a new strap, but I prefer to 'wear' my camera over the shoulder so it hang to the side. This means that the strap has to be a bit longer to be comfortable, loads of straps I quite like the look of, but very few state their usable length - which to me would seem like, perhaps one if not the most important specifications. Why would I particularly care if it weighs 7.45ozs!!!
The day is really overcast & threatening rain, so just went over to Radford Park & Lake for a few shots. After spending an hour & a half wandering about taking pictures (I've put a few in the Gallery in 'Places' in which the 1st picture is also of Radford, but taken on a very old auto everything compact camera) I have to say it feels quite nice though that shutter/mirror noise is still too intrusive for my liking. I also don't like the way the pop-up flash violently springs up, but at least its higher so my wide angle lens hood won't cast a shadow as with the 10D. As to the pictures, well I don't think they look as good as they would have if been taken on the 10D, but the 40D is very new to me so I perhaps have to fine-tune it?
So now the proud owner of a Canon 40D, which has resolved the integration problem with the Multiblitz Triggerhappy wireless remote/trigger - so that's great. What isn't so great is the feeling that the older 10D is a better camera from the perspective of build quality! Don't get me wrong the 40D is nice but the buttons and controls don't have the quality feel that the 10D has, also, oh that shutter/mirror noise - loud "clack,clack" compared to the 10D's very tame "snick, snick". Now most of the reviews I've read say the 40D is much quieter than the 20/30D's that went before, but compared to the 10D I find it embarrassingly loud! Initially I though this was a fault, but a bit of research and comparison to some other 40D's proved this not to be the case - well it is what it is, so I'll just have to get used to it ;-)
Hopefully, I'll get out this weekend and put it through its paces and get to know it a bit better. Now as I felt the 10D had more functions than I ever really needed, you can perhaps imagine how I feel with the 40D!
Will need to look out for a battery grip and a new strap for it. It did come with the original strap, which is still packed and never used - best thing for it IMO, always too thin and too short for serious use.
Went out last night for a meal, but it seems so did many other people as everywhere we tried, there was no room at the Inn! Anyway as we were passing we popped into the Morley Arms and have to say as soon as we walked through the door you knew you were in a good old fashioned traditional pub - personally I really dislike themed pubs and those where they try and build in the personality, pubs like people have to evolve and grow their own personality over time! Well as we were out for some food on the specials board they had Steak & Kidney pudding, now I've had some really bad pies/puddings in pubs - you know the type, a bowl of thick stodge with some puff pastry put on top, that when you put the knife to it explodes all over the table like a split bag of crisps. Well nothing of the sort here my wifes chicken & ham pie looked superb as she reports tasted great as well and I have to say my steak & kidney pudding was a mouth watering delight. So no frills, just good grub, real ales, friendly atmosphere and great pies.
Did a bit of research on the net and found a local dealer listing a 30 & 40D so popped over to look at them today - unfortunately being a Saturday I got the Saturday girl (assumption on my part). Well she didn't seem to know much about cameras, couldn't find the 30D - and when I said it was advertised on the website said the site isn't updated as often as it used to be (quick look on the site states it was updated the day before and still has the 30D listed). So went on to look at the 40D which i felt was overpriced, but if it was nice with all the accessories, then OK. Asked the 'girl' what the benefits of the 40D were over the 30D, but she didn't know! Asked what was bundled with the 40D for the price - girl didn't know but went to find out. Anyway the 40D was for a body without anything else at all, not even a charger, so I suggested this was not very competitively priced and ask if there was any chance of movement in the price ? No was the answer. Well I expected a 'maybe' and a bit of hard negotiation to follow, but as it was, I thanked her for her time and walked.
I don't really want to deal with people who don't know their job, there are far to many things to waste time on as it is, and yes, perhaps I should have phoned first to check stock, or when I got the feeling the girl was out of her comfort zone asked for a more experienced assistant...well it's the shops loss, there would appear to be a glut of these cameras about at the moment. So drove off to Exeter for the afternoon and the first camera shop I walked into had two of each 30 & 40D's (some boxed with the original accessories) and all cheaper. The assistant knew his stuff and if he didn't, found the answers quickly, offered positive advice based on my requirements - all good stuff.
Mind you I've still not bought a camera but will try and get that sorted by the end of next week. ;¬)
Well newish, going to look for a Canon 30 or 40D over the coming weeks as although the 10D has served me well and could perhaps go on doing so, I've decided it's time for a change. The main prompt for this is that it has never worked with the Multiblitz remote trigger (Triggerhappy) that I bought some months ago and I would like to use this as it not only triggers the flash heads but allows me to adjust them from the camera. At the moment it is relegated to being just a glorified remote control device and I use a second cheap Chinese trigger unit on the camera!
left a bad taste in the mouth, so had to watch a good film to redress the balance! So really enjoyed 'Brotherhood of the Wolf' last night and added this to the Best Films listing
section. The film by George Lucas I couldn't think of, was indeed entitled THX 1128. So thank you Mr Whippy (?) - even though you did leave a spurious email and www. link ;-)
Now where is ePEXman when you need him?
is on Sky 343/ Virgin 445 next Thursday - City of the Lost Children, so a chance to see what I'm talking about perhaps.
Decided to add the pictures of (some) my DIY Hi-Fi component builds, so put a new section in the Galleries'. I've put in three sections for; 7 Pi corner horn speakers, Bottlehead Paramour II and Quickie battery powered preamplifier. Both the latter are wonderful valve amps and the Quickie an absolute bargain. Bottlehead kits are great fun to build and the is a link in the 'Links' page should you wish to investigate their newer products.
Saturday, the courier dropped off a 70cm beauty dish. Been looking for one of these for awhile, but didn't want to spend the usual premium. Also considering getting a portable set-up that isn't Multiblitz - probably with the Bowens 'S' fit mount, so wanted a universal fit one, the kind that uses a bolt on speedring adapter. Anyway, the only immediate disadvantage is there would appear to be two distinct areas of illumination, about 1/2 a stop between the outer edge and the center portion. This can be seen on larger group pictures but isn't an issue for head & shoulder portraits. Easy solution was to use the provided 'sock' (or shower-cap as it's sometimes called) which diffuses the light, and evens out this issue and with no loss of output. The dish also came with a thirty degree honeycomb grid, but not put that through its paces yet.
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.