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2 Mar 14:

The Tamron 150-600mm in the New Forest; wide open (F6.3) at about 550mm.  Lone horse had paused on the horizon so I took the shot using a monopod. The picture was post processed to simulate a ND filter.

1 Mar 14:

Having been impressed by the initial reports on the Tamron 150-600mm F5.6-6.3, I decided to grab one. The lens is as good or better than the Canon 100-400mm F4.5-F5.6 IS L.  Out of the box, in the comparable range (150-400mm) the Tamron is better than the Canon, at 600mm it softens slightly when wide open F6.3. Useful sharpness at F7.1 is likely, lets see how the pictures come out . . .

10 Feb 14

Now I am using the Canon 5d Mk III, I have lost the Canon 7d's crop factor (previously 1.6x) , this means the pictures from all my lenses look further away (wider).  To counter this I decided to put a 1.4x Kenko MC4 extender on a Canon 300mm F2.8 IS L, making it 420mm, to see how much picture degradation there would be.

Here we see Moo, minding her own business, being stalked by the 420mm lens package. I notice less sharpness with the 1.4x extender, but noise is controlled well. I would use this combo for wildlife over my Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 IS L, but it is a bit heavier.

The Canon 300mm F2.8 IS L is a great lens, I would not consider adding extenders to any of my other lenses; but with two lightweight additions to my bag I can have 420mm and 600mm.

8 Feb 14

Another wide angle shot using the Sigma 12-24mm, this time at F5.8 in Churchill Gardens, Salisbury. 

Notice the difference in sharpness left compared to right side of the picture.  This may be a lens that needs micro-adjustment and / or shooting at smaller aperture, such as F11. If that does not solve it, the lens has a physical deformation.   Its ok for web pictures.

25 Jan 14

Shot into the sun at F8, using a recently purchased second hand Sigma 12-24 DG HSM lens (Mk 1).  Post processed in Lightroom to give a late greyscale effect.

The Sigma at 12mm gives a very wide angle, its not greatly sharp (I think this one is front focusing) and it needs to be post processed to remove some of the distortion.  But it gives a nice dreamy landscape effect to Salisbury's Victoria Gardens during the flood.

25 Jan 14

A view of Bishop Wordsworth School from the front gate, with Salisbury Cathedral in the distance.

Canon 24-105mm F4 IS L, at 24mm, F8 and ISO 200. Post processed in Lightroom to look a bit more pastel.

14 Jan 14

The Canon 5d Mk III copes well with limited light; This was taken hand-held using the Canon 85mm F1.8 lens at 1/30 sec. There was street lighting but it was raining, which can be seen in the original picture size and looks like noise.  

Interestingly the camera (on auto) set the ISO to 250.  I have found that I can often use pictures at 10x that ISO, at 12800, if post processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.

13 Jan 14

Flooding in February 2014. This was the initial state of the river and after more rain it rose again.  This was taken in Churchill Gardens, just off the Southampton road, the water almost reaching the children's play area, flooding the internal paths.

Taken at the wide end of the Canon 24-105mm F4 IS L on an overcast day, with ISO 320.

11 Jan 14

Mog and Moo normally eat inside, but as the sun was out (-ish!), breakfast was served in the garden. 

One of the first pictures taken with my new Canon 5d Mk III with the stock lens (Canon 24-105mm F4 IS L), at F4 and on the overcast morning the ISO was 640. 

In lightroom, I left the green in, removed the other colours and raised the contrast.

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