Wednesday, 10 April 2013

New Toys....

I'd been getting tired of lugging my Canon 1dmkIIn/500mm/gimbal/big tripod around for quite a while so after checking the prices on Ebay, I decided to take the plunge and sell the 500mm lens and use the proceeds to buy some new camera gear.

With the money (including a tidy profit) that I got for the lens and after much consideration, I decided to buy the following -

EOS 5d mk III
Canon 400mm f/5.6
Canon MP-E65mm Macro
Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash
Velbon Ultra Rexi L.

I haven't really had chance to test the macro stuff yet so will post some results when I get them. 

Its hardly been ideal weather to experiment with the other stuff either but I had a go with the new body and 400mm yesterday to see what it was like for bird-in-flight shots. I'd often read that it is one of the best lenses around for this type of photography so I was cautiously optimistic.

There wasn't anything interesting around so I had to make do with a duck and some pigeons. I was well pleased with the results though.

To see the full-size images hold down the shift-key as you click on the image and then click again on the picture.


  1. Hi, I won an auction for the 500L but am a little suspicious of the seller. Do you know if this was your lens?

    When I asked for sample images he attached this one:

    Thanks a lot for your time. You can email me at qwertyfuzz(at) if you have any questions.

  2. Hi Matt, no that wasn't me. Mine went to someone in Barnsley, England.

    This was the one -