24 March 2020

Advanced Canon Autofocus Systems - keep it simple...

When it comes to camera Autofocus (AF) configuration(s) and tuning I try and keep settings at their default for as long as possible (will only change the size of the active AF-area).

The image of the the Egyptian goose was only the fourth image that came out of my Canon EOS 7D Mark II soon after its launch about 5 years ago. The week or so before this I tested the same body from Canon South Africa and used the default AF settings - and was more than satisfied with the results.

Setting / EXIF Data of Egyptian Goose Image

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : AI Servo Autofocus / FPS Test
Canon EOS 7D Mark II : AI Servo Autofocus / FPS Test
On the day I received my own body I took it out the box, paired it with my 400mm lens and walked down to the Diep River (Woodbridge Island) and up to today use the same AF settings. I have worked through the numerous configurations of many modern (Canon) AF systems, but have found the default is good to go in most cases.

When I work with new and experienced (Canon) photographers I ask them to return the AF configuration to the default and we shoot for long periods of time just on this (only changing the AF-Points / Zones if required). This extended frame of reference it will assist the photographer to understand future tweaking (if / when required).

Source: Canon EOS 7D Mark II : AI Servo Autofocus / FPS Test

09 March 2020

Used Canon Camera / Lens Sales South Africa

Used Canon Camera / Lens Sales South Africa Facebook Page

Private advertising and selling of used DSLR Canon Cameras / Lenses in South Africa.
Private advertising and selling of used DSLR Canon Cameras / Lenses in South Africa.

Visit / Like the new Used Canon Camera / Lens Sales South Africa Facebook Page >>

 Invitation to anybody who is interested in buying / selling:

  • Canon EOS SLRs (Film)
  • Canon EOS DSLRs
  • Canon EOS R Mirrorless
  • Canon EOS M Mirrorless
  • Canon PowerShot Cameras
  • Canon EF Lenses
  • Canon RF Lenses
  • Canon EF-S Lenses
  • Canon EF-M Lenses
  • Sigma / Tanron Lenses for Canon
  • Canon Speedlite Flash
  • Canon Ring Lite Flash (Macro)
  • Canon EOS / Lens Accessories

Important Note to all Private Sellers
  • Add separate price for a kit, individual units and or separate pricing for body / lens
  • Let me know if you're not sure, but note no Canon product will be published without your price
  • What you eventually negotiate / agree upon with your buyer is up to you
  • Also note that this is a private / non-retail market sales platform / Page for individual Canon enthusiast and / or professional photographers
  • Used Canon Camera / Lens Sales Page private communication. Go to Contact Me for more pre-sales information

 Guidelines to all Private Advertisers / Sellers (As on the Facebook Page)

Please add price for a kit, individual units and or separate pricing for body / lens if selling as a kit or individually.

Add full Canon Body / Lens specifications for sale i.e:

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  •  Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash

Let me know if you're not sure, but note no Canon product will be published without your price.

What you eventually negotiate / agree upon with your buyer is up to you.

Also note that this is a private / non-retail market pre-sales platform / Page for individual Canon enthusiast and / or professional photographers.

You may contact me privately via PM or visit my website and complete a contact Us form if you need more pre-sales information.

Other brands
Only exception will be for non-Canon lenses for sale as part of a Canon Body / Lens kit. Contact me if you're not sure.

Communication
All communication on this page will be constantly monitored and will be moderated only to reflect the objective of this pre-sales platform ito providing a platform for placing Canon camera products online for a possible sale.

Liability
Vernon Chalmers accepts no liability / responsibility for any claims made by any poster / seller on this pre-sales platform

Vernon Chalmers accepts no financial liability for any misinterpreted specifications, pricing or any information that may not be a true representation for any item for sale on this pre-sales platform.

Removal of posts / Non-publishing decisions
Vernon Chalmers reserve the right to remove any post without any notification to the advertiser / seller.

Vernon Chalmers reserves the right not to publish posts (if it does not meet my discretion ito the objective of this pre-sales platform).

Thank you,

Vernon Chalmers


Used Canon Camera / Lens Sales South Africa Page Admin / Moderator: Vernon Chalmers

01 March 2020

Purple Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

I captured this shy purple heron taking-off in the Table Bay Nature Reserve close to Woodbridge Island, Cape Town during a recent mid-morning hike (opposite the Milnerton Golf Course with Table Mountain as backdrop in all images).

We only spot these shy birds on occasion and unlike the name 'purple heron' I find them more brown in colour. The backdrop for these four consecutive image is Table Mountain - which is about 8 to 10 kilometers from the Table Bay Nature Reserve.

All photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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Purple Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Purple Heron - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Purple Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Purple Heron - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Purple Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Purple Heron - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Purple Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Purple Heron - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery 
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Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Visit to Zeitz MOCAA - V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa : Silo District, V&A Waterfront

Focus on the Architecture: Up the silos...

Spent some quality time with my friend / photographer Joseph Inns exploring the museum earlier today. We visited most of the art exhibitions inside the Zeitz museum, but will return at a later date for more detailed exhibition photography.

All Vernon Chalmers Zeitz MOCAA - V&A Waterfront Cape Town images with Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens (Handheld / Natural Light). Post-processing in Lightroom Classic CC.

Architecture Images © Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy

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Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Silo District V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Silo District V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Silo District V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Silo District V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

About Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is a contemporary art museum located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. The museum opened on September 22, 2017 Wikipedia

Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa Website

Free Access to Zeits MOCAA. Please visit Free Access Zeits MOCAA

Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Free Access Ticket
Zeitz MOCAA V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - Free Access Ticket (Wednesdays between 10:00 - 13:00 for SA Citizens)
Image: Vernon Chalmers

V&A Waterfront Cape Town Walkabout View

Testing the Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter

Close-Up Photography: Testing the Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter
In an effort to reduce the minimum focus distance (MFD) of my 400mm lens (3.5 meter) I ordered a Canon 500D 77mm close-up lens filter. This is mainly to eliminate the carrying of a second body with macro lens when out in the field with the long lens (for Birds in Flight). The 400mm works well for close-up work from a distance, but I wanted a closer focusing option (with more magnification).

Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter Challenges

With the close-up lens filter the MFD is now an effective 40 - 50mm (compared to 3.5 meter) - which brings some challenges (specific to the 400mm non-IS lens):

  • Super-thin depth of field (require smaller apertures to counter this)
  • Best useful f/stops are now f/22 - f/32
  • Requires good light or flash
  • With no IS extra stability is required (tripod) / or faster shutter speed

What I like so far:

  • Autofocus works well in good light
  • Manual focus with flash works well on tripod
  • Satisfied with the extreme close-up image quality
  • Quality of the bokeh (blurred out of focus areas)

This specific combination (crop with 400mm lens) should work beter on a full frame body (as it is minus the 1.6 crop factor) with a 70-300mm lens (as recommended by Canon). There is no point in using the Canon 500D close-up lens filter on the EOS 6D / 400mm lens as I want to be able to use it in the field (Canon EOS 7D Mark II) without removing any lenses. But, I will test it later with my Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens on APS-C (EOS 70D) and Full Frame (Canon EOS 6D).

First three images: Handheld, outside in good light and AF with manual exposure settings as I would capture Birds in Flight - ISO during the outside light testing was limited to ISO 1600.

Last image: On tripod with Speedlite 430 EX II (bounced) flash: ISO 400 (Av Mode).

All images are uncropped and processed in Lightroom 6 with some exposure, contrast and a few other adjustments.

Body / Lens used: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.5L USM Lens f/32 / ISO 400 - 1600 1/250 - 1/5000s.


Location: Milnerton, Cape Town
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Testing the Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter
Bee on Flower f/32 / ISO 3200

Close-Up Photography: Testing the Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter
Daisy flower  (Handheld) f/32 / ISO 1600

Close-Up Photography: Testing the Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter
Small Daisy Flower (Handheld) f/32 / ISO 1600

Close-Up Photography: Testing the Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter
Tiny Grass Flower (Handheld) f/32  / ISO 1600

Close-Up Photography: Testing the Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter
Inside a Pincushion Flower  f/32 / ISO 400 (Speedlite Flash / Tripod

Blue Hour Landscape Photography Training Milnerton

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training
Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography : Sea Point, Cape Town
Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town

This offer is available for individual photographers or small group bookings (up to four delegates). With scalable training rates from two to four delegates.

Flexible Training Dates
Sessions to be scheduled with individual delegates / groups in terms of everybody's availability and could be during the week / weekends.

Training Objective: Blue Hour Photography
To assist the developing Canon EOS photographer with mastering landscape and long exposure photography with the main focus on blue hour long exposures working with changing natural light (before sunrise and then sunset and beyond).

Required Equipment
Any Canon DSLR camera with any lens in the 10mm - 70mm focal length range. (i.e. the Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens is more than suitable). A sturdy tripod is a mandatory requirement for long exposure photography.

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training
Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography
Training Duration
Three sessions: one theory / settings session (up to five hours) in my studio training apartment and two practical sessions (one before-sunrise session and one sunset into the night light).

Training Location
All theory / settings / exposure training is facilitated in my training studio apartment in Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island). Practical applications will be around Woodbridge Island / Milnerton beach.

Costing 
  • Cost per Delegate: R1 850 for the three sessions

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training is also available as a Photography Training Gift Voucher

Learning Areas (theory / setting sessions)
  • Camera / Lens Settings
  • Exposure / Focus Settings
  • Long Exposure Techniques
  • Composition Guidelines
  • Introduction to post-processing (if required)

Delegates will be briefed wrt the two practical sessions in terms of time / weather and other logistics.

Self Catering Accommodation Milnerton
Vernon Chalmers photography training is facilitated from a self-catering apartment in Arnhem, Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) with an option for local and international photographers to overnight during the various training sessions. Optional accommodation will be calculated at reduced rates into the Photography Training Proposal / Invoicing. More Information

Contact Vernon Chalmers for more information (or discussing other requirements).

Canon Photography Private Training Courses Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop More

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training
Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island - Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography

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