31 December 2021

Food Photography - In-Studio Braai (Barbeque)

South Africans love to braai (barbeque) - even if it is indoors...

In-studio braai before and about good to go… with different lenses (macro lens and landscape lens)

At Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Studio Arnhem / Milnerton

Image 1: Canon EOS 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash

Image 2: With Canon EOS 70D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens and Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash

Before the Braai - with Canon 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens
Before the Braai - with Canon 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens / Speedlite Flash

Braai Almost Ready - With Canon EOS 70D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens
Braai Almost Ready - With Canon EOS 70D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens  / Speedlite Flash

04 December 2021

Acquiring the original Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens

Levaillant's Cisticola Copyright Vernon Chalmers Acquiring the original Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
For Small Birds Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and Woodbridge Island,  Milnerton Cape Town

I have had quite a number of opportunities for testing the older Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens along the Diep River and the Table Bay Nature Reserve at Woodbridge Island (perched birds / birds in flight) and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden (smaller birds / flowers).

100-400mm Zoom Lens Objective
My objective was to find the most suitable and effective body / zoom lens combination for my Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town small bird and flower photography.

I've tested the lens on both the Canon EOS 70D and 7D Mark II and found the best value proposition pairing for the lens to be the EOS 70D.

My Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens is my preferred go-to lens for birds in flight, but it is rather limited as a prime / non-zoom 400mm lens for my shooting requirements at Kirstenbosch. 

Southern double-collared Sunbird Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden Canon EOS 70D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
I purchased the original Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens from a client in late November 2021. After a long time thinking about my options, I made the decision to purchase this lens for my Kirstenbosch small bird photography (paired at this stage with my Canon EOS 70D). 

Image to the right was was captured at Kirstenbosch paired with my EOS 70D before I made any purchasing decisions. This image of a double-collared sunbird was the image that decided the lens is more than good enough for my purpose(s).

A review of the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens shortly after release.

Compared to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens (for my purpose)
I also own and use the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens. Although this is optically one of the sharpest Canon EF lenses I own, its just a bit too 'short' for my purpose / licking at Kirstenbosch.

Versatility of the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

My Birds in Flight Photography lens Canon EF 400 f/5.6L USM lens paired with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography with the original Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens

Canon Camera / Lens used at Woodbridge Island / Kirstenbosch: 
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens (Mark I)
  • AV Mode: 400mm / f/5.6 / Auto- ISO (Various) Shutter Speeds (Various)
  • Manual Mode: 400mm / f/5.6 / Auto- ISO (Various) / 1/1000s - 1/3200s shutter speeds
  • Lens IS Switched off / Handheld

Post-Processing
: Adobe Lightroom 

Perched Karoo Prinia Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Perched Karoo Prinia Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Perched Southern Masked Weaver Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Perched Southern Masked Weaver Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Grey Heron in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Grey Heron in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Also with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Glorious Morning at Kirstenbosch

Using the Canon Extender EF 1.4x III with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

01 December 2021

Canon Camera News and Resources

Canon Camera News and Resources 2021 Website Update
Canon Camera News and Resources 2021 Website Update

Objective
: Up-to-date listing of Canon camera news and various other supporting resources for the global Canon camera owner / enthusiast consumer market.

Domain / Website Owner: Vernon Chalmers

Website: Canon Camera News 2022

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Global City Reach per Month: 4000 +

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Sources / Reference: Up-to-date information from official Canon International sources with regard to:
  • Canon Corporate News
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  • Canon Sponsorships
  • Canon Cinema EOS System Press Releases
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  • Canon DPP Digital Desktop Professional Updates
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  • Canon EOS Firmware Updates
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