30 April 2024

Substandard Water Management by the City of Cape Town

 Poor / Substandard Wastewater Management by the City of Cape Town

Diep River / Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island

Substandard Wastewater Management by the City of Cape Town

It it still very disponing to regularly read about the ongoing reluctance of the City of Cape Town's lack of genuine interest and / or incompetence to manage the poor sewage conditions in(to) and through the Diep River, Woodbridge Island.

I am personally convinced of the City of Cape Town's lack of interest, strategy, personnel and / or efficiency to effectively manage this situation. It surprising to read so many publications that there are no mention of handing this (poor) situation over to some real professionals. "Don't tell me there is a CoCT Dr. in charge - I'm not impressed - as he is doing very little to really solve this ongoing problem. Get a professional body of individuals / corporations (from the Private Sector involved.

Theorists. feasibility studies and so-called plans are not going to fix this problem. It is assumingly only pointing out the problem and probable ways for solving the ecological / sewage problem(s). This is why the problem is still not fix. Its doing the work and keeping us informed - and showing / demonstrating sustainable solutions, Writing about how it will be achieved is all I have ever seen - and for that reason most of us living / working here. There is a purpose for research, a purpose for feasibility studies, but it should lead to implementing sustainable ecological solutions.  

The City of Cape Town simply does not have the capacity / competence to deal with this poor / substandard water situation in Milnerton / Woodbridge Island - even the official appointments fall short of the required competencies. It is going on for years now... there is just no real urgency.

It is seriously time to look elsewhere CoCT - your best qualified strategists / officials are not equip to deal with this situation. Look elsewhere for solution(s), We, the residence of Milnerton / Woodbridge Island don't really care), we just want a professional and sustainable solution - which of course is part of your portfolio - please remember that!

Substandard Water Management (International)
"Substandard water management refers to inadequate practices, systems, or policies related to the treatment, distribution, and conservation of water resources. This can manifest in various ways:
  1. Infrastructure Deficiencies: Outdated or poorly maintained water treatment plants, pipelines, and distribution networks can lead to leakages, contamination, and inefficiencies in water supply.

  2. Lack of Access: In some regions, there may be insufficient access to clean and safe drinking water due to inadequate infrastructure or unequal distribution of resources.

  3. Pollution: Improper disposal of industrial waste, agricultural runoff, and untreated sewage can contaminate water sources, posing risks to human health and ecosystems.

  4. Over-extraction: Excessive withdrawal of water from aquifers or rivers beyond sustainable levels can lead to depletion of water resources, land subsidence, and ecological damage.

  5. Inefficient Agricultural Practices: Inefficient irrigation techniques and excessive water usage in agriculture can contribute to water scarcity and degrade soil quality.|

  6. Climate Change: Changing weather patterns, such as prolonged droughts or intense rainfall events, can exacerbate water management challenges, leading to shortages or floods.
Addressing substandard water management requires a holistic approach involving investment in infrastructure, regulation and enforcement of environmental standards, public awareness campaigns, and sustainable water usage practices. Collaboration between governments, communities, industries, and international organizations is essential to ensure equitable access to clean water and safeguard water resources for future generations." (Source: ChatGPT 2024)

23 April 2024

Flamingos feeding in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Lessor / Greater flamingos feeding in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Lessor / Greater flamingos feeding in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

"A flock of flirting flamingos is pure, passionate, pink pandemonium-a frenetic flamingle-mangle-a discordant discotheque of delirious dancing, flamboyant feathers, and flamingo lingo." - Charley Harper

Encouraged to see the Lessor and Greater flamingos back (feeding and relaxing)…

The significance of these image are the fact that this is the first time I’ve noticed the flamingos in this area for the past two years. I’ve been watching them coming to this specific area for the past +- two weeks.

For those of you familiar with the area: Image was captured on the edge of the small island towards the ‘pump station’ side along Milnerton High.

For me this is a significant indicator that may be the start of replicating the ‘old days’ of seeing 30 to 40 bird species in a single morning.

Just good to see the greater flamingos feeding in of one their traditional Diep River / Woodbridge Island habitats.

Also visible in the top image: a few sleepy Pied avocets, White-breasted cormorant, Common greenshank and a feeding Black-winged stilt.

With Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens @ f/8

Sewage Problems at Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island

Greater flamingos
"Greater flamingos, scientifically known as Phoenicopterus roseus, are among the most recognizable and iconic bird species in the world. Here's some interesting information about them:

  • Appearance: They are tall, elegant birds with long necks and legs, and distinctive pink plumage. The pink coloration comes from the carotenoid pigments in the algae and crustaceans that flamingos feed on.
  • Habitat: Greater flamingos are found in various wetland habitats, including coastal lagoons, salt pans, estuaries, and shallow lakes. They are commonly seen in Africa, Southern Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia.
  • Behavior: Flamingos are highly social birds and often gather in large flocks, sometimes numbering in the thousands. They are known for their synchronized feeding and breeding behaviors.
  • Feeding: Their diet primarily consists of algae, small crustaceans, mollusks, and other aquatic invertebrates. They use their specialized bills to filter-feed in shallow water, stirring up mud and silt to find food.
  • Breeding: Flamingos typically breed in large colonies, often on mudflats or islands in saline or alkaline lakes. They build cone-shaped mud nests, and both parents take turns incubating the eggs and feeding the chicks.
  • Conservation: While greater flamingos are not considered globally threatened, they face various conservation challenges, including habitat loss, disturbance to breeding sites, pollution, and climate change impacts on their wetland habitats.
  • Adaptations: Their uniquely shaped bills are adapted for filter-feeding. They have rows of tiny bristles (lamellae) inside their bills, which help them filter out small food particles from the water.
  • Migratory Patterns: Greater flamingos are known to undertake seasonal migrations in search of suitable feeding and breeding grounds. Some populations may travel long distances between their breeding and wintering areas.

Overall, greater flamingos are fascinating birds with their striking appearance, intricate social structures, and adaptations for life in wetland environments." (Source: ChatGPT 2024)

Lessor / Greater flamingos feeding in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Woodbridge Island Bird Species Index

Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

01 April 2024

Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town

Learn Birds in Flight Photography : For Canon EOS / EOS R Cameras 

Intaka Island | Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Training Classes Cape Town - Image Vernon Chalmers
Birds in Flight Photography Training Woodbridge Island | Intaka Island

Canon Birds in Flight Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town

Vernon Chalmers facilitates the popular Birds in Flight Photography Workshop / Private Training (for Canon EOS / EOS R) in Milnerton, Cape Town - with hands-on practical sessions along the Diep River, Milnerton Lagoon and around the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island.

Birds in Flight Photography Learning Objective / Training Level
For assisting the developing photographer with the understanding and application of introductory to intermediate birds in flight photography in terms of exposure settings / photography techniques / practical sessions (with ongoing Birds in Flight Training support).

Bird Photography Training Cape Town (Birds in Flight and Perched Birds)

Birds in Flight Practical Photography Training Intaka Island
Training can be facilitated at Intaka Island, Century City as well. Please note these sessions will be afternoons only (with the setting sun at the back of the photographer / bird hide I use) More here >> 

Please note that the Birds in Flight Photography training is for Canon EOS / EOS R bodies only. 

New / Updated: The Advanced (AF) Autofocus photography training workshop is now integrated as an advanced AF Module in the current Birds in Flight Photography workshop.

Birds in Flight Photography Training Costs:

Cameras EOS / EOS R Cameras R2 300-00 (Three Sessions of 4 Hours+ each)
There will be some Lightroom post-processing orientation (if required) and an extra session could be costed in for Lightroom training at half the cost of a separate Lightroom training session.

Ongoing Birds in Flight Photography Support
All delegates are eligible for WhatsApp / Email Support for uploading / discussing photos, learn more, get online support and / or shoot with me at Woodbridge Island (after the original workshop practicals). 


Birds in Flight Practical Training / Application
More than 55+ different bird species (in-flight and perched) have been photographed over the last couple of years at Woodbridge Island, Milnerton- all within a relatively short walking distance from the training studio apartment. Bird Species | Google Map

Canon EOS / EOS R bodies covered in Birds in Flight Photography application / training:
  • Canon EOS 700D / EOS 750D / EOS 800D
  • Canon EOS 60D / EOS 70D / EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 80D /  EOS 90D
  • Canon EOS 7D / EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 6D / EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS R / EOS RP / EOS R3 / EOS R5 / EOS R6 / EOS R7 / EOS R10
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III /  EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X / EOS-1D X Mark II / EOS-1D X Mark III

Recommended lenses for Birds in flight Photography (Focal Length)
  • 70-300mm (Canon / Sigma / Tamron)
  • 100-400mm (Canon / Sigma)
  • 100-500mm (Canon RF)
  • 150-600mm (Sigma / Tamron)
  • 300mm / 400mm / 500mm / 600mm / 800mm (Canon Prime)

Photography Training Gift Voucher
Birds in Flight Photography training is available as a Birthday / Christmas Gift training option with a one year validity period. It could also form part of general Canon camera training option as well. More information  

Read more about Starting Out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town
Small Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town

Intermediate to Advanced BIF / Action Photography

Anybody with a Canon EOS DSLR who wants to get a more in-depth understanding of the Canon EOS Exposure Modes, Autofocus (AF) system and its application / tuning for Birds in Flight / Action photography.

Detailed discussion will be provided for all modern Canon EOS bodies up to the 65-point AF system. Please see the session's contents / learning areas below.

Further no-cost fine tuning is available after the initial workshop practicals at Woodbridge Island. 

Detailed notes and other relevant information resources will be provided during / after the workshop.


Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Training Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Practice at Woodbridge Island
Practical / walk-around shooting session for attendees of both Session 1 and Session 2. This is an opportunity to experiment with the various exposure settings, AF system configurations and capturing / composition techniques with the various birds species around Woodbridge Island. Guidance will be on hand for fine-tuning of exposure settings and AF system configurations.

What do you need to bring?
DSLR / Mirrorless Canon EOS Camera, telephoto or zoom lens & your own memory cards.

Recommended lens focal length300mm ie: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS (STM) or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6(L) IS USM lens (or any 3rd party lens of similar focal length).


Birds in Flight image samples with a 70-300mm variable aperture Zoom Lens

Contact Me if you need more information about your DSLR body and lens pairing.

Each delegate will receive a folder with all workshop information and other useful resources.

Private Training / Workshop Learning Areas

  • BIF Fundamentals / Considerations 
  • Canon EOS / EOS R Bodies
  • Applicable Lenses for Birds In Flight 
  • Camera / Lens Settings 
  • Exposure Settings 
  • Continuous shooting / AI Servo Modes 
  • Canon AF Systems (9-point to 65-point) 
  • Advanced AF System tuning (AF Configuration / Area Selection Modes) 
  • Advanced body / lens focus tuning / techniques / recommendations
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Birds in Flight Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town 

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Sessions Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Training Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Lessons Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Lessons Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Sessions Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight / Action Photography Skills Development Training 2017 Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Lessons Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight / Action Photography Skills Development Training 2017 Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape town
Birds in Flight Photography Lessons Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

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Canon Photography Private Training Courses Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Bird Photography Training Kirstenbosch 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
  • Real Estate / Interior Decor Photography Training More
    Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town | Intaka Island

    Birdwatching Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

    Woodbridge Island Bird Species Index

    Birds Around Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve

    Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Bird Species Index - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
    Grey Heron : Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town Bird Species Index

    Woodbridge Island Map for Bird Photography, Cape Town >>

    Photographer: Vernon Chalmers

    "A total of 201 species has been recorded at Rietvlei Wetland / Table Bay Nature Reserve during SABAP2, of which 102 species are waterbirds and 76 are regularly present." Source: Birdlife SA

    I've updated my 'Woodbridge Island Bird Species Index' to 70 species personally photographed around Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve (In-flight, perched and swimming): 

    Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Intaka Island | Kirstenbosch Garden | Woodbridge Island

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation

    Milnerton Self-Catering Apartment Accommodation 2024

    Blu-C Self Catering Week / Weekend Apartment Milnerton, Cape Town


    Apartment Self-Managed by Owner Vernon Chalmers

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation Cape Town
    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation -Lounge

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation

    Blu-C Self Catering Apartment Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) Cape Town, South Africa.

    Member of AirBnBBooking.comLekkeslaap, and Travelground
    • Rates per Person / per Night R525-00 (1 Adult Guest Max / 2 Nights Min)
    • Rates R850-00 for 2 people per Night (2 Adult Guests Max / 2 Nights Min)

    Highly Recommended Booking Host For SA / Local Visitors Travelground Booking >>

    Call / WhatsApp: 060 887 8087 or Contact Vernon Chalmers Photography

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Information
    1-bedroom self-catering apartment in security complex (with private parking bay) for international tourists, local visitors and photographers requiring Accommodation in Milnerton, Cape Town.

    The unit is located in a secure complex and offers a private on-site parking bay for your vehicle.

    DSTV / Wi-Fi / 3 to 4 Minutes walk to Milnerton Lagoon and Milnerton Beach (Woodbridge Island)

    Owner: Vernon Chalmers / Vernon Chalmers Photography at Arnhem, Milnerton

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Address:
    104 Arnhem
    6 Loxton Road
    Milnerton

    Google Map and Directions >> Blu-C Self Catering Apartment Accommodation, Milnerton


    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation
    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation - Lounge

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation
    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation - Bedroom

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation
    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation - Bedroom

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation
    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation - Kitchen

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation
    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation - Kitchen

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation
    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation - Bathroom

    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation
    Milnerton Self Catering Apartment Accommodation - Foyer

      Self Catering Accommodation Milnerton, Cape Town

      "If you are looking for self-catering apartment accommodation in Milnerton, Cape Town, there are several options to consider. Please note that specific information may change, so it's advisable to check current availability and prices. 

      Here are some general tips on finding self-catering apartments in Milnerton:

      Online Booking Platforms
      • Utilize popular online travel and accommodation booking platforms such as Airbnb, Booking.com, or VRBO. These platforms allow you to filter your search based on your preferences, including the number of guests, amenities, and budget.

      Local Accommodation Websites
      • Explore local websites and agencies that specialize in accommodation in the Milnerton area. These may offer a more personalized service and local insights. Look for websites that cater specifically to self-catering apartments.

      Read Reviews
      • Before making a reservation, read reviews from previous guests. This will give you insights into the quality of the accommodation, the accuracy of the listings, and the responsiveness of the hosts.

      Contact Hosts Directly
      • If you find a property you're interested in, don't hesitate to contact the host directly. This allows you to ask specific questions, clarify details, and confirm availability.

      Location Preferences
      • Consider the location of the self-catering apartment in Milnerton. Ensure it is conveniently located for your plans, whether you want easy access to the beach, city center, or other attractions.

      Amenities and Facilities
      • Check the amenities provided in the apartment, including a fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, parking, and any other features important to you. This will ensure that the accommodation meets your specific needs.

      Budget Considerations
      • Determine your budget for accommodation and use filters on booking platforms to find options within your price range. Keep in mind that prices may vary based on the time of year and the length of your stay.

      Flexible Dates
      • If your travel dates are flexible, you may find better deals by adjusting your stay duration or by choosing off-peak times.

      Remember to book well in advance, especially if you plan to visit during peak seasons or events. Additionally, make sure to check the cancellation policy of the accommodation in case your plans change. (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

      What is Self Catering Accommodation


      "Self-catering accommodation refers to lodging options where guests have the ability to prepare their own meals. This type of accommodation is popular among travelers who prefer more independence and flexibility in their daily routines. Here are some common types of self-catering accommodation:
      • Vacation Rentals: These can include apartments, houses, or villas that are rented out to travelers on a short-term basis. They typically come with a fully equipped kitchen.

      • Holiday Cottages: Often located in rural or scenic areas, holiday cottages provide a home-like setting with kitchen facilities.

      • Serviced Apartments: These are similar to vacation rentals but may come with additional services such as cleaning, concierge, and sometimes even meal delivery.

      • Condo or Apartment Rentals: In urban areas, renting a condo or apartment can be a self-catering option, allowing guests to cook their own meals.

      • Cabins or Chalets: Often found in nature settings, cabins and chalets may offer self-catering facilities for those who want a more secluded experience.

      When choosing self-catering accommodation, consider factors such as the location, amenities, and the level of independence you desire during your stay. It's also important to check reviews from previous guests to ensure the property meets your expectations." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

      Woodbridge Island Map for Bird Photography, Cape Town

      Birds / Birds in Flight Photography Diep River | Woodbridge Island

      Little Egret in Flight over the Diep River / Woodbridge Island
      Little Egret in Flight over the Diep River / Woodbridge Island

      Woodbridge Island Map for Birds in Flight Milnerton, Cape Town

      Birds in Flight Photography Opportunities Cape Town
      Best birds in flight shooting opportunities are along West Coast Drive along the the Diep River all the way into the Table Bay Nature Reserve

      Bird Species at Woodbridge Island Cape Town
      There are more than 200 bird species around the Rietvlei / Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island areas. I have captured more than 70 bird species on / around Woodbridge Island as indexed on the Vernon Chalmers Photography website.

      Birds in Flight Photography Training Opportunities
      Woodbridge Island offers a safe natural environment for capturing a variety of birds for the new / developing photographer in terms of focal length reach (70-300mm to 400mm lenses are adequate some great bird in flight shots).

      Introduction to Advanced Birds in Flight Photography - Canon EOS DSLR / Mirrorless Training
      Vernon Chalmers offer a variety of skills development options for introduction to advanced Birds in Flight Photography / Canon EOS Autofocus training - All Canon photographers with entry level Canon DSLR cameras up to the latest Canon EOS R bodies are welcome to contact Vernon Chalmers for more Birds in Flight Cape Town Skills training opportunities.


      Canon Birds in Flight Photography Training Woodbridge Island Cape Town View

      Gallery of Birds in Flight Photography captured at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

      Woodbridge Island Cape Town - Google Map 


      Woodbridge Island Milnerton Cape Town Map  :  Google Map / Woodbridge Island Directions Map

      Vernon Chalmers Photography Studio Milnerton | Cape Town Map and Direction

      Grey Heron in flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
      Grey Heron in flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

      Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

      Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch | Intaka Island, Cape Town

      Show Focus Points: Lightroom Plugin for Canon Cameras

      Show Focus Points: Lightroom Plugin for Canon Cameras

      Works with CR2 Files in Lightroom CC (V. 13) - Last Checked: Feb 2024 

      Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
      Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin for Canon Cameras

      Show Focus Points for Adobe Lightroom Version 1.03

      This free plug-in is an easy and quick installation via the Lightroom Plug-In Manager and then provides access to your camera's focus points via the Library Module.

      By default Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / CC does not offer any way to view your camera's focus points, but the Show Focus Point Adobe Lightroom plugin shows which focus points were selected by your camera when the photo was taken.

      The Show Focus Points: Adobe Lightroom Plugin Works in Lightroom 5 and above. Currently works with Lightroom 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and CC (Version 13 - Checked in Windows 11 and CR2 RAW Files from Canon EOS 7D Mark II)

      Download >>  Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

      All the relevant EXIF data and additional focus information will be available for each image viewed via the Show Focus Points plugin. 

      I find the Show Focus Points plugin in Lightroom 5 / 6 / 7 an essential part of my own workflow for fine-tuning my Birds in Flight / Action photography. 

      My own software operating environment: Windows / Lightroom  Classic CC Ver 7.5 (desktop). Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin works (in my post-processing environment) on Lightroom 5,7 / Lightroom 6 / Lightroom 7 Classic CC. 

      During my my Adobe Lightroom private training in Milnerton, Cape Town I briefly demonstrate the Show Focus Points plugin (and installation) if required.

      Download >> Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

      AF Points Lock On
      For the below Canon EOS 7D Mark II example I used Large Zone AF and the Show Focus Points plugin clearly show the four AP points that locked on - spot on in terms of the area that I focused on. The legend in the plugin will provide more detail ito specific AF-system used and which individual AF points locked on when focus was achieved (in-camera).

      Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Focus Lightroom Points Plugin Example
      For the below image I used my Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm capturing an Egyptian goose at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 

      EXIF / Focus information provided by the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin:
      • Camera:  Canon EOS 7D Mark II
      • Lens: EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
      • Focal Length: 400mm
      • Exposure: 1 / 5000s / f/6.3 / ISO 1000
      • Focus Mode: AI Servo AF
      • AF area mode: Large Zone AF
      • Focus / subject distance: between 15.17 m and 140.58 m
      • Depth of Field: 9.08 m (73.60 - 82.68 m)
      • Hyperfocal Distance: 1332.82 m
      • Total number of AF Points:  65 AF Points
      • Number of AF Points selected: 25 AF Points

      Autofocus / Active Focus Point(s) Legend / AF Grid
      Specific AF information will be provided by the plugin's Legend - Actual AF information will vary by camera and in-camera AF-selection options.

      Image (From Canon EOS 7D Mark II / from the Library Module in Lightroom 6)
          
      Image 1: Original file in Adobe Lightroom 6 (RAW to JPEG conversion)

      Image 2: Uncropped RAW Image with Focus Point information from Show Focus Points

      Image 3: Cropped RAW Image with Focus Point information from Show Focus Points 

      (Click to Enlarge)
      Canon EOS 7D Mark II Image in Lightroom 6
      Image 1 : Original RAW File (Adobe Lightroom 6)


      Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin
      Image 2 : Uncropped Image - Focus Point Information (Adobe Lightroom 6)

      Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin
      Image 3 : Cropped Image - Focus Point Information (Adobe Lightroom 6) 

      Camera models supported by the Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

      Lightroom Focus Points plugin currently works for all past-2002 Canon EOS DSLRs

      Canon EOS 1D X / 1D C, 1D Mark 4, 1Ds Mark3, 1D Mark3, 1Ds Mark2, 1D Mark2 N, 1D Mark2 - 5D Mark 3, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark2, 5D, 6D, 7D - 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D - 700D, 100D, 650D (Rebel T4i), 600D (Rebel T3i), 550D (Rebel T2i), 500D (Rebel T1i), 450D (Rebel XSi), 400D (Rebel XTi), 350D (Rebel XT), 300D (Rebel), M, EOS 1100D, EOS 1000D. Most Canon Powershot models should work as well.

      Compatibility Source: Lightroom Focus Points Plugin PDF User Guide

      For Sale: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

      Used Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens For Sale, Cape Town R26 000 (neg)

      With / Without Canon Extender EF 1.4X III Teleconverter

      For Sale: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Cape Town
      For Sale: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Cape Town

      Pre-Owned Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens : Field-Tested by Vernon Chalmers

      This Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is For Sale currently in Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island), Cape Town. I am selling this lens on behalf of a private client. The lens is just over two years old and I have had the opportunity to carry out various in-field pre-sales evaluation shoots over the past few weeks (at Kirstenbosch Garden and Woodbridge Island).

      General lens description
      The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is a professional wildlife lens popular amongst Canon EOS / EOS R enthusiast and professional photographers alike. It is versatile lens with a variable aperture range (f/4.5 - f/5.6)  and a zoom range between 100mm - 400mm which is ideal for wildlife, nature and other genres. The largest aperture (f/5.6) at 400mm makes the lens ideal for close-up garden bird, flower and insect photography. This is mainly due to its impressive Minimum Focus Distance (MFD) range = lens to subject focus range. This lens will perform well on any Canon EOS / EOS R APS-C (Crop) of Full-Frame body. View brief / detailed lens specifications below the four images further down.

      Note: For pairing this lens with any EOS R APS-C / Full Frame body the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R optional accessory is required. It is fully compatible with all Canon EOS digital bodies without any adapter. 

      Impressions of the lens and performance
      I paired the lens with one of my mid-range Canon EOS 70D (APS-C / Crop) bodies for both field trips. The lens performed well within the expected performance of any other Canon professional L-Series I have used (my own) / evaluated (on behalf of Canon SA) at the same locations in terms of sharpness, autofocus speed / accuracy, Image Stabilisation and ergonomics. I have been using Canon L-Series lenses for more than 10 years and although I am used to most specifications I was highly impressed with the minimum MFD (0.98 m) for such a 'long' lens - meaning I could really focus from close proximity on butterflies and small birds - and still shoot at 400mm. The autofocus, sharpness and bokeh = quality of deliberate background blur is also an improvement over the original lens (mark 1 version). The lens is more / less the same weight as the previous generation, but still marginally lighter than most lenses in the traditional non-Canon 150 - 600mm category.

      Focal length / Exposure settings used
      I mainly used the lens in the 300 to 400mm focal length range with the Canon EOS 70D either in Aperture (Av) Mode or Manual mode with Auto-ISO at various Apertures and Shutter Speeds.

      Close-Up Photography at 400mm
      The lens can also be used with various compatible extension tubes and close-up lens filters for close-up photography (reducing the MFD) at up to full focal length reach of 400mm. The 4-Stop Image Stabilisation system works well to counter camera shake when shooting close-up subjects handheld.

      For Sale: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Cape Town - Accessories
      Original Canon Lens Case and Canon ET-83D Lens Hood

      Recommendations for considering this lens for purchase 
      This copy of the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is in immaculate condition. I would personally rate the lens a 9 out of a possible 10. The lens was well maintained, stored in lens case when not used and above all, not used very often - as the client uses two bodies with different lens pairings - one for wildlife and then one for everything else.  All Canon bespoke accessories are provided - even with original Canon packaging. I personally bought the original EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens from the same client almost two years ago (for the same reasons as above) and was just as pleasantly surprised with the condition of the older lens - and that lens was used over a much longer period than this lens. This lens will add professional value to any Canon photographer looking for a high-quality L-Series lens for personal and / or professional application(s).

      Client's personal application and use
      My client mainly used this lens, on occasion, for wildlife and nature photography. This lens (in conjunction with other Canon L-Series lenses) were paired from time to time with a Canon EOS 7D (APS-C), EOS 5D Mark III or EOS R6 (both Full Frame). The images I've seen captured with this lens from all three bodies were mostly sharp, well focussed, vibrant with pleasing bokeh (background blur) - where applicable.

      Canon Extender EF 1.4X III Teleconverter Option
      The lens is available for purchase with or without the Canon EF 1.4X III Teleconverter. The teleconverter will further extend the lens (by 1.4x) - especially when used with a Full-Frame Canon EOS or Canon EOS R body.

      The extender / teleconverter is also in excellent condition (it was acquired at the same time of lens purchase). I did not use the extender as I used the Canon EOS 70D - which already provides for extended magnification with the 1.4 crop factor of the camera.

      Canon Extender EF 1.4X III Tele-Converter
      Optional For Sale Lens Accessory : Canon Extender EF 1.4X III

      Pricing Options:
      • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens R26 000 (neg)
      • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens with Canon 1.4 X Extender R28 000 (neg)
      • Canon Extender EF 1.4X III Teleconverter R3 500 (not negotiable)

      Reason for selling:
      Client upgraded to a Canon EOS R6 System (with RF 100-500mm lens) recently.

      Purchasing process / Possible purchase
      The lens and accessories are available for inspection / testing at Arnhem Milnerton (either in my Studio or Home / Office). 

      Arnhem is opposite Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Map | Directions

      Client will ultimately decide on final price / payment will be direct to client.

      Contact Me direct for more information / scheduling an appointment.

      Below are four Vernon Chalmers images captured recently with this pre-owned Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens (paired with the Canon EOS 70D)


      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Woodbridge Island
      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens : Woodbridge Island

      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Cape Town Southern Masked Weaver
      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens : Woodbridge Island

      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Kirstenbosch Painted Lady Butterfly
      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens : Kirstenbosch Garden

      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Woodbridge Island Painted Lady Butterfly
      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens : Woodbridge Island

      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Key Specifications
      • Lens Type:  Zoom lens
      • Focal Length: 100–400mm
      • Image Stabilisation (4 stops)
      • Lens Mount: Canon EF
      • Max Aperture: f/4.5–5.6
      • Min Aperture f/32–40
      • Min Focus (MFD) 0.98 m (38.58″)
      • Max Magnification 0.31×
      • Weight :1570 g (3.46 lb)
      • Length: 193 mm (7.6″)

      Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Detailed Specifications

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