Furlough hasn't been kind to my bank balance, but it has been good for my ego!
First, I treated myself to a new lightweight tripod, the Manfrotto Compact Advanced, capable of holding my camera and big lens...
Then, after my old camcorder died a couple of months ago,I decided to treat myself to a new camcorder, except, I went a little overboard on the specs!
The driving force for this camcorder was the viewfinder. While the LCD screens are very good, there are times with brilliant sunlight where I can't see the subject clearly enough, which is where the viewfinder will come into its own.
A new Canon HF G60, all the gear and definitely no idea in my case...
First impressions, WOW!
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Michael B said:First impressions, WOW!
Absolutely, Wow , wow, wow ENJOY.
and we look forward to your lovely captures soon.
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New toys are fun, aren't they!
I have enough trouble deciding which of the telephoto, macro or wide angle lenses to take with me and half the time end up with all. I'm not adding a camcorder to the mix as well ... unless, as Tony suggests, it comes with free transport! Do you have a dog that you could strap the tripod to? I suppose I should check out the DSLR on video first as to date I've never shot a single second even to test it, but best not hold your breath!I
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In reply to tony:
Tony T said:That is one set of kit Mike, have you got a sherpa to help with carrying it all?
Getting ready for my retirement, within less than a few years time.
I used to carry a heavier weight when out on the mountains, particularly during winter, when my pack would also include spare clothing.
The heaviest bits of kit are the 5D MkIV and Sigma 150-600, the rest is quite light, well, now I've bought the new tripod, but if there are any volunteers.....
In reply to Nigel O:
Nigel O said:
Many DSLR's provide good video.
I only take two lenses, the 24-105 and 150-600. However, on the odd occasion where I've needed a wider lens, then the 18mm will slip easily in a pocket.
The 5D MkIV does, but I have niggles, the Sigma 150-600 lens is noisy, you can hear the focus motors working, plus the only the LCD screen is operational during video, which can be a bind in brilliant sunlight. In brilliant sunlight, I find the viewfinder more comfortable to use. Take those niggles away, and I wouldn't have made the new purchase, the overall video quality is very good, when I manage to control the camera movement LOL.
In reply to Whistling Joe:
Whistling Joe said:Very nice, masterpieces on the way we're all expecting! :-) The only trouble with new hardware is all the extra buttons to work out.....
Very true, but then how often do we use all the buttons on our cameras. I can honestly say for me, not very often, but I'll enjoy the exploration and adventure, making many mistakes along the way.
Basically, I'm looking towards my retirement. Pre-accident, I would have still been on the hills and moors, and as i got older and less able, then photography would come in to play more, plus tinkering in the garden.
In the early married years, I did take a lot of video, and edited it, placed music for backing etc, then when our son came along, that gradually took more and more of a back seat as other things demanded my time. My last camcorder, a Canon E700 was given a new home, along with all the editing kit and accessories.
As for the masterpieces, can I take a rain check on those.... LOL
The first new videos.
The first two were taken through the kitchen window, so the quality will be considerably lower, but I'm happy enough.
OOOOPS I DROPPED IT
A house sparrow finds some bread for breakie, and drops it while eating...
Loopy Squirrel disappointed
A regular visitor to the feeders, a grey squirrel, sees an empty feeder and look disappointed, then does a mad dash around the garden!
The following two were taken outside, in the garden, after the local wildlife became a little easier with the kit and my presence.
Small White Butterfly Feeding
A small white butterfly feeding on the erysimum plant. Look carefully and you can see the proboscis going into the plant to collect the nectar.
JUVENILE HOUSE SPARROW
Juvenile house sparrow taking in the scenery around it.
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