Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Serious optics upgrade at ACF

For a long time now I have been shooting all of my shots with point and shoot cameras; first a Sony Cybershot and then a Canon G10. The G10 has ben a phenomenal camera and a reliable tool for shooting at the house and on the water, especially when paired up with the scuba case.  While they did the trick adequately there were always shots I just could not get so I have been dreaming of the day I could upgrade to a full DSLR, and that day has come.  I had been keeping my eye out for a good deal on the Canon 7D as it is a great camera and finally found a kit including the body, a 28-135mm lens, and a 70-300mm lens.  They are kit lenses but for the time being will be great as I get back in to the game and regain my camera savvy that I had accrued leading up to my BFA from Dayton.   I also sprung for a serious top end L glass lens, the f2.8 IS 100mm, and it is bad ass!  As I play with the lens and get more comfortable I will be posting more shots and plan on some pretty cool ones to come this summer.

The other benefit of the Canon 7D body is that it shoots video in full HD, so the option to produce more video step by steps is now on the table.  I plan to put a few up here and there as well as put together a collection of them on DVD at some point, perhaps by this winter.  With that being the case I will need to know what people really want to see so if you have a pattern you think is a must reply to this post and let me know.  If I choose your fly for the first video then I will tie a few of it up as I am getting ready to shoot the video and send them off to you. What could be easier!?!?

Here are a few shots I took with the 100mm the last few days:

I hope to hear from some of you with your fly suggestion for coming video step bystep!

-mike schmidt