I just ordered a new Canon 5D Mark III, to supersede my 5D Mark 1, which I've converted to an infrared.
I've been working on remodeling my bathroom all summer, and in 3 weeks, if my wife and I are heading to New England to shoot autumn foliage.
Before then, I have to fix my truck and camper, so I won't have much time to play beforehand.
I got a spherical panoramic tripod head too. That's it. The bank is broken, this is my last splurge, so buy my photos so I can keep traveling.
Look for some new images sometime at the end of October.
Next summer, we hope to get to Alaska. I've also gotten an electric eye for shooting birds in flight as they land at my platform feeder, so hopefully, even when I'm not traveling I'm going to be getting some good images.
Congratulations Greg. Last month I bought my last camera, too. The Nikon D800E. So far, I've been very happy with it. It will be a while before my skills exceed it's capabilities, lol. Alaska sounds wonderful and is at the top of my bucket list. Maybe I'll run into you there......
I took my 500mm f/4 to the local high school football game Friday night (imagine outdoor school lighting at night,) and was very disappointed - even at 800 ISO, which was not enough. I cranked it up higher and things got worse.
The morning I took that shot was very low light, the whole beach covered in fog. But, not the same as artificial low light, I know. Being mostly a nature photographer, I don't do artificial low light enough to know.
Look! A shiny thing! (good thing I'm not a trout, or I would be dinner.....)
"Canon 5D Mark III, to supersede my 5D Mark 1, which I've converted to an infrared..."
LOL. Me, too (5D IR conversion). Tell you one thing, it was a white-knuckle decision to convert a $2,000+ camera!
I'm using the 5D2, and won't be upping to the 3.
As to your "last camera", the shutter life of the 5D3 has been increased to 150,000 actuations, so if you plan shots well and/or don't "waste" cycles, that camera should be a top contender for many years.
John: I went from mk 1 to mk 3. More resolution, auto sensor cleaning, live view, and many other significant improvements in that specific transition.
Dan: The decision to make the conversion of the 5D mk 1 to infrared was easy. I determined that I had ruined the sensor cover while cleaning it too hard. So it was an easier decision. Time to upgrade, because my travel money is almost exhausted, and for my probable last year of rambling, I want an upgrade. The conversion is reversible by removing the IR cover and using a "normal" glass cover to replace the damaged one (or the IR one). I have only one published ir image so far. But it's weird:
I have a Nikon and a Kodak but by far my favorite camera for landscapes is my Leica, lightweight super sharp edge to edge and good high ISO noise levels. I mostly shoot with my 21mm and 35mm and since most of my landscape photos are tripod mounted I rarely go past 800 ISO with no problems. My favorite camera for low ISO usage is my Kodak, even though it uses the same lenses as my Nikon the color is better and the auto focus more accurate. Since I'm getting too old to sport around all my camera gear I find the Leica just right with a couple of extra lenses.
I'm currently looking to upgrade as well. I want the Mark iii but may have to settle for the Mark ii because of price. Where can I find the best price on either one? I'm hoping for the Mark iii because the last time I splurged on the best it was a professional Nikon film camera with two primes and a zoom and it lasted me 30+ very satisfied years.
I couldn't see the point in upgrading from the MkII to the MkIII. Maybe the video side of it is a major improvement but I'm not interested in video. Moving from the Mk1 to either the II or III makes good sense. I'm very happy with the Mk II.
We want to come too!! :-) Hey happy shooting u awesome photographer!! oh and do some abstracts of your bathroom, before and after, or maybe just after unless u have the junk still.... we like to feel a part of these things..
An electric eye! That's so funny...but gives me something else to look fwd to. I have just been reading about spherical lenses but a spherical tripod!!!? Not going there! lol! I've got my unearthed eye set on a macro lens..that will do me for the moment thanks...can't wait to see your new photos Hummingbirdman. :)
Gregory, your New England trip sounds wonderful. I can't wait to see all those wonderful photos you're going to take with your new Mark iii. My cousin visited Alaska last year and loved it. It's on my wish list too.
Thank you Dan, I'll check out the sites you suggested.
Compare the Mark II to the Mark III. Like Paul said there isn't a lot of difference between the two...other than the price. I didn't see anything the III had that made me think "THAT is worth the extra cost".
Also, check out B&H, it is a great place to buy stuff.
My autumn itinerary is something I am still researching, and will continue to work on until I leave, and even as i travel. I'm not well acquainted with the area, having been there in autumn only once before, and anyway, foliage locations and time vary quite a bit from year to year according to the weather. If the leaves are down, I will shift my attention to waterfalls and covered bridges and town squares, not that I will ignore them in any case. But it will be an ad hoc exploration, with many way points marked in advance for efficiency.
One of my concerns is finding good cheap campgrounds in scenic locations, so suggestions for those or scenic don't miss locations would be much appreciated.
If I can afford it, I hope to leave in February, do some snowy landscapes in Grand Canyon and Grand Circle of national parks before I head to Arizona and photograph hummingbirds in march and April. Then landscape photography in the mountains and Pacific coast until early June. My financial ability to do this leg of the trip will likely depend to some degree on having a companion who will share expenses. So I would really like a passenger on this leg. I have a pickup and a pickup truck with a pop-top, but it's not fancy camping. Think dry camping and outhouses at best (or worst). When I am set up for hummingbirds, this companion might do the same, or might borrow my truck and pay his own gas for his own local day trips. I know the country SE Arizona and the grand circle quite well, so in my landscape photography I will get well off the beaten track, IE down back roads in the wilderness.
Then in June, my wife will join me out west, most likely in Seattle, when I'll rendezvous with my wife in Seattle, so we can head to Alaska. On the way back, I hope to hit Northwestern parks like Glacier, Yellowstone, etc and get home mid august. So you can see why the last camera and blown bankroll.
Burglars take note: I have two attack kitties, and an adult son will be house sitting for the duration.
It is made so that you can take photos that align well for stitching together panoramic sequences that are not just one row, but multiple rows. This allows extremely high resolution images, at extreme wide angles, including spherical composites that cover everything you can see from a location.
Yeah. This is my big splurge. I want to spend enough money to let me get the best possible results on "Greg's Big Year". There's little point in spending all that money on a big trip (gas, food, fees, some lodging) without making a reasonable corresponding investment to assure the best quality photos. (For my own personal satisfaction, and for possible sales results.)
I have TWO triggertraps and canon connection cables. I also have TWO connectors they gave me in appreciation of a 1 year preorder, which is a dongle to attach to an iPhoneor iPad which has multiple modes of triggering (but no camera adapter cables to match). I'm thinking, since I'll never be able to afford the data service for an iPhone that I might give these as prizes in a photo cotest here on FAA. I really should try to resell them. The triggertrap V1 model is extremely flexible, but I'm not sure if it's really fast enough for my purposes yet. I want millisecond response time. Check out:
http://www.triggertrap.com for more info on both devices. I won't have time to play with them until this winter! That's frustrating! But that's when many birds are prettiest, after their winter molt. On my spring and summer sojourn, the trigger trap will be great for night photos of critters, and birds other than hummingbirds, where an electronic trigger isn't really necessary, although I may see if they can improve my productivity there, as well.
I have 100000 digital images, all backed up on two external drives, in addition to their primary residence on my desktop pc. I'll travel with a laptop and one or two external drives in the fall. So for backup, I'm pretty safe. On my big trip, I'll be shipping my external drives in rotation to future major stops along my route, so that I don't have all my eggs in one truck basket.