Articles - Equipment

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM - Almost

Last week I had an opportunity to purchase a second-hand Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM at a very cheap price. The big 500 is a lens I have long wanted, and it is an ideal lens and focal length for wildlife photography. I decided to have a look at it, and I spent a fair bit... [more]

NiSi Filters: Initial Impressions

Today I picked up my new NiSi filters. My filter kit now consists of: NiSi 150mm x 170mm Nano IR 1.2 (GND16/four-stop) soft graduated neutral-density filter; NiSi 150mm x 170mm Nano IR 0.9 (GND8/three-stop) reverse graduated neutral-density filter; NiSi 150mm x 150mm Nano IR 3.0 (ND1000/ten-stop) neutral-density filter; and NiSi filter holder for the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM. I just... [more]

New NiSi Filters Ordered

Having recently replaced my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM with a Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM, my Lee 100mm filter system was rendered obsolete. Unfortunately, 100mm filters are not wide enough to work with the 14mm lens.  What I now need is 150mm filters, and I decided to invest in the NiSi 150mm... [more]

Farewell, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Today I sold my Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens. For a month or two, I had been thinking of offloading it, and once or twice previously, I had entertained the thought of selling it. I was recently put into contact with someone who might be interested in it, and today the buyer collected... [more]

My New 'Grab and Go' Rig

Last year I bought a Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II camera backpack for an international trip. I found it to be an excellent backpack which allows me to carry a good amount of photography gear (including a small tripod) as well as my 17" MacBook Pro.  I was tired of carrying a separate laptop... [more]

New Lens: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

Today ushered in a new chapter in my photography, and simultaneously closed another. A new lens joined its brethren here in my photography den; and an old friend parted ways. Now, I am not one to buy gear very often.  My days of 'Gear Acquisition Syndrome' (GAS) are well and truly behind me; and I have... [more]