Though it was pre-announced, Canon in the last few days announced the availability and the pricing for the RF 24-240mm zoom. I hadn’t looked at it much previously because it was not available.
As soon as I looked at it I noticed the absence of the RED Control Ring. Looked harder. It only has two-rings: one for zooming the other for manual focus. IT is a bona fide RF lens, so where is the Control Ring?
I went looking. Here is the answer. It does NOT have a DEDICATED Control Ring!
When you are using auto focus (AF) the focus ring can be used as the Control Ring, BUT that does not work in manual focus mode.
That is very poor and disappointing. Shame on YOU Canon. Talk about breaking a promise so early.
Well, does NOT matter. I will not buy this lens. I wasn’t going to buy Japanese anyway until they stop commercial whaling.
My new Tamron 28-300mm, with vibration control (VC), has better reach, decent image quality and a CONTROL RING because I use it with an adapter that has such a ring. So, Canon you know what you can do with your new 24-240.
So, after a 7-day auction, and eBay will charge me EVEN THOUGH it is now UNSOLD, I am back to square bloody one.
To claim that they did NOT know the price is typical. Always bloody excuses.
I am so MAD.
In all future listings I am going to say, in BOLD, “NO GERMAN BIDDERS“.
I have a LONG history of Germans getting my goat.
I even had a German get on my DOCKED boat and take pictures. Get in someones docked boat! Jesus. Only Germans.
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This property is 1.6 miles from home. It belongs to some friends, an elderly couple. They have a lot of acreage, with two large ponds — one manmade (by them) — lots of elevation and views to kill. They let me and the dogs walk their property and for the dogs to swim in their ponds. This was the second time I have hiked this property this year — the last time was in May.
This time I had another mission, other than enjoying the views and getting my mileage — I was checking for blueberries (that grow wild) and their apple trees. Yes, some of the detours and loopbacks were just to get mileage. It was fun. Must do it again.
Pretty sure that GPS is wrong. GPS does not like you doubling back on yourself!
‘The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey’ By Rinker Buck — Interesting, But Not As Compelling As I Had Hoped.
The ‘Oregon Trail’ and all stories of the 19th century Western migration intrigues I mainly because I was lucky enough to have read a few very compelling books on the topic, ket among them: James Michener’s ‘Centennial‘, Irvin Stone’s mesmerizing ‘Men to Match My Mountains‘ and J.S. Holliday’s ‘The World Rushed In‘.
Well, I am glad I read this book. I learnt a LOT, about the history of the trail, about mules (that I knew next to nothing about), the seemingly incredible ‘Buck’ family and some American history. Given that I am a history buff (in my old age) this book had some wonderful information and insights.
But, this book left me ‘hungry’ — and a lot of that, quite literally, was because Rinker was so stingy with his details of how and what they ate! I kid you not. I was hoping that this would be more of a trail diary — maybe a journal. Lots of stuff, on a daily basis, about what they did, what they saw, how they got from A-to-B, what they ATE, where they slept etc. Well, there isn’t that much of it as I would have liked. That was the let down. It was also sparse on the exact route they took — whether they were on main roads, back country roads, dirt roads etc. I got two maps (below) to try and and follow the trail. I also used Google Maps.
It was OK. Obviously it was a bestseller. So, he obviously hit on the right formula. Good for him.
Yes, I will recommend it with a slight hesitation. Do what I did. Pick up a used copy. That way you won’t feel as bad if you felt let down by the entire trip narrative. SMILE.