I take a lot of pictures.
We are not even at mid-month, and I have already taken 710 pictures in September and that is a LIGHT month. Over the last few years I take between 20,000 to 40,000 pictures a year. That is a fair number of pictures.
Though you may THINK you see a lot of pictures on this blog, you only are getting to see the tip of the iceberg. For every picture I publish, I probably have 30 that I don’t have time and room to publish.
Excess pictures is a major issue after events, e.g., last night’s UNH ‘Mid-Autumn Festival‘ or last week’s ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival‘. Time is an issue too. These days, severely strapped for time due to work on my latest book (on ‘conclaves’), I just don’t get around to posting as many pictures & posts as I should. And people expect and ask for pictures.
So, this morning I created this new site. I have had variations of it before, but never this organized. This is where I will DUMP excess pictures. I am not going to bother doing a post. Just create an image gallery and upload a bunch of photos.
So check it out on a regular basis. I will remind you.
Click pictures to ENLARGE.
Attribution WILL be enforced.
We stopped by there on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, when we went for a drive by the ocean. First time we have ever pulled in and parked there. Drive by there all the time but we are always going somewhere else. It was near empty. Nice beach. Nice views. Well maintained.
I saw the BIG sign in RED: ‘No Digging In Dry Sand’.
Never seen a sign like that.
Strange. But, that must be the reason. I will have to ask someone.
Wanted to share.
I saw the PetaPixel post and studied the picture. I immediately grasped what it was all about. Then, it took me a good 10-minutes, during a leisurely walk in the dark with the dogs, to work out what it was all about.
It is NOT a lens adapter. We already have plenty of them — such as the ‘EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (with Control Ring)‘ shown above.
This is a hulking BIG convertor replete with retractable mirror, a pentaprism equivalent, an OPTICAL VIEWFINDER and maybe even a focusing unit.
When you attach it to a Canon mirrorless camera, e.g., my Canon EOS RP, via the lens mount you will have a camera with TWO (2) viewfinders — one on top of the other! One electronic (in the body of the mirrorless) and the other OPTICAL above it.
For those that insist that they have to have an optical viewfinder and to speed-up autofocusing.
But, why? Why not just get a DSLR? And that is what this seems all about.
IF Canon is serious and actually releases this, it would mean that they will no longer make high-end DSLRs! About bloody time too.
They will just make mirrorless bodies — and I am totally cool with that. I have and will continue to be committed to mirrorless.
So, in future, all the lens sensors and technology (bar faster autofocus) will be in mirrorless bodies.
Then, those that demand an optical viewfinder will have to get this convertor.
Not sure it will work in practice. The technology will work. It is pretty trivial. Even I could design one of these. Not sure anybody will pay nay good money to buy one. They will switch to Nikon.
Search ‘EOS RP’.
It could be I. That is always a possibility. But, this highly praised Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens has yet to impress I. True, I have only used it a few times and the light has been challenging much of the time. But, it has left me feeling very disappointed.
I find the focus, all aspects of it, far from satisfactory. Autofocus struggles on the EOS RP! That happens often, even in decent light. Manual focus isn’t easy.
It is nowhere close to the ease-of-use and image quality (I invariably manage to obtain without too much effort) from my Tamron 28 – 300mm Di VC PZD. Yes, that is a much more, i.e., 4x, more expensive lens but it also has 4 times the range. Yes, of course, the Tamron is bigger, bulkier and heavier. But, I think I will go back to having the Tamron on 99% of the time. Not worth trying to sell the 50mm. Just keep it I guess.
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is $125, and as far as I am concerned it delivers at that price. Does NOT punch above its weight or price.
But, definitely a heads up. If you have an EOS RP check out this 50mm lens before buying it ‘blind’.
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.
I am happy with quality & resolution.
The ZOOM Min. & Max.
The ‘Tamron’ all-in-one zoom 28-300mm, f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD works just fine — good autofocus (AF) and all — with a ‘Canon EOS RP‘ full-frame, mirrorless with the standard ‘Canon’ EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (with the Control Ring).
No firmware updates. Straight out of the box.
I have firmware 1.1 on my Canon EOS RP and I use the Mount Adapter with the Control Ring.
Everything worked, first time. I was DELIGHTED.
After posting in multiple forums I could only get one person to confirm that this would work.
The Tamron website does NOT have this lens as one that will work on the EOS RP. Well it does.
This is THE LENS I wanted. I wanted as much reach as I can get in an all-in-one. I do not like fiddling around changing lenses.
Pretty happy with quality. Better than I expected — methinks.
So, spread the word.
Yesterday (Father’s Day) in Boston, at the New England Aquarium, I found that my ‘new’ Canon EOS RP kept on intermittently going DEAD! It was scary. Then it would come back on. I first thought it might be because it was so dark inside. I was really panicking. Had visions of having to send the camera back.
I changed batteries. Still …
Then, I noticed that the screw on the grip was loose. I tightened it. BINGO.
So, a heads up. OK?
I don’t want anyone else to go through what I experienced. Not fun. Not funny.