Kit - 60D & Lenses

August 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Hi. Continuing the blog on the kit that I use. My 'backup' camera is a 60D. This is, again, an EOS camera but not full frame (i.e. the sensor is not 35mm). Both my full frame lenses will fit on the camera, but the size (mm) of the lens is increased by a factor of 1.6:1, due to the compact sensor. i.e. My 24-105mm zoom is a 38-147mm on this camera and my 100-400mm turns into a wapping 160-640mm!! The lens I chose for this camera, ehen I bought it, was an EF-S (compact lens) 17-55mm. With a fast speed of f/2.8, I can capture images in quite low light levels and the 18 Megapixel sensor means I am able to enlarge a portion of a photograph with clarity. I can also take full HD movies, should I want to. One of the things I love about it is it's veriangle LCD display, which enables me to twist the back screen round to almost any angle I want. Very useful for those low level shots - saves me having to crawl on my stomach!

However, these cameras all cost money, so why buy a second camera in the first place when I have such a good main camera in my 5D Mk2? It came about when I carried out a wedding in November in the afternoon. The light levels were very low and my 5D was struggling a bit (having an f/4 lens on it - see previous blog), as I had to increase the ISO to compensate for the lack of light, which I was concerned might lead to grainy images. I vowed then that I ought to get another lens which allowed me to take even lower light photographs. The wedding was over and the images downloaded to my pc (and were quite decent, by the way) when I tried to get the battery box off the bottom of the camera. Now the battery box holds 2 camera batteries, meaning you do not have to worry about swapping batteries in the middle of a shoot, and it screws into the base of the camera. It would not budge! I tried everything but it was stuck solid. I eventually had no option but to get it repaired professionally (which was a bit painful to the wallet, to say the least) which meant I had no camera for about a week. Image if that had happened mid-wedding - doesn't bear thinking about !! Hence the new camera. One downer, though, is that my 17-55mm will not fit on the 5D (the swapping doesn't go in reverse) so I can only use that lens with the 60D. But hey, I can live with that, knowing that I have a very acceptable second camera.

Next time....Flashguns and accessories.


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