Canon 70D

So earlier in the week my Canon 7D froze up and I couldn’t recover it so I went out and purchased a used Canon 70D. It’s less than 4 months old has a total shutter count of just under 1,400 and woo buying used saved me about $400-500.


The girl I bought it from was selling it with a newly purchased 50mm EF F/1.8 II lens, for $1,050 it’s not the best deal but it’s in great condition and something I could pick up right away. While it’s very close to the 7D, I wanted to familiarize myself with its options and settings before our big trip so I’ll be using it a lot the next couple of weeks.

I’m glad I got the 70D, I guess technically it’s a step down since this is a prosumer body instead of professional with the 7D but the 70D does excellent video and I’ve always wanted something better than our cell phones for that. Anyway I think in the long run I won out and got a more modern camera with better features. 🙂

Some new toys

So I’ve picked up a few toys recently and got to use it over the weekend with at the Beavers camp. 😉


My stupid Canon EF 24-105 f/4L lens has developed zoom creep for some reason (common problem) so I’m not too happy about the Lensband but the 7D body works great in the wet weather and the Yongnuo 568 EX II worked pretty well when I was shooting indoors too.  Oh well fun stuff and I’m getting pretty good at taking photos.

Some fun from work

So today I took the camera to work to show Reuben the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens and snapped a few pics during the day and while I went for lunch.


In the last picture, I snapped a picture of Andrew reading some inspirational posters on the side of a hot dog vendor, I tried to do something artsy but whether that came through or not I dunno…  The picture of Brandon’s old shoes are with the 50mm lens, the others are with my EF 24-105 f/4L.  So much fun I should bring my camera to work more often, I think I may with the nice weather upon us but I guess we’ll see what the future brings. 🙂

First time dueling tree!

So this morning I took Ryan (a colleague from work) to Silverdale to shoot for the first time and I have to say I was rather impressed with how well he shot.  Typically most new shooters simply suck with pistols but he shot really well with the Glock 17 & HK  SFP9!  LOL if the world were to end and Ryan were with me I’d give him a pistol to use if need be. 😉  Anyway the staff set up a dueling tree & uh another steel contraption (obviously I don’t know what it’s called) and it was a lot of fun to shoot!


LOL I didn’t do that well but it was my first time. 😉 Anyway it was a lot of fun unfortunately it’s not going to be a permanent fixture of the field, it’s just a temporary thing as they’re doing some special even in two weeks but at least we got to try it out. After about 3 hours we went to the 200 yard line so Ryan could try shooting the DD MK18 at the metal gong and it was a good way to end the day. Hitting the gong is easy with the MK18 and the hits were so regular that he got bored.

Traffic on the way home was pretty good so after dropping Ryan off downtown I got home just after 2pm so I cleaned some of my guns and played with my camera.  In the evening I took a couple of pictures of Slinky then took Brandon to the school so he could ride his bike and here’s what I snapped.

I was using the 50mm f/1.8 for the pics with Slinky and the 24-105 f/4 to take pics of B. The rain clouds were above, it was a bit dark and my shutter speed was too low which is why some of the pics are blurry sigh I should have upped the ISO.  Oh well it was a really great weekend and I do feel very relaxed.

Good kitty

Just took a few pictures of Slinky while he was cleaning himself and I thought it was cute. 🙂

This small lens is a lot of fun to play with, man camera stuff is expensive.

Nifty Fifty for me

Today after I picked up Brandon from day care I went to buy a Canon EF50mm f/1.8II lens, it was cheap and I heard great things about it.


With a aperture size of f/1.8 it’s definitely the fastest lens I have (I only have 2 and yes I am aware of the crop factor in relation to the aperture size), should be a lot of fun to use in low light and I should get some decent bokeh…  After returning home and doing Brandon’s homework, we went to the park and I got to have some fun.

Edited photos, some nice shots of B and I love that background blur!  Haha Maggie yelled at me this morning saying only one hobby at a time, well at least this new lens was cheap. 😉

Hot & Sweaty

This morning Brandon’s school had a school fun day/fundraiser with games and other entertainment and he had a great time.  Before we went to the school, Jessie brought Logan over so the kids could play together and for the most part they did.  Brandon wanted to try everything while Logan was more interested in the games.

Brandon as expected really loved playing in the bouncy castle and it’s great he’s typically the happiest kid, you could hear his laughs of joy while playing in it.  After about 2 hours, we left and Jessie & Logan came over to play for a bit, before they did though I had to put Slinky in his room because Logan has a mild allergy to the cat (Jason’s fault lol).

For lunch we had pizza, the kids played for a bit longer then our guests left.

Brandon and I relaxed in the afternoon, it was pretty muggy today and at 30c I didn’t want him to play outdoors.  When Maggie returned from home from work, Brandon wanted to play with her so I began to play a bit more with my camera and ugh…  I learnt now why people take pictures in RAW.

So I tried taking some pictures in the RAW format then throwing them into Adobe Photoshop and my god the options you have to improve the image quality are amazing! Argh I wish I found out about this last night so I could have shot the photos above in RAW so I could have sharpened and fixed the colours. 🙁

Oh well we had a great day and I’m looking forward to playing with the boy and taking more pictures.

Beavers\Cubs BBQ!

So on Wednesday we had the Beavers end of year BBQ (even though we have an official camp in two weeks) and it was pretty awesome.  Won’t do a lot of talking, there were a more than our group out, tons of food and all the kids had fun. 🙂

I do feel very fortunate to be with such a great group of people, as I’ve said many times the leaders really do it for the kids and they put on an excellent show.  As you can see in the pictures, I tried playing with the aperture/shutter & ISO settings and man I really need a full frame camera. 😉

Just for fun

So I took Brandon to the park today because I wanted to play with my new lens… Oh and of course so Brandon could play yes that’s right!

I don’t have an eye for photography so please don’t critique me there, I’m just having some fun playing and learning the various settings for the Canon 24-105 f4L USM lens and I’m glad I have a cute subject to snap pictures of. 🙂