[A TALE OF TWO CAMERAS]

My friend Alex wanted some photos to mark his eighty-second year. Naturally I reached for the trusty Canon 5D MkII which has been my go-to portrait camera for years, although these days it doesn’t get used for anything else. It is too heavy and too cumbersome in operation. It feels decidedly old fashioned.

I set the camera up on the tripod and immediately realised that there was no way I was going to use this dinosaur. I needed to get down on my knees to look through the viewfinder. Ridiculous!

I put the Canon back in the bag and picked up the Sony a7, the full frame mirrorless camera — same resolution as the Canon, half the weight, but most importantly I could use the LCD on the back of the camera for framing, exposing and focusing without having to get down on the ground.

In portraiture it is important to engage the subject in conversation to get them to relax and try different positions — you can’t do that it you are on the floor with one eye to the viewfinder.

Will I ever use the Canon again? Probably not. Are you in the market for a Canon 5D MkII in perfect, as-new condition? Drop me a line.

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[I DID GO BACK THE NEXT DAY]

This gallery contains 26 photos.

WITH A REAL CAMERA – my Olympus OMD E-M1 – to see what was going on.

 
 
[There are 7 photos, not 26. Blogo, the content manager I use, keeps multiplying the number of photos for no apparent reason.]

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[SOMETIMES THE CAMERA YOU HAVE WITH YOU…]

…IS THE BEST CAMERA, AS THE WISE CHAPS SAY.

In this case the camera is the one built into the Google Nexus 5X phone, which was with me when I surveyed the level cross removal works in Blackburn Road.

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[BUTTERFLY AFTERNOON]

THE BUTTERFLIES come to this flowering tree to bask in the afternoon sun and to be photographed with the Olympus OMD EM-1 fitted with the 40–150 Zuiko Pro.

ISO640
1/800 sec
f9
150mm

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