A Bad Day With A Camera

After the Snowfall

When I first started this blog on Feb 01, 2024, there was very little snow left on the ground thanks to crazy warm temperatures. Certainly not out in the open. You’d find it remaindered amongst trees, bushes, and in perpetually shady spots. Today? It’s everywhere because we just got blessed with over a foot of the white shit. Welcome to March.

Snowy Conifers, My Back Yard, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-03
Willow Tree Pods with Snow 01, My Front Yard, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-03
Willow Tree Pods with Snow 02, My Front Yard, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-03
Snowlumpen, My Back Yard, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-03

All of these shots were created using my recently arrived Canon EOS 20D. I used to have one, but then I upgraded to a Canon EOS 5D (the classic) and loaned the 20D to my mother-in-law to try along with my 17-85mm EF-S IS lens. Neither have been seen since and I have missed them. I found a 20D for a steal of a deal on eBay and it’s mine now. The 17-85mm EF-S IS is also on the way, but it is untested and it is unknown if it works and was priced accordingly. Fingers crossed.

I have been collecting vintage film cameras for years and, while I love them to bits, almost all of them are just for looking at. Many you can’t get film for. The rest you can’t afford film for because of the cost of film and processing these days. This has caused me to change my strategy. I realized there are some excellent old digital cameras out there now and they can be had for a bargain if you are careful and patient while you shop or bid on auctions. Once you have them they are essentially free to use because digital. So that is what I am doing right now.

Frost on the Patio Door, My Back Yard, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-03
Dead Appliances to be Recycled, My Back Yard, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-03

I remember that the shutter and reflex assembly on my 20D were loud, but I had forgotten how loud. I just knew that when shooting with Ray, his 10D fired with a gentle ka-clik while my 20D belched out a loud ka-whack! Now that I own both and can compare, I can tell you it’s the difference between actress Bette Davis whispering in your ear and (alleged) actress Fran Drescher bellowing your name across an adult toy shop.

The Sky’s the Limit, My Back Yard, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-03

Still, the 20D feels good in my hand and it produces an excellent, usable image especially when paired with my trusty Canon 70-300 EF IS USM f4-5.6 lens. The 20D will see many more years of use in its new home with me.

The images in this entry were made using a Canon EOS 20D paired with a Canon 70-300 EF IS USM f4-5.6 lens. The dead appliances on the patio table were supposed to be recycled last week, but I was too busy testing newly arrived cameras. Whoops.

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