A Bad Day With A Camera

Canon EOS 40D Test

The last of the cameras that I ordered to play with and blog about for Ray arrived today. Obviously too late to be used for its intended purpose. I’ll do a post about it later, but the seller was offering a return if the unit didn’t work so I took it out for a short test run this evening.

Bridge to nowhere, Tom Sadler Bridge, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-09

Some storm clouds had rolled in and the odd flash of lightning could be seen on the horizon, but nothing I was able to capture this evening. Maybe next time. It was still great to have a dramatic sky to shoot. I have missed these so much. Not that we got much of this sort of thing last summer between the drought and the smoke from forest fires that hung around for months.

First good storm of the season, Tom Sadler Bridge, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-09 (B&W)

The newly arrived Canon EOS 40D was advertised as looking mint and the seller didn’t lie. I can’t see any signs that it has been used at all other than missing its original packing. It’s a step up from the 30D with a larger three inch display, two more megapixels of resolution, DIGIC III processor, and RAW files that are now 14-bits deep (previously 12-bits). You can sure see the difference in Camera RAW when you’re pulling back from overexposing an image. Clipped highlights are easier to recover on this camera than on previous generations.

Unsettled Skies, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-09

I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with this camera today, but I’ll make a point of exercising it this weekend. The small part of it I did experience was enjoyable, and I was able to confirm to the eBay seller that the camera was working for me (it was untested by him).

I really wish Ray could have seen it.

As already mentioned, today’s camera was a Canon EOS 40D. It was paired with my Canon 17-40mm EF L USM f4-5.6 lens.

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