Kit upgrades…

Geez – I’ve been throwing too much money at photographic kit again. 🙂

I’ve picked up an EOS400 body as a backup/secondary body with it’s kit EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6, a cheap EF 80-200 f/4.5-5.6 USM (cheap, slow – in both senses of the word – zoom, but functional), a battery grip for the 50D, Speedlite 580EX II and a 250GB memorykick unit.  I’ve worked out that I can probably shoot about 9000-12000 RAWs before I run out of storage now.  Yes, the flash will most likely melt down first.

Adapting to ETTL shooting has been a little interesting – given that my last experience with flashes was all manual 10 years ago, being able to let the flash handle power adjustment and set up the shot as I want it is pretty damned uncanny.  No more guide-tables to manually calculate aperture given a distance and film-speed.

I’ve also given up on neck-straps for now and ripped them off of my bodies – whilst I like the safety net of having it wrapped around my wrist when I shoot, I dont’ like having the damn thing dangling down in face half the time.  Will probably revert this on the 400D so I can sling it, but I’m not missing it on the 50D, that’s for certain.

Still waiting to hear back if I’ve got a volunteer shooting gig this weekend.  If I do get it, expect lots of shiny in my flickr come next week.  There will easily be a few thousand photos shot, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find something to post.

Next  stop for my kit purchasing:  lighting stands, umbrellas, a second 580, wireless transmitter…  and probably a WiFi grip.

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