Rode my motorcycle up to Harrisonburg Sunday to check out a lawn and garden place that Amy found on the web. On the way back, took U.S. 33 to Shenandoah National Park and picked up a season pass for the Skyline Drive.
Hadn’t been on the Skyline Drive for a while and enjoyed the leisurely pace at 35 miles-per-hour (which Park Rangers were enforcing). Grabbed the shot above at one of the overlooks (can’t remember which one: So many on the drive are spectacular).
Followed the Parkway to U.S. 60 and then hopped over to U.S. 11 for the ride back into Roanoke. By the time I got home, the trip odomter said I had put 565 miles on the bike over the weekend. No wonder my butt was sore and my nose sunburned.
After too many years of hauling too much heavy equipment around in pursuit of this thing called photography, I’ve decided to lighten the load.
I’ve sold off my 400mm f:2.8 and 300mm f:2.8 lenses along with the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. Why? Because the new Canon 5D Mark II has the same 21.1 mp sensor as the MK III and is lighter and uses a later-model processing chip that, in my opinion, produces better images.
I can get 400mm out of my 70-200mm f:2.8 zoom with a 2x tele-extender and 300mm with a 1.4x extender. With the extended ISO range of the 5D MKII I can make up for the loss of f-stop sensitivity and also save my shoulders and damaged rotator cuffs by no carrying such a heavy lens.
I still use the 1D MKIII for high-speed sports photography but more and more of my work is close in photography of music and other events and I no longer need the long, fast glass.