Well just back from a flying visit to the south west, managed to get in 5 location shoots in while I was there and catch up with Jamie and Christian as well. Mainly went down to test out the new lens (24-70) and Nodal Ninja tripod head before making a decision on if I will be taking them both soon to the US. First reports on the Nodal Ninja is, its going to take a little learning to use. The head is quite easy to use but it will require me to shoot in a different manner, something that will take few shoots to come to grips with. I am yet to see the results and will post an image or two here on the blog later this week. If they turn out well then I could be taking to away with me, but right now I am on the fence about carting it around overseas.
As for the lens, no chance in hell its staying behind, so far I have found it sharper with more depth and better color reproduction than the 17-40 lens I had been using. I guess thats why many consider it to be one of Canons three best lens produced.
Jamie brought down his 1Ds Mrk III and 50 f/1.2 lens for us o have a little play and I gotta say the shutter sound gave me a boner, not as heavy as expected and very comfortable in the feel and positioning when shooting. Jamie still has to work out how the live view works and he knows if he is too busy there is a way all the cameras functionality can be worked out and sent to him in crib notes 🙂
Next time I make a trip down to the south west I will have to spend around a week there. Ok time to download the trips pics and see what the results are.