Don’t get me wrong, I love my new camera, I really do.
Canon EOS 5d 12 megapixel, full-frame sensor, top 1600 iso, f/2.8, great shots, $3 thousand body only- what’s not to love?
I can tell you.
It doesn’t and can’t, take shots like my Fuji can.
You see, the Fuji is what is called a ‘prosumer’ camera, meaning it has the fixed lens of a point and shoot but all of the manual settings of a DSLR, as well as the option to use auxillary screw-on lenses like a wide-angle and telephoto.
It also has a macro and super-macro setting on the camera.
Because of this, I was able to take shots with a slightly wide angle lens IN macro mode, and zoom in and out at the same time.
This gave some interesting effects.
Fist- the bog nose shots. The fuji has a close-fucusing distance of about a centimeter in macro mode (just millimeters in super-macro). Couple that with the wide-angle lens and you get some awesome sharp focus super close up shots of dog noses sniffing the camera. All at f/2.8.
Like this shot of Bella Luna, one of my all-time faves:
Also, when zoomed all the way out it produces an awesome bokeh effect- the edges of the frame get soft and the center remains in focus. Makes really pretty gentle dogs and cats look, well- pretty.
Like this shot of Gretchen:
BTW: both of these shots are straight from the camera, meaning that they haven’t been fussed with in photoshop or other graphics program, something I am trying to do less and less of these days. Meaning, that I am striving hard to make the images that come straight from the camera what I call print-worthy ‘as-is’, with the exception of cropping to the print size. I take the picture, I print it. No spending time fixing problems.
Back to why I loved the Fuji.
I want to produce the same shots with the Canon, I just don’t know how.
I’d like to shoot with a wide angle macro lens and be able to zoom, all at f/2.0 or faster. Hmmmm…..
So why did I get a new camera you ask?
Because the Fuji is on it’s last legs and, although it takes some really great shots in some situations it doesn’t do very well in others. It has a hard time with exposure, even in fully manual mode (which I always use with that camera; I use aperture-priority with the Canon), and is only has a 3.2 megapixel standard (6.0 interpolated) sensor.
Plus after shooting with it for over 3 years it was time for an upgrade.
The Canon is faaaarrr superior in most respects. I just need to figure out a way to get some of the same kinds of shots with it that I get with the Fuji. Looks like a trip to Glazer’s is in order. 🙂