Uni Games Day 2
So, what happened to day one? Â Who knows, but it’s day two of the Australian University Games.. and it’s the first day of shooting various events at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The weather looks great, top of nineteen but a bit chilly at 6am in the morning. Â I’m a morning person if I get enough sleep the night before, which naturally, I didn’t. Â Last night I finally became the proud new owner of a Canon EOS-1D Mark III – and.. wow. Â Compared to the Mark II, this thing is a joy to use (not to say that the Mark II wasn’t; but the III is a vast improvement. Â The model I picked up was second hand but in immaculate condition. Â It fired a fair amount of shots beforehand but includes the Canon AF sub-mirror fix which plagued the early bodies causing issues with autofocus – so this thing still has some warranty left on it. Â Not a scratch on the body as it was used in a remote situation with 9 other bodies for shooting a movie using stop-motion animation. Â She had two 1D Mark III bodies, kept one and sold the other. Â And it was just by chance that I found it on eBay at the right moment.
The person I bought it off shot movie production stills, you know, when they are shooting a movie, they want someone to take some still shots for promotion and so on. Â That’s what she did; her partner directed and produced movies. Â I don’t quite know what.. but I did find out that advertising is the bread and butter of this industry.
And it was refreshing to meet a photographer who wasn’t a gearhead. Â She had absolutely no idea about the 5D Mark II and its video capabilities… perhaps she knew about the high ISO stuff but this feature I thought would have been one that sent the movie industry into a flurry of excitement. Â Perhaps so, but it looks like there are still people out there who are concerned with actual photography rather than the gear they are using.
She had no idea about the 1D Mark III AF issue. Â Mind you, I wonder how many people actually were aware of it.
But back to the gear (of course), this is what my bag currently has in it for the next four days:
- Canon EOS-1D Mark III
- Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
- Canon EOS 5D
- EF 17-40 f/4L
- EF 24-70 f/2.8L
- EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS
- EF 35mm f/1.4L
- EF 85mm f/1.2L
- EF 300mm f/2.8L
- EF Extenders 1.4x & 2x
- EF 15mm Fisheye
- Various accessories including extra batteries, blowers, cleaning bits etc
- Sandisk Extreme memory cards (CF and SD)
- Two card readers – one SD, one 99999-in-one
- PowerBook G4 15″ (still waiting for Apple to release a MacBook Pro that supports 8GB RAM..)