EOS Remote

One of the cool new features I can take advantage of with the new EOS 70D camera is the built-in wifi functionality.  To be honest, I didn’t put much weight into the feature before buying, and am not sure I’ll actually use it much, but I thought I may as well set it up and see how it works.

The advantage to wifi is that I can set up the camera close to where something I don’t want to disturb will be, and then back off, letting that thing get comfortable.  Start the app on my phone and control the focus, aperture and everything else, then snap the pic.  Common example: a pet.  Therefore, I tested it on Chilli.

I’d read that setup was a maze, but I didn’t even open the instruction manual and had no troubles.  Seemed fairly straightforward to me.

ANZAC Day Spotting

This morning I was up bright and early to meet a fellow AFFer at OOL for some plane spotting.  Unfortunately, there was a cancellation of one flight, by Scoot, so there was decidedly less action at the end of the runway, but I got some shots off and have another gallery of samples.

My issue here is focal length, with the 100mm being a bit big initially, but by the time a plane is airborne it’s too small.  I may try the 40 in the future just to get a feel of a wide shot when I’m under a plane.

I also got some macro, lots of morning dew.

EOS-70D Samples

Took some more photos this afternoon with the new camera.  I did try some plane spotting at OOL, but was in the wrong point to take any good ones (too far away).  Hopefully these give some more examples of the IQ from the new camera.

I know I predominantly take macro shots, but shall try include some more diversity when I can to show off the camera.  There’s a couple at the bottom.

My EOS-70D

Roughly 9 months ago I received my first DSLR in a long while – the EOS-M – starting my road back into SLR photography after many years of point-and-shoot and iPhone photography.  Initially I enjoyed it very much, but soon found limitations, such as bright sunlight on the screen and no viewfinder to overcome it.  It’s a great camera, but eventually I tended to use the very old 5D FF (full frame – equivalent to 35mm film) camera almost exclusively.  The problem with this, is that camera is coming up to it’s 9th birthday soon! So today, I start on a new adventure, with a camera I initially downplayed when choosing the EOS-M (it had just been announced, not even released), the EOS-70D.

Unboxing the new EOS 70D
Unboxing the new EOS 70D, #BadSelfie

To start with, it feels great in my hand.  It’s a nice size without being massive, feels solid, and has a ton of features I’ve read about in a few reviews since  ordering it.  There’s plenty of time to learn how to best use it, but so far, in Aperture priority and Scene Intelligent Auto it’s doing great.  The AF (auto focus) is superbly fast!  I’ve tried out live view, using the vari-angle display and it works great for shooting with the camera held above my head.

The photos are turning out great, helped by the great sensor in it with the highest pixel density in the DSLR lineup.  I had initially thought that I would travel with 2 camera bodies and 2 lenses… but it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the 5D, so I don’t know right now.  Plenty of time to flip-flop over the issue.

As you can see from the sample images I took today, the IQ is right up there and the colour looks pretty good in all the images.  I usually have to enhance or boost the colour on the 5D, but that wasn’t the case on most of the images today. I hope to get some more samples tomorrow at the airport after class.