A gem from Canon – 1972

The Canon F-1 was released in 1971 and represented Canon’s first professional level 35mm single-lens reflex camera. This beautiful set is from 1972 and features a Canon FD 50mm f1.4 lens.

Complete kit including the correct first edition instruction booklet.
Chrome nose Canon lenses are my favorite.
Early models do not have the film reminder slot on the rear of the film door. Early serial numbers in the 1xxxxx range are your assurances that it’s an early model.

Chasing an early model Canon F-1 has become a bit harder as these cameras are now over 50 years old. Finding one with an original chrome-nosed Canon lens is even harder but certainly worth the effort. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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On the docks, Hong Kong 1979

Aberdeen docks, Hong Kong 1979.

Camera and Lens – Canon F-1 with Canon FD 80-200 f4 zoom lens.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy SUNday! – new and old

My new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera and my classic Canon EF 50mm f1.4 lens. By using Canon’s affordable EF-EOS R mount adapter I’m able to use all of my older (and newer) Canon EF mount lenses with no loss of quality or functions. I do have one of the new Canon RF lenses with another in the mail headed my way as I write this.

Old and new working together.

Notice how much more compact the new Canon RF 50mm f1.8 lens is (below) compared to the older Canon EF 50mm f1.4 lens pictured above with the EF to EOS R mount adapter. ATM Canon does not have an RF 50mm f1.4 lens available – only the RF 50mm f1.2L at nearly $2,300.

One of Canon’s newest RF lenses for the EOS R is the RF 50mm f1.8 STM lens. This lens lists at only $199 through Canon.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll have the big reveal by mid-week as to which new Canon RF lens will be in my mailbox. Have a great day! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and, while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Testing my new Canon EF 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 III Zoom Lens

I found a really nice and only slightly used Canon EF lens the other day and so far I’m very happy with the results. Here are a few test shots from earlier today. All images were shot using my Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. The lens new from Canon retails at around $199. No image stabilization and no IBIS on my camera so faster shutter speeds and slightly higher ISO settings when shooting handheld at this focal length.

f5.6
Blossoms at about 200mm.
A touch of sunlight.
Old fence with whale knocker. 300mm f5.6 ISO 400 1/400 (handheld)
Cirrus and Cirrostratus clouds high up in the atmosphere over North Florida.

I’m very happy to say that the performance of the lens at all focal lengths has been better than expected. Is the lens sharper than a more expensive L lens from Canon – no, but for the money it’s great. Lighter weight too makes it an easy 300mm lens to tote. When using the lens on the EOS R body an adapter from Canon is necessary as the EF mount does not directly mount to the RF mirrorless body of the camera. It’s about $99 through Canon.

Shown mounted on my Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R adds a bit of additional length to the lens. Here at 77mm.
Extended to 300mm.

The lens is a great value and with the popularity of the newer Canon EOS R mirrorless bodies catching on now is a good time to find EF lenses at a bit of a bargain. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and, while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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(almost) wordless wednesday

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day! – Chris

Camera and Lens – Canon EOS R with Canon EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and, while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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a sky full of mermaids

The mermaids of Amelia Island

Always been one of my favorite subjects when testing new camera gear and lenses.

Camera and Lens – Canon EOS R with Canon EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens. Shot at 43mm f8 1/125 ISO 100

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and, while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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around the yard with my Canon EOS R

Hi all, I’m still getting used to my new camera and today I got to use my new (there’s that word again) Canon RF 50mm f1.8 USM lens. I’m happy with the results except I wanted a bit more direct sunlight.

Canon EOS R with Canon RF 50mm f1.8 USM lens at f5.6 ISO 125 at 1/60
Brass whale – guardian at the gate.
f5.6 ISO 400 at 1/80
Last leaf.
Waiting for the mail.

I’d like to compare this lens against my Canon EF 50mm f1.4 IS USM lens. The f1.8 has the potential to be sharper since it was designed to be used without an adapter on the EOS R body. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and, while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Canon EOS Cousins

Canon EOS R on the left and on the right is my Canon EOS 7D.

Made about 10-years apart, the EOS R is a 30-megapixel mirrorless digital camera and the EOS 7D is a traditional DSLR with 18-megapixels of resolution. Both are shown with Canon battery grips attached. Although it doesn’t look it in this image, the 7D is quite a bit larger than the EOS R both in size and weight – the 7D weighs about 1313 grams and the R comes in at 992 grams with one battery installed.

Canon EOS R on the left and the Canon EOS 7D.

One of the reasons I use a battery grip is to make the body easier to handle especially with a large lens attached. I rarely worry about running out of power since I don’t shoot videos so the grips usually only have one battery installed to save a bit of weight.

The LCD screen on the EOS R is shown in its closed position. I’m finding that I don’t use the screen since the electronic viewfinder is so bright and clear. I’m using the R as if it were a traditional film SLR.
Canon EOS R with a Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM lens attached.
Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM ultra wide-angle lens. Shot at 16mm.

Whenever I have the chance to shoot with my ultra wide-angle lens I tend to go all the way and stay set at 16mm. It can be overused though and I’m often criticized for how often I use it. I guess I like to feel as though I can expand my vision with one and see things in a different way.

Fernandina Beach Post Office at about 30mm.
The Lesesne House (ca1868) shot at 31mm. By the way, these images received very little editing in post-production. The Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM is one of Canon’s sharpest zoom lenses with outstanding contrast and gorgeous colors.

As always, a big thanks for stopping by and another big thank you for an outstanding 2021. The blog has grown to a point that I never imagined when I started it back in 2015. Here’s hoping we see a peaceful and joyous 2022. – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Canon EOS R test pics – Canon EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.5 IS STM zoom lens

spent magnolia leaf (cropped)
tiny blossoms
cactus horns (cropped)
cactus branch

I’m still learning my new camera. Today I reset the camera back to its factory settings. These images were taken in P program mode with the camera setting all of the exposures. There’s still lots to learn.

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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wordless wednesday

Thank you for stopping by and have a safe and wonderful Wednesday! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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