Feb 172020

I’ve got to get this off my chest. Yes, I am a gearhead, or gearhog as my wife would attest. While you don’t need a top of the line camera to take great pictures, it does help make my life easier.

That said, I went out and bought a new Canon 1Dx mkIII. What does it do better? Autofocus, autofocus, autofocus! So far I’ve shot 5 basketball games, one JV, two Varsity (high school) and 2 varsity college games. Autofocus with the previous 1Dxs was good, but Canon has built a new sensor, shutter and autofocus system for this camera.

So far I’ve been able to capture action sequences of 30+ images with the players driving to the basket and they are all in focus! I haven’t had to worry about the buffer in the camera, the internal processor and fast CFexpress cards eliminated that as a concern. And the shutter while faster (16 vs. 14 fps) is much quieter than the previous shutters. It’s almost a stealth shutter before I turn stealth mode on!

With a new sensor comes better color rendition and at least 1 stop of better ISO performance. These 5 basketball games were shot at ISO 20,000 at 1/2,000sec f/4.0 with Canons 70-200 lens. I don’t think I’ll worry about a dark gym again!

Here’s a sample image.

He’s got a great vertical jump! 1/2000 f/4.0 ISO 20000

I have one complaint and it has nothing to do with Canon or the camera. Software is lagging behind this release. My software of choice is Capture One, and as of this writing they haven’t updated the current version to hand the new camera image format (now CR3). Hopefully this will be resolved soon. I hate using Photoshop to edit my images

 Posted by at 9:06 pm
Aug 052014

Marty’s got his stories, Dan has his and I have mine.  We’re often asked what equipment we use.  The choice of equipment is a very personal choice. I’m sure we all have different reasons as to why.  Marty and I chose Canon, Dan uses Nikon.  Both systems are very good and have lots of options.  Yes, we like to brag on the systems we use, but most of it is friendly banter to torque the other photographers around us. My best advice is buy the best equipment that works for you. Most of gear in my list has been purchased for my nature photography (http://www.jbillings.net). It just happens the the same gear works well for sports photography. Sort of 2 birds with one stone so to speak. Cameras 1Dx x2 40D & BG-E2 20D & BG-E2 Lenses 135L f/2.0 17-85 16-35L f/2.8 24-105L f/4 70-200L f/2.8 IS 200L f/2.0 IS 200-400L w/1.4tc f/4.0 IS 500L f/4.0IS TC 2.0X II TC 1.4x II 580ex Elinchrom D-Lite 4 (x2) Elinchrom Ranger RX AS with S head Canon IPF6100 printer Manfrotto 3035 w/3047 Gitzo 1325 w/BH-55PCL w/Sidekick MacPro MacBook Pro ThinkTank Urban Disguise 50 (my light gear bag) ThinkTank Airport Security (my primary bag) ThinkTank Airport International (my travel bag)

 Posted by at 4:36 pm