Camera Gear Canon 80D and New Lens

I went crazy with my Nikon gear, then I sold it all to KEH and switched to a mirrorless Panasonic G7X.

Now I’ve gone back to a DSLR, only this time I’ve gone with Canon.

Aside from the learning curve, the real difference is that I only have four lenses.

    10-18mm
    18-135mm
    50mm f/1.8
    Tamron 150-600mm

The Tamron turns out to be a nice lens for the money.
tamron 150-600mm lens
For a cheap lens it’s surprisingly good. The only real problem I’ve had is that on my 80D it tends to over-expose by about 1-1 1/2 stops at the long end.

This beast is what I used for birds for a while until it got to be too damn heavy.
sigma 300-800mm leaning against bright red dumpster
It’s a Sigma 300-800mm, Sigmonster.
It only weighs about 12lb and is a mere 2 feet long.

I carried that monster everywhere for the first year, not so often the second year and it mostly lived in it’s case from then on.

This cheap Tamron weighs around 4lb, collapsed it’s 10″ long and I can use it on a tripod that weighs less than a small child.

And before any of you say anything, no, the Tamron is not in the same class as the Sigma. But it weighs nothing and cost about $900 whereas the Sigmonster weighs a ton and cost $4k –used.

So I have my long lens, I have a short telephoto and a wide lens and I can carry it all without having to hire a freakin moving van.

The only other thing I think I’ll buy is a Nikon to Canon lens adapter so I can use my Sigma f/1.4 85mm lens. –I don’t mind going all manual, I grew up in a time before auto-focus or autometering.

In fact my favorite camera before digital was a Nikon F2AS. You could drive nails with it and still shoot. Unlike most of these new digital toys that need to be babied.

DroneGun a Man Portable Anti Drone Device

I edited a post for Selectively Social about anti-drone measures and thought this one looked awesome.

DroneGun tactical drone jammer: by DroneShield.
anti-drone Gun
Unfortunately even if we could afford it the feds prevent us from owning one.

DroneGun has not been authorized as required by the United States Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, in the United States, other than to the United States government and its agencies, until such authorization is obtained. The use of DroneGun in the United States by other persons or entities, including state or local government agencies, is prohibited by federal law. Laws limiting the availability of DroneGun to certain types of users may apply in other jurisdictions, and any sales will be conducted only in compliance with the applicable laws.

The company is obviously geared towards government contracts, which is good because the bad guys can buy drones online that can carry enough of a payload of explosives, incendiaries or toxic gas to be dangerous to any group anywhere. Or in the case of everybody’s favorite uncle, enough spy equipment to keep track of anyone, including you and me.
–It’s sad that a statement like that is no longer paranoia.–

Oh well. It still looks uber-cool, and like the man said:
“It would give a more hands on, visceral feel. Kind of like using a rifle to take them down, but without all those cops yelling and screaming about firing a weapon inside the city limits.”

Now you know what to get me for my birthday. 😉

The Police Have a New Helicopter

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a new helicopter.

Well, it’s new to me anyway. We have so many planes, helicopters and drones in the sky over Vegas that the only time I notice any of them is when they’re directly in front of me or flying low over my house.
metro helicopter
another angle on metro chopper
third shot of metro helicopter

When I heard it, I grabbed my camera a took a few shots. I know I used the wrong lens, 18-135mm USM, but my long lens is put away and this was attached to the camera. So there you go.

Besides, kit lens or not, I really like this lens. So unless I’m chasing birds this is what lives on my camera, with my 50mm and my 10-18mm waiting in my bag.

In the meantime, this critter is what I’ve always wanted.
Pentecost_Backpack_Helicopter

Forget the jet packs, this looks easier to fly and maneuver. Not to mention, it looks like a lot of fun. A helicopter in a suitcase. Everybody ought to own one.

Oops…. According to the Wikipedia the Hoppi-Copter was first flown in 1948 and turned out to be extremely hard to control. –It now lives in the Smithsonian.

Never mind.

Nice Restored Old Car

I was rolling down the highway at 45mph when I looked over and spotted this sweet, fully restored old car keeping up with traffic. Which is a little weird, because most of the restored cars out of that era that I’ve seen don’t accelerate quickly enough to keep up.
Restored red car
It obviously had a fresh engine because it didn’t have to work very hard to maintain speed. In fact it was quieter and smoother that the mid 90s beater a few cars ahead of me.

I have no idea how much he spent to restore it, or how long it took, but the car looked like new. It’s hell of a lot nicer than the ’31 Buick sitting in Pioneer Loan and Jewelry. (Theirs is strictly a parade car not a cherry’d out show car.)

I don’t know how “correct” the car is, but I didn’t spot any body work or orange peal, and he knew how to shift without having the car buck or the gears grind. So I’m guessing it’s pretty close to the way it was when it rolled out of the factory.

Canon 80D as a Video Camera

I have that Canon 80D so I bought a cheap shoulder rig for video on Amazon.
Morros DSLR Shoulder Mount Rig Stabilizer
Morros DSLR shoulder mount
I figure I can add a microphone mount on top of the camera if I decide to shoot people. In fact I bought a generic mount from Rycote from Adorama so I can mount my Zoom H5 recorder on top of the Canon.
rycote dslr suspension mount for recoders

Now all I have to do is find someone worth recording or should it be videoing? and is that even a word?. — No matter, most of the people I know are neither photogenic nor interesting. And the girls would probably shoot me if I brought a rig like that to work.

And yes, I know that Canon consumer DSLRs tend to overheat, but since I have no intention of going to any press conferences, who cares. I mostly intend to shoot RC planes, RC boats and maybe the occasional vulture.

Yup, other places look forward to the first robin of spring, but we look forward to the arrival of carrion eaters. –Welcome to the desert (or Washington DC when congress is in session).

I had a cup of coffee with breakfast so I don’t have a caffeine headache, but I’ve been dealing with idiots in person and answering the dumb question hotline, and all that stupid has given me a serious headache.

What can I say? To borrow a line from Pink, “sometimes it be’s like that.”