Thanksgiving weekend – time for the annual Crescent Valley HS vs. Corvallis HS alumni Ultimate Frisbee game. This year’s game was a lopsided win for Tribe (CV) with its deep sideline that even included a few current players.
And just in time for the game, the new 50D arrived. So, I slapped on the 70-200 f/4L and put it through a few drills. First impressions vs. the 20D it replaces?
- The 6.3 fps is noticeably faster than the 5fps of the 20D.
- The shutter is very quiet when compared to the 20D.
- There are more custom options on the 50D – and I was trying to dial a few of them in. One of the new ones (to me) that I put to task straight away was the “Focus Search off” – which I think helped keep the lens mostly behaved when some of my long shots were off focus. The Canon manual describes it like this: “Prevents the camera from becoming grossly out of focus as it attempts to focus again. Especially convenient with super telephoto lenses which can become extremely out of focus.”
- Large LCD on the back rocks. If you’ve never shot a 20D for an extended time – this may not phase you. But it was easy to show folks on the sideline the occasional framed bid – and it was easier to glance at the histogram between shots.
- Maybe / maybe not – but I’m thinking the reds were coming off the camera just a bit “hot”. Prior to the shoot – I dialed back the contrast and color saturation to -1 (I like neutral pics off the camera). I may nudge the color saturation to -2.
Attached are a few images from the game. Nothing too impressive – but I’m persuaded that’s my fault. The rest of the gallery can be found here.