weekly critter, September 3, 2020

September 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I figured after four months it was time to crank up the critter again.  In my own defense, Linda and I have both been fighting severe health issues for several months.  I finally have a diagnosis (I think) as to what's exacerbating my heart condition. I have a rare disease called amyloidosis.   Fortunately, there is now medication which will stop the amyloid protein from being deposited  in my heart.  It won't make me better but it'll stop the disease from getting worse.  At least I won't have to undergo chemo.

I finally bought a new camera.  It's canon's newest camera the R5.  The R stands for ridiculously expensive but after eight years with the 5d3 I needed (wanted) an upgrade.  So I've moved from a DSLR to a mirrorless system.  Two things that finally pushed me over the edge were the articulating screen (nothing new) and the new autofocus systems.  The screen will allow me to do macro again since I don't have to bend into strange positions or get on the ground.  The autofocus systems are so advanced they have eye detection for humans and animals.  For example, if Phoebe is chasing a ball across the park the camera will focus on her eye and as long as I keep her in the view finder her eye will remain in focus.  I can't wait to try it on birds in flight.

I have three photos for you today.  The second photo is a crop (top left) of the first.  The photo was taken with the M50 I purchased a year ago.  I just considered it a 'point and shoot' that I took on trike rides but people on a photography forum were claiming it is the best crop (small) sensor camera on the market. So I bought an adapter to be able to put my 'pro level' lenses on it and all I can say is WOW.   Can you spot the aphid in the second photo.  I hope it's visible in the email.  It's just on the edge of the lower petal.

The third photo is of Phoebe taken with the R5.  While not a great photo it does show me the camera's capability and I get to show you how big she's grown.  I enlarged the photo enough so I could 'pixel peak' and at a 400% increase in size I still couldn't see any noise.  I can't wait to get an adapter so I can use my other lenses and not just a landscape lens.



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