Had a great week last week as I took two trips to our neighbouring county of Devon. One as part of a golf tournament (I am the official photographer for the group) and yesterday to shoot my son’s team in their first “county battle” against Collumpton Rangers in Devon. A great time was had at both as I won the golf tournament (along with a rather distasteful trophy) and Dorset beat Devon overall in the first of these annual county football clashes.
Ashbury Golf Tournament Winner 2011
Even though the Canon EOS 5D Mark II isn’t a sports camera, set up correctly it can do just as good a job (I used an ISO of around 320, shutter speed of 800-1000th/sec and an ISO of F5.0). I used to own the Canon EOS 1D Mark III which fired off shots at a rate of 10 frames per second and I generally found that I ended up with hundreds of shots I would never need. Also, the “OCD” part in me always meant I had to check and even process most images to make sure I absolutely had the right one.
By using the slower rate of 3 FPS on the 5D Mark II, combined with simply watching intently and doing my best to freeze the action as it happens rather than firing an “Uzi” of shots, I still managed to capture some great action photos and the processing time has been severely reduced.
To me, the 5D Mark II is a great all round camera but with some areas that I hope are addressed in the upgrade which I hope is this year at some point. Things such as focus points (more please), maybe a burst rate of 5fps or faster and 1080p recording at 60 frames per second which is great for slow motion, high definition video playback. Other than that (and a couple of other little things) the camera remains one of my favourite all time cameras!
Lastly, if you live in the UK and are thinking of taking a sporty-leisure break in the South West, have a look at the Manor House and Ashbury Hotels in Devon. They have facilities to suit everyone in your family including 7 amazing golf courses, a huge snooker room, ten-pin bowling, archery, bowls, table tennis, lawn tennis, shooting (rifle and clay pigeon), arts and crafts galore and a whole load of other cool stuff.
My 4 day trip including 6 rounds of golf, 3 nights accommodation, huge buffet breakfast, huge buffet lunch, evening meals and most facilities free cost around £250 all in….brilliant!