Normally I am not too superstitious but I am starting to wonder. Nor when an image doesn't come out the way it should do I blame the camera normally it's my fault. But of late something just hasn't been right with a lot of my images. At first I wonder if it was this little annoying bug I could see through my viewfinder playing havoc with the focus. I located the bug grabbed my blower and got the pesky little bugger out...job done? No I needed a field test just to keep me happy all was right.
I took a walk down a local lane near to my home, plenty of warblers and other small birds plus hopefully a Kestrel or Buzzard or two.
Half way down the lane I stumbled across my nemesis the fox as it was coming up the lane. We both stood our ground not knowing what to do (slight lie...I snapped away) and got this.
I moved up the lane to an open field where I knew the Kestrel and at least a Common Whitethroat would be, the Kestrel was present but perhaps scared off by the Kestrel no Common Whitethroat, the Kestrel was in the sun so no real point in going for an image as I wasn't after an arty image this bird was ringed and I wanted a super clear shot to get the ring and possibly identify the bird.
So I walked on to the next field and waited and waited there was a pair of Red Leg Partridges far off in the distant, they might fly towards me so I stood and waited, they kept bobbing down, something was upsetting them, then out of the corner of my eye I caught glimpse of my second only Hobby of the year low across the field, brilliant chance it was heading straight for me. I locked onto the bird the autofocus staying locked on I had time just to up the ISO up to 640 to give me 1/2500th shutter speed, "perfect" I thought, just wait for it to get closer and then I pressed the shutter "Kerr clunk" and nothing "Bollocks" and "WTF" exploded from my mouth I looked on the screen "Unable to photograph please turn off then on or remove the battery" and "Err 99" on the top, I watched the Hobby zip past at full speed...bloody Canon I hate you what was wrong with the ol' 1d Mark2.
This wasn't right, I mean I got the fox not an hour earlier and the way back home I got a Blue Tit and a Treecreeper not very good images but no camera failure.
So I slept on it, maybe dirty battery contacts, so I took it out to the garden, started off on the fledged juvenile Blue Tits, not an issue, pointed it at the Swifts feeding overhead "kerr clunk".
Ok something was wrong, at first I thought it might be the angle I was pointing the lens at but the Hobby the night before was low and in level flight, it must be shutter speed. After playing around I discovered that at anything below 1/2000th shutter speed no problem anything above that "ker clunk"...oh dear I could hear my wallet doing a runner as I reached for the number of a local camera shop...."sounds like the shutter to me mate", "worse case scenario £350 to repair" at this point my wallet committed suicide and jumped off the shelf still by opening my wallet I did discover some new moth species...just no camera to take their picture sadly :o)
So I am having to dust down the ol'faithful 1d mark2 for now, this is why I never sell my old equipment you never know what might happen, but I am looking at getting rid of the mark 3 it's been, well problematic (that's being polite) since day one, endless firmware updates, autofocus issues. With me I had the lens lock onto the camera body thanks to a faulty lens release button, then a faulty shutter button which had a time delay of a half a second from pressing the shutter button to taking the image, a faulty sensor which was replaced under warranty and transformed the autofocus overnight, still not as good nor reliable as the mark2 but better....so where do I go do I stick my neck on the line and risk a secondhand mark4 or will that be as bad as the mark3, it was hardly on sale in the UK for a long time before being replaced by a full frame version or do I trade all my Canon gear in for Nikon, I won't get the mark 3 back until Tuesday so I have time to think at the moment I'm thinking Canonnot