Well I did it. I went and dropped my beautiful new awesome Canon 5D Mark III. Remember when I was at Longwood Gardens before Christmas? Using a Manfrotto tripod with a quick release plate, I was taking my camera on and off the tripod a few times. This tripod has three handles to twist to tighten, and the quick release plate has a lever that needs to be pressed down to ensure security.
Serves me right to not triple check my equipment at all times. Sure enough, the quick release plate wasn’t secured, and one of the handles was loosened, so the camera and 24-105mm L lens went droop then SMACK onto the paved walkway.
In shock, and great hopes that it would keep working the camera seemed to keep trucking away. In fact, you have seen many of these images taken immediately after the drop and they seem wonderfully in focus.
But I’m still concerned. So in this rainy day, with the 500mm L and the 1.4xx II extender on the Canon 5D Mark III body, I practiced with the birds. The goal was to check on the focus mechanism within the body.
At first the photos were definitely not focused. So I removed the extender to see if that helped any. Indeed it did. But the cloudy day was wanting to bump up my ISO to 4000+. So setting at ISO 1600 I took a few more captures. Yep..still fuzzy photos.
Dropping the ISO once again to ISO 400, I captured another image and the focus was looking sharper. It’s still not super tack sharp like I like to see, so a visit to the Canon service department is due.
There are a few other factors that can cause unsharp images. High ISO levels is the obvious one. The second is the F-stop that I selected, Being on the wide open end with and without the extender always makes the images soft. Even with going to the len’s ‘sweet spot’ of f/7.1, the low shutter speed of 1/15 of a second with the landscape image could be soft by movement caused by the rain.
Perhaps one more test with the macro lens with a completely still object would be help with a diagnosis. Either way I’m sure my camera is ready for a professional cleaning anyway. It was at the beach on a super windy day earlier this month and that always gets salty dust throughout.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Bella