Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend the Canon CPS+ Landscape Day in the New Forest with David Noton and Jonathan Gooding.
David gave two illustrated talks, the first featured a selection of his images from around the world and this was followed by an in depth look at tilt and shift lenses after an excellent buffet lunch.
There was a full range of Canon cameras and lenses to borrow and use in the late afternoon photo session at Pig Bush including the new EOS 7D Mark II.
The TS-E and super telephoto lenses were snapped up very quickly so I chose the EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM to compare with my own EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM. It was immediately apparent that the new 16-35 has a far better build quality than any of the previous Canon wide angle zoom lenses, both the zoom and focus ring are nicely damped and have just the right amount of resistance.
Fortunately it was a sunny afternoon as I was particularly keen to try the new 16-35 at small apertures to capture ‘sunstars’ and the 9 aperture blades gave some superb results with flare very well controlled, it is a super lens that is much sharper in the corners than my 17-40.
There was an excellent opportunity to get to grips with the Canon TS-E tilt and shift lenses after David and Jonathan’s excellent practical demonstrations blew apart the myth that these lenses are tricky to use.
Even though it was a landscape day the super telephoto white lenses were very much in evidence with New Forest ponies being the main subject.
The day concluded at 7pm and although the bank of cloud on the horizon conspired to spoil the traditional sunset shot here I did manage to shoot the apocalypse with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens.
All in all a very enjoyable day and a big thanks to Canon, David and Jonathan.