Canon EOS 20D & EF-S 17-85 IS USM – Purple fringing

I’m afraid this Canon hardware lost one of it’s stars today. There were already a few things where I thought the 20D could be improved, but those aside, I’m not exactly thrilled this evening. Mid and late afternoon I took a few photos along the road and – unfortunately enough – purple fringing (a.k.a. chromatic aberration) showed up a few times. I didn’t expect it could / would be much of problem with this setup. Canon’s latest digital pro-sumer dSLR with extra algorithms and especially developed lens for dSLRs should suppress it, right? Not quite. See Entry URL for the images.

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Canon EOS 20D & EF-S 17-85 IS USM – A first look

The Canon EOS 20D and EF-S 17-85 IS USM are available as a kit, similar to the kit with the 17-55 EF-S lens already sold with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel a.k.a. 300D, with the difference that this lens is quite a bit superior (and pricier). Inside the larger box you find the standard boxes for the camera and the lens atop one another. No surprises in either. The camera comes with a neck strap, battery, battery charger, AV cable, USB cable, manuals and software. The lens comes with the regular caps. One detail is that with an EF-S lens you line-up the white dot on the lens with the white reference mark on the 20D’s body, which is slightly to the right of the red mark at the top for standard AF lenses. The combination does weigh quite a bit. It compares to my older Canon EOS 650 with 70-210 EF telephoto, which is noticeably heavier than with a 35-70 EF standard zoom. Click read more or entry URL for more observations, thoughts and images.

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Veterans Day / Wapenstilstand.

Two images from Flanders Fields (taken last year) to remember and honor the brave men and women who have served in battle to protect us. Flowers at the Meense Poort  and  John Mc Grabes ‘ poem If you ever get a chance for a visit to Belgium for a few days, you should spend a day near Ieper / Ypres. It won’t be the happiest day of your European trip, but it’s a historical place you must see and experience.

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Did you see the light?

It’s getting really late, but I’m so excited I wanted to post an image. I saw my first Aurora Borealis / Northern Light tonight! No “Aurora chasing” trip into Canada without seeing anything . No, the Northern Light came all the way down to Maine right near our house: Not the most spectacular presentation, but nonetheless a dream come true :-)

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