Wetlands

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Sony a850 28-75 f/2.8 SAM lens


A very short walk from where I live takes me into a river valley now designated as a country park. We've had an awful lot of rain lately and the levels have risen somewhat. This is quite important since part of that river flows through our garden via what used to be a mill stream.


Following the river upstream there is a golf course, which was closed because it was waterlogged. 


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Sony a850 28-75 f/2.8 SAM lens


Ploughing through all the muddy fields and paths I was pleasantly surprised that carrying the Sony + lens wasn't the chore I had feared it might be. I was resigned to using the camera in short bursts, but it hasn't turned out that way. I do seem to be able to carry it for quite long distances without any  ill-effects. 


I've made mention before of the somewhat inflexible design of cameras such as the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D and 1Ds series which with their large battery compartments give a somewhat "take it or leave it" body design. To me flexibility is essential for a "professional" system, and part of this flexibility is the ability to add and remove a battery grip as required. Sure there are times when its a great help, when you need power all day & when you need the camera working at its fastest possible speed, but there are also times when you don't need it and a lighter smaller outfit is called for. This always used to be the option that manufacturers offered with their top of the range high performance models, certainly in the days of film. 


I read a very funny piece by a photographer who said that these large heavy cameras give out the message:-
"I'm carrying a serious camera and serious lenses. This means I have incredibly well developed forearms, so back the hell off!"


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Sony a850 28-75 f/2.8 SAM lens


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Sony a850 28-75 f/2.8 SAM lens


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Sony a850 28-75 f/2.8 SAM lens


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Sony a850 28-75 f/2.8 SAM lens