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My Time With The The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS

This is an impressive lens. The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L is primarily used for nature and sports photography and the Image Stabilization is necessary even with a quality tripod. When a lens has its own strap, you know it’s quite heavy. I’ve also never used a more expensive lens in my life. At $14,000.00 you better believe I was extremely careful with it.

My goal was to take it out and capture local wildlife in the short time I’d have it. The photos below are from The Great Swamp in Basking Ridge, New Jersey as well as Rahway River Park in Rahway, New Jersey. Very pleased with the results. Thanks to Canon CPS for letting me use this monster.

Go ahead and treat yourself.

Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 lens

Duke Farms Nature Walk

I gave Boogs a crash course in photography during a nature walk at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The grounds are the old Duke estate that Doris Duke once owned. That was also a potential candidate for Duke University. Now it is a lovely nature preserve with many acres to explore. Since Boogs was using my 7D, I brought along my Mamiya medium format film camera. All of the images below are scans done using a CanoScan 9000F.

The landscape around the wooded areas of the farms is still pretty torn up from Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy from back in November 2012. Many of the trees are still snapped in half while others lay on the ground in various stages of removal.

We lasted about an hour because it was cold and windy, but it will be warm soon and the landscape will become colorful once again.

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)