Fixed Camera Lens (I Think)

Yesterday, I managed to drop one of my favourite lenses, a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, and it popped apart into two pieces.  I know this lens is cheap, and plasticky, but its one of the sharpest lenses in my kit bag, and I love using it for portraits, where it becomes the equivalent of an 80mm lens due to the crop factor of my EOS70D and EOS40D.

As you can probably gather, I wasn’t best pleased, and given how cheaply produced they are, I thought it would be consigned to the broken box.

Well, this morning Google was my friend and turned up this excellent link “How to Disassemble The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens” by Yosuke Bando.  This excellent pdf revealed that none of the plastic lugs holding the lens together were broken, and provided a detailed step by step guide on how to dismantle and re-assemble the lens.

About an hour and a half later, the lens is back in one piece, and seems to be functioning correctly, though I haven’t fully assessed whether or not the results are as sharp as they should be.

Hopefully the lens proves to be as sharp as it once was, though I may need to dismantle it again to properly clean the internal elements as I couldn’t find my LensPen this morning.


Broken Camera Lens :o(

Managed to drop my Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens earlier today, the optic assembly popped out and I’m pretty sure its bitten the dust. Not a Happy Chap.

Macro Study of a Feathered Thorn Moth

I’ve owned a Canon MP-E65 1-5x Macro lens and Canon MT-24EX Flash since I got an excellent deal on both items just before I started working for Wessex Photographic in their Weymouth branch.

Unfortunately, try as I might to love this combination, I’ve found this combination to be more than a bit cumbersome and although the MT-24EX is an excellent flash, I’ve found its flexibility a bit of a hinderance and I’ve found it far too easy to set the flash heads up wrong, especially if you’re varying shooting distance/magnification.  I have to confess that this might just be due to my inexperience with this setup, and would probably not be the case if I was a bit more methodical in my approach.

Anyway, this week, I found the MP-E65 lurking in the bottom of my camera bag and thought I’d have a go at firing off a few shots of a rather obliging Feathered Thorn (Colotois pennaria)  that I found in the house the other week.

These shots were taken using a YongNuo YN-14EX Ring Flash, which is very similar to the Canon MR-14EX and is much simpler to use than the MT-24EX, are there are no physical adjustments possible, you can only vary the A:B lighting ratio.  I find that this flash unit gives a rather flat light, so I mostly either have only one tube firing, or the ratio set to 8:1 to give a bit of depth and texture.

Here are a few shots ranging from 1:1 to 5:1 magnification. – Fixed

My apologies to anyone who has been trying to access The Pirates of Penzance Tech & Dress Rehearsal galleries on recently on a mobile or Tablet PC and has received an error.

The site has been working for desktop users, but it would appear that a plugin I was using is not compatible with the mobile version of the site.  I have now removed the plugin and the galleries should be visible to mobile and tablet users once again.

Apologies once again,


Poppies at the Tower of London

On Thursday 30th October, Manda and I took advantage of the Southwest Trains 2 for 1 offer and took a trip up to London to see the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” display of Poppies at the Tower of London.

The display is absolutely amazing, awe inspiring and truly humbling when you stop to think that each and every poppy represents one soldier lost in the first world war.

Here are my best shots from the day.  The full album can be found here:

Bournemouth G & S Pirates of Penzance Photographs

Bournemouth G&S Pirates of Penzance Policemen

I’ve recently been fortunate enough to have been able to photograph the latest Bournemouth G & S Operatic Society production of The Pirates of Penzance at both the Tech and Dress Rehearsals.

This was my first attempt at photographing an event in a Theatre, and I found the whole process thoroughly enjoyable, but a bit of a challenge.

A selection of images can now be found  on my gallery at the following link.