A Canon EOS-D30 Portfolio

My portfolios are usually classified and presented by subject matter or location. But, because of the huge interest in the newCanondigital SLR I have created this page to display some of my recent work done with this camera. I will also add links for time-to-time to other traditional portfolios that feature the use of this camera.

OtherD30images may be seen as part of the technical articles linked at the top of this page.

The presentation here will be more along the lines of a technical rather than an esthetic or location-based discussion.

As always on this site, click on any red-framed image and you will see a larger version of the photograph.

Photographed with Canon D30 at ISO 400. 1/180th sec @ f/5.6 with a Canon 100~400mm IS Zoom @ 400mm. RAW Mode.

This was a grab shot. I heard the woodpecker in the trees above my country house but couldn’t see him because of the density of the branches. I put theCanon 100~400mm f/4.5Lzoom on theD30and went hunting. I only saw him when he flitted from one tree to another.  I then was able to shoot about a dozen frames before he flew away.

With the 1.6X multiplier effect of the D30’s imaging chip the effective focal length of this shot was 640mm. The fact that it’s as crisp as it, at 1/180th sec wide open, serves as a further testament to Canon’s IS technology. I have used this lens since it first came out with outstanding results.


Photographed with Canon D30 at ISO 100. 1/60th sec @ f/16 with a Canon 28~70mm @ 47mm. RAW Mode.

If you’ve read my D30 review and comments you know how pleased and impressed I am with the camera’s resolution, dynamic range and general image quality. The photograph above and the enlarged section beside it (actual pixels) are as sharp as one could wish. But what this photograph shows more than anything else is the colour fidelity and purity. (It was taken in partial shade on a hazy bright morning).

I don’t think that I have ever seen suchaccuratecolours. More saturated, yes, but never more accurate. In addition to the accuracy there’s a luminance to them that is unlike the filmic look that we are all used to and certainlymuchdifferent than the typical CCD digital look that so many of us have avoided till now. 

The greens and soft yellows are almost perfect as are the delicate mauve pastels. The browns and beiges are what really tells the tale. Brown is the most difficult colour to reproduce well. Here the various brown tonalities are as true as I’veeverseen.

Photographed with Canon D30 at ISO 400. 1/180th sec @ f/4 with a Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS and 1.4X Extender.  RAW Mode.

This photograph is part of a portfolio calledCaptive Wildlife. Because the Canon EOS-D30 has an imaging chip smaller than a traditional 35mm frame focal lengths are multiplied by 1.6X. Thus a 300mm lens effectively becomes a 480mm lens. When using a 1.4X extender, as I did here, instead of the 300mm lens becoming a 480mm, it becomes the equivalent of a 672mm lens. 

If your first impressions is, “My, that’s a sharp image,” you’re not alone. I was stunned when I first saw this frame on-screen. Considering that it was shot at ISO 400, at an effective 672mm focal length, hand-held, needless to say I’m pleased with how it turned out.