Picturenaut

Picturenaut

Lives in Frankfurt am Main
Works as a science journalist
Has a website at www.roland-wengenmayr.de
Joined on Jun 1, 2010
About me:

Love to shoot wildlife, birds, animals, macros of insects and spiders, plus street and portrait of people (I like to draw portraits too).

Picturenaut's current gear

Canon PowerShot G7
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 7D
still use it sometimes, in particular if I want some easy to do video with light gear and not- top-of-the-notch-quality.
My workhorse now, Love its IQ, in particular high ISO, its new stellar AF system and its responsiveness. Plus, I am happy that Canon left the megapixel race hype to Nikon. 22 MP's enuff for the next years.
use it when I want the crop factor (tele, macro). I know its behavior, its strengths and weaknesses extremely well after shooting since years with it. IQ good as long as you don't have to move too far over ISO 800. AF system good as long as contrast is not too low. Small pixels make it prone to motion and diffraction blur, need to control that carefully.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
this is one of my most fun lenses
one of my most frequently used lens when I go for wildlife, despite its vintage design still a great birder's lens: sharp, fast AF drive, nearly no pumping. A reliable tool as long as there's enuff light. Only IS lacks and closest distance of 3.5 m allows no real macro use
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
perfect mid-range zoom, AF performance better than Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VR II (we have one in our household)
small, light, great IQ and overall quality, great USM and IS. Use it when I want a lighter gear.
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
King of Bokeh in my list. One of my fav lenses, in particular for portrait, social shots, even street, with available light.
the only Canon lens I am really dissappointed with. My copy is a dust pump, its extension tube slides too easily. Optical resolution could be better. Bokeh not too great. Visible CA when contrasts are strong makes PP necessary. Very good: IS and USM drive.
nice macro for very close distances. Unfortunately not made for full frame.
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 3,5/18
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
I love it for landscape, also industrial and city scapes, it is sharp and has superb quality. Its focus is sharp at infinity position, so it is ideal for night shots. Like a typical Zeiss wide angle it produces heavy vignetting, that's the price for its brilliance I guess.
I both love and hate this lens. It is so well made, optical quality is very good (in particular when stopped down), VR (IS) is great - can get even with 1/5 s sharp pictures. The only but severe drawback is its not reliable AF, despite huge MA. Get best results when I activate MA at close distances and switch it off for long distances. Had the same problem with two copies I've tested.
Other gear:
  • Canon EF 500mm f/4.5L USM a vintage supertele, built in 1995, still works perfectly with my cameras. Still use it frequently, with my 5D3 hand-held shots can deliver acceptable results.
  • metz mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital macro macro slave flash from Metz, a German flash producer
  • metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 digital powerful flash from Metz, a German flash producer

Picturenaut's previous gear

Canon EOS 50D
it was not so easy to say goodbye to this reliable workhorse but now a young photographer is happy with her...
Other gear:
  • Kodak Retina III-C when I was a student I came into this old 60's rangefinder camera, it still worked and so I started to learn with it. I still have it :-)
  • nikon fm-2 this was my first SLR and I learned with it full manual film photography, this was a perfect school. For me, the FM-2 was THE Nikon of all times. I'd never give it away (except to my wife, still a Nikonian).