Day 101: Another Sunday and time for my fortnightly visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens. This time the weather was not so good. Still, it gave me more opportunity to test my 5D MK III. I have to be honest, I’m a little disappointed with the 5D. I have been having issues with the camera locking up. I raised the issue with Canon and they advised that I try a different memory card. So I ordered two 16GB Sandisk Extreme Pro compact flash cards and two 16GB Sandisk Extreme SD cards at the princely sum over £200+. I was previously using an 8GB Lexar Professional SD and a 4GB Sandisk Ultra compact flash, which are obviously slower cards. I charged the battery before I left the house and when I got there and turned the camera on, it locked up yet again. This is about the eighth or ninth time this has happened in the short space of time that I’ve had it. I tried removing the cards and turning the camera back on but there was still no response from any of the buttons other than the shutter button. It’s funny (or rather not) that when this issue occurs, after switching the camera on, it immediately focuses as though you have half pushed the shutter button. Then when you compose and attempt to capture an image, the lens does not focus and none (and I mean none) of the buttons function. I am now of the opinion that this is either a battery issue or an issue with the camera itself. The reason I’m thinking this is I’ve been using the 8GB Lexar and 4GB Sandisk for a week with no issue. I then used the 16GB cards yesterday, again with no issue. The issue has only started again after charging the battery. A call to Jessops is definitely on the cards tomorrow!
Anyway, back to today’s photo. As you will have worked out by the title, this magnificent animal is a lion-tailed macaque. Native to India, the lion-tailed macaque is on the endangered list, with less than 2500 left in the wild. Man’s destructive nature is helping to rid the world of another beautiful animal.
EOS 5D MK III, 70-200mm f/4L lens. ISO 400, f/4 at 1/200 of a second.