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Last week I was fortunate enough to be in Cape Town as the huge cold front struck the city. I say fortunate as I was able to fly out just as the rain and snow started in earnest! I was really impressed over the following weekend to see that so many people had taken the trouble to go up to the mountains to try and photograph the beautiful snowfalls in the area just outside Cape Town. It was great to see folks putting so much effort into the idea of capturing the snow – especially as it is not a common event here in SA. I hope you put as much effort into your everyday photography too.

It has been pretty quiet on the new product front with only one new announcement – the EF-M 55-200mm IS STM lens built for our EOS mirrorless system. I’m desperately trying to get my hands on a sample to test as soon as possible, but all my product management partners from our overseas office are currently in Brazil! Lucky them! Even so, I used my EOS M in Cape Town last week with the EF-M11-22mm super wide lens and, I must admit, I was very taken with the results.

I so often travel with a big DSLR that it was quite pleasant to have something lighter and easier for a change. I always have a Powershot S-series pocket camera anyway, but I found myself looking for excuses to shoot with the M. I guess this is the thinking behind the mirrorless concepts we’ve seen over the last few years from all manufacturers. The RAW files are excellent and the picture quality from the EF-M18-55 and EF-M11-22 lenses is superb. I’m sure the new 55-200mm lens will be up to the same high standard.

I’m looking forward to some time off in the next few weeks as I get to spend some time up in Kruger for a few days. I really like to go up there at this time of year as the grass is shorter and the animals tend to stay closer to water. This significantly increases the odds of getting some decent wildlife shots. I don’t think I’ll ever stop appreciating how great it is to live within a short drive of this kind of thing. We are indeed very fortunate here in Africa. For those of you travelling during the upcoming school holidays – please drive safely and put those long lenses to good use.

Until next time – keep “Click”ing away!

kind regards
Roger Machin
Product Manager PVDVC Products Canon SA