Not mirrorless

So I have a new camera.

In the days of the mirrorless hype (“the camera revolution has started”) when Canon, Nikon, and Fuji introduced a generation of new mirrorless cameras, my photo friends and I decided to buy… good-old DSLRs.

Why? The reason is simple.

  • First: for our needs, there aren’t lenses out there and those lenses that have been introduced are not convincing (the only exception being Canon’s new F2.0 zoom lens – this one might be a game changer in the future).
  • Second: modern DSLR’s (in our case the Canon 1DXii) are 100% reliable. Brilliant autofocus, 14 frames per second, my old one has 376’000 shutter releases and is still working perfectly).
  • Third: Why do we need more of everything? 20 Megapixels are all we need, I recently even delivered even a 5x5m poster. The video capabilities are really good, and the weight… come on, We’re neither 7 nor 80: the weight is negligible compared to the tele lenses.

I unboxed the camera yesterday. Enjoy some first test shots.

I am convinced, the future will be mirrorless. But meanwhile the new DXiis will do the better job!

Train Station Vaulting

A pole vault event in Zurich’s train station was the prologue to this year’s “Weltklasse Zürich”. Location and sport were simply spectacular. Timur Morgunov (ANA) was the winner with 5.91m. In second and third place were Shawnacy Barber (CAN) and Kurtis Marschall (AUS) who improved his PB twice. Both cleared 5.86m. The slightly injured world record holder Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) ended fifth with 5.81m. Enjoy some of my pictures.

 

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Sigma screwed me up

Back to Bundesliga. This blog is about my frustration with my latest football coverage.

For those who follow my blog for photography reasons: maybe you remember that I bought a new tele lens earlier this year, the Sigma 120-300 F 2.8 S. It had been introduced in a video by Stephan Wiesner and we were quite enthusiastic about the first results.

After a few months it is time for a report on its long-run performance. I’ll be short: the lens has a massive problem: the autofocus! Depending on what you want to do, the performance ranges between “good” and “absolutely not reliable”.

  • The lens performed really well on the first day when the video was made: why? Because I only did two sorts of shots that work with this lens. First, shots when things are not hectic. Second action shots where the distance is predictable. A good example for the latter are the volleyball scenes from the head-on position that appear in Stephan’s video. Below are examples of such shots.
  • However, the lens is absolutely not reliable, if the subject is running towards you, or the exact spot of the action is not predictable. The first is typical for head-on positions in athletics (a 100m sprinter is too fast for the lens) and the latter for football matches (where one intelligent pass requires immediate re-focusing to some completely new spot).  I cannot include these pictures, because I delete them immediately: believe me, I deleted many! Also: be grateful to my parents who educated me well. I won’t use strong words here. I was tempted to use them, though, when I missed important shots.
  • As an aside, the lens also has strong vignetting. This is not bad per se. Some of the pictures have a “cool” look. However, Lightroom is not able to correct this if you want to.  So this is worth mentioning.

Alpine Ibex

During the 18th century, the Alpine Ibex became extinct in Switzerland. Only a small population in Italy/France (Gran Paradiso and Vanoise Massif) remained. When I was a child, I concluded that it would be extremely unlikely that I would ever see one.

Today the total population of Ibexes comprises about 45’000 animals with several groups in the Swiss alps. The species might be considered as not threatened, but the genetic diversity is low.

During our involuntary vacation week at home we went for a hike at the Niederhorn and met a population. We found two groups: the first was small – three males. In a distance of maybe 10 walking minutes was a female-and-offspring group, comprising about 25 animals.

Of course I had the necessary gear to take some pictures: a 24-105 zoom lens and my 120-300 zoom lens.

 

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Gallery CITIUS

The first edition of the CITIUS meeting is history. Six young organizers were rewarded for their effort by perfect weather conditions, great performances, a big crowd, and good mood everywhere. Joint with Hannes Kirchhof, I was the official meeting photographer. Here’s a gallery with some of my pictures.

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Martyn Rooney (GBR) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Pascal Mancini (SUI) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Frederick Kiptoo (KEN) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Burghardt Alexandra (GER) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Wilson Alex (SUI) during the 100 m race during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Pereira do Nascimento Rodrig (BRA) wins the 100m race during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Agne Serksniene (LTU) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Ralph Joshua (AUS), Kessler Christoph (GER) , Benmahdi Khaled (ALG) at the finish of the 800m race during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Mujinga Kambundji during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

Citius Meeting Bern 2018   June-16, 2018

from left to right: Julien Christen (Organizer CITIUS Bern), Matyas Kobrehel (Organizer CITIUS Bern), Gas de Graf (Organizer CITIUS Bern), Franco Noti (Organizer CITIUS Bern), Raphael Clemencio (Organizer CITIUS Bern), Abdul Kadir Omar (Organizer CITIUS Bern) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern

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Cornelia Halbheer during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern

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Robine Schuermann and Cornelia Halbheer during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern

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from left to right: Lea Sprunger (SUI), Sarah Atcho (SUI), Amy Allock (GBR), Laura de Witte (NED), Marit Dopheide (NED) during the 4 x 400 m relay during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Lea Sprunger (SUI) , Laura de Witte (NED) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Lea Sprunger (SUI) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Sarah Atcho and Robine Schuermann during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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The Belgian relay, van Puyvelde Margo , Claes Hanne , Bolingo Cynthia , Laus Camille 93, sets up a national record during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Jason Joseph runs 13:48secs in the 110m hurdles race during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Jason Joseph sets up a Swiss U23 record during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Jason Joseph sets up a Swiss U23 record during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Joseph Jason (SUI) sets up a Swiss U23 record over 110m hurdles during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Alex Wilson sets up a Swiss record over 200m during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Alex Wilson sets up a Swiss record over 200m during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

Citius Meeting Bern 2018   June-16, 2018

Alex Wilson sets up a Swiss record over 200m during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

Citius Meeting Bern 2018   June-16, 2018

Alex Wilson sets up a Swiss record over 200m during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Sclabas Delia (SUI) wins the 800m race during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Mfomkpa Alain-Herve (SUI) gives the baton to Burgunder Joel (SUI) during the 4 x 400 m relay during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Italy (Davide Re) wins the 4x400m relay during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Italy wins the 4x400m relay during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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The Swiss 4x400m runners during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Swiss U23 record for 4x400m during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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from left to right: Ajla del Ponte (SUI), Lansiquot Imani-Lara (GBR), Kambundji Mujinga (SUI), Lalova-Collio Ivet (BUL) during the 100 m race during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Mujinga Kambundji wins the 100m race during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Kambundji Mujinga (SUI) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Kambundji Mujinga (SUI) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018

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Kambundji Mujinga (SUI) during the Citius Meeting Bern 2018 on 16 June, 2018 in Bern (Wankdorf Stadion), Switzerland, Photo Credit: Ulf Schiller / CITIUS Bern 2018