As is tradition on my blog, every year I do a “What’s in Store” post for the new year as well as reflect back, and wrap up the year that was. 2021 was quite frankly a disastrous year for just about everyone and when I look back at the calamitous results of the COVID pandemic I can categorically say I am very glad to see the back of 2021. Historically, I have always done this as a written blog post, but because of the extended length, I have decided to move my Wrap post to the Podcast format. You can access the podcast through your favorite podcast player or download the episode directly HERE.
2021 was a year that included just one travel destination, that was Finland for my Wolves and Wolverines workshop (Read the Trip Report). The rest of the year was more or less spent in various stages of COVID lockdown.
In equipment terms, 2021 represented my first serious foray into mirrorless cameras with the purchase of the Canon EOS R3. I did previously own a Canon EOS R, but sold it recently as I was just never using it. I have already published several podcasts on the EOS R3 as well as developing specific noise pre-sets (available HERE) and will have more to say about it early next year after I use it in Iceland and Finland. I also purchased the Canon 14-35mm f4L IS R Mount and the 70-200mm f2.8L IS R Mount as well as a 1.4 R Mount Teleconverter. I will continue to run both my EF 400mm and EF 600mm lenses with the EF to RF adapter.
My gear pick for the 2021 year (I always choose something I actually own) is not surprisingly the Canon EOS R3. With its animal eye Auto Focus the R3 quite simply offers the best autofocus of any camera I have ever tested.
Lastly and certainly not least, I want to wish all of you a very safe and happy New Year, and may 2022 be pandemic-free and one of amazing light and experiences for all of you. See you in the New Year!