Shooting Hurricane Sandy with the Canon 5D Mk II and 24-70mm f2.8 USM L II

Lead Photo shot by Gretchen Robinette

As many of you know, New York City is going through quite a bit right now. The subways are shut down, there is torrential rain and winds from Hurricane Sandy, and police are even out and around ensuring that people don’t get too close to the coast. Being a native New Yorker, I tend to get cabin fever. I decided to grab my new friend Gretchen Robinette and go out and shoot with my 5D Mk II and the 24-70mm f2.8 USM L II.

The good news: The lens survived; and so did the camera for the most part. Plus, Gretchen and I narrowly avoided being clipped in the head by a large section of roofing shingle that flew at us.

The bad news: the multi-controller joystick on the back of my 5D Mk II is now defunct. It was running into problems when I was out there shooting. I figured out it was the camera because I put Gretchen’s lens on my camera, and still ran into the same issues. She used the 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II and it worked fine. I now need to press the focus selector button and then turn a dial. I was forced to use the center point and then recompose instead of using the actual focusing point. The camera may also have been getting AF issues out in the rain.

At least we know that the new lens can survive quite a bit of abuse. But at the moment, I’m wondering whether I should get the 5D MK II repaired or replaced.

Here are some sample photos from the walk we took in Bushwick and Williamsburg. Also be sure to check out my time with the lens on the 1D X. Lastly, the staff of The Phoblographer wishes everyone in the storm a safe time. Nearly half of the staff is suffering the same thing right now.

Editor’s Note: After 24 hours in a bowl of rice, my 5D Mk II is restored to full functionality.

Gear Used

Sample Images


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