David J Slater as photographed by a Macque with his own Canon EOS 5D Mark II

A monkey borrows a Canon EOS 5D Mark II for some self portraits

by planetMitch4 Comments

In the ‘I'd love to see the whole set' department we report on this interesting story of a crested black macaque (a type of monkey) that borrowed a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) for a while to take some self-portraits as well as other photos of it's friends. Maybe we've stumbled on a new technique to learn about these creatures? Let them borrow other HDSLRs and turn on the video! HA

David Slater said: “”He must have taken hundreds of pictures by the time I got my camera back, but not very many were in focus. He obviously hadn't worked that out yet.” (see more of the story below or read it on telegraph.co.uk)

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crested black macaque self portrait - photo by David J Slater

crested black macaque self portrait - photo by David J Slater

A snippet

The Telegraph.co.uk story has quite a bit of info from the photographer David J Slater

The primate went to investigate the equipment before becoming fascinated with his own reflection in the lens.

And it wasn't long before the crested black macaque hijacked the camera and started snapping away sending award-winning photographer David Slater bananas.

David, 46, said: “One of them must have accidentally knocked the camera and set it off because the sound caused a bit of a frenzy.

“At first there was a lot of grimacing with their teeth showing because it was probably the first time they had ever seen a reflection.

“They were quite mischievous jumping all over my equipment, and it looked like they were already posing for the camera when one hit the button.

David J Slater as photographed by a crested black macaque with his own Canon EOS 5D Mark II

David J Slater as photographed by a Macque with his own Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Let the commenting about the Canon EOS 5D Mark II autofocus begin in the comments below!

(cover photo credit: snap from the David J. Slater – tho one wonders if he really gets copyrights to the image if the ape actually shot it?)

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  1. Next time, before you let the monkey have the camera, close the aperture to f/10, turn AV mode on. Monkey no like Shallow Depth of Field!

    Amazing article, saw this on the news last night.. Let’s get that monkey signed up for Flickr!

  2. i think I’m going to hire the monkey and bring him on a shoot :) I’ll pay him with bananas :) so I can charge more for a second shooter and make more because he won’t use he money ha… Gosh I’m so stupid at times

  3. love how the self portrait still says “photo by David Slater”. Give the monkey some credit!

  4. Haa, even Monkeys know the focus system on the 5D is not the best, should have given the Monkey a 7D!

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