had wanted to shoot my new camera when i unboxed it, and finally gotten down to it. definitely not groundbreaking stuff but more a study of light for me.
i think i have to start shooting stuff as they come out of the box. build a portfolio. let me know if you have any new toys you want photographed.
i recently got my hands on canon’s 50mm f1.4 lens and i have to say, it is a piece of glass that i forsee will aid in expanding my visual palette!
i don’t really consider myself a gear-head but hey, everyone loves new toys from time to time. the previous lens that i owned which is similar to this is the 50mm f1.8. it is resting in pieces now, literally, after a fateful encounter with my camera strap, which caught and hurled it to the floor.
so far, the 2 things about the lens that i am most impressed with are its sharpness and its ability to throw the background really out of focus at f1.4. auto-focus speed on the lens is pretty fast too.
needless to say, i can also shoot in low-light conditions now without having to crank up the iso speed on my camera and still maintain an acceptable shutter speed.
on a 1.6x crop body like mine, the effective focal length works out to about 80mm. not really great for street photography (as opposed to 50mm on a full-frame camera, though some say 40mm actually replicates our eyes’ field of vision) but a fantastic option for portraiture.
been shooting mostly headshots of friends with it since i got the lens. i doubt that this lens will overtake my 17-55mm f2.8 as my main lens largely because i like to shoot wide but i will still definitely be using it a fair bit.
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just heard that canon has taken the shroud off this highly anticipated (and hyped) model in their eos line of dslrs, replacing the 5d (which price will hopefully drop substantially).
of note are the 21-megapixel sensor, digic IV processor and ability to shoot high-definition video. dpreview, as usual, has the most comprehensive write-up online.
the latter feature has caused quite a stir in the photographic community worldwide. while no one was surprised (since nikon released the d90 with video capture a few weeks ago), many are questioning the use of such a feature in cameras that are obviously meant to capture stills.
the main argument for such an inclusion is that the lines between photography and videography are becoming increasingly blurred. for instance, mediastorm, largely photojournalistic in nature, has been producing and featuring seminal works of journalism combining stills, videos and audio. if this indeed catches on as the trend, then video capture on dslrs will become ubiquitous in no time.
last heard is that this model will blow about US$2700 (body only) out of one’s pocket. i think i will steer clear for now, though my current camera is screaming to be buried.
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