Monday, April 6, 2009
My New 50mm Lens
I finally bought myself a 50mm f/1.8 lens, something inexpensive but highly recommended. After nearly a whole year of using only the kit lens, this is a refreshing change. In fact, this lens literally turns my camera into a new toy!
It takes some getting used to, but it does things my kit lens cannot. Here are some test shots.
The depth of field - massive!
It does very well under low light situations!
(only one dim wall lamp and the light from my 19" LCD monitor here)
It's great for portraits!
Here's Nadine coming over to see why my camera seems to have shrunk a bit (oh yes, the lens is much smaller and lighter).
It's a faster lens too, but active children's portraits are still hard to take. I took one with flash, just to see what it looks like. Still not ideal.
Ahh, this is the best moment to catch them - when they're perfectly still!
My existing kit lens (it's the one with Image Stabilizer). It's getting a bit grotchy. A bunch of us were just joking the other day about how grimy and dirty food blogger cameras must be - due to many sessions of handling both food and camera at the same time. What a thought.
So anyway, my shiny new toy. Bear with me while I sidle up to it and get to know it better. I can't guarantee my photos will be improved, but hopefully they might be a little different.
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