Monday, March 01, 2010

What I did with my weekend, by LauraC

A friend lent me his super deluxe camera lens (17-55 2.8) and I reserved a deluxe camera lens (50 1.4) to rent for comparison. When I got to the camera shop, they only had the 50 1.2, which is much MUCH pricier. I decided to go ahead and rent it to see how great it could possibly be. Big mistake because the lens is amazing and I fell in love with it.

All of these shots are straight out of the camera shots, no photo editing done except to reduce size for display on the web.

Oh my goodness, the sharpness and the color.

NateFeb26

Seriously amazing depth of field.

NateKitchen

Even with uncooperative subjects, every shot looked amazing right out of the camera.

NateAlexSoccer

I took an equal number of shots of Nate and Alex, but Alex is just too wiggly for playing around with apertures this low. I have a large number of out of focus shots of Alex. When he finally does sit still, he only wants to do crazy faces and poses. He thought this tough guy pose was funny but I found it endearing.

AlexKitchen

Nate is also more coachable and bribeable. I tell him to look in my direction and he'll do it when there is chocolate in involved. Alex often misinterprets my requests. Here I told him to open his eyes wide and instead he innocently struck this pose. No offense intended peoples.

AlexCrazyEyes

To be fair, I took a lot of shots with the 17-55 for comparison. They were great but I think my heart is with the 1.2. I did get one shot I ADORED from the 17-55 and wanted to preserve it here for my blog. I was skeptical when Nate chose this hat as his primary winter hat but clearly the kid was meant to wear blue.

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Now I go into reflection mode on what lens I want to buy. The one thing I did learn this weekend was to never let the boys get into photography because it is one seriously expensive hobby.

20 comments:

Sadia said...

Well, you're already teaching them how to budget, so if they save up for their own stuff, they can invest in photography equipment, right?

Those photos are amazing, and I LOVE Nate and his eye-opening. Melody is equally literal, and it often causes problems.

Heidi O said...

Those are great shots. Now I understand the desire for a good lens so you don't have to edit.

Lindsay said...

You know how I usually point out my favorite? I love them ALL! Blue eyes + blue clothes = success every time. And I love Alex's tough guy look. And I love the soccer shot. LOVE!

Joanna said...

Great pictures. LOL about Alex being too wiggly for the aperture. I can just hear you saying that to him in 10 years when he's wondering why there are so many pictures of Nate.

I'm happy/ sad that you tried the lens that you love. It can always be dangerous trying out things that are expensive. When my sister got her Audi A6 the first thing I said to her was, "no matter how many times I ask, I am never allowed to drive this car."

Carrie77 said...

ANd how much is this lens? I want it! Heheh. I am guessing it costs a fortune, tho.. WOW, great shots.. not that your shots aren't ever great but WOW!

Shelley said...

Those pictures are AWESOME. Dare I ask how much the lens is? I've officially got camera/lens envy.

Cathy said...

Laura, I shoot with the 50 1.4, and I am saving up for the 50 1.2 LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Great shots!

Stacey said...

Love the stranglehold that Nate has on Alex. I seem to remember a similar one from this past summer...is that a physical translation of their relationship? I am trying to figure out how to do more with my camera. I can't figure out how to modify (or if it's even possible with my Canon SX110) the flash because so many of my photos are overexposed. But if I don't have the flash up then the shutter speed isn't fast enough and they are blurry. Gah. So I am insanely jealous of your awesome pics!

mames said...

yep. now you are deep in it. nothing like a 1.2 to make you swoon.

Susan D. said...

I know you've told us, but what camera did you buy? One of the Canons, right? I so need to start my Canon savings plan stat. These pictures are great.

Lisa said...

Lesson learned. Never try something that is 3x what you were thinking about. Holy cow!

Sari said...

Thanks Laura. How old were your guys when the really started to "get it"? Gorgeous pics!

McGurkus said...

I concur. Great pics. What camera do you have?

Steph said...

Wow! Very impressive pictures!

bb and mtb said...

My last lens... was ridiculous. I have heard great things about the 24-70L and it takes amazing images!

Great pictures!

Have you bought a grey card for metering and a grey card for white balance yet? (two different grey cards)

Claroux said...

I know I commented on FB but I HAD to comment again (and I'm making a conscious effort to get back into blogville - both as a blogger and a reader). HOLY CRAP those are amazing photos. I have a horrid cheap Tamron lens on my Canon now because I spilled car wiper fluid in my trunk and ruined my awesome 10 year old Sigma lens when I still had my 35mm. I ordered a lens from amazon a while back bu returned it because I wasn't impressed. I need to start a lens fund ASAP because those photos are SOOOO incredible. It doesn't hurt that your subjects are gorgeous to begin with. Seriously - I am weak in the knees just thinking about a lens like that. Now....stupid question: where do you rent camera lenses? I never even knew you could do that!

Amy L said...

LOVE! Did you ever get a chance to try out the 24-70L? I really want to rent a few, but I know it would send my lens lust out of control.

nonlineargirl said...

I love that Alex thinks opening your eyes wide also means opening your mouth wide!

mrs. b. said...

gah, these are amazing! me = totally jealous. you have mad skills. have i said that before? i'll say it again 100 times.

Leigh said...

GORGEOUS pics and GORGEOUS boys - I love the soccer shirts one :)

and yes, Nate is clearly meant to wear blue