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Christmas present for myself – new lens

I made a nice Christmas present for myself – new lens Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro. Very happy with the results of the first test. Good for portraits and for closeups.
outdoor portrait
portrait: f5.6, eye: f6.3
closeup of an eye

Trying macro photography

I’ve tried macro photography with Canon EF 85mm f1.8 lens having +4 lens attached; and with old manual Russian-made Helios-44 lens + cheap Chinese extension ring.

The option with EF 85mm and +4 lens means full electronic control with autofocus.

Cheap extension ring is a piece of metal only, no electronic connection between camera and lens. This is why I used old Helios-44 – because it has manual aperture control.

The result with EF85 is in general good, but chromatic aberrations are strong on contrasty edges (depending on particular scene of course).

Helios-44 resulted much less CA however the transition between area in focus and completely unsharp part isn’t very pleasant to my eye. EF85 produces a softer blur.

I must note however that the comparison isn’t fair because I tried 2 lens in different conditions. Now as I noticed some interesting point I’ll need to find some time to make a real comparison.

Enjoying my new lens

I am still enjoying my new lens (Canon EF 85mm f1.8 if you don’t remember) 🙂

Another example of a portrait. This time no studio – just sitting in a cafe, one flash bounced from the ceiling, f1.8:

Christmas markets are now opened everywhere around. I visited one in Leuven on Friday. My new lens allows to take pictures at low light handheld with reasonable ISO. This one was taken with f1.8 and ISO250 (with shutter speed of 1/160th).
Christmas market in Leuven

New lens – Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM

I just made myself a Christmas gift – Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM. I am very glad I did – I tried it in a studio in the same day and I love it! It gives quite sharp picture full open (f 1.8) and it gives absolutely pin sharp one when closed just a little. Also background blur looks very nice with bright spots looking round rather than polygonal. Another nice thing is that autofocus is very fast. Well, I read all that in the reviews I found in the internet before buying this lens, I am just glad I can agree with all statements.

For studio use with my cropped EOS 40D it needs some space; but I bought it having full-frame EOS 5D Mk II in mind… If everything goes well I consider buying one next spring.

Pretty smile - trying new EF 85 mm f/1.8
This picture was made at f3.5