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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

First reviews of Canon 5D Mk II showing up

The first hands-on reviews of production units of Canon 5D Mark II started to appear in the internet.

There is one detailed review from Phil Holland

DXO Mark database now includes results for Canon 5D Mark II. It’s interesting to see it in comparison with other models. It looks that the new 5D has capabilities very similar to 1Ds Mark III; and it’s nice so see that the noise of the new camera isn’t any worse comparing to both old 5D and to 1Ds Mark III.

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