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A new lens for the Rebel XT

New Lens!

I recently picked up a new lens for my Rebel XT. I’ve been primarily shooting with my Canon EOS 40D and an EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM but I decided that I needed a good quality, small and compact lens for my Rebel XT.

After doing some research, I decided to pick up the EF 35mm f/2.  It is an amazing lens!  Considering that this lens is only $319, I was impressed by how sharp the lens is even when shot wide open.  Also, the depth of field is very shallow wide open which is great for portraits.  The size of the lens also works well for the size and weight of the rebels.

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In my opinion the bokeh quality is very nice when shot wide open, but due to the 5 blade aperture, the out of focus highlights appear is pentagons which is not very pleasing.

Perhaps the biggest issue I hav with this lens is that the AF is obscenely loud. The AF motor makes a high pitch whirl which is audible even in moderately loud rooms. Also, this lens does not have FTM.

On the other hand, the AF is reasonably fast and the build quality of this lens is pretty sturdy too. It doesn’t “feel like a toy” (as some people have described the EF 50mm f/1.8 II).

If you’re looking for a compact lens to shoot in available light, I’d highly recommend this lens. Especially if you’re just starting out with a rebel and you’re looking to get serious about photography.

While in a similar price range, I choose this lens over the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM because, while the 50mm is an extraordinary lens, on a 1.6x FOVC camera, it is slightly too telephoto as a walk-around lens. The 50mm is a great lens and I’d pick up one of these too if you can afford both.

The EF 24mm f/2.8 and EF 28mm f/2.8 are actually closer to 50mm (on a 1.6x FOVC) but I didn’t choose these because they got terrible reviews.

Finally, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 is in the same price range as these lenses and I’d also highly recommend this lens. It is larger than the EF 35mm f/2 but it is still a good fit on the rebel bodies. This lens also has a HSM motor (which is Sigma’s equivalent of USM) and FTM. Unfortunately this lens only works with 1.6x FOVC bodies so if you decide to upgrade to a full frame down the road, this lens would be incompatible. But if you’re just getting started that upgrade maybe be very far down the road anyway.

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New lens! EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

New Lens!

After purchasing this lens, I was too cheep to dish out the extra $30 or so $$s to get expedited shipping… so I waited FIVE WHOLE DAYS for this lens to get to me… finally it came today, while I was at work. I was so excited when the day finally ended and it was time to ride the train home… BUT the train gets delayed because another train is stuck on the tracks… AHHH! I finally get home 20 minutes late to my shiny new lens!!!

This set has a few of the first shots I took with this lens. I love it. Can’t wait to take more shots with it today after I get home from work!

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Fenway HD Camera – Sony HDC-910 – Canon 75x

Stumbled across this awesome video of a camera man explaining his gear… a 9.5-700mm f/1.7 Lens!? That’s ridiculous.

Fenway HD Camera – Sony HDC-910 – Canon 75x from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

The camera head new has a retail price of $94,700.00 and that does not include the viewfinder or the lens!

Wow…

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