With only a 50mm lens, my shooting options were somewhat limited. Say, inside my apartment everything I wanted to shoot would be too close. I needed more options, and while there are lots of lenses, jeez they’re too expensive for my taste. After a little research, I set my eyes on a Tokina zoom lens. First, I contemplated one specifically made for digitals an f/2.8 16-50mm, but at over $600 I couldn’t go there. After a little searching on ebay, I came across the 28-70mm models that no longer made. After several bidding attempts, I was finally able to pick one up for a little over $200.
The Tokina 28-70mm F/2.6-2.8 is truly a tank of a lens. Its large lenses and all metal body construction, it’s quite a job to lug around. Still, buying a lens people say has the quality of a Canon “L” was what I was after. For $200 I think I got a good deal, it seems to be sharp and auto focus works pretty well. I have the feeling I’ll be using this lens for years to come.
Shooting in a dark bar, with no flash. Made possible by my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4. I’ve found that shooting portraits at 1.4 is not very good, the DoF is too shallow, so maybe only the person’s nose will be in focus.
Cats are fun to shoot with my DSLR, they move around pretty quickly sometimes so getting decent shots is difficult (for me). Here’s Berkley:
I’ve had my 30D for a little over a week now, and it’s just an awesome experience. I’ve always been interested in photography, but never wanted to get into photography as a hobby due to cost. The cost of equipment is still high, but once purchased the equipment should last a while, especially the glass. What is nice is there is no more need to purchase film and develop pictures to see results. I can take all the crazy pictures I want, and not have to worry about cost.
Here’s one of my first test shots.
This photo was taken with my 50mm at 1/160 f/1.4 ISO400. I’ve been playing with aperture mostly, now I need to figure out how to set the shutter speed.
Since my 50mm lens has yet to arrive, I borrowed a lens yesterday evening. Although I did not get to shoot anything exciting, I just have to say that shooting with a DSLR is so much different than using a point and shoot, in a good way. I’m immediately seeing the bonus of increased camera control and the results are just amazing.