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Archive for April 5, 2011

50mm Nikkor f/1.4G Portraits

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! This lens is fantastic. Incredible sharpness from f/2 up and awesome performance even at f/1.4. In my opinion it’s the ultimate portrait lens on a DX camera body. I bought it from B&H photo in the USA because it was $140 cheaper than in Canada. But recently the prices of all glass in the US just increased (even Sigma stuff). Now, it’s actually cheaper in Canada from Aden Camera than it is from B&H. Crazy. I’m really glad I pulled the trigger on this f/1.4 when I did! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s a sweet upgrade to my already really-good 50mm f/1.8 I have. The bokeh is far more creamy & buttery with the 1.4 than the 1.8. ย It always seems like a small step, that little hop of one stop, but it is like lightyears in lens quality.

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She’s a Keeper!

Finally got my new 50mm f/1.4G lens. It was on back order but I got word that it arrived at Donna’s Den yesterday. So, I loaded up the kids and went down to the Den to pick it up. And, to top it all off, I had NO border hassle, either going or coming back. Because I already paid tax on the lens, they didn’t make me go through the hassle of filling out 18 thousand metric tonnes of paper work to get my $25 bucks back. ๐Ÿ™‚

Being gun shy from the last lens that was defective, I brought this one home and immediately did my pop-can sharpness test again. f/5.6 is the sharpest usable aperture for this lens, so I dialled it in and viola! It’s sharp!

Tack Sharp!

And, just to be safe, I did my Auto Focus test again too. But when I did it, it seemed like this new lens was front focusing (whereas the other lens was back-focused into the next county)! CURSES!!! I thought, surely this can’t be?! What are the odds?! All those Canon people aren’t crazy after all! ๐Ÿ˜‰ . . . But, silly me, I forgot to de-activate the AF Fine Tune settings from the last time I was trying to calibrate the defective lens. Once I turned that compensation off, the Auto Focus was bang on even at f/1.4! ๐Ÿ™‚

And, to top it all off, I did a crazy self portrait with ridiculous settings. Why not? The new lens is a keeper! ๐Ÿ˜€ Soooo stoked!

ISO 3200 f/1.4 1/30 50mm


Fight For Fonstad Foto Shoots

My next door neighbor and friend Megan was recently diagnosed with a rare lung cancer that targets non-smoking women. In response, a few of us local photographers are doing ย “Fight For Fonstad Foto Shoots” – 3 simultaneous photography shoots happening in Carnduff, Oxbow and Alameda. The idea is to have 20 minute blitz photo sessions and provide people with a CD of 5 professionally edited images of them and their families at a cost of $50.00 of which all the proceeds will go to help the Fonstad family in their fight against cancer.

The Schedule will go something like this in all three locations:

10:00AM-2:00PM ~ย 20 minute shoots
10:00-10:20
10:30-10:50
11:00-11:20
11:30-11:50
12:30-12:50
1:00-1:20
1:30-1:50

You can contact Jocelyn Harvey in Carnduff

Jocelyn Harvey

Starr Mercer in Oxbow,

Starr Mercer

and as an honorary Alameda resident, yours truly ๐Ÿ™‚

Jason Schultz

to book a photography session. ย All people are welcome to participate from individuals to groups. C’mon out and support a great cause!!! Check out the Fight for Fonstad Foto Shoot group on Facebook.