I love this lens. (It's the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4.) I wanted this lens since before I ever bought my camera, but of course, the camera body must come first. On a trip to California, Chiaroscuro lent me her old Canon Digital Rebel (300D) to play with, and she also let me use her 50/1.4 lens - sneaky, huh? No wonder I fell in love with the camera.
When I got my dSLR, I was so, so happy. (And I still am!) But I still longed for this lens, because I remembered both how sharp it was and simultaneously, how beautifully it rendered the out of focus areas of a photo.
And since I'm not made of money, I didn't get this lens for about a year. But then, over the past summer, Canon offered a $50 instant rebate on this lens. Since I'd finally finished my dissertation and now had a paying job, my husband let me get the lens. And I love it.
You probably think I'm crazy for posting this blurry picture, but actually, it's the blurriness that I am excited about. You see how the out of focus points are smooth all the way through, rather than looking like little doughnuts each with bright outlines and light centers? That's good bokeh. That's the kind of bokeh that makes for creamy and undistracting backgrounds and out of focus areas.
I also just really like the colors in this picture. Do you recognize it? It's a crop from the picture I posted yesterday.
Lens: 50 mm | Aperture: f/2.8 | Shutter: 1/80 sec | ISO: 100
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