Cheech in Thought, Columbia MO
We're all a little sad to leave Columbia even though it's still a few months away. I imagine Cheech is looking on, savoring one last sunrise on the porch and thinking about what life will be like in Nacodoches. Or I guess that's what I was doing.
I was talking gear with Dad yesterday and giving a strong recommendation for the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. The 50mm 1.4 is relatively cheap, very small and lightweight, produces great results, and is a good "go to" lens for low light conditions since it can open up all the way to f/1.4. The 50mm focal length is very versatile. I like to use it for portraits at f/2.8, where it is very sharp but the depth of field remains shallow. Most other (especially zoom) lenses are not totally sharp at f/2.8. I think Nikon has a similar lens and both companies offer an even more expensive f/1.2. Give one a try if you haven't already.
UPDATE: Ah yes, Art brings up a good point about cropped frame cameras. WIth a 1.6 crop factor the 50mm lens is effectively an 80mm (click on the info for this photo and see what it says under focal length). If you do some research you'll find that 85mm is probably the most popular focal length for portraits, so this crop factor is almost perfect for portraits. It's also a great focal length for street photography as it keeps you far enough away from your subjects that they won't notice you until you want to be noticed. But I admit, I prefer to use this lens on my full frame camera where 50mm is really 50mm. I'm thinking of getting a 35mm lens to go on my cropped frame camera so that with the crop factor it's a 56mm.
Daily photo: May 3, 2012, taken May 2, 2012
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