Ready to shoot again!

June 22, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

After three months of not being able to shoot with other people because of the pandemic I am more than ready and raring to go and I'm pleased to say the diary is already filling up!

But if I wasn't already motivated enough (which I am!) I have a new lens to try out!! Enter the Canon 85mm f/1.8 prime lens.

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I love the clarity a prime lens brings to the table, especially for portraits. For a while I have used a 90mm f/2.8 macro. It's a fine lens but mine has one major drawback. My wife uses it pretty much all the time and I don't get a look in! And as it's for macro photography, it's intended purpose, I can hardly object.

But, it gives me the golden opportunity to add another piece of glass to my arsenal (my glassenal?!?!). I've been wanting a wider aperture medium length telephoto for a wee while and this gives me the perfect excuse. Ok, it's "only" f/1.8 instead of f/1.4 or wider. But at £1000 cheaper than the nearest f/1.4 equivalent it was a bit of a no-brainer to give it a go.

It is pretty basic with no image stabilization, but no matter, it makes for a very compact and light-weight bit of kit. And with a wide aperture will let in loads of light so I can keep the shutter speed fast enough to compensate for my shaky old hands! I already love the cheap as chips "nifty fifty" and this is basically the 85mm version, if you like.

With social distancing being the current order of the day this 85mm will let me get in nice and close without actually having to physically get in nice and close.

So nice spanking new lens at the ready along with freshly charged batteries and an empty memory card, I'm ready and I can't wait!

Watch out for posts and uploads in the near future of photos taken with this new Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens and let me know what you think!


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