Photo 52 - Week 11

Well, it might not be an exciting shot or even a unique subject.  But, it does show off my new lens, my 28mm f/1.8 prime.  It is gorgeous, light, and great for indoor shooting!  It's a great compliment to my 50mm f/1.4.  As you can see it's got super silky bokeh and is really, really sharp even wide open.

It fills a nice hole in my lens collection, and I struggled with my decision to even get it.  It's a little expensive for something that I technically didn't need, but I found that with my 7d I have been shooting a lot more, especially indoors.  My 50mm f/1.4 is fast enough to get some great shots indoors, but it is too tight on my camera, especially since it is a 1.6x crop (a camera like a 5dMkII, for example, is a "full frame" 35 mm sensor), so effectively it's an 80-something mm lens.  Too tight for most indoor shooting. 

I also love shooting wide when I'm outdoors too.  I knew I'd get more use out of a wider lens, and when I shoot with my 28-135mm, I typically am below 50mm when I'm shooting outside.  I paid attention to all of the photos I've been drawn to when viewing photo blogs and browsing through flickr groups (my primary source of inspiration), and they were on the wider end of the spectrum.

While my 28-135mm can get wide enough, it wasn't fast enough for indoor shooting or for that nice silky depth of field that all the kids are crazy about.

So, at the end of the day, I justified it as filling that one hole in my collection, and I really feel like I won't need to buy any more glass for a long time.

 

At least, that's what I tell myself.