Weekly photo [89]

"Your most boring blog yet!"
- Owen Johnston, today

Weekly photos are officially BACK thanks largely to these magical cylinders of plastic and glass. I've only had them a week but I've already fallen in love with my two news lenses. Today I'm going to talk quickly about the Canon (on the left) and next week the Tamron (on the right). 

The Canon 50mm (sometimes called the "nifty fifty") is a prime lens, which means it has a fixed focal length, in other words it can't zoom. The focal length is 50mm, which is said to approximately match the focal length of a human eye, so the images it captures are inherently pleasing because there isn't any distortion from what we're used to seeing through our biological versions. It has a really high maximum aperture (the size of the opening, think cat anus) meaning it's great for taking photos in low light because it lets light absolutely gush onto the sensor. The high aperture also allows for photos with a very shallow depth of field, which is when only a small section of the image is in focus, enabling lovely blurry backgrounds. It's quite an old school lens (the current generation was released in 1991) with a reputation for really awesome optics for the meagre price tag of around $100 USD, and I'm very happy with it. Here are some fruits of my experiments so far. Plenty more to come in the future obviously...


Most of you will already be aware of this from facebook, but in case you missed it, here's a video I made about my first summer in New Zealand.

Buy a Canon

Last time, I delivered the sad news that, after almost six years of loyal service, my trusty and much-loved camera had finally passed away. This led to a month-long suspension of blogging as a mark of respect. Also as a mark of the time it takes to purchase a new camera.

But that didn't end up being strictly necessary because my camera has since risen from the dead! Before you start drawing comparisons between my camera and Jesus Christ, it's worth noting that my camera never actually died in the first place, it was simply misdiagnosed. The real problem was with the lens, a dramatically less valuable component than the body. In other words, a fantastic result. To replace the dud lens, I spent far too much money on two sexy new ones (a Canon 50mm f/1.8 and a Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3) and now we're back in business. Weekly photos will continue on Sunday.

Can I take this opportunity to quickly get across how much I love Canon? When I believed my camera was actually dead, I was sad, but deep down I understood its time had come. Similar to how you'd feel at the passing of an elderly relative you treated very badly. Over the last six years, I've taken it to music festivals, dropped it in snow, crushed it at the bottom of my backpack, left it in really hot places. I might as well have eaten dinner off it. When it appeared to break, I was respectful it had lasted as long as it did. Now I realise there is nothing wrong with it at all, I am completely in awe of it. Canon make amazing cameras. If you're thinking of buying a camera, for goodness sake, buy a Canon.