Bokeh

15 06 2011

Just three examples of the creamy bokeh that the Canon 50 f/1.4 can produce.

Untitled by Yim Maline

Untitled by Yim Maline

Shot from just under the nails, there were several focal points to create these images.

Shot at f/3.2 at 1/50

Shot at f/3.2 at 1/50

Shot at f/4 at 1/60

Shot at f/4 at 1/60

Shot at f/1.4 at 1/100

Shot at f/1.4 at 1/100





MacGyver eat your heart out!

12 02 2011

I have always loved the television show MacGyver. It always amazes me how he solves problems. Usually involving a trusty role of duct tape and everyday materials. I still believe that you can plug a leak in a nuclear reactor using a Hershey bar.
I think its that show that gives me a DIY attitude when it comes to my work. I have blogged before about my hacked tilt shift lens and how I managed to get apps on my Blackberry and now have another DIY lens project to share.
I bought a Telesar 135 f/2.8 Nikon mount lens in Brighton last year for 15 pounds and haven’t had time to mount it. By mounting it on an old lens cap cover, I managed to place it onto Canon 5D. Judging by the initial image samples, I am completely impressed with the image quality that the lens displays.
Samples at:

f/2.8

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test samples

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test samples


f/4
135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample


f/5.6
135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test samples

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test samples


f/8
135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample


f/11
135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample


f/16
135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample


f/22
135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test sample

I have cropped a 100% sample at f/2.8 to illustrate how sharp it is.

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test crop sample

135mm f/2.8 Telesar lens test crop sample

That is without any initial sharpening so you can see how tack sharp it is.

As for the lens, there isn’t much information online regarding it. The only reference information I could find is on cameralensdatabase.





Canon EOS Experience at Raffles

13 12 2009

Sorry this is a bit late but I haven’t been able to upload photos onto my blog ever since I got my new laptop.
So am on Safari for the first time in years to post this.

I had a chance to play with the new Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS L lens at the Canon EOS Experience Seminar at Raffles on Wednesday and Thursday.
Its an impressive lens which deserves the red ring that signifies it as an “Luxury” class lens. I wanted to see if the lens would be good as a portrait lens along with being a top notch Macro lens. The only drawback I experienced on the lens was the very loose focus ring which caused me to lose focus several times while in Manual Focus. It may easily be photographer error because of the very small depth of field f/2.8 allows at 100mm. So I guess I should say that I need to use the Auto Focus if I decide to get this lens!
There was an opportunity on Thursday morning with some models being brought out for the shooters. Here is a shot that really shows the sharpness of the lens.

Eyelashes

Tight closeup of a model

I still don’t really understand why they did this as I was the only one of the participants that actually got to use one of the products that they were flogging. When actually thinking about it, I liken the experience of the seminar like going to Guitar World in Hollywood.
Anyhoo, another photo of the event.

Paparazzi at Raffles.

Paparazzi at the pool

Paparazzi at the pool





A really wide lens

10 10 2009

I have been commissioned to shoot an event in Battambang for IDWA. It’s an interesting pilot program where they are teaching mine awareness through hip hop. From what I took today, it is a great program that should get more exposure.
Along with taking photos of the event, I got some great audio to hopefully turn it into an audio slideshow. So to the two or three people that read this blog daily, it will be up in the next few days.
Anyhoo, to the title of the post. I got a chance to shoot with the Sigma 12-24 lens (aka “Popeye” for its huge front lens element). I used to own the lens about 4 years ago when I first bought my Canon 20D but since sold it when I had a chance to buy a 17-35L from an AP shooter in Phnom Penh.
Now that I primarily shoot with a Canon 5D, it was interesting to put the lens to a full frame camera.
For those not versed in the geek camera cabal that I happily belong to, the Canon 20D has an APS-C camera sensor which means it has a 1.6 focal multiplier. What the hell does that really mean?
Well it means that the sensor that captures the image is smaller than regular 35mm film. Which is not good if you are shooting in ultra-wide but is an asset if you are shooting long (or telephoto) which means you effectively have a longer reach for photos.
Now, if you have a full frame sensor and have the Sigma 12-24, you get some pretty interesting compositions.
Big ups to Heng Chivoan from the Phnom Penh Post for letting me shoot a couple of frames with it.