I've been eyeing a couple of new lenses and wondering which one I should focus my wanting on, you know, in case Santa is listening. Then last week one of Santa's helpers cleverly disguised as a colleague and supporter of my photography endeavor excitedly told me he has this lens I must try - the 105mm macro. When I told him that I have been eyeing that and trying to decide between that and the 50mm f1.4 he said oh, I have that 50mm too. I'll bring them both in and you can test drive them.
First of all, thanks Santa! I've obviously been a very good girl.
So this evening in the grocery store parking lot I pulled out the 50mm. Holy crap, people! Look at this: 1/800 on a 1.4 aperature as the sun dips behind the mountains? Are you kidding me? And just because I had to test the DOF on this I aimed it at the nearest fairie lights. For the record the depth of field is about 2 hairs width. And the bokeh! Beyond.
And then I went to take some pictures of my friend's one-week-old baby and I realized newborns move more than you'd think. Before you know it the only thing in focus is her elbow. It's a very cute elbow but still. That's when I realized this lens can make you look like a genius, or a complete sucker.