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Mary

New Lens! 85mm f/1.8

New Lens! 85mm f/1.8

For a while now I've been pining over getting a portrait lens, but with being the broke college student that I am, I had limited funds to achieve that lol. However, for these past few months, I have been putting money into a "new camera" fund that I set aside. Recently, I realized I had enough saved to dip into it to buy a lens... without feeling too guilty for denting it. (I still had buyer's remorse dw). 

Initially I wanted to get a Canon EF 50mm lens f/1.8, but I had heard so many good things about the EF 85mm f/1.8 that I decided to go with that. It took me a day and a half of thinking and researching to decide which lens would benefit me most.

For anyone new to photography, there isn't exactly an idea of a "better" lens. While the 85mm is pricier than the 50mm, it is still capable of achieving similar images. I chose the 85mm because it was more versatile to what I was looking for with the type of photography I am into.

There were a lot of factors I considered, and many places I looked into before I made my purchase. If anyone is interested in what I did/usually do before I make a purchase on lenses or camera equipment in general, just let me know. 

I got it today, so I was just playing around with it earlier, but let me tell you, wow. It produces such beautiful natural contrast and the quality of sharpness is amazing. It achieves that "soft" look, while still retaining the details on my subject's face. It's stho sthmooooth.

I've used this lens before, but only for a short amount of time; I was never been able to use it for more than 15 minutes. Feeling the lens in my hands and knowing that I bought it myself was really great. While having to struggle to pay for school, rent, and other necessities, it felt nice to buy something that was not only fun, but also an investment toward my career goals; it made me feel like I wasn't so stuck in the rut I was in after all. 

p.s.

If you were wondering about dat grain, I was shooting in JPEG in low light just to try it out. My camera can't really handle low light, and I knew that was going to be a (minor) issue, but overall I still love the lens and I recommend it to everyone. 

In Pursuit of Happiness, What Does it Even Mean?

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Chinatown, San Francisco

Chinatown, San Francisco