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A working photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia.

I spotted this as I walked in to volunteer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank this morning. Shot with one of my favorite “walk around” camera and lens combinations: A Canon EOS-1D Mk. IV and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4.

No matter the camera maker, photographers often overlook ƒ/1.4 and ƒ/1.8 50mm lenses. They are not as “sexy” as the ƒ/1.0 &ƒ/1.2 variants but generally are sharper, smaller, lighter, faster focusing and cost a lot less. They are also smaller, lighter, faster focusing and cheaper than the ƒ/2.8 zooms that cover this range as well. Like all fixed focal length primes they require you to “zoom with your body” in a way that zooms do not. This limitation forces me to think a little more about composing and framing and that is not at all a bad thing.

I happen to really like them and use them often for portraits and making panoramic composites.

On a 1.3x camera like the 1D Mk. IV the effective focal length of a 50mm lens is 65mm; on an APS-C like a Nikon D7000 it is effectively a 75mm. By “effective” I refer strictly to angle of view, as the depth of field remains that of a 50mm lens.

Car parts in self-serve salvage yard ©2011 Ellis Vener

Car parts in self-serve salvage yard

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