You may have seen recently that I have a new lens. It’s a 70-200mm f/4 L non-IS.
While this is *technically* the “cheap” zoom, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad lens. In fact, it’s an awesome lens. I’m extremely happy with it!
Unfortunately, it arrived while my “good” camera was out for repair, so I did what any other photographer would do, I put it on my backup camera (a Rebel XTI) and dragged my son outside in the garden to play
This was shot wide open, at f/4, with no flash. I let the camera figure it’s own shutter speed out, because Dylan was moving too fast and far for me to want to have to worry about getting everything out.
My first impression was how SHARP this is. Many lenses will go soft when you have them wide open – I know my f/2.8 Tamron does – but this is a different beast entirely. I’m also impressed with the bokeh (the blur) in the background- it’s creamy smooth – and for something thats so subjective, I’m impressed.
I tried a new post processing trick on this one too – after correcting the usuals (white balance, adding some sharpness for the web, a little saturation bump). I put on a bit of heavy vignetting. I really wanted to make Dylan pop though – so I grabbed the Dodge tool in Aperture and swiped it from top to bottom of the frame to brighten him up a bit!
I really really like how this came out. Next time, it’ll be on a 7D, it’ll be a bit cleaner in post, it’ll be better lit with a strobe or two – but for a test shot, I like.
Hope you enjoyed a bit of “behind the scenes” on one of my favorite pictures recently. If this is well received, I may do some more after future photo shoots – I’d love to get some feedback if you read this.