Tuesday, November 06, 2007


The lens that sunk Old Ironsides.

Yeah, so I went for it. Turns out that I've decided I'm in this for the long haul. Also turns out that I sold exactly 92 photos from this year's football season, which I guess ain't bad. The income from said photos is, using economic terms, "lame", and it doesn't even make a dent in the price of this used lens that I bought. But, I am puh-syched about this thing nonetheless.

Why is it cool? Three simple reasons:
It focuses extremely fast, doesn't need much light, and takes a very sharp picture. There are more reasons, but those are the simple ones.

I could get away with manual focus for football, and even baseball, but not hockey, pal. Unh-UH. See this shot here?

I just turned to shoot and the focus instantly locked on. When I pressed "go", I got the shot. It was awesome.

"But that shot isn't really in focus" you might say.
"Shut the fuck up!" I would quickly retort.
"And what's with the composition?" you'd add.

Then things would get pretty ugly from there, but the point is, the lens was able to quickly focus on something. What do you want? I mean, first, I was shooting through the plexiglass, and I was shooting at an angle through the plexiglass, and I'm pretty sure I was still moving the camera when I took the shot. Despite all that, this sleek and sexy lens gave up a pretty damn workable image. All Old Ironsides would've done is just piss me off - oh, and add some of that wicked awesome purple stuff to all the white edges. That comes free with your $75 investment, and it gets the equally expensive-sounding name of lateral chromatic aberration, which almost makes it sound like a feature.

"Do you have to explain all your pictures like that?" you might then ask.

And then that's it. It is go time.

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