Summer on the Beach

Summer on the beach, May 29, 2012 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. | Canon 5D Mark II and 50mm f/1.2L | Exposed 1/2500 sec. @ f/1.2, ISO 100

The week before I helped Summer settle in for a month-long internship in Florida I borrowed a 50mm f/1.2L lens from Canon Professional Services.  Over the time I had the lens in my possession, she commented numerous times that I was using my camera more since I’d gotten that lens than in the entire time she’s known me.  While I thought it might break the budget, I am now considering acquiring one for myself before the Canon rebates expire at the end of the month of June.  While you can read plenty of reviews online that pan the lens for a myriad of issues (many of which can be resolved with focus calibration) the reality is that this lens makes really beautiful images.  Bokeh is soft and creamy…it just has a special “look” that it’s f/1.4 brother simply doesn’t share.  And is it worth the cost?  I don’t know if it’s worth it to anyone else, but if it keeps me in the game–makes me want to pick up my camera and make more images–then it’s worth it to me.  It’s worth it to us.

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