Posts Tagged ‘17-55mm IS’

Friday, January 15th 2010

Frost On Everything

The last few weeks have been very cold here in Sweden. But the last few days in particular have offered some very pretty frost.

Even though the temperature was -10 C, we had mist. I don’t know how that’s possible, but it definitely looked like mist or fog. The damp but cold air covered everything in a thick layer of frost.

So, a perfect opportunity for a photo walk bike ride through Eskilstuna with my new lens.

Fors kyrka, Eskilstuna.Frosty tree branch.Klosters kyrka, Eskilstuna.Fors kyrka vid Eskilstunaån.Eskilstuna stadshus vid Fristadstorget.Ducks in the Eskilstuna river.Klosters kyrka, Eskilstuna.Frosty tree.Klosters kyrka, Eskilsutna

Thursday, January 14th 2010

First Impressions of the Canon 17-55mm IS

I haven’t done any serious sharpness testing of this lens yet, but so far I’m really liking it. The f/2.8 aperture through the zoom range, the quiet auto focus and the image stabilization are all fantastic.

Or what about this shot through our bedroom window? 17mm, which normally needs 1/30th of a second to be sharp hand-held. Here I got away with 1/3rd of a second, leaning my hand against the window frame.

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That one third of a second feels like an eternity when you’re holding the camera and hear the click … … click.

BTW, if you can explain why the frost is on only one side of the tree branches I’d be very grateful. (It is frost, not snow. And the wind these last few days has been basically non-existant.)

I was also able to shoot a perfectly sharp photo of my wife pulling a silly face in our bedroom, lit by nothing but her computer screen and a 40 Watt light-bulb. Admittedly at ISO 800, but it would have had to be ISO 6400 with my old lens. And my camera only goes to 3200 …

Summary: Looking forward to using this lens for a long time to come!