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Moa & Peter  




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Otilia & Erik  


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Ida & Fredrik  



(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:05:00 GMT
Marie-Louise och Ajat  









(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:10:00 GMT
My first weekend with Tamron 150-600  

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USDMy first weekend with Tamron 150-600 Outdoor conditions in were terrible, continuous rain and windy and +2degC brrr … anyway that made me go for some people shoots inside Stockholm Central station. Shooting at 1/125 which gave me ISO’s around 12800 and it was actually an interesting test for Tamron’s “VC, Vibration Correction” as well as a good test on AF ability in less than perfect conditions on stressed train commuters. Following that I got out into the wet to catch some brave pedestrians fighting their way through the wind and rain, it was dark there too giving ISO’s around 1600-3200.

My first weekend with Tamron 150-600

Outdoor conditions were terrible,  continuous rain and windy and +2degC  brrr … anyway that made me go for some people shoots inside Stockholm Central station. Shooting at 1/125 gave me ISO’s around 12800 and it was actually an interesting test for Tamron’s “VC" (Vibration Compensation) as well as a good test on AF ability in less than perfect conditions.



600mm 1/125 at f/6.3 ISO 12800



600mm 1/125 @ f/6.3 ISO 12800



200mm 1/125 @ f/5 ISO 12800



600mm 1/125 @ f/6.3 ISO 12800



552mm 1/125 @ f/6.3 ISO 12800



552mm 1/125 @ f/6.3 ISO 12800



500mm 1/125 @ f/6.3 ISO 12800



600mm 1/125 @ f/6.3 ISO 12800



600mm 1/125 @ f/6.3 ISO 12800



Following Central Station I got out into the wet to catch some brave pedestrians fighting their way through the wind and rain. It was dark there too giving ISO’s from 1600 to 6400.

500mm 1/125 @ f/7.1 ISO 2000


500mm 1/125 @ f/7.1 ISO 1600


600mm 1/200 @ f/7.1 ISO 5000


600mm 1/200 @ f/6.3 ISO 3200


483mm 1/200 @ f/7.1 ISO 5000


600mm 1/250 @ f/6.3 ISO 3200


500mm 1/250 @ f/6.3 ISO 6400


483mm 1/250 @ f/6.3 ISO 5000


600 mm 1/250 @ f/7.1 ISO 4000


309 mm 1/125 @ f/5.0 ISO 1250


600 mm 1/250 @ f/8 ISO 100 handheld and cropped.


My overall first weekend conclusions are that this is indeed a great lens, easy to handhold and gives consistent and good results:

Stabilization works well from 1/125: meaning I found it difficult (at 1/125) to distinguish a steady tripod shot versus a handheld shoot.  Shooting 600mm with 1/60 (!) gave visible motion-blur but still big improvement compared to do the same without VC activated.

F6.3 @ 600mm looks fine, F8 is just little bit sharper with maybe a bit more contrast but you have to pixel-peep at 100% to see the differences. And further stepping down to F11 did not make any change what I could see. DXO writes about reduced performance at the long end but such performance issues were not visible in this simple test.  

AF was spot on and very consistent, it was easy to track approaching pedestrian’s bicycles etc. AF acquisition was ok but when it missed then there is a long travel for the focus screw. There is a 0-15 meter AF block but 15 meters is too far I think … which made me switch it off and when acquisition missed it took a good second to get focus again.      

The zoom turns in opposite way as compared to my other Canon lenses …really irritating; I kept turning the wrong way all the time. Also in the freezing temperatures zoom was not as smooth as in indoor temperatures. Canon Extenders 1.4 II & 2.0 II do not fit: there is not enough space for them behind the Tamron lens.








































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:52:30 GMT













































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:13:00 GMT
Luna & Dawie's wedding in Johannesburg South Africa  




























































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(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Moscow Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:26:00 GMT
Sophia och Mille  























































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Hågelbyparken Sat, 07 Sep 2013 13:28:00 GMT
Lotta och Pelle  




























(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Bromma kyrka Ängby Slott Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:07:00 GMT
Khoshe och Christian




























(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Paradis Bergshamra Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:53:00 GMT
Marie-Louise och Lars  















































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Katarina Kyrka Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:04:00 GMT
Sahar och Ivan  























































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:34:00 GMT
Rosa och Kennet  
































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Bröllop Grand Hotel Stockholm Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:58:00 GMT
Linn och Henrik  















































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Strängnäs Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:43:00 GMT
Elin och Robert  















































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Vaxholms Kastell Östra Ryds Kyrka Sat, 06 Jul 2013 12:21:00 GMT
Youness och Amani  















































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Uppsala Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:29:00 GMT
Nelly och Ludvig  




















































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Strandkrogen Öregrund Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:13:00 GMT
Anastasia och Tobias  












































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Bergendahls Herrgård Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:54:00 GMT
Ariane och Lars Johan  






























(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Solna Kyrka Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:49:00 GMT
Karin och Oscar  













































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Velamsund Värmdö Sat, 25 May 2013 13:38:00 GMT
Dahuang och Eva  























(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Strängnäs Sat, 18 May 2013 12:14:00 GMT
On Cue  


























(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Stadshuset Thu, 16 May 2013 22:36:00 GMT
Michael och Dominika  





























(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Fåfängan Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:45:00 GMT
Helena och Henrik  












(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Ulriksdal Slottskapell Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:57:00 GMT
Nikola och Jelena  

























(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) S:t Sava Kyrka Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:10:00 GMT
Magdalena och Richard  































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Kungsholms Kyrka Stockholms Stadshus Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:52:00 GMT
Dimitrios and Simona's wedding  

































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Sankt Georgios kyrka Sat, 15 Sep 2012 16:37:00 GMT
Lena's & Christoffer's Wedding





































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) ulvhälls herrgård strängnäs Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Ghadeh & Fredrik
































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Södertuna slott Sat, 07 Jul 2012 21:27:00 GMT
Sara and Johan Wedding  

























































































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Seglora Kyrka Bröllop Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:32:00 GMT
Tobias and Kristin Wedding  































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:10:00 GMT
Lena och Christoffer, Ulvhälls Herrgård Strängnäs.  

Pre-wedding photoes with Lena and Christoffer















(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm Tue, 12 Jun 2012 20:15:00 GMT
Carinas and Jims Wedding  















(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) bröllopsfotograf Långholmen Stockholm Sat, 09 Jun 2012 18:55:00 GMT
Hamid and Melodi in Ulriksdal  
























(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm Fri, 01 Jun 2012 19:46:00 GMT
Anna and Max Wedding

Anna and Max wedding May 26, 2012.
































(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Maria Magdalena kyrka bröllop Sat, 26 May 2012 19:02:00 GMT
Tobias and Kristin pre-wedding  

Pre-wedding images with Tobias and Kristin in Stockholm.
















(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) af Chapman bröllop Fri, 18 May 2012 12:52:27 GMT
Anna and Max pre-wedding

Pre-wedding photos with Anna and Max in Stockholm.










(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Ivar Los Park Sun, 13 May 2012 10:15:00 GMT
Walpurgis Night

f/1.8, 1/125, ISO 12 800 (!). Canon EOS 5Dmk3 with EF 50mm f/1.2.

Walpurgis Night 2012, celebrating spring together with neighbors just outside Stockholm, this year the evening was fantastic: totally wind free, not exactly warm, but to be able to sit outside in Sweden last day in April until midnight and have dessert near the lake under candle lights ….well then you feel for the first time that the summer is finally approaching after what seems to have been an almost endless winter.

The photos are taken with Canon 5D Mk3 together with EF 50mm F/1.2. The only lights were from a few candles on the table and a small bonfire 15 meters away. Images are RAW converted without much editing in DPP, AWB correction and some exposure tuning. Now with 5D3 it is amazing to use the EF50mm wide-open and to be able nail the focus on most of the images, finally this lens works! And ISO’s used are all the way up to ISO 12800 and still colors look fine and not too much noise either. Under conditions like these the 5D Mk3 is really a huge improvement over the 5Dmk2.


 f/3.2, 1/160, ISO 1600


f/1.4, 1/30, ISO 5000.



f/1.4, 1/30, ISO 6400


f/1.4, 1/40, ISO 4000


 f/1.4, 1/40, ISO 5000


 f/1.4, 1/40, ISO 8000


f/1.4, 1/30, ISO 5000


f/1.2, 1/30, ISO 10 000

f/1.2, 1/40, ISO 5000


 f/1.2, 1/30, ISO3200


 f/1.8, 1/160, ISO 2000


f/1.8, 1/125, ISO 10 000


  f/1.8, 1/160, ISO3200


Thank you very much Elisabeth for a lovely evening!

(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) high ISO photography with Canon EOS 5Dmk3 Sat, 12 May 2012 21:46:37 GMT
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM  



Fixed focus 35mm does not sound very sexy and with the rather massive price-tag this lens was far away from being on my investment horizon. But the rave-noises on many photo-forums caught my interest and once it was on my camera it didn't take too many shoots to understand that is a very special lens.


Common misunderstandings are that wide angle lenses gives you long Dept of Field, DOF. Not true, just look at these images! Close up (high magnification these are taken about 1 meter shoot distance) and large aperture: equals razor thin DOF! The backgrounds are not blurred in the same way as with tele-lens, the out of focus drop-lets are smaller making the background visible yet out of focus. The effect is very different, cool I think!









f/1.4, 1/125s, ISO 1600 Canon EOS 5Dmk2

Needless to say this lens is a night photo performer!



(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) 35mm Canon EF F/1.4 L Lens USM Fri, 11 May 2012 16:49:14 GMT
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 II L USM Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 II L USM

A kilo of massive glass, a strange beast, crazy expensive, awkward and heavy in the camera bag. And be carefull when you put it on the camera, if not you risk scratch the back lens which almost flush with the bayonet mount, it is like Canon stretched the design to the limit of what is practical.


f/1.2, 1/45s ISO 1600. Canon EOS 5Dmk2

However once on the camera the 85mmF/1.2 feels really nice, it is nice to hold and the added weight gives some extra stability. Yes this is the king of night photo and portraits. Very sharp wide open but precise careful focusing is a must, for close ups the DOF is ridiculously short, focus on the eyes and the tip of the nose is blurry.

With Canon 5Dmk2 ISO3200, 1/80 sec and f/1.2 candle light photography was definitively possible but the AF system of 5Dmk2 made it a hit and miss game, the probabilities for focused images were (for me) typically 50% at best. Now with Canon EOS 5DMk3 things really have changed; the low light performances with the new AF system, the possibilities to go to 6400 ISO and beyond together with a lens like the 85mm F/1.2 are nothing short of spectacular and will change photography.




f/1.2 ISO 800 Canon EOS 5Dmk2


f/1.2 1/160, ISO 3200 Canon EOS 5Dmk2




f/2, ISO 100, Canon EOS 5Dmk2





(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) 85mm Canon F/1.2 II L Lens USM Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:03:00 GMT
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM I love the classic 50mm view with its natural look and feel without either tele-compression or any wide-angle effects. 50mm lenses are small lightweight, fast and (probably) relatively easy to design and manufacture. In fact you can purchase a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 for just 100USD however the EF 50mm f/1.2, just slightly faster and much better build quality comes with a killer price tag at a staggering 1500USD. At this price level it should be the perfect 50mm without any issues.

It has taken me a long time to understand this lens and now after 3 years I am somewhat at peace with it. In spite of much frustration and low keeper percentage it is slowly becoming one of my favorites because when it delivers the results are wonderful. In focus isolation, bokeh and the way the 50 renders out of focus points of lights are distinctly different to the characteristics of for example the 85 & 135. The out of focus droplets at medium photo distances are quite small making the background visible. On some backgrounds the effect can be a bit “disturbing” but often the visibility of the background (yet out of focus) makes the background included in the context of the image (as compared to the more total out of focus blur characteristics of for example the 135/2).

The mentioned low keeper rate are all related to the difficulty for the fifty to really nail critical focus. But when focus is 100% the results are great. Wide open it is soft and many optical aberrations become painfully visible and are exaggerated even if only slightly out of focus. In most portrait situations I prefer to use this lens from F1.8 and from F2.8 it starts to get really good, but that is not what you expect when you invest 1500 USD.

Many have written about focus issues with this lens. My own frustration has made me do many different tests but to make a long story short and contrary to many others opinion I find that in good high contrast test-conditions the 50 is both accurate and consistent, with no real issues. But in reality the problems starts as soon as target contrasts are less than perfect. Of course focus point accuracy drops as contrast goes down and sooner or later all lenses will suffer and give inconsistent results, but for some reason the 50 is more sensitive to this effect. It will fail in situations where the others, for example the 85, 135 are still accurate.

On the positive side once you recognize the tricky situations it is possible to be careful and work around the problem, at least to some extent. The best cure is simply to ensure enough contrast at the focus point … this issue applies to day-light backlit situations as well as in general low light situations. In dark (night) portrait situations a single candle reflecting light on the eyes can be the cure and in backlit daytime photo a reflector bouncing light into the model face is often the best cure also for AF accuracy. Other work-a round’s are LIVE VIEW focusing and also EG-S focus screen can help a bit. But moving targets in low contrast light is a hopeless case for this lens at least together with 5D2:


More on this subject can be found on Canon’s own homepage from their master photographers stories … apparently one of the main reasons to upgrade to 1Dmk4 (from 5Dmk2) is to get focus system you can rely on – “I've never really used AI Servo as I've never trusted it” (comment by Jeff Ascough wedding photographer on 5d2 performance …. 50/1.2 & 24/1.4 are his main tools)

(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:44:40 GMT
Canon lens EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM Canon EF 135 f/2.0 L USM

There is not so much to say about the 135/2; in short it is Canon’s best portrait lens. There are no issues, performances wide open are out-standing, but you still may want to step down since DOF can be too thin on close range head-shoots and on group photos you better step down to get everybody in focus. The 135mm FOV portrait characteristics will give a bit of tele-compression and this effect will be flattering for most faces. Isolation and out of focus characteristics are simply top class, probably beaten only by the crazy expensive 200 f/2.

New Talent model Trang Thu in Ha Noi

The design of the 135/2 is very similar to the 200/2.8 and it makes me wonder why the 135 should cost 30% more, they look absolutely identical from material point of view. But Canon pricing is not always logical. Still in terms maximum bang for the buck the 135/2 may well be number 1, especially among Canon's L-glass portfolio.
Hmong people in north Vietnam

With 135mm the working distances for head and shoulder portraits are from around 3.5 meters (60cm shoots in landscape orientation) to 10 -12 meters for full body portraits. This can in many cases be a bit far and is actually one of the reasons why I sometimes favor the 85/1.2 over the 135/2 (the other reason would be that the 85 is a better choice for night shoots).

My mother at her 82

To summarize: the 135/2 is in my opinion Canon's best portrait lens and the only down side are the relatively long working distances.

(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Canon lens EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:43:50 GMT
Canon EF 200mm F/2.8 II L USM

I sold this lens, not that it is bad in any way; actually it is being one of the lowest cost L-glass lenses in Canon’s portfolio and it gives you the same stunning creamy bokeh as the 135/2 for 30% less price. It is also working very well with the 1.4 extender giving you a light weight 280mm f/4 lens…. So why did I sell it ….well I got the 70-200/2.8 which is just so much more flexible. For me the focal length made the use rather limited and as I have far too many lenses I let it go. (At a far too low price. But now it is gone and I will not lock back.)   













(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) Canon EF 200f/2.8 II L USM Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:56:00 GMT
Canon TSE 17mm f/4













(Sebastian von Wachenfeldt Photography) 17mm Canon Lens TSE f/4 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:28:00 GMT