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!
There is a wide reach for when you can have your photographs taken. All things considered need to have them done the mid year before your senior year, into pre-fall. I have done senior photographs as late as the pre-summer after senior year in any case.
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