Just gotta crow about my new lens. It arrived yesterday. I ordered it from B&H. It's an 85 mm f/1.8. Waited until this evening to try it out. So here are three quick shots.
Elsa sitting on Ian's lap in the kitchen. Not the best shot, but quick and dirty.
Anyway, I really wanted an 85mm f/1.4 or f/1.2. I forget which, now. But those lenses are about $2,000 each. Mine is a fraction of the cost. Whew. Obviously the price made my decision a no-brainer, but also after reading how great it was for sports that sold me on it.
You see, taking roller derby photos is difficult. This shot is from the Greeneville Derby Dames (SC) vs. Little City Rollergirls (TN) bout at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, Tn. on May 8, 2010. Having and using a flash might help, but I prefer not. Some folks take excellent derby photos, but mine are disappointingly unfocused. Could also be the difference between a Canon 40D and my lowly Rebel XTi.
This weekend is Honky Tonk Stomp 4, where all the WFTDA leagues fight it out for the title of state champion. I'm going and am thrilled my new lens arrived just in time to go with. Hope to fill you in on the details Monday and share photos taken with new lens!