Sigma's new 50mm prime has the "Art" designation for a good reason. It's hard to believe this beauty was reverse engineered for my camera and sells for $400 less than Canon's 50mm f/1.2 L. All images below are straight from the camera, with only the standard profile adjustments applied. It's incredible how good these images look without any editing (color, contrast, etc.).
We had a blast doing this on-location shoot with Lyndsay, Thomas, and little Chloe. Isn't she the definition of adorable? Our own toddler, Henry, has begun to call out "CHEESE!" whenever a camera appears, so we brought him along to help entertain our little client, who he knows from the local Fit4Mom workout class.
This weekend I picked up Canon's newest lens, the 50mm f/1.8 STM. With a new focusing system, a metal mount, and seven rounded aperture blades, this little guy easily outclasses Canon's bestseller, the "plastic fantastic" 50mm f/1.8 II. In terms of image quality and sharpness, it even outperforms the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM. For $100, you can't go wrong.
"...Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon. / The hillside blushed, soaked in our broken wave. / They buried us without shroud or coffin / And in August the barley grew up out of the grave." - Seamus Heaney
Has it really been a year since my last post? I have the best excuses: we moved, had a baby, and survived the snowiest winter in Boston history. The credit of course goes entirely to my wife Ruth who has blessed and inspired me every day, and none more than that November morning when she handed me a little boy. When he looked up at me I saw something in his eyes that changed me forever...Then this morning he ate his first solid food (avocado), and I was reminded that eating a new food is an awful lot like parenthood. It's strange and messy and wonderful.