Shoots are more fun if I am with photographers who are talkative enough to engage in technical conversations. Being a photography enthusiast myself (and a gadget-specification nerd for that matter), it’s nice to know what the latest gear is, which lens is better, post-processing techniques, and their opinion on Canon vs. Nikon, among others.
So, had a shoot earlier and met this for the first time:
Dream body. Attached to it minutes before this picture was taken is no less than a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM. Squee!
My photographer that day has just recently switched to Canon. There were a couple of images stored on the CF card which I was able to view. Aside from the bad-ass 24-70, he also got to use an 85mm f/1.2 L II USM on his portrait shots of a female celebrity recently. It’s a good thing that girl’s so pretty, all that’s left to comment on was the image quality.
I could not believe my eyes. 85mm is legendary! Almost all the images came out clear and barely needed post-processing (the credit doesn’t just go to the model). L glass really delivers (and full-frame captures details excellently), a truth that can either be a good or bad thing for photographers. People who can afford L lenses who aren’t necessarily photographers can come up with something pros can. Hmm. Most L lenses are equivalent to a couple of htc sense units. And if you can’t afford L lenses, le sigh, “You get what you pay for” is true with this. But then, if there’s talent, potential can be seen with what’s given.
As for me, I can never look at SOOC images the same way again.