I picked up a Canon 85mm f1.8 lens last week. I’ve been drawn to this lens for a long time. 85mm is the classic focal length for portraits, and this particular prime is renowned for its sharpness and overall image quality. I’ve been interested in branching into different types of photography and have begun experimenting with street photography and street portraiture, so this seemed like an appropriate purchase, as the lens has been on sale lately.
It’s not good for macro shots unless I use a close up lens attachment or an extension tube. And since I already have an excellent macro lens, that’s fine with me. I took my new lens to Butterfly World the other day, though, to test it out and try isolating various subjects and working with bokeh.
I had just finished making some bird portraits, when I began to cross the bridge that leads from the bird aviary to the main part of the attraction. I saw the beautiful flowers across the way and realized that focusing on one of the steel cables supporting the bridge and shooting at f1.8 might make an interesting effect. I do like the bokeh this lens produces.