Monday, November 30, 2009

Canon 5D & EF 85mm f1.2L - Match Made In Heaven

Went to the Ontario Science Centre with the whole gang, to see the Body World exhibit. Ok, I didn't see it. Ryan and Dillon and the missus did. The rest of us went to see the Light Before Christmas short film on iMAX. While waiting in the lobby for the others to come out from the Body World, I found out that there is a perfect spot for some quick and dirty portraiture. A column located in the lobby, which is normally used for ads, is empty on one of its three sides. Essentially a nice light panel with defused light. Perfect for portrait. I posted the kids there and took some pictures for each one. The pictures turn out pretty good, at least for the black & white version. I was shooting RAW + jpeg with B&W filter, and didn't bother set a custom white balance for the fluorescent lights. Consequently, the colour version does not look as good as the black & white version.

Just want to mention that the Canon 85mm f1.2L is a perfect match for the 5D (or any full frame body). Not a lot of lenses are very sharp wide open at f1.2, but the 85mm f1.2L certainly is, if critical focus is obtained. Despite what many have said about the 5D auto focus system, I find it very accurate. It's not fast like the 1-series bodies, but accurate. The focusing speed is noticeably slower on the 5D than on the 1D III, but it's completely acceptable. I am extremely happy with the 85L. It remains one of my favourite lenses of all times, next to the 200mm f1.8L.

By the way, at the beginning of November, I wanted to see if I could post something each day of the month. I am very happy to say that I have succeeded.

Megan -- 5D & EF 85mm f1.2 @ f1.4, ISO 400. Larger Picture.

William -- Canon 5D & EF 85mm f1.2 @ f1.8, ISO 400. Larger Picture.

Dillon -- 5D & EF 85mm f1.2 @ f1.4, ISO 400. Larger Picture.

Ryan -- 5D & EF 85mm f1.2 @ f1.4, ISO 400. Larger Picture.


  1. Great Pictures! You need to go to art school. I helped make the Light Before Christmas! Hoped you liked it!

  2. Thanks Brix. I am too old to go to school :)

    We enjoyed the Light Before Christmas. Great job you guys did. The outtake was funny too. The kids really like it.

  3. Beautiful B&W portrait, just love it!

  4. Thanks Deano. I like black & white but not very good at making them look good.

  5. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)