Friday, August 20, 2010

Who Is There?

I took this image while walking in the city of Brno this summer. There was a wedding shoot taking place and a wedding photographer was doing well her job. The couple was posed behind a pillar and I though that the view I got from my position was worth capturing too. Luckily I had my long lens on my camera, so I could get the shot without anybody noticing me. I love the image, it is full of expectations ... and trust me, the bride was gorgeous. Camera spec: Canon 5D mark ii with Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II at 200mm, F4 @ 1/500, ISO 200.


bella said...

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Standa said...

A very nice picture! It seems like you've recently replaced the 70-200 f4L IS with the new 70-200 f2.8L IS II. Can you share your experience with these two lenses and the difference (besides the obvious, the new one is heavier and 1 stop faster)?

Jiri Srba said...

Hi, thanks for the comment bella!
Standa, indeed, I have owned the 4L version (no IS) for a long time and it has been one of my favourite lenses. Only recently I felt that I need the IS for my photography. First, I bought the 4L IS, but it was not noticably sharper than my 4L (I probably have a very good copy of 4L) and I planned to complement this lens with 85mm or 135mm prime for low light situations. However, the IS on 4L IS is very noisy, it irritated not only me but also my subjects at 3-4m distance. So I returned the lens and went for 2.8 IS II. It is even sharper than my 4L (but one has to focus correctly at 200m and 2.8) and the IS is completely silent. In fact it is so silent that I sometimes even doubt it is working, but it is! The weight of this lens is noticable but after a while I got used to it. At the end, it will replace the primes as well. Carrying 4L IS and 135mm prime is about the same weight as the 2.8 IS. To sum up, I am very happy I went for the 2.8 even though it is very pricy ... I still keep the 4L for my private trips when I want to travel light. Hope it helps. Jiri

Standa said...

Jiri, thank you for your answer. I'm a happy owner of the 70-200 f4L IS, but often wish it was a stop (or two!) faster to get a nice blurred background. I was tempted to complement this lens with a faster prime lens, probably 135 as I use a full frame. And the same idea came to my mind, namely whether it's not better to have instead just one 70-200 f2.8L IS... But I'll have to wait for price to come down and will see.