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Today for me has been an unusual day. I don’t often take pictures of people playing sport, so I was not 100% sure about what to bring with me. I didn’t feel like carrying the 70-300 zoom with me, so I opted for the 85mm f1.8 prime lens.

We’ve had an overcast morning, extremely hot and painfully humid. The temperature was brutal, but the morning light combined with a fast prime lens allowed my 6D to fire away at 1/4000th of a second for 99% of the time. Sweet.

Due to the limited range I probably had to give up some shots, but the results that I got from the prime lens were miles ahead of what my 70-300 can achieve, both in terms of image quality and bokeh (the out of focus areas). The 85mm prime does not have image stabilization, but at 1/4000th of a second I could be jumping and spinning and everything would still be sharp.

 

WordPress often adds a bit of sharpnening to jpg pictures, but it’s not required since I postprocess everything from RAW files. If while visualizing the pictures you reckong they look “weird” feel free to jump on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/107755637@N06/

The extra sharpening is the reason why I stopped using 500px, most of the stuff I upload looks like cr@p there due to an automatic sharpening.

Technical note: a lot of people reckong the 85mm f1.8 from Canon is slightly slow at focusing. Madness, out of 200+ pictures I’ve only had 6 that I deleted due to out-of-focus subject. In this post there are only a few sample pictures, mostly because I’m not uploading kid’s pictures, I only provide those to the families.

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