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Tower Bridge

Got a Canon EF 28 mm f/1.8 USM lens for Christmas. I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep this lens and use it as a replacement for my standard 18-55 zoom lens. The weather in London wasn't giving many options to test the lens. I finally decided to shake off the laziness and got out for a lens testing day in London. I was apprehensive to start with, since the zoom lens offered the ease of framing a shot from where you are, where as with a prime lens, framing has to be done with your legs :)

 

My concerns about the lens not being wide enough were laid to rest pretty soon - I can vouch that the 28mm (about 45mm on my 1.6 crop 450D) is wide enough to capture buildings, landscapes etc. if you are ready to move about a bit to frame your shot. The image quality was definitely better than the 18-55  kit lens and the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 - f/3.5 OS HSM. Sharpness is impressive, colour and focus are spot on. With the sun playing hide and seek, I thought HDR might be a better option. 

 

I have a few more shots from the day to post. I think the decision is tilting towards keeping the lens!

Tower Bridge

Got a Canon EF 28 mm f/1.8 USM lens for Christmas. I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep this lens and use it as a replacement for my standard 18-55 zoom lens. The weather in London wasn't giving many options to test the lens. I finally decided to shake off the laziness and got out for a lens testing day in London. I was apprehensive to start with, since the zoom lens offered the ease of framing a shot from where you are, where as with a prime lens, framing has to be done with your legs :)

 

My concerns about the lens not being wide enough were laid to rest pretty soon - I can vouch that the 28mm (about 45mm on my 1.6 crop 450D) is wide enough to capture buildings, landscapes etc. if you are ready to move about a bit to frame your shot. The image quality was definitely better than the 18-55  kit lens and the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 - f/3.5 OS HSM. Sharpness is impressive, colour and focus are spot on. With the sun playing hide and seek, I thought HDR might be a better option. 

 

I have a few more shots from the day to post. I think the decision is tilting towards keeping the lens!

comments (7)

  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Jan 2012, 10:41
Superb capture of London Bridge Thomas well done.
Thomas Mathew: Thanks Pedroeric, glad you liked it
  • lisl
  • England
  • 31 Jan 2012, 14:44
Interesting to read about the background to the lens, Thomas. I can see why you are well pleased!
Thomas Mathew: Thanks for stopping by Lisl
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jan 2012, 15:45
I like it Thomas, there's a beautiful light on the bridge and the clouds really dramatise the scene!
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Martin
People have got so used to using zooms that the use of primes is rather neglected, even though they are faster, can offer better quality and nicer bokeh. People used to use only 45-50 mm 'standard' lenses which give the same field of view as the eye. When I did photography at art school we were encouraged to stay with this focal length. Dramatic capture.
Thomas Mathew: You have summarised all the reasons which make me love this lens John. Thank you for the comment.
I think keeping the lens is a good option if this is the result. a very fine picture
Thomas Mathew: Thank you kindly Bill
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Feb 2012, 00:20
Well, Thomas...from this evidence I would be calling the lens a "keeper".
Thomas Mathew: Thanks Ray, I am calling it a "keeper" smile
My goodness it is chrystal clear! A beautiful shot, and the HDR is lovely!! I'd definately keep that lens!
Thomas Mathew: Thank you for your kind words Elizabeth. I've decided to keep the lens smile

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camera Canon EOS 450D
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 1/320s
aperture f/8.0
sensitivity ISO200
focal length 28.0mm
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