Thursday, July 9, 2009

100% Crop

Pirates!, originally uploaded by iHeartDimSum.

Okay, boring photo geek post. If you're not into technical stuff about lenses, you can stop reading now and just look at the pictures. I was processing this photo last night as a black and white image, when it struck me as how incredible the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 lens actually is. The detail that is maintained when shot wide open is amazing. Below is a 100% crop of the above image. Shot at f/2.8, one expects the image to be a bit soft up close, but as you can see, there is still a lot of sharp detail in the knot, and the bokeh is really smooth and silky.

And while these next photos are not 100% crops, or any great showcase for what this lens can do, I still thought I'd post a couple portraits I took of Anita a week or so ago. It was her birthday yesterday, and I can't help but think how lucky I am to have her in my life. Mushy, I know. Sorry.


  1. It is indded a great lens, I wish I had the Canon equivelent, which is also a great lens.

    My Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 is pretty good but not quite on that level.

  2. Wow. I can't believe you wrote what you wrote about Anita. 4 years ago, I never thought you would say somethin mushy like that.

  3. Mike: Yeah, I had a Tamron too, the 28-75 f/2.8. But I hated it - focus wasn't blazingly fast, and it was really soft when shot fully open. It was dirt cheap (like $400 from B&H), but the build quality matched that price. The barrel felt like a really cheap brittle plastic, and the lens hood threaded on like a poorly made coke bottle cap would. I think I fired off about 200 shots with it, and then sold it.

    Megs: You're absolutely right. Four years ago, I was a directionless 20-something bachelor. But I'd like to think that over the last four years, I've learned a lot about myself, and the importance of those around me. C'est la vie.