James at the Coffee Club

Albert St,



After dinner with Greg and family, we ended up at the Coffee Club on Albert St for coffee before heading of to Brisbane Square for the final part of the nights shooting.

James was sitting opposite me, and thus a handy target to play around with bouncing the flash.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 17th November 2007, This photo: 9:18pm

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  • James Ottaway said:
    Argh, the light... I think I've got one of you lying around. Now to dig it up and show the world! Hmm, I think my glasses were wonky. Or maybe everything else except my glasses is wonky...

    Technically speaking, though, those bokeh highlights are rather nice for this lens, given its 5 aperture blades.
  • David de Groot said:
    I was probably wonky actually ;-)

    Yeah the 50/1.8 does nice bokeh at f/1.8 or f/2.0, anything beyond that and you start to notice the pentagons. But then, for the price, who can complain ?
  • photo by Alison said:
    what's wrong with pentagons?
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh nothing really, they just don't make for very pleasing bokeh highlights.
  • looby88 said:
    interesting DoF, I'm thinking of buying this lens for the other half, its cheap and fun and sharp and he doesnt need it !! Apart from that its a good idea I thought !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely do it :) Unless he's already got a 50/1.2L or a 50/1.4, in which case there's not much point ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    no he hasnt ! apart from the build quality- and what do folks expect for the price , I wouldnt be buying those others anyway, gotta go get me one !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well the USM focus on the 1.4 is meant to be more accurate and you get another 1/2 stop of light out of it and it's also got a few more aperture blades so you get better bokeh highlights over a larger range of apertures, but it's four times the price of the 1.8 (and let's just not mention the price of the 1.2L eh?)
  • rumblemumbles said:
    i think its a nice portrait shot. I feel left out of your little Flickr groups....I'm going to start my own muuuhahahahahaha....
  • James Ottaway said:
    Personally I'd like to upgrade my 50mm f/1.8 to a 50mm f/1.4 USM. I hate how the AF hunts in low light. It's sitting at number 4 on my wishlist.

    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Bah, that's 'cause you're a slacker and don't bother to come along :-P BTW, there's a Christmas party meet on Sat the 1st of Dec.

    Yeah, the hunting is a bit of an issue, but it's not too bad. Personally I'd prefer to save for the 35/1.4L instead.
  • leadegroot said:
    So come out and join us at a meet, Elisha - we don't bite :)
  • looby88 said:
    I've heard about the hunting- but for the price I reckon he will have to live with it, its just for a bit of fun, especially as we have lenses that go from 24-105, and 100-400. The expensive versions- well if he ends up with a 5D or its next big brother then we can rethink !!

    Next on my list is that 2.8 18-55 EFS job, then a 100 macro..... oh its never ending !!
    Oh and that 35L is supposed to be a real goody !!

    A big hello to Lea as well : ))
  • David de Groot said:
    The hunting isn't too much of an issue unless you're shooting in the dark, and then if you add an Canon Speedlite (430ex or 580ex) you get the infrared focus assist which pretty much eliminates the hunting (within range).

    The EF-S 17-55/2.8 is meant to be quite good, but the focal range doesn't do a lot for me and since you have a 24-105 already, it's only the wide end that'd be interesting for you. Maybe a 16-35/2.8L would be a better idea ?

    As for the 35/1.4L, that's a very sweet lens indeed. Excellent on a crop sensor body like the 40D as it'll give you the same field of view as a 50mm on a film slr. Quite useful really, great low-light performance, fast and the bokeh is silky smooth.
  • rumblemumbles said:
    Well I'm actually all booked out this weekend....its my best friend's 21st which means drinking, dancing, boating and photographing....yes thats right she is a Flickr girl too so it looks like we have already started our own group hahaha.

    But seriously maybe in the new year it would be good to meet up with some of the other Brisbane people....enjoy your christmas meet!
  • looby88 said:
    I think the 16-35 is a wee bit more money, I have checked it out before - but will do so again, its for the 2 weddings next year- hence the fast, wide lens, I dont think I want a prime though, a bit limiting to catch folks unawares !! Ta anyway : )
  • David de Groot said:
    Well have fun anyway :)

    Oh I don't know, a prime can be just as spontaneous as a zoom. If you're mingling anyway, then it's not much of an issue, and the f/1.4 on the 35mm is really handy for those poorly lit receptions and churches ;-)