May 22, 2014

a 20 minute froyo break + what is your go-to lens?

a little earlier we took a quick break to go grab some froyo nearby. i took my camera with me in an attempt to shoot our daily life more with it instead of relying on my phone so much. 

i feel like when i had my canon rebel xsi i was taking so many more pictures, especially just the day to day happenings. that rebel xsi and i have a lot of history and it was the camera that i learned a lot from. when i upgraded a few years later to a canon 7d {just the body}, i also upgraded my lens. i thought i had done a lot of research and settled on the canon 24-70mm {i think now i would've settled on something different, although it's a really nice lens}. they were both a hefty purchases and a big big investment. while i do often take it around when we are out and exploring, i have found that i don't enjoy it as much. why? the lens is extremely heavy. i have tried using my 50mm more but i have found that lens to be a bit more intimidating {possibly another lens research fail}. 

but today i took my 7d and paired it with my 24-70mm and took a few snaps. how did it feel? still so darn heavy! but i am determined to get used to it once and for all. 

do you shoot with a digital slr? if so, what is your go-to lens? 

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  1. Great photos... that last one is particularly cute! I have a crop sensor DSLR and usually have a 50 mm lens on it. That being said, when I'm out and about I usually use my iPhone. :D

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    1. the phone is such a convenient way isn't it? i like taking photos with my phone but i also miss taking regularly taking pictures with my camera. i am going to give the 50mm another try over the weekend!

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  2. Your photos are beautiful! Oh what I would do for a good camera! That is on my wish list for sure!! Nicole xo

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  3. Agree with the comments above, Jane:) Your photos are beautiful. I do understand what you mean about the weight though. I only use a Canon S95 coz I know that the DSLR bulk would mean I wouldn't be able to carry it around as much.

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    1. thanks emmy. so true. i also have a point and shoot here somewhere. i should take better care of it and also take it out more. thanks for the reminder!

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  4. Oh gosh craving for frozen yogurt now! We don't have a fro-yo here but we recently got Yogurtland in Bayside which is really yum! I actually don't own a digital slr but who knows in the future ;) Love how crisp & clear plus sweet these pictures!

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  5. Such pretty photos! I usually shoot with the standard Olympus EP-3 lens. I have one other lens, but I don't use it that much. Believe it or not, I also end up shooting with my Samsung S4 just because it's easier to carry around and is more discreet. I love using both for every day snapshots of life. -Jess L

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    1. thanks! using the phone is so much easier. i like taking pictures with my phone camera too but also miss taking them with my camera.

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  6. well I don't know anything about cameras or lenses but oh how I wish I did!!! maybe some day....on the other hand froyo breaks are my fav ;) fantastic photos!

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    1. :) thanks! i don't know much about cameras or lens either. some people seem to be so versed or "get it" once they research but it takes me longer to fully understand :)

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  7. I use Olympus SLR with a 12-50 mm lens and I
    get you why you find the lenses and/or bodies
    are heavy because they are :c But since I own
    a smartphone with a 5megapixels I'm using that
    more now :c
    But reading you own a Canon 7D with a quite
    impressive sounding lens, you should shoot
    pictures more often c: A good camera bag can
    make carrying a camera more comfortable!
    Anyway the froyo's are looking good c:
    Xx

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    1. i actually have two camera bags that are very good but it still makes it a bit hard. but i think i should get used to the weight of it or get used to my 50 a bit more. :)

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  8. oh my goodness, I love all the little feet in that last shot :) Very cute! I shoot a lot of times with just the standard lens that came with my canon rebel ts. However, for Christmas this last year, my boyfriend bought me a wide angle lens that I love. I've been working with it more lately just to try and get used to it. I really like it (when I use it correctly, of course)

    *amateur photographer in the houuusseee*

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    1. oh the wide angle lens sounds wonderful. i've been crushing on the 16-35 mm lens for a long time!

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  9. Loving the shoe photo! Yes! We shoot with a digital SLR, go to lens is usually a 35 mm :)

    Love and Ace

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    1. i've heard a lot of great things about the 35mm!

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  10. Love the last shot with everyone's feet {and paws} :)

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  11. Agree with everybody else - that last shot is so ridiculously adorable. :)
    I've been shooting exclusively with my Fujifilm x100s which has a fixed 23mm lens but it's equivalent to a 35mm lens because of the cropped sensor. I love it because it forces me to take portraits of people in context of their environment. Also, it's so small it slips easily into my handbag and goes with me everywhere!
    Ronnie xo

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    1. thanks ronnie! i've definitely read up on your fujifilm x100s! it was very interesting to read. i've also heard so many great things about 35mm and also the fuji x-t1. i think i miss the easy travel feeling but i am also still not at the point where i want to do away with my heavy lens. ah. i have much to think about and consider!

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  12. Aww the last photo is too cute :3

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  13. I don't know what type of the 24-70 you have, but it's a nice lens. I got a systeem camera/ DSLM (Aka, slr, without the mirror), because I don't like the weight of a full SLR for several reasons. Too bad though, Canon makes good dslr's and fine lenses! (e.g. The 70-200mm f2.8, I show the Gay Parade with it.)
    If you know what kind of objects you want to shoot, you can pick a right lens. If you like wide angle very much, perhaps invest in a wide angle lens, take a 16mm or something like that. A "prime lens" as they call it, is expensive, but the quality is often the very best.

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    1. i have the canon EF 24-70mm F2.8 L. it is a great great lens, i guess my only gripe with it is the weight and how heavy it is to carry around. it's so hard to just whip it out and take a photo while enjoying an evening out. i mainly stayed away from my 50mm because i found it hard to compose with - it makes you really think before you shoot - which i guess i need to be doing better at. and i've been crushing on the 16-35mm lens for a long time but probably won't buy it in the near future :)

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    2. Well, unless you are doing architecture of landscape shoots, the 24-70 is fine. L lenses are awesome. I don't know if you have a fullframe or camera with a crop factor? If you have, it's usually 1,6x, so the 24-70 is in reality 40-112mm.
      (p.s. I don't get notifications for your replies, if I click the notification box, I get every comment as notification. Could you leave a comment on my blog?)

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  14. I upgraded my body first and haven't yet upgraded my lens--- mostly because it is such a serious financial purchase and I don't want to make a mistake! Do you have a 2nd choice you wish you'd opted for now? Or do you think it is just a matter of getting used to the weight?

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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    1. i agree. these are such big financial purchases. i was so nervous buying both my upgraded body and lens. i think if i could consider buying a small body slr camera - like how ronnie mentioned above - or maybe the 35mm. i'm giving the 50mm another try though this weekend. i have had such a hard time composing the shots with it but i think i just need to get over this hump and i should be fine. the 7D paired with the 50mm is perfect in weight. not heavy at all and easy to move around with!

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  15. So sweet :) I have a short lense and a long one and whenever I put the longer one on, I feel like I've added a ton of bricks to my camera. I don't use it often unless I go out to take landscape pictures, as it makes taking things already up close difficult. But, I can definitely feel it when I come back with it, haha. I hope you have a great weekend doll xx

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    1. i know what you mean about the feeling like you added a ton of bricks! :)

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  16. Mmmmm and now I want some froyo

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    1. so good all year round, right?

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  17. I want froyo now too! Love your yellow heels. I take all my photos on the iphone so no advice on lenses..sorry

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    1. iphone is such a great way to capture photos too!

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  18. I'm the biggest advocate for the 50mm, I have the canon ff/1.4 and it's the lens that goes on my camera in my everyday bag because its my smallest and also my least expensive lens, so I don't worry to much if it gets knocked about. I think if I had a bigger lens I wouldn't be so keen to take it everywhere with me. If I'm going somewhere I know I want to take photos, then I either take my camera shoulder bag or a backpack with my gear, I'm too worried about not taking enough gear sometimes - ha! I'm a shocker!

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    1. i have the same one. i am going to use it all weekend long and just get used to it. i do have to say that my 27-70 has been knocked around a bit. gave me a heart attack every time. with the 50mm though i have to get used to learning how to compose with it. i found it to be really hard. but everyone raves about the 50mm so i just have to unlock the secret that everyone seems to be in on! :)

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  19. 16-35mm f/2.8 L - nice lens. My brother in law says it's a good price for an "L" series lens. I'm crushing on it because I've been shooting with a 50mm f/1.8 for a few years and I'm kinda bored with it. I have to move my feet alot. I don't get much of the environment in photos unless I take MANY steps back. Nevertheless, shooting with a fixed lens definitely has taught me a lot because I had to think about the shot and move my feet a lot. Plus, I shoot a lot indoors and I can get a lot of light through it.

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    1. i sometimes wish i started out with a 50mm. i think i would appreciate it more! the 16-35 is a nice lens!!

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  20. I read somewhere Jane that one camera is not perfect for all situations. I'm finding that to be true. HAHAHA I have a Canon Rebel T3 and only use it for some shots. I also use my cell phone. I really want to take a photography class. I was just reading some of the comments. So interesting learning about the different lenses.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. i've learned a whole lot too just by people's comments and insights!

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  21. Hi Jane! How was your weekend? Did you gave a second chance to your 50mm 1.4? We are in love with it (Damaris even has a bracelet of it), it's small, light and a must for a low dof lovers as we are ;) Fixed lenses are perfect to learn about composition, as you are forced to move for the perfect angle. You may lost some pics, but don't worry, the pics you can take would be awesome! ;) If you find that with a 7d a 50mm everything is too 'near', you can go for a 35mm 1.4L, but they are not as affordable as the 50mm (at all..) I'm sure if you give it a try a couple outings without bringing any other alternative lens, you'll join the 50mm lovers club!

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    1. i did get a chance to shoot with a 50mm! i slightly regretted it! hehe. i think it's going to take a whole lot of lovin for me to get used to it! i think it does frustrate me that i have to move around a lot to find the perfect angle and sometimes the situation i am in doesn't let me have a lot of leeway to do that. someone else also recommended the 35mm. sigh. i'm going to have to figure something out! :) but i do hope to join the 50mm lovers club some day!!

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  22. I'm using a 28mm f/1.8 lens and I totally love it! It was a great investment for me and I love how I'm able to get loads of lights with it and it's lighter. Although fix lens can be challenging as I can't zoom it but it's great for objects that needed the focus with a blurry background =)

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    1. nice!! i'm gonna have to check out the 28mm! sounds like it's a good one!

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