A few weeks ago, I attended a Beginner’s Digital Photography Class. It was a deal that Kim happened to notice on Groupon. I knew how to adjust all the manual settings on my camera and how to use the light meter, but I had never been very good at putting all the settings together to get a good picture (exposure). So the class was really great for me since they walked through all the settings and what settings you should use depending on what kind of picture you’re taking. The also discussed some options for Camera Lenses, one of which, a 50mm F1.8, caught my attention. The two lenses that I have both have a F3.5 for the smallest aperture setting. F1.8 would allow me to take pictures in lower light situations. But the reason it caught my attention was that they said it was a good lens for portraiture and especially for BABY photos. And that was the key to selling me the lens.
Now the professionals use what’s known as a “Full Frame” sensor. Most of the consumer grade cameras have a smaller sensor, so when you look at a lens that says 50mm, you have to do a little math to figure out what that equates to for your sensor size. I have an Olympus camera which uses the Four Thirds system, which means to get the same effect as a 50mm Lens on a Full Frame sensor, I actually need a 25mm Lens. Confused yet? Yeah, me too. Unfortunately since most people use Canon or Nikon, there aren’t a plethora of Lens choices for Olympus cameras. But I ended up going with a 25mm F2.8 Lens.
About 30 seconds after it arrived today I had it out of the box and on my camera. I wasn’t sure how big of a difference the F2.8 was going to make over the other lenses that I have which are F3.5. So far, I can tell it’s a pretty BIG difference. It’s much easier to get a good exposure indoors with only indirect (cloudy) sunlight. So here are some of my first test shots with it. As usual, the cats were willing Models. (And I only have to pay them in kibble!)