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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

For the Poor of the World

I took this in St Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan with my new (and very expensive!) baby, the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS EF-S lens. Which I LOVE. It's practically perfect in every way, just limited to crop-sensor cameras.

And although I'm not a huge fan of the choices that Canon is making with its new crop sensor bodies - more megapixels is not always better! - I'm very content with my current body. It does what I need it to, and we've become like an old married couple, aware of each other's quirks and foibles. We have an understanding. Above 800 ISO we don't go; I've learned to hold my breath, and watch the light for times when I can shoot without camera shake being a problem.

Anyway, despite the astronomical cost (to me anyway), it's wonderful. you'll be seeing a lot more from it.


  1. Now I want that lens LOL What wonderful clarity and what a perfect shallow depth! Looking forward to seeing more from your new lens!

  2. Looks like it was worth it. Nice to have a fast lens like that. The detail is excellent. Congratulations, and great shot Jessica.

  3. Great shot, love the detail, the bokeh, the fell of the whole thing. Excellent. I borrowed a 17-55 and it was the coolest lens ever (besides my 105mm). Its been on my wish list for a while. Great choice.

  4. I got that lens a few months ago and love it. I was debating that or the 24-70L and ended up going to this for the IS and smaller size.

    Images I've taken (at least the ones on flickr): http://www.flickr.com/photos/vrillusions/tags/canonefs1755mmf28isusm/

    A blog post I did talking about how awesome it is (actually just a single paragraph that just says it's awsome): http://vrillusions.com/blog/2010/03/potw-superior-bridge-subway

    And by far my favorite picture with this lens that shows both it's excellent bokeh and sharpness (this is SOTC, later on I found it helps in dpp to increase the sharpness a lot (not the one under picture styles that only goes to 7 or so, the one in the tab over that maxes at like 500 or something): http://photos.vrillusions.com/events/anime-punch-2010/photo-shoot-2-sakura/IMG_4195.JPG.php

  5. Forgot to add the only thing I do miss from the 17-55 is the extra length I had with my previous 16-85mm (i think). Have a 100mm macro that helps with it but there's still times where I wish I could zoom in a little more (and I can't "zoom with my legs" any more)


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