Thursday, January 19, 2012

Big Huge Lens!

Earlier this week, my sister, her son (who's quite the photographer!) and I went over to the Summit House restaurant in Fullerton to take some sunset photos. My nephew had rented a Canon ER 600mm f/4L IS Super Telephoto lens... this thing is a real monster! I think they sell for right around $10,000, so no surprise there is a rental market. Click this link to check it out: Lap Dog Knits.  I took the liberty of cropping the photo my sister took... here it is:
Cool, eh? I also had my kit zoom lens, and my sister was shooting through a telephoto zoom.  It's interesting to see how the photos compare, all taken from the same location and changing lenses.
Kit Lens:  Focal length 18mm, f10, 1/50 exposure, iso 100.  This shot captures
the biggest chunk of sky.
Kit Lens:  Focal length 55mm, f10, 1/200 exposure, iso 100
Telephoto Zoom: Focal length 150mm, f18, 1/200 exposure, iso 200
"Monster lens" shot!  Focal length 600mm, f18, 1/800 exposure, iso 1600
Focal length 600mm; f18; 1/25 exposure; iso 1600
The shot above is taken away from the sunset (southeast direction) and captures a few California hillside mansions. I like the lavender sky.  Happy Skywatch Friday!  For skies from around the world, please check out http://skyley.blogspot.com/

27 comments:

  1. Vibrant and lovely, each capture is filled with wonderful tones and light.

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  2. I think would be too nervous to own a lens like that not to mention the attention it would bring. I guess I like to keep a low profile and light pack.

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  3. Wow, that's quite a lens--what amazing shots that would take!! Your sky photos are stunning--great job. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

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  4. That is quite a lens! Love the close-up shots of the delicious sunset.

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  5. Such an interesting post....comparing the various lenses with shooting properties...would love the long lens for birding.... too big and heavy for me... Oh and to top it all off the photos are all excellent!

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  6. On any given monster surf day on the North Shore, these gigantic lens start popping up everywhere! Lots of photographers trying to capture the perfect shot of the perfect barrel :)

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    1. So true, Lisa. I wonder if these surf photographers can make enough money to recoup the cost of the lens? I didn't realize they were so expensive!

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  7. Beautiful! I have never seen a lens like that.

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  8. Hello, Spare Parts and Pics.

      Even more severe in winter, but.
      Your work is embraced in your gentleness.

      Thank you for the warmth of your heart.

      The prayer for all peace.   
    Have a good weekend. From Japan ruma ❃

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  9. Wow, that is a big lens!
    Love your sunset photos!
    Have a great day!
    Lea

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  10. Awesome sunset pictures - I love sunset pictures lol. That is a huge lens and shows those clouds at their best.

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  11. I'd be scared to death to be anywhere that lens. Impressive results though.

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  12. Sharp looking tool, clean and cool. Great photos!

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  13. Great comparison shots. The one from 'monster lens' almost looks like crashing surf to me.

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  14. wow that was a lovely comparison and set of shots!

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  15. Some beautiful shots...with both lenses Spare Parts!!! I'm sweating over getting a new lens, that's only$1299...I can't imagine that one!!!

    Fullerton, eh? I graduated from CSUF many, many moons ago!!!!

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  16. Interesting comparisons showing the differences between the kit & telephoto zoom and the monster lens!

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  17. Wonderful images... The kit lens images are fantastic to see so no need to splash the cash..
    Take care.

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  18. WOW! Now That's a Spectacular series. And not even grainy at ISO1600. But know I can't afford that. This really helps me understand today's research on DSLRs. I want a lens up to at least 135mm and must have telephoto zoom. Now if I can just do it without breaking the bank. Thanks. Great post.

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  19. That's quite some lens!!! Looks heavy too but it sure must have been fun to try it out.

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  20. Fantastic shots especially those capturing the detail in the clouds.

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  21. That is a monster for sure! But I do really like the shots you took with you kit lens. They are lovely!

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  22. Wow. Size really does matter. The pictures are all splendid. Happy week, Paul.

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  23. I mean Peter ... apologies. It's a wonder I didn't mention Mary.

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