Thursday, January 06, 2005

Landed a photography gig; Gadget fetish continues - EF 35mm f/2

My contact at the booster club for the Oregon State women's gymnastics team managed to get me a press pass to shoot their upcoming meet at Cal State Fullerton. I'll be down on the competition floor, standing next to the other pro photographers. Sort of. Cal State Fullerton won't exactly be drawing Sports Illustrated coverage. Most likely one pro and a student shooting for the Fullerton paper.

But it'll be exciting for me. I've never had access like that and being close to the action will present all sorts of new opportunites and difficulties. Closer means shorter lenses. And my short lineup isn't bad - 24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8 - but there are gaps. The 24mm will be too wide for most of the action. The 50mm will be too long for anything other than floor. So what's a guy to do?

The only solution, of course, is to buy a new lens! Welcome the EF 35mm f/2 to the lineup. Sits perfectly between the 24mm and the 50mm. It's closer to the 24/2.8, but it is one stop faster (f/2 vs f/2.8) and therefore carves its own niche. The 24/2.8 is still ideal for tighter indoor spaces so each will get plenty of use.

At least I was reasonable - Canon also has a $1,100 35mm f/1.4L. My "cheap" 35mm was only $230. See? Totally reasonable.

The photos will be used on the booster club's site - and - in the Oregon State school paper the following Monday. It's not the LA Times or anything, but it's a start.

Now the only problem will be driving to Fullerton through rush hour traffic tomorrow night. Looks to be two hours on the road, minimum.

Cal State Fullerton: Really freakin' far away


Anonymous Anonymous said...

stops and yet is always willing to learn new techniques

Mon Jun 27, 09:05:00 AM CDT  

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