The Magic of f/1.2

18Sep10

We are still alive after a week of “holiday” or intense physical workouts, which could possibly clocked up to a fair amount of kilometers under our feet!  We spent a day and a half in Adelaide, then we flew over to Sydney for the rest of the week.  Roaming the streets with a few kgs of camera equipments on our back was no easy feat and I don’t think we will repeat this sort of holiday in a hurry.  The highlight of our trip this time would definitely be the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.  It’s simply amazing and the best part of it was watching their “Free-flight Bird Show”, you just have to be there to experience the magic!  Of course, we probably put on quite a few kgs on ourselves as well during this trip, the food was simply irresistible!

First of all, I just want to tell you how impressed I am with the low light capability of the 85mm wide open.  I was so confident with it that I didn’t even bring my trusty flash and tripod along for the trip and it didn’t  miss them at all!  For available light photography, I reckon you just can’t go wrong with this baby!  Here are a few examples that I would like to share with you and of course, I will gradually upload more photos on this blog as I slowly chew through nearly 50gb of photos that we have accumulated together.  Most of the photos below were taken in very little available light where most of the people will be digging for their flashguns.

At Opera House, Sydney (ISO2000 f/1.2 1/100)

At Opera House, Sydney (ISO2000 f/1.2 1/100)

At Opera House and Harbour Bridge behind (ISO6400 f1.2 1/60)

At Opera House and Harbour Bridge behind (ISO6400 f/1.2 1/60)

Dinner at the Australian Hotel (ISO1600 f/1.2 1/80)

Dinner at the Australian Hotel (ISO1600 f/1.2 1/80)

Dinners in Sydney (ISO200 f/1.2 1/100)

Dinners in Sydney (ISO200 f/1.2 1/100)

First night in Adelaide - RAIN! (ISO 1250 f/1.2 1/100)

First night in Adelaide - RAIN! (ISO 1250 f/1.2 1/100)

Resting (ISO250 f/1.2 1/80)

Resting (ISO250 f/1.2 1/80)

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