Lovely weather for a shoot

I’ve owned an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens almost since it became available in the UK, but for resons I can’t think of I haven’t shot with it much. I think that more often than not I take the smaller and lighter 70-200mm f/4L lens when I have a bag full of kit, but this weekend I decided it was time to give the big lens a go. My plan was to shoot some tight head and shoulders portraits with it out on location.

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Whilst my early shots weren’t as tight crops as I had originally thought I was still pleased with the results even from the very start of the session. My initial reaction when I saw the images on screen later was – oh my that is sharp. In fact i’ve often thought that the screen on my 15″ hi-res MacBook Pro makes images look softer than they really are, but even on that screen these look sharp. I feel that the EF 135mm f/2L has a new companion in the ‘bag of lenses most hated by models and make-up artists’.

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

500 x 500 pixel crop from the above image

500 x 500 pixel crop from the above image

My friend Ross also had an Elinchrom Quadra to try so I also used that with a wider view using the the EF 24mm f/1.4L USM. The light from the quadra is really nice, here it’s modified by the Elinchrom 60 x 60cm softbox and looks pretty nice to me. I think that it would be good to compare the Quadra with a Speedlite in a Lastolite Ezybox sometime.

24mm f/1.4L and Elinchrom Quadra

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Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag