Okay, the title is technically a lie, but we’re not here for the technicalities.
One week ago, I sent off my camera to Adorama to get appraised, and I will soon work out a deal with them to obtain my new (used) 5D MKIV. The reason why i technically am not digital-free right now is because I’ve been holding my friend Izabela’s T5i/700D hostage (she asked me to clean it, which means i get to play with it). I’ve gotta say, using good lenses on a T5i is horrible. No matter how good that lens is, the thing can’t focus well! But this isn’t a gear review blog, so we won’t get into that.
On Saturday, December 15, I made a short trip up to Peoria to visit my friend Erika at the Peoria Camera Shop. They had a demo day with Canon, Sony and Tamron going on, which included some pretty insane deals on lenses from Tamron. I purchased a brand new Tamron 45mm f/1.8 after playing with it on the demo 5D MKIV, and debating between the 35mm and the 45mm. I fell in love with it, the same way I did with 35mm on my Minolta. I found that for practical reasons the 45 suited me better for digital. The 45 is also noticeably sharper than the 35mm, with the subject at the same size in the frame. It’s not too much different, but to a trained eye, it’s instantly noticeable.
Needless to say, i still don’t have my own DSLR to use it on! I shot a basketball game with the t5i and the 45mm, as well as my roommate’s 70-200 f/4L IS USM. It was the worst game I’ve ever photographed - not because of the game - because the T5i is not in the slightest made for sports. The bastard couldn’t focus to save its life!
As to avoid making more negative comments about old Rebel cameras, I’ll get on with the rest of this blog.
After purchasing the 45mm lens, I decided to wander around the area surrounding the shop with my Minolta. Currently loaded in it is Kodak Portra 160, and a 35mm f/2.8 lens. Knowind the kind of visual content i was looking for, and the time of day being in the peak of golden hour, everything fell into place. I made a handful of images that i can only help came out the way I wanted them to.
Within the next couple weeks, I’m gong to bring that roll, and a few others, up to the Peoria Camera Shop to get developed. When that time comes, one can only hope that the images came out well.
One week into not owning my own DSLR, I await the call from Adorama to get my 5D MKIV, and to finally get back in the swing of things of making more work.