Well, I usually do not like to talk too much about my gear, but today held some
kind of surprise. I received my Canon 50mm lens back from repair, which wasn't actually
a repair, since the letter said that everything is fine with the lens. Those of
you that I've been annoying with this story before know that the autofocus of
this lens worked really bad for me. As I shot some test pics today though, I was
surprised that many of them were actually good and the focus was mostly near where
it was supposed to be. Since I've been shooting these with a speedlite, my only
real guess is that the AF assist light emitted by the flash does greatly help
the autofocus of this lens. Weird, but still: Since this is a designated portrait
lens anyway, it would be okay with me. I'd hate to put this >300 € lens
into a closet because it acts weird and nobody seems to be able to repair it. That would be a lot of money wasted indeed.
The lens pictured above is my new Tamron 17-50 f2.8, which replaces the kit lens
and will hopefully be a great companion in New York next month. The photo was
shot with the aforementioned Canon 50mm at widest aperture (f1.4), thus the really
small depth of field.