View Full Version : Canon's Soft focus lens...

04-12-2005, 12:56 AM
I went ahead and purchased this lens because of the SF option, the price, and the focal length from a forum member. I am more than pleased with it and have a few shots I would like to share.
http://img214.echo.cx/img214/3368/mg14619bo.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)
http://img221.echo.cx/img221/1563/mg14679dt.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)
http://img227.echo.cx/img227/6509/mg16333ly.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)
http://img212.echo.cx/img212/3227/mg14039qi.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

04-12-2005, 12:56 AM
Here are three images of all the settings.
http://img179.echo.cx/img179/3845/135sfresults0uj.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

Feel free to comment as you see fit. ;)

04-12-2005, 03:55 AM
Hey Juan,

Glad you like the lens. Who'd of thought that a tree stump could be romantic? :D

You can vary the SF effect by using larger apertures or dialing a number in between 0,1,and 2. For example, f4 and SF 1 will give you a less soft effect than f2.8 and SF 1...OR...use f2.8 and rotate the SF dial to halfway between 0 and 1 for a less soft effect at f2.8.

That lens one of Canon's "undervalued" champs, like the 50 f1.8. On a 1.6CF camera it is a 216mm telephoto, that is light, compact, sharp, and fast. My new 80-200 f2.8 only shares half of these characteristics...

04-12-2005, 09:01 AM
Totally awesome shots ObiJuan (I never thought I'd be using phrases like "totally awesome" at my age but hey... :o) - I want one of these lenses. It's more than just a blurring of the image - it's more like that diffused glow effect which I love. Can you post a link to the lens so we can get some info?

04-12-2005, 09:08 AM
BTW, Juan, you're using an XT right? These pics seem to end the argument about the quality of the XT. With a decent piece of glass on the front, it makes excellent pictures...

04-12-2005, 10:23 AM
Yes Sir, I am using the XT and agree about the quality. I read that it's sensor is a smaller version of the 1DsMKII. The sensor really handles highlights really well.

I just found out last night that I can vary the ammount of softness between the settings on Fredmiranda. :p
I used it for some portraits of my fiance, mostly head and shoulder shots, and had it set to f/4 and setting 1, and she was very pleased. :D

The lens is a stellar performer, I put on a 1.4x and was very pleased with the sharpness and the quality! The 1.4x and 1.6crop put it at 302.4mm and f/4! What more could I ask :confused:

The lens could be found here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=12064&is=USA