Much to my horror, my 50mm 1.4 lens (AKA the only lens I owned) BROKE while at the conference last weekend (though luckily it went kaput right before the end of Prom on Saturday night, so I didn't miss much). It's so weird to be a photographer and have your means of photographing taken away, and after last weekend, I vowed that this would never happen to me again. I did some research, and decided to buy an 85mm 1.4 lens by Sigma as a backup, which wasn't as affordable as the Canon 1.8 OR as crazy expensive as the Canon 1.2. A happy medium, if you will, and it's the aperture I'm used to on my 50 (which is now repaired, by the way!). And I'm really, really, really happy with it so far. A great portrait lens, and seriously beautiful bokeh (that blurry, creamy, delicious, light-spotted background). Here's just a few snaps with the new 85! Happy Friday, everyone... see you back here on Monday! :)
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