Cooper's about to have his first birthday, so we returned to Bothell Landing (where we took prego-photos last year) to photograph the occassion.
Katie also photographed her department's graduation on Saturday and so she rented the 85mm f/1.2 lens from Glazers for the weekend. This is the lens I'm contemplating buying, but wasn't sure if it was worth the $2,000 sticker price. The optical quality of the lens is amazing; the photos posted here have no adjustment to contrast, curves or saturation - it's really impressive how much of a difference good quality glass can make. My only concern about the lens is that the autofocus performance is really poor (which is a popular complaint); I really didn't think this would bother me as it's mostly a portrait lens and thus better used with manual focus, but it made shots where the subject is moving toward the camera really difficult (like this one, of Cooper chasing a dog).
I've been considering that. I really like fast lenses because of their depth of field and performance in low light and so the extra stop is really attractive to me - but I also shot a lot of those photos yesterday between f/1.8 and f/2.8 and they looked great; the 85mm focal length definitely does a good job compressing the photo in it's own right, regardless of the aperture. I've seen field tests between the f/1.8 and f/1.2, though, and at equivelent apertures you really can't tell the difference in terms of the image quality.