I visited Photofair 2011 on Sunday, armed with my DSLR and only my newly bought Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, knowing fully well that photofair would be a perfect testing ground for a fast lens like the nifty fifty, and I wasn’t disappointed!
For starters, the lighting condition at most places, especially during Nikon and Canon fashion shows warranted either very high ISO or usage of flash (which is what I had done at last photofair) to get decent enough shutter speed to be able to capture the models.
Of course in my case, I just used f2.5, ISO400 and fast enough shutter speed (1/125-1/160) to get through almost the entire event and managed to capture some decent photographs. Something I wouldn’t have been able to do, had I only had my kit lens to shoot with.
Here are just a few photographs I shot at Photofair 2011:
You can view more photographs of the photofair 2011, at Photofair 2011 photographs.
Of course there were times when I wished that I could quickly zoom in or out and in a couple of instances, even missed an opportunity, due to the fixed focal length, but still, I was glad to be shooting with nifty fifty, instead of a standard or for that matter, even a fast zoom lens! Auto focus too was almost always spot on and fast enough and at the end of the day, I was quite satisfied with the results.
Of course at the fair, I bought another lens, Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS telephoto lens for Rs. 11,000 (got a small bag free with it) and also bought a lens cleaning kit for Rs. 250. While I couldn’t buy the backpack or filters that I wanted to purchase (mainly due to slightly better deals existing elsewhere), I had a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the next photofair.