a teatray in the sky

smithsonian kite festival 2010, and a peek at the 100mm L IS macro

Posted in 5D Mark II, Gearheadedness, Photography, Smithsonian and the Mall, Washington, DC by firthefirst on March 29, 2010

saturday was a real knockout beauty, the kind wednesdays dream of hooking up with.  the smithsonian picked a nice crisp day to get the 2010 cherry blossom season underway with their annual kite festival, and getting to hang out with my old studio mate Zee was an excellent way to spend it.  I decided to bust out the new 100mm macro for some kite-shooting and discovered that trying to capture the mood of a kite festival is pretty hard.

lots more to come this week, with a review of Hank’s Oyster Bar, a mini-review of Coco Sala, and a couple of photo series from saturday.  today’s a pretty lousy day for a number of reasons, but I figured I’d toss in a few kite festival shots to lighten the mood.

in case you’re wondering, yeah, that is a bowling ball he’s juggling. 

and in case you’re wondering, actually only one of these shots taken with the 100mm L IS macro lens – surprisingly.  that’s the 24-70mm L showing you its impressive minimum focus distance (no cropping on shots 2 and 3).  shot 4 was taken with the macro, which thoroughly impressed me with its focus-acquisition and tracking at non-macro lengths.  despite the accolades the EF-S 60mm USM macro receives, I will tell you right now that its performance is flat-out poor in comparison to the 100mm L IS.  the new 100 is an aggressive piece of equipment that aims to please at all focal distances.  the images are incredibly crisp (easily beating the 24-70 even when viewed as thumbnails in DPP) and the focusing speed is stellar even without the range lock applied.  I had no issues with it overshooting and/or hunting.  and that’s shooting wildly gyrating kites at f/2.8 on One-Shot AF mode.

I didn’t want to make my 24-70 feel unappreciated though, so here it is again for today’s closer:

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  1. stephen yang said, on March 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    the one of the flower on the tree is my favorite

  2. Tina said, on March 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    i think the sun is in my eye. no wait, it’s just your photo. the photos are deceiving of the fact that it was actually quite chilly that day despite the abundance of sunshine. looking forward to more photos 🙂

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