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A test of a selection of lenses for the Canon 7D. It is not uncommon that people who work with still photography become very good at cinematography. This is because they know how to create good compositions but also because they develop an understanding of camera optics and how to use different lenses.

When I bought the 7D, I also bought a bunch of glass to go with it. I have been using them all but never really took the time to get to know them. So this week I thought I'd do a little project - each day I would take a single lens and take still photos with it. The lenses I chose to do this with are all primes with one exception (Tokina 11-16). I didn't bother with zooms as it would have been too easy.

This video is the result of the test. It's just a bunch of stills made into a video (Picasa + AE for labels).

The glass used:
Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 AT-X
Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 EX DG
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4
Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8
Canon EF 100 mm (Macro) f/2.8

The pictures were taking in Stockholm along (and on) the frozen Lake Ulvsunda on a path between Kungsholmen and Solna. I took more or less the same route each day in order to force myself to become more inventive with the individual lenses.

The 7D performed magnificently in the cold. -15°C was no problem for it. To make full use of the 8 fps burst mode I had to buy a new CF card (64 GB 600x) as the 133x cards that I use for video were way too slow. I shot RAW + JPEG the first day but switched later to RAW only. The RAW files were then developed in Adobe Lightroom.

Music: "Trumpet Concerto, Finale" by Jacques Loussier

Updated 21/3: Now with 30% less ducks!

Two more lenses:
-Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L
-Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II

Some shots of animals from the Skansen zoo are also included.

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