Yes folks, Christmas is almost here! Apologies for the inactivity it has been a bit of a Christmas “rush” indeed this year!
Nearly ten years ago, I took a similar shot with my older daughter Zoe at this age and called it “Silent Night” hence the title 😘
This photo was just a test shot of a beater Olympus OM Zuiko 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 that I got for $11. It was mated to my old Canon 5D Mark II.
Generally I’m not interested in a zoom lens with this range, even in my “all film” days. I prefer primes and I’ve always found the standard 35-105mm a bit boring. Even if it’s a useful range in reality, I just hated using them. Plus these lenses are almost always long and clunky.
However, I knew that this lens in particular, the Zuiko 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 has a bit of a cult following and at $11 I said why not?!
Well, for a lens with a lot of optical defects, ie haze, fungus, God knows what else, it is quite impressive! I have had good luck with bad lenses before so this is no exception but it’s always a good feeling when you scored a deal and saved some bucks.
Don’t kill yourself trying to get one, it’s not a Canon L lens or Nikon pro grade lens. But it is very good. And it’s not a particularly hard to find lens though you’d probably pay a little more than what I paid for it. I haven’t checked prices lately, but I wouldn’t pay more than $50 for one even in great condition. Don’t let me stop you though, that’s just me.
I was impressed with the lovely circular and uniform bokeh. As you zoom in towards telephoto, the bokeh is not as pretty but hey it’s $11 bucks!
Who knows, this might end up being my best photographic “gift” this Christmas! 😊