The first day of the rest of my life with the 1.2

May 17th, 2011

After over five years of faithful service my usual lens has finally, tragically, croaked it. It had been having focusing issues for a while, but the final blow was a drop on the concrete floor at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, after which it stopped focusing completely. Considering I treated it pretty terribly, five years isn’t bad going and it meant that I could finally justify getting the 1.2. I can’t even describe how utterly overjoyed I am with the 1.2. It’s the perfect lens.

These are just some photos I took the first day I got it, around Brighton and at afternoon tea with Andrew and my parents for my birthday. Seeing them all together, it looks like a romp through whimsical blogger cliches! Oh dear.

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65 Comments

  1. miss moss says:

    so dreamy i almost can’t stand it. i’m also in LOVE with my 50mm.

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  2. I’ve always wanted to have this lens, but you make me crave for it even more. Beautiful.

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  3. yujean says:

    i am officially drooling over this lens. i love the photos you took with it!

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  4. fensismensi says:

    for me, it doesn’t get better than 50mm 1.2 and once an L lens, you get what is called the L disease :)

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  5. Kristina says:

    wow, now I really want to have that 1.2mm lense – great pictures!! and so sharp and crispy, loving it!

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  6. sami says:

    omg. omg. omg. those pictures are sickkkkkk.
    love your new lens.

    xo
    sami

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  7. Natasha says:

    Oh wow, these are amazing. The colours on the carousel ones are really pretty. xxx

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  8. Ley says:

    Love that lens! Seems really worth the price. Brighton looks like a really charming place to live in!

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  9. Lovisa says:

    Oh wow that looks like the perfect lens. Pity I’m to poor, I’ll just have to get the 1.4 instead…

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  10. Michelle says:

    Perfect DOF and so sharp! Lovelyyy. I will have to be stuck with the 1.8 for a while longer yet. :(

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    olivia says,

    May 17th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    michelle – do you hate it? i’m THIS close to getting one – my shots are mostly clothing photos for an etsy shop taken inside with natural light. from what i’ve read it seems like the 1.8 is a good (and holy cheap) choice, but i’d love to hear an honest opinion!

    olivia

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  11. Kara says:

    Wow – those photos are amazing!!!

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  12. There’s def some kind of jinxing going on with the Blue Lagoon.
    Both my friend and I (on seperate holidays) dropped our cameras there.
    Lava spells…

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  13. Susannah says:

    these are some crazy gorgeous photos! looking forward to seeing more with the 1.2 :)

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  14. Crystal says:

    Those are beautiful. Brighton looks like a lovely place. I have a 1.4 as well, a great lens and very cheap for the amazing quality you get. But the 1.2… oh my.

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  15. laura says:

    These photographs are beautiful!

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  16. Alice says:

    hahahahahah ;) sorry!

    Where are the bath bombs? x

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  17. Lisen says:

    Wow. So beautiful.

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  18. olivia says:

    oh hi there, horse with my name!

    these are gorgeous and fantastic. i’m thinking of getting the cheapie Canon 50mm F/1.8 to start my foray into lenses that didn’t come with my camera – definitely not going to be nearly as awesome as your 1.2 but hopefully a step in the right direction.

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  19. vix says:

    incredible photos/amazing lens! wow.

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  20. Fantastic pics. Love the lights in all the colours.

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  21. máni says:

    wow! the photos look almost three dimensional! hmmmm…serious lens envy i’d say! ;)

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  22. danielle says:

    i have been lurking about your blog for months now and i must say, this is my favorite set of photos yet!! simply, incredibly gorgeous. and now excuse me, i have a lens to buy. ;)
    xo

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  23. emma says:

    the focus is amazing! beautiful photographs and i am rather jealous of that lens xx

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  24. Kristina says:

    congrats on your new lens, wonderful photos, well focused and dof areas, looks like you are going to enjoy the lens. i would love to own a 1.2 some day.

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  25. agata says:

    These pictures are beyond beautiful, I’m so craving now for a 1.2 lense! It’s bloody expensive for me though, but oh, looking at these shots from Brighton… The colours are amazing, and the depth of field- I love the bokeh. I’m in love. x

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  26. STEFANIE says:

    these are wonderful, kris! good call on dropping your old lens :D!

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  27. Michelle says:

    These are great! & the lens is just MMMMM!<3
    Now I regret not using my 50mm f/1.8 more often :/

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  28. Lele says:

    beautiful photos, this lens works well!! :)

    -Lele
    * handmade unique plushies
    lelelerele.blogspot.com

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  29. Alice says:

    Perfection, as usual! *sigh*

    Just a Silhouette

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  30. Brigadeiro says:

    Gorgeous pictures with brilliant bokeh…Would LOVE a 1.2 lens, although my 50mm/1.8 is serving me well (perhaps another 3 years to go?) :)
    xx

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  31. Peta says:

    In-credible! Wow, so dreamy. Love your work so much, Kristina!

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  32. Trixie says:

    Yay these pictures just brightened up my day!! Thank you! I just bought a 35mm/ 1.8 lens and I’m officially addicted to low apertures xox

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  33. Jene' says:

    Love the carnival photos… I actually love them all tho!

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  34. Catherine says:

    Amazing photos, I was whispering ‘wow’ out loud. What a superb advertisement for this camera!

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  35. Sofia says:

    Beautiful.

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  36. Oh dear I absolutely love those photos, and now I want that lense !!!! And Brighton is so photogenic, I went there for the first time last summer and can’t wait to go back !
    Your blog is just perfect by the way :)

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  37. Melwa says:

    Simply gorgeous photos, I just love your blog!

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  38. anne says:

    great pics! I’d love to go to brigthon!

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  39. Chuck says:

    Blogger clichés aside these are totally beautiful photos. Can’t wait to see more from this lens.

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  40. renée says:

    oh my goodness your photos are gorgeous! xo

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  41. Cadah says:

    I work in the Art History office at a local university and I totally just got caught looking at your blog. I just schooled the professor on your work and now I think you have a new fan haha!

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  42. Sarah says:

    Nice Kris, very nice. WHo cares about clichés? I don’t! It’s perfectly acceptable if it’s done right, which is the case here.
    I had the same lens, only Nikon. I was in Miami a few months ago and I dropped it by the pool, it got waterlogged and smashed. It still works on occasion, but sometimes it won’t even allow photos to be taken. I was gutted because it was almost £900. It’ll be a while before I replace it. I have the 35mm, 50mm & 80mm all in f/1.8, which are all fantastic, but I miss my 1.2 very much! RIP little lens!
    Good job with all the recent shots. :)

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  43. Ella says:

    Incredible pics. I want this lens too, but first I need the camera…

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  44. Great blog, i love your photos!

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  45. moo says:

    the 50 1.2 is my fav. congrats on your new bff.

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  46. Orchid says:

    I am loving every single one of these photos!!! This entire series is beautiful!! And your new lens is amaaaazing!

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  47. Yo says:

    Very nice pictures and blog! ♥

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  48. Annika says:

    Your blog is a gem! I like your drawings, but your photos are the best! So crisp and full of colour!

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