Alpha Q – DJ Shots

I was at my friends house the other day and while he was playing some records I decided to experiment with a very shallow depth of field using my new 24-70mm L.

Focusing on the record needle I wanted to use to the light from the turntables and his computer to provide a background with more interesting things going.

Alpha Q was quite happy as this was his first “DJ photo shoot”.


Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM – My First L Lense

Canon 24-70 f2.8 L USM

Canon 24-70 f2.8 L USM

So today I am very excited!!!  Today I picked up my first lens in the Canon professional range – a 24-70mm f2.8 L USM.

So for those who are not sure what all that means let break it down into sections…

Focal Length: 24-70mm
Aperture: 2.8 – constant across the focal range
L: means this lens is a member of the Canon Professional range (also denoted by the red ring around the end).
USM: Ultra Sonic Motor – for quick, silent, precise focusing

Description [taken from]

“The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM is a high-performance lens. It has been developed as a successor to the EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM, but with a wider zoom range to meet the needs of photographers using certain digital cameras.

The EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM has proven very popular with professional and advanced amateur photographers since it was introduced in 1995. However, the increasing use of digital cameras, most having sensors smaller than a 35mm film frame, has increased the demand for a high-performance standard zoom lens with a wider wide-angle setting. The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens meets this need. The optical design is based on the previous lens, but incorporates new design features that allow the broader focal length range while maintaining the superb image quality. At the same time, the minimum focusing distance has been reduced from 0.5 metres to 0.38 metres.
Improved water and dust resistance ensure that it will become the leading standard zoom lens in the EOS system.”


I don’t know enough about lens construction and the how to test them to provide a good review, if you want that check out

From a personal point of a view the lens is very well constructed, its feels solid compared with my other lenses.  The picture quality is very sharp with colour contrast and saturation all looking very true to life.

The lens BIG and not just slightly either.  It dwarfs my 450D, but makes it look very cool as well – it now looks a little like a lens with a camera attached, rather than the other way round! 🙂

I am extremely happy with it, so less time blogging, more time shooting – check back soon for some test shots.