Aug 14, 2011

Fries in my salad

A few Fridays ago, Linda, Ashley, Amanda, and I dined at Westville East for some laid-back affordable good eats. It was a surprisingly nice evening, so we opted to eat outside. I had also just picked up the 35mm f1.4 lens that I rented for the weekend, so I was eager to give it a test run. I must say, while I DID like the lens a lot and how fast it focused, I'm not sure the 35mm focal length is all that useful to me. Maybe this is because I already own the 24-70mm and can use that just fine in f2.8 conditions. Or maybe I just don't know how useful it could be without using it in some more situations. (Forgive me Jackie, but I didn't quite fall in love with it the way I had expected to. I suppose my wallet can sigh some relief for now. :P)

We all shared a platter of sides (definitely the way to go here) and then each had a salad*. Portions are sizable here.

Aw, they so cute.

*Hey, it's summer, OK? And mine happened to contain fried shrimp and fries. Surely you'd expect nothing less from me.

16 comments :

  1. wow!! the bokeh and the sharpness are amazing!!! this is my dream lens, one day i'll own this <333
    it's 00:55 here where i am, and i'm really hungry looking at your pics.. looool
    love it!!

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  2. but what about in f/1.4 situations??!!!??!! that's when it'll shine. :) i could swear these pictures have a "look" to them that looks like the 35L but don't test me on it.

    but oh well, there's lots more lenses that the money could be put toward! :)

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  3. 35mm is a hole in my prime lineup, too. that's 2 stops of depth that can't be simulated by the zoom. but if it doesn't work you, absolutely save the money towards something you really need. like food :)

    my current dilemma is whether to get the film camera-friendly version, or the brand new digital version...:(

    great shooting and presentation, as always. thank you for sharing the experience.

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  4. the food looks sooo awesome! i actually just bought my 35mm 1.4. I think the situation i'll find it most useful is shooting indoor w little light and i need something wide with large aperture. my 50mm 1.4 just hasn't been wide enough. i know jackie is a big fan of it, so i hope i'll like it as much as she does!

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  5. oh! this looks like so much fun. :)

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  6. I love that lens and the 50 1.2 and shooting on a crop both are tough length i rather regret renting both as now nothing I have compares

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  7. great set of pictures! i also just tried the 35mm (but the f2.0) and I am also not so sure about it... the 50mm f1.4 is too much crop for me, but the 35mm? mmh, anyway loving your pictures :)

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  8. I was going through a wide-angle dilemma the other day myself - 50mm is the widest lens I have, and I was considering buying the Nikon 24mm, but then I started wondering JUST HOW MUCH I'd actually use it, as I tend to shoot tight more than wide. But, maybe that would push me to expand my horizons? How do you like your 24-70? I don't own any zooms, so it might be fun to go that route, too.

    And I would totes eat a salad with fries and shrimp on it, NO MATTER what season of the year it was! =)

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  9. @Kim, the 24-70 is a really versatile lens which is great, but if I had my way, I'd just stick to shooting primes and probably my widest would be 50. Although I am eyeing a nice wide tilt shift... I do like the 24-70 for large groups and the 70mm end acts like a macro.

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  10. oh yum. yum yum yum. Now I'm really jonesin' for some fries!

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  11. yum, that looks like an awesome lunch & I love the portraits

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  12. My X100 has a 35mm equiv on it. Gotta say, I love that focal length for general purpose stuff. My fave would have to be my 24 1.4 though. I rented the 35 1.4 AFS from Nikon the other week and loved it, but it aint no 24 =D

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  13. will definetely visit this place, the food looks delicious ! :)

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  14. that green drink looks so refreshing! fries in salad, what a pittsburgh thing to do!

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  15. it all looks great! nothing wrong with chips and prawns in a salad!
    I gotta say I didn't realise at first that shrimps meant prawns. Silly Australian me.

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