Day 334: Bokeh Holiday Lights

Now that it’s December, I can officially start shooting holiday photos. I love my 50 mm f/1.8 lens. I’ve been waiting for Christmas for eight months to take photos like this.

Our small strand of Christmas lights on our apartment balcony. One day we'll have many more!

Day 89: Sensitive Side

This is the third comparison between my old Pentax and my new Canon. This one relates to ISO, or the camera’s sensitivity to light. Using a higher ISO brightens the photo, which is great for low light, except the higher the number, the more grainy the photo. Check out the difference in image quality between the two images below, both shot with the same ISO. See how grainy the second photo is? With my old camera I couldn’t shoot photos indoors without great lighting or a flash. My new camera opens up so many new opportunities! (And isn’t that a cool wine rack?)


Canon 60d
1/20 sec., f/5.6, ISO 1600
18-200 mm lens (18 mm), ambient light


Pentax K100d
1/30 sec., f/5.6, ISO 1600
18-55 mm lens (35 mm), ambient light

Day 83: Bokeh

My second comparison between my old Pentax and my new Canon is bokeh, or the aesthetic blur of the background. Not only does my new camera do a much better job of blurring out distracting backgrounds, but look how much closer and bigger the fountain looks in the second image! My model Jerod (who’s a great sport) was positioned in the same spot for both photos.


Pentax K100d
1/60 sec., f/5.6, ISO 400
18-55 mm lens (38 mm), natural light


Canon 60d
1/30 sec., f/5.6, ISO 200
18-200 mm lens (200 mm), natural light

Day 81: Zoom, Zoom

My first comparison between my old Pentax K100d and my new Canon 60d is regarding the lens. My old camera had an 18-55 mm lens, and my new one has an 18-200 mm lens. Look how much farther I can zoom in!


Pentax K100d
1/350 sec., f/6.7, ISO 200
18-55 mm lens (55 mm), natural light


Canon 60d
1/250 sec., f/7.0, ISO 200
18-200 mm lens (200 mm), natural light

Day 80: Upgrade!

This weekend I got my new Canon EOS 60d camera, and I absolutely love it! For those of you who wonder why I needed a new camera, I’m going to take some comparison shots with both cameras later this week. (Not to mention some camera phones now have more megapixels than my old DSLR did.) Here’s my new beauty!


Shot with Pentax K100d
1/10 sec., f/4.5, ISO 400
18-55 mm lens (40 mm), ambient light