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  • May15

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    BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung
    BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung
    BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II | Toronto Corporate Photography by Kevin Chung

    When the subject of Canon’s revered “85L” lens is brought up, portraiture is undoubtedly the first & primary topic of discussion. With the largest aperture of any current auto-focus DSLR lens, Canon’s EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II is a highly-specialized tool that gives photographers the ability to balance image quality (clarity, sharpness) along with beautiful shallow depth-of-field & a unique rendering of out-of-focus areas (bokeh). Its attributes make it a clear favourite for portrait sessions & weddings, yet the 85L isn’t a one-trick pony by any stretch of the imagination..

    Earlier this week, during gaps in between shooting corporate headshots at BMW Toronto, I chose to use only the 85L for some automotive photography – an unconventional choice that yielded some definitely distinguishable results.

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    BMW Toronto x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II

    Equipment List: Canon EOS 1D X + Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L Mark II

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  • Apr12

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II

    I recently went back to my Nov 2012 review of the 24-70mkII to see if any of my original conclusions on the lens were overly positive, only to find out I still feel exactly the same way about Canon’s new flagship zoom lens =) After 7+ months of extensive use, I have no complaints of the EF 24-70mkII & paired with the amazing 1D X, it’s definitely changed the way I shoot – great job Canon!

    I can’t wait to shoot an entire wedding with the 24-70mkII on the 1D X & the 70-200mkII on a secondary 1D IV body this summer!

    Additional Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II + Canon EOS 1D X Sample Galleries:

    GliSODin Skin Nutrients – Corporate Event
    World MasterCard Fashion Week – Behind-the-Scenes
    ARIA Saturdays: The Bunny Hop – Sat, Mar 30th, 2013
    ARIA Saturdays ft The Devil from Acapulco – Sat, Jan 12th, 2013

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  • Dec2

    My world changed after picking up my first camera (a Nikon F70 film SLR) as a teen – both figuratively and literally. While initially I was mostly interested in capturing interesting or pretty scenes, the way I viewed the world soon changed. As I ventured from being a simple hobbyist into the broad realm of professional photography, I discovered different things about myself through each subject I shot. Along the way, I aimed to learn something from each challenge, to discover new nuances of the art that became a part of my repertoire over time.

    As I wrote in my first ever mission statement (which I still use on this same website, years later), photography is the art of appreciation. Much like most of life’s inspirations, if you remain diligent and observant with photography, you will never stop learning. And as you learn to appreciate the art of photography, you will never stop wanting to learn about the world around you.

    It isn’t about fancy equipment or pressing buttons a certain way to make magical photos – the 2 megapixel camera in your cell phone is plenty to capture the right moment if you know where & when to look, so you don’t need to devote all of your income or time to photography to enjoy photography, even if practice & equipment are important. In short, if you’re fortunate enough to be passionate about photography (as I am) – cherish it, no matter what comes from it. If you enjoy taking photos, you owe it to yourself to learn about something that will likely stay with you long after your arthritic joints & busy schedules keep you away from other things you may be passionate about today.

  • Nov12

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II Review by Kevin Chung

    Earlier this week, Adobe finally released its official lens profiles for Canon’s recent high-priced lens offering: the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II (introduced to market in Sept, 2012). Allowing for automated vignetting, distortion & chromatic aberration corrections made in Lightroom 4, the new lens profiles also finally allow me to conclusively comment on the new lens’ performance in its entirety, though I’ve been using the lens extensively in both event coverage & studio shoot situations over the past two months already.

    The Mark II (otherwise known as a 2nd iteration or design) version of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L lens follows in the hugely successful tradition of it’s earlier predecessor, the EF 24-70 f/2.8L Mark I (introduced in 2002). At a regular list price of $2499 before taxes, the 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II now sits squarely atop Canon’s list of zoom lens offerings despite not featuring image stabilization, a popular request for the updated lens amongst Canon shooters.

    My review of the lens will primarily focus on the performance of the new 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II lens relative to the original 24-70L as well as Canon’s notable prime lenses within the same focal range, drawing on my personal experiences with each lens – for more numerical test-chart-resolution oriented reviews, you should visit other more technical review sites.

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II at 24mm Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II at 70mm

    While covering the same focal range at the same constant f/2.8 aperture as the original EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, the new 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II has a completely re-worked design (shown above at both 24mm & at 70mm). Boasting a larger filter thread (82mm compared to 77mm – which theoretically allows more light into the lens) & different new lens elements, the new 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II lens is noticeably faster to focus & much sharper throughout the focusing range.

    Photos from the new lens also showcase a level of micro-contrast & colour richness normally only found in Canon’s best large-aperture primes such as the EF 24mm f/1.4L Mark II & the EF 35mm f/1.4L. Both flare control & bokeh from the 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II is also incredibly impressive (you’ll see the pleasing tonal transitions in the photo below), given the new lens’ updated coatings & 9 rounded aperture blades respectively.

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II - Sample Photos

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