The Daily Focal Point

December 29, 2008

Random Shots

Filed under: Uncategorized — cabenelson @ 12:01 am

I couldn’t really think of a theme for this post, but I did want to showcase my new lens I got for Christmas from Kim Santa. This lens is amazing. It’s inexpensive and has completely opened up a new way of shooting for me. For anyone who is in the market to enhance their photos and has a Digital SLR, the prime lens at 50MM with a 1.8 has been fantastic. It’s tiny too, which makes it perfect for travel. When I say Prime lens I mean it’s set at 50MM. That means it has no zoom in or out. It’s always at that setting. Sounds lame right? Well, it provides extremely sharp images and is perfect for portraits. I’ve realized that this is also a good all around lens, too. It might make you use your feet more, but hey, we all could use a little more exercise right?

My favorite part about this lens has been that it works wonders in low light situations. You know how you’re indoors and taking pictures of whatever, but it just turns out dark and blurry? This completely compensates for that. I wouldn’t normally take photos if I need to use the flash.


This lens can provide a very shallow depth of field, creating a more intimate feel.


Even in dark or low light situations, the lens can pick up enough light to make it look natural without being blurry. This is my best friend Tyler. We’re going to go to Paces Dairy Ann tomorrow to down a couple Double Country Boys w/ extra cheese. That’s four patties people… someone better call the Meat Wagon prior to me going down there.

This is my beautiful sister, Cara.


If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up. It’s relatively inexpensive and it will significantly help out with your indoor pics. It’s also super fast, so if you have kids you’re taking pictures of who love to move around a lot, this is a perfect lens. Great gift, Kim.



  1. I love your new lens. I can’t wait for Nick to buy it for me. lol. I love all of the photos but of course I particularly enjoy the first one. My nephew is the cutest.

    Comment by Stacy Stevens — December 29, 2008 @ 9:51 am

  2. Wow you have a pretty family! The baby is of course sooo cute. I’m thinking of getting a prime lens as well as a mild zoom. I hear if you get too far out there the image is blurry.

    I can’t get too much as I’m thinking of getting the Canon 5d Mark II next year. Too much money for now!

    Have you seen the Annie Leibovitz movie? Fascinating.

    Comment by Sheila @ — December 29, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  3. Great shots, Cabe! I can’t wait to get my 50mm…it’s in the mail today!

    Comment by 12littlefeet — December 29, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  4. Excellent photos; the first one is a show… stopper! What a sweet child! Congrats on that new lens, the perfect gift from Mrs. Claus.

    I have the Canon version of the 50 f1.8; the cheap plastic lens. it’s hilarious to focus as the plastic gears whirr noisily like there’s gravel inside. But as you say, extremely sharp.

    Comment by Rob — December 30, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

  5. Cabe I am dreamy even without your special lens. if you want to say that it was your lens that made that shot look good i will let you but really we know it is just because i am way dreamy.

    Comment by Tyler — January 7, 2009 @ 10:51 am

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