Canon 85mm f/1.8 - Most Bang For The Buck

No matter how you slice it, the Canon 85mm f/1.8 delivers. whether your a shooting on a Canon 5DMKIV or the Canon XTI Rebel, this lens is for you. With a full frame camera you have a great mid-range portrait lens, but with a APS-C camera you get approximately a 135mm portrait lens! I shoot with Canon 135mm f/2L 75% of time. A 135mm lens is one of my absolutely favorite focal lengths.

If you are looking for rich, buttery smooth, creamy bokeh, look no further. I love the way this lens smooths out the background of any photo. Additionally, the compression in this lens is fantastic and gives dramatic results that really make your subject pop.

This lens color reproduction is simply gorgeous and the color tones from this lens are rich and full of contrast. Photos with this lens are tack sharp. If your photos aren't razor sharp, you can't blame the lens.

Last, is the price. This lens is a steal. You can find the Canon 85mm f/1.8 for just over $319! That is a steal for a great portrait lens, especially when you consider the quality of images this lens delivers. I have loads of Canon L-series lenses that cost significantly more than this one, but the 85mm f/1.8 is right up there with image quality at mere mortal prices.. It’s just that good of deal.

If you’re looking for a portrait lens that will deliver high impact photos without emptying your bank account, take a hard look at the Canon 85mm f/1.8

Urgent! Flickr Is Dying!!!

My beloved Flickr is dying, and there's nothing I can do stop it.. This morning I opened up my Flickr account and the numbers don't lie. Activity on Flickr is in free fall..  Just look at the numbers above.

I know Flickr has been lacking in direction for years now, and competitors such as Facebook and Instagram have literally destroyed Flickr's market share over the years. But Flickr is uniquely special, and brings something that the others don't offer.

A open community of high resolution pictures available to share with everyone and anyone. No other online service offers what flickers offers. I started using Flickr back in 2005 when it was just newly acquired by Yahoo. This was Flickr's heyday, Flickr was the leader of online photograph community. In 2013, Flickr had a total of over 87 million registered members and 3 1/2 million images were uploaded daily.

 Flickr has always been a site for photographers for sharing the love of photography whether it's through groups or critiquing of photos Flickr offered all that and more in high resolution beauty.

 Just ask Thomas Hawk; Thomas is extremely talented photographer, and one of the biggest supporters of Flickr since its inception. Thomas uses Flickr to catalog and store his entire body of photography work as a master catalog of his goal of publishing a million photos in his lifetime.

 Thomas himself will tell you exactly how special  and unique Flickr is.  and why is so vital for us to support and help Flickr survive.  A lot of people have left Flickr because they have forgotten how great Flickr is; to those people I say it's time to come back home where you belong if you love photography, you love Flickr.

 To coin a age old cliché "together we can make a difference". Support Flickr and let Yahoo know that we are here and want them to continue to develop support and grow the Flickr community.

You can find my Flickr Account here:

Thomas Hawk's Flickr Account here: