My full frame outing in the Marina

So… the lesson is, don’t rent a full frame camera if you can’t buy one immediately after you return your rental. Such was my state for the last 2 weeks. I loved that 5d classic (mark i). But this past weekend, with the help of some wonderful people, I was able to land a great deal on a completely refurbished 5d classic camera for an extremely reasonable price. And lo, I have joined the full frame club!

So, we went out to the Marina district of San Francisco for lunch and let my camera’s battery charge while eating. Then we hit the street — Chestnut Street, to be exact, the downtown area of the Marina district — and snapped pics along the way. We walked over to the Palace of Fine Arts, and tested out my camera there. It was kind of a hard test, too — the lighting hit the top part of the monuments directly while leaving the grounds in much darker shade. But I still think this camera performed much better than my XSi could have: no blown highlights, a lot more details in the shadows, etc. Awesome. Definitely looking forward to trying out more situations with this camera.

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17 thoughts on “My full frame outing in the Marina

  1. Hooray for you! Such lovely pictures. I have seen those columns photographed before but was unable to find out where they were in San Fran before we visited in July last year. Now I know, thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to get back to SF. It’s amazing how much your heart can ache for places you’ve visited for only a week or less. Looking forward to seeing you back here with more full-frame shots!

  2. I’m so glad you were able to find a refurbished classic! It’s too bad you’re not going to be able to use your 30mm on it, but then, your 50mm has an equivalent focal length so it probably doesn’t matter as much. Were you able to use your 28-75 on the 5d?

    I’m in love with the café window photos; they’re just so amazing.

    • It is a bummer about the 30mm, but I’ll pass it along to my fiance (it’s his favorite lens!). And you’re right, the 50mm is about equivalent, but on FF the DOF is so much smaller! I swoon for bokeh.

      And actually thank you for reminding me — I actually took more than half these shots with my Tamron 28-75mm. I forgot! All the Palace of Fine Arts pics were taken with it except for the first vertical one (with a biker in green passing through the columns). And the very first pic, of the napkins in the window, was also with the Tamron. The rest were with the 50mm. Such a different perspective with the zoom!

  3. These are looking really good! I’m dreaming of a 5d now…maybe I should rent one so I can then develop an addiction to it so i just HAVE to acquire one!

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