50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

Lens Comparison with a Great Horned Owl

I’m at it again with the lenses. Last week my model was a Bald Eagle this week I am photographing a Great Horned Owl.  Here with a 50mm lens:

ISO 100 50mm f/1.8 1/125

And here with a 28-135mm lens:

ISO 100 135mm f/5.6 1/6

My personal preference in this case is for the 28-135mm lens.  Does anyone prefer the 50mm lens shot?  Both pictures were taken using a tripod and custom white balance.  No post-editing work on either, aside from scaling the image.



3 thoughts on “Lens Comparison with a Great Horned Owl

  1. What do you mean by “scaling the image”?

    If I had taken both of those pictures with my Canon 550D, I’d have two pictures of the dimension 5248 x 3456 pixels. I would then crop the 50 mm picture to make it resemble the 28-135mm picture. If I did that, though, I would then prefer the 50 mm picture because the eyes are better in that one.


    • In my GIMP editing software scaling is marked as “change the size of the image content” so what I do for this blog usually is make the hight 1400 pixels and the software adjusts the width. Just making everything the same size so that as move between posts, you are comparing apples to apples. Also, I keep the blog version in a folder, so keeping the file smaller is a good thing for the amount of storage space.

      As to your editing idea, I think I may try that. Will blog it if I do.



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