A walk in Bangkok at night with Canon 7D and Canon lens 50mm f1.4

When I was using the Canon 450D, I was usually using the Canon 50mm f1.8 at night. The best Canon lens as far as ratio quality/price is concerned. I actually posted quite a few pictures taken with it on this blog, here is one entry where photos were taken with this lens A walk on Pattaya Walking Street

But for whatever reason, maybe because of the higher definition of the 7D sensor, I just can not get any good pictures with the 50mm f1.8 and the Canon 7D. Or maybe because it is damaged, I’m not sure. Anyway, to make a long story short, I now use the Canon 50mm f1.4 instead of the Canon 50mm f1.8 with the Canon 7D.

Here it is, taking a photo of itself in the mirror of a car in Bangkok

I started using it quite some time ago, and have a lot of pictures taken with it, especially in one of my farourite German micro-bewery on Rama 3 in Bangkok , this is the third entry of the “series” :  Tawandang – Part 3 but also on a cruise along the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok : “Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River”

Last weekend, I went for a dinner in a small restaurant reminiscent of the cool cafes you find in Paris or New York, Mininbar Royale, and took the Canon 7D fitted with the Canon lens 50mm f1.4 with me. It is located on Sukhumvit soi 23 and here are two photos taken in the front of the restaurant.

This is the front window, so you can see that there is a massage venue just in front of it.

After dinner, we decided to walk back to the Asoke skytrain station, not too far from where had dinner. But if you walk on soi 23 all the way to Sukhumvit, you’re going to pass by an infamous soi, on the right side, just before reaching the main street, and will probably be “stopped” by the view of the many neon signs there.


This soi is known as Soi Cowboy and goes from Asoke to Soi 23, or in our case actually, from Soi 23 to Asoke. So we went in (and we were not the only ones).

I won’t bore you with a description of what you can find there, not the purpose of this blog, but will show you a few pictures that will probably give you a good idea of what to expect. Here are some girls advertising the bar in front of which they stand.

And another one

Here is a girl with a lot of tattoos sitting with a friend on stools on the street.

And talking about tattoos, this girl was kind enough to let me take a picture of a pretty large tattoo she has on her back

We ended up the night, not in the naughty places, mind you, but in a pub having a band (Country Road) and a nice female Thai singer. An enclosed environment with few lights is the perfect place to test the capabilities of the Canon 7D with Canon lens 50mm f1.4.  For the people interested by this kind of stuff, most pictures were taken at ISO 800 with the lens opened at f1.6 or 1.8. So here she is.

Since I was taking quite a few photos, she started acting up a bit but I do not mind 😀

And to conclude this entry, let her smile at you and well, welcome you to Bangkok, it is The Land of Smiles after all.

So, in conclusion, I’m as happy with the Canon 50mm f1.4 as I was with the Canon 50mm f1.8, both take excellent pictures in low light conditions but if your camera has a high pixel count, I would go for the f1.4