May 26, 2011

The Gear Objective

100mm Macro 2.8 USM.

This is my only Canon prime. It is also my only Canon non-L lens.

I bought this lens many moons ago. It had a stuck shutter. I sent it back. Very sad.
But the short time I had it I knew that some day I would get another.

Why not just get a fresh copy? Because I got my 24-105L instead!

I eventually did get my current copy and the love story restarted as if it had never stopped.

I love macro. It is the reason I first got into photography and I had some pretty sweet little gizmos that gave me 1:1 on my P&S. This current lens is a continuation of the wonderful world of macro.

May 20, 2011

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6

This was my very first SLR lens. I bought it retail(ouch). I bought my first SLR body-only because I knew that the kit lens was lousy. I did not know too much about lenses at the time. I was immediately impressed by the reach this lens had. I also observed that it was not as sharp as my P&S. No big deal. It was TONS faster! Over the years that I owned it I developed a love/hate relationship with the 70-300. The hate part was intensified as I was diagnosed with the incurable L-disease. And eventually It was replaced by the 70-200 f/4 IS L. But due to its remarkable service(I put it through its paces!) I salute the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6.


(It is obvious that I am still sick 3 posts in one week!)

May 19, 2011

The Gear Legacy

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens

I like this lens. Actually I liked this lens as it has been replaced by the 100mm USM macro.

However it served faithfully and I got some nifty shots with it.

Slow at f/2.5 for a prime 50.

Not true macro unless you buy the extender thing for it.

So this is a compromise lens... But as always the number one thing that makes or breaks a photo is the SUBJECT.


May 17, 2011


I have cold.


This pic was taken in August of 2008


1/3200 sec
ISO 200

May 9, 2011

The Gear Ultimatum

EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM.

Super sharp.
Super quiet.
4 stop IS.
Built like a tank.
Other great stuff.

In other words: This is an UBERLENS.

Why not the 2.8? Too heavy. The f/4 is half the weight.
I like the 2.8, but I don't like the camera strap cutting through my spinal cord.
Seriously I like the snappiness of this lens and it is easily hand-holdable for all day.

Take this traveling, use it for weddings, for portraiture... etc.

Me like it.