New Lens Path

Thumbnail: Current lenses

Thumbnail: 70mm long

Thumbnail: 16mm wide

So I’ve devi­at­ed from my pre­vi­ous plan to wait until the new Canon 17–55mm f/2.8 IS came out before mak­ing any lens pur­chas­es. Aside from the fact that I would have had to wait until the sum­mer for reviews that may be less than favourable any­way, the main rea­son is that my two dream lens­es, the Canon EF 24–70mm f/2.8 L and the Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8 L were being sold refur­bished and used respec­tive­ly. I make it a habit to check one par­tic­u­lar pop­u­lar online retail­er every morn­ing in case of any such deals, since they update their stock some time around five in the morn­ing and most lens­es are gone by nine, L glass espe­cial­ly. Although I had no plan on buy­ing either lens (I had yet to see either up for sale until this month), I could­n’t pass up the oppor­tu­ni­ty. It saved me close to $2000 in total.

Now I have my ide­al focal range cov­ered with a lens that goes as wide as 16mm for my envi­ron­men­tal and land­scape shots, and anoth­er one that goes as long as 70mm for por­traits. Both have ring ultra­son­ic motor focus­ing sys­tems, which makes aut­o­fo­cus­ing beau­ti­ful­ly slick, smooth, and qui­et, with sup­port for full-time man­u­al focus­ing as well. They also go as wide f/2.8, which is per­fect since I do a lot of low-light, indoor shoot­ing, and the extra aper­ture blades pro­vide but­tery smooth back­ground blur.

The trade-off is that both lens­es are heavy, one heav­ier than the cam­era body itself. This comes from the fact that the con­struc­tion is rock-sol­id and weath­er-sealed, being made from met­al and ground glass. There are sto­ries of peo­ple drop­ping their L lens­es onto asphalt or rocks and sur­viv­ing with only cos­met­ic scratch­es.

After all the mon­ey I just spent (more than twice as much than on the cam­era itself), not includ­ing the extra hand-strap/bag/­fil­ters that went along with it, I’m try­ing not to think of my next pur­chase. In the back of my mind I know that I want a macro lens or a full frame body, but I think I’ll be sat­is­fied for the next lit­tle while.


  1. haha…I like the way that girl is look­ing at you as you took that pic­ture.

  2. …and I like her BAZAMZORS!!! roofles!

  3. prompt­ed to recall mem­o­ries (made in the ’60’s) about my fond­ness for a “summulux”–something like that–(f 1.2) i used with my trusty M3–back when film speeds (with typ­i­cal devel­op­ment, etc.) made such a fast (nor­mal) lens very prac­ti­cal, tho i did use a strobe some­times.

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