Saturday, March 30, 2013

{Photography} Dreaming of a New Lens

I have learned so much about photography in the past year and a half. I still have a long way to go, but just learning how to use the manual settings on my camera was a huge step in the right direction.

I have four lenses right now, each with a different purpose. The one I use most for interior shots is a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens. If you have trouble getting a wide enough shot of a room, it's an inexpensive wide-angle lens that can do the trick. The kit lens I've had since my non-digital Canon Rebel days is the Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III Lens. Many of you with SLRs or DSLRs probably have this same kit lens. It's not bad for general purpose stuff.

For distance shots I use the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens. It's decent for portraits too. I'm sure you've heard of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens. Many people love it for portraits and food photography, and the price is very reasonable. It lets a lot of light in, which is helpful indoors. Because it's a fixed lens, you have to move yourself or your tripod, rather than zooming in and out, to fill the frame appropriately. I do have trouble focusing sometimes, so I'm still trying to get the most out of this lens.

I do have one more piece of glass in my arsenal. It screws on like a filter, but it's called the Canon 250D 52MM Close Up Lens.You could spend much more to get an actual macro lens, but it serves the purpose for most of us photography enthusiasts.

All of my current gear is considered entry-level. It has served me well, but since I've upped my skills, it's high time to start upping my equipment too. The equipment I'm dreaming of right now is said to be a great walk-around lens, meaning it's great for many purposes. It's the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.
Isn't she a beauty? I would love to upgrade both my camera body and my lenses, but if you can only afford to do one, new glass is the way to go. Lenses make the biggest impact on image quality.

Have I told you yet that we're headed to Europe this summer? We've been planning the trip for months and finally booked our tickets a couple nights ago. Yippee! The majority of our time will be spent in Germany, with a day trip into Austria and a few days in Prague.

As you can imagine, I will be taking oodles of photos, so I'm eager to upgrade my gear before then. I've already got a new camera bag (can you guess which one?), with plenty of room for growth.

Do any of you have the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens? If so, do you love it as much as I think I will?


Disclosure: Affiliate links included in this post, but my opinions are all genuinely my own.


  1. So excited for your trip - I've been to Berlin and Prague (twice) but never to Austria. Prague is amazing, the gothic architecture is out of this world as it's one of the few cities to not be bombed in Europe during the war - definitely a favourite. And hell, yeah, get the lens!! xxx

  2. I had the 24-105 and got rid of it. Purchased it with my first 5D. Just not loving the slowness.. I love the 2.8. F4, eh.. it's ok, but I think you'd enjoy the 24-70 2.8 much more. That's my all around fun lens. :-) Just my two cents though, I love the bokeh.


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