My First Lens
It only took a few short months after purchasing my first camera for me to desire a lens with more ‘oomph’. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to take pictures of exactly but I knew it would involve nature. Macro? Telephoto? These were questions that I kept asking myself over and over again. In fact I worked myself up into such a rabid frenzy that I began to obsess about it.
I did some rather lengthy research to decide what I might want, and what I wanted wasnt exactly cheap. I wanted one of Canons L series lenses. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take macro shots of flowers and insects, or nature shots of animals and wildlife. So I decided on Canon’s 70-200mm f/4L (Non IS). It gave me enough versatility to decide what I like and at a reasonable cost to do it ($800 CAN).
To say that I was happy with my lens would be an understatement. I was like a teenager walking around with a perma-boner, except I didn’t try hiding my lens under my belt. I could go on and make some good jokes right about now regarding the similarities between the two but I will spare you the visual….just know that I could lol.
I basically spent the next few months with my 70-200mm f4 permanently attached to my camera. The first things I took photos of were flowers, plants, and bugs. I was too excited to travel far so I stuck to local parks, fields, and trails. I loved the colours and detail the lens gave me, not to mention the bokeh it created at f/4. Keep in mind this was my first few months taking photos, so they weren’t all that great.
After a while I started to improve on my images. I began to apply some simple composition principles and my photographs began to show improvement. However I still credit the lens for allowing me the flexibility to accomplish these images. I love this lens to the point where I will only let this go to upgrade to the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS.
This photo has some distracting elements in the bottom right section, but still has an interesting radiating pattern with vibrant colours.
The featured image in this post is of a common red squirrel I had taken during the fall of 2010. I still feel lucky to have captured such a nice shot. The fresh douglas fir cone adds so much action to the photo. I have come to call this little guy “Fred the Red”.
Late in the fall of 2010 I had an unfortunate incident where the lens was on my tripod and tipped over. I thought I caught it in time as it had barely hit the ground. Turns out I was wrong and I have had issues with the close in focusing. In the last month or so I noticed I havent been getting ‘tack sharp’ images. I am afraid I am going to have to part with my baby for a short period of time as I send it in to be fixed. Good thing I have recently purchased Canon’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens to keep me busy 🙂
Needless to say I’m still sporting my lens boner. Good times…..good times indeed.
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