At Long Last...


After years of listening to everyone else rave about one of the SLR industry's all-time best lenses, I've finally had enough. I've drooled my last drop in envy. Yesterday I dropped the biggest single chunk of change yet for photographic gear, and I'm not looking back. My Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM lens came this morning (oh yeah, you think I wouldn't overnight this one? I was like a kid on Christmas morning.)

I'm not one to buy something big on impulse. The more something costs, the more research I have to do on it to make sure I get as much of a rounded opinion as possible. I went to B&H and literally read through all 375 reviews of this lens, and I could count on one hand the number of people who didn't say (to some extent), "buy this lens and you won't regret it."

The singularly overwhelming con for this lens? Its weight. Lots of people gave great reviews yet had to throw one parting shot about how the weight is tough to deal with but worth it. At 3.5 pounds, it's a hefty piece of gear to tote around. Oh well. Guess I'll get started on that workout. :)

I'm beside myself, honestly. This is my first "L" series lens and definitely not my last. At least now I have no shame in admitting what this lens is replacing: my beat-up, worn out old Canon 75-300 f4-5.6 that's as sharp as a bowling ball, with AF as fast as a cold jar of molasses, and sounds like someone put a handful of screws in the dryer. Hopefully this lens lasts me a very, very long time. As soon as I get a chance I'll put up new pics!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on the lens. Someday my f4L will get replaced by that one.

    Andy @ yellow_wood

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