As much as I love my Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, I realize I made an error last Sunday night when I went to Surf Club to shoot the sunset. And what error did I make? Thinking I could continue using an f/4.5-5.6 lens and capture photos in low light, when I didn’t even think to bring my tripod. So I suppose you can say I made two errors. I also own a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens.
That’s the lens I SHOULD be using when shooting sunsets and sunrises. The 24-70mm lens is the ONE lens I coveted since I moved to the digital format. The reason I wanted this lens should tell you everything you need to know as to why I SHOULD be using it at sunsets and sunrises:
The f/2.8 feature means this lens is fast in low light.
Knowing this and putting it into practice obviously didn’t register until last Sunday.
As I stated in EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM –Review, I knew about this challenge shortly after purchasing this lens, yet I thought I could beat it. That’s how much this little wide angle lens means to me.
Where this lens failed me is as I left the Madison town beach. I attempted to capture a few more shots over the water. I knew as I pressed the shutter down these last pictures were going to leave me disappointed. The sad thing is these final pictures I attempted to take were with the sky being on fire.
One of the reasons and if I’m completely honest with myself, the REAL reason I didn’t use my 24-70mm lens is after using my 10-18mm lens, the 24-70 is a beast. So heavy. The 24-70mm lens is almost two pounds. I understand two pounds doesn’t sound all that heavy but when compared to the 10-18mm lens at about a half a pound, the difference is enough to give me second thoughts. However, I’ve learned my lesson. Even had I brought my tripod I wouldn’t have succeeded in getting those final shots over the water. From here on, I will continue using my ultra wide angle lens during the morning and afternoon. But when it comes to sunrises and sunsets, the ONLY lens on my camera will be the 24-70 f/2.8.
Don’t make the same mistake I did.
In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.
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