We all have a favorite lens, one that is on our DSLR the bulk of the time we are out. I learned through experience that because I’m mostly a landscape photographer, I don’t have a need for long range telephoto lenses.
It took me some time to discover this, as well as some money. I’ve owned a few telephoto lenses since I went the DSLR route:
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
Sold on eBay.
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
(My brother, Jay now has this lens)
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
(Still own this lens)
However the lens that is now on my camera at least ninety percent of the time is a $300.00 lens:
Canon EF 10-18mm
I wrote about that lens at CJP Photo News in August here:
EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM –Review
In that above review my one challenge I experienced with the 10-18mm lens was shooting in low light. After a few setting tweaks on my camera, I resolved those issues and now I couldn’t be happier with the lens. That lens with the tweaks I set now performs almost as well as my 24-70 f2.8 lens. As difficult as that may be to believe, for the time I spend at sunsets and sunrises, the 10-18mm lens does an excellent job. The output that lens produces sometimes rivals my 24-70 L lens, a feat I hardly thought possible when I purchased it. Take a look at several sunsets I took AFTER the tweaks:
Devil's Hopyard Autumn
–Lightness (not heavy)
—No shake when holding the lens (I have a difficult time keeping my hands steady when handholding telephoto lenses.) I don’t ALWAYS want to be carrying my tripod either.
Although I now have a tripod bag:
Giottos AA1252 Padded Tripod Case that I honestly don’t know what I did without. That bag has been a HUGE life saver and I use it all the time when I MUST carry my tripod with me. Everyone who owns a tripod should have one of these.
If there comes a time when I need a bit longer focal length or I need a faster response when shooting, then I can always fall back on my EF 24-70 L lens. For the bulk of my shooting time however, I’ll be focusing on using my:
EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM.
How about my readers? What is your favorite lens and why?
In the mean time:
Focus on what’s ahead of you.
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