I bet every single one of us has a wish list a mile long of items we really, really want to help us on our photography journey. With Christmas coming up and my husband scouting for ideas, I thought I'd put together my photography wish list and share it with you too!
My current camera is the Canon Rebel T3i
which I use with a 28-75mm f/2.8
zoom lens and the 50mm f/1.8
. (If you are reading wondering what on earth all these numbers mean, read this post on understanding the lens numbers) Whilst I think the Rebel is a great camera, I am really coming up against the limitations of it - mainly with the noise I get when I shoot at ISO800 or above, and is my main driver for a bit of a change. Although I love both my lenses (and they will be staying) I would want one or two more that will be fabulous on a full-frame camera!
So, without further ado, I bring you my Photography Wish List 2012........
Canon EOS 5D Mark III around $3,300 (UK about £2150.00
A new camera body is top of my wish list. I have always wanted a full frame, and at the time I started out the Canon 5D MkII was my dream camera. Roll on a couple of years and there are two new cameras in the Canon range vying for my attention - the 5D MKIII and the 6D. I'm truly torn over which of the three cameras to go for. The 5D MkIII is by far the best of the three but I just don't feel comfortable spending so much money on a camera, particularly as photography is just a hobby for me (if money was no object this would win, hands down) More realistically, in terms of my budget it's going to be between the brand new Canon 6D and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II which has been around for about four years. They are pretty close in terms of spec - it will probably be decided on how good a deal I can get at the time!
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 around $369.00 (UK around £300.00)
One of the reasons I don't want to spend too much on a camera body is I really want a couple of new lenses. I have heard so many amazing reviews on this lens that I am dying to try it! (The fact that it is not too pricey definitely helps too!) It's a great focal length for a portrait lens, especially on a full frame - but this would also work on a cropped frame as an outdoor portrait lens. This lens apparently gives super creamy bokeh and tack sharp images. Even if I don't get the full-frame camera body, I want this lens.
Canon EF 135mm f/2L around $989.99 (UK around £900.00
Next on my wish list is actually the 135mm focal length. Again, this lens has such wonderful reviews and for an L series (professional lens) it's not actually that expensive (OK, I lied. It is) The range is quite long - possibly too long for a cropped sensor camera which my Rebel is - but is pretty versatile on a full-frame - great for candid portraits when you would like to be a little bit further away from your subjects, indoor sports, and just general portrait photography. I'm dying to give this lens a go, especially if I get a full frame.
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro around $536.00 (UK around £435.00)
This is a long-term one - I would one day like a true macro lens and this one looks pretty good. Great for close up shots of flowers or other nature photography. I don't currently do to much of this type of shots at the moment but is something that I would like to delve into in the future. On the plus side, this would also work pretty well as a portrait lens!
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 around $340.00 (UK around £290.00
If you've been reading the blog you'll know I've been lusting after the 50mm F1.2 version for a while now, as I have heard such wonderful things about how quick it is to focus, and how tack sharp the images that come out of it are. However, after starting this little photography wish list, I've actually changed my mind - I would much rather have the first two lenses above than the 50mm F1.2 (which tallies to around the same price). However, what I might look to do is upgrade my 50mm F1.8 to it's bigger brother, the 50mm F1.4, which also has great reviews but it is a lot more in keeping with my bank balance! I'm not actually convinced I would need this though, but I thought I'd pop it on for completeness....
Have you noticed that there is not one zoom lens noted here? Since using the 50mm F1.8, I've discovered that I really like shooting with primes (where there is no zoom) In fact, when I put a zoom lens on my camera, I completely forget I can zoom and still use my feet!
I've really enjoyed putting this list together - it's really amazingly helpful to do this from time to time so I thoroughly recommend doing it even if you don't actually get anything on it just yet - it's wonderful for focusing the mind on what you really want / need. The downside is, I've gotten so excited about getting these I've momentarily forgotten that I'm not actually going to get them yet.......and now I'm a little bit sad! I'm going to have to save for a long, long time.....
That's it - My Photography Wish List! What's on yours?
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