My Photography Wish List

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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Jan said...

now i can't decide if i should go with the 35 or 50 focal length for my primary prime lens. i love the 50, but sometimes it seems a bit long for indoor shots. i'd love the 85 as well, but i'll probably never purchase one :( i'll want the new 70-200 f/4 when it comes out (for nikon). but i'll wait for the price to drop since i don't need a long range zoom now that soccer season is over. i can relate on forgetting to use a zoom. i like primes too. but i think for school programs and events, a zoom may be an essential.

Anonymous said...

I love my 50mm 1.4 lens (on crop sensor) but agree it can be a tight squeeze in small spaces at times. Now if I was really dreaming I'd love to try the Leica m9-p (only $10,000 with a lens!!!!!). It's a full frame camera but it, plus two lenses, could fit in your purse! And apparently the build and image quality are superior to all others. Plus it looks cute ... But back to the real world. I'm still mastering my 60d and 50mm 1.4 so at the moment I'm spending money on lessons rather than lenses. But my next purchase will either be some off camera lighting tools or a wide angle lens for those tight spaces and so I can have a dabble with landscapes. Next will be an outdoor portrait lens like the 85 or 135 (prime all the way for me too!) and definately any new lens will also have to fit a full frame body for if or when I get to the next step!

Anonymous said...

Me again, actually reading the last part of Jan's comment, maybe after the wide angle lens I will look at a zoom lens for times (like at sporting events) when I can't use my feet to zoom. I just hate how big & heavy zoom lenses are.

Audrey said...

It's so difficult because there are so many great lenses out there, the problem is they are so expensive so you have to narrow it down! I didn't look at any wide angle lenses as my 24-70 on a full frame will give this for tight spaces or landscapes (which I don't tend to do anyway) my choice was really between getting the primes above, or the 70-200 zoom (although I would go for the f2.8) which would cover the same focal range. It was really the size that was a problem for me, but I suspect when Callum is older and I want to photograph sporting events, I think it probably is a necessity (just don't tell my husband, he's already in shock over the above - I don't think he could take the thought of another big spend!) but perhaps just not for me right now! I did actually forget about camera flash - there's not a built in one on the 5d so I would need that too!!!

Audrey said...

Forgot to say - love the sound of the Leica! The lenses are meant to be absolutely amazing but definitely out of a my price range. How do you find the 50mm f1.4 for quality and sharpness? I can't decide whether it is worth upgrading my 1.8......

Anonymous said...

I wish I could be more helpful re qualit & sharpness of the 1.4, but with nothing to compare it to at this stage plus being a beginner, all I can say is I think it takes beautiful pictures. I have some shots of my daughter's face where I can fill my MacBook 15" screen with her eyelashes zooming in and can see each lash in and including its follicle. Is that sharpness/quality? I also think it was a great price to pay for a lens that takes such beautiful pictures, however if I already had the 1.8 I'm not sure what I would do sorry!

Audrey said...

Thanks for answering! It sounds pretty sharp if you are catching that level of detail.....I can do the same with my 1.8 which is why I am not sure if it is worth the extra money. I guess you really need to have the two side by side to compare! I think I'll just get the 85mm to begin with and see if I even need a 50mm....thanks!

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