8/22/2013

Saving up for one of these....

Believe it or not, despite the number of lenses I got for Christmas last year, I still fancy a new lens or two!  However, as I promised my husband, I won't be making any new lens purchases unless I sell some of my current lenses on, so really it's more of a swap than a new lens....(honest Adam)

I think it is going to be the Tamron 28-75mm and the 100mm f/2.8L Macro that is going to be sacrificed for the greater good.  They are both great lenses, but I find that I rarely use these so I think it's better to put the money into a lens that I will use more often and get my money's worth out of!  With that in mind, here's what's on my lust list for this year.....



Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens for Canon (Black)
This lens is apparently amazing - ultra sharp, quick to focus and dreamy bokeh.  I love my 50mm but sometimes find myself wanting something a little wider - especially if I am on my own with Callum as he tends to like to play right next to me, and it can be difficult to get shots that show our location too.  For those of you thinking I could just  use my 28-75mm at the 35mm focal length, you are absolutely correct, but because I use lower apertures than F2.8 quite often, I like to have the option to open my aperture right up.  I'm also not that great with a zoom - in that I am so used to working with my primes I forget I can change!







Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
 At the other end of the scale, I'd love something a little longer. My absolute dream, heaven sent lens would be the 200mm f/2L , but as I do not happen to have an excess $6000 lying around (that's not a typo on the price by the way!)  I'm thinking this may be one lens that I will NEVER get to own. So, as a compromise, I'm looking at the 200mm F2.8.  Still yummy bokeh, excellent for taking shots when you want to be inconspicuous, and beautifully sharp - apparently this is similar in quality etc to my beloved 135mm f/2L.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
The lust for the 70-200mm F2.8 lens has never really gone away and I still secretly want one. All the reasons for not getting it in the first place are still there - the sheer size and weight of the lens being the main issues for me, as is the price as it's definitely not a straight swap cash-wise - although some of my primes would become redundant due to the amazing range of focal length in this zoom.  Believe it or not I can also be quite shy when I have my camera out in public so I'm not sure I could handle having a great big white lens on my camera. However, this is still an option as I feel that I would get more use of it than the 200mm F2.8.

Let me be clear, I don't NEED any of these lenses, I have plenty of options as it is, I just like to window shop and dream of new things! (Lenses are like shoes, I believe you can never have too many)

What's on your lens lust list for 2014?

18 comments:

Sue said...

I have my eye on the 'little sister' of the EF 70-200mm lens that you mention. This one is lighter and significantly cheaper but still looks great to me!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-70-200mm-4-0-USM-Lens/dp/B000I2J2SG/?ref=cm_cr_dp_asin_lnk

(That's the UK Amazon link, but I think the same model is even cheaper in the US)

Audrey said...

Sue, I had my eye on that one too - it's meant to be a brilliant all rounder lens!

Anonymous said...

Does that mean we won't be seeing any more of your lovely macro shots?

Audrey said...

I'm not so sure they were lovely! I found macro harder than expected, and getting the time to practice with a maniac four year old isn't easy - I actually still want to keep this lens, I'm talking myself out of selling it as we speak. I wish camera gear wasn't so expensive!

Jan said...

70-200 2.8 will be coming my way...hopefully! i really want it for my daughter's soccer season this fall, but that won't be happening. i'm waiting for the next nikon sale to grab it up! i have a friend with the vr1 version that i can borrow in the mean time.

rsorey said...

Ooohh... the 70-200 is on my list but will not be coming my way anytime soon. I've heard great things about it not only as a zoom, but a portrait lens as well, allowing some nice distance between you and your subject. If only I had the money :( It'll have to wait!!

Briana said...

I just bought the 70-200L but in the 4.0 and without IS to fit my budget! At that focal length I'm not going to use it inside anyway, and I have a steady hand and don't find that I miss the IS. Sure, if I had a couple grand to spend I would definitely go for the IS and 2.8, but I don't so this fit the bill! I've taken some shots that I am really happy with! (like the kite photos in the project 52 page on Flickr). Oh, and its a bit smaller and more lightweight than the 2.8!

What Im saving up for is the 24-70L 2.8! Also, where do you sell your lenses? I always see used lenses on the B&H website.

Danielle said...

Remind me to marry someone rich in my next life ... my Canon wish list just grows and grows ... well a girl can dream:

35mm 1.4
135mm 2
200mm 2.8
24-70mm 2.8
70-200mm 2.8

I wish I was brave enough to buy second hand.

abrianna said...

I am wishing for a fast zoom to take better pictures of swim meets. Supposedly Nikon will be coming out with the D400 which will have bigger and faster buffer...necessary with sports.

Maybe that will help me with my 55-200 zoom .

Audrey said...

Looks like the 70-200 is on everyone's wish list! Briana - i'm considering part exchange, where you sell your lens against a new one, will post up what I find out about where is reputable, plus what I find out about selling them on. How is the F4.0 version working out? Danielle - your wish list seems to be as long as mine!

Briana said...

Thank you for planning to do a post on selling lenses and the options to do so! In order to get the 24-70L I may be having to sell as well. I'm curious what you can get for lenses.

The 4.0 is working great! I used it almost exclusively to take my friends family beach photos and I have had rave reviews from her and others. I find it only suffers after sunset and I can only go to 4.0, but for the price I couldn't be happier. Sharp colorful photos....and it looks so pretty on my camera too :)

Maricota Muniz said...

I also have the 70-200 f4, and I'm pretty happy with it.
But since I so absolutely love my 50 1.4, I'm considering buying other primes.
My wish list for the moment:
35L or 35f2 Zeiss (I would love to hear that the 35 f2 from Cannon is great- does anyone have this lens? On FF body this is a great focal distance!)
85 1.8
135L

Maricota Muniz said...

PS: consider yourselves lucky! Back here in Brazil camera gear costs 3x more! Ouch!

Audrey said...

The 70-200 must have cost the earth in brazil then!!!

menucha said...

Audrey I wanted your opinion on this. I have the t3i and a 50mm 1.8. I want to get another lens... (would love a new camera but do both right now) like a really good one for my birthday (I gotta convince my husband it's a good idea) anyways what would you recommend? I'm thinking in the $1000-ish price range. I want it mainly for family/children indoor photography (indoors and outdoors) and I would like to start doing some newborns as well. Would you say the 70-200 2.8 is best for that? Would love your input!

menucha said...

One second the 70-200 2.8 is $2300? Ha?? Why did I think it was like $1400?? K if its 2300 then it's off my list... what would you recommend?

Audrey said...

Menucha, on a crop body I would recommend a 24-70 over the 70-200, which I think would be too long even for outdoors (you would need to be quite a way back!) The Tamron one which I have (see this post http://www.livesnaplove.com/p/my-camera-bag.html ) is more purse friendly, the Canon version is awesome but not exactly cheap! This is assuming you want a zoom, if you want a prime, you could get a 35 mm which would be great for indoors, and an 85mm which would give you more length for outdoors, and keep your 50mm. Alternatively, the 50mm is a great focal length, have you considered upgrading to the 1.4 version? Hope this helps!

menucha said...

When you say 35mm and 85mm do you mean 35mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8? Do you think it would be better to get those two over the 24-70?

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