Sunday, 20 June 2010

5D, what lens?

while trying to keep this blog as little as possible about "tech&gear", issues arise from time to time which need to be addressed :)

so is the story about the canon 5d mark2... when it came out, I too was amazed, like everyone else. I wondered what lenses I would need if I decided to make this step, especially since I shoot wide-angle a lot and the lens I use on my 30D wouldn't (really) fit - well, not on it's entire focal length. and almost every single article I could find would tell you how important it is to get the expensive L glass, nothing less. and they wrote this so convincingly, that stupid me really started believing them... a simple google search will mainly reveal offers with the 50/1.4, 85/1.2, 24-70/2.8 and alike expensive glass.

so I thought: finding ~2000euros for the body will be hard enough, where the $%^& would I get the rest from? oh just screw it!

2 years later or so, still happy with my "old" camera (geez, time has gained some speed these days, hasn't it?), a friend made an offer I couldn't refuse. and more-or-less overnight found myself owning the infamous camera. the box rested near my desk for a few days, I felt I don't deserve it yet... but then I opened it, making no special effort in deserving it, put on my 50mm f/1.8 and clicked away. and loved it. and clicked some more.

then I went out and bought the 35mm f/2, and loved it even more. and both seemed so wide! I put aside the search for the 24mm, and have only once used my tokina 12-24mm f/4 at it's 24mm end when I needed the width at a concert. 

and I keep looking at the pictures and don't understand where the loss of quality should be... for the normal user. so if google ever indexes this and you stumble upon it and read through here, these are my words: don't be afraid of less expensive lenses! the most important thing, in my opinion, is to have some gear so you can go out and do your thing. it's useless waiting to buy the "right" gear and getting old by then...

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