Photographs can never be too sharp. Many of mine haven’t been sharp enough to please me.
For months I’ve been thinking about upgrading my camera equipment, and I finally did it. This afternoon my new lens arrived.
As soon as UPS delivered it, I hit the trail. I couldn’t wait to get out and put my new lens through its paces, even though I got caught in a rain storm. No matter. My new lens worked fine.
Just half a mile from my apartment is a prairie dog colony. Since it was wet and after 6, most of the prairie dogs had already gone to bed. But this one posed nicely for me:
My new lens is superior in three ways to my three other lenses. First, it is a Canon “L-series” lens, which is the company’s designation for the best ones that it makes. Unofficially, the “L” stands for luxury, and I guess that it is.
Second, it is a prime lens. My previous favorite was my 18-200mm zoom lens. And a zoom lens can never produce images as sharp as a prime lens.
Third, it is an f/4 300mm lens, meaning that its reach is greater than the 200mm maximum that I had before. In fact, would be effectively 480mm when compared to what a full-frame sensor would get.
With image stabilization this long telephoto lens works well even without using a tripod. While I have four tripods, I don’t like to bother with them for most wildlife shots, and I didn’t use one today.
What has held me back from buying this new lens until now was not so much the price but the size and weight. It is 8.7 inches long and weighs 2.6 pounds.
I debated getting Canon’s f/2.8 300mm lens but its size and weight put me off even more than its $4,900 price tag. It is 9.9 inches long and weighs 5.6 pounds. I doubt if I would ever enjoy carrying it on a long hike.
My new lens also has a closer minimum focusing distance, 4.9 feet compared to 8.2 feet for the f2.8 lens. I like using a telephoto lens for macro shots. My 60mm macro lens absolutely requires using a tripod. I got this macro shot of an interesting dried flower today with my new favorite lens: