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    This picture is really making me weep over that lens.

    1. shutterbean 77 months ago | reply

      rut roh- which lens is it? and what were you trying to focus on?

    2. smitten 77 months ago | reply

      We rented the EF 24-70 (which has come recommended by our wedding photographer who she says she uses it for 90 percent of her pics and Dooce, apparently) and it was awesome. But really heavy! I mean, like 2.1 pounds-level heavy, or 5 pounds with the camera body and Speedlight. Very hard to take a picture with one hand while, say, holding a whisk in the other, not that I should be doing that anyway!

      We're renting the EF 24-105 this weekend; also recommended by a friend, it's over half a pound lighter, is slightly more wide-angle-ish and smaller, too (4.2 inches versus 4.9). Oh and it has an image stabilizer so win-win-win.

    3. shutterbean 77 months ago | reply

      daym! you are really smart to rent lenses & try them out.

      i feel your pain on the lens weight! are you aching for a new gadget? are your older lenses not cutting it? or do you just want something that's more versatile?

    4. smitten 77 months ago | reply

      I think we're lucky to have places where we can rent them. It's $25 to $35 a day, depending on the lens, but over these long weekends, we've picked them up on Wednesday and they're not due back until Monday morning -- score.

      So, the thing with the lens is you know how some days you wake up and you hate everything in your closet and your hair is awful and nothing will talk you out of this? (You probably don't, you're adorable.) Anyway, I am having one of those moments with my photos -- I am so tired of every last one of them. They're too close! There's not enough negative space. The macro and I need to take a breather. I've decided a zoomy (so it's useful to us outside the kitchen) wide-angle-ish lens (but not an ultra-wide, like for sightseeing; we have that) is the answer; they make objects *pop* more and they cushion the picture better in its surroundings.

      I'm also just thinking I'm ready for one good L-series lens that I can use for most things. I didn't need it as a beginner but now I can really really see the difference in the quality of the photo they take. Or at least I can in my stuff.

      I am, in short: obsessed.

    5. J. Pollack Photography 77 months ago | reply

      Since you're on a 40D, You might want to check out the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. I shoot primarily with it and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, I love the IS on both for many, many reasons, and I don't really miss the lack of 55-70mm range.

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