Am I the only photographer who suffers from lens stress/envy/anxiety? I'm slowly nearing the 100 photos landmark with dreamstime and up until recently have made do with one lens; the tamron 17 -50 f2.8 (non IS) which has served me very well.
I have always known I would need to get some kind of telephoto as a logical next step and finally I went for a canon EF 70 - 300 a couple of months ago. It has taken me several years of indecision and procrastination to take this step, mainly because I couldn't decide between telephoto or some kind of superzoom and couldn't face making the wrong choice.
Here are a few shots taken on some recent travels with my new telephoto.
I got on really well with it and it ended up being my walk-about lens. Switching lenses was indeed annoying but I don't think I missed more than a couple of shots in two weeks of mainly wildlife photography. In fact, I found that it opened up a whole new world of photography to me, with the long end great for isolating subject from background (better in fact than relying on the f2.8 on the tamron lens).
What bugs me is whether I would I have had the same result with a superzoom. I'm by no means a pixel peeper but image quality is still important to me. Would I really have noticed the difference? Unfortunately my lens stress has only temporarily abated and I'm now also wondering, what should be my third lens?
I was thinking some f4 or f2.8 constant aperture fast lens would be better for a telephoto. Else will be accessories like monopod to stabilize your cam and lens assembly. Keep shooting. The less you think about hardware, the more you will concentrate on getting the shots you want and going out there to shoot.
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