Getting to know a new lens

posted by Jeff | Sunday, November 5, 2006, 10:46 AM | comments: 0

A couple of years ago, while Stephanie and I were at a Medieval Times show in Baltimore, I had an accident involving some soda and my relatively inexpensive zoom lens. Well, the issue caught up with me recently when the lens started to cease up. I got a lot of mileage out of it (had it since 2000 with my film camera), but it was a stupid mistake.

So I decided to replace it, but this time get a decent "L" lens. Canon's 70-200mm f/2.8 L has been like the gold standard for a long time, but at $1,200, it's a little steep. In the last year though, they came up with a less expensive version that opens to f/4, at less than half the cost, so that was a slam dunk.

Anxious to use it before going to Orlando, Catherine and I went to the Columbus Zoo. Neat zoo, with lots of recent improvements.

The depth of field is of course very short when you're up close, so this one isn't quite on the nose of the turtle, but it's close.


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