Shirley on Good Ship Lollipop and Discussions on Long Lenses

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Oh the joy of being young ...

Shirley on Good Ship Lollipop: Mr Juzno, make sure you take this side. It's my good side.

Juzno: Already did, my dear. That will be $90 for the photo.

[Narrator: This could have been taken with a cheap cell phone but it wasn't. In truth the Canon EOS 60D with 18 mP and a long EF 70-200mm L series lens were used to capture this image. Then the raw image was processed in Photoshop CS6 and rendered into monochrome using Silver Efex Pro. Why am I making this comparison? Because I wouldn't be able to charge $90 if I have used a cell phone.]

Oh the joy of having the perfect profile...

Shirley on Good Ship Lollipop: Mr Juzno, I'm changing my name and I'm going to be famous!

Juzno: I'm keeping your photo.

. . .

Glenn: EF 70-200 L with f4 or f2.8 aperture? Also, was it with IS? Just wondering what I could afford when I retire.

Juzno: It's the f4 no IS, Glenn. Otherwise I would have charged $180. Buy now ... don't wait to be a senior (citizen).

Glenn: Yeah, I know how heavy the quality cameras and lenses can be. I wouldn't want to lug it around as a senior citizen, unless perhaps I was in a wheelchair.

Juzno: For the longest time, I debated about getting an f4 or the ridiculously expensive f2.8 IS. But I think there's not much advantage using the wider f2.8 except when you need it to compensate for exposure. At a very long focal length, you don't have much tolerance when you use a wider aperture -- a slight movement would make your photo out of focus -- that is why it needs IS. The one reason you may want the wider aperture is to get a nice bokeh -- and the f4 can provide that because it is a long lens. Even at f5.6, I can get a nice blur in the background. My 2 cents.

Glenn: Your 2 cents makes sense. Have you also considered the hefty 70-300 f4 L IS lens, which is more affordable than the "ridiculously expensive" f2.8 IS? I might consider it in a few years when we get a raise.

Juzno: I think the longer the zoom, the more complicated the lens becomes. In order to make the lens affordable, the manufacturer usually have to cut cost - and more often compromising the integrity of the product. The 70-300 f4 IS may well be a good buy. I've never researched it. I personally don't like zoom lens. I think prime lens are much better. I bought the 70-200 because I needed the 200. I already have a 135 L. The ideal choice for me was to either get a prime 200 or a prime 300. The problem I thought would be that for a prime long lens, I would have to take more steps forward or backwards to get the right framing. At the end of the day, the zoom 70-200 made more sense for the type of photography I do -- which is basically candid people.

One thing to remember when you go for longer focal lenghts, you are probably going to need a tripod. For one, it's heavy and would be hard to eliminate camera shake. [The IS will come in handy here]. At 300, a slight shift can throw off your framing. Mo

4 responses

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (3 Apr 2013):

    Oh my is she cute!

  • rob castro

    rob castro gave props (3 Apr 2013):

    thanks shannon ... means a lot

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    Adorable & precious portrait!

  • rob castro

    rob castro gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    thanks Michele ... much appreciated

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