Wow my first Canon L series lens. A milestone! And you know what they say…’once you go L you never go back.’ Um…yea…or something like that.
Before even putting it on my camera, I noticed an immediate difference in this lens. The construction is phenomenal. It’s like a brick. Heavy and hard as a rock. Although heavy lenses might leave you sore after a day of shooting, they actually help with camera stability which helps remedy camera shake.
A few photos that came our well using this lens at my last wedding:
Some bullets about this lens:
- Weather proofing – there’s a little rubbery plasticy ring around the contact area of this lens to add protection. Weather stripping I guess you could call it! Also protects from dust.
- IS – What made me choose this lens is that it has IS (image stabilisation). This is done with a gyroscope inside the lens to keep the picture still even when your hands are not. You can see it working in the viewfinder. Exe: I was photographing a bride’s shoes and was bent over in an unstable way. My hands were trembling from the strain and I could see the image in the viewfinder stabilising itself as my hands were shaking.
- f/4 – The only thing I’d change about this lens is that I’d like the max aperture to be higher. I went into my last wedding wondering how this lens would fare and I was extremely surprised by the quality of my photos in lower light. This is because with this particular IS lens, you can use up to 3 stops slower shutter speed than you normally would. And of course, a slower shutter lets in more light and the IS prevents camera shake! Brilliant! Also on that note, the aperture can remain at f/4 throughout all your zooming in and out. It maintains an f/4 when fully extended to 105mm. Which means less fiddling with my settings.
- Sharrrrrrp – I don’t know how it does it, but this baby is SHARP as a tack. I’m not a techie as you know and I don’t know the details about how a lens works. But somehow, this lens is sharper than any two edged sword and perhaps even sharper than my primes (blasphemy!)
The long and short of it is that this is now my favourite lens and I doubt it will be coming off my camera any time soon!
Next on my wish list? A 50mm f/1.2. I know…I’m a greedy brat. But I’ll only buy L series from now on!