I mentioned to my friends at Photo Club that I plan to rent a couple of lenses in the next few weeks to see how I like them, before I invest in one of my own. Terry Lorenc was kind enough to loan me his Canon 70-300 f4.5-5.6 IS.
I spent some time Friday and Saturday trying it out. Here are a few shots I took:
I’m not overly pleased with the sharpness of the photos. But that could be a lack of experience with the lens. I’m sure with practice, I’d get better.
Here’s the whole set of photos I took with Terry’s Lens:
It was certainly a completely different experience using this lens, compared to my usual – the kit lens (18-55mm) plus 10X closeup lens for variation. I’m used to getting on my knees and getting close to fill the frame with an image. With the 70-300, you HAVE to stand back or it won’t focus. I’m hoping to try one more time tomorrow morning down at Audubon to see if I can catch a few pond-side critters that usually hop or fly away before I can get close enough for my 18-55mm to be able to capture them.
Next, I plan to rent (or borrow) the Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS L and maybe some others before I make my choice. (Of course I’d love to have them all, but since I’m not wealthy, I’m just working one lens at a time!) Any advice from readers on a good lens for capturing dragonflies or frogs at the pond’s edge – preferably something that can be hand-held and still give good sharpness?
Thanks, Terry! You saved me a little money that I can put toward a lens, rather than toward a rental!