I rented the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS from LensRentals.com (I love them). I needed a lens that would perform in low light conditions to take some rehearsal shots for Bob’s production of Peter Pan. The lens arrived Thursday and I won’t be taking theatre shots until Tuesday or Wednesday… In the meantime, I’m taking some outdoor shots, of course. These are from Chautauqua Creek, between Hannum Road and Lyon’s Road.
My kit lens is the 18-55mm with no image stabilization. So the focal length on this lens isn’t much different. I ordered it because the largest aperture is f/2.8, rather than the f/5.6 of my kit lens. I figured it would let in more light and take pictures under darker conditions.
It has been interesting playing with this lens. With my kit lens, I can set it on “P” (which automatically sets shutter speed and aperture for me) and be pretty satisfied with my shots. Sometimes, I set it on “Av” (Aperture Priority) just to try to teach myself more about photography.
With this lens, I find I get my best results when I set it on “Tv” (Shutter speed priority). Sometimes the photos are a little dark. But a slightly faster ISO, or a little tweaking with my Canon software and the results are pleasing to me!
Does anyone else use this lens? What do you think of it? Do you have any tips for me?