Saturday, October 2, 2010

From the Collaboratory

Rainy Season

Paris when it rains by turine

My quest for glass continues; therefore, so does my experimentation with various lenses. Last weekend, I rented a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5 - 5.6 L IS lens from Glazer Camera here in Seattle. (A great benefit of having a local shop!)

Rain Curtain on Lake Garda by flywithme

It was a disappointment.

While the images came out crisp and clear, and I was able to achieve a fair degree of closeup, the lens was much more sluggish than the 70-200mm f/2.8 L II, which sells for a couple hundred dollars less. So instead of getting the lovely, wings-extended blue heron shot I wanted, I captured him gawky-looking, wings-straight-down. You'll notice that my photos are not included in this post. Ha!

Rain by flywithme

So, the lens choice for this weekend is once again the 70-200mm, but with a 2x extender to give me some range. I know the extenders compromise image quality. My goal this weekend is to learn how much.

In the Presence of Still Water by CMirandaDesigns

Stay tuned.

Droplets by kellya

Nakedeye17 (Su) thinks of photography as a wake-up call: "Hey, everybody! Are you seeing this?" She loves to capture humor, too, and anything wondrous strange. Find Nakedeye17's shop here.


Anika said...

beautiful picks! I look forward to reading about which lens works best for you...I am in the market myself!

PhotoGrunt said...

Lovely images, Su! That's a good idea, renting a lens. I may have to go down to Glazer's too!