So today I received the lens I ordered from Vistek. I didn’t bring my camera to work because I wasn’t expecting to receive the lens until early next week. I did get to see the weight difference between the f1.8 and the f1.4 today as a co-worker brought in his lens.
Mine is bigger, heavier, and built with a metal ring, while his is super light and all plastic. My lens is also a little quieter, but other than that, with the few shots he took on his Canon T1i, I didn’t really notice much difference. They both took exceptional shots, and were able to focus lock in his dreary office very quickly.
I can’t wait to try out my new lens, and I definitely can’t buy any more for the foreseeable future.
The more I learn about photography though, the more involved it becomes. I was looking at the 75-300mm lens that my co-worker got and while his lacks image stabilization, mine is only 55-250mm. While that might not seem like much, the longer zoom allows him to stay back more from people than I can, allowing him to potentially get a shot that I couldn’t.
Also, most of the stellar photography that I’ve seen that I enjoy comes from a minimum of 300mm of zoom.
Does that mean I should get another lens to increase my telephoto zoom abilities? Probably not. I don’t think I could survive without image stabilization, and I rarely cart my tripod around for stable shooting.
I definitely see why photography has become such a popular hobby though since digital took over the marketplace.