Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wish List

I have a wish list. Okay, more than one, but this is today's wish list. And it's a wish list because I am paralyzed with indecision plus a big yellow dog is sitting on my foot and breathing in my face.

Above is the Canon 17-40mm super wide f/4 L lens. Note that it is not just wide, it's super wide. I've done some research on the internets where research = google "best lens for a canon, canon dslr or canon d40" and this one turned up and wasn't astronomically expensive. And it's Canon's L line of lenses. L is the top quality line. I know this because I am a semi- quasi- somewhat enthusiastic hobby like photographer. It is now out of stock at B&H. People recommend this as a great all around lens, and one lady says this is what she takes to Europe. Who are these people who frequently go to Europe? I've been once and have been scheming about how to go back since I got home?

This lens, at least it's size (is that how you describe this) is on PW's list that she blogged about on Scott Kelby's blog. Of course, hers is a Nikkor for her Nikon camera, but I, being of superior photographic knowledge, made the translation to Canon. Impressed? Yes, me too.

Anyway, here's Canon's description: A highly practical medium telephoto lens with superb delineation and portability. Images are sharp and clear at all apertures. Through computer simulations, the lens has been designed to give beautiful background blur. Since the front lens group does not rotate during focusing, special filter effects are not affected. Does that help you? Me, either.

The peeps say this is a great portraiture lens and also so sharp it's great for weddings and low light situations. And one lady used it for basketball and volleyball. And last but not least: it's not the great 85mm 1.2, but for the price... Aah, that's a bit easier to digest.

Ultra-wide-angle lens for serious applications. Easy to hold and carry at 0.89 lb. Floating rear focusing system gives sharp images at all subject distances. The reviews rate this 5 stars with comments like good for groups, good for environmental portraits and event photography, and perhaps most helpful: reminds me of my Distagon on the Blad.


This lens was also on PW's list, coincidentally.

So, I'm still paralyzed, although the big yellow dog removed in a huff because my foot would not get out of the way of his nap.

The price range is $700 for the L series lens and $455 for the 20mm and $345 for the 85mm.

I hate deciding.


  1. I read Scott Kelby's blog and PW's as well. I wish I didn't because I get lens envy every time. Because when I was done reading Scott's blog I went over to Craigslist and did a search for the 85 and the 20.

  2. I am still dreaming of the camera!!!

    I translate this whole post into the sewing world and TOTALLY get you!

    I miss you my friend and I feel your hugs and prayers all the way over here!!!

  3. It's an easy decision for me. I let D3 pick out a camera when it's time for an upgrade. She the photography whiz in the house, so she gets to call the shots.

  4. I have the Canon 85mm f/1.8 and it's a beautiful lens. Just be sure you have lots of room to back up - it does a GREAT job on portraits but it's SO close. I've been using my 50mm f/1.4 a lot more recently but now that summer is arriving and I can be outside, I'll probably switch back to the 85.

    My photography wish list has like 40 items on it. ;)

    PS: This is Lauren from the Chicago workshop. ;D



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