Articles Tagged 'Lens'

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM: Rubber Deterioration

Owners of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM may be quite familiar with the rubber coating on the majority of the lens barrel towards the rear. Over time, and particularly with heat, the rubber deteriorates and becomes unpleasantly sticky, reminiscent of melted electrical tape. The rubber coating on mine is in a bad state [ read more ]

Kenya Trip 2019 - Gear to Take

Very soon, we are departing for Kenya, for what will be our first visit to Africa since 2015. Naturally, there is some preparation in terms of photographic equipment.  A photographic safari requires a considerable amount of gear. Here is a view of the equipment we would like to take with us: And here is a [ read more ]

Canon's Big White 200mm Primes Compared

Introduction People who are familiar with Canon's EF telephoto lenses may know that over the years, Canon has offered two wide-aperture, fast-for-focal-length 200mm prime lenses: Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM; and Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM. Firstly, here is a view of these two wonderful lenses side-by-side: The Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM is a legendary [ read more ]

Lenses: Primes vs. Zooms

Introduction In the photography world, the topic of prime lenses vs. zoom lenses is one of those enduring debates. As someone who has used both types of lenses extensively over the years, I will offer my views both for and against both types. Let me preface by saying that I made a conscious choice to [ read more ]

My New Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM: Ideal for Cityscapes

Last week, I decided to buy a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens. It was a lens I had entertained - but not seriously - adding to my rig. Until the addition of this lens, my two wide lenses consisted of my Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM  and Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM [ read more ]

My New Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

This is my new Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM. This is a lens I first tried in 2008.  It took nine years before I decided to buy one, and it is my third Canon EF super telephoto lens, joining its bigger brothers, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM and the Canon EF 400mm [ read more ]