Telephoto zoomed

I went for it and bought an image stabilized, L-series telephoto zoom: Canon’s 70-200mm f/4. I briefly considered the f/2.8, but I decided it was just too massive to carry around (it weighs about 1.5 kilos). I also considered the non-IS version, but decided that it made more sense to buy the best possible lens once than buy a lesser one and regret it a few years later.

On the basis of my brief experience, the image stabilizing ability of the lens is not exaggerated. Being able to hand hold a shot at 320mm with a 1/45th of a second shutter speed is quite impressive.

Next, I will probably aim to buy a wide angle zoom. Then, at some distant future point, a body with a full frame sensor, like the 5D.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

3 thoughts on “Telephoto zoomed”

  1. One of the best things about the new lens is that it makes it possible to take much better photos of wild animals. So far, that has only really meant squirrels and birds, but it is quite exciting to have a new type of photography to try out.

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