Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lens is coming

I ended up with the 70-200 f/4 IS USM. I figured in the end the f/4 should be good enough for shooting soccer outdoor and may even work for indoor if there is enough light. The boys don't play indoor yet but they may someday. Hopefully I'm covered. There were a bunch of things that went into my decision:

1. Build quality of 70-200 L lens is outstanding from what I've read.
2. 70-300 f/4-5.6 has a focus ring that rotates during AF which can cause issues if you have a hand on it when it's focusing. I could see that being an issue.
3. 70-300 f/4-5.6 has a front rotating element which makes using polarizers next to impossible.
4. photozone.de results for 70-200 are amazing. According to those tests the lens is excellent throughout it's range and across the entire image
5. I figured you only live once and I was fortunate enough to have the mondy to get it so why not.

It will be here on January 20th. I'm excited to try it out.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

More and more lenses

This is actually getting to be fun. The more I look, the more bargains I am discovering. Apparently the 55-250 and the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS are pretty highly thought of lenses that don't carry a large price tag. The 55-250 is $255 brand new. The 70-300 comes in at $550. So that gives me some more thinking to do and options to consider. My big concern would be if these would work well for shooting my son's soccer games. Not sure how the AF works on these regarding sports. I'll have to look into it some more.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Figuring out what I want to do

One of the things I've wrestled with in the past is whether or not I want to start a little photography business. This would obviously be something on the side where I shoot after work or on weekends. I almost got going a few years ago but never quite pulled the trigger. I did a senior photos shoot for a neighbor and they loved the results, or so they told me :). I thought that would get me started but I never put any effort into getting more business. Here I am a couple of years later with a renewed spirit for taking photos and that question popped into my mind again. The big reason it did was that I used a friends 28-70 f/2.8 lens this fall and loved how the photos looked. I decided I wanted one for myself. Well, if I'm going to spend that kind of money then I should try to make some money as well right? For me, the answer is wrong. I just don't want to give up my free time to take photos for someone else, then process them, then print them, then meet with the person to give them there photos and wrap up. I want to spend the bulk of my time just shooting and other stuff that really interests me, like fishing and playing soccer. So I've decided this will always just be a hobby for me, an expensive one :). I'm sure I'll do my own kids senior photos and occasionally do a shoot for someone if they ask but I'm definitely not going to market myself and try to turn it into a business. In my gut this feels like the right decision and has for a couple of weeks now.