lens stress

Am I the only photographer who suffers from lens stress/envy/anxiety? I'm slowly nearing the 100 photos landmark with dreamstime and up until recently have made do with one lens; the tamron 17 -50 f2.8 (non IS) which has served me very well.

I have always known I would need to get some kind of telephoto as a logical next step and finally I went for a canon EF 70 - 300 a couple of months ago. It has taken me several years of indecision and procrastination to take this step, mainly because I couldn't decide between telephoto or some kind of superzoom and couldn't face making the wrong choice.

Here are a few shots taken on some recent travels with my new telephoto.

I got on really well with it and it ended up being my walk-about lens. Switching lenses was indeed annoying but I don't think I missed more than a couple of shots in two weeks of mainly wildlife photography. In fact, I found that it opened up a whole new world of photography to me, with the long end great for isolating subject from background (better in fact than relying on the f2.8 on the tamron lens).

What bugs me is whether I would I have had the same result with a superzoom. I'm by no means a pixel peeper but image quality is still important to me. Would I really have noticed the difference? Unfortunately my lens stress has only temporarily abated and I'm now also wondering, what should be my third lens?

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August 16, 2013


I have 5 lenses all 2.8 or under,no prime yet.wish list is Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8 L USM Lens or
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Autofocus Lens
I have a Canon 60D Still saving,Good luck and great port

August 15, 2013


Shoot with what ever you have, and what I do is that with the earnings buy more equipment.

August 10, 2013


I was thinking some f4 or f2.8 constant aperture fast lens would be better for a telephoto. Else will be accessories like monopod to stabilize your cam and lens assembly. Keep shooting. The less you think about hardware, the more you will concentrate on getting the shots you want and going out there to shoot.

August 10, 2013


You must buy a prime, a 35 or 50 mm and start shooting people, wildlife made with tele sales bad.

August 10, 2013


Just use what you have, because you seem to have what you need for now, a wide angle and a zoom.
And a 300mm lens on a crop sensor camera can be considered a super zoom.

I only have 3 lenses,
the worst is a cheapo Tamron 70-300mm F4 tele-macro which is a purple fringe monster
and it has lots of limitations, plus it needs lots of light if I want to stay on iso100.

My best is a Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM prime.
And my Canon kit lens is also ok in good light when I need a wider angle.

For me the prime lens does the job most of the times so I'm not complaining about gear,
instead I'm trying to get by with what I have for now.

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Photo credits: Kim Deadman.