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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two Favorite Walk-Around Lenses

I just got back from a beautiful sunny weekend at the Oregon Coast.  I brought with me  two of my favorite walk-around lenses.

Black Oystercatcher

As a Canon user, the two most versatile and amazing L series lens I think every photographer should have in their camera bag are the Canon 24-70 and Canon 70-200 zoom lens.

You can tell they are "L" series because of their red bands.


Whether you go with the heavier and more expensive 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM or the lighter and less expensive Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, you won’t be disappointed.  They are all super sharp, well built, and have amazing customer reviews.

Canon 70-200mm F/4L IS USM
  
 
This was taken with my 70-200 lens at 200mm at f/4




 
Canon 24-70mm F/4L IS USM

I shot this one with my 24-70 lens at 70mm at f/5.0


These lenses work well on both a full-frame sensor and crop sensor DSLR camera body. 

I have the two lighter version lenses, and couldn’t be happier.  There are times when the low f stop number would be a nice addition in low light shooting, and for that dreamy bokeh we all love, but for my everyday use when I’m hiking and sightseeing, a lighter lens to carry around is far more important to me.  I do however use a low f stop prime lens for my portrait shooting.


Once you own one of these lenses, you’ll never go back to your kit lens again!

The newly renovated Yaquina Head Lighthouse (1872) on the Oregon Coast