Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lens Rental: Canon 24-70 mm 2.8

As part of my 30 before 30 project, I decided to spend some time investigating a new lens for my digital SLR camera. To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was looking for initially, but Ali Edwards had recommended the 24-70 2.8 lens on her blog (as had a bunch of amazon reviewers and people on message boards), so I decided to give it a shot.

I did not have intentions of dropping 1300 bucks on a lens without knowing what I was getting into, however, so I decided to use my favorite local camera store Glazers, and rent the lens. It was about 30 dollars for the weekend (with a thousand dollar deposit in case of damage).

The weather was kind of iffy, but I really wanted to test out the low light capabilities of the 2.8, so I went down to the market just before closing and got a few test shots done.

So what did I learn?

The bokeh was delicious and the lens did really well in low light. My next purchased lens is definitely going to have to be at least 2.8 aperture. The colors on auto were super creamy and did not need any real post-processing work. 

Overall, I can definitely agree that this lens is really really nice compared to the kit lens. I really enjoyed getting away from the 50 mm for a bit. I appreciated the extra focal length that this lens provided. 

However, it wasn't the best walkaround lens with my current camera strap. This sucker is heavy. Despite the dreamy photos, I think I would be really uncomfortable trekking around all day with this thing tied to my neck. I understand now why people invest in thick straps and camera bags. 

Also, I was really really nervous about hurting the lens, as it was only a rental. It also did not come with a UV filter, so I was super paranoid about making sure the actual lens glass was protected. Because really, who wants to pay on a security deposit?

I think that the experience overall was valuable in helping me to decide what I do want (wide focal length, small aperture) and what I don't want (giant heavy lens) in my next lens purchase.

However, given the sale price point of this particular lens and the ease and cost of rental, if I did need this lens again, I think I would definitely opt for renting vs buying. At least right now.

So the search continues.

I think I might try out a 28mm prime lens next. Anyone got any suggestions for me?


mcscraps5 said...

Those are some great photos!! $1300 is a lot to spend on a lens. Glad you got to try one out first before you make any decisions. With those kind of photos, though, I bet it's tempting.

Genevieve said...

I just bought this lens last week!! I haven't been outside to really test it out yet (darn crummy Canadian winter!) but from what I can tell, it's going to be sweet :) your photos are great, makes me even more excited to get out and try it!

alissa said...
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alissa said...

alissa said...
i've had this tamron lens for a few years and i LOVE it!


it was recommended by karen russell as an altenative to the $1300 canon one and the warranty on tamron is 6 years, compared to the canon warranty of 1 year (which bit me in the butt on my 50mm 1.4).
it is AMAZING and a bit lighter than the canon one. you should check it out!

sylv said...

I agree with Alissa, you should try out the Tamron 28-75 2.8. It is my go to lens. I bought it used from a camera shop in my area for $269.00.

tnt521 said...

No help here as I only own a point and shoot...just wanted to say the photos you took are amazing! How nice that you have the option to just rent the lens when you want it! And I know Alissa takes some great photos so her advice is probably great!

Again, amazing photos! Love the color one of the market! Gorg!

tammy t

Anonymous said...

I have the Tamron 28-75 as well. It is on my camera most of the time.

laura lee said...

i love those of the produce!

Jenny said...

I didn't know you could rent lens's o.O

Awesome photo's though :D

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