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.
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?