Time passes and during that time I sold my 24-70mm f/2.8L lens to finance something else because I seldom used it. I only used it when I had to shoot a group somewhere other than outdoors in the sun. I thought that my 24-105mm f/4L would be enough. I was wrong.
I recently had a group shoot, outdoor in the early morning. No problem, right? Just take the f/4. Then it clouds up. Long story short I got the shot but it got me to thinking about investing in another f/2.8 wide angle lens.
Doing my research I came across a lot of possiblities but I did not want to spend a $2K on a lens I would not use more than a couple times a year. Plus I did not want to add another heavy lens to the bag, because if they are heavy I tend to leave them at home! Which is bad.
This lens being on sale brought it to my attention, as I doubt I would have paid full price for it. But it is perfect for my needs. It is very sharp with great color reproduction and very light weight. It is small and does not take up much room in the bag.
So from my 2 sessions with it so far this is a very good lens. I highly recommend it.
Just started testing the Bolt but so far I am impressed. It’s easy to use and charges very quickly. I drained the charge that came on it and now I will see how long a full charge lasts.
Back row: 70-200 f/2.8, 5D MKII, 28-300, 1D MkIII, 70-200 f/4, 7D
Front row: 24-105,100, 16-35, 135, 35, 85, 200
I recently picked up a Yongnuo YN-560 II flash, at the suggestion of Scott Kelby. I am impressed, this flash has a very good build and creates great light. The controls are easy to use (wish my Canon’s were this easy) and I can use it as a slave flash (which is why I got it).
In this image the Yongnuo YN-560 II is in a Ziser Zumbrella camera right at 1/64 power. Camera was a 1D Mark III using the excellent 100mm f/2 lens. Aperture f/2.2 at 1/125 and ISO 200.
I am very impressed with this flash. They have increased in price $10 since I got mine but they are still under $80 at Amazon.
I have seen comments that they don’t hold up over time but even a Canon flash won’t if you treat it roughly. Only time will tell.
If you need a flash and shoot in manual (no ETTL with this unit) then check out the Yongnuo YN-560 II, at these prices you can get 2!
After a prolonged illness my Dell laptop recently died. It’s smaller, lighter and less expensive Lenovo is a welcome addition.