What lenses do you own?

cwild

I'm New Here
May 26, 2011
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Canon 16-35 F2.8 L - Great landscape lens, always either in my bag or on my camera
Canon 24-70 F2.8 L - Not impressed with it, will probably be selling it soon, hardly ever gets used
Canon 40mm F2.8 Pancake - Love it. Goes everywhere with me
Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS II - A superb lens, but a bit heavy.
Canon 400mm F5.6 L - Sharp wide open, a superb wildlife lens and light enough to travel with easily

Leica 35-70 F4 R - My 'Go to' landscape lens. I find the images it produces to be far nicer than the 24-70 L
Leica 90mm F2 R - Superb for portraits, I just wish it had AF!

Canon Eos 5D iii, I sold the 1D iV because even shooting wildlife I found myself prefering the 5d
 

MARKOE PHOTOE

Photography is a love affair with life.
cwild said:
Canon 16-35 F2.8 L - Great landscape lens, always either in my bag or on my camera
Canon 24-70 F2.8 L - Not impressed with it, will probably be selling it soon, hardly ever gets used
Canon 40mm F2.8 Pancake - Love it. Goes everywhere with me
Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS II - A superb lens, but a bit heavy.
Canon 400mm F5.6 L - Sharp wide open, a superb wildlife lens and light enough to travel with easily

Leica 35-70 F4 R - My 'Go to' landscape lens. I find the images it produces to be far nicer than the 24-70 L
Leica 90mm F2 R - Superb for portraits, I just wish it had AF!

Canon Eos 5D iii, I sold the 1D iV because even shooting wildlife I found myself prefering the 5d

Please tell me more about the Leica 35-70 lens. Which adapter?
 

sdsr

EOS R
Jul 14, 2012
912
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Qn 1: I have only been a Canon user since April (Pentax before that); I have a 5DII, with a Rebel T3i as back-up (comments below are based on use with 5DII)

1.17-40L - good enough for wide-angle work while I figure out whether my fondness for ultra-wide (in my Pentax days I enjoyed the Sigma 8-16mm at 8mm) is just a passing fad.

2. 20mm f/2.8 for when I want fairly wide-angle in low light (I prefer to avoid flash when possible). Haven't used it much, but it seems to do a nice job.

3. 24-105 L. The kit lens for my 5DII. If I'm taking just one lens with me when in urban tourist mode, chances are it will be this one; quite versatile, not too heavy.

4. 28mm f/1.8. Bought it as a fairly wide lens for low light, but I'm not much impressed with it for such a purpose - wide open in low light it's mushy around the edges. The 24-105 at f/4 does a better job at 28mm, frankly. May not keep it.

5. 40mm pancake. Bought this in part because I liked the Pentax equivalent so much just as an object (yes, a silly reason). The Canon pancake doesn't come close to that aesthetically, but it's probably better in every other way- an excellent lens, though I don't find myself using it often.

6. 50mm f/1.8. Too cheap to resist, and miles better than the 28mm f/1.8 wide open in low light. Don't use this focal length much, though - might consider upgrading to the f/1.4 if I did.

7. 50mm macro. Good for when I want to get more-or-less on top of a small object, and perhaps better overall than the f/1.8.

8. 70-200 f/4 IS. Almost as good as the 70-200 f/2.8 II but half the price and half the weight; I use this lens more than any other. Doesn't stop me from wanting a 70-200 f/2.8 II as well (and it would be as well rather than instead - I can't imagine lugging the latter on, say, vacation to Europe), even though I'm not sure how often I would see a difference in the results. Need to rent one again....

9. 70-300 non-L IS. Bought this before #8, assuming I wanted the extra 100mm. It's a perfectly fine lens, but crops from #8 at 200 look better than the images this makes at 300, and in every way #8 is a superior piece of machinery - so I'm not really sure why I'm keeping this....

[10. 70-300 L IS. I assume the copy I bought was faulty as some of the time the photos I took with this lens were less sharp than with #9, so I returned it. May eventually try another copy, but for now #8 will do.]

11. 85mm f/1.8; a remarkable bargain for a lens this good. Great for low light (among other things).

12. 100mm f.2.8 IS L macro. I use it less for macro purposes than as a standard lens that lets me get very close when I want and offers the advantages of IS, extremely shallow depth of focus, and lovely smooth backgrounds. That said, having recently rented a copy, I'm pretty sure I want a 135mm L too - even better in low light, even smoother backgrounds and, maybe, even a bit sharper.

Qn 2. I've only owned a dslr for a couple of years. Other interests - classical music, vintage fountain pens - eventually faded enough to free up sufficient funds to support this one as well.

Qn 3. Reading what others have to say is informative and entertaining enough, but supplement it with first hand experience. If, like me, you don't know people with equipment you're interested in and who are willing to let you try it, avail yourself of the various lens/camera rental firms. (And while you're about it, rent a full-frame body and test the comment you referred to about glass vs bodies....) It's interesting to compare different lenses of the same type and see whether the differences that matter to others matter to you; you may even be able to offset the wish-list you end up acquiring by ruling out lenses you thought you wanted!
 

AudioGlenn

EOS RP
Aug 9, 2012
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MARKOE PHOTOE said:
OK, this is much like group therapy! I know its a problem and I'm working on it. HA!

Currently:
Canon 16-35 II
Canon 24 TSE II
Canon 24-105
Canon 40 STM
Canon 50 1.2L
Canon 50 1.4
Canon 85L II
Canon 100 2.8L
Canon 135L
Canon 70-200L II
Canon 70-300L
Canon 100-400L
Canon 200 2.8L II
Zeiss 35 2.0
Zeiss 50 1.4
Zeiss 50 2.0
Zeiss 85 1.4
Zeiss 100 2.0 (new)
Zeiss 100 2.0 (used, ready to sell if anyone is interested)

My long term goal is to use or own all of Canon's lenses and keep the ones I like best and sell the others.

There, I feel better now. Thanks!

LOL. Yes I totally understand the addiction. I've got $75,000 worth of audio gear in my home, too. This just happens to be the NEW addiction!
 

unfocused

EOS-1D X Mark III
Jul 20, 2010
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Springfield, IL
www.mgordoncommunications.com
I'll play along. All are used on a 7-D.

Tokina EF-S 11-16 f2.8: Great lens. Impressive performance and build quality.

Canon 50mm f 1.8: Nifty-Fifty is so cheap there is no reason not to own one.

Canon EF-S 15-85mm: My main lens. On the camera 90% of the time. Perfect for walk-around. Very sharp. I find the extra 2-3 mm at the wide end critical.

Canon 100 mm Macro L: Sure, the macro is very cool, but with the IS it is an excellent short telephoto lens as well. Even works nicely for portraits if you can step back a ways.

Canon 70-300 mm L: When this lens first came out, I couldn't figure out why anyone would buy it. Shorter than the 100-400mm, not as fast as the 70-200 2.8 and ridiculously overpriced. But, I kept being drawn to this lens and finally, this spring I went for it during a one-day Adorama sale. Glad I did. Most days, I can put the 15-85 on my 7D and slip this in the camera bag and know that I will be covered for almost anything.

Canon 100-400 mm L: I like to shoot wildlife and birds on occasion. I rented this lens once and the lust started. I tired the 300 f4 with teleconverter and the 400 5.6 L. Decided I liked this the best. I kept hoping for a II version, but got impatient. When I saw that the price would likely double, I was glad I'd decided to stick with this one. Bought it through the Canon refurbished store on a 15% off sale. I don't use it as much as I should, but when I do, I love it.

Lenses I've owned and either got rid of or don't use anymore:

70-300 non-IS consumer grade version: soft, soft, soft. Only good thing about it was that it was cheap.

55-250 EF-S IS: Next to the nifty-fifty Canon's best bargain lens. Sure, it's made out of plastic and feels like it. But, it is incredibly sharp and really, isn't that what is most important in a lens? If you can't afford the 70-300 "L" and want a telephoto for your crop camera, you can do a lot worse than this baby.

70-300 Tamron IS: I bought this lens because I couldn't justify the 70-300 "L" at the time. For the price, it's a great lens. Better than the Canon 70-300 IS non-"L", at about half the cost. But, I was just never really satisfied with it. No sharper than the 55-250mm and seemed to have occasional issues with autofocus not being able to find the target.

580 EX II (2) & 430 EXII: Love these strobes. Younger photographers have no clue how frustrating and random it was shooting with strobes before the perfection of ETTL and digital. Guess at the exposure, remember to change the shutter speed to 1/60th, Be sure to always carry an extra cord because if you looked at it crossways it quit working, hope your battery pack holds a charge for at least 15 minutes and then pray that when you develop the film you actually get something.

Okay, that's my true confession.
 

Dylan777

EOS-1D X Mark III
Nov 17, 2011
5,514
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MARKOE PHOTOE said:
OK, this is much like group therapy! I know its a problem and I'm working on it. HA!

Currently:
Canon 16-35 II
Canon 24 TSE II
Canon 24-105
Canon 40 STM
Canon 50 1.2L
Canon 50 1.4
Canon 85L II
Canon 100 2.8L
Canon 135L
Canon 70-200L II
Canon 70-300L
Canon 100-400L
Canon 200 2.8L II
Zeiss 35 2.0
Zeiss 50 1.4
Zeiss 50 2.0
Zeiss 85 1.4
Zeiss 100 2.0 (new)
Zeiss 100 2.0 (used, ready to sell if anyone is interested)

My long term goal is to use or own all of Canon's lenses and keep the ones I like best and sell the others.

There, I feel better now. Thanks!

How often do you use them? ;D ;D ;D
 

Razor2012

EOS RP
Apr 11, 2012
617
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Dylan777 said:
MARKOE PHOTOE said:
OK, this is much like group therapy! I know its a problem and I'm working on it. HA!

Currently:
Canon 16-35 II
Canon 24 TSE II
Canon 24-105
Canon 40 STM
Canon 50 1.2L
Canon 50 1.4
Canon 85L II
Canon 100 2.8L
Canon 135L
Canon 70-200L II
Canon 70-300L
Canon 100-400L
Canon 200 2.8L II
Zeiss 35 2.0
Zeiss 50 1.4
Zeiss 50 2.0
Zeiss 85 1.4
Zeiss 100 2.0 (new)
Zeiss 100 2.0 (used, ready to sell if anyone is interested)

My long term goal is to use or own all of Canon's lenses and keep the ones I like best and sell the others.

There, I feel better now. Thanks!

How often do you use them? ;D ;D ;D

Holy...Markoe you've got half of Canon's inventory there, lol.
 
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frisk

Guest
Heh...I feel like I'm attending an AA meeting - stepping up to the podium and saying "My name is *** and I'm a lensaholic"...

Anyhow, my list:

Peleng 8mm fisheye
Zenitar 16mm fisheye
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM (and no, that's not a typo - I really have one of those)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM (and no, that's not a typo either)
Vivitar 800mm (preset, not a cat)

I plan to add the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L and perhaps the new 40mm pancake lens later this month
 

Dylan777

EOS-1D X Mark III
Nov 17, 2011
5,514
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frisk said:
Heh...I feel like I'm attending an AA meeting - stepping up to the podium and saying "My name is *** and I'm a lensaholic"...

Anyhow, my list:

Peleng 8mm fisheye
Zenitar 16mm fisheye
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM (and no, that's not a typo - I really have one of those)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM (and no, that's not a typo either)
Vivitar 800mm (preset, not a cat)

I plan to add the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L and perhaps the new 40mm pancake lens later this month

Hard to find and very pricyyyyyy ;)
 

Razor2012

EOS RP
Apr 11, 2012
617
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frisk said:
Heh...I feel like I'm attending an AA meeting - stepping up to the podium and saying "My name is *** and I'm a lensaholic"...

Anyhow, my list:

Peleng 8mm fisheye
Zenitar 16mm fisheye
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM (and no, that's not a typo - I really have one of those)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM (and no, that's not a typo either)
Vivitar 800mm (preset, not a cat)

I plan to add the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L and perhaps the new 40mm pancake lens later this month

How's the DOF and bokeh with that baby? I seen one on eBay alittle while ago and the guy was asking 5 grand. :eek:
 
Jul 13, 2012
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stormandsky.com
I'll bite as it's damn easy for my tiny list.

10-22 EF-s - I like it because it is sharp, wide, and doesn't flare when you point it at lights(unlike the Tokina 11-16). CA is easy to fix, flare not so much. Otherwise I'd be dumping it and picking up the faster Tokina.

I had a 17-40L before the 10-22. It was pretty horrid when I briefly had a full frame 5D II. Flare and bigtime vignetting. Wasn't bad on crop minus the flaring.

50mm F1.8 sharp. The thing is a major pain in the ass to manual focus using live view though. Simply letting go of that flimsy focus ring makes it move.

100-400L sharp and good range. I'd always get IS if you are in that 70mm + telephoto range. I never thought I'd need it much, but yeah, mine has to about be worn out by now.

I've had a still camera since 2002. I've managed with that simple range, one ultra wide, a 50, and a 100-400. Eventually I'll get a 24-70L F2.8.
 

Happy viking

I'm New Here
Jul 6, 2012
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Sigma 10-20 (shitty lens, i know i own it, but have no idea where it is...)
Canon EF-s 18-55 IS II
Canon EF-s 18-135 IS
Sigma 70-300 (shitty lens, i know i own it, but have no idea where it is...)
Canon EF 16-35 II
Canon EF 17-40
Canon EF 24-70
Canon EF 50 1,4
Canon EF 50 1,8
Canon EF 85 1,8
Canon EF 100 MM L Macro
Canon EF 70-200 L 2.8

Some of these never make it out of my office.
But i never sell a lens, i'w got a feeling it might come in handy som day...
The day has yet to come :p
 
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sovietdoc

Guest
Have:

EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM
180mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Macro


Want for me complete kit (some of these dont exist yet):

12 or 14-24 f/2.8 L IS USM
24-70 f/2.8L USM II (I want IS version damn you Canon)
50mm f/1.0L II
85mm f/1.2L II
400 f/2.8 L II
800mm f/5.6 L II
 
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photophreek

Guest
I've been in photography for more than 40 years and photographed weddings for almost 10. After photgraphing weddings, I lost all interest in photography and sold all my equipment and didn't touch a camera for 30+ years. I came out of retirement 2 years ago and I'm neck deep in it.

I shoot anything that catches my eye, but mostly birds and wildlife. I'm enjoying photography again which should be the motivation to pick up the camera and take pictures. Photgography is my only creative outlet.

As mentioned, I've gone a little overboard with cameras and lenses as follows:

Bodies;
1D IV
7D gripped
50D gripped

Lenses:
Canon 15-85 EF-s
Canon 17-55 EF-s
Canon 16-35L II
Canon 24-70L
Canon 24-105L
Canon 70-200L II
Canon 70-300L
Canon 100-400L
Canon 35L
Canon 50L
Canon 85L II
Canon 100L macro
Canon 135L
Canon 400 f5.6
Canon 500 f4 IS

I use everything except the 50d doesn't get much use as it was my first body out of retirement. My favourite lenses are the 500 f4 IS, 24-70L, 17-55 and the 50L.
 
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Gadger

Guest
My Hobby is photographing Cruise Ships - And how my lens relate to that

Canon 5DII
Canon 5DIII

Canon EF 50mm 1.2L Don't use that much, but when I do love it
Canon EF 17-40 4.0L 3rd used most lens
Canon EF 24-70 2.8L Number 1 lens used the most
Canon EF 24-105 4.0L Ok Lens
Canon EF 70-200 IS 2.8L MkI Good at long distance in less sunlight
Canon EF 100-400 5.6L 2nd used most lens

Would Like
Canon EF 14-24 2.8L
Canon EF 200-400mm 4L IS USM 1.4x (or purchase next years Canon's megapixal camera and crop instead) Would be cheaper
Canon EF 70-300mm 4-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 24-70 2.8L IS Mk III (long time wait) if they do a IS version
 

LostArk

EOS M6 Mark II
Feb 5, 2012
91
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7D & 5D Mark II

Rented:

Canon 24-70 f/2.8L - Only ever used it at 24 and 50, so I'd just as soon use primes. I find this lens boring, heavy, and pointless. I will never understand its popularity.
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II- the only zoom lens I've ever loved, though undeniably massive and obvious.

Own:

Canon EF-S 10-22 - (sold) I'm a bokeh slut and this left me dry.
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II - Most impressive lens I've ever used. 70-200 IS II eat your heart out.
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 - Soft, low contrast & horrible CA, but lighter and less conspicuous than the 24L. Good for street.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 - For the price of a UV filter, why not?
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 - Wanted better build quality than the 1.8, but I don't think it was worth it.
Canon EF 135 f/2 - I think I could live with just this lens and the 24L.

Wish list:

Canon EF 8-15mm fisheye
 

cabbit

I'm New Here
Oct 7, 2011
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My lenses

Canon EF 300 f2.8 L USM (non is)
Canon EF 24-70 L


Next up
Canon EF 600 f4 L ii
Canin EF 24-70 mark 2
 

stephan

EOS M50
Jun 14, 2011
26
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Germany
Just 3 Lenses, order of purchase:

EF 50 1.4 USM - Nice and light, used it exclusively for almost a year. Can take some great images, although I find the focus to be slow at times - especially at low light. I still like to put this lens on and just go out and get creative. This was my first lens I bought to replace the 18-55 Kit lens after getting bitten and infected by a 5DII and 24-105L combo for almost 3 weeks.
EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS - Got it used from a photographer with a bigger wallet, this lens is my favorite from fell to image quality.
EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS - Needed a normal Zoom with IS and f2.8 mainly for video, and some wideangle shots. I wish it were built like an L lens. Image quality is pretty good, and IS saved quite a few lowlight shots so far. (the tamron 24-70 f2.8 IS was released a while after I bought this lens, I probably would have gone for the tamron instead, to be compatible with a future FF camera). Most used for "documentary" work like family events.

Wishlist:
EF 24 f1.4 L - I saw some Images a photographer took with it on a 5DII in Berlin at an event, and it just blew me away. Kinda expensive for an engineering student.
Tokina 11-16 f2.8 - interesting focal range for crop cameras.
 

gilmorephoto

EOS M6 Mark II
Long time lurker, first time poster... ahem...

On a T1i/500D, gripped (don't laugh, it balances much better this way and I can shoot 2000+ images without changing batteries), I have the following:

EF-S 15-85 (replaced "kit" 18-135) = this is my everyday lens and I either have a particularly good copy or this is a greatly under-appreciated piece of glass. I needed a wide lens to shoot interiors and 15 vs. 18 at the wide-end makes a big difference. This lens is much sharper wide open then the 18-135 was at it's optimum f8 and I found that, for me, if 85mm wasn't close enough then neither was 135 so I am okay at the long end. That said my copy of the 18-135 produced excellent images and I might have kept it if it wasn't for the horrible lens creep.

EF 50 1.4 = on my crop, this is my portrait lens. It's fantastic from f2.0. Immaculate from f2.8. I now always use a lens hood to not only improve contrast but also prevent focus tube damage from "touching" the moving front element. (Like quite a few, I had to send it in for repair, luckily under warranty). Never had an issue since starting using lens hood and it's a workhorse.

430EXII Flash with Phottix Odin OCF Controller. Giotto's Tripod/Monopod with L bracket and portable stand with umbrella and reflector. That's it...for now. (Saving up for a 5D3 or a 70-200 2.8 next)

I have loved taking pictures since I got my first digital camera in 1999 (not a typo--it was a 3 MP Olympus 3030 and I still have 20"x30" prints from it that look great.) I got my first DSLR (the one noted above) in December of 2009 and I have since become a bit of a photography junky.

While it's not my full time gig, friends have liked my pics and referred some work my way. Now, my wife and I do a little photography on the side--portraits, candids, interiors, products, food, ... but no weddings! You wedding photogs are gluttons for punishment and deserve medals ;)

www.facebook.com/gilmorephoto
 

Mika

EOS M6 Mark II
May 5, 2012
74
1
What do I have? Let's see, this list has been accumulated over several years, and I'm luckily done now. There isn't a lens I would like to buy any more.

Sigma 12-24 EX - The first version, I was just curious about how wide this one is. The answer, it is wide. Bought this one used for half the price.
Canon EF 24-70/2.8L - Work horse zoom that I don't use as much now as I did a year ago. I'm pretty satisfied on this lens, and use it mainly on daylight time or at work. Surprisingly good at macro too.
Canon EF 28/1.8 - When Autumns get dark, this one will get more usage.
Sigma 28-300 - Bought several years ago in Hong Kong. I haven't used this one for ages, though it is still on shelves.
Canon EF 50/1.4 - One of the oldest lenses I have, works pretty well up to F/2.0, but has somewhat lackluster autofocus. Will probably see more usage in the autumn as I tend to travel with a bicycle.
Canon EF 50/1.0L - Not a typo either. This certainly is an art lens, that lives in dark or in shallow depth of field photography. I'm actually pretty happy about the performance of this thing, at F/1.4 it is certainly better than the 50/1.4 which is what I hoped for.
Canon EF 85/1.8 - I was mainly curious about this focal length, and bought one used. Pretty good for what it is, and still retains a good aperture for dark autumn time.
Canon EF 70-200/4.0L - Very good outdoor lens for event photography, good for pretty much everything which requires slightly longer photographing distances, though is limited for day light hours without a tripod.
Sigma 120-400/4.5-5.6 - Actually surprisingly good for the price. Relatively good macro capabilities too, while AF isn't as good as in 70-200. I was curious about what could lie in the telephotography and wanted a tool that could be used to test it with a reasonable price. I got that one down, but this one needs a lot of light too.