The Canon 100-400mm Lens - The Telephoto Lens Of Choice For Nature Photographers
Do you ever get jealous? I do, especially when it comes to my camera equipment. I am drooling over a Canon 100-400mm lens at the moment. Do you have one of these? I bet you want one if you don't.
However I seriously need to confess the fact that Canon 100-400mm lens really has been on my hit list for awhile. I have some really good lenses, though. The fact is, I have a Canon 70-200mm f4, that's almost certainly my best lens.
Several of the factors the Canon 100-400mm lens is at the top of the list as my next purchase:
1. The zoom range is just best suited for my preferences. I take a great deal of bird pictures, and at this time I need to look into creative ways to get closer. The zoom to 400mm will be much better than the 200mm I currently have. Furthermore, when you fit this particular lens upon any camera with a crop sensor, such as a Rebel T2i or maybe 60D, you will get 1.6x the expressed focal length (680mm). Now that is fantastic.
2. It's an L series lens. That's Canon's finest quality lens collection. You will get superior picture quality, superior engineering, plus, you will have plenty of individuals watching and appreciating your gear (see the tale below).
3. Nature Photography needs a lens such as this. If you can't afford the prime lenses at 400 or 500mm, this particular lens could be the next best choice. I mentioned above taking photos of birds, but a majority of natural creatures are not going to come up to you, strike a pose and say "cheese." You truly need a lens which will reach them. And once you might be trekking through the wilds of Alaska or just walking through a nearby town, a telephoto lens at this length is exactly what you'll need.
So here is the story of my own recent exposure to "lens jealousy."
I'd been driving to the office at exactly the best moment in the morning hours for the sun's rays being great for a particular shot I was contemplating. It's a horse farm and stable that is right on the intersection where I turn. There were a few lovely chestnut horses grazing in the field on a sloping hill having a small barn in the front.
The horses were the exact shot I was dreaming about. So I pulled off the street right after turning the corner. Took out the Canon digital slr out of the camera bag and attached my 70-200mm zoom lens to it. I proceeded to cross the street and take up my position alongside the fence. I clicked a few shots and moved in order to take a few more. I checked the rear monitor to see how the shots were turning out.
I was a bit disappointed that I was so far away from the hillside. I would have to do some cropping after I got the photos uploaded to my computer.
At that point I heard something to my left and glanced over to see another guy doing exactly what I was doing. He had a Canon and I could see the familiar grayish color and size of a Canon 100-400mm lens. I'm sure I turned green with envy.
We struck up a conversation, and he mentioned that my presence there had inspired him to stop and take some photos. We spoke for a few minutes, and upon parting, he gave me the name of a website where I could view the images he had shot of the horses.
Of course, I couldn't wait to see those shots, and when I did, it merely renewed my feelings of intense desire for that lens. Someday very soon, I'm sure that I will be opening a package that contains a Canon 100-400mm lens, maybe for Christmas or my birthday or August 12 (no significance - any day will do). I have been dropping hints that my wife will pick up on, like writing this article.
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I'm sure that I will be the owner of a Canon 100-400mm lens because I want it really badly. So much so that I have a website devoted to that and other lenses that I either have or want. Check it out at http://www.canoneoslenses.org.