I had written an earlier post about all the lens that I had rented and wanted to rent/buy for my Canon DSLR. Now that I own a full frame camera, I have been yearning to collect all the good lens available in market. From my previous list, I already tried Fisheye Lens and it was great. But I was not a big fan of the 180 degree images that it produced. I prefer a normal wide angle lens for landscapes.
1. EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
I rented this lens for my upcoming trip to Mexico and hope to capture some wide angle shots with this ultra wide angle lens. This is probably the best wide angle lens available for canon cameras. I won’t be able to purchase this lens as it is too costly and out of my budget range costing a whooping $3000. :O
2. EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L or f/4L III USM
If I were to buy a wide angle lens, I might go for one of these two as they are both in the affordable range.
3. EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM
Every single blog article, video review or any kind of lens review says this is the best lens to have ever come into existence. I already have a standard zoom lens so I am not sure if investing in yet another zoom lens is a good idea. I am planning to rent this lens and then compare it with the one that I already own. Probably this lens is more suited for portraits. I am more interested in landscape photography.
4. EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS III USM
This is one more popular lens that portrait photographers usually own. Because of the 200 mm, you can shoot a person from a distance and because of f/2.8, you can get a blurred background. This lens is too hefty and difficult to carry so I may not buy it ever. But there is no harm in renting and giving it a try once, just to compare with the macro lens that I already own.
5. TS-E 17mm f/4L
A tilt shift lens is something that I want to try. I have never used this type of lens and I am curious to see how people use them to photograph buildings. This seems to be the lens of choice for shooting architecture of buildings. I might just rent this and try shooting skyscrapers in San Francisco Downtown someday. This was part of my first wishlist post as well which was written 4 years back.
6. EF 100 mm f/2.8L macro IS USM
I currently own a 50 mm macro lens but I have heard people say 100 mm is better for macro shooting and also for portraits. I am not entirely convinced though as you need to stand far from the object to shoot it, which I feel is a disadvantage. But I do want to give this lens a try someday, just to see why it is such a popular lens. This is not a very bulky lens so might be handy to have in our camera bag. This was part of my earlier wishlist too.
I am still looking for a telephoto lens for my new camera. I was hunting for a telephoto back in 2014 when I wrote my first post and I am still hunting for a good one. All the lenses that are in market are bulky and heavy to carry. There are some lens in Tamron, Sigma, Tokina brands too, so I might just get one of those. I will have to try renting few lenses and then figure out which one to buy. All the lenses are pretty costly so it is always better to try them once before buying I guess.
Do you have a full frame camera? If so, which lenses do you own and recommend that I buy?
I have a bridge cam with built-in zoom and am very happy with it. I tried renting a DSLR. Although the quality of output is great, the camera is bulky and I need to keep changing lenses for quick videography. Your post reminds me, I too have a wide-angle lens, so I should experiment with it sometime 🙂
I agree, the camera is bulky and not easy to carry around when you are traveling. It’s a headache to change lens too. Do give the wide angle a try. It was great and I loved photographing with it.
I own the EF f/2.8 24-70mm lens and I can personally vouch it is probably my best, if not one of my best lenses that I own, which is a total of five. I also own the EF f/2.8 100mm macro lens which is incredible and one lens I would not trade anything for! Good luck with purchasing camera equipment because this is not a cheap endeavor.
Thank you so much for letting me know. I think I will sell the existing lens that I have and invest in 24-70and a 100 mm macro. I will probably rent the 24-70 for my next trip and then decide.
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