L is For

One reason I was two whole miles away from my immdiate neighborhood on Friday afternoon was not to explore the funky scene in North Park

It was to go to a camera store to look at camera lenses.

I know, who have I become. 

This type of shopping excites me almost more…

…than This Kind

 or This Kind of shopping

L is or Lenses

And I’ve been wanting another one.

Just like L is for Lipstick & Lipgloss you can never really have too many.  Lenses or lipglosses.

The contestants:

1. The Canon 85 mm f/1.2

2. The Canon 100 mm macro f/2.8

3. The Canon 135 mm f/2.0

Canon Telephoto EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Autofocus Lens

And oh, the pondering I am doing.

If anyone reading this happens to own any of those or has used them or has any feedback, shout it out!

I have read the Amazon reviews, camera forum reviews, B & H reviews, you name it, and there are so many opinions on the subject.

If you need a great Lens FAQ tutorial, this post is excellent

And here you can compare lenses

My current go to lens is this 24-70 mm

I’d like something a bit more diversified if that makes sense. For shooting everything from outdoors and nature shots to portraits to who knows, maybe one day I’ll be a wedding photographer or a pregnant mama baby belly photographer.  Who knows what the future holds for me. 

I’m just pre-packing my camera bag with lenses, so to speak.

camerabag

Who knows if I will even get a new lens.

Or when that may be.

But it’s fun to window shop and ponder!  And dream.

And I also dream of these.

L i s for Lollipops

And when I open a bag and get lots of reds in it, I am so happy!

Reds are my favorite, then purple, and the other flavors I give to Scott, i.e. Orange and Chocolate.  <–When I posted that on Instagram, lots of people said that chocolate is their favorite.  

And in all other ways, chocolate is my BFF.  I’m just meh about chocolate lollipops.

I prefer my chocolate in this sort of application: Vegan Fudge

L is for Love of Chocolate

10 Minutes, No-Bake Recipe, Gluten/Soy/Tree-Nut Free

Fudge always helps decision making.  Adds to clarity of mind I think.

L is for Love of this little girl

I love her more than I ever thought was possible to love someone. 

From my last post, I enjoyed hearing about where you live, if you like it, and if it’s at all funky or eclectic.

Questions:

1. For the camera buffs, do you have a favorite lens?  What is it and why?   Any lenses on your wish list?

I have my lenses and camera bodies and reviews and my thoughts about them linked in my photography tab

2. Best thing you’ve eaten or done so far this weekend?

I loved the kickstart to my weekend and my meetup with Amber

And I also had a Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie

Lovely

3. Fill in the Blanks

L is For: _______________

L is For: _______________

I’ll go again

L is For: Lettuce.  I eat a lot of it.

L is For: Lazy Beach Days in Aruba and memories that I cherish

Stay tuned for a great recipe.  You will Love it.  Promise.

   

52 Responses to “L is For”

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — August 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Oh yes – L is definitely for lazy beach days – or pool days ;-)

    L is also for the love of sister time.

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    Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! — August 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    L is for Lazy Sunday, a much-needed rest day spent doing things i Love – playing with the dog, hanging with my dad, spending time in the kitchen :-) Lots of love.

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    emily (a nutritionist eats) — August 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Lazy weekends – my favorite!

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    Heather the Polka Dot Bandit — August 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    L is for Love and Licks from my tiny kitten, as well as my other 4 animals. Good thing the fish in my pond don’t have tongues, otherwise I’d have to count them too!

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    Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine — August 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    L is always for love in my book. Lots of it in my life right now- for people, experiences and life in general :) Wish I could offer some lens help, but sadly my camera ability ends with figuring out the “P” setting on my DSLR!

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    Lori — August 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    L is for Little Bites! Sorry, I’m starting up a bakery and could not let that one go!

    L is for my name, my Love tattoo on my foot, to remind me to love who I am, what I do, and what’s around me, my kitten Leila… could go on but will spare you.

    Good luck with the Lenses :)

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    katie @ KatieDid — August 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I use a 35mm f/2 prime lens right now and I love its clarity. I know its nothing compared to some of the L series lenses, which I know you have (red stripe gives it away). Someday I will move my way up to those but for now I’m loving the slight wide angle lens. I feel like out of your choices: the macro may be less useful for photographing people, although I could be wrong… are macros versatile? What major differences have you read about between the 85 and the 135? My instinct would be the 85 with the lower aperture, but that’s just me!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      glad to know you like the 35 f/2.0
      I was also looking at the 35 1.2 or maybe it was a 1.4 The L glass.

      Worried that it may be slightly too wide-ish…

      Macro and potraits..I thought the same thing you did but you can take that L glass off macro and use it for portraits. There’s a little switch. The thing I didnt like about it is it doesnt feel solid enough. My current lens is so heavy and the 85mm is so heavy i was worried about the macro just not feeling super solid. I also don’t know if i love the fact that it’s a macro lens and not a portrait lens, so to speak. Just the “terminology” scares me off a bit…so much to think about…

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      • katie @ KatieDid replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

        Interesting, I actually didn’t even know the L glass was a removable part of the lens! Pretty cool.
        I was just reading up on L series lenses and read this and thought of you (and me one day)… “In fact, this amazement is said to cause a disease know as “L-Disease”. Once caught, it is incurable. You will have to buy Canon L lenses in all of the focal lengths you use. AND you will be happy.”

        • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm

          it’s not removable
          L = luxury and is just the branding “name” they use, but it’s not a removable “part” per se

          if you look at pics of the macro lens or go touch one in person at a store,there’s a little switch where you can set the focusing from o to infinity, 3 meters to infinity, etc…pretty cool!

          and yes, it’s like driving a nice car. once you do..going back is just…hard

          i’d rather not buy new clothes for a year than trade in for non L glass. i’d gladly make the sacrifice. that’s how much i love my L :)

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    VeggieGirl — August 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    2.) Working for 6 hours (between Saturday and Sunday) with world-famous ballroom coaches. Such an enriching experience.

    3.) L is for learning – everyday is a new learning experience for me as I continue to make progress and get healthier; and L is for luxurious leisure – big trip coming up this Tuesday for a week! So excited.

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    lynn @ the actor's diet — August 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    oh tootsie pops….my lllloooove

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    Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas — August 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    L is for Laughter! Without laughter where would we possibly be?!

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    Paige — August 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I am no camera buff, so I’m no help here, girlfriend. Heck I learn from you!
    Also -I’m so glad you got some down time this weekend but I selfishly wish you were at HLS!! ;)

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      well i didnt actually get much downtime…been working way too hard and too much but that’s life.

      glad you made it to HLS!!!! how awesome!

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    Jenn — August 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    those lenses make make me a little nervous! I know nothing about cameras, nothing!

    As for fun this weekend I finally got around to visiting Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant!

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    cathy — August 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    good luck with the lenses, averie! they all look the same to me, so i am of no use. just buy ‘em all??!!
    l is for lululemon. i would wear lulu 24/7 if i could redo my entire wardrobe.
    l is for lifestyle: i love my lifestyle of walking 90% of where i need to go, living next door to my parents, working a job i find gratifying…it’s a matter of making choices and these work for me.
    happy sunday eve!
    i’d love to get all mac cosmetics, in a lifestyle makeover!

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    blossjoss — August 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Best thing I’ve eaten this weekend: sauteed garden eggplant. Why are they sooo good?? Obsessed. Never saw it coming but I’m obsessed. I’ve been doing some good eating this weekend. Choco-bean(yep) banana microwave cake w/ peanut butter, veggie burger, asian buffet-veggies in yummy sauce and an awesome hot and spicy soup. Mmm. Leftover zucchini chocolate cake. Microwave wannabe apple pie. Sauteed cabbage. Never though I’d like that one either. and Popcorn. Nom nom nom.

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    Bria @ West of Persia — August 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Can’t help you with the lenses, doll, but I’m sure you’ll get tons of great tips.

    Best thing I’ve eaten this weekend might just be one of your flourless peanut butter cookies. ‘Cept I made my dough with sunflower seed butter and haven’t yet baked it. I’m psyched to! I’m sure they’ll taste amazing.

    L is for “Letting go of the need to have a perfectly clean house.” Ha!

    Have a fabulous evening. :-)

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    Brooke — August 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    L is for language…

    I’m learning Mandarin for when we go to Taiwan to meet our little girl!

    Brooke
    http://www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

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    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — August 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I must say– even though I have not the slightest idea about lenses, I DO happen to know that your bag is adorable. :)

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    Lauren — August 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    L for Lauren! ;) and for love, I love my little girl more then words can express too! ;)

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      You and me both…motherhood, such a beautiful thing :)

      I’ve been following the comment thread & chain in stealth on that other post :)

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat) — August 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I’ve never used the 24-70 (or any of these lenses for that matter), but that’s the one I would want most. I debated between the 50mm and 100mm macros and went with the 50mm because rebels are cropped. I was afraid the 100mm would be way too close. I love my 50 mm macro with all my heart.

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      just emailed you back but good to know about your 50mm macro. I love love my 24-70mm. It’s awesome. I just want a creeper lens I think, as you put it :)

      I don’t necessarily want it all the time, but part of me does want to have it in my bag of tricks.

      so torn.

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    Katie — August 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Dude the chocolate tootsies are NASTY. Anyone who says otherwise is just plain wrong.

    L is for lethargic, which is what I am feeling right now.

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Ok I am so glad that it’s not just me who thinks the choc tootsie pops are nasty. I don’t just think they’re “meh” but yes, nasty.

      We were separated at birth. I swear. :)

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    Ilana — August 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    woman, you need to come to new york so you can lose your head in b+h with me. it’s the most insane store ever.

    best thing i did…yesterday i went to a kickass yoga class and walked five miles up the west side of Manhattan along the Hudson river and enjoyed the amazing day because I could … and it was awesome. it was kind of hard for me to pick one “best thing”…i’m so obsessed with my life. ha. L is for LIFE!

    xo

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      I love that you’re obsessed with your life. I wish more people had this kind of bliss, zest, and zeal for it. I love you.

      And you have BEEN into B & H?!!

      Wow, there went 5g’s if I ever walk in :)

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    Ali @ Urbanfruitbat — August 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    You really cant have to may lip glosses, ever!
    L is for lovely people in my love
    L is for lemons, I love love love lemon aid!

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — August 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Lens shopping is a ton of fun and it would be nice to have a more versatile lens. I currently have three and carrying them around is not fun, so I usually force myself to take just one on lighter trips.

    1. My macro lens is my most used currently for food shots and close up animal shots.
    2. Dinner at Yard House with hubby.
    3. Love and light.

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    Kris | iheartwellness.com — August 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    L is for Luminous!! I feel that as women we have this gift to be glowing and shining!!! Full of love and laugher! There are 2 more “L” Bombs for ya ;)

    You look like you had a FAB weekend :)

    xxoo

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    Ulrike — August 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    L is defenitely for lipstick for me. I just bought two new ones at the weekend – I’m obsessed.
    The best thing I ate this weekend were lovely roasted vegetables we grew ourselves in our garden, all organic and fresh. Everything tastes great if you made it yourself.
    I’m fairly new to your blog but I have to tell you I really like it and you inspire me. I love how you link back to lots of old posts so I can always understand the whole context of what you’re talking about, also love the questions at the end. Great blog! xxx

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — August 21st, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      awww thanks for the kind words :)

      i do link back to old stuff b/c blogs are like soap operas; you have to have a little context to “get” what’s going on. i hate going to blogs and they write as if everyone has read every post. it’s like huh? you lost me there sista.

      And I have a trunkfull of Mac ‘sticks and glosses and god i am obsessed with them. ha!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — August 22, 2011 at 7:21 am

    L is for…lethargy! haha, that’s sorta how I’m feeling on this Monday morning :) The best thing I ate this weekend were my Oreo layer bars! http://www.theavidappetite.com/home/2011/8/21/layered-oreo-cake-bars.html

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    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — August 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Oooh lens shopping, so exciting!! I just got the “nifty fifty”. I know it’s not your favorite, but I’m totally loving it so far! It’s definitely not a solution to make me a better photographer, but having proper equipment is showing already. Good luck in shopping!

    L is for lazy weekends when you’ve had a long week.
    L is for loving the last of the summer weather while it’s here!

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    Amber K — August 22, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Well if I ever get a bag of lollipops you can have all of the reds, blech! The best are the blues and oranges. I’m with you on the “chocolate” lollipops, they taste like something, but it sure isn’t chocolate!

    L is for Life and I need to live it up and appreciate it more!

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    Krista — August 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

    “L” is for lazy Sunday’s. Nothing beats them!
    “L” is for lists. I’m such a list girl…I make’em for everything! LOL

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    Katherine — August 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I am a point-and-click kind of girl. I would love to get into photography, but haven’t ever been at a place where I could stop spending my precious extra money on a good camera. Photography really is art.

    Also, vegan fudge? Yum.

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — August 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Hey Averie, L series… nice! I’m drooling. Kevin and I chatted about it. Are you intending to take food pictures with these lenses? The lenses you have in your post are generally used for taking pictures of things that are far away. They’re good for landscape and portrait work in a studio where the subject is a distance away. I don’t know how versatile they would be.
    If you’re not married to your 24-70mm I’ll gladly take it off your hands! We rented it a couple of weeks ago and loved the versatility. I’ve had my eye on the 50mm 1.2 for awhile. It’s also L series, but maybe not as good as the 24-70mm. Plus, I think I remember you telling me you didn’t like the 50mm.. and that would be more for food type images. Not so versatile.
    28-300mm may be the most versatile (from what you’ve explained) but it’s pretty pricey. I think about $2,700
    I hope that helps :S

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — August 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Oh… and L is for LEANNE, silly!

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    Jess@HealthyExposures — August 24, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Finally getting to this post :] I agree – I prefer lens shopping to most things! haha.
    My faaavorite lens that I own is simple: 50mm 1.8. I use it for my portraits and my food and just plain adore it. Actually I hear 50mm are poor choices for portraits but I also know my subjects noses and heads aren’t distorted so I’m not sure if that’s just how a 50mm would be on an FX sensor, not so much on my DX sensor?
    When I need a wide-angle or if I’m shooting an event and need to have more versatility, I go with the 18-105. It’s nothing fancy…but I would love the 18-200 VR II! Your 24-70 looks like an awesome lens, but I agree – more versatility might be nice! Are you set on prime lens? Just throwing the thought out there…but if you were out somewhere where you wanted wide-angle, a group shot, a wedding where you’re going back and forth b/w CU and wide-angle, etc…you’d be sort of stuck with a 100mm macro :\

    Normally I’d vote for a simple “nifty fifty,” but I think your 24-70 is a good enough lens that at this point it wouldn’t really be necessary.

    And just to make this even more confusing…Doesn’t your 5D have a full-frame sensor? In which case, what is a 50mm on my camera wouldn’t be the same as a 50mm on your camera. I just HAD to throw that in there to make it confusing, didn’t I?

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    Steven Hong — April 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Did you ever get one of those 3 lenses? I shot with the 100mm macro f2.8 borrowed from a friend. Wow, what a lens. I’m not sure it’s the best for food photography, unless you want close-ups. I took a photo of brussel sprouts with it and they, of course, turned out huge, being 100mm on my crop camera. Oh, that’s right, you’ve got full frame. It’ll probably be ok.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 11th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      No, still sticking with my 24-70mm. It’s such a workhorse and I love it and played around some with the 100mm macro but I didn’t love it enough to justify the price. Picked up the non-L glass 35mm lens for about $375 or so, and it’s fine. Much prefer my 24-70mm.

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