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 comments on “L is For”

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  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. “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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  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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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  13. 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.

    • 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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