Lens Talk: Starting the year in focus
Happy New Year and welcome to the first blog post of 2016! It's all about the lens. At least that is what I've heard from numerous photography experts such as Tony and Chelsea Northrup of www.northrup.com. The first lens I bought was the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD lens, which has suited all of my photography needs.
When I was first starting off, I enjoyed taking photos of just about everything and so I needed a lens that... well took just about everything! As I was developing my photography style, I enjoyed being outdoors, hiking trails, traveling throughout the beautiful places New England has to offer with my friend, Jason Neely www.jasonneely.com. Wherever I went, my Tamron was with me helping capture it all. I also enjoyed taking portraits of my kids, events and I always had my camera with me on the many scenic road trips I took.
However, life doesn't stay still and my journey into photography continues to take me in so many directions. I've wanted to explore all aspects of photography, which has pulled my focus one way and then another. This past year, I had such a great time taking portraits and I realized it was time to get a new lens to further my photography skills. I've learned that making any business decision requires a great deal of thought and research. By adding a new lens to my gear, I will be increasing the quality of my work. How exciting!
I'm looking forward to what this year will bring and hope that I'll have many opportunities to use this new lens. The Canon 85mm 1.8 is fast, lightweight and designed for taking beautiful portraits. It's 1.8 wide aperture yields stunning background blur and certainly outperforms the Tamron 18-270mm which ranges from 3.5 to 6.3. The Canon 85mm will allow much more light into the camera and will perform much better in low light settings. The only thing is, I'll have to remember to move around much more to frame up my shot instead of relying on the telephoto ability of the zoom lens. I better keep my shoelaces tied!