New glass is almost more exciting than new cameras. There’s certainly a greater feeling of permanence, good glass will last for a long a time if its treated well and as long as you use the same lens mount, lens are interchangeable with newer camera bodies.
I generally prefer fixed focal length lenses, the reason is two-fold: speed and weight. Fixed focal lengths are lighter because the don’t have to have the glass or mechanisms in place for zoom lenses. Secondly, the base aperture, or ‘wide open’ is usually much wider on fixed focal lengths.
For example the Canon 135 L f/2 is 7.5″ long (with hood) and weighs 1.6 lbs the Canon 70-200 L f/2.8 is almost a foot long and weighs 3.2 lbs.
The 135 is faster (f/2 is a full stope brighter than f/2.8), lighter at almost half the weight and smaller. The only difference is that you can’t zoom.
So the other day I took a break from studying on campus, wandered down to the Ravens nest and watched some of the game. The basketball court (Ravens Nest) has notoriously poor lighting. Shooting there has been the bane of my existence as a photographer at Carleton. No matter how good my gear, or how on the ball I was that day, or what edits I did, the Ravens Nest’s crappy lighting seems to have always made my photos somewhat bad. For the first time this past weekend, exposure in the Ravens Nest was not difficult.
Afterwards I went back and finished my essay.
Thats for today,