A new lens!

I will finally be adding a new lens to my 'collection'!  After some strong bargaining I have finally convinced my 'boss' to let me get the Canon 16-35mm 2.8L II lens.  I am very excited to get this lens because it will dramatically help my efforts to get into real estate photography.  It also will help on our soon to come trip to Israel and Jordan.  I have done some photography for real estate agents in the past and now that my wife is a real estate agent I have an 'in' to get more jobs.  In turn, I use the money earned to buy bigger and better lenses, and therefore I believe this purchase will lead to a number of bigger purchases in the future.

Combined with my full frame 5d camera, Gitzo tripod, and macro focusing rail (that I use for panoramas) at least equipment-wise I should be on par or ahead of the local competition. Of course I need to work on my techniques but I feel I am getting better.  My next step will be to experiment with HDR pictures more - as I expect to make use of them often.  I also plan to charge less than my competition - mainly because I do not depend on the money for living expenses.

Lens wise this is my first actual L lens, so I will be curious to see the differences in quality and sharpness.  I currently own three other lenses that are generally considered L quality, but do not have the label.  I have the 50mm 1.4 which is held in very high regard and the MP-E 65, which if you have seen my bug pictures you are probably already familiar with.  The third lens is my Sigma 80-400 4.5-5.6 OS, which is generally considered equal to the Canon 100-400 4.5-5.6L.  My next plan after this lens is to replace my Tamron 24-135 3.5-5.6 (albeit a very nice lens) with the Canon 24-105 4.0L IS.  After that my purchase 'plan' looks like the following.

Canon 180mm 3.5L

Canon 1.4x extender

A good studio light set

Canon 85mm 1.2L

Canon TS-E 90

Canon TS-E 24

Canon 600mm 4.0 IS

Canon 1Ds Mark III


Of course, it may be better if my wife does not read this blog. 🙂

Comments (4)

  1. Bugmandan says:

    Where can we see some of those bug pictures?  I’d like to check out the MP-E 65 lens.


  2. jscalev says:

    They are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirispupis

    Most of them are in the ‘small things’ set, but scroll down to see some of the newer ones.

  3. Joe I stumbled across your blog when your recent entry showed up in my google alert for Mark III. Congrats on the new lens. I love shooting the 16-35. One word of caution, the distortion at the edges is very noticeable with the full frame of the 5D. Check out LensFix from <http://www.kekus.com/&gt; Their Calico pano creator works well also.

    On a business note, why not move toward charging MORE than your competition and start to set yourself apart as the premier real estate photographer in your area?


  4. jscalev says:

    Thanks Peter for the advice. The edge distortion on the 5D was the main reason I never seriously looked at the first version of the 16-35. It is my understanding that this has noticeably improved in the 16-35 II. In any case I seriously doubt that the 16-35 II will have more distortion than my Tamron 24-135 (or else I’m taking it back!)

    I may charge more than the competition at some time, but given that the high range of my competition have been published in national publications, I will need to start out small.

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