My Favorite Lens


I got my first dSLR about 5 years ago. Like most people, I started with the kit lens, a 50mm, and a cheap 80-200mm zoom lens. Shortly thereafter, I learned about "quality" lenses, and went on a buying spree. The lens that's on my camera most of the time is a Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 (I took this picture with that lens). But my favorite lens, is the picture's subject ... my only "pro" lens ... the Canon 70-200 F4L. I bought it used on the buy and sell board for I think $450 (which was a pretty good price).

Over the years, this has been my main portrait lens ... especially since I'm very fond of "candid" type portraits ... it's much easier to do with a nice telephoto lens. I have another long zoom; the Sigma 50-500mm; that is a lot of fun. But, that sucker weighs almost 3 lbs, so it's not my favorite.

Anyhow, I'm just rambling. I found out yesterday that I'll be going up to Baghdad next week; and staying there until I go home. Not really looking forward to packing up all my stuff 6 weeks earlier than planned. But on the bright side, I'll be working in one of the palaces, so I suspect I will have a few interesting locations and landmarks to take pictures of ... so you may not have to suffer thought any more picture of my silly white lenses ... much better that you see what I can do with it on my camera. ;-)


p.s. with the upcoming move, I'll be pretty busy for the next week or two. I'm definitely going to keep up with the project365 picture a day. But I may end up combining a few pictures into a couple of bi-weekly blog posts until I get up there, and get settled in; as opposed to writing a post to go with each and every picture.


  1. palace huh? can't wait to see pics!

    that is some lens. Wish I could go on a lens buying spree. Siiiiigh. I want a macro lens next.

  2. Hi Ari,

    Yes, a palace. I toured a couple of Saddam's palaces, and too some pictures when I was up there for 4 days in October. But this time I'll be there for over a month, and working night shifts ... so I'll have a couple of hours every day to wander around.

    As for new lenses ... I agree with you ... I want a macro lens too ... but I've got entirely too many kids ... no more lens buying sprees for me either, at least in the near future.

    You though, you're almost "famous" on flickr ... I bet if you ask, someone might even be willing to "donate" a used macro lens to you ... or at least sell you one for a good price.

  3. Nice depth of field Todd. I've got an old Minolta SLR but am saving for a nice Digital one. Hopefully I can get one soon so I can take some really good photos for my photo blogs.

    You take care now mate. Will be waiting patiently for those photos.
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  4. Geezus Todd, with all you've got going on please do NOT worry about keeping up with your blog. Just do your thang, take some photos, and share them with us when the time is right.

    And I know I keep saying this, but you're such a "guy". Okay, Todd. Yes, Todd that's a very long lens, Todd. Worth every penny and more.
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