I’m not sure if it has something to do with the dreadful (2012) weather here in the UK, or that my interest in photography is on the wane, but lately I have been dissatisfied with my lenses - well one of them! I don’t seem to have the same get up and go that I once had. The main problem is the weight of the gear in comparison to what I love shooting most. The truth is candid photography is my favourite kind and I don’t need a heavy DSLR for that.
At the time of writing I own the EOS 5DMKII, a 17-40 F4 L and a 70-200 f4 L IS. Both of these lenses are real crackers and I have taken street style images with both and they work. However, there is always a ‘but’ isn’t there? I still think the 50mm is the best for candid work. It’s not an easy lens to use if you have been used to high quality zoom lenses for years. It takes a bit of getting used to. Even so, I find myself longing for one again.
A few years ago I had two 50mm lenses: the Canon f1.4 and the Sigma f1.4. Both lenses delivered well, but I sold them on to fund the lenses I now have. Let me say here and now, it was a mistake. As much as I wouldn’t want to part with my humble set-up as it is now, I wish I had a 50mm to take out on candid hunts, so that I can leave the heavy stuff behind. I will just have to save my pennies and try as hard as I can to buy one again.
The moral of this post is never sell any of your lenses unless it is absolutely crippling you to keep them. Camera bodies come and go, but lenses are the real heroes of photography and should be with us for life.