Geek warning!! Geek warning!! The following post contains technical details that only camera geeks care about. If you are not a camera geek you might want to skip down to the image. Ok, you’ve been warned.
With all the wildlife opportunities that abound in Florida I decided to rent a lens to increase my chance of making good images. The largest lens I own is a 70-300mm. I chose a Canon 400mm f/5.6L. I had the option of selecting the 400mm f/2.8L until I discovered that it weighs a whopping 13 pounds! With my back problems the total amount of equipment I can carry around at one time is about 20 pounds so that lens was out of the question. What a monster! It’s hard to believe that the f/5.6L is 10 pounds lighter. All for one f stop!
The lens cost me $70 to rent for 10 days whereas the f/2.8L would have cost $475 for the same time period. To buy the lenses, the f/5.6L goes for $1,200 and the f/2.8L goes for $11,500. That’s a rather hefty difference in both weight and dollars.
The lens is a beauty! I cannot believe how sharp the images are. Not only is it L glass but it is also a prime lens. I think I am finally convinced that a prime lens is the way to go for sharpness. I have never bought one in my life. When it comes time to lay my money on the table I always went for the zoom lens because it seemed so much more versatile.
Here is an image I made with my new favourite lens. It is a Brown Anole displaying his dewlap. They do this to assert their territorial dominance. Either that or he really really liked me a lot 😉 He was probably about 6 inches from tip to tail.
Renting the lens was easy, fast and economical and I am sure I will be doing it more often now that I’ve tried it. I mean, why invest thousands of dollars and be stuck with a certain variety of lens when you can rent and always have the perfect lens for the job.