Since then, I purchased mostly primes, as sort of a trial and error, figuring I could sell the ones I don't like / need. I have accumulated the Canon 60mm EF-S macro/ 35mm L 1.4, Samyang 14mm 2.8 / 85mm 1.4 MF lenses. Someone gave me the Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5 color skopar MF lens.
As a walk around lens, I purchased the Tamron 17-50 2.8 (non VC version)
Somewhere along the way I also purchased the Canon 50mm 1.4 as an upgrade to the nifty fifty.
Since I'm on a crop sensor - so my focal length needs are:
14mm = like a 24mm
20mm = like a 35mm
35mm l= like a 50mm
50mm = like an 80mm
60mm = like a 100mm
85mm = like a 135mm
Now that I am 18 months wiser, i can make the following comments:
- Each lens has a specific "look". There are no "bad" modern lenses.
- In general - each piece of photographic equipment has strengths and weaknesses, regardless of its price tag, there is no such thing as perfect or "the best" equipment.
- With a little skill and patience, you can produce excellent photo's with most modern cameras/lenses.
- Good people photo's have more to do with understanding light and composition, then with the equipment.
- I would say, that the ingredients for top photos is, 15% equipment, and 85% skill and imagination.
- Ergonomics of the equipment, weight, and convenience, for me are just as important as the photo quality. I find that heavy lenses, like the 35L, just get less use.