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Principal Lenses 14-April, 2008
My primary lens (yes, it is a zoom) is the Canon 24-105 f4L IS. This lens was actually a significant factor in changing my primary camera from a Canon 20D/40D to a Canon 5D. Way back, before good zooms, I used to travel and shoot with two bodies, one with a 24mm (occasionally a 28mm or 35mm) and the other with a 105mm. They matched the way I saw the world, either focused in on something with the 105 or taking in the environment with the 24.

I switched to Canon A2E's in the 90's, and started out with their 28-105 and a wide angle zoom. As soon as the image stabilized Canon 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS came out, I got one. At this point, I can't imagine shooting without an image stabilized lens for anything but ultra wide angle or a very large aperture for out of focus backgrounds.

When I moved on to digital with 2 Canon 20D's in 2005 for our trip to Egypt, I got the Canon 17-85mm f3.5-5.6S IS. I also got the Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5S and the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS. Whenever I needed a really wide angle and used the 10-22, I found that about 80% of the time I ended up shooting very close to a 24mm equivalent focal length. I had had a similar experience with my Canon 17-35mm f2.8L. This just reinforced my suspicion that if I had a 24-105 focal length zoom, it would cover both my wide angle, normal and mid telephoto requirements without having to change lenses very much.

I HATE changing lenses. There are two reasons for this. First, in travel photography, by the time you stop and change lenses, the picture is almost certainly gone, and even if it isn't, when you have the wide angle on, something else comes up or along that wants a 60mm focal length. The second is that I am just plain lazy. That has led to my being tired and sore, because I end up carrying a second body for telephoto. My suspicion was, in fact, correct. In Morocco in '07, I only used my Sigma 12-24mm f5.6 twice, although I had it with me about 80% of the time.

I almost always carry both the 5D with the Canon 24-105mm f4L IS and a Canon 40D (which recently replaced my Canon 20D) with the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS. That gives me a telephoto with a 110-320mm focal length equivalent, with f2.8 yet. However, after 2+ years of schlepping almost 20lbs (9kg) of camera gear everywhere, when the Canon 70-200mm f4L IS came out and proved to be just as sharp as the f2.8 (no mean feat), with an improved IS system and weighing almost 1.5l bs (.65kg) less, it was too tempting, so I switched, and boy, are my back and neck glad I did.

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Software

Cataloging / Image Management Software9-March-2008
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Travel

Favorite Places 9-March-2008
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Workshops

Recommended Instructors 9-March-2008
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Inspiration

Name of Photographer 9-March-2008
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