In this chapter you can read about my 35 mm equipment, that I've used
for many years. Since the biggest part of it has been stolen, I never
bought something new in this area. Anyhow, I give you all the
informations about my ex-equipment.
Like I said before, when I started my hobby in 1992, I compared all
relevant AF-SLR systems and decided for a Canon EOS 100/Elan. Later
I expanded the EOS-System until 1999, when almost the whole equipment
had been stolen.
My first lens has been the EF 70-210mm 1:3.5-4.5 USM. That pleased me
very much, but soon I missed a wide-angle. So, I bought the next
lens, the EF 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 USM, which I used very often until the
end. It's not the best lens you can get, but for a zoom lens it's worth
the money. The closest focus distance is 0.5m.
Here are short informations about my ex-lenses in chronological order
This is a real good standard zoom lens. It's compact,
has a nice zoom range and it's optical performance is
for many issues more than sufficient.
Like many zoom lenses, it shows visible distorsions
at both ends of the zoom range - very good visible
in reproductions and architectural pictures.
The maximum aperture could be bigger, but in most cases
it's enough. In my opinion it is worth the money and
covers a great range of applications.
This was my first prime lens. I wanted to have a short
tele for portraiture with a big max. aperture. I took
the 100 mm, because my father's 85 mm was too short
It is no "L" lens, but it's performance is outstanding!
Until today it is still my sharpest lens! The
distorsions are very small and even with max. aperture
it is visible sharper than the 28-105.
After a while, the max. aperture of my 70-210 zoom
didn't satisfy me anymore. The second reason was,
that I used it almost always at 210 mm. So, I sold
it and bought a 200mm 1:2.8 L USM.
The optical and mechanical quality of the prime
is magnificently better than the zoom lens.
And it is compatible with the Canon teleconverters.
This has been a very important reason for me, because
even the 200 mm haven't been enough for photographing
For this lens, you can get a tripod collar, which I
strongly recommend. The change from landscape to
portrait format is (on the tripod) many times faster,
than without it. Additionally, the lens is better
balanced, when using the tripod collar - especially
in combination with the teleconverter.
In the meanwhile I sold it again, because I got the
70-200/2.8L USM and the 300/4.0L USM.
The next step after the 200/2.8L USM was the 2x
teleconverter. To reach the supertele range, it offers
a cheap (OK, not really cheap...) possibility. The
200mm 1:2.8 becomes a relatively light and compact
400mm 1:5.6. The AF is still working, but definitly
a little bit slower.
The optical performance is good enough, that the
total performance is still OK. If you get unsharp
results, it's more because of shivering, than because
of the converter. You should use sufficient short
shutter times and/or use a tripod. In many cases a
monopod is sufficient as well. Also the mirror lock-up
is very useful.
For a while, I was a fan of tele lenses. But some day,
I discovered the possibilities of wide angle lenses.
The 28 mm of my zoom wasn't enough for me anymore and
I bought the EF 20mm 1:2.8L USM.
Especially for landscape photos, you have fantastic
possibilities. You can show the foreground very big and
at the same time, show very much background on the
For architectural photography, it's very important to
hold the camera in a way (straight), that the buildings
doesn't look like falling down (I don't know the right
word in english). Or you make an extremly perspective
by holding the camera straight upwards. Anyway, it's
very important, that you don't have any unwanted things
(a tin, a piece of garbage, your own shadow, etc.) on
your picture. This can happen very easily, because they
appear very small in the finder.
For many years, I didn't like the 'normal' focal
length of 50mm . But also this focal length has
some advantages. First, the optical quality is very
good (sharpness, distortion, brilliance, etc.) and
second, it is small, light-weight, has a big max.
aperture and is very cheap.
It is good for making reproductions and for using
with extention rings or bellows. With a little bit
practicing you will find situations, where 50 mm is
exactly the right focal length as well.
It took a while, but after some years I could buy
this dream lens and it's really worth every penny.
It is big, heavy, highly visible, very expensive
AND very good - optically and mechanically. The
tripod collar is strongly build and also this lens
is compatible with the Canon teleconverters. With
that, you get a 100-280 1:4.0 or a 140-400 1:5.6
with still working AF.
By the way: unfortunately, the most cheap
telezooms are best at the short end. But not this
one - it has it's best optical performance at the
long end. It is not very flare resistant, but the
inclusive protection is very effective.
The quality is on the same level as the 200mm prime,
so I sold the prime.
When I bought the 70-200, I thought that it would
be a good addition, to have the EF 1,4x teleconverter.
So, I bought it as well.
It was a very good choose, because the quality is so
high, that on the picture you don't see at all, if the
1,4x converter has been used or not. The only thing is,
that it costs one stop. It is small and light and
extends your possibilities without a lack of quality.
It's very useful for makro photography too. Together
extension rings you can use it with every lens - wether
it's designed for the converter or not.
Since I had the 70-200, I didn't need the 200/2.8 and
a comparison showed a very similar performance of the
zoom and the 200mm prime. Because of that, I decided
to sell the 200mm and rather to extend my tele range
with a 300mm lens. That also gives me the same tele
range without converters or with less convertes, than
Even the optical and the mechanical performance is
very high. The build-in hood is long enough and very
effective. The only thing is the tripod collar - it
could be a little bit more stable, like the one of
the 70-200 1:2.8
You can get more informations in the
Canon Camera museum in the EF area.