When I bought my first camera, it came with a classic 18-55mm lens. The guy working at the store – who had no knowledge of photography at all – suggested I should also buy a 50mm lens. I didn’t know much, so I went with his advice and bought the 50mm lens.
After a couple of months of taking pictures with these two lenses – although I mostly used the 18-55mm, to be honest – I read an article about other lenses. And I decided to buy a new lens, the 70-200mm. It changed my life.
Once I began taking photos with the 70-200mm, I became a much better photographer. I started paying attention to lighting, composition, exposure, aperture. I realized my photos were way better than before, and that’s because I was using the wrong lens.
So what’s so special about the 70-200mm?
First of all, the 70-200mm lens has a great optical performance. I was able to get sharp images with great contrast. It’s clear that the 70-200mm is a much more professional lens with a better design and quality than the others.
Another major reason is the focal length. It’s perfect to get close shots without being too close to the subject, and simultaneously creating interesting effects with the background.
The 70-200mm f/2.8 has a wide aperture and is very fast. It’s perfect for taking photos of wildlife, landscapes or portraits.
However, the main reason why I fell in love with the 70-200mm is its size and weight. Sure, it looks big and maybe uncomfortable when compared to the 18-55mm, but you can get so much more out of it and it’s still a portable and rather small lens. I know some professional photographers need very large lenses to take their photos, and I respect that. But for me the 70-200mm is perfect.
If you are only looking for a body camera, this would be a good choice.