harsh reality

Canon 24-70mm II lens

This is the exit of the 59th Street Bridge coming into Manhattan on a Monday morning early in the fall when it was just starting to get cold outside.

The irony of this photo is twofold: 1) the dark clouds and harsh colors of the lighting are so ominous and spot on with the daunting feeling that entering the city for a new work week can produce, 2) this photo was taken with a lens that I purchased, tried for one day, and returned the very next day because I didn’t like it at all (but I love this photo!).

The photo was taken with a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 II zoom lens which has rave reviews consistently across the board. I decided to give it a try because of all the hype, and I ended up returning it within 24 hours. The optics were exceptionally good for a zoom lens, but it could not compare in any way to my standby wide angle street lenses, the Zeiss 25mm f2 and the Zeiss 35mm f1.4. The Canon focus ring was short and stiff, and it felt like an overpriced piece of plastic in my hand. The 70mm focal length is awkward and particularly unaesthetic, and the optics start to suffer at the most useful end of the zoom, 24mm.

Great photo. Not-so-great lens.


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