After further reflection

Writers, after finishing a manuscript, are told to stick it in a drawer for 6 months and ignore it, so that when they do finally pull it out, they can review it with fresh eyes.  It’s a good practice, and one that I’m going to start applying to the reviews I do here.  You’ll find that many of my past equipment articles now have a section at the bottom: After further reflection.

You’re not likely to find me doing a complete 180-degree flip (although I suppose it’s possible).  But what you can expect is a second, more seasoned opinion.  It’s all too easy to be enamored with a lens right out of the box, only to grow disappointed with it later.  Or, conversely, to poorly rank a feature that you later decide is useful after all.  Hindsight is 20/20.

I’ve decided to include this for the same reason that I do the reviews in the first place – so that hopefully someone else can benefit from my experiences, good and bad.  Hopefully you find it useful!

Below is a partial list of reviews that I’ve updated:

Canon 70-200mm f/4

Powershot SX120

Sigma 70-200 f/2.8

Canon 50mm f/1.8 Mk I

Canon 28-135mm IS

Sigma 120-400mm OS

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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3 Comments

  1. I think it’s great that you’re doing this and I’m going to borrow the idea :)

    After reading through your reviews and followups:

    Canon 50mm – keep the 1.8 Mk I. I have the 1.4 and it is soft wide open so I normally use 1.8 or higher but I do like that it has USM focusing motor and a much wider focusing ring than the 1.8 Mk II lens has.

    Canon 70-210 – I’m just not a fan of push/pull zooms and I already have the 70-200 f/4.

    Canon 28-135 – got one of these when I bought the 40D. I never really cared for it much so I sold it on eBay. For a general purpose walk around lens I’m finding either the Quantaray (re-badged Sigma) 18-200 or EF-S 55-250 work well.

    Sigma 120-500 – I’m getting tempted by Sigma lenses especially when you look at the price difference between the Sigma 500 ($4700) to the Canon 500 ($6140). For the $1400 difference I could buy the Sigma and Canon 300 f/4 IS. Part of my problem is I’m a Canon snob. I know it and have the believe, perhaps foolishly so, that Canon lenses will work better than any 3rd party lens.

    Sigma 70-200 – I’ve used my Canon 70-200 f/4 with the Canon 1.4x and 2X extenders and it works well enough for me. I do wish it would autofocus with the 2X but it won’t on the 7D and I don’t think that one “flaw” in the 7D could be jusitfication to move up to a 1D series camera. While I may think that’s sufficient justification to move up to a 1D series body it isn’t for Mrs. Jones :).

    Powershot SX120 – I really want a nice ultra small P&S camera (with RAW capability) that I can carry everywhere. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to exist yet.

    • Brent Pennington

      Glad you like the idea! Regarding a small P&S, you should check out the S90. It shoots RAW, has a fast f/2 lens, and from my understanding, is pretty small – smaller than the G series, at least.

  2. The S90 looks like it’ll work. I’ll have to check one out the next time I’m at Best Buy. Thanks for the tip, Brent!

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