It goes without saying that photography is an expensive hobby.
Then again hobbies tend to be expensive, last fall I took up crocheting for a minute â€“ I bought $200 worth of yarn one weekend, and a pretty drawer to house them, they still sit, mocking me.
The cheapest step in DSLR photography is really the first stepâ€¦ acquiring a camera body.
My Camera came with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens, thousands of pictures later, I was ready to try out other lenses.
One great tip I got while researching the next lens to upgrade to was to rent a lens. The idea of getting a rental lens seemed cumbersome initially, but the more I researched and read from others, the more tempting the idea seemed.
We checked out two stores that rent out photography equipment in Vancouver; Beau Photo and Leoâ€™s Camera Supply. These shops mostly rent to professionals. Both stores have very friendly and knowledgeable staff, they were patient and accommodating, considering Iâ€™m not a professional photographer and they actually had to explain stuff to me â€“ like… f/8 is the same on a 200mm as it is on a 50.
We ended up renting from Leoâ€™s Camera because of their downtown location. I rented a telephoto zoom lens â€“ the EF 70-200mm F2.8 ‘L’ IS USM.
Itâ€™s definitely not a walkabout lens; itâ€™s a tad heavy at over 3lbs.
We spent the day in Deep Cove hiking (bad idea when youâ€™re carrying a lens the size of a small baby!) and shooting our beautiful surroundings, we shot people, water, mountains, kayakers, houses, sunbathers and many, many more.
It was a nice tiring adventure which taught me that you donâ€™t need an expensive lens to take good pictures, but most importantly, you wonâ€™t magically start taking extraordinary pictures just because you have a big, fast and expensive piece of glass. Photography is an art and experience doesnâ€™t hurt either.
With tired feet and sore arms we made our way back downtown.
Later on in the evening we dragged ourselves to David Lam Park to see Delhi 2 Dublin as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival free concert series.
I saw them earlier in the week during the Canada Day celebrations and they were brilliant! Their songs are a fusion of music from northern India and Ireland; I think their genre is considered world music.
I took about a hundred more pictures, it was a great atmosphere and I practiced photographing people and crowds – I think I still have ways to go. I tried some night photos and shot some videos too.
Obviously tired, I forged on the next day determined to make the most of the lens.
I walked east towards Chinatown, I took more pictures and discovered neighbourhoods I didnâ€™t even know existed, it was all quite exciting.
I ended up back at David Lam for more jazzfest fun.
All too soon it was Monday and the lens had to go back. Iâ€™m glad got the lens, it was a great learning experience, and looking back two weeks later with a few new tricks up my sleeves, Iâ€™d have done things a little differently. Iâ€™d have been bolder, played with the settings more and experimented more.
In all, it was fun, I was sad to see the lens go â€“ I canâ€™t wait to try out other lenses.