12 February 2010

Long and Good Glass

Penguins Artis Zoo Amsterdam, Holland

I rented the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens for a day at the Artis Zoo, Amsterdam. It is really good glass. The wide aperture of f2.8 really challenges your focusing abilities.

Lions @ Artis Zoo, Amsterdam, Holland

It was rather cold that day so not too much animals could be seen. At least the snow owl didn't mind the weather.

Snow Owl at Artis Zoo, Amsterdam


  1. Great pictures! So funny!
    Was the lens heavy? Did you use a tripod or was it all shot hand held? I like the depth of field on this lens. This lens is also supposed to be great for portrait photography.

  2. The lens is 1.5 kg! All shots were hand held. It's this lens which caused Nikon shooters to convert to Canon in the 80's-90's. And it is "good glass", not "good lens". I will post the video which explains this later.

  3. Yes, it's very sharp -- was it so sharp that it chopped off the penguin's head?

    I rented the 70-200 f4 IS when Joy and I went to Canada -- also a very nice lens. It's lighter and cheaper, but there were times when I wished for a softer bokeh. Joy got some good shots with it; for example, Joy's bird from Banff.

    Coincidentally, I see that the 2.8 costs about as much as my first two cars, combined!

  4. I like the penguin without a head (-: Without the telelens, I would not be able to shoot this photo. The 70-200 f4 IS is also a fine lens. I would buy this one myself...
    It is much lighter. The f2.8 version is too heavy to carry on a holiday. It is also way too expensive. The new model is about 3000 euro!