It all started a few years ago when I bought the 5DII with the kit 24-105L lens, having come up through the ranks of the film Canons, FTBn, F1n, AE1, and then the Digitals EOS 10D and 40D and all the standard EF lenses. One day, after being dissatisfied with the quality of my photos I decided to pull the trigger and buy a "real" camera and lens. I headed to my local Canon dealer and plugged down the $3500 for my first full frame camera and L lens.
After a while of shooting full frame with the good glass made me want to get a "good" telephoto, so I purchased the 70-200L IS f4 because the f2.8 was so much more money and after all I had just spent $3500 for my new rig. Boy was that 70-200 f4 lens sweet, I remember my first portraits from it, the bokeh and sharpness of the images, incredible. Then one day, I became disappointed in the lens in low light. What I now needed was a faster telephoto for low light, sports and portraits, so of course, I sold the f4 to offset the cost and picked up the newly released f2.8 IS II, which I like to call "The Beast". It's so fantastic wide open, but the weight is a killer, I often regreted selling the 70-200 f4. So, I cured my regrets along the way with the 70-300L, it lets me get some extra reach over 70-200 and reduced carry weight is fantastic. The reverse thread zoom is a little goofy but all in all, a good piece of glass and my two teenage daughters can stick it on their Rebels and it doesn't over whelm them like "The Beast" does on a little Rebel body with their little hands.
Shortly after this, things started to spiral out of control, I picked up the f1.4 35L and fell in love with the IQ of a prime lens. Naturally, I had to get a f2.8 100L to shoot macros and a lightweight portrait lens and it was so perfect that I thought had no reason to ever get the 85L. Along the way, I decided to get the 8-15L fisheye for some really cool shots that you want to take once in a blue moon. One day, after shooting with the 35L, I thought to myself, what if I had a little more width? Shortly thereafter, I ended up with the f1.4 24L and its IQ is as good as the 35. Well that 35L really got me going on the prime craze.
Next up came the f2 135L which by the way is sharp as a tack. That lens made me crave a really fast portrait lens, so I ponied up the dough and bought the "Baby Beast", you know by now.....the f1.2 85L. Man, is that pig a thing of beauty, it looks great mounted on the 5DII and feels so balanced on the camera. And and of course the Bokeh is well,.....what all other lenses desire to be when they grow up. After shooting with the "Baby Beast" made me want to get a really fast 50mm, so just the other day I picked up the f1.2 50L, and no surprise it too has incredible IQ and I just know it is going to be my street shooting favorite.
By now you must think I am made of money, not so....I just decided one day, that life is just too short to take photos with cropped sensors and crappy glass. I really regretted not doing it sooner, I lost many years of pleasure to mediocre equipment. Why not buy what you really deserve, find a way and buy the best, after all "I am worth it".
By the way, I got my eye on that new 24-70.....and of course the new 5DIII because the autofocus drives me nuts on the 5D II. Well, that's my story and I just thought I would share it with my fellow photographers. Cheers,