I’m a retail whore

I purchased a new lens, an off-brand telephoto, that I’m not even sure I’ll have much use for. As with anything new, it will take a while before I get to grips properly with the lens, but I can say to start with that I don’t like it. The lens is the EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6.

Pros:

  • For a lens of its magifying power, it was relatively cheap (€250).
  • The lens sharper than my supplied kit lens (the 18-55mm).

Cons:

  • Images taken by the lens have awful chromatic aberration.
  • Its field of view is horrible, but then again this is a telephoto lens. I’m very much looking forward to getting a Sigma short telephoto lens when I’m in Las Vegas. I think I might just pick up a smaller Sigma lens in addition, cash permitting!
  • I don’t have that much need for such a big lens as my style and taste goes toward closer subjects.
  • Autofocus lock is atrociously slow. Good luck trying to lock on a moving target.
  • It’s unwieldy and big.
  • It doesn’t come provided with a lens hood. It is an annoyance given the cost.

On the whole, I figure I’m going to return the lens to the store on Tuesday coming. Until then, here are some photos:

Telephoto lens test
Telephoto lens test
Telephoto lens test
Telephoto lens test
Telephoto lens test


Mark Grealish

Dashing brigand, handsome rapscallion, father, crazy cat lady and the world's greatest lover and liar, living in Dublin, Ireland.



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