Bradbourne Lake Park, Sevenoaks UK 16 March 2014

Last week I took my new 70-200 f2.8 out to the park down the street to see what Spring looks like, and to try my hand and shooting (semi)wildlife. First, I learned that shooting wildlife underneath wildly variable shade on a sunny day is an excercise in frustration, at least with the dynamic range on my 5d2. I also learned there’s a whole set of skills involved in that endeavor, and I don’t have many of them. But I had a great time; it’s an amazing lens and I’m finally getting a number of shots that I was never able to get before. I also tried the lens with a 12mm extension tube and my 1.4x teleconverter. That combination makes for some crazy shallow DOF and bokeh magic.

It’s a bit heavy, the 70mm short end, and the vast minimum focus distance means this is definitely a specialty lens rather than a walkaround lens. But it still has a number of applications, and the saturation, clarity and sharpness are amazing. I’m looking forward to a long relationship with the lens.