It is my extreme pleasure
to announce these beautiful flowers
will be the last taken with
my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
as this photographer upgrades to
a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
which means both a better lens in the L-Series
and an image stabilizer to decrease hand shake.
I am giving myself a complete u-haul in the photography department. I have made some really big decisions. Several. Big. Decisions. For you see it is time this photographer gives herself an upgrade.
Gathering together three lenses I am no longer using, I am selling them to B&H Photos. I consider them all to be in in excellent “like new” condition which means the estimation I was given over the phone and in writing (email), I am trusting will be the exact amount I will receive. With this money I am doing two things.
One. I am buying another camera body, a Canon EOS 7D Mark II, a camera that is used specifically for landscape and “fast motion” photography. Hint: I am expanding my photographic expertise into other areas. I am in good faith sticking with Canon. Why? I am completely sold on their picture quality and if I wait it out and believe in the “rumors” my patience will be awarded.
I chose the EOS 7D Mark II for the main reason: (there are others!)
An APS-C 20.2MP CMOS sensor + latest technology = the ability to increase my lenses’ focal length by 1.6x. Example: 400mm now becomes 640mm. That means what I am shooting comes in 140mm closer, giving me the ability to shoot very closeup. (Think birds/sports.) I had originally bought the Canon 1.4x Extender for this purpose but it was not capatible with my Canon 6D. Now I will be getting even more extension out of my 100-400mm lens with my new camera! Oh yeah Baby!
[I am keeping my Canon EOS 6D to use for landscape shots which is an excellent camera. I’ve dreamed of working with a 2-camera system when out on the field, and now I will be!]
Everyone who I’ve spoken to have all agreed that Canon is seriously dragging its feet keeping up with the competition and many people are disgruntled. Putting it mildly. Canon is loosing a lot of business. Many have sold their Canon equipment and gone to an entirely different brand of cameras and lenses.
I thought about switching over to Sony. Really. Thought. Hard. It is so frustrating to see what the competition is offering as Canon does nothing to keep up with their competition. For some reason they are deliberately lagging behind. As with all other aspects of my life, I walk in faith that Canon will kick things into high gear soon.
[I am also walking in faith that the “new” and painful back/legs/feet symptoms I have been experiencing are only a temporary phase I am going through. In the meantime, I act as if those symptoms do not exist.]
Two. I bought the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens. I received almost a $200 gift card from B&H Photos which I put towards my new macro lens (on its way to me). All these years I have been shooting macro, handholding my camera without any image stabilizer on the lens. For some of you that may seem hard to believe. The proof is in the pudding. My photographs. I have learned to not breathe, not move, and make sure my hands are rock solid. It will be like eating candy using my new macro lens.
As with the rest of my life, I wait for no one when it comes to my dreams. I make them happen regardless of the circumstances. And what usually happens with me, a door(s) open that indicate NOW is the time to leap for the dream to make it come true. As is the case here, this is exactly what I am doing with my new upgrade!
MF Handheld Macro Photography/ “Upgrade”/ May 2018©AmyRose