In the world of photography should your money first go towards pro-quality lenses (eyes) or pro-quality camera bodies (brains)? I think any competent photographer already knows the answer to that question, but if you’re a “newbie” the answer is: always buy the “best” lens(es) you can afford, the body comes second. What people see when viewing your photographs is the image quality, they don’t see all of the nifty things your super-duper camera body can do. This short humorous video proves the point. I’ve watched a number of this kids videos and they usually crack me up, this one is no exception. Funny, but with a lot of good information. Enjoy.
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Blue and Gold Macaw
This macaw was photographed two months ago in Colombia with my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM zoom telephoto lens plus 1.4x teleconverter. The 1.4x TC degraded the image slightly, but not so the human eye could ever detect it. Enlarge the image to see the incredible detail and color rendition of this beautiful bird. This particular lens is the least expensive of the L-series (Pro) 70-200mm zoom lenses, and does not come with Image Stabilisation (IS). It currently retails for $600 USD (the least expensive pro-level Canon lens available).
And although it was attached to my pro-level camera body (Canon EOS 5D Mark II), it would have performed just as well on an entry-level Canon Rebel body. Eyes before brains. If you can afford both, then by all means buy both. But if you can buy only one, then it must be the lens every time.
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer and World Traveler