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Go to ‘ell

Well, it’s a decision that I’m sure most Canon users think about at some point. Should I bite the bullet and invest in an L-series lens?

I’ve been using a variety of EF and EFS lenses over the years from the 18-55mm and 70-210mm which I bought with my 350d years ago, a Sigma 10-20mm and my EFS  18-135mm  which I got with the 60d. This has proved to be a great general walk around lens, remaining on my camera most of the time.

But, there’s been one lens which has got me hooked on on the benefits of fast apertures – My only prime lens so far, the EF 50mm F1.4. It’s an amazing lens giving wonderfully bright and sharp pictures and, the shallow depth of field you can achieve is exactly what I was hoping for when I bought this lens. The only draw back with automotive photography, especially at shows, is the distance you need to be from subject. When I switch from the Sigma wide angle I find myself having to march off to the other side of the field with the 50mm!

So I’ve been thinking for a while now about buying a fast short-zoom lens. Reading all the reviews and comparisons I narrowed it down to either an EFS 17-55 F2.8 or the EF 24-70mm 2.8L which is a little more cash. Thinking long-term, I’ve decided to go for the L series lens, so hopefully I’ll be able to try it out for the first time at The Slough VW Swap Meet this weekend…

Ross McGinnes

I’m a relative newcomer to photography, discovering my passion in 2006 when I moved to a beautiful part of the world called Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. The village is high on a hillside overlooking the National Trust area of Hardcastle Crags, so it seemed rude not to invest in a decent camera.

During a steep learning curve I’ve strived to capture the beauty in everyday urban and rural decay such as rusty skips, abandoned furniture and inclement weather. My eclectic portfolio contrasts these studies with bright, bold prints ranging from iconic VWs to macro photography. Kit-wise I’m currently falling in love with a Canon 5D MkII, and while you won’t find me pasting a dramatic new sky onto my prints, I do use Photoshop CS5 to clean up images if necessary.

My work has appeared in editorial and commercial guises for the likes of The GuardianOrange and Fuse8 Design Agency.

I’m lucky to have a very understanding wife who puts up with me spending large chunks of our evenings “piddling with that website”, and friends who’ve been supportive with exhibition space and equipment advice.

Visit rossmcginnes.com…