- March 27th, 2011
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Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ah-ha’.
Ernst Haas, Comment in workshop, 1985
Ernst has hit the nail on the head. The answer to “What’s the best wide angle lens?” isn’t necessarily the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (although it’s very nice) … but which ever lens you have with you at the time.
Why would I say something like that? As a Professional Photographer, sometimes I can’t see the wood for the trees and get fixated about the next generation of new lens with a faster “this” and smaller “that”, and for a couple of weeks will lust after it until the feeling finally subsides.
Photographers in general tend to be “gear hounds”, but at some point you have to use what you have and not make an excuse that you didn’t get the shot – but if you had the best wide angle lens you just paid xxx for, you would have!
When travelling, I can’t take all the gear I’d like to because:
- I’d never fit it into the small hand luggage size requirements airlines use these days.
- I’d never be able to carry it all day out and about.