Keep on dreaming

One thing every photographer will recognize is the following. You are thinking about your equipment and if you would have this one lens, then your set would be complete… You start looking around to see what lens would fit your gap best, linger around a little, convince your family and friends (and yourself) that this would be the last lens you need, save some money and take the step. Only to discover a little later that that other lens would also be a great addition to your bag…. So if you would have that one, then you will stop buying lenses…..Yeah, right. Maybe its better to give up convincing yourself that it stops after this lens (it might still work for a while to convince your family though…).

When I traded my EFs 10-22mm for the EF 17-40mm I knew there was still a gap in my lenses. I went from 40mm to 180mm (macro) to 300mm. And the step from 40mm to 180mm is a large one, especially as that’s a range that you use a lot for portraits, landscapes, mammals…. So I decided to buy the new EF 70-200mm/2.8… But after last weekend I’ve already added my next lens on the wish list. On the last afternoon on Heligoland Inge let me borrow her EF 300mm/2.8 with a 2x converter. Now that’s a really nice combi. Suddenly I had 600mm/5.6 in my hands, which is really nice for wildlife photography, like this Siskin.

So I guess now I really have to give up saying that this will be my last lens….

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

One comment

  • There’s never ” a last Lens” I realized that several years ago. Canon will always make a newer version of something I’ll want/need.
    With the 50mm f1.2, the 24-105mm f4, a 100mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, 400mm f2.8 and the 800mm I’m not sure what it could be, but maybe Santa will bring me something.

    Good luck,



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