Good article for me! I'm just learnng about the lens opportunities out there.
Is there a book out there that visually articulates what the lens will produce?
I am a visual learner and not a technically oriented communicator (throwing around focal lengths, f-stops, etc just yet).
A book with a photo of the lens, its specs, and then a photo example of what the resulting image looks like - that would really help me!
It's not a book, but the German site (www.photozone.de) does a great job in providing independent reviews of all types of lenses. Reviews show pix of the lens and include mind-numbing technical data, sample images shot using the lens and an overall reviewer conclusion that touches on Value (what you get for the dollar).
When I was in your shoes I too struggled in deciding how best to upgrade my glass. Unfortunately there's no single lens solution out there to recommend. Differing situations may require different lens solutions. As a Canon shooter, I upgraded from non-Canon entry level glass right into Canon L series. There was a bit of sticker shock with new L series glass, but you won't be disappointed in the performance and improved image quality. As an alternative the used market runs deep for Canon/Nikon either from B&H, KEH, Adorama, FredMiranda, PopPhoto, your local camera shop or local Craig's List.
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