Fun with an old kit lens
I have always fancied a wider angle lens then what I have at the moment, but can never justify getting one because wide angle lenses can be pretty expensive, especially for something that is going to sit in my camera bag for most of its life. I'm not sure what kind of use I would get out of one, so I thought I'd do a trial, I borrowed my sister's Canon EFS 18-55mm kit lens (18mm is wide enough) and decided to head into town.
One place I've been meaning to check out is One New Change, EC4M 9AF, because I've heard they have a rooftop terrace there with amazing panoramas of London, an ideal place to try some 'wide- angle photography'.
The two lenses I normally carry around are my EF 70-200 f4 L and my EF 40mm f2.8. Two lovely basic lenses and exceptional value for money too. This makes the 18mm of the old kit lens seem quite wide, hopefully it's enough to help me make my mind up weather I need one or not.
I have also been intrigued by Canon's new 24mm STM Pancake lens, just released in November, so more often I would set this old kit lens to 24mm just to see the results of this focal length on my crop sensor 70D.
If anything, I have been quite impressed by the images out of the kit lens, as long as you know its limitations, you will get quite pleasing results out of it, it's a matter of finding that sweet spot. Anyway, the question, do I need another lens? Absolutely not! I have tried to keep my lens collection down to a minimum, preferring to rent instead, this keeps me from making expensive mistakes that I can't afford. However I am only human and the 24mm pancake is very tempting, I like the field of view, not too wide and not too tight, and on my camera and I think this will be ideal for street photography, which I intend doing a lot more of in 2015.
My name is Mel Sebastian. I am a graphic designer and photographer living in beautiful Berkshire. I have been interested in photography from as far back as I can remember. At my age, that probably means about 3 days. Anyway, my dad was a very keen amateur photographer and what I learned from him has been invaluable to me through the years, and photography has been a source of so much enjoyment for me.