I confess, when it comes to equipment lust, I definitely suffer. I suffer only minor temptation when I look at the EOS 5d mk II. But I suffer from unending lens lust. It just never goes away.
I know that most people, when they suffer from Lens Lust, eagerly pore over the aperture, the focal length. They agonize over how many groups, how many elements. I, too, was once like that. Call it ‘lens specification lust’.
Now, though, I suffer from what I can only call ‘look lust’. We’re Netflix subscribers, so we’ve been watching more movies, and oh, my. Some of those lenses those cinematographers use, boy, howdy. I see those shallow depth of field scenes, or a close focus scene, and I can hear Paula wince as she senses the inevitable comment. “Oh, oh!” I’ll exclaim. “I want that lens! LOOK at that lens, will you! Please, I want to have that lens!” Or, perhaps, if the lens was a poor choice, “Ugh! That lens is UGLY. Why did they use that lens?”
Fortunately for me, the lenses used by cinematographers are unlikely to be found in a form I can hang on my camera. This is good, because those lenses are expensive, and I mean expensive with a capital Expensive.
That doesn’t stop me, though. I love my trusty EF 100mm f/2.8 macro. I love it to pieces. But lately, another contender has caught me eye – the EF 90mm f/2.8 TS-E.
Today I caught myself pricing them on Ebay. This is not a good sign. And they, too, are not cheap. But oh, my, the out of focus drawing. Oh, dear.