I few weeks ago I wrote about my new lens, the SEL50F18. I love this lens, I love the depth of field it gives and the quality of the pictures.
However…. because it’s a 50mm lens it’s already quite zoomed in – which I didn’t really realise before I bought it (being a total beginner I really didn’t understand what half these numbers mean!). So although it’s a wonderful lens, it’s difficult to use for the kind of photography I want to take.
You can’t just whip out your camera at the dinner table using this lens, because the photos are just too close up – you’ll get the whole face of the person next to you, or half the plate of food.
It’s great for portrait photography or street photography, when you don’t really want to be standing so close to your subject, but for personal, out and about photography, I’m not sure it really suits me.
Introducing the SEL35F18
So my next lens on the shopping list is the SEL35F18 – it’ll give me the same functionality in terms of depth of field and fast shooting with the F1.8, but at 35mm it’s more flexible in terms of using it in a bit more of a personal way.
But it’s £379 on Amazon! I’ve found it for about £300 on eBay shipping from China or somewhere (which I’d be a bit worried about getting, would need to do more research on the sellers). There aren’t really any second hand ones for sale that I can see (apart from one I’m watching, but it’s got a couple of days to go and it’s at £240 already).
To Buy, Or Not To Buy…
So I’m torn. In one hand I’m thinking just buy it – it’s probably the only lens I’ll need. The reviewers mostly say that this is the one that stays on their camera all the time. So I could just bite the bullet and get it, and it’s done and dusted. Then maybe sell my SEL50F18, that’ll take the edge off.
But on the other hand… it’s £379!!! I could go on a lovely little weekend away for that. Or a couple of lush spa days. Plus with Christmas coming up I should be saving my pennies. But then what’s the point in investing in a camera, if you’re going to stop halfway and not get the lens you want. But then I do already have two lenses which do take perfectly decent pictures.
But if I’m going to get it, the sooner the better as I spent months deliberating over whether or not to get a bread maker or not. In the end I did and I wish I had done it months ago as I had missed out on lovely fresh bread for all those months.
Decisions, decisions!! What should I do? Any advice?