Today, we shoot most of our pictures with either the Canon 50mm f1.8 fixed lens (awesome lens), or the Canon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens that came with our camera's (Canon EOS T5i and Canon EOS 70D). This too is an excellent and very versatile lens. It's really amazing how much better these kit lenses are than they used to be! Anyway, we want to add this absolute signature Canon beast to our arsenal of tools just as soon as we can afford it.
For those of you that may not know what "Bokeh" is... It's the very pleasing look of the subject of a picture being in very sharp focus while the background and often even the foreground of that subject being softly blurred out of definition. I shot the image below with the 50mm at f1.8. This is a good example of the bokeh effect where the lizard is clear and sharply in focus while the trees and bushes in the background are completely blurred out to the point of being indistinguishable. The 50mm does a great job with bokeh under the right conditions. The 70-200mm lens considerably expands the variables of the conditions under which this kind of picture can be taken. And these kinds of pictures are among the ones we love taking the most. But this lens opens up so many other options and possibilities. Like low light, sports, nature and others.
The reason we don't currently own this lens basically boils down to money. The price tag on this lens (new) today is about $2.5k on Amazon. It can also be purchased used somewhere in the area of around $2k. This lenses can also be rented for just under $100 for 7 days. This is why this item is on a "Wish List" and not currently in our bag. We will however keep our eyes and ears open in the event a really awesome deal comes along. Needles to say that if anyone reading this post knows or hears of such a deal and is willing to pass the information on, we are all ears... ;-)