When I purchased my Canon digital DSLR camera, it came with a kit lens known as the Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS . I understand this lens has been discontinued by Canon. For unknown reasons, after a short period of time, the lens was ruined due to fungus infection. Repairing the device was more expensive than buying a new lens, so I dumpted it and bought a new one.
An esteemed blogger from Manchester, Trish, suggested that I buy a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens also known as the “nifty fifty”. It has proved to be an excellent lens; the only problem is that it is not a wide-angle nor a telephoto lens. I wanted to have the ability to do both kinds of photography, so I started searching for options on the Web.
A photographer from South Africa came up with two interesting YouTube videos which fitted my needs like a glove—so I thought. The lenses were the following:
- Wide Angle Lens: 0.43 professional wide-angle lens with macro manufactured by Vivitar
- Telephoto Lens: 2.2x professional telephoto lens manufactured by Vivitar
I authored a blog post on the purchase of the wide-angle lens here. The device resulted in a waste of time and money. I might as well have saved the money to buy a high-quality wide-angle lens, but you get what you pay for ($25.23 for both lenses). I should have known better, when something is too good to be true, you’re heading in for trouble. And so I slipped on the banana peeling. Ouch!
Recently I opened the box of the 2.2 telephoto lens to test it, as I was terribly disappointed with the wide-angle lens with macro as you probably know. I was hoping that this might be a better lens. No joy. The picture came out blurry and with heavy magenta chromatic aberration fringings. I tried my best to post process the shots in an effort to get decent pictures, but it didn’t work. Below are several pictures of the lens and the shots taken with it during a testing photo session.
I. Vivitar 2.2 Professional Telephoto Lens
II. Sample Images Taken with Vivitar’s 2.2 x Professional Telephoto Lens
I’m fully aware that what I paid for is negligible for a good pair of lenses and I deserved to get what I paid for. A word of caution to those of you who are looking for inexpensive lens thinking you are making a great deal. Caveat. I would strongly recommend that you save your money until you have the resources to buy a lens manufactured by a reputable manufacturer. By all means stay away from cheap lenses like these which are a total waste of money and time.
At this moment, I have set my eyes on a Fujifilm X-30 which I should receive sometime in February. If it meets my expectations, it’s highly probable that I will sell my Canon DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i and my two Canon lenses as well. They are too heavy, cumbersome to use and its gear is also very expensive. All I want is to take decent pictures for my blog, not to become an expert in cameras. I leave that to others more passionate about the technical side of photography—I prefer the creative side. Good Day.