In spring, as life slowly fills the dormant West Virginia landscape, color bursts forth everywhere. It seems that wherever you point your camera, you get good images. While leading photography field sessions at the New River Birding and Nature Festival this May, I was stirred by the hues sweeping across the mountains in West Virginia. Each day, festival leaders take participants to a variety of locations, and, while much of the week focuses on bird watching and photography, many trips include beautiful landscapes.
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The 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM is a superb traveler’s lens. Much of my professional work involves shooting scenics for books, magazines, calendars, and postcards. The 17-50mm focal length, approximately equivalent to a 28-80mm in 35mm terms, is a perfect optic for landscapes.
For this review, I packed my new 45 megapixel SD1 and the 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM and headed off to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and south Florida. I can say with complete confidence that every time I pulled the 17-50mm lens out of my bag, I knew I was going to get a sharp image.