I have been primarily shooting with a Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 for several years now, and I am not completely satisfied with it. The problems I have are:
- A bit too wide on the low end
- A bit too short on the long end
- Not enough Bokeh (I think, continue reading)
I mainly shoot my kids playing outside, and have occasionally started to take pictures for friends and family (out door shots like the one below).
I am shooting with a cropped sensor, so even though the lens is more like a 28-200, It isn't quite fitting my needs. I routinely wish I had something around a 50-250 (adjusted which is around a 28-150 on a full frame) with great bokeh.
I have been searching around, and the closest I can find is the Canon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6, which at least provides a bit more reach. I find it rather difficult to get a nice out of focus background with my current lens, and I am concerned that 5.6 isn't shallow enough.
From what I understand, if I am shooting with a wide lens then I want to be close to the subject for good bokeh. On a long lens I want to back up, and get the subject far from the background. I try this all the time, but it doesn't seem to work out how I want it.
Am I just shooting with the wrong equipment? Do I need to comprise on focal length range, and just find something with a really large aperture?
40mm f/5 1/200sec