a digital SLR earlier in the year and I haven't stopped shooting pictures since. The camera came with an 18-70mm zoom lens which is ideal for the sort of close quarters reportage style of pictures I like to take. Its an ideal 'Holiday' lens, but its not so good for long shots.
My Boss is a keen photographer and lent me his 70-300mm zoom lens for my trip to Bovington in June and I was very impressed by its versatility. So impressed I borrowed it again a few weeks later for the Damyns Hall Military & Flying Vehicles display. But borrowing an old lens that has been re-chipped for digital isn't an ideal solution so I started looking for a new lens to purchase myself. After looking around at various options and weighing up the costs I settled on the upgraded version of the lens I had been borrowing. Then my lovely wife stepped in and bought it for me as an anniversary present. I love my wife, but especially when she buys me new toys.
Its lighter than than lens I was borrowing, the auto focus is quieter and faster and the optics are clear and precise. I've shot a few practice pictures but the real test will be the Battle of Britain Air Show at Duxford next weekend. Keep an eye open for my pictures sometime next week.