A couple of months ago I took a photo class here locally and some of the participants were talking about a few Canon lenses that were on sale. I had been wanting to buy a nice lens for about a year. I still love my 50mm f1.4 prime lens- it will always be a favorite, but I really wanted to try one of Canon's "L" professional zoom lenses. I settled on the 24-70mm f2.8 L macro zoom. It is awesome. It doesn' t have a huge reach (zoom) so it won't be great for sports, but it is a great, everyday walk-around lens. It is heavy, but not like some of the zoom lenses. If your in the market for new equipment, I highly reccomend www.bhphotovideo.com They are a great resource, and have good prices.
I have tried to get fireworks shots in the past, and honestly I was mostly successful this year because
I used the (Manfrotto) tripod I got for Christmas last year- also from B&H photo. Getting these types of shots requires a super slow shutter speed, and you can't hold your camera with that slow of a shutter speed or you get blurry pictures because there is no way you can hold that still. I learned how to shoot fireworks from Katrina Kennedy at www.captureyour365.com - I have taken several of her photo classes, and she is great! Anyway, I hope you had a nice 4th of July. Here are just a couple of the shots I got- I hope to get a layout done in the next couple of weeks. Happy Birthday America!