I left the Canon system for Fujifilm back in 2016. The Fuji gear was funded by the sale of most of my Canon cameras and lenses. However, at the time, I wasn’t able to get a decent price for my Canon 7D and EF 35mm F1.4L lens. Eventually, I passed it along to my mom. She gave the combo a few attempts before giving up due to a lack of both knowledge and the limitation of a single focal length. She asked if I could find her something cheap and zooming. So I started to browse Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji for listings periodically. And boy, I found myself a gem last week — a well-preserved Canon EF‑S 17–55 F2.8 IS USM for a measly $450! It was the lens I dreamed about but couldn’t afford when I had my first DSLR in 2006/7. Now it’s mine. And it pairs pretty well with the original 7D (which I bought in 2009).
Below are a few test photos of my dog from earlier in the day. They show that you don’t need the latest and greatest gear (or full-frame cameras) to capture excellent photos of things you care about. The old photographer’s adage remains true: you’re better off investing in lenses.