This is my first order. It let me to experiment with telephoto lenses (135mm and 200mm) and a wider 28-85mm zoom lens.
It was really a moment when I realized that I need a tripod. The beauty of a tripod is that you can take you time and set up everything in your own tempo.
After some experiments, I realized that I like telephoto lenses, so my second order was more targeted.
28-210mm and 100-300mm cover most of my needs. I really was hunting for a >200mm lens. And got other to get free delivery! 28-210mm felt very lucrative.
Right now my "main lens set" is:
* Canon 15-45mm
* Vivitar 28-210mm
* Minolta 100-300mm
At 300mm a slight move on a tripod has dramatic consequences. On my current cheap tripod it's very difficult to point to objects.
This is the main reason I want to invest into a better one.
A friend of mine figured out that my 135mm $14.00 lens is the fastest one.
A lens speed is actually quantifying its aperture, or the amount of light it gets trough.
This one is f/2.8.
With a wide open aperture, the shutter speed is the fastest (thus the name).
However, the dept of field is the shallowest. This means that the focus area is limited. It's is usually desired for portraits.
It is also required for action shots, to get them sharp...
... to fully enjoy it, I spent some time mastering my focusing skills (remember, no automatic focus).
It forced me to think spatially. I had to understand where the focus area is before a runner comes and start taking pictures once they enter it.
Another tip. As you take continues shots, makes sure that they are written fast enough so there is no delay. Get the fastest card that is available to you and set the image size to medium or small.
It's ok to have a good shot in a smaller file...
... than missing it completely, because your camera was writing a previous shot while the runner got right into the focus!!!
Clearly, I have plans on expanding the collection.
I've ordered a 500mm lens.
I want to get a 50mm/1.4 lens for portraits. They are quite expensive, but give a very shallow dept of field. 28mm/2.8 is also in my wish list.
Importantly, I want to get a telecoverter, it's an addon that increments the focal length of an existing lens.
Of course, you get what you pay for, and in comparison to the modern lenses, old ones are behind.
But they are cheap, let you experiment, save money. You can travel and take maybe a bit less perfect pictures, but they are still better than no pictures at all!