iPhone pic because I wanted to include it all! 24mm not pictures because my neighbor borrowed it…
I had a post like this from way back and I have been wanting to update it. Yep, I have like 7 sessions to edit (the most I think I have ever been behind but this week was crazy!) but right now I am chilling on the couch watching Parenthood on the DVR (I love this show and I am SO sad that this is the end of it) and waiting for a pizza to cook because my husband & I decided that the dinner we cooked sucked and now its 10:30 pm and we are hungry. Oh and I hate editing on my laptop. Wow, holy overshare….anywho, here we go.
I get asked about my lens choice a ton-sometimes I answer and sometimes I don’t. I did a big post about this the other day. I got some hate mail, got some support but all in all I can see both sides. I thought about deleting it but its how I feel and I do hope that it came through like that-both humbled that people care what lens I use and sad that they feel entitled enough to ask without complementing the client’s image or getting upset because I don’t share. If you haven’t read it, HERE it is. Don’t flame me…there is a lot more behind the scenes that sparked that post than what I divulged. Cut a sista some slack.
First things first…I don’t think the equipment makes the photographer but I do think good equipment is important if that makes any sense at all. Having a good eye and a creative mind are far more important – with those two things you can honestly create an amazing piece of art with an iPhone if need be. That being said, I don’t know a single photographer that doesn’t wait by the door for that big brown truck to pull up once they have hit the Submit Order button. We all love gear and gear does help us achieve our mind’s eye.
Before I start, if you want to see images by others besides me from these lenses or any other lens for that matter you can always go to google and type in that specific lens in the search box, then hit images…you are obviously going to get a lot of pictures of that lens as well but also images taken with that. I am sure you can also google “images taken with (insert lens)….” A lot of flickr results come up in the Web search as well (aside from the image search).
That being said, I am going to give some of my examples and try to give some of my favs but Lord have mercy (seriously) it is hard to choose which ones I love the best! (Updated to add-I have way too many images and honestly I probably am not even giving my best but I can’t look through thousands of images or you would never see this post! But dang I wish I could!) Maybe if I just stick with this year it will help – I shot less this year since the arrival of baby Hudson (this image shot with my 35-see below)…
If I could only shoot with one lens it would be … oh come on, you know lol
THE FISHEYE…The funny thing is after I had started using it so much I noticed an incoming click on my blog from a forum and my interest was piqued. Click. It was a discussion about how you are never to use a fisheye for a portrait! Look, you can use whatever you want as long as it looks good and fits your style. That’s the awesome thing about photography right? It is creative and we are artists and we get to paint the canvas and decide how big or small it is. So mine is the Canon 8-15 mm f/4 (link to the actual amazon store that I bought it from as well as all the others are above and yes, I am an amazon affiliate so I do get some dollars if you purchase through here-total disclosure peeps-I always order from amazon because the shipping is crazy fast and I have found that they beat almost every camera store pricing). I love the lens-I use it almost exclusively for family stuff. After all, if I can only take one lens with us someplace that one will get anything I want to get you know? I love the perspective and I don’t mind the distortion. Some people do. And, honestly this lens kind of sucks in low light because of the f/4. So I think that most people would be more than happy with the 16-35 mm f/2.8 L because it is great in low light and still exceptionally wide. All you Nikonians, I do not know of a comparable fisheye for you – I have had workshop attendees (shameless plug-one seat left HERE) rent several and none seem to fit the bill for me. But that’s just my personal opinion-wait, all of this is hah!
So here are some images I took with my 16-35 mm
And here are some from my 8-15 mm
And if you want more on the underwater stuff and what I use that post is HERE!
THE BOKEH LOVELY…If I could have only a second lens it would be, hands down, my Canon 85 mm f/1.2 L. It is a little big and heavy and but the bllluuuurrrrr is so deliciously yummy. Never thought I would say that about the background of a photograph right? But it is and in the right light it is jaw dropping amazing. Pretty slow to focus in that nice golden hour light, I won’t lie, so be careful. Some favs from that lens…
Circa 2011 but look at that sparkle in the background!
THE EVERYDAY…Because that 85 is slow to focus and kind of heavy I would say next would be the 50 f/1.2 mm L. It still gives yummy bokeh, buy maybe not jaw dropping, unless you hit it just right. Also, this is a good one for close up portraits of children and focuses faster. I recently read a post by a photographer that said you can’t use anything but this for newborns. A lot of people went to the 35 mm for a wider shot for newbies but there is a tad bit of distortion. (Technically, they said, the 85 is the real winner because of zero distortion but who wants to get that far from baby for every shot and who has a studio that large in general?) Some favs for that one…
And, yes even though it doesn’t look like it, those are real clouds – see real clouds can look fake too lol!
THE EVERYDAY WIDES…I am putting both my 35 mm f/1.4 L and my 24 mm f/1.2 L in this category. They are tack sharp and great for low light shooting like sunset and weddings & wedding receptions. I even like the 35 for up close portraits-I like the distortion.
THE NEW FAV…Well kind of but not above my fisheye fo sho. Last year my 70-200 got stolen out of my car (as did a few others and my iPad but everything was recovered except that 70-200) and I wasn’t shooting many weddings which is what I used it for primarily but I definitely wanted a longer lens. Enter the 200 mm. There is an old 1.8 and a new 2.0 I believe (correct me if I am wrong lens gurus) – after researching for it I got the old 1.8 and, yes, I bought it used. Ain’t nobody got time to spend $5-$6k on a lens that I can’t carry and use that much. I shoot lifestyle-that word alone means I can’t run around with a huge lens like that and chase kids and expect to nail focus. Not to mention I can’t even get close to them hah. But wowzers! I am just getting to know this one so I won’t put many thoughts at this time but it does seem more gorgeous than the 85 but not as practical. Here are a few that I have taken with it…
MACRO…I have the 100 mm f/2.8 L macro just for ring shots and macro baby shots – I don’t use it much and its usually for fun but its neat. Some of those…