Choosing lenses is like choosing an outfit. It affects your look + your style….of photography. Just like some women like to wear dresses + skirts and others prefer slacks + jeans, there’s also endless variety in lens selection. I was actually amazed one day when I downloaded the Nikon app. I had NO idea that there were SO many Nikkor lenses. And I’m sure the same goes for Canon and other brands.
My 1st Lenses: There are a ton of lenses out there and as I was saying in a recent post where I was selling my fisheye lens, over time, my lens selection has changed. I started with an 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 and realized when I began shooting weddings that I need a lens with a fixed aperture and one with the ability to let in much more light than I was able to with that lens. My next lens was the Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8. Honestly, it was an excellent lens. And with the price tag of approximately $1500 I couldn’t have beat it’s ability to shoot almost anything with it. It was an extremely versatile lens.
My Next Purchase: Later, I purchased my 70-200 (Seen far right below) which I obviously still have and still use…A LOT. It stays on my camera for the majority of wedding ceremonies when I am unable to get super close to the bride and groom and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to use it for engagement sessions when I’m trying to capture the emotion between a couple.
Welcome to the World of Primes: Somewhere along the way, however, I had the chance to shoot a Canon body with prime lenses and I was BLOWN away by the sharpness. I was SOLD. Not too long after, I bought my D700 body (seen far left below) and my 50mm f/1.4 prime. WOW! I can still remember when it shipped in. I opened the box and screamed…out loud. I was SO happy!!! I had worked SO hard for that camera and was ready to say goodbye to using my D200 + 17-55 combo as my primary set. It couldn’t even hold a candle to the D700′s capabilities. I attached the 50mm to the body and held it up to my eye, changed the settings, and clicked. It was an image of Chaos; I still have the picture of him….wide-eyed and thinking, “My mom is crazy.” lol…
UNBELIEVEABLE: But I could not believe A.] How much light was being let in with the combination of a better body and a prime lens B.] The Sharpness C.] The speed of my Shutter
This led to my new addiction of purchasing prime lenses. From there, I bought my 24mm f/2.8, my fisheye (which I just sold), and my 60mm Macro lens. I am currently saving for an 85mm f/1.4 and I cannot wait to have it in my hands. :) :) :)
Anyway, I was packing my bags earlier for Addie + Justin’s wedding tomorrow and I thought of how I came to love the lenses that I currently use for weddings. Although I am still looking forward to acquiring more lenses in the future, I am happy where I am now fully exploring the capability of my lenses.
There’s something SO pretty about camera gear. It’s sad…but I really think Nikon makes such a beautiful product. I know a lot of people ask this question in the photography world, so I’d like to pose it to you. If you are a photographer reading this blog, what’s YOUR favorite lens? Mine is my 50mm f/1.4. :)
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