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What’s My Favorite Lens?

May 25, 2021

I’m Catherine.
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Do you have a go-to lens? A favorite that you always find yourself reaching for?

I know I sure do, and it’s definitely the 24-70mm f/2.8, both the original Nikkor version and the newer S Lens! Let me tell you why!

My favorite thing about this lens is that it’s incredibly versatile. I can shoot with it throughout an entire wedding day, all the way from prep to reception! The adaptability of this lens allows me to put my gear bag down and stay present, never missing a moment, which what’s most important to me!

Before buying the 24/70mm, I was using prime lenses. I carried around a 35 mm, a 50 mm, and an 85 mm. Worrying about gear and trying to find the right moment to switch lenses was always so stressful and took my mind (and my camera) away from the shoot… but ever since switching to this zoom lens, I haven’t used my prime lenses! It’s an all-in-one, and I use it for about 90% of all sessions and weddings! (The only time I’ll really reach for a different lens is during a church ceremony, which is when I prefer to use my 70-200mm.)

Here are some photos from a recent wedding that I used this lens for:

In addition to its versatility, the 24/70mm f/2.8 is also very durable and portable! I find it to be quick and sharp at all focal lengths (see above). It does a great job with focusing, which is also a very important feature! The only downfall about this lens is that it is a bit heavy compared to other lenses, but I feel the tradeoff is so worth it!

If you aren’t a portrait photographer, I STILL recommend this lens. It’s great for landscape photography as well! Plus, it has some great weather-proofing features, like being dust and water resistant.

Even if you’re just starting out and are looking for what to buy first, this lens is definitely something I’d recommend as a staple. At $2,000 – $2,300 it is definitely an investment, but it will be worth it in regards to the amount of use you’ll get from it and will pay itself off pretty quickly!

If you’d like to check it out, I’ll link it for you below:

P.S, If you’re a Canon shooter, there’s a very similar Canon lens! It’s the RF 24-70mm F2.8 L is USM Lens, and you can find it here!

What’s your favorite lens? Let me know at, I would love to hear from you!

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