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My Favorite Lens

January 23, 2012

I’ve been hearing a lot of misconceptions about how better/more expensive lenses will make you a better photographer. Lenses and cameras are no more than pans and stoves in a chef’s kitchen. Equipments are merely tools, people make photographs and cook delicious foods. You can spend $2,000 on an expensive lens and still get unsatisfying photographs or you can use the ones you already own and really learn how to use it and make stunning photos.

Lenses are huge investments. There are three major things I look for in a good lens. 1) aperture, 2) sharpness and 3) how fast it focuses. If you shoot a lot in low-light, for example, wedding receptions,  indoor events, and nightlife, you’d want a lens with a large maximum aperture, f/2.8 for zoom lenses and at least f/1.8 for prime (non-zoom) lenses, it’ll let more light into your camera, allowing you  to use a fast enough shutter speed to prevent motion blur. Sharpness is really important. I never get enough of it. In a fast-moving environment, for example the reception where people are dancing, I use auto focus and it needs to focus fast. I can’t afford to delay an extra one second and the possibility of losing an important shot.

favorite lens Nikon 85mm f/1.8 prime lens

My favorite lens is the Nikon 85mm f/1.8. It’s a prime lens, which means I use my feet to “zoom”. It’s great for portraits. it has almost no lens distortion, it’s extremely sharp, focuses fairly fast.

3 Comments

  1. Hello Ze!!

    What a great post!! I have the same lens and I love it!!

    Which lens do you love using when shooting a wedding reception? Do you use a wide lense?

    I will be shooting my friends wedding on April, she keeps insisting I do it lol, and it will be in Florida, outside and from 1 pm – through the evening.

    I am reading a big fat book on weddings and it’s given some great insight, but I would love to hear from other fellow photogs too! ;)

    Regards,

    Carmen

    1. Hello Carmen! Thanks for dropping by. My favorite lens for reception is the 24-70 f/2.8. I think 24mm gives you a wide enough angle for group shots. It also focuses super fast. Sometimes when you’re zoomed all the way out at 24mm, just watch out for (slight but noticeable) distortion.
      My 2 cent for shooting your first wedding is always shoot way more than you think you need. Also just having the mentality that everything will be fine at the end of the day helps. Set the right expectations by letting the bride know its your first wedding and that you’ll do your best job. Last but not least, set goals! Not just this wedding, from here on, every wedding you shoot you’ll have small goals to achieve, can be anything from getting one killer off-camera lighting bride+groom portrait to overshooting reception details.
      I hope this helps a little and good luck :)

  2. Oh! Thanks so much for your advise, Ze!! I’ll keep all that in mind :). My friend already knows this is my first time shooting a wedding and I’m very excited for the opportunity she’s giving me! Thanks for the good wishes too! I’m praying everything will come out fine.

    By the way, I found you on the ProPhoto testimonial section,’cause I’ve been considering switching to wordpress, but I don’t think is the time for me yet.

    You have a lovely blog and your images are beautiful and crisp, Ze!! Keep up the good work!!

    Cheers,

    Carmen

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