I’m a self professed photography junkie. If I could, I would own ALLLL the cameras and ALLLLL the lenses. Unfortunately, this
little hobby of mine can be expensive, so little by little I save and add to my collection. The great thing about photography, though, is that you can rent the equipment fairly easily, and there are also a lot of places to buy good used equipment. If ever I need a lens for a special trip or just want to try before I buy, there are numerous resources available for renting. A new toy is only a website click away.
That all being said, what is in my camera bag of tricks? Well, I’m a Canon shooter. I started out learning on the Canon Rebel XTi. Once I outgrew its capabilities, I upgraded to what I have today: Canon 5d mark iii. It’s my other baby (you know…the one other than the two I birthed). I love it.
I also own a Sony RX100 point and shoot. It has pretty good low light capabilities, can shoot in RAW, and is highly portable. When I don’t want to pack my big girl camera, this is what I take.
As far as lenses go, I have the Sigma Art 35mm f1.4, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 85mm f1.8, Sigma 15mm fisheye, and Canon 24-70L ii f2.8. Which do I love the most? Gosh, that’s like picking a favorite child. I love them all for very different reasons. If I HAD to choose a favorite, I would probably pick the 85mm because duh…bokeh.
Here are some examples of some photos that I’ve shot with each of my lenses:
24-70mm: I love it for its versatility. It’s the perfect travel lens. My favorite thing about this lens is its ability to capture sky details at its wide end. No sky swaps required!
15mm Fisheye: This is my FUN lens. Whenever I want to get creative, this is my go-to. The skies are always fantastic when using this lens. Wide open spaces are my favorite places to use it, but sometimes a cramped location can give an interesting perspective as well!
50 mm: This is the perfect beginner lens. It was my first “real” lens, and for that reason alone, it will always have a special place in my heart. It can capture both documentary type images and a pretty portrait equally as well. It’s lightweight and packs the most bang for your buck.
35mm: This lens is my go-to documentary lens, and it is sooooooo sharp. It’s wide aperture makes it perfect for low light, so I primarily use it indoors. If you see an indoor photo of mine, it was likely shot with my 35mm.
85mm: Last but certainly not least. This is what I refer to as my “pretty” lens. It’s really sharp and the bokeh it creates is beautiful. I love, love, love it for portraits. On occasion I will use it as an outdoor lifestyle/documentary lens, but you do have to step away from your subject a decent amount to grab the shot, so it’s best used as a silent observer for this situation.
So as you can see, each lens has its place. Which is your favorite?