I’m a twenty-something wedding photographer in Texas who photographs couples who are ready to celebrate their marriage. Building my business has been one hell of a ride, so grab a cup of coffee (or some wine - no judgement here) and join me for my life behind the lens.
And we are back to my favorite topic – GEAR! Like I mentioned in my overview post, I’m a total gear junkie. Today, I’ll be talking about my Prime lenses, when I like to use them, and some images that I took with that particular lens!
If you’re new to photography, a prime lens is a lens that has only one focal length. This means if you want to zoom in or out, you have to move your feet! 🙂 You may ask – why the heck would I want a lens that doesn’t zoom?! Trust me, friends, these prime lenses are pretty magical, and you’re going to love the sharpness, bokeh, and accuracy that these babies will give ya!
If I had to choose my least favorite lens, it would be the 35. To be totally honest, this lens might be my least favorite because it’s a Sigma lens and I’ve had a ton of issues with it being slow and inconsistent. I know some photographers who swear by their Sigma ART lenses, but it just hasn’t been great for me. Even though the 35 is not my favorite, it’s definitely a necessity for small getting ready spaces, large wedding parties, and lay-flat details! It’s also a great lens for those dreamy veil shots. I find myself with this lens at least once during each wedding day – typically during getting ready or portrait time!
My first lens was a nifty fifty (F1.8 version) and I’ve loved this focal length since. I love how natural this focal length feels and it allows me to get full body as well as up close shots. I do have to admit, the F1.2L version of this lens is pretty fantastic and I use it quite a bit on wedding days – especially for details and portraits. It’s fast, it’s sharp, and it makes me a happy camper. It doesn’t get better than that. I also love that this lens is a bit smaller and lighter than my other go-to lenses. It’s one of my favorites for engagement sessions and wedding day shenanigans! I normally have it on one of my camera bodies at all times on a wedding day – from details to the reception!
The Canon 85mm F1.4 IS is ahh-freaking-mazing, and its quickly taking the number one spot in my lens lineup. When it’s portrait time, this baby is on my camera and you’ll catch me saying “YAASSSSSS” a lot. I typically have this lens on me during portraits and for part of the reception, and for bridals, engagements and boudoir sessions of course! I just love how up close and intimate this lens gets you, and can we talk about that bokeh?! YASSS!!!
Last but not least is the CANON 100MM F2.8L Macro. I’m a sucker for a good ring shot, and this lens makes that magic happen. I LOVE this lens, and not only is it amazing at those macro shots (duh), but it’s also a great portrait lens! I use it a ton for those wedding day details, and I also find myself reaching for it if I want a tighter focal length but don’t want to muscle the 85 or 70-200!
Do you love shooting with a prime lens? If so, which one is your favorite?? If you don’t have one yet, which is on your wish list??
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