Sunday, August 29, 2010

I'm a prime lens kind of photographer.

A few weeks back I was able to use the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Zoom Lensseries lens. For a $1300.00 lens I personally wasn't completely blown away. Yes it is a nice lens but what I learned about myself is that I'd rather shoot with prime lenses. It's a great lens for the event photographer when they probably don't have the time to swap out lenses and they need something on the fly or someone who likes to walk around and shoot without swapping out lenses. If you do you the time to swap out lenses or are doing a shoot that is more controlled and not under serious time constraints then I say invest that $1300 dollars in a series of prime lenses. Usually you'll get a better F-stop and in some cases a better overall image but again you'd have to spend more time swapping out lenses.

Now I took the above image with a the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Zoom Lens. To compare to another image I took the below image with my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens which ran me about $100 bucks. The above was taken at 57mm and the below was taken at 50mm so around the same focal length. I would argue that the 2 images below are about the same quality and I was able to make them equally vibrant when I went to post process in Lightroom.Both images were also taken in my backyard in the same grassy area on very sunny days here in Southern California. I would recommend sticking with the 50mm lens because if you know how to shoot with it and post process you can get an image that looks just as good as anything shot with the L series lens. This is a classic example of knowing how to use the gear vs just having the best gear and thinking it makes your images look better. Also the obvious reasons for sticking with the 50mm F1.8 lens because it's a much cheaper lens than the L series lens and you can produce amazing results that are on par with the L series lens. Then of course if your more of an event photographer or like to have a zoom lens to walk around then you'll probably need a zoom lens means so go ahead and get the L series lens. It's a great lens but I discovered that for me personally I enjoy shooting with primes.

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