What’s in our Bag | The Lenses

February 7, 2014

One of our goals this year is to start sharing with you guys some of the things that we have learned and things that have been valuable to us in developing our craft and our business. This is something that we’ve always had in mind from the very beginning, because we want to make sure that we are always giving back, so we are so excited to make this happen in the coming months. If there are any specific questions that you would like us to address in a blog post, feel free to comment here or on our Facebook page and we’ll get on it!

We have been asked a number of times what gear we use, so today we’re going to start by explaining what lenses we use. We tend to shoot with fixed focal length lenses, and here’s why. Although zooms can sometimes be more convenient, fixed focal length lenses are generally much sharper and faster (wider apertures), giving us the best image quality possible. Through the rest of this post we will share with you what we tend to use each of the lenses for and show some samples of images shot with each of them as well.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

We’ll start with the 50mm f/1.4. This lens is probably our most used lens because it is great for such a wide variety of situations. Because of it’s wide aperture, it is great in low light situations, and the perspective is very close to that of the human eye, which gives the images a natural feel. We love this focal length for shooting details, full-body portraits, and getting ready shots. If you are new to prime lenses, I would highly recommend starting out with this lens as it’s relatively low price-tag and great image quality make it a really good value.

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8

The 85mm f/1.8 is our absolute favorite portrait lens. A lot of people use the 50mm for portraits, and while we do love to use it for photos of a couple, wider individual portraits, or a group of people, when shooting tighter individual portraits, the 85mm is our absolute go-to lens. The 85mm is more flattering than the 50mm because of how it compresses the image just a bit and doesn’t have the distortion that the 50mm has when you’re shooting up close and personal, which can cause your subjects face (nose and forehead) to appear larger than they really are. The 85mm also produces beautiful bokeh, and is super, super sharp!

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

The 100mm f/2.8 Macro is super sharp and perfect for photographing those little details, which is the main thing we use it for. We also break it out every now and then for portraits, and it never disappoints.

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Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS

The lens that I grab for during every wedding ceremony is the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. It is perfect because it allows us to get beautiful, tight shots of those intimate moments without disrupting the ceremony. And with the f/2.8 aperture and Image Stabilization, even in dimly lit churches, we are able to get nice sharp images. This is the only zoom lens that we use.

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If we had to choose…

If we had to choose only two lenses to use for a wedding, it would definitely be the 70-200mm and 50mm. Between those two lenses, we know that we can cover every aspect of the wedding day!

Hope this helps you guys as you debate what lens to get next, and if you have any questions at all, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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