I probably spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about camera equipment. I also probably spend an inordinate amount of time buying equipment but that’s a different story. Last night I was reorganizing my bag and noticed that my trusty Canon 70-200 mm lens was not on my camera. It’s always on my camera. It is the go-to lens for just about every occasion. Instead I found my newest lens – the 50 mm 1.4 on the camera. It’s a testament to how much I’ve been using it lately. For anyone who has a fast prime lens you know what I mean. They can be a bit addicting.
It seems everyone today is walking around with a zoom on their camera and why not. They are super-functional. They also have some limits. Generally, they are fine for portraits and can produce some great results but hold them up to a prime lens and it’s a different story. The 50 can produce a ridiculous sharpness and has a flexibility with the depth of field that is amazing. I could show you some beautiful portraits of brides that I shot to illustrate my point, but instead I’ll use some lovely assistants who are staying at my house who were more than willing to model for me.