We asked a few of your favorite photography instructors about their preferences in lens use. Here’s what they had to say:
“I should choose some cool, funky fisheye, but my students would know I was lying. At the risk of sounding ordinary and old fashioned, I will have to admit that I love the fixed, light-weight, small, inexpensive, plastic (yes, plastic!) 50 mm 1.8 lens. I always have this lens either on the camera or in my camera bag for many reasons: because it doesn’t hurt my lower back, because it is so sharp, because for very little cost I have a very fast, low light lens, because if I drop it in the ocean I can replace it for only $120, and because if I want to get closer to my subject, it forces me to WALK closer to my subject (as I tell my students, “Zoom with your feet!). I bought my first one about 15 years ago to train myself to move around when photographing, and I never did go back to zoom lenses. This lens proves that a photographer doesn’t need all the fancy equipment, but can do just fine with a decent camera body and couple simple, high quality lenses.”
“I switch lenses depending on the subject I photograph but my nifty 50 F1.4 is my staple for sure. From human eye view I go into wide world because I often shoot landscapes and wide allows me to capture lots of information about a place. Plus I like the perspective distortion that wide angle lenses allow. I enjoy my 85mm F1.8 for capturing portraits. The shallow depth of field with a lower F-stop allows me to concentrate on one part of a busy scene.”
“My favorite lens is the wonderful Canon EF Zoom lens – 24 mm – 105 mm – F/4.0. (L series). It is excellent quality–to die for and very versatile–but I really want (in addition) the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM- stellar quality, awesome FAST portrait lens.”
Photographing People, Summer 2012
So, fellow bloggers and photographers, what’s your favorite lens and why?
Tags: 50 mm, Canon, Destination Photography and Digital Camera Basics, Ellyn Norris, Fall 2012, Introduction to Photography in the Digital Age, lens, nifty 50, Photographing People, photography, portrait, Rebecca Webb, Sarah Meghan Lee, Summer 2012, wide angle lens