“What kind of lens do you use?”

12th March 2012

Every couple of weeks, I get asked what camera lens I use when I shoot.

The answer is that I hop between 3 fixed lenses depending upon the situation.

A fixed lens is a lens that doesn’t allow you to zoom in and out. I like it because it forces me to push outside of a comfort level of where I’m standing to get close enough to a shot that I’m happy with. For instance:

To take this shot, camera gripped hand was pretty much over this dudes head. If he had leaned back any further, I probably could have knocked him out.

shot with a 2omm

I LOVE the 20mm lens. Its usually what I keep on my camera just for everyday use. Its the most expensive one I own, and totally worth it. Its got a slight wide angle so it picks up a lot of light and a nice vignette

Its great for shooting most events in any light conditions especially if you want to focus on one or two things without loosing whatever if going on in the background.

Ithink the 24mm is good for getting the most straight forward kind of shots in general but perfect for head shots. It shoots with a very slight zoom and almost no peripheral vision.

shot with a 24mm

If you’re using it in good light, its great for shooting food, products, and people

The 50mm is the most important lens I’ve ever owned. Its amazing for everything. Especially when you’re learning about the ways that you want to use your SLR camera.

You can get one for really cheap, its a really light and compact, and it has the ability to make your photos look clean and professional even if you have no idea what you’re doing at first (with the help of the blur that it provides)

Its a pretty intense zoom lens that lets in the most light, which lets you shoot in really dim situations like shows, where you may not be as close to the stage as you’d like.

Its great for showing small details because it blurs everything outside of your focus point really well. Which is why I like using it to shoot texture heavy shots like food and sewing stiches

Its also great (if you can get far enough away) for shooting people when you want them and only them in focus.

shot with a 50mm

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6 thoughts on ““What kind of lens do you use?”

  1. Francine

    I’ve recently found that my lens of choice is a 35mm 1.8. I like that it has the same effect of the 50mm but I can fit more in the frame without having to back up so much.

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  2. Frank

    Well, for shooting gigs, and stuff further away in the dark, you must have the EF 85mm f/1.8. That lens is fantastic on a cropped sensor camera, very fast autofocus with nice creamy bokeh and superduper sharp, the very best Canon non-L lens in the world. I got one second hand for 200 euros…

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  3. Frank

    A different Frank also recommends the 85 f/1.8 but it would be cropped pretty tight on your camera. However, I use it all the time for outdoor portraits and indoor shows. It is very versatile on a full frame. So many lenses, such limited resources.

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  4. Shannen

    Yeah… I think the shot would have been better from a skirt like angle with one foot fowARD and you angling the camera toward the trees.. Kind of an elegant twisted mess and a little flare! Its really nice reading about the lenses from someone who love to take pictures.

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  5. Bradley

    A good thing to also mention when describing your lenses is that you shoot with a 1.6x cropped sensor on your Canon 50d. So your 20mm lens would actually be more like a 35mm lens on a full frame camera like the 5d mkII.

    Examples
    20mm = 32mm
    24mm = 38mm
    50mm = 80mm

    Keep up the great work!!!!

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