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“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