Let’s talk lenses. Ever since I bought my first ever Canon prime lens, I’ve been hooked on getting new lenses and seeing the different things I could do with them. Since I’ve been off and on with photography in general, I haven’t had much chance to buy any new lens, but I feel these three work well for what I’ve done in the past; They also happen to be the only lenses I own, though I’ll add a new one to the family very soon! So far, I’ve got a prime lens, a zoom lens, and a wide angle lens:
Canon 85mm F/1.8 Main Specs
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 85mm 1:1.8
Lens Construction 9 elements in 7 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 28° 30′
Focus Adjustment Rear focusing system with USM
Closest Focusing Distance 0.85m / 2.8 ft
Filter Size 58mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.0 x 2.8, 15.0 oz. / 75.0 x 71.5mm, 425g
This lens is my all-time favorite to work with. The focus adjustment is easy to work with and in turn produces really crisp images. I love capturing the details, so close-ups are my go-to for the most part, though the depth perception is also spot on. I’ve taken some of my favorite pictures with this lens, since the backgrounds get a different effect with the stage lights. Depending on the effect that the stage lights are giving, it almost seems like there’s an actual backdrop behind the musician. This lens is also great for getting good photographs of the drummers, capturing them with little to no movement. I don’t usually get on stage with the band, so this lens makes it particularly easier to get those difficult shots from the pit.
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Main Specs
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 70-300mmF/4 – 5.6
Lens Construction 17 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 34゜ 21′ – 8゜ 15′
Focus Adjustment Fast focusing USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)
Closest Focusing Distance 1.5m (59.05 in)
Filter Size 62mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 81.5mm x 151.1mm, 765g
I’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with this lens. It’s a great telephoto lens, though I’m still working on getting the hang of the image stabilization. Because of it, a lot of my images come out blurry unless I take the time and try to hold the camera steady (which is hard when you’re tiny and the camera and lens is heavy). When the pictures do come out well, however, there’s almost nothing to correct, even the colors.
Rokinon (Samyang) 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Main Specs
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 14mm F/2.8-22
Lens Construction 14 elements in 10 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 115.7°
Focus Adjustment Super Wide Angle, Manual Focus for Micro Four Thirds System
Closest Focusing Distance 10.83” (275mm)
Filter Size N/A
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.44 x 4.01”, 19.5oz
While I don’t use my wide angle lens as often as I’d like, I still really like the way pictures come out through it. It captures everything which makes editing a bit tedious since it’s a wide angle capture, but at the same time, there’s minimal issue with trying to get the image focused just right at the correct shutter speed. I’ve found that I rarely get any blurry pictures with this lens, just like the Canon lens. This year I plan to take more group shots, so I’ll be using the wide angle lens a lot more effectively before I purchase my next lens.
Do you have any favorite lenses or go to lenses for photography?