When I really think about it, there is one lens that almost never leaves my camera. It’s not because other lenses don’t do the job, but this one lens is so versatile that it allows me to execute my shooting vision almost every single time. So which lens is it? My 50mm 1.8. I adore this baby and it’s hands down my favorite lens. I used to love my 85mm 1.4 lens, but found myself frustrated when I would have to back away from my subject to allow the lens to focus. When I would back away, then my composition was lost. Maintaining my tighter frame and staying fairly close to my subject allows me to get the details I love. Add in the fact that backing up just a little will let me sneak in a little of the scene and environment for storytelling… it’s heavenly and truly the best of both worlds during documentary photo sessions.
Of course, there are also situations where other lenses trump my trusty 50mm. So here are my 3 favorite lenses in my bag. My 4th favorite would have to be my 100mm 2.8 Macro lens, though I never use it as often as I’d like.
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