I know, I know, "rock what you've got." Awesome gear doesn't make an awesome photographer. Stellar lenses don't always make for a stellar photo. Would I know how to take a nice photo if you handed me an inexpensive kit lens? Sure! But boy, oh boy, do I love experimenting with fun, new lenses. Of course I can't possibly own all the lenses that I swoon over, so I have discovered a little trick. Whenever I'm itching for a new lens, I rent one! All the fun of playing with a new lens without breaking the bank! But first, here's a line up of the lenses that I do own and why I love them, so, so much
Tamron 70-200mm 2.8
This lens produces such beautiful images. The type that I just can't get with any of my other lenses. When shooting in the 135mm-200mm range, the compression of the background is just so gorgeous. It's the absolute best lens for detail shots as well. I originally didn't think I would use this lens much indoors since it is such a long focal length, but I use it inside as much as any other lens I own.
Tamron 24-70mm 2.8
I usually say that this lens is tied with my 70-200mm as my favorite, but it does seem like I reach for this one just a little bit more. This is what they call a great walk-around lens. For me, that basically means this is the lens I carry around for everyday shooting, when I leave the house, on vacations, etc. It's so versatile and the wide angle at 24mm is so much fun to play with.
Nikon 50mm 1.4
I don't use this lens nearly as much as I do the first two. I mainly use it for portraits when I'm shooting with clients, because I just love the shallow depth of field I can get with it. I rarely use it with my kids, but when I DO think to pull it out with them, I'm never disappointed. Although I don't use it as much as the others, I would be super sad to not have it in my line up anymore.
Lensbaby Edge 50
This is a fun, creative lens to play with. Truth be told, I actually rented it first and had so much fun playing with it, I decided to buy my own. It's nice that it's not a terribly expensive lens and it is great for getting out of a shooting rut. It takes some getting used to though, that's for sure! Manually focusing on wild and crazy kids is not for the faint of heart!
What I've Rented
Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art
I've heard such great things about Sigma's Art series. The only thing holding me back from buying this one is that I already have this focal length covered with one of my favorite lenses (the 70-200mm). I was curious about being able to shoot at f1.4 at that length though, so I rented it for a weekend. It was a lot of fun to play with!
Nikon 16mm 2.8
I had been wanting to play with a fisheye lens for a while. I had it for a long weekend, and while I did get some fun shots that I liked, I feel like I may need to rent it again to really get the hang of it.
So there you have it! What's your favorite lens? Need some ideas for the next time I get the itch!