Lens Love

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.

1/1000 f3.5 ISO200 (200mm)

1/1000 f3.5 ISO200 (200mm)

1/640 f4 ISO400 (155mm)

1/640 f4 ISO400 (155mm)

1/1000 f3.2 ISO800 {200mm)

1/1000 f3.2 ISO800 {200mm)

i/800 f4 ISO500 (200mm)

i/800 f4 ISO500 (200mm)

1/800 f3.5 ISO800 (100mm)

1/800 f3.5 ISO800 (100mm)

1/640 f4.5 ISO5000 (112mm)

1/640 f4.5 ISO5000 (112mm)

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.

1/1600 f2.8 ISO1000 (24mm)

1/1600 f2.8 ISO1000 (24mm)

1/4000 f2.8 ISO800 (24mm)

1/4000 f2.8 ISO800 (24mm)

1/4000 f4.5 ISO160 (24mm)

1/4000 f4.5 ISO160 (24mm)

1/800 f4 ISO450 (24mm)

1/800 f4 ISO450 (24mm)

1/1600 f5 ISO250 (24mm)

1/1600 f5 ISO250 (24mm)

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.

1/320 f2.5 ISO3200

1/320 f2.5 ISO3200

1/3200 f2 ISO100

1/3200 f2 ISO100

1/1000 f1.4 ISO100

1/1000 f1.4 ISO100

1/800 f16 ISO100

1/800 f16 ISO100

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!

1/2500 ISO1200

1/2500 ISO1200

1/320 ISO400

1/320 ISO400

1/400 ISO3200

1/400 ISO3200

 

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!

1/4000 f1.6 ISO400

1/4000 f1.6 ISO400

1/1600 f1.6 ISO320

1/1600 f1.6 ISO320

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.

1/400 f4 ISO6400 

1/400 f4 ISO6400 

1/320 f22 ISO200

1/320 f22 ISO200

So there you have it!  What's your favorite lens?  Need some ideas for the next time I get the itch!