Ever since I started my photography journey, I have wondered what other photographers use, and what they bring to every shoot. What exactly is in their camera bag?? For this reason I am writing this blog post for my fellow photographers and anyone interested in what I use :).
Even though I am still learning and finding out what works for each person, here are my favorite lenses to uses in weddings, engagement shoots, graduation shoots, and even traveling!
Of course, I am always looking to upgrade my gear and use what works best for me. I am hoping to get more into the L series of Canon lenses, especially the 35mm 1.4, and the 85mm 1.2!!
At the end I will show you examples of images I have taken with each lens!
This camera body is my baby. My first camera body was the Canon t3i, which I highly recommend to anyone starting out in photography! The Canon 6D was such a huge upgrade for me. Going from a cropped sensor to a full-frame is incredible! It's crazy how you can notice the difference. Besides having GREAT image quality, the Canon 6D offers some cool features. This camera has built-in WI-FI, which is great for any Instagram user. This works great for any travel junkie like me. You can take a great photo, and immediately transfer it to your phone without having to wait to get home and import your RAW photos. If you are looking to get a full-frame camera, I suggest you look into this one. When I made my choices I used snapsort.com to compare different bodies and see what was best for me!
Canon 17-55mm 2.8
This lens was a great buy! Although you can only use it with cropped-sensor cameras, because it's EFS, I highly recommend it! It's a good upgrade from the 18-55mm kit lens. The ability to go wide angle with great quality and sharpness (AND f/2.8!) is awesome. This lens is a great travel lens because it goes all the way to 55mm, and it doesn't lose the aperture as you zoom in. I love this lens for taking shots of the wedding venues with my T3i. I will usually give it to my second shooter.
Canon 100mm 2.8
Oh....I LOVE this lens! This baby will let you capture details you will not be able to with any other lens. The 100mm lets you get as close as 1:1! For wedding photographers, this lens is perfect to capture all the bridal details, such as the ring, earrings, dress details, flowers, etc. You can even use this lens as a portrait lens, because it will create a nice compressed background, and you can stand very far away from your subject (lets you be unobtrusive). I personally only use it for details, but once in a while I will experiment with some portraits.
Canon 28mm 1.8
I got this little guy not too long ago. I was looking for a prime lens that was a wide angle and with a great aperture. I have not been disappointed by the 28mm! It can be really sharp, and you can also use it in very low light. I use this lens like I would use the 17-55mm. One thing I really really enjoy, is that I can get very close to my subject (even more than the 50mm!), and because this lens goes down to f/1.8, I can get a nice bokeh!
Canon 70-200mm 2.8
This is my newest lens, and I am completely and utterly in LOVE with it! A long time ago, I would see it online, in photographs...then my good friend Diana bought me one of those coffee mugs that look like lenses (like this one), I actually still use it and people look at me weird sometimes... and THEN I saved enough in my piggy bank to get it!! It is so heavy, but that's just love. This lens is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for weddings. Especially the ceremony, where you don't want to stand right next to the bride while you block the view and piss everyone off (lol). You will be able to capture beautiful moments without people noticing you! (You will start thinking of yourself as a stalker). If you are a wedding photographer, you need to get it as soon as you can.
Canon 50mm 1.4
This little baby is comparable to pusheen the cat. The 50mm goes all the way down to f/1.4...wait, what?! Yes. The bokeh this thing creates is amazing! If you don't have this lens, get it (unless you're saving for the 50mm L. 1.2). I bring this lens to EVERY photoshoot! It is my go-to lens. I believe every photographer should have a 50mm in their bag. Wether you're a street photographer, or a new-born photographer, you will create beautiful images with this lens.
As promised, here are photo samples with each lens!
These are examples from one wedding, you can see that I used all of my lenses for different situations: