• Dan Medley

So Many Lenses, So Little Time (and Money...)

Don't get me wrong, I love the lenses I currently use. Two of them I doubt I'll ever sell (my 24mm and my 35mm). The other two are still phenomenal lenses for the price of entry compared to the versions I plan to swap them out with. But even if I didn't swap them out, I would be a-ok to keep using them for all of my shoots (my 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8). This is just a list of wants, future purchases, things I will most likely buy...



The next lens I'm almost certain I will be buying is the Canon 85mm f/1.4. Everyone I know that uses this lens has nothing but positive things to say about it. It's notoriously amazing to work with and has created millions of beautiful photographs that are in this world. Once this whole global pandemic (hello from May 2020, future people) is over and I can get back to work, this will be my next long term investment and will most likely end up as my 3rd lens that I doubt I'll ever sell.

After that I'm thinking a wide angle zoom. Something to pair with my 24mm TS-E II to take to my real estate and architecture shoots. The 24mm has done me no wrong, but squeezing out that little more of the image a 17mm could get me will be worth it. Tons of real estate and architecture photographers swear by this focal length. While there are two options for me to choose from and I haven't fully made up my mind, I'll most likely end up buying the Sigma 14-24 f2.8 over the Canon 17-40 f/4. While the Sigma is almost twice the price, I'm going for the wider and that tasty 2.8...

Now we get to move on to lenses I want, but I reallllllly do not need to buy. First up is the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens. I do take some product photography for jewelry I make for my side company (Timber Tin and Torches) with my wife, so there a single reason to spend a lot of money, right? These lenses are known for sharp close-ups and the image stabilization really helps. It's great for revealing detail with super close up images. Hell, it's not too uncommon to utilize the 100mm range for portraits... Maybe I just talked myself into it...


But then again, if I'm looking to add a lens based on the needs of portraiture photography, I should probably look into a lens with a lower aperture. So that leads me to the Sigma 105mm f/1.4. This bad boy is huge and heavy, just the way I like them. Everyone I see talking about it mentions the creamy bokeh that this lens can deliver. The sharpness is also worth writing about!




We are all aware of the limitless world of lenses. I'm certain that by the time I buy my next one, I'll have four more to add to this list. G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) is a real thing and it sucks. But boy howdy is window shopping fun!





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