I’m glad the camera body post helped so many people! Someone made a comment and said that if you can’t take good pictures with an inexpensive camera body then you will not be able to take good pictures with an expensive camera body. That is so true! The camera doesn’t make the photographer. The photographer makes the camera. When I was still shooting with my Rebel I got a few snide comments from “real” photographers with expensive camera bodies. The funny thing was, when I saw their pictures, mine were a ton better! Yes, more expensive camera bodies do have advantages, but if you’re just a Mom*tog a Rebel will be perfect for you!
Okay, onto lenses. I know I’ve said it before, but I will say it again. Rent a few lenses to see what you really like before buying. I love prime lenses (lenses that don’t zoom in and out), but they do take a lot of getting used to. Borrow Lenses is a great place to rent from if you don’t have a local store that rents lenses. And if you’ve read my previous posts on lenses you’ll know that I HATE third party lenses. Yes, they’re cheaper in the short term, but you will end up getting frustrated with them and will eventually buy a more expensive lens. Just save the money and buy the Canon or Nikon lens to begin with. Here are few lenses that I would recommend for you Mom*togs out there.
50 1.8 – Super affordable at only $114, this lens will allow you to stop down to get great pictures in low light. But remember, this is a prime lens so you’ll have to get used to zooming with your feet. The 50 1.8 was my very first prime lens and I hated it at first. It took a lot of getting used to, but I now use prime lenses about 90% of the time while shooting.
85 1.8 – This lens is a little more expensive at $380, but I actually use this lens pretty often. It’s a great quality lens and if you are the type of person who likes to be a little farther away from your subjects this lens is great.
28 1.8 – A great wider prime lens. I’ve had this lens for quite some time and it’s my second most used prime lens. $440
50 1.4 – This lens is better quality than the 50 1.8. I’ve never actually used it, but i would think it would be in between the quality of the 50 1.8 and the 50 1.2. If it is then I would say that’s a great quality lens for the price.
24 – 70 2.8 – This would be my number one lens for a Mom*tog to have. It’s the Canon L series, which means it’s the best glass they make. It zooms so you have the flexibility to be a litter further away. And it’s wide enough to where you can be pretty close. It stops down to 2.8, which is pretty darn good. It’s just a great all around lens. But, it’s an investment at $1190. This was the first lens I invested in and I still have it (and use it) to this day.
50 1.2 – My favorite lens of all time! It’s what I take about 99% of the pictures on Mom*tog with. The quality of this lens is exceptional. And you pay for it at $1400
Yes, these are only a few of the very many lenses that are available. But, these are the lenses that I have experience with and that have worked for me. I honestly wouldn’t recommend anything with an aperture over 2.8. You will not be able to get good images in low light and you won’t get that “blurry background” look that everyone is always emailing me about.
No answer is going to be the right answer for everyone. Do your research and RENT lenses to see what works best for YOU!