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Kori Smith Photography  I  Swansboro, NC Family and Wedding Photographer  I  © Kori Smith Photography 2019

Decisions, decisions!!

August 12, 2017

Trying to decide which new camera lens to buy is about as easy as choosing a new shampoo & conditioner combination. I've had three different lenses sitting in my shopping cart for nearly a year. For months and months I've researched reviews, specs, and prices trying to decide which lens would fit my style of photography the best. I had the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, Canon 70-200 2.8 L series, and the Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro in my shopping cart at B&H. The wide angle of the 35mm has the ability to capture wide angle closeups without having to backup 100 feet away from my subject.  The 35mm's capability to capture tack sharp images is flawless no matter the aperture setting. The 70-200mm lens is ideal (in my opinion) for shooting wedding ceremonies, when you can't stand close to your subject but you're after a quality up close image. When using the lens set at an aperture of 2.8 and the focal range set to 200mm, the lens produces beautiful images with a rich and creamy bokeh. The 100mm Macro lens is specifically for capturing up close detailed shots. For example - wedding rings, jewelry, newborn eyelashes, etc. I knew that after I was able to decide between the 35mm and the 70-200mm, the 100mm Macro lens would be my next purchase. After the constant research and debating, I finally decided to rent the 35mm and 70-200mm to try them out for myself. What better way to decide than to use them during my usual daily sessions?! I rented them from Borrow Lenses who I highly recommend using if you ever need to rent photography equipment. I used both lenses to shoot a Military homecoming, family session, and up close detailed ring shots. Ultimately, drum roll please, the Sigma 35mm stole my heart. I loved the crisp and tack sharp capability under any session circumstance. The rich and creamy bokeh of the 70-200mm was beautiful, but the weight of the lens made it hard to achieve the crispness of the subject that I was after. When shooting close up for details or far away, the 35mm knocked it out of the park! I've posted images that I took with both lenses - see if you can notice the difference and tell which one is which!! 


















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