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The Workhorse (70-200) | What’s In Our Bag | Caleb’s Preferred Lens.

February 5, 2015

Hey guys! I hope you were able to check out Maison’s post on her favorite lens a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, you can check it out here. We are going to continue discussing our photography gear because we want to let you in on how we work + the type of equipment we use!

As you may know, Maison is as outgoing, friendly, + about as professional as they come. I love watching the way she makes people feel + the way she can control situations without stealing the show! Let’s just say I’m a little more reserved than Maison is 🙂 For this reason, Maison is the one who directs couples, their bridal parties, + their guests on the wedding day. Thank God for her! : ) Because she is working directly with posing the people in the photo (+ because we think prime lenses are better than zoom lenses), she shoots primarily with prime lenses.

Shooting together has allowed us to develop a system in which each person knows what to be photographing during each part of the day to ensure that no shots get missed! My responsibilities on a wedding day are very diverse, so I need to be ready for anything. Cue the workhorse.

My favorite/go-to lens is Canon’s 70-200 f/2.8 II.  Unlike Maison’s preferred lens, my favorite has the capability to zoom. If I didn’t have such a variety of tasks on a wedding day I would most likely also choose the 85 f/1.2 L like Maison. However, I quickly realized that if I used a fixed focal length lens for the majority of the day, I would miss too many of the moments that are happening so quickly on a wedding day that are my job to capture. And I love these moments! The most common moment I capture on a wedding day is the groom’s face when he first sees his bride. What a great moment : ) The 70-200 allows me to capture this from a longer distance depending on the best location for the shot. It also allows me to crop tightly around the groom so Maison can stand where she needs to be to capture the bride as she walks to her groom.

Along with the well-rounded nature of this lens’ focal length, it is also tack sharp, focuses extremely fast + silently, + has bokeh (how the blurred portion of the photo looks) that is beaten only by prime lenses. I know I can rely on this lens to capture beautiful images in all lighting conditions at a moment’s notice. It is because of this, along with my responsibilities on a wedding day, that the 70-200, or the workhorse as I call it, has made it’s way to the top of my list!

If you have any questions about the gear we use, or want to let us know what your favorite lens is, we would love to hear from you! Just comment below : ) Have a great weekend! -C


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