Tag: lenses

The Prime Portrait: The Difference Between f/2.8 and f/1.4
by Tom Bol

My lens assortment has grown and evolved throughout my career. I started with all prime lenses, as they were optically superior during that time. But zoom quality improved, and I started using two main lenses: 24–70mm and 70–200mm, both f/2.8. Optically, they were sharp, and the convenience of zooming through the focal lengths was terrific. Every five years or so, a sharper, quicker auto-focus version would come out, and I’d be first in line to upgrade. With these two lenses, I was good to go.

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Lens Choice
By Steven Gustafson

Over the years, I’ve learned to ask myself two simple questions before I take any photograph: What is my subject, and what is the best way to showcase that subject? Subject refers to the main object or focus of the image; for instance, a person would be the main subject in a portrait, and the entire scene would be the subject of a landscape. What lens you use will help determine the look or “expression” of the subject and is a very important decision on how the final image will look.

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