Monday, May 23, 2011

Wide Angle Love

I rented the Canon 24mm f/1.4 Mk II for my last wedding, and I immediately fell in love.  I don't normally shoot wide angle until the reception, but I found myself using this lens several times throughout the day, starting with getting ready photos at the bride's home where I didn't have the space I needed to back up with my 50mm.

Why have I avoided the wide angle lens for so long?  Probably because I currently own the 24-70 f/2.8, and I've never really been impressed with its performance.  Don't get me wrong, it gets the job done (and I enjoy the versatility of the zoom), but I've always found it too soft for natural light photography, and the 2.8 maximum aperture without image stabilization just won't give me the speed required for low light situations.

But ohhhhhhhh, that 1.4!!!  Wide angle heaven!!  (Not to mention it produces some great color!)  Here's an example of the 24mm...

...and a 100% crop.

This lens is now on my wish list to purchase, but until then, I think I'll have to rent it for every wedding!  I've always rented through BorrowLenses and I can't recommend them enough.  They are reliable and their customer service is wonderful!  Check them out the next time you want to use or test out some new equipment. 

Happy Monday!
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  1. Thanks for the recommendation. We have a wedding to shoot in June and I have been looking at wide angles but haven't decided yet which one to rent but after reading this, I think I will rent the 24mm and check it out. By the way, nice pics, really nice. Great job :)

  2. You won't be will fall in love too! :)


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