So we purchased the 35mm f/1.4L several weeks ago (maybe months now!) and all I have done so far is post to Instagram about how much I love this thing! It is about time I gave it some real cred. Will and I debated for a long time on which lens to add to our bags next. You may remember a post a long time a go where I cleverly (or so I thought at the time) planned out the order of every big purchase for the next millennia. While I stand by the principals of how I ordered these items, it has definitely changed. More on that at some other time! We settled on the 35mm as our next lens purchase after considering how many opportunities we would have to use it during a wedding day. And let me tell you what, we were right! Seriously, it has come in handy so many times!! From the getting ready room to family formals, it is my go-to wide angle. Not to mention that it does incredibly well for bride and groom photos!!
Reasons why I love the 35mm:
- It is sharp! And I do not mean it dresses well! Maybe it's because it's our first Red-Ring-God (L-series lens) but I'm in love with it's beautifully crisp images :)
- Tight spaces are no longer dreadful. I used to cringe at the thought of being in a tight space for getting read images with just my 50mm. Seriously, I can't tell you how many times I've ended up backed up on top of furniture to try and make my 50mm work in a tight space! It is nice to know that the 35mm is able to get those wide angle shots, specifically indoors. I'll admit, I still like to climb from time to time for fun shots but I'm liking that it is now a choice!
- Large family formals are a breeze! The 35 makes it easy to fit large families into the frame without having to be too far away. Also, it helps to be close to keep crazy Aunt Sue from forgetting about me and jumping in front of my DSLR to grab a pic with her I-phone. Now, I love all you crazy Aunt Sues out there butttt I'm not good enough with Photoshop to get you out of there! ;)
- No distortion. I considered the 24mm for a quick second but realized I didn't want to have to crop for distortion or risk people on the edge of group photos getting pulled in interesting directions. Ek! No mam.
Here are just a few examples:
Kaite and Alex weren't kidding when they said they had a big family! Not only were we totally ready for the whole gang, but we got to capture this AMAZINGLY beautiful tree at the Inn at Westwood Farm as well!
Looking sharp... ;). This photo was taken right before Colleen and Ryan entered their reception together. I'm so thankful that I had the 35 handy!
Aren't they SO cute? Without the 35mm, I could have never captured all of those excited faces AND the jumping... Lauren, you rock! So, if you didn't get it so far, I totally recommend the lens, especially if you are looking to diversify your images across the whole wedding day!
Keep on snapping!