What did you shoot that with?

Kristina. Canon 5D MkII | 180L

Over the past months I’ve been getting emails regarding the lenses I use, what lens was used for a particular shot, even the “what lens should I get next” type of question. With that said I figured to write a series of posts about what lens I used and why.

The lenses are just tools to get the job done. If you want to drive a nail into some wood you’ll need a hammer, but there are other tools that you can use like a mallet, ratchet or even a rock. Whatever tool is chosen the end result will be the same, the nail driven into the wood. The same goes with camera lenses, the result is you’ll get your shot.

For the first post in this series of “What did you shoot that with” I’ll talk about my beauty shots and my lens of choice. When doing beauty head shots the Canon 180mm f/3.5L Macro is my go to lens for its sharpness and long focal length. This lens is so sharp that you can see fine details of the model’s skin and even the individuals hairs of the eyelashes. I like shooting beauty at longer focal lengths to minimize barrel distortion.

Dylan Barmore. Canon 5DMKII | 180L

Prior to using the 180L I was using the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Nothing wrong with that lens, but I wanted the sharpest picture possible so the search was on. I narrowed down my choices to the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 and the 180L. I was torn on which one to get so I seeked the opinion of Sean Armenta, a beauty, fashion & lifestyle photographer whose work I admired. Long story short, there is slight barrel distortion at 100mm focal length compared to 180mm.

There is no right or wrong lens choice in shooting beauty, its more of one’s preference. I prefer to keep facial features proportional by shooting in longer focal lengths.

Stay tuned for my next post.

-Rodney Alan

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