Gear talk and lists

Who doesn’t like a good list?

My top 5 lenses I use on a regular basis:

1.       Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II

2.       Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III

3.       Canon EF40mm f/2.8 STM

4.       Fuji XF23mm f/2 WR

5.       Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L II IS

You might wonder what the Fuji lens does in there… Well, I work with both the Canon and the Fuji system. Simple.

When I am not shooting events and gigs, I would be involved in street photography and that’s when the 23mm lens comes into play. On my X-Pro2

this gives me the same field of view than a 35mm focal length and I just love to work with that.

The other lens that sticks out is probably the Canon EF40mm STM lens. Now this is quite a special lens in that it is a so called pancake lens. This only

really means that it is quite tiny and flat and doesn’t take up a lot of space either when mounted on the camera or sits in the bag.

I use that lens a lot and nowadays even when I shoot film on my 25 year old Canon EOS1n. Works a treat.

My most recent purchase is the Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III. I traded my 5DSr camera body in for that lens and oh boy what a good choice that was.

Don’t get me wrong: I loved the 5DSr when I had it and I would totally buy it again (or maybe get the Mark II should it be released at some point).

Sometimes, I even think it should be my main camera… If you look at the online comments and reviews, I feel it is a very misunderstood camera.

Either way, I have always gotten great results with it and yes, I do miss it. However, common sense needs to prevail and lenses are generally more

important than having lots of camera bodies and more wide angle option was needed.

Based on this I went ahead and got the 16-35. What a lens. I love it. The images I can realise with it are stunning. It has hardly left the camera and the

cool thing is I can also use that on my old EOS1n which means I can shoot film and still use a modern lens… Perfect for film landscapes!

But what next? Well, without further delay here are

My top 5 lenses I want to add to my kit bag:

1.       Canon EF85mm f/1.4L

2.       Fuji XF56mm f/1.2

3.       Canon EF35mm f/1.4L II

4.       Canon EF50mm f/1.2L

5.       Fuji XF10-22 f/4

I feel, I would like to take portraits and headshots more seriously. I already do but I would like to push for more business in that discipline much more

and I would love to alternate between the Canon and Fuji systems to be able to provide different looks. I love the colour rendition of both systems and

that’s why I feel an 85mm for the Canon and the 56mm for the Fuji would work really well (on Fuji, 56mm provides the same field of view as an 85mm

on the Canon)

The other three lenses on that list are really more nice to have options. I quite like prime lenses but for the work I usually do, zooms work just much

better for me personally. However, since I got back into using Fuji, I have a whole new appreciation for prime lenses and so the 35mm and the 50mm

are on my list. An interesting caveat: I actually owned the 50mm f/1.2 but sold it. I’ll be honest: I am regretting it. I want it back. The looks I can

produce with it, is something else. It really not the sharpest lens around but that’s not why you buy it. You buy it for the unique look and the bokeh.

The last lens on the list is the Fuji zoom 10-24mm which is a 16-35mm equivalent on full frame. I heard good things about this lens and would quite

like to try more landscapes with the Fuji system and generally more wider angle work.

There you go. A bit of nerdism and geeking out. Why not?!

What are your go to lenses and what is on your wishlist?

Feel free to reach out on here or through my website www.benbeerphoto.co.uk

I’d be interested to hear from you!

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