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A Love Letter to My Favorite Lens

January 4th, 2012  |  Published in Featured, Shoot  |  4 Comments

I am a strong proponent of the idea that it is the craftsman not the tools.  In fact, I’ve been trying for years to find a couple that would let me shoot their wedding with a Canon Digital Rebel and a kit lens, just test that theory.  But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am completely in love with one piece of equipment in my gear bag.  One lens that I reach for every chance I can.  One wondrous chunk of glass that makes everyone it captures look good….that gives crisp details to the in-focus parts of the image, and makes the out of focus parts of the image buttery and beautiful.  If I haven’t given it away by now, I am speaking of my lovely fat bottomed girl – the Canon 85mm f1.2.

Our love affair began a few years ago, when I found a steal of a deal on a used 85 f1.2 on an online photographers community.  At the time, I had a slightly slower, consumer version of the lens that I was happy enough with.  It worked well enough, and was fast enough, and generally sharp enough.  But I couldn’t resist the allure of the exotic.  I have to admit, it wasn’t love at first shot.  It took me a few shoots to get used to the super slow auto focus, and super thin depth of field, but once I understood her, my attention never wavered.

We soon settled into a happy relationship, and a look at my blog on any given week will tell the story of our affection.  At a wedding she is with me during the bridal preps, all of the couple portraits, and the first dance.  For portrait sessions, however, she is the star of the show.  Many are the portrait sessions where she was the only lens I used.

So on this New Year season, I want to raise my glass to my favorite piece of, well, glass, with the hopes of thousands more beautiful images in the years to come!  Now let’s hear about the piece of equipment that inspires you!  Leave a comment with your own love letter to your favorite piece of gear.

About Jamison Wexler

Jamison Wexler has written 15 post in this blog.

Jamie is a Boston Wedding Photographer who believes every client is a rockstar.



  1. Holly Haddad says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 8:39 am (#)

    Great article! I <3 my 50mm 1.4! BUT am in the market for an 85, so good to know! Thanks!

  2. Em Pogo says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 10:50 am (#)

    Ditto… she makes my rockin’ world go round too. Mmmm, love my 85 1.2.

  3. Doug Vann says:

    January 15th, 2012 at 4:38 am (#)

    Yes the 85f1.2 is certainly a highly rated lens for sure. My favourite lens is my Canon 70-200f2.9L IS II. I do a lot of shots outdoors and this one delivers spectacular results and also is able to handle amazing portrait shots as well. Have also used it during wedding photography. Not a cheap price but you get what you pay for……

  4. Michele Stapleton says:

    August 4th, 2012 at 9:57 am (#)

    When I first purchased my Nikon 85 f1.4 I struggled with the concept of zooming with my feet, and consequently it was not love at first site. The lens spent most of the time tucked into my rolling camera case, pulled out only when I needed it to shoot in very dark churches.

    Recently, I looked at her in a new light (pun intended), and now I’m totally infatuated.

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