Are expensive lenses worth it?

There is often a slight gasp of horror when someone  asks me how much one of my lenses costs, and I reply “Over £1,000”. Many an ‘Uncle Bob’ – the affectionate term wedding photographers have for the camera carrying guest who is keen to ask the photographer questions – has told me they don’t think spending that much on a lens is worth it. Just wait until you try one.

A top quality lens produces colour and sharpness that is obvious, even when just looking at the back of the camera screen. A special lens not only produces colour and sharpness, but a unique look and a way of ‘rendering’ or ‘drawing’ that can add something unique to an image. Please don’t get me wrong, an expensive lens cannot make someone a better photographer – that is about light, composition and ‘seeing’ – but an expensive lens can open up new possibilities.

As a fine art wedding photographer I really value a lens that will give me new possibilities, and I had the chance to try out a new one the other week.

I own some brilliant Zeiss lenses, but I rented the Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro Planar for a wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral last week – photos coming on the blog soon! Thanks to the excellent Hireacamera it arrived a day early, so I had a chance to just go for walk with it. Here are a few shots…

There are still several slots available for 1-1 photography training workshops this summer. You can find more info here if you’re interested.

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