In part ONE I showed you the camera bodies I have, as that’s always the first decision I make when looking at the best kit to use for each job.
Deciding on the body, and if I will be shooting tethered is stage one, the next part is the lenses, I'll be going through those in this post.
Lets start with the longest, and work our way down.
•Canon 70-200IS MKii 2.8L
The lens with the longest name is also the one with the longest reach that I keep in my bag, if I needed anything else I have a 2x teleconverter (but really don’t like the quality out of it) or I’ll rent the best lens for the job.
The 20-200L in all its options, is a lens I couldn’t work without. Even the cheaper version of the F4 non IS is a great lens, nice and small and very versatile. The IS MKii 2.8 is my pick because it has amazing IS, its incredibly sharp for a zoom lens and the 2.8 gives very nice separation when shooting at 200mm.
This is the lens I use for fast paced shooting with a bit of distance or portrait work when I need a faster focus system.
•Canon 85 1.2L
The 85L is one of those lenses that everybody wants to own, it looks incredible just sitting in your camera bag….but at around £1500 it’s a pricy paperweight if you don’t have a reason to own it.
The 85L creates stunning shots when used correctly and you get used to its down sides (very heavy, not very fast focusing, hates backlight situations) and razor thin DOF when shooting wide open. When shooting with this lens I will always try and be tethered when possible to confirm focus, and it is mostly used for portrait work.
When you work around the down sides and create the image with this lens your rewarded with a very sharp image with a distinctive look. Its my favourite lens for headshot portraits.
•Sigma 35 1.4 ART
A few years ago I owned the sigma 24-70 and 70-200…I sold them pretty quickly as they were so soft. This new set of lenses by Sigma under the ART tag has almost convinced me to shoot only sigma. The 35 is one of the nicest lenses I have ever worked with, very sharp, feels well built and the focus is spot on.
This is my lens for 70%+ of my wide angle work, its great for wide’s as the distortion is not bad and the sharpness over the lens is really good. my full body, location portraits are mostly shot on this.
They are my three main lenses, the other one I have is permanently attached to my third camera, a Canon 5Dii. The lens is the 24-105L. Not my favourite lens but one of the most versatile. This set up is my scouting kit and will be mostly used either when searching for locations, or for placing in positions it could get a little muddy or knocked over (that hasn’t happened yet, luckily). Teamed up with the 5Dii they give a good indication of what kit to set up for the main shoot. The 24-105 is also great for video work as you don't need the sharpness and the IS keeps your footage smooth, so a lot of the BTS films we have planned will be captured on this set up.