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When I started off shooting Nigerian weddings a few years back, my favourite lens used to be the super amazing 24-70mm 2.8 lens by Nikon, how time has changed. It was ( and still is) a safe lens and I even remember using it 90% of the time during my shoots too. I say safe lens because it was just that, a safe lens, it guaranteed nailing each and every shot first time, every time, the relatively short focal range made for very steady holding and focusing in dimly lit scenes.
It was also the only original Nikon glass in my camera bag at the time, so I used it as much as heavenly possible.
The problem now is, I find myself using that lens much less these days. Often times, I don’t even take it along in my camera bag anymore.
Ok, so I wouldn’t really call it a problem, because what I think has happened is that I have found my style for shooting weddings and the lens just doesn’t seem to fit in on my typical wedding shoot. I mostly still use it a lot for some of my walk around sessions or documentary work but for weddings, I have so many super cream lens to chose from, this baby always gets left behind. So sad really, because it really is a very lovely lens, with premium glass with ridiculously sharp images.
Ok so which lens have stepped up to the forefront to take the number one position in my kit? If you follow my work you will know I am super in love with my 70-200, its by far my very best lens for shooting just about anything.(I have been know to even shoot group pictures with this lens) The 14-24mm Nikon lens, doesn’t automatically come to mind as a wedding photography lens, but trust me when I say this lens rocks any wedding, you just need to know how and when to use.
Ok, so armed with my 2 Nikon bodies; the 70-200 on one and the 14-24mm on the other, I am perfectly primed to rock just about any wedding.
I would love to hear what you Nigerian Photographers out there consider to be the very best lens for wedding photography.
And because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are two images taken with my 2 favourite lens, hope you can spot the difference
PS : Just had to quickly mention the Nikon 85mm 1.4 . This is my go to glass when the lights gets very bad. Absolutely stunning images are produced by this lens, if you can afford it, get it !!!