A question that photographers get asked a lot is “what is your favourite lens?”
Often the answer to this question will be different to being asked what is the best lens. Sometimes your favourite lens might not be the best lens, or the sharpest lens, but rather it is that lens that you rely on, that always seems to be attached to your camera and the lens that starts to influence and define your photography style.
My favourite lens is the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. I absolutely love this lens and it is easily the lens that I turn to most often. It is incredibly sharp, has very low distortion and creates such a pleasing image. The 50mm focal length on a full frame sensor is such a usable focal length. I use it for Portrait Photography (although I tend to use an 85mm for headshots), I use it for Product Photography (including fashion and model portfolio images). It is a great lens for Street Photography and it also serves me well for Landscape Photography. I have used it for Wedding Photography and I know that no matter what I shoot it wont let me down. It feels perfectly weighted in my hand even though it is quite large for a 50mm prime lens. It does not have image stabilisation though and I wouldn’t use it in heavy rain, but aside from that I just love the image quality that I get with this lens.
If I were to travel to 10 years into the future I am pretty sure you would find me walking the streets of Perth with my Sigma 50mm f1.4 attached to my camera.
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