Canon 5 D Mark II
85mm 1.2 L
50mm 1.2 L
35mm 1.4 L
One of the best decisions I ever made for my business was to upgrade to the pro lenses. I previously shot with the 85 1.8mm and 50 1.4mm. The difference in upgrading to the 85mm 1.2 L and 50mm 1.2 L pro lenses was ASTOUNDING. It was like having a new camera. When you pay for the pro L series lenses you aren’t just paying for a faster lens, you are paying for professional glass. You will see differences in the contrast, light distribution, creaminess and sharpness. I previously wasted much time in Photoshop trying to compensate for what was coming off my camera. The nail in the coffin was when I rented the 50mm 1.2 for day, and once I saw the difference I could never go back.
I prefer to use fixed lenses because they are so much sharper. I sold my 24-70 2.8 because it wasn’t sharp enough for my tastes. I do not have a favorite lens. I actually couldn’t live without all 3 that I have in my bag. I use them for completely different purposes.
In addition, upgrading from the Canon 5 D to the Canon 5 D Mark II was so worth it! My images finally come off the camera looking the way I want them too, saving me endless hours of time in post processing. There really is that much of a difference.
For further evidence, I wanted to show you this photo on the left, straight off of the camera, completely un-retouched shot on the 5 D Mark II with the 50mm 1.2. The photo on the right shows the slight pop that only took me about 1 min in Photoshop.