There are many thoughts that amateurs and not involved people share about photography. One of them is “Better and more expensive equipment you have, better and more stunning photos you make”. If you have this thought you’re in for a treat. If you are a chef, does it really matter what brand and pans you use to cook a meal or is it your skill that matters? Does buying better pots and pans make you a better chef?
Let’s pretend you are a people photographer and making portraits. And to be a little bit more specific, you are using 85mm lens for this purpose. Canon itself produces two types of these lenses. The first one is smaller, lighter, cheaper f/1.8 and the second one is a mighty beast with f/1.2 aperture. Of course, Nikon makes also 85 mm f/1.8 and f/1.4 (which is a awesome lens btw) but I’m a Canon Rep so I’ll be using the ones from Canon.
This is for the ones who care just about technical side of photography so you can check sharpness and color fringing. If you are one of these guys, check this link. If you are not, then lets talk about photography finally. It doesn’t matter what camera or lens you have. Better bodies and lenses just make your job easier. You have to know, how to use it! Owning that f/1.2 beast doesn’t make stunning portraits. I own f/1.8 version and it is great. I absolutely love it.
So stop thinking about buying that f/1.2 lens to make your portraits better but start thinking how to enhance your photography and using that f/1.8 lens more efficiently!
Shot in full manual mode with Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 @1/500s, f/1.8, ISO 200. Processed only with Lightroom. Only thing I changed was Camera Calibration profile was changed to Landscape.