Lens love challenge #mamarazzi #photography101#CountryKids

I am very very lucky to have a few lenses which i really really love but i don’t use that often. I have my work horses that pretty much do just that, they are functional, do the job and i have three lenses which are never far from my camera bag. They are the 50mm 1.4 ( this is the mid-range) 24-105 f4.0 ( my go to studio lens and its pretty good for days out as it has a bit of a zoom) and the daddy 70-200mm F2.8 ( this is a killer lens in both quality and size) Out of the three it is the one i use least for personal use but when im shooting for a client..it is pretty much the front runner. every.single.time.

I know there will be people out there thinking ‘well why dont you use it for personal use if its that good?’

One reason…

well five..actually ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is a very heavy and valuable lens and when we are on days out and have all the kids, their stuff, the packed lunch, the dog, uncle tom cobbly and all along with me..adding the stress of a large lens bouncing around on my hip and threatening to give a small toddler a head injury..its just not going to happen. You have to be sensible about lenses when you are talking capturing your own family memories. A large, monster of a lens that might be fabulous but gives you chronic back pain is going to be left at home in favour of your iphone.

Go..on..you know im right. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Getting something that works for you is the key.

Anyway there is a point somewhere.

So one of my lenses that i am lucky enough to have on a borrow from my dad is the 15mm Fisheye.

It is beautiful even down to its perfectly styled non-plastic camera cap. Really..its metal. I dropped it on the floor at the Olympic games (the cap not the lens!!) and the lady in front thought id drop a flask or a mug of coffee! ย Its small but mighty and i love it. One of the things that i regularly do with the lenses that i dont use that often is challenge myself to only shoot with that lens for a day, a week or a couple of days…some time..so that i get used to using the lens and also a new way of looking at my composition and imagery.

This is SO worth doing. It really stretches you and takes you out of your comfort zone, you might even find that you fall in love with a new type of lens and way of shooting your subject. I know its more money and camera equipment is super expensive as it is BUT it will give you experience of getting an idea of just how different these lenses are and what they can do to an image. I get asked all the time..’So what is actually the difference between these lenses then?’ I went a bit more in depth about that hereย 

Here is your chance to find out!

I know not everyone has access to more than one lens BUT there are companies that hire out these lenses for a few days and they are not that scary prices either. I would totally recommend shopping around and grabbing something that maybe you are toying with the idea of owning or maybe even you just want to see what they would be like for the hell of it.

Its playtime ๐Ÿ™‚

Some companies worth thinking about are: lensesforhireย lenspimpย lensfettish

Thats just a few, there are loads out there!

So.. here is what i got up to. It was an awful day today and it rained…a lot..so we went for a quick bike ride and fed the ducks. The thing about the rain is it makes the greens take on an luminosity that is so attractive..which is probably the only good thing about rain…well you know apart from that we need water to live ‘n all ๐Ÿ˜‰

This post is linking up with the Country Kids too…so welcome all linky followers!

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  1. June 14, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    I bought a 35mm 1.4 last year and love it, such a different experience having to physically move to zoom in and out. However it’s interesting to then go out with something that zooms and see the different perspective you can get.
    Not sure on the fish eye, it gives some quirky shots but not sure much beyond that?
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  2. Hayley Shutterflies-Photography
    June 14, 2013 / 11:02 pm

    OK, you’re making me love the fish-eye! I have got to try one! I love the photo of the ducks and that cheeky little miss!

  3. Helen Jessup
    June 14, 2013 / 11:07 pm

    I’m in love with my 50mm but I think I want a fish eye now!

  4. Susan Hetherington
    June 14, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    The fish eye action is awesome. I also almost always rely on the same lens which is pathetic really.

  5. June 14, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    And this is exactly why you are in the BiBs finals. These are superb Sarah, how I envy your talent behind the lens, you really take such imaginative fabulous pictures.

    I love them all but really love your wee jumping girlie, it’s just brilliant x
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  6. June 15, 2013 / 12:11 am

    Wow I’ve never heard of the lens, great to see here what it can do. I love the effect on the railings and the one looking down on the ducks makes me feel like I’ve had a glass of wine, I’m not quite sure how but it is strangely effective. You make me realise I have so much to learn about photography. Thank you for sharing your funky fish eye photos on Country Kids.
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  7. Claire Justine Oxox
    June 15, 2013 / 7:39 am

    Love the fish eye view, great pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. TC by the sea
    June 15, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    I’m currently in love with my 50mm lens but those pictures are making a fish eye very tempting.

  9. June 16, 2013 / 11:38 am

    interesting read Sarah. such great angles to take photos, great to see different perspectives and its nice to see a view taken in a diffetnt way. i love your flower shots – they look great. x
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  10. June 16, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Wow, they are beautiful photos. Wish I knew at least something about photography or even had a camera!
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  11. Side Street-Style
    June 17, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    beautiful photos – I love this wide angle lens – amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like you had a great day out in the park and some beautiful flowers in bloom. Just popping over from country kids.
    Laura x

  12. June 20, 2013 / 10:24 am

    Thanks for the link about hiring lenses, I was going to ask you if you knew anywhere that does them as I want to hire one for a family wedding and some photos of my kidlets. Ace. thanks once again ๐Ÿ™‚
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