If you had to ask a wedding photographer what their favourite lens is, chances are they will answer a 5o mm prime. The 35mm prime is also becoming increasingly popular with wedding photographers and has long been loved by photo-journalists. I am a little different! If you have a look at what is usually on my cameras you will find my 24-70mm 2.8 Nikon and the 70-200mm 2.8 Nikon. I choose lenses based on how quickly they focus, how sharp they are and what kind of result, and or effect, they give me. Lenses are, at the end of the day, a tool! I love my Nikon zooms, I have gotten pretty used to operating with them and trust them both implicitly!
I have never really gelled with the 50mm prime, and have never tried a 35mm prime, but an old dog needs to learn knew tricks and I am always open to learning new ways of doing things so when Michael from Sigma got hold of me to ask if I would like to test out the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 art lenses I jumped at the chance!
I have been blown away by these lenses! They focus incredibly fast, they are sharp as tack, the bokeh that they create is just so pretty and the price of them is really reasonable, which is a great advantage for us South Africans on a weak Rand. If you were in the market to buy a prime lens I couldn’t recommend these enough!
I took these pics at a recent wedding during the bridal prep and pre wedding shoot. Thanks to Bhav and Yash for allowing me to experiment on you!
The image below was taken with my Nikon D700 Sigma 50mm F4 1/200sec ISO 400 The effect on the sides of the bride was created with a couple of crystals I found in the room at the hotel they got ready in ie Teremok in Marine Drive, www.teremok.co.za
The image below was taken with my Nikon D4 Sigma 35mm F2.5 1/200sec ISO 1200
The image below was taken with my Nikon D700 Sigma 50mm F7.1 1/200sec ISO 1200
The image below was taken with my Nikon D4 Sigma 35mm F1.4 1/125sec ISO 3200
The image below was taken with my Nikon D700 Sigma 50mm F2.8 1/125sec ISO 800
The image below was taken with my Nikon D700 Sigma 50mm F4.5 1/200sec ISO 1200
The image below was taken with my Nikon D700 Sigma 50mm F2 1/320sec ISO 400
The image below was taken with my Nikon D700 Sigma 50mm F1.8 1/1000 ISO 100
The image below on the right was taken with my Nikon D700 Sigma 50mm F3.5 1/200sec ISO 800 and on the left Nikon D700 Sigma 50mm F3.5 1/125sec ISO 1600
Huge thanks to Teremok for allowing us to shoot in your beautiful hotel ….. It is truly lovely! Brides and grooms if you are looking for somewhere elegant and photographically pleasing to get ready for your big day check out ….. www.teremok.co.za