Santa Monica, California based photographer Genevieve Elaine loves the Canon L-series 50mm f/1.2 that she uses on her Canon 5D MkIII. Having never used the 50mm f/1.2 myself, I definitely saw a difference in Genevieve’s shooting after she picked hers up. From engagements to senior portraits, the photos she shares on her website and blog show the versatility of this lens. Prolific and consistent, Genevieve always has something new to share.
Another Canon L 50mm f/1.2 shooter, JK Blackwell makes magic with this lens while photographing her favorite subjects: pets! Way down in Sydney Australia, the award-winning artist knows how to create poetic photos showing the beauty that bonds both animals and owners. In her downtime between pet portraiture and editorial photography, JK has her own cats and guinea pigs craving their own portraits to which she abides as you’ll see on her social media pages.
Andrea, my new Instagram friend and fellow VSCO user, was generous enough to share one of her thoughts about the 50mm. Specializing in wedding and portraiture, the 50mm makes its way into Andrea’s camera bag on many of her sessions. The Michigan-area photographer knows how to work the 50mm to create her colorful and textural photos. A Nikon shooter, the 50mm f/1.8 was one of the first lenses she ever bought and it’s still a trustworthy piece of glass. I think this photo really shows how the focal length combines the subject and surroundings so pleasantly.
Hailing from my own state of Florida, Stephanie is an up-and-coming portrait and editorial photographer out of Jacksonville. Finding ways to play with shadows and light while creating dramatic but real portraits is her signature (hopefully she doesn’t mind me saying that). It’s not all beach and water with her as she finds herself in interesting architectural, gritty, and urban areas. The 50mm allows her to capture location and personality in the same frame without overpowering one over the other.
One of my oldest photography friends, it was looking through Akiko’s photos on Flickr and discussions over e-mail that convinced me to buy the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro (enough letters in there for you?). We both shot Pentax at the time and you could find these lenses used on eBay for less than $200—a great price for a macro. I think we both kept pushing each other to try new things and take advantage of this lens. It’s a sharp, contrasty, and fun lens—one I recommend to a lot of beginners still. We’ve both moved on from our Pentax cameras since then, but we still love our 50mm friend.