Lenses for Nikon Cameras
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8: If the Nikon D81o is my workhorse camera, this is my workhorse lens. I have this mounted to my camera about 90% of the time. It’s sharp and gives me the flexibility to move in for tighter portraits, zoom out a bit for full body and zoom out even more for dynamic action shots. It’s the perfect studio lens for me so I don’t have to be constantly switching from an 85mm to a 50mm to a 35mm. I probably sacrifice a little sharpness for convenience over the Sigma primes but when you are working with athletes you don’t always have a ton of time so you have to make the most of what you get.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art: I’ll admit it. For the longest time I was a brand snob and wouldn’t even consider a lens that wasn’t Nikon (or Canon when I was shooting the 5d2). But, when I started hearing about this lens I decided to check it out and I’m so glad I did. This thing is tack sharp and at a very reasonable price. This lens made me completely rethink my bag and if they keep on releasing great lenses I could see myself completely converted over to sigma.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: After experiencing firsthand how amazing the new Art series of lenses are I jumped on this one as soon as it was released. The 35mm is an amazing lens but the 50mm is definitely more towards my preferred focal length. This is the most amazing lens I’ve ever used and when combining it with the D810/D800 it’s crazy how sharp it is (even at 1.4). I highly recommend this to any person looking at a 50mm and the great thing is it’s better than any Nikon option and for a decent price.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II: It’s unfortunate but this lens pretty much spends most of its time in my bag but that has nothing to do with the quality of the lens. It’s big and bulky and not the easiest of lenses to swap out but it’s pretty dang sharp and anytime you do need the reach it’s perfect. The more I move into studio shooting and environmental portraiture the less it gets used. Eventually, Sigma will release a portrait Art lens in the area of 85mm to 135mm and I’ll probably make the switch. But, if you’re someone who needs the reach and the convenience I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better lens in this range.
Lenses for Fuji Camera
Fuji 23mm f/1.4: Like I mentioned in the camera section I haven’t had a chance to shoot with the Fuji X-T1 yet so I can’t speak from personal experience. But, I’ve heard amazing things about this lens and can’t wait to use it. I’ll update when I’ve had a chance to use it a couple times.
Fuji 56mm F/1.2: Like I mentioned in the camera section I haven’t had a chance to shoot with the Fuji X-T1 yet so I can’t speak from personal experience. But, I’ve heard amazing things about this lens and can’t wait to use it. I’ll update when I’ve had a chance to use it a couple times.