My Top 3 Lenses: Pros & Cons / by Brian Suman

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Have you ever heard of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)? Well, you could say I have suffered from it at times however being fortunate enough, if there is such a thing with G.A.S., to have been able to acquire various lenses it has given a wide range of experience so I thought I would give you my top 3 lenses and the pros and cons.

Again, this is very subjective due to what I would typically shoot and my choice to use Canon and Sony systems.

My Lens List:

Canon 24-105mm, f4 (recently sold)

Canon 24-70mm, f2.8

Canon 70-200mm, f2.6

Canon 50mm, f1.8

Canon 35mm, f1.4

Canon 85mm, f1.2

Canon 100mm, f2.8

Sigma 12-24mm, f4

Sony 16-35mm, f4

My Top 3:

Canon 70-200mm, f2.8

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Over the past couple of years this lens has become my go-to for portrait sessions, both studio and outdoors.

Pros: Tack sharp, fast for sports action, great compression especially for portraits.

Cons: Expensive, heavy

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Sony 16-35mm, f4

Since I recently switched to using Sony, this is my go-to for wide angle shots and video recording.

Pros: Lightweight, incredibly sharp, reasonably priced

Cons: None at this time (believe it or not)

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Canon 24-70mm, f2.8

If you need a solid lens for event photography or one that covers a good focal range this is the one you need in your tool bag.

Pros: Good focal range, light compared to other Canon lenses.

Cons: Expensive, not as sharp as other Canon glass on my list.

I would love to know what your top choices are for lenses so shoot me a comment below. If there is anything else with any of the lenses listed you would want more information on please let me know and I would be happy to elaborate.

With or without G.A.S., you can still bring your imagination to life.


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Portrait photographer based out of Hamilton, Ohio. When not photographing people to help tell their story, I spend my time bringing my imagination to life and doing things I have never done before.

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