"Knock, knock...who's there?" A few weeks ago a friend of mine let me borrow his beautiful, Zeiss, 85 mm lens, and after getting used to manual focus I was using it all the time! I didn't want to give it back! So for the past few weeks I've been researching what I'd like to add to my gear. The best advice I've seen so far is to rent a lens first before you buy it to see if it fits your style of shooting and your budget.
By far the 24 mm f/1.4 lI, 50 mm f/1.2 and f/1.4, get the most positive reviews for pet portraits and the 70-200 mm f/2.8 gets great reviews for action and wildlife. But the fun part is trying several lenses out and seeing which one fits your needs and your photography style the best! Here's a list of resources to help you make your decision:
- Borrow Lenses (borrowlenses.com) is a great place to rent to matter where you live in the U.S.
- Adorama Rental (adoramarentals.com)
- Adolph Gasser (in San Francisco)
- Pet Photography: Focus and Lenses by Rachel Potter for Click It Up a Notch
- 5 Dog Personality Types and the Best Lens To Use For Each by Jaymi Heimbuch for Beautiful Beasties
- A Little Bit About Lenses by Illona of Scruffy Dog Photography
- Dog Photography Lens discussion at the Flickr 52 Weeks For Dogs
- Lenses For Pet Photography by Dana Cubbage
Do you have a favorite lens that you like to use for pet photography?