Lens Envy | Inspiration for using one lens to achieve multiple looks

I have a secret love affair with the 85mm. There, I said it. But I’ve never even had the lens on my wish list because I am predominantly a studio photographer and I always (wrongly) assumed that the lens was “only for on location photographers,” not for my studio work, much less my newborn sessions.

While on Facebook one day, I ran across a gorgeous newborn image that just took my breath away. Imagine my surprise when I realized that it was taken with the 85mm! Mind blown. That very day I was inspired to gather the photography community together and showcase how one lens can have dozens of different looks depending on the circumstances, settings, light, location, and most importantly, the photographer themselves.

Now get ready to be inspired.

Lens: 35mm

Kasia Photography
Canon 5D MMII | EF35mm f/1.4L USM | Studio lighting | f/2.8 | 1/125 | ISO 100


Allyson Photography
Canon 1D MkIII | 35mm 1.4 | Natural Light | f/1.4 | 1/40 | ISO 1600


Megan Marlene Photography
Canon 60D | 35mm 2.0 | Natural Light | f /2.0 | 1/160 | +0.67 | ISO 200


Lens: 50mm

Karen Cooley Photography
Canon 60D | 50mm 1.8 | Natural Light | f /2.5 | 1/320 | ISO 200

Canon 1D MkIII | 50mm | Natural Light | f/3.2 | 1/320 | ISO 200


Infinite Amore Photography
Canon 7D | 50mm 1.4 USM | f/5.6 | 1/320 | ISO 1000


Christina Skinner Photography
Canon 5D Classic | 50mm 1.8 | Natural Light |  f/1.8 | 1/320  | ISO 100


Kasia Photography
Canon 5D MkII | EF 50mm f/1.4 USM | Natural light | f/2.2 | 1/125 | ISO 200


Prime lenses are a thing of beauty and are incredibility versatile, despite the lack of zoom. By simply changing a few settings or shooting at a different time of day, you can create so many different looks, each one amazing in their own way. Personally, I adore my 35mm and 50mm but have officially added the 85mm to my wish list. And boy, it was about time!

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Do you shoot with prime lenses? Send your watermarked image along with your website link, camera and lens information, and image information to meg@beingboutique.com to be considered for our next Lens Envy Feature!

(psst- we’ll be looking at 85mm and 135mm)