Frequently people ask about quality of lenses and if it is worth paying extra, and more importantly, what is the difference.
Here are two pictures from a shoot a couple of weeks ago where I was teaching some portrait photography. My student was using an 18-55mm lens costing about £80 which had a minimum aperture of f/5.6 when zoomed to 55mm. I was using an 85mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 costing around £800.
The image above was taken by the £80 lens at an aperture of f/5.6 (the widest the lens would go at 55mm) as you can see the rocks are out of focus but you can still make them out and the detail in them.
This is the image taken with my 85mm f/1.4. For this picture I set the aperture at f/2 and as you can see the background is much less in focus than the first image.
So, is it 10 times as good? Maybe not in these times of austerity!!! I hope this has shown you the difference and what can be achieved with a higher quality lens. As you can see our model Matt was far from impressed with both lenses!!!
For more information on how to shoot stunning portraits in a fun and relaxed environment, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you information on the courses I’m running in May.