Hello. My name is Kari and I'm a prime-a-holic. Prime lenses are light, fast, great in low light and, let's face it: cheap. They've been my go-to for years now, shooting weddings and portraits.
As a professional wedding and portrait photographer who's not much of a “gear-head” or “tech-geek,” I've been shooting weddings for the past 9 years with equipment that would make many pros squirm in disbelief. I don't have a bag full of 5D Mark-whatevers or a bag full of white, storm-trooper-resembling lenses. In fact, I'm a Nikon shooter. I recently upgraded from my Nikon D200 & D300 to a Nikon D7000. Sure, it's not full-frame (or even considered a pro camera), but its low-light performance has astonished me after only a handful of uses and I'm in love.
Last week, as I was packing for a journey to California from Oregon for not one, but two weddings . I didn't want to struggle with carry-ons and holding up the security line for ages, only to smuggle in my fleet of prime lenses. So, I decided to rent an all-in-one. Soon, the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 found itself in my bag, snuggled among my cameras, on its way to the California sun.
Once this lens attached itself to my D7000, it did not come off. The versatility, ease of use and low-light performance of this hot little number really hooked me. As a wedding shooter, it now seems quite silly to be reaching in my bag, switching out primes when I could simply leave this powerhouse on and be good to go in almost every situation. I eased through family portraits, detail and ring shots (leaving my poor macro in the depths of my suitcase), bridal close-ups, wide ocean-side landscapes, dancing in the dark, and some fun bouquet and garter toss action shots. This lens only left my camera body once, and that was to feed my prime addiction and give my 85mm a chance to redeem itself.
On the semi-techy side, this lens is built excellently, focuses quickly and operates as smoothly as silk. It's not heavy or clunky, but light and easy to handle. The image is a little bit soft at f.2/8, but as a wedding and portrait photographer, that's just fine with me. Although I haven't experienced the Nikon version of this lens, I can assume that it would offer a bit more sharpness. But, I'd rather not drop the extra $1,000.
My Amazon cart is now holding this wonderful little gem. My primes might just need to get comfortable on the shelf this wedding season, as a new addiction takes their place.
- Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM AF Standard Zoom Lens
- Minimum focal length: 24 millimeters
- Maximum focal length: 70 millimeters
- Real Angle Of View: 84.1
- Weight: 0.8 Kilograms
- Item Display Diameter: 88 millimeters
- Length: 9.4 centimeters
Retail Price: $899
Kari R. Badley
Kari Renee Photography