Struggles of a Prime Shooter

     Greetings once again to the blog. This week's post? Less of a tutorial and more of a confession. Like most art forms, there are tools that help us improve our craft. Be it newer/faster lenses, cameras, lights, microphones etc. Unfortunately, most of us (like myself) aren't fortunate enough to be able to purchase said gear. For the past year, I have been shooting with two lenses primarily. The Rokinon 14mm T/3.1 Cine and the Canon 40mm F/2.8 specifically. They're both fantastically sharp and perform pretty well in low light as well (being both are at F/2.8). However, just using these two lenses haven't been to my advantage.


One of my favorite shots with my 14mm prime. Yes, it's manual focus. Yes, it can be used at a location for amazing photos and video.


     Recently, I was assisting a photoshoot with a photographer and noticed one thing about my work... I HAVE to have the two lenses! There's no escaping it. I have to bring the 40mm and the 14mm lens. For slower events, this is no big deal. However, I wasn't assisting a slow event. I was moving around, and fast. I sometimes didn't even bring one of the lenses only because I feared dropping it while shooting. That would have rendered me literally "fixed."

     However, even with this hinderance I was still shooting in this system. Why? These lenses are sharp. Period. Nothing comes close to the 14mm at this price, and the 40mm has a legend all its own. But I know this can't last, especially since I'm going to be doing more shoots involving high action and a fast pace. I needed a new lens. That is why I recently picked up the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 Macro. After using it for a month, I can absolutely say it's my favorite walk-around lens.


This was taken with the Sigma 17-70 @ 17mm & f/3.5.

     Expect a full review on this lens once I get to know it better. Until then, this has been your dose of the Tem.Teen Studios blog post. I will see you back next time for a whole new post. Take care everyone!