Why should a good photographer have a good lens?

I recently reviewed a mount plug such as Tamron 28-75 f2.8... In the course of discussion with a colleague who provided me with this stuff, the idea for this article was born. I'm used to Canon's high-quality native lenses, so this cheap piece of glass and plastic caused only negative emotions. Nevertheless, he somehow shoots and you can still take pictures with him. What is the difference if you can shoot and earn money anyway? Why good the photographer will not use something like that? By a good photographer, I mean professional photographerresponsible for the result and guaranteeing quality photos to its clients.

photo of the front lens of the lens canon 24-70 f2.8l ii

As a rule, the difference in image quality between average (not cheap) optics and expensive ones is about 10-15%... Expensive lenses are slightly sharper and produce slightly more contrast and saturated images. It would seem, why overpay if the price / quality ratio is not in favor of the expensive model? Not so simple.

At first, it all very much depends on the field of work of the photographer. If a photographer only shoots reports with his own equipment, this is one thing. And if the same lens is used for subject и interior photography, this is completely different. The latter two areas place higher demands on image resolution and detail than wedding photography... This seemingly insignificant 10-15% is very critical for professional photography for large format printing.

Secondlyimage quality is not the only advantage of good professional lenses (not necessarily L series). Good lenses are distinguished by high-quality assembly, construction and focusing mechanism. Such parameters are extremely important in reportage photography.

The photographer must be sure that he has a reliable tool in his hands. Reliable in all respects: speed and accuracy of autofocus, convenience and reliability of zooming. Dear and seemingly professional Sigma ART lenses do not guarantee that you will capture all the important moments during wedding photography. Percentage of misses in Sigma 35 f1.4art delivers great discomfort. Even if it is madly sharp in the open, but if the faces of the newlyweds are out of focus here and there, then you will not explain to them that this is such a very cool lens, but it sometimes misses.

Autofocus should not fail, this is the golden rule. As for the zoom ring, in the above Tamrone it rotates tightly and with play. This will automatically disqualify such a lens for video filming... However, this is also inconvenient for a photo. I was told about the Sigma 17-50mm f / 2.8, which, in principle, did not stand at 35mm. When rotating the zoom ring, it skipped this focal length... You can of course live with it, but it will often cause inconvenience. In cheap models, such nuances may not appear immediately, but over time. Some may jam at one focal length and require repair. Repair optics usually costs 30 percent of its cost.

The technique must be trouble-free and and always guarantee the quality. Inexpensive models can deliver identical sharpness to quality lenses under ideal conditions. When it comes to real shooting, the nuances begin. There is a missed focus, there he is afraid of backlight, there the sharpness at the edge of the frame for some reason let down, etc. The more a person shoots, the more he sees the differences between expensive and cheap equipment. Although at first glance it may seem that an expensive model is just an overpayment for the brand. This is not the case with optics. Even if you have the same aperture and focal lengths as on an expensive model, the savings will definitely make themselves felt.

This is the same as with the cost of the photographer's services... For the same money, you can order different wedding photographers. One of them will take pictures of the wedding and give the material on disk. Another for the same money will promise photo album, retouching 50 photos, additional love story and slide show in addition. It seems that there are so many things for the same money. Only one will shoot on a 5D Mark III with a set of L optics and have 10 years of experience under his belt, and the other on a 600D with a whale and fifty fifty f50 bought last year. One will spend a week on processing, the other will apply one standard filter to all photos and voila, you're done (retouch - similarly, few people in packages retouch by hand). Naturally, the result will be completely different. The same is with optics. The manufacturing process for optics of different classes is very different, different materials are used and different amounts of labor are invested. You see the same parameters, but behind them there is a completely different production process.

Should I buy an expensive lens right away?

In general I wrote about professional photography... If you are just starting out or are photographing without commercial ambitions, then my advice is to go through all the stages. Shoot on simple lenses, average and only then proceed to dear... Then you can fully experience the difference and understand the rationale behind each upgrade. It makes no sense for a beginner to buy right away Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II or Canon EF 50mm f1.2L... It will be a colossal and unjustified waste of funds. There must be a need for each lens, only then it becomes justified and expedient.

Who can consider themselves a professional photographer?

Question what is a professional photographer? both philosophical and very practical. In this article, I want to look from a subjective point of view. That is, when can a person call himself a professional photographer?

Just by photographers all who have cameras call themselves. It does not matter when the equipment was purchased and whether the instructions for it were read. If you have a camera, then you already have a photographer and take orders. Although I would distinguish between the concepts of "photographer" and "man with a camera."

professional photographer

Let's go further. Who can call himself a professional photographer? It is customary for us to associate the words "professional" and "quality". Although they are not identical. Someone might think that if he shoots well, then he is professional. The big catch is what to count good? Are sunsets over the Kiev sea good? The girl likes her portraits for fifty dollars? Or maybe the person participated / won photography contests? None of the above applies to professional photography.

Who really is a professional photographer?

Root of the word professional comes from the word profession... That is, it is an income-generating activity. Respectively, professional photographer - a person who makes money exclusively or mainly from photography. The following important features already follow from this.

The most important feature of professional work is Liability... This concept is very multifaceted. The very first meaning of this word in relation to the work of a photographer is responsibility for the result... A professional photographer is not a creator in an astral flight, who sees one thing in a photo today, and another tomorrow. This is a person who guarantees his clients the quality of work that matches his portfolio. The client who pays money must be sure that he will receive exactly what he sees on the photographer's website. This is especially true for areas such as subject or interior photography... Responsibility is also manifested in the approach to the execution of the order (shooting time, material delivery time).

Besides responsibility, a good professional the photographer invests a lot... This applies to both good technology and investment in advertising and Advancement... If a person does not consider it necessary to purchase a high-quality camera with normal lens, but already requires payment for what he removes, this is wrong. Photography is a type of activity that is highly dependent on technical equipment. Whatever the appearances about cooks and pots, without good technology, you cannot get high-quality images that meet modern quality criteria.

Promotion of a photographer's services also requires a lot of time and financial investment. This, of course, applies to those who work directly with clients. Can make money on stocks and do not constantly spend money on maintaining and promoting your own website.


One way or another, a professional is not a person who shoots in the "artist sees this way" style and gives photographs when Mars enters the second house of the third cycle of Venus. This is a person who spends a lot of time on improving the quality of a portfolio, worries about his reputation and constantly works to promote services in such ultra-competitive environment, like photography in Kiev.

What is a professional photographer?

What is meant by the word professional? What kind of photographer can be considered a professional? Professional because it shoots well or because the camera is expensive?

Let's go in order. To begin with, under the word professional it is understood that a person makes a living by doing this. This means that the photographer with the monkey / pigeon / parrot on the street is a professional and the photographer who takes a passport photo is a professional. These people do not need to have expensive equipment. They don't even have to shoot beautifully. Moreover, these are really professional photographers. Because in these cases it is their profession. I have given examples where it is obvious that there is no creativity in the work of a photographer. There are also photographers who shoot in hotels, on cruise ships, in water parks, etc. Their work is hard, but again lacks a creative element. Not every photographer is a photo artist.

On the other hand, there are amateur photographers with expensive cameras and high-quality optics. They can shoot badly, or they can do well: have high ratings on photo sites, participate and win contests. But that doesn't make them professionals. A distinctive feature of a professional is his usefulness to society. Moreover, the utility is determined by the payment for his services. So, a professional photographer is a person who takes photographs and gets paid for it. This is the first and most obvious indicator.

What else sets a professional photographer apart?

Attitude to work. A true professional loves his job. This implies a desire to grow, a desire to do everything in the best possible way. It also means doing work in accordance with certain standards. A true professional does his job responsibly. First of all, be responsible to yourself. This means that he cannot afford flaws even in details. The client may not notice many nuances. But for a professional it is a matter of honor (the word is forgotten today) - to do the job efficiently. By the way, responsibility is also not held in high esteem today. Alas, many people who imagine themselves to be photographers (this also applies to other professions) consider themselves birds of free flight. I wanted to - I gave the photos in 2 weeks, I wanted it in 2 months. The question is not overwork, but laziness. Processed somehow, nothing - the artist sees it that way. Self-indulgence, irresponsibility and laziness are not at all signs of a professional. Even if this person, unfortunately, gets paid for it. A professional is a person who is responsible for his work, for the result, for the quality and for his words ... a rare phenomenon for Ukraine in all industries.

What conclusion can be drawn from this?

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