Jasmine Star : Lenses and Camera

Jasmine Star : Lenses and Camera


Okay, so this post has been…oh, like…A YEAR in the making. Whenever I’d get enough time to gather my thoughts to describe the lenses and camera I shoot with, I’d be all, Hey, I’m really good at blinking…!! And then I’d go and organize my argyle sock collection. I’ve been meaning to give a comprehensive review of my camera gear and how I use it, so what better time than today?

It’s been over two years since I posted What’s In My Bag, so if this post is too long and wordy, please blame making up for lost time. It feels like we were separated at birth and we’re being reunited on the Maury Povich show.

Canon 5DMII
If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you’ll know the love affair I have with my 5DMII, primarily because of the full-frame sensor. Swoon. Really. Yes, I consider shooting with the Canon 1DMIV (primarily for burst mode superiority), but I’m tied into my sensor-loving ways. Sure, there are differences in files between the 5D and the 5DMII (I prefer the files on the 5D), but I hope Canon announces a new camera soon…if it’s the 5DMIII, I’d sign on the dotted line immediately. F’real.
{**UPDATE: Here’s my review of the Canon 5DMIII, which is what I’m now using**}

Canon 50mm, 1.2
This is my sweet something, my precious love-child. I use this lens more than any other lens and if I had to choose one lens that’s defined my style, this would be it. Because of it’s wide aperture (f/1.2), I use this lens to shoot in any lighting situation, everything from bridal prep details (wedding dress, shoes, wedding invitation, etc) to bride and groom portraits, to reception details (centerpieces, dessert tables, drink details, etc). Of course given the fact that I’m lucky to mix in other lenses is a blessing, but this lens just is so diverse and allows me to freedom to be me behind the lens.
I’m often emailed with questions regarding focus issues with this lens. I don’t have a concrete answer, but I will say it’s hard to compare with other lenses on the market because it’s wide in a different way than, say the 50mm, 1.4 (a beautiful lens in its own right). When dealing with with wide apertures, it takes time to fall into a new shooting rhythm and massage the lens so that it whispers sweet nothings back to you. But, yes, it takes time and practice. When I shoot at f/1.2 not every shot is in focus, but the majority is…and when it locks in, there are few things prettier than the magic it produces.

Canon 85mm, 1.2
This lens is a hunk. If he had a name, it’d be Brad. And have sandy blond hair. The lens weighs about two pounds and is a beefy piece of glass, but produces some of the prettiest portraits. Ever. It’s ability to give a photojournalistic feel is something I love during prep photos, as well as bride and groom portraits. I especially love using this lens when the bride is getting ready on the other side of the room and I want to give her space to breathe. I simply use this lens to get a up close feel without encroaching on her space. In like manner, I use the 85mm during bride and groom portraits to give an intimate feel to a photo. When I use this lens at f/1.2, it locks onto the subject and I have yet to find a lens that produces better bokeh.

Canon 35mm, 1.4
This is a newer addition to my lens set-up…and I’m smitten. I have a crush on this lens and it’s treated me so well! I wish I hadn’t waited to invest in this wide lens because it’s wide without being too wide. I bought the 24mm, 1.4 before I bought this lens because I wanted diversity in my lens choices, but the 24mm was too much a departure from my shooting style that I hardly used it during the first half of the day. I reviewed this lens in depth (Canon 35mm, 1.4 Review), but suffice it to say I adore this lens for its ability to create an entirely different vibe to a photo given the same situation and its width blends quite well with my shooting style.
These three lenses (Canon 50mm, 1.2, Canon 85mm, 1.2, and the 35mm, 1.4) are the only lenses I take with my on an engagement session. I prefer to travel light and they provide enough diversity for an entire shoot while staying true to my shooting style. They’ve treated me so well and I love them so much I’m tempted to kiss them goodnight and tuck them in bed.

Canon 50mm, 1.4 and Canon 85mm, 1.8
These little babies are insane. They’re the first two lenses I recommend to portrait photographers since they’re amazing at what they do! When I first decided to incorporate prime lenses into my collection, I started with these two and they’re STILL chugging along like champs. JD uses these lenses and actually prefers them to their L Series counterparts (50mm, 1.2 and the 85mm, 1.2). On occasion, if JD and I happen to be doing a quick lens exchange, he’ll shoot with my lenses and when he hands them back to me, his comment is always the same: I don’t know how you shoot with those! JD prefers to stay within the f/2.0-f/2.5 range when shooting and the 50mm, 1.4 and the 85mm, 1.8 focus faster. I actually think the 85mm, 1.8 outperforms the 1.2, but (in my opinion) nothing compares to a photo at 1.2, which is why I prefer it. If you’re considering using fixed (non-zoom) lenses, these are great starters for less than $400 a piece!

Canon 100 Macro, 2.8 IS
This is my newest lens and I am SO in love with it. Did you see that I capitalized SO? That’s high school talk for so, but, like, really big. I owned a 100 Macro (non IS) and while it did me well, I definitely struggled with focus while shooting the wedding rings (which is all I used it for). I can’t tell you how frustrating it was to be shooting (on a time crunch) and I couldn’t get the darn lens to focus. I’d break out in a cold sweat every time. I’d have to manual focus and that’s about as fun as plucking your dad’s eyebrows (whhhhhhat? He needed a little help man-scaping!). Anyway, the 100 Macro IS is the complete antithesis to its predecessor. I’ve been shooting with it for four weddings and it has yet to do me wrong. I’ve used it to shoot the wedding dress, wedding rings, hand-written vows, glass details…and so much more.

Canon 100 Macro
This was the first macro lens I bought. It did me well until I upgraded to the 100 Macro, 2.8 IS…and it was well worth the investment. JD now uses the 100 Macro while he shoots the groom prep (for details like cufflinks and tie clips), but stays in our large camera bag for the majority of the day.

Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS
This is the one lens I believe is universally needed by a wedding photographer. Even if you have to rent it, do it! I believe wedding photographers should be as out-of-the-way as possible during the ceremony (how many horror stories have we heard of wedding photographers standing at the altar with the bride and groom?!) and this zoom lens allows me to capture up close moments yet stay out of the way. I use this lens for the majority of the ceremony–sprinkling the use the 24mm, 1.4 for a wide shot and 85mm, 1.2 for an aisle portrait using the widest aperture focusing on one subject at once–and it’s solid. It was the second lens I bought for myself and when we saved up enough money, it was the first lens I bought JD.

Canon 24-70mm, 2.8
This was the first lens I bought…and I can’t get rid of it for sentimental reasons, even though I don’t use it that much. I usually only touch it if family portraits on the wedding day will range from small groups (4+) to large groups (20+) in a short amount of time. JD uses this lens for the wedding processional as he’s usually toward the back of the aisle and has less time to fire off a few images, so he needs the quick adjusting focal range, especially if he’s seated in an aisle. Ummm, yes. We do that. Especially when shooting in churches, JD will sit like a wedding guest and shoot from a pew…this is when the 24-70mm is priceless as it blends with guests and offers a lot of latitude.

Canon 24mm, 1.4
Like I alluded to when referencing the 35mm, 1.4 in this post, this lens was great and performed well, but it was a departure from my style. However, what I will say is that JD inherited this lens and he rocks it out in an entirely different way. He shoots 100% photojournalistically (candid, non-posed) throughout the wedding day and this lens lends itself to this genre quite well, as its a story telling lens. Because I’m a diva, I steal this lens from him when reception dancing begins (he’ll take my 35mm) and shoot the majority of dancing with it. It’s too perfect to document a story in a tight setting and dancing pictures are usually funnier when more people are included in the frame.

Canon 16-35mm, 2.8
I shake my head every time this lens is packed in my bag because I can’t remember the last time I used it. Like, years. Yet, it’s still packed because I always worry one day I’ll need an uber wide shot…and when I do, I’LL HAVE THE PERFECT LENS! In all actuality, I bought this lens my first year of business (when I didn’t really know what my style was) and it’s totally awesome if your style more documentary in nature, or you prefer to photograph your clients standing very close to them

Canon 580EXII
Here’s a little story about flash: You get what you pay for. The end.
Okay, not really, but if you’re the type of person who learns from mistakes, learn from mine. When I first started, I was strapped for cash and made short-term decisions. My first flash was the Canon 480 and I shot with it for a few weddings before I realized it wasn’t powerful enough for what I needed it for (dark receptions and dance floor pictures). Shortly thereafter, I upgraded to the 580EXII and have been singing it’s praises ever since. LA LA LAAAH!

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Joe Turic -

    Great setup! I think you make every Canon shooter have lens envy. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:15 pm

  2. Carmaleta Billups -

    I would love to put it towards the purchase of the 85mm,1.8.
    I am just starting out and I think the lens would be perfect!

      10.26.11 - 2:15 pm

  3. Nicole Swenson -

    I loooovvvveeddd this post! Thanks Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 2:16 pm

  4. Tasha Prescott -

    I’d use it towards my 85mm!

      10.26.11 - 2:19 pm

  5. Catherine -

    I would love to buy the 50mm 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 2:19 pm

  6. Dustin Finn -

    Thanks so much for your insightful post into gear…

    Really appreciate it.

      10.26.11 - 2:19 pm

  7. Jess Hodge -

    I would use it towards a 35mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 2:21 pm

  8. Lisa Wright -

    Not sure just getting started with my business!!

      10.26.11 - 2:21 pm

  9. Lisa Wright -

    not sure will probably put toward a new flash!!

      10.26.11 - 2:22 pm

  10. Mindy Pierce -

    I could really use the 35mm!

      10.26.11 - 2:23 pm

  11. Natalie Probst -


      10.26.11 - 2:23 pm

  12. Abbey -

    I love your lens series Jasmine and appreciate you always sharing what you know. I just got back from Zack Arias lighting workshop last night and I if I win the gift certificate, I would definitely buy some of the umbrellas we used during the workshop. My email is abbey@abbeydomond.com. Hope to bump into you at PDN!!!

      10.26.11 - 2:24 pm

  13. Hailey -

    Hi Jasmine! I love posts like this that geek out of photo gear! Thanks!

    I would put the gift certificate toward a big purchase, like the 70-200. I currently rent one every time I shoot a wedding and it’s an expensive inconvenience. (But oh-so necessary.)

      10.26.11 - 2:24 pm

  14. Naomi Elle -

    hehe!! yay!! equipment posts! love ’em! <3

      10.26.11 - 2:25 pm

  15. Kevin Jones -

    Great post as always. Wedding photography is not my thing yet I continue to read all your posts and pick up some tips and tricks ;). I would pick myself up a 24 1.4. I have always wanted the not-to-wide angle with shallower depth of field (on my crop body). All the best ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:25 pm

  16. tim wong -


      10.26.11 - 2:26 pm

  17. Gabby -

    Oh if I were to win I would put it towards a flash.

      10.26.11 - 2:26 pm

  18. Phil -

    I’d probably save up to buy an FX camera whenever Nikon gets around to announcing something, although flooding has sort of messed them up.

      10.26.11 - 2:27 pm

  19. Stella -

    Oh me me me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I so want a 85mm…

      10.26.11 - 2:27 pm

  20. Hope -

    I would totally buy some pocket wizards!

      10.26.11 - 2:29 pm

  21. Hannah Chen -

    Thanks for this post! I love seeing what’s in other people’s bags. =) I also enjoyed seeing your progression as you moved along in your business.

    And thanks to B&H! Oooo, what would I buy… I’ve definitely been looking at the 35 1.4, and $100 off would be a great little bonus! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 2:29 pm

  22. Emily Davis -

    I am dying, dying, dying for the 50mm 1.2, I’m a new photographer, so having that lens in my arsenal would change my world!

      10.26.11 - 2:30 pm

  23. Lindsey Allen -

    I would buy the 85mm lens. Thanks for posting what you use!

      10.26.11 - 2:30 pm

  24. tania lemieux -

    Oh! I would buy the 35mm 1.4 …
    Or maybe a macro.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    There’s always some space in my bag for another lens.. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:31 pm

  25. Valerie -

    Great post J*! Its always great to hear where the pros started and where they’ve found they’re groove!

      10.26.11 - 2:32 pm

  26. Lindsay Smith -

    I’d put the gift certificate toward a new lens!

      10.26.11 - 2:32 pm

  27. Lynn Demaray -

    I would love the 50 1.2 but might gave to do the 50 1.4 for money reasons! The $100 would be so nice to have. You are awesome Jasmine and love B&H!!!

      10.26.11 - 2:32 pm

  28. Gedas -

    yummmmmyyy B&H Photo

      10.26.11 - 2:33 pm

  29. Stephanie -

    I don’t know exactly what I’d buy right now but I could definitely put a gift certificate to work.

      10.26.11 - 2:33 pm

  30. sherri lynn -

    I’ve been wanting to know what you have in your bag – thanks for sharing!

      10.26.11 - 2:33 pm

  31. Lynn Demaray -


    Lacking sleep from new baby, just read it again and sorry for the double post. I would love the 50mm 1.2!!

      10.26.11 - 2:34 pm

  32. Daniel Berlanga -

    What an awesome lens collection you have! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I’d kill for that 85mm 1.2, but I think I would have to stop myself and get the 85mm f/1.8 ^_^

    Regards from Spain!

      10.26.11 - 2:34 pm

  33. Celia -

    I’m totally new at all of this and basically love taking pictures of my kids / family and documenting these times in our lives. I would want a good starter lens that you could recommend for my Canon. Maybe I’ll be the lucky winner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 2:34 pm

  34. Scott -

    I want to win so I could buy a new flash!

      10.26.11 - 2:34 pm

  35. Becca -

    I love B&H and order all my lenses from there. If I had the $100, I have no clue what I would buy but I would have a great time figuring it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:34 pm

  36. Marianne Worlow -

    Well I would love to buy the 35mm but I have to continue saving so it would probably be some boring memory cards. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for all your info as always. xo.

      10.26.11 - 2:34 pm

  37. Alison -

    I literally JUST ordered the 580 EX II less than 12 hours ago and *not gonna lie* I double checked your blog beforehand to see which flash you used. I would absolutely love the 50mm 1.2 (my 1.4 rarely leaves my camera). My next purchase will be a wide angle and I’ve been leaning toward the 35mm 1.4 although the 24mm 1.4 intrigues me as well. I greatly appreciate the advice you dish on this blog…. being an amateur teaching myself how to make this a reality, I’ve learned a great deal from you!

      10.26.11 - 2:34 pm

  38. Patty -

    Awesome post, Jasmine! I read your blog every day. Seriously! Its part of my routine, just like eating breakfast and sleeping. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to be considered for the $100 gift certificate. I would like to get some camera batteries. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:36 pm

  39. Jennifer S. -

    Thanks for all the great information on this gear, Jasmine! I actually have the 85 1.2 in my shopping cart at B&H but still debating on the purchase. The $100 gift card would be ahhh-mazing to help out with that hefty price tag though! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:36 pm

  40. Emily Warwick -

    I am in the market for a portrait and zoom lens and a flash!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:38 pm

  41. Kathy Krey -

    Pick me! Pick me!

      10.26.11 - 2:38 pm

  42. Ryan Gambrel -

    I would have to say the money would go towards a new back up body for me. BTW love the blog!!

      10.26.11 - 2:39 pm

  43. Joe Anna Haydon -

    I’d buy a macro lens and this gift card would help me be that much closer!! ๐Ÿ™‚ pretty please with a big ole’ chocolate covered cherry!!

      10.26.11 - 2:40 pm

  44. Katelyn -

    Wow, I would love to have the 50 mm. 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 2:42 pm

  45. Tiffany -

    Oh, I’d probably put it towards some high-quality filters. Boring, but I really need them ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:42 pm

  46. Stephanie Lyell -

    Thanks for sharing this! I have several of those lenses, but neeeed to get a few more! If I won the gift certificate I would use it towards either the 50 1.2 or the 85 1.2, or maybe the 580 (I’m currently using the 480)…so many choices!! Again thanks for putting this up!

      10.26.11 - 2:44 pm

  47. Annika Swenson -

    I am also patiently waiting for the new Canon body to come out. The next lens I would like to invest in is the 24mm 1.4.

    Thank you for your commentary and reasons for loving (or not) the lenses you have. It’s been wonderful watching your photography evolve! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:44 pm

  48. Brooke Rodine -

    Thank you for being so entertaining while educational! I love your style and humor and I always get so inspired reading your posts!

      10.26.11 - 2:45 pm

  49. Liz -

    This was really interesting Jasmine – thank you! I just got the 35 1.4 last week, and since I dropped and broke my only other fixed lens (50mm 1.8) two days later (by dropped, I mean accidentally pushed off dining table and onto hardwood floor) I am now challenging myself to just shoot with the 1.4 – love it so far, but definitely need practice! I have a wishlist @ B&H, so I would probably put the $100 towards the 50 1.2 or get a reflector.

      10.26.11 - 2:47 pm

  50. Melissa M. -

    Great post! I’m saving up for the 100 macro IS.

      10.26.11 - 2:47 pm

  51. Sarajane Case -

    I loved this post! I knew some of what you said from being a huge creeper and following your blog like a pro. But, I love the way you expanded and compared lenses. Thanks so much!!!
    with love,

    Sarajane Case

      10.26.11 - 2:47 pm

  52. Zach -

    Great write-up! I’ve used almost all of those lenses and own the 24-70mm. One tiny complaint I have with the L’s is the rock solid build quality makes them pretty heavy., which makes for sore shoulders after a days shoot. Do you shoot with filters typically? ND, polarizing…

      10.26.11 - 2:48 pm

  53. Elisa -

    I really love post like this, I’d like to buy the 50mm 1.4 but I don’t know… I have a 60D and a 50mm 1.8 so… 35mm or 50mm 1.4?

      10.26.11 - 2:48 pm

  54. Emilia Jane -

    I’ve been saving saving saving for the 85L, thank you so much for this post! And the lovely giveaway B&H!

      10.26.11 - 2:48 pm

  55. Sarah D. -

    Love this post – so helpful! I am just a casual photographer and would love to have the 85 mm, 1.8. Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 2:48 pm

  56. Caitlyn Hofmaster -

    Thank you THank you Thank you for this information! It is so nice to have other photographers open up about their love affairs with various lenses.

    Hmmm…Well I would love to use the gift card for either going full frame or an amazing softbox ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:48 pm

  57. Dee -

    I would absolutely buy the 50mm1.4 or a 35 mm lens. Eek! Awesome.

      10.26.11 - 2:50 pm

  58. Sheila Hallmark -

    Thanks as always! I need to buy another lens, this post makes it way easier than the info I get at the camera shop! sheila@keepthepicture.com

      10.26.11 - 2:50 pm

  59. polyana prado -

    Yay..thanks B&H

      10.26.11 - 2:52 pm

  60. Julie I -

    I don’t dare comment first; no #1 ever gets selected… ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would probably shoot for the 35mm 1.4 as I could use a wider lens than what I have.

      10.26.11 - 2:52 pm

  61. Todd Douglas -

    Great writeup! Love the prime lens reviews. I’m in desperate need of a lens refresh so I’d probably use the gift cert. to make a small dent in the 70-200!

      10.26.11 - 2:52 pm

  62. Taylor Jackson -

    Jasmine, love the post! I went with the 580 instead of the 480 because of that same story over half a year ago, I haven’t looked back since.

      10.26.11 - 2:52 pm

  63. Sara Santos -

    Thanks for this post Jasmine, it helped ignorant little me better understand the different lenses and what they’re good for.

      10.26.11 - 2:52 pm

  64. erica -

    Erica Ferrone: erica.ferrone@gmail.com
    This contest is awesome. I am saving up to buy a 14-24 2.8 Nikon lens!!
    Hope to see you at PDN!

      10.26.11 - 2:53 pm

  65. Michelle -

    Pretty please pick me!!! With a cherry on top!!!!

      10.26.11 - 2:54 pm

  66. Barbie P if I won the lankenhorn -

    I would get the Canon 85mm, 1.8 if I won!

      10.26.11 - 2:55 pm

  67. Christine -

    I would use the gift certificate to buy things that I probably don’t need but they’re free so who’s going to stop me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 2:56 pm

  68. Barbie Plankenhorn -

    I would get the Canon 85mm, 1.8 if I won!

      10.26.11 - 2:57 pm

  69. Lorele -

    Hey Jasmine, I read all your posts (and I have started from the beginning of your blog) but I don’t comment very often. Because I am french and very lazy ๐Ÿ™‚
    But this time, as I am planning an investment (5DM2) and a trip to NYC (yeehaa!!) I leave you few words.
    So, tks for sharing so much everytime.

    Gros baisers de France !

      10.26.11 - 2:57 pm

  70. Leslie Davis -

    I would buy the 100 2.8 – I just rented it and I am in love! It is superb and I can’t wait to own it – but I am also in desperate need of an 85mm, and after JD’s comments, I might have to settle for the 1.8 until my piggy bank gets refilled! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Jasmine!!!

      10.26.11 - 2:57 pm

  71. Shannon -

    I’m so new at all of this I would hardly know what to buy! I need everything! I really really want the 50mm. Bad.

      10.26.11 - 2:59 pm

  72. Annette Elliott -

    Ok, so I am a Nikon shooter (please don’t hold that against me J* cause I love my D700 and 50mm 1.4) Just getting started and would love the 85mm 1.4…….my passion is for families (not weddings. weddings=toomuchstress) This post is great! Even though we shoot with different brands, still learned a lot from this post! Thank You!

      10.26.11 - 2:59 pm

  73. Robyn -

    Ooohhh, I think that I would have to put the money towards that Canon 580EXII. Thanks for the chance!!

      10.26.11 - 2:59 pm

  74. Jana -

    Love your gears and lenses! Thank you for sharing! My husband and I are fans of yours and we’re truly sad we won’t get to meet you today at the WPPI NYC. We’ll be there tomorrow though ๐Ÿ™‚ Bless your heart for being so generous. You and JD are an inspiration to us!

      10.26.11 - 3:00 pm

  75. Rose DeVore -

    Thank you Jasmine. I have been looking for an addition to my bag and you helped in pointing out the value of each of those lenses…You are – as always – FABULOUS!

      10.26.11 - 3:00 pm

  76. Catherine -

    The Mark III is already out!



    Someday I hope to upgrade to at least the Mark II, and some L lenses!

      10.26.11 - 3:00 pm

  77. Molly -

    This is such a great post! I love your work and the detail you put into describing the strengths / weaknesses of each lens is so helpful – especially for someone like me who just loves photography and is pretty new to the whole idea of switching up my lens situation. I’d love to enter the contest – and I’d put it towards getting my first 50mm lens!
    Thank you!

      10.26.11 - 3:02 pm

  78. Chanell -

    Thanks for the post on your camera gear. I shoot with Nikon primarily because its the first camera I bought and I have quite a few additions now to switch systems. Although I think I may one day switch to Canon lol. I love primes! I’ve learned that they are the fave for many photogs. Great post!

      10.26.11 - 3:02 pm

  79. Amy Horn -

    Love the post. Would love the gift card to put towards a 70-200! ๐Ÿ™‚ or a back up battery for my NEW canon 5DMII! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:03 pm

  80. Stephanie -

    Ooh, ooh pick me! I want a new lens! I’ve been shooting with zoom lenses for years and am looking at purchasing my first prime lens, the $100 would definitely go towards that.

      10.26.11 - 3:05 pm

  81. Cassie Jo -

    Ohh, I’m swooning over all of these! I rented the 70-200 and the 50 1.2 for a wedding a couple months ago and LOVED them! I’m so glad I learned about the awesomeness of these lenses from reading your blog! I really think my next lens purchase will be to upgrade my 50mm 1.8 to the 1.2 but I just can’t get myself to bite the bullet!

      10.26.11 - 3:07 pm

  82. Holly Haddad -

    I myself am a Nikon girl – but apatures and focal lengths are the same language! Thanks for this post and I totally agree with your love affair with your 50mm! Thx for this post!

      10.26.11 - 3:07 pm

  83. Nancy -

    I would love to get the 50mm 1.2 ~ love your work!! It is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:07 pm

  84. Angie -

    Great review of all your lenses, it was worth waiting for you to organize your argyle sock collection first ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If I had my choice, I’d pick the Divalicious 24mm, 1.4 lens.

      10.26.11 - 3:07 pm

  85. Hannah Larson -

    I’d buy a 50mm 1.4 ๐Ÿ™‚ love your blog and your style!!!

      10.26.11 - 3:07 pm

  86. Keri Jarvis -

    Thanks so much for the post. I would use the GC toward a new lens!

      10.26.11 - 3:08 pm

  87. April -

    Thanks for the great info. I have a bunch of the lenses on my wish list. I would use the gift certificate to go towards upgrading my 50 mm 1.8 to a 1.4.

      10.26.11 - 3:08 pm

  88. Fran Colonna -

    This was awesome!!! Thank you for posting this, Jasmine!! I love shooting with prime lenses but I only have the 85 1.4 and the 50 1.4. If I could fit a new lens into my budget, it would have to be the 35. Natural light in a tight hotel room would be best served by the 35….. sometimes the 50 is just not wide enough and I have to put on the 24-70.

      10.26.11 - 3:09 pm

  89. Carlise -

    Pick me, pick me! Nah, seriously this was an awesome post. I’ve been looking to upgrade my prime bag and this helps sooo much. If I were to be lucky enough to receive the gc I would definitely go with the 85mm (just trying to decide on which one, lol). Thank you so much, Jasmine for all you give!!

      10.26.11 - 3:09 pm

  90. Jill -

    I’d LOVE to purchase my first prime lens if I win ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all the useful info/tips as always!

      10.26.11 - 3:09 pm

  91. Sean Korsan -

    Thanks so much for sharing Jasmine! The Canon 35 1.4 is next on my list, it’s light, fast and can keep up with my kids. What else could be better than that? Ha ha

      10.26.11 - 3:10 pm

  92. Wayland -

    Thanks for the article!! It’s always so interesting to get insight on a professional’s gear and how they use it since I’m a gear-head myself! That extra $100 would be gone in an instant as I’d use that to finance my own 5DMII! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:11 pm

  93. Becca -

    Becca@BeccaBorge.com…I need another external hard drive very soon…not that exciting but that’s what I need ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks B&H and Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 3:11 pm

  94. Jenelle -

    Thanks Jasmine + B&H!!

      10.26.11 - 3:13 pm

  95. CAthy -

    oh pick me pick me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m renting the 50 1.2 for a wedding in a few weeks and if I like it, I’d get that. Or a pocket wizard set-up for my 580exII so I can get if off my camera. Thanks for the chance to win.

      10.26.11 - 3:13 pm

  96. Chad -

    I am the dark horse in this stable. I shoot Nikon …GASP!!! But I’d buy the 85 f1.4G, the silkiest, sexiest lens I’ve ever held. Thanks for sharing so much jasmine.

      10.26.11 - 3:13 pm

  97. Tracy -

    I would love the 50 1.2!!!

      10.26.11 - 3:13 pm

  98. Hannah Larson -

    Name is Hannah Larson, email is larson.hm@gmail.com

    I would buy a 50mm 1.4 ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog, thanks for this post!

      10.26.11 - 3:13 pm

  99. Michelle -

    I don’t know what I’d buy…but I have many of those lenses on my wish list already!

      10.26.11 - 3:14 pm

  100. Liz Perdomo -

    My camera bag screams: let me hold "something" ๐Ÿ˜€ So anything I can buy from B&H will do me well!

      10.26.11 - 3:15 pm

  101. alecia -

    I would get another 580!

      10.26.11 - 3:15 pm

  102. Jill Samter Photography -

    I want to upgrade my 70-200 lens or purchase th 85mm 1.2 lens. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 100mm 2.8L. It is my BFF lens for sure!

    Blessings, Jill

      10.26.11 - 3:16 pm

  103. Sunny -

    A gift card from B&H to a photographer is like winning the lottery and Christmas morning all rolled into one! If you selected me I’d put the investment towards a new camera body…My D80 is in desperate need of an upgrade! Possibly to a…dare I say it…Canon 5DMII ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s right Jasmine, you’re pretty darn close to switching an avid Nikon user to Canon. *sigh*


      10.26.11 - 3:17 pm

  104. Andrew -

    Currently transitioning to all prime. Wish the process was quicker!

      10.26.11 - 3:18 pm

  105. Ester Robards -

    What to buy? What to buy? I’d probably put the $100 towards a wide angle lens…maybe the 28mm, or buy more CF cards, or maybe the 85mm….:)

      10.26.11 - 3:18 pm

  106. Sarah Morgan -

    Wow you have a lot of lenses… haha! I’m thinking of buying the 24-70 or the 85mm next!

      10.26.11 - 3:18 pm

  107. Rob Goldstein -

    Hey Jasmine, thanks for peek inside you bag. I completely agree with you that the long zoom is essential for wedding photogs.
    I am about to buy a backup / replacement flash and that $100 would go a long way.

      10.26.11 - 3:20 pm

  108. Sarah M. -

    I’ve been drooling over the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS for two years now!!!!!

      10.26.11 - 3:21 pm

  109. Stacy -

    Thanks for all of the helpful info on lenses. Reading the reviews on Amazon can get overwhelming!

    And thanks, B&H for the giveaway! I’d love a new lens!

      10.26.11 - 3:21 pm

  110. Sada -

    Woo hoo! I love B&H! Thanks for the chance to win and all the great info!!

      10.26.11 - 3:21 pm

  111. Josh -

    I’d love to be able to get my wife a new lens.

      10.26.11 - 3:21 pm

  112. michelle -

    Not sure what I would buy, but most likely use it towards a new lens.

      10.26.11 - 3:22 pm

  113. michelle -

    I would buy a 580 EXII speedlite, as I pretty much made the same decision as you all those years ago… the 430 is more affordable, but I learned quickly its way underpowered for weddings, at least as your primary flash. The 580 has been on my wish list for a while now and man would I LOVE to snag it sooner then later!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Michelle, michelle@michellecucinelli.com

      10.26.11 - 3:23 pm

  114. Kim -

    I am lusting after the 50mm 1.4.

      10.26.11 - 3:23 pm

  115. Nicole -

    Luuuvve B & H! info@jenuine-creations.com

      10.26.11 - 3:24 pm

  116. Ines -

    I don’t want to enter the competition because I live in Europe and I assume the certificate is only valid in the US, but I had to say something about this post. I read most of what you write but this one is TOO good for beginners! You clearly explain what you feel, like and dislike about the lenses and it made me feel it’s actually easy to choose one lens… hehe

    What a great article, thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:24 pm

  117. Samantha D -

    This would be a great start to purchasing my own 35mm lens so I can stop renting it ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:24 pm

  118. Breanne Kent -

    Breanne Kent, bnk5035@gmail.com, I would without a doubt buy the 50mm 1.2…Ive shot with it before…simply Heaven ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:25 pm

  119. Ashley Bruschi -

    Hi Jasmine! This was SUCH a super helpful post! I’d love to win the B&H $100 Gift Certificate!! It would definitely go to our 50mm 1.2 lens fund ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband and I have been drooling over it for months! (email: ashley@fixedfocal.com)

      10.26.11 - 3:26 pm

  120. kell -

    That 70-200 is magic for ceremonies. I can’t wait to invest in one of my own so I can stop renting it!

      10.26.11 - 3:26 pm

  121. Kate Nesi -

    I’d love to add the Canon 24mm 1.2 L to my lineup!

      10.26.11 - 3:29 pm

  122. gabriela -

    Love that you posted this on your blog today! i been looking to invest in another lens so its great to get feedback on these. For sure my next lens will be the 24-70mm

      10.26.11 - 3:29 pm

  123. Ginger Salmon -

    I love your work and wish I had more lenses. I would love to purchase an 85mm. Keep up the amazing work!

      10.26.11 - 3:30 pm

  124. Kyle Tuttle -

    I would most definitely purchase the 85 1.2 first and foremost for portraiture ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you very much for producing the list!

      10.26.11 - 3:30 pm

  125. Rick -

    Love your posts every day but have been waiting patiently for this gear post even though the other stuff is a lot more important (people love to talk gear). I have the 85L and the 135L and both make otherwise perfectly good lenses seem boring. You have made me think a lot about the 50L. I bought the 35L but returned it (perhaps I regret it) but due to the wider angle I did not like how it sometimes rendered adults (although for full length it would be great). I am surprised you do not have a smaller camera for personal use when you are just out and about like the X100 or Olympus Pen.

      10.26.11 - 3:30 pm

  126. Robert -

    Thanks! Very interesting…based on the volume of equipment I hope you don’t carry that bag!

      10.26.11 - 3:31 pm

  127. Phillip -

    What bag do you have to lug all this stuff around?

      10.26.11 - 3:31 pm

  128. Debbie Smith -

    I would put it towards an 85mm 1.8

      10.26.11 - 3:31 pm

  129. colette -

    I would be a kid in a candy store– not sure what I’d get but this would be awesome

      10.26.11 - 3:31 pm

  130. Penny Wolfe -

    I’d comment anyway but a contest is a bonus! Thanks so much for that generous offer. I’m torn between buying the 24 1.4 and the 35 1.4. I shoot a Canon 7D and do not have full frame so I’m leaning towards the 24 – mostly because it is newer and well rated – but I see there is rumour of a new 35 coming too! Decisions, decisions!! (p.s. LOVE B&H!)

      10.26.11 - 3:32 pm

  131. John J -

    Hi Jasmine, I’m a recent follower who heard your story from your interview with Chase Jarvis and have wandered over here and am loving what I’m seeing! A quick question about your gear. Do you carry two bodies at a time when shooting? If so, what lens combination do you prefer?

    Keep up the excellent work!


      10.26.11 - 3:33 pm

  132. Hannah -

    Hannah Wing – hannahwing319@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 3:33 pm

  133. Jenna -

    I would totally buy an 85 1.2!!!!!

      10.26.11 - 3:33 pm

  134. Liz McNeil -

    Love this post! You gave me some great insight on certain lenses. Thank you!

      10.26.11 - 3:34 pm

  135. jessica -

    Thanks for sharing your gear list! I have almost enough $ for an upgrade to that 580 ex II and that $100 gift certificate would get me there!

      10.26.11 - 3:35 pm

  136. Josh -

    Sweet rundown of your gear. Thanks for taking the time to not only say what you have but describe what each is used for… It definitely helps when thinking about style and what I might need in the future.

      10.26.11 - 3:35 pm

  137. Erin -

    Thank you so much for this post, it’s always great to learn what others use and the experiences that have led to those decisions! I would probably buy the flash, for while I would LOVE a new lens, right now I need a decent flash even more.

      10.26.11 - 3:35 pm

  138. naomi chokr -

    hi jasmine!!!!! i never win anything? would you pick me? it never hurts to ask. I would buy the 35mm f2 that I have been wanting. Im considering renting it but id really rather buy it. So the gift card would help. SO MUCH! I love that you re-wrote this. I have all of your FAQs in a binder…. i have to print this one out and add it in. Thank you for always doing what you do and sharing everything you know to the world. Maybe i’ll finally get to meet you next year…. at your future workshop!

      10.26.11 - 3:35 pm

  139. Vivian -

    Boy, I need so much equipment, where would I start. I definitely need some flash though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Wednesday Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 3:35 pm

  140. Dana -

    Great post! I would use the $100 to purchase a 580EX instead of a 430EX.

      10.26.11 - 3:36 pm

  141. Yui -

    Thanks so much for sharing! I really enjoyed reading about how you and JD have different style and opinions about the gear.

    What would I buy from B&H? It’s a toss up between a grip for my D700 for 8fps burst or save up for the 85mm 1.4G. Decisions decisions ….

      10.26.11 - 3:38 pm

  142. Lynn Vuong -

    I shoot with the 5DMII also and love it..was always a fan of the 5D and full frame and would never go back! You absolutely have all the lens I love Jasmine! Must save up for my 24-70! But also looking into getting the 35mm bc I love wide angle shots :0)

      10.26.11 - 3:38 pm

  143. Eileen Privett -

    I have been trying to save up for the 85 1.2 for three years now!!! I am desperately in "want" of this lens. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:38 pm

  144. Kacey -

    This post could not have come at a better time! I’ve been researching lens all week and this was so helpful. Thank you! Thank you! Next on my list will hopefully be the 85mm!

      10.26.11 - 3:39 pm

  145. wedding photographer nyc -

    I love your post… It is very interesting. There is a lot of useful information. Thanks Jasmine!!!!

      10.26.11 - 3:41 pm

  146. Leslie -

    Thanks for sharing your reviews of favorite equipment. You inspire me. I’m saving up to purchase a 50mm f/1.2.

      10.26.11 - 3:41 pm

  147. Wesley -

    Jasmine great list, and indeed some awesome L-quality gear.
    Just Curious, have you ever tried the 135L prime lens, i find it way easyer to work with then my super heavy 70-200 2.8 IS. If you would like to keep your full-frame awesomeness and get a higher burst rate you could consider to get a 1Ds MarkIII.(yes, the "s" version is fullframe!) Compared to my own 5d the 1ds’s AF points totally rock! I’m a bit under the impression that JD is getting your lens leftovers, but he still rocks with them ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 3:41 pm

  148. Randi -

    I need to upgrade my camera. I want the Canon 60D (I’m no pro!).

      10.26.11 - 3:44 pm

  149. jeramy -

    i’m back! ๐Ÿ™‚

    yummy list of treats. if i had the gift certificate i’d put it towards the 50mm 1.2….sharon has been wanting that one FOREVA!!!! no, seriously…forever. amen.

      10.26.11 - 3:44 pm

  150. Yesica -

    If I had a $100 gift card I would purchase the 85mm 1.8….I like it better than my 50mm 1.4 : )

      10.26.11 - 3:45 pm

  151. Brent Pennington -

    Great post, Jasmine! I always like to hear what other, established photogs have to say about their gear. As for me, I’d love to get my hands on the 85mm f/1.8 – I’ve seen some incredible shots with that lens and think I could do some cool stuff with it in my bag.

      10.26.11 - 3:45 pm

  152. michelle -

    I love this post! Thanks for doing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:45 pm

  153. Jessica McClellan -

    Thanks for an amazing blog!

      10.26.11 - 3:46 pm

  154. rachel -

    Fingers crossed for the gift cert!

      10.26.11 - 3:47 pm

  155. christen barnes -

    Oohh… I love a giveaway!

      10.26.11 - 3:47 pm

  156. Kelly -

    I shoot Nikon, (looking to upgrade soon!), but I would LOVE a 70-200 lens!

      10.26.11 - 3:47 pm

  157. Elayna Pierce -

    Thanks so much for the post, Jasmine! Very helpful!
    As a young photojournalist/family photographer, have to admit I’ve had my eye on the 85mm for quite some time now…. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 3:48 pm

  158. Shelly Lane -

    Oh Jasmine, you read my mind! I was wondering exactly what you’d recommend at this point in time! Love this post and thank you for always sharing with us! I would definitely buy the 580EXII. I have been saving for it as I have my first wedding on the books in February of next year! I don’t feel a flash is something I can just rent and get the hang of in a few days, so I am choosing to rent the other lenses I’ll need and purchase this flash! It makes me nervous just looking at it! Yikes! Thanks again to you and B&H for the generosity!

      10.26.11 - 3:48 pm

  159. Brent -

    Thanks for sharing your gear. I need the 70-200, I rent it ever time I shoot a wedding and should save the money to buy it.

      10.26.11 - 3:49 pm

  160. Rachel Leigh Greene -

    Name: Rachel Leigh Greene
    E-mail: rachelleighgreene@gmail.com

    This post was EXTREMELY helpful!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your opinions with us ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 3:49 pm

  161. Suzy G -

    My next purchase is the 35. I rented it a while back for a session and fell in LOVE.

      10.26.11 - 3:50 pm

  162. Tytia -

    I would have to put some thought into what I’d buy. Hmmmm, decisions, decisions………
    Tytia Habing

      10.26.11 - 3:51 pm

  163. Stefanie -

    I’m waiting to scoop up a 35mm. Definitely my next purchase

      10.26.11 - 3:52 pm

  164. Julie L. -

    Thanks for all the info–dying to try out the 50mm 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 3:52 pm

  165. Misty Minna Photography -

    Jasmine, I won day dream of owning all those amazing lenses you have! My first choice would be the 50mm 1.2 is absolutely lovely. I’ve rented it several times and am in LOVE with it.

      10.26.11 - 3:53 pm

  166. Allison M -

    I’m just getting started in photography so I’d save up to buy the Canon 85mm, 1.8. Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 3:53 pm

  167. Bryan -

    as much as i’d love a new lens…i see additional storage for my drobo in my future. hmmm, maybe a future post on your back-up systems?

      10.26.11 - 3:53 pm

  168. Holly L. Robbins -

    Whoop whoop! I love gift cards and if I win this one I will be purchasing the 50mm 1.4!

      10.26.11 - 3:54 pm

  169. Dave -

    Hi Jasmine!
    Fantastic Post. Incredibly helpful (as always). I would SO (notice the upper case ‘S’ and ‘O’ put this towards an 85 1.2.
    Blessings from Canada!

      10.26.11 - 3:54 pm

  170. Tanya De Leeuw -

    Thanks for sharing info about your gear … I have the L-series 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 (both non IS) … love them both! I use a 7D currently but would like to add the 1DMIV (the new 1DMX is just a pipe dream for now!) or a 5DMII/III … my back-up body’s a T1i so I desperately need another camera as I head out into the world … ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 3:55 pm

  171. Dominik -

    I would totally go for the 85mm prime lens. I’ve got the 50mm 1,4 and would love to have something "longer"…

    Greetings from Germany

      10.26.11 - 3:55 pm

  172. Sammie -

    You are an inspiration to so many. I know you hear "Thank You" from hundreds and thousands, but really, Thank You. You have taught me more than any book I could read about photography. I am forever changed and forever grateful.

      10.26.11 - 3:57 pm

  173. Aubrey -

    I’m dying to purchase a great prime and the 35mm is exactly what I would buy!

      10.26.11 - 3:57 pm

  174. Cameron Mora -

    Oh, man. Am I really the first to comment? The first one never wins…or do they?

    P.S. I’d use this little nugget to aid in the purchase of a 85mm. *fingers crossed. Over and Out.

      10.26.11 - 3:57 pm

  175. Kresta Littleton -

    Hmmm, what would I buy? I shoot w/ a Nikon. I think I would put this towards an 85 mm. I’d love a 24-70 or 70-200 fixed aperture, but those aren’t quite in the budget at this point. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity!

      10.26.11 - 3:58 pm

  176. Sara -

    I’ve been drooling over the 85mm lens forever!

      10.26.11 - 3:58 pm

  177. Sheila -

    I love my 85 1.8 and 50 1.4! The 85 is my go to for theater shoots. As for B&H, I would buy a neutral density graduated filter.

      10.26.11 - 3:58 pm

  178. Lisa A. -

    I’m just starting out and still learning…. I have 50mm 1.8 & 24-105mm. I have a Rebel Xsi …so I’m saving for the 5DMII. I’m sure as soon as I have the money the MIII will come out and I’ll have to get it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think my next lens purchase will be the 70-200mm…

      10.26.11 - 3:59 pm

  179. Lance B. -

    As always Jasmine, GREAT Post!

      10.26.11 - 3:59 pm

  180. Amanda -

    I would totally go for a 35mm lens for my Nikon d5000. Either that or a tripod.

      10.26.11 - 3:59 pm

  181. Bridget Sharp -

    I would buy the 85 mm, 1.2. By the way, JASMINE, YOU ARE GREAT!

      10.26.11 - 4:00 pm

  182. Jill -

    Thanks Jasmine! I would buy either the 580EXII or the Canon 135 2.0 (based on Zach Arias’ glowing review). I would love to try that lens at my daughter’s theater performances or my son’s basketball games. I enjoy your blog and your work SO much!

      10.26.11 - 4:02 pm

  183. Felicity -

    LOVE the reviews! (makes me super happy I recently went with the 580EXII instead of the 430 too– though I’m intimidated by the beast!). I think I’d put the gc towards some memory cards. Boring, but *vital* to a camera bag. ๐Ÿ˜‰ felicityhancock@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 4:03 pm

  184. Shari Hanson -

    wow! thanks for the chance to win! I really want to buy an 85mm!

      10.26.11 - 4:05 pm

  185. Stephanie -

    I’ve had my eye on the 50mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.8. I’m just starting out my business (like, still developing the website…) so these work with my budget and still allow me to give my future clients amazingly beautiful work.

      10.26.11 - 4:05 pm

  186. Brighid Uddyback -

    I’m drooling over your collection! What would I buy with that gift card? The possibilities are endless!

      10.26.11 - 4:06 pm

  187. Miranda -

    I’m a Nikon lover so this would go to getting me a new lens but I’m not sure which one yet…. But… if you pick me I’ll certainly share which one I bought (wink wink);)

      10.26.11 - 4:08 pm

  188. April -

    I love B&H Photo. Yep, I would be saving it to buy the 35mm lens. It is the next on my list of must haves :)!

      10.26.11 - 4:09 pm

  189. tamsen -

    oooh, thanks for sharing Jasmine! And I would love to win the gift card! I’d use it to help me buy the 70-200 so I can stop wasting my money on renting it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:09 pm

  190. Laurie -

    This is so exciting! I’d love to win the $100 gift certificate to B&H and use it next time I’m in New York!

      10.26.11 - 4:12 pm

  191. anthony barrera -

    long time lurker on your blog, what better time to start commenting when i can win $100 (which i would use for a new softbox). great post, thanks for sharing!

      10.26.11 - 4:13 pm

  192. James Webster -

    Thanks Jasmine…..I love it when people share what they are working with.


      10.26.11 - 4:13 pm

  193. Yinks -

    Choose me. Pick me Jas. I am looking to upgrade my gear and will totally add this to my saving up dough for that 35mm 1.4 lens so, pweese pwetty pweese pick me?

      10.26.11 - 4:13 pm

  194. Amanda Tonagel -

    So I pretty much love every blog post of yours but I really LOVE (high school vocab.) this blog post. I am slllllloooowwwwlllly filling my bag with these beautiful puppies. (Mark II, 580EXII, 50 and 100IS so far) and can’t wait to add another! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! So appreciate it!
    amanda tonagel

    ps. LOVE B&H!!! I have bought almost all my gear there!

      10.26.11 - 4:15 pm

  195. Betty -

    85mm prime lens

      10.26.11 - 4:15 pm

  196. Julie Young -

    although I regularly stalk your blog, this is the first time I’ve commented…this was so great! I love knowing the equipment that other photographers use. I think you’ve convinced me to finally purchase a 50mm 1.2 lens, although -don’t hold it against me- it would be of the Nikon variety ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:16 pm

  197. Brenda Smith -

    I love seeing all that great gear. I swear by the Canon 24-70mm, 2.8 but really really want a prime: either the 85 or 50 1.2. That’s what I’d buy! ๐Ÿ™‚


      10.26.11 - 4:16 pm

  198. Kasha -

    Your awesome Jasmine ๐Ÿ™‚ You are so helpful with all the info for us beginners like me!!! Just recently purchased my first DSLR and can’t wait to get a great lense to go with it!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:16 pm

  199. Jelle -

    Thanks Jasmin for the write up. It’s really helpfull for the beginning wedding photographer.

      10.26.11 - 4:17 pm

  200. Mandi -

    I would LOVE to put that GC towards the 50 mm 1.2, but. . not sure the hubs would go along with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:17 pm

  201. Jelle -

    Thank your Jasmin. Great write up of the gear section from your wedding business. I think it’s really important to make some good choices when you invest a lot of money in gear.

      10.26.11 - 4:19 pm

  202. Jessica Harwood -

    This is a really helpful post. Even though I have a Nikon, thanks for your reviews. And even though I am no where near your ability with a camera, this would still be nice to have. I can’t decide, though, what I would get! I’ve been itching for a flash, but id also like to get another fixed lens. We’ll see, I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 4:19 pm

  203. Carey Davis -

    I’m a Nikon girl (but I shoot canon when out with friends and using their gear) and I am all about the primes. Lately, my husband and I have both been reaching for the 50mm 1.8, so I think we need another for both bodies, or I need the 1.4 to join the family. Either way, the B&H gift cert would help with that immensely. Love, love, love the blog and especially the shots when JD shows you in action and then the shot you captured to compare. Amazing what you can do in places that really don’t scream "great background, shoot here." Thanks for all the time and effort you put into the blog.

      10.26.11 - 4:19 pm

  204. Tyler -

    I shoot with the 24-70 and love it. I really want the 85 1.2.

      10.26.11 - 4:19 pm

  205. Min -

    Great post! I would use the gift certificate towards my first prime lens!

      10.26.11 - 4:19 pm

  206. Maria (Photos by Mavi) -

    I’d love to get a macro lens!!

    Maria – mavi@photosbymavi.com

      10.26.11 - 4:19 pm

  207. Brooke Ringdahl -

    Oh I would love to buy some background stands for my new studio!!! New studio’s are so expensive I haven’t gotten one yet. Or maybe some colored paper for backgrounds or maybe… AHK B&H is like shoe shopping for me!

      10.26.11 - 4:20 pm

  208. Skye P -

    If I had that gift card, I would most definitely put it towards a new lens for my Nikon. I was looking at the 50mm 1.4 to be exact. Thanks to you and B&H for the giveway!

      10.26.11 - 4:20 pm

  209. Danielle Daniels -

    Oooooh $100 to B&H would be so nice right now!

      10.26.11 - 4:20 pm

  210. Audrey -

    I’m dying to get my hands on a 35mm 1.4. Dying.

      10.26.11 - 4:20 pm

  211. Jorge -

    Great review Jasmine!


      10.26.11 - 4:20 pm

  212. Pete Labrozzi -

    Hi Jasmine,
    I am following a similar path as you getting into photography and only hope to capture a small percent of the success you’ve had!

    I am probably going to invest in the 580EXii flash. I have an older version 1 model but could really use a second to help during events in dark halls. You know the drill!

    Thanks so much!

      10.26.11 - 4:20 pm

  213. Paul Hodgson -

    At college I was a Canon man then sold it as my finances went to the wall. Years later I bought Nikon since I’d been given a Nikon body and an old 85 lens. Still have them but now use newer Nikon stuff; no better or worse than any other manufacturer…I work on my brain when I can find it.

    Lovely blog, images are sublime and love your inclusive style of writing. It really wraps around me.

      10.26.11 - 4:21 pm

  214. Kaoru -

    thanks for writing this post! I always appreciate reading about photographers’ preferences. I have the 50mm 1.8, but would LOVE to upgrade to the 1.2.

      10.26.11 - 4:21 pm

  215. Carmen -

    Yay, gift certificate!

      10.26.11 - 4:21 pm

  216. Sara -

    Great post. Thanks for giving us a look into your camera bag!

      10.26.11 - 4:21 pm

  217. Carmen -

    Yay, gift certificate!

      10.26.11 - 4:21 pm

  218. Kelly Dillon -

    Hi Jasmine! Thanks for running this contest! I would love the buy the Canon 35 1.4 or the 85 1.2. I need one of those lenses! Thanks so much again ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:21 pm

  219. Karina Crouch -

    Just swooning over the 85mm 1.4!! Someday ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:21 pm

  220. Mike Lemovitz -

    I’m with JD! I much prefer the 50 f/1.4 to the f/1.2. So much lighter, too!

      10.26.11 - 4:21 pm

  221. Rachel Beatty -

    oh how i love b&h!

      10.26.11 - 4:22 pm

  222. Tami Inoue -

    Jasmine…I LOVE your reviews. I would either buy the 35mm, 1.4 or the 70-200mm, 2.8 because as of now, I shoot the entire wedding with the 50mm, 1.2 since that’s what I’ve been able to afford as a photographer of 1 year! I make it work and adore that lens, but I’m excited for when I can make that next purchase!

      10.26.11 - 4:22 pm

  223. April Campbell -

    Thanks for this oppurtunity Jasmine & B&H Photo! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d use the $100 towards a dreamy Nikon 35 1.4G , that I have been wanting FOREVERRRR now! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:22 pm

  224. Carrie K -

    I’d probably buy a 35mm. Thank you so much for answering my Facebook question with a post! Helps me uber-lots. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Hump day!

      10.26.11 - 4:22 pm

  225. cayce wegman -

    I would LOOOVE this…I sold my 35 1.8 and really want to buy another one…it was so good to me!

      10.26.11 - 4:22 pm

  226. BColeman -

    Ooh, if I won a gift certificate I would upgrade my flash. Very nice write up of what is in your bag.

      10.26.11 - 4:22 pm

  227. Dave Ballesteros -

    You simply rock! You’re my inspiration on every single wedding I shoot. Keep rocking! I’ll keep my eyes open wide at photoplus to spot the hottest wedding photography guru in the US.

      10.26.11 - 4:22 pm

  228. MALORIE -

    I would def get me a 70-200 I’d have to cough up the rest of the loot for that lens though. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:22 pm

  229. Bethany Gilbert -

    Great post! I would put the gift card towards the 50 1.4. I have the 85 1.8 and I love it.

      10.26.11 - 4:23 pm

  230. Julie Bailey -

    put towards a new bag for all my gear!!

      10.26.11 - 4:23 pm

  231. Jenn S. -

    Oh baby! I know just what I would buy and it would be the 85mm 1.4 that I’ve been saving up for!!

      10.26.11 - 4:23 pm

  232. Brittany Long -

    Thank you for your inspiring photos and for your tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:23 pm

  233. Rene Burgos -

    Hi Jasmin, I really need the 85 1.8
    I agree whit you it’s awesome and a great starter I need

      10.26.11 - 4:24 pm

  234. nicole -

    oh my word – i would buy whatever you say!

      10.26.11 - 4:24 pm

  235. Dawn Temple -

    Thanks so much for sharing! And while I’d love the $100 gift certificate, I think you’ve already saved me more than that on my next lens purchases by confirming some of my choices on my wishlist!

      10.26.11 - 4:24 pm

  236. Brandi Kaplan -

    Hi Jasmine, You are so inspiring and I look forward to reading your post every morning. Thank you for another informative post. I’m a new photographer and this post has been really helpful. I’m about to purchase my first fixed lens this week and had decided on the 50mm 1.4. Seeing your post makes me feel more at ease with my decision. Thank you again. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:24 pm

  237. Shanno. Steen -

    Thanks so much Jasmine for giving us an insight to what your equipment is used for.

      10.26.11 - 4:24 pm

  238. Raymond Chan -

    Raymond Chan

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  239. Danielle Aquiline Photography -

    Thanks for these kinds of posts, Jasmine! They are so very helpful. I love when photogs are generous enough to share all their tips, tricks and secrets!

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  240. Lisa -

    Thanks so much for this blog – it’s awesome! That’s pretty great the B&H gave you a $100 gift card! I love that place!

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  241. Fay -

    I’ve been looking for a review like this these last few days, and you confirmed what I was already thinking. I really need that 85 mm 1.8! Thanks.

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  242. Eileen -

    Eileen-elbauer@comcast.net. I will buy a wide angle lens… the widest I have now is the 24-70. I want an ultra wide lens..Canon of course

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  243. Kori Biller -

    I would TOTALLY buy the 50 1.2. My new D700 (yea, that’s a Nikon reference and I’m pretty sure it just disqualified me!) and I’m dying to try a 1.2 on this bad boy!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  244. Stephanie Early -

    Ohhh! I’d put it toward pocket wizards =)

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  245. Steve Eshom -

    I’m saving up for ND grads…

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  246. Mai -

    I’ll buy the 50mm 1.4 although I’m drooling over all the lenses too.

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  247. Amanda Walker Fleming -

    You have ALOT of gear, and thanks for sharing it all with us!

    I’ll give this giveaway a shot!

    Amanda Walker Fleming

    I would put the certificate toward another camera body or a lense (50mm)!

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  248. Victoria Hales -

    Great Post! I’d buy a new Camera, or a macro lens!

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  249. Beth T. -

    Thank you for the information in this post! I really needed it. I would love to use the $100 toward a Macro Lens or a new Flash – I am in need of both!

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  250. Bill Pierson -

    Another great post – thanks again for sharing! If I receive a $100 B&H gift certificate, I’d put it towards a 70-200 2.8, or a 50 1.4, or an 85 1.8, or something else on my never-ending list of photography stuff.

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  251. Shaelyn Neal -

    Awesome post – the perfect review of what you use and why! Since the contest ends on my birthday – I’d use the gift card to help buy the spiffy new 580 EX II I’ve been secretly mooning over for the last 3 months ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  252. Chrissy -

    Chrissy – Chrissy Deming Photography

    I’m not sure what I’d buy, but I know I’d put it to good use!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:25 pm

  253. Barbara Sheridan -

    Great post! Yay B&H!

      10.26.11 - 4:26 pm

  254. Kathy T -

    thanks for posting this Jasmine..I have a few of these lenses and really need to use my 50 1.4 more often.. I am such a huge fan of your photography ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:26 pm

  255. Carolyn Macpherson -

    Wow. Did I ever learn about flashes the hard way too! Bought a SB600 and had it completely die on me at my first big reception. Next day went out and bought the SB900… That’s right I’m a Nikon gal… Eeeeek!!!! Lol Miss Jasmine I’m in huge idol awww of you and would die at the chance to second shoot for you some day! Just to soak up all your little nuggets! Thanks do much!!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:26 pm

  256. Janet Kwan -

    Oh how I need a sturdy camera bag so I can keep my gear in one place. An 85 1.4 or a macro lens are also on my wish list ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks Jasmine and B&H!

      10.26.11 - 4:26 pm

  257. Kelvin -

    Me! Me! Me!

      10.26.11 - 4:26 pm

  258. Heather O'Mara -

    Thanks so much for your review here! Love how you are always so enthusiastic. I’m in the market for a 24mm or a Macro…decisions.

      10.26.11 - 4:26 pm

  259. Michael Henry -

    As my nephews would say, "dats a LOTTA stuff". But for me, an extra $100 would be nice towards a camera upgrade.

      10.26.11 - 4:26 pm

  260. Adrea Thomas -

    Adrea – adreaplus4@yahoo.com

    I’m squirreling away $$ for a full-frame sensor Nikon!

      10.26.11 - 4:26 pm

  261. Heather Mompean -

    70-200mm please!! I am so ready to not have to rent all the time. I want to have one of my very own that I can love and hold and call squishy.

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  262. Tonya Poitevint -

    I always glean so much from your posts on ANYTHING! Thank you…I would love to buy some of the "boring stuff"…batteries, memory cards, etc… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  263. Donna Boucher -

    Thank you!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  264. Natasha Cruz -

    The 50mm 1.4 lens sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  265. Maryrose -

    Thank you J* and B&H!!

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  266. Sara W. -

    Sweet spread! Almost as sweet as Nutella. It’s a toss up. For realz.

    I would put that gift card towards a new nifty fifty 1.2 yes PLEASE!

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  267. Joe Akers -

    Thanks for the post Jasmine! I love all the toys.

    btw, if I won the gift card, I’d give it to my assistant so she could by a new lens for taking all our portfolio pics.

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  268. Natasha Cruz -

    The 50mm 1.4 lens sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  269. Emily Hamrick -

    ohhh I have no idea what I would buy, but it would be something awesome! Love B&H Photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  270. Natasha Cruz -

    The 50mm 1.4 lens sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  271. Sabrina Nohling -

    I would use it towards a new lens! Which is why this is the perfect post ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  272. MegganB -

    I need to beef up my CF cards and I’d also like to put it towards some pocket wizards! (Hey, make a buck stretch, right!?) Thanks for the post. I always like spying in other’s camera bags ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:27 pm

  273. Caci Hyman -

    Thanks for the post! I would definitely buy the 85mm!

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  274. Candice -

    Thank you so much for posting this.

    I’ve been torn between what lens to buy next and getting feedback from an experienced photographer helps so much!

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  275. dawn beirnes -

    oh, whatever 50mm I could get! I can’t wait to get one!

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  276. Maria Schwaller -

    I’d definitely buy the 70-200mm lens!

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  277. Sylvia Galloway -

    I would definitely used a B&H gift card towards the 35mm 1.4. I’ve been swooning over that bad boy for quite some time.

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  278. Lucy Balite -

    I’ve been eyeing the 580ex ii for quite some time now… really really wish I get picked! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  279. Terra Lemon -

    Going shopping to USA so this will come in handy for my 70-200mm!!
    Thanks J Star ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  280. Melissa E -

    Can I just have one of each? Man its hard to be patient and slowly acquire new gear. right now my goal is the MarkII. Thanks so much for all the advice. Its overwhelming.

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  281. Kristen -

    Oh man I’d love this…either a camera upgrade or that 35 mm lens!

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  282. Zack -

    Saving up for either 85mm 1.2 or 70-200mm 2.8is. Someday, I’ll get there.

    I totally agree with you – 50mm 1.2 on 5d mii is smooth like butter!

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  283. jackie Charlebois -

    oh man!!!! I just ADORE you.. if i could put you in my piocket- I would ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love the but that 85 beauty!

      10.26.11 - 4:28 pm

  284. Evie Perez -

    Thanks for the info Jasmine! If I could I would love to buy the 5D Mark ii or the 50mm 1.2 but for now I am content with my 5D and 50 1.4

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  285. Manik Rathee -

    Thanks for the opp! Great breakdown of gear – I always love seeing what others shoot with and, more importantly, HOW they use their gear.

    I would definitely be putting this towards my growing savings for the 70-200 2.8 IS II

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  286. Lauren -

    Oh man, as an anniversary present (10/28…16 years!) to myself, I’d have to put that gift certificate toward the 35 mm OR a camera upgrade. Can’t decide which I’d do first. Your post are always SO inspiring and informative, but I’m extra bookmarking this one!

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  287. Tena Lara -

    I shoot with a Nikon but, have purchased my lenses through B&H. I am lucky enough to live close enough to make a day trip to B&H to personally speak to the folks in the lens department and get great advice. Between your great advice and theirs, I have made wise purchases everytime. Thank you Jasmine for loving what you do and caring enough to share with all of us.

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  288. Kristin -

    Thank you (as always) for the equipment breakdown! I am in dire need of a new flash..mine is bad, bad, bad.

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  289. Matthew Martin -

    I SO want that 50 1.2 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  290. Kate Iannetta -

    Thanks for your post. I have 1 lens -50mm 1.8- that I’m using for everything now, but I’m looking forward to purchasing my next lens, the 85 mm f/1.8D.

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  291. Stacey Johnson -

    I’d love to get a new lens!

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  292. Catherine -

    Wonderful post, 100% agree with your note about the 70-200! I’ve been renting that lens for so long now I think it’s just about time I buy it…

      10.26.11 - 4:29 pm

  293. Melissa Jean -

    Well, this post is pretty much identical to….*dramatic pause* … my B&H wish list! (you thought I was gonna say to MY camera bag didntcha?).
    I’ve been wishing and hoping for an 85 lately – so that’d be my purchase.
    Unless of course Canon could kick out that 5DMIII – you better believe I’d actually beat you to it, Jasmine. — I’ve been practicing my sprint.

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  294. Autumn Wilson -

    Wow! Thanks so much for this blog post Jasmine! That helps A LOT! I’ll definitely be saving for 70-200 2.8 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  295. Natasha Cruz -

    The 50 mm 1.4 lens sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  296. Jacqueline -

    Thanks for the gear rundown, much appreciated! Pick me, B&H!

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  297. Morgan Martinez -

    Thanks for all the helpful info! {heart} your blog!! :0)

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  298. Erin Edmnson -

    I sooo need a pocket wizard!!!! "PLEASE!!" *said on bended knees with fists grasping the air* Whew that felt good ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  299. Manya Keseloff -

    Pick me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  300. Angela Straza -

    Angela Straza

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  301. Ashley Goodwin -

    PICK ME PICK ME PICK MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I would use that $100 to either A: invest in a better flash (I just did a post on it & you are right, that 580 is worth it: http://www.ashleygoodwinblog.com/?p=2207) ORRRR really, I’d buy all that Porta 400 film that is sitting in my B&H shopping cart right about now, just waiting to be bought. I’m starting to use film and I love it.

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  302. Jessica Edwards -

    Thank you so much for this post. I always love seeing what other photos use in regards to gear etc.
    If I could afford one lens it would be the 85m 1.8. I’ve tried it, used it and LOVED it.

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  303. Carin black -

    Would love to buy the 85mm 1.2 ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you have a beautiful day.

      10.26.11 - 4:30 pm

  304. Amanda onstott -

    I have no idea what I’d buy…. So many things I want though!! Would probably go towards a new lens… Even though I’m dying to upgrade my camera….. Someday ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  305. Meghan Malley -

    Thank you so much for all of your feedback on the gear! I would LOVE the 85mm,1.2! It’s on the wish list. ๐Ÿ™‚ meghanmalley@yahoo.com

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  306. Paul Howard -

    Fantastic information Jasmine! And good to know that JD makes good use of the other lenses.
    Ahhh flash. Still working on mastering – ok, not even up to APPRENTICING yet… ๐Ÿ™

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  307. Alicia -

    Such a hard choice on what to buy! I am in lust with the 70-200 2.8 and the 85 1.2 so I’m thinking I’d use the gift card towards one of those. I know it wouldn’t get me far BUT I’m thinking I could slip it by the hubby by saying I won a contest from my favorite blogger & it totally helped with the cost…Here’s to hoping he didn’t ask how much the prize was for!

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  308. Marcie Stoffer -

    Would LOVE a 50mm 1.2! (and all the rest too!) I am on a tight budget & appreciate your feedback on what works for you when & where. Thanks so much!!

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  309. Laura Stricklin -

    I would put it toward 35 mm 1.4!!!!! I love my 1.4 50 mm but really want the 35!

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  310. Sarah Trulove -

    I would put it towards the purchase of that 85mm 1.8! I just bought the 50mm 1.4 a few weeks ago, and I am smitten! The 85 is next on my list!


      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  311. Tina Gaspard -

    I’ve been drooling over the 85mm and the 100mm Macro lenses for a while…so I’d probably snag one of those! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  312. Jenna Nowling -

    I’ll be buying the 50mm 1.4 here in the next coming weeks and $100 off would be a amazing

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  313. Jake Scott -

    If I could get it I would try and get either a 50mm or a flash cause I really need either one for the low lighting situations.

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  314. Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} -

    Can I just have one of everything you own? I’m saving up for a zoom lens and a good flash, so those might first up on my list. Love this post!

      10.26.11 - 4:31 pm

  315. Michael P. Young -

    I would apply it toward something in one of my B&H Wishlists

      10.26.11 - 4:32 pm

  316. Emily -

    I’d put it towards a new 85!

      10.26.11 - 4:32 pm

  317. Jose Silva -

    This post was so incredibly useful! I just started shooting weddings, and have been looking for some advice on which lenses to take to my next ceremony. Thank you so much for the detailed reviews, and also the funny quips along the way!

      10.26.11 - 4:32 pm

  318. Jackie Trembath -

    Thanks for sharing your insight. Great, as always. Love, love, love B&H! Almost all my gear is from them.

      10.26.11 - 4:32 pm

  319. Allen -

    It’s really great to know what kind of gear you’re using. I do most of the gear purchasing for my wife’s photography business, so your insights are great! Thanks.

      10.26.11 - 4:32 pm

  320. Leah -

    I do not have any of these lenses yet but I love close-ups. They are my favorite:) Thanks so much for the info on your lenses!

      10.26.11 - 4:32 pm

  321. Megan -

    Hey Jasmine! Love this post, we have identical tastes in lens choices, I wholeheartedly agree with every word!

    I currently only own the 50D, 50mm 1.8 and the 85mm 1.8 so I would definitely use the gift certificate towards a new lens or camera body when I upgrade soon! ๐Ÿ™‚


      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  322. Christina -

    I would put it toward a great bag to carry my camera in as I’m headed to Arles in the South of France in January to volunteer for 6 months and the bag I have unfortunately just doesn’t hold any of my gear all that well these days.

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  323. LaRissa -

    Wonderful post Jasmine!! I would love to upgrade my flash to the 580EXII. Ha, and of course upgrade a few prime lens as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  324. Monika Eisenbart -

    Beautiful collection Jasmine. I would love to own 35mm. I just feel like I need some more room and this lens would be perfect for that in low light situations.

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  325. Christy -

    I’d buy the 35mm ๐Ÿ™‚ *swoon*

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  326. Megan -

    How is it possible that I’m the first comment?! Loved reading your post, isn’t it amazing how we all have our favorite lenses and use them different? I’m pretty happy with my lens collection, so I’d probably buy a flash. Megan- megan@hammond-photo.com

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  327. Shawn Mabry -

    Cool post. I’d REALLY like to get that $100. Put it towards a 70-200. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  328. AJ -

    Thanks J*!

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  329. Erin Cefalu -

    Jasmine Star AND B&H Photo are amazing! As a college student any free winnings would be unimaginable to me! I LIVE for photography and Jasmine you have been such an inspiration!

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  330. Tim Biddle -

    Hmm $100? Not sure. Probably memory cards, or maybe apply it to a purchase of a 7D or maybe that 24-105 2.8 lens I’ve been dying for…Maybe a second flash for more flexibility in lighting setups.

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  331. Diane Stredicke -

    $100 from B&H? I think I might put it towards that delicious 100mm Macro IS.

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  332. Lindsay Vallas -

    (Said like a true southern belle)Girl….I need everything! No, really. I’m currently saving for the Mark5DII and a 50mm1.2 lens to compliment it, and the 580EXII. My current camera is only mediocre and I’m ready to advance to really push myself. Thanks for being so super cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ lnvallas@yahoo.com – Lindsay

      10.26.11 - 4:33 pm

  333. Heidi Cesarini -

    I’m in dire need if a flash so that would be my pick if I win. By the way, LOVE your blog…your tips are practical and inspirational!

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  334. David -

    I am the first to comment? Sweet.
    I would probably put the money towards the new 70-200mm 2.8 IS ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  335. Brynn -

    Brynn, brynn@davello.com

    I would buy film, I just bought a mini intax and loooove it!

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  336. Jenny Fontaine -

    I enjoy reading your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I would use the gift card to go towards the 100 mm Macro 2.8. I LOVE detail shots.

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  337. Samia suleiman -

    HY , love the post and most importantly love you , you are a major inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚ .

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  338. Courtney Fuselier -

    I’d use the gift certificate towards a new 85 1.2!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your work!!

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  339. Mai -

    I’d probably spend the $100 on a new umbrella

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  340. Colleen Larson -

    I have so much to buy…I would probably buy the 85mm lens and maybe another flash since mine is not powerful enough either!!! Jasmine you rock!

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  341. Talke Photography -

    A new Westcott Softbox for my upstart studio!!

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  342. Mindy Moore -

    I have the 35mm 2.0 and I already want to move to the 1.4! I’m SO in LOVE with the way this lens gets me!! sigh..

    Thanks for your insight.. it’s always helpful and most definitely entertaining!! =)

      10.26.11 - 4:34 pm

  343. Josh Thomson -

    Josh j.thomson26@gmail.com
    Great post, Jasmine! I’d probably use the gift certificate to buy the 50 1.2 or 1.4…been looking at those for a while now.

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  344. Beth -

    I would love to add the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS to my arsenal. Such an amazing lens!!

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  345. Rob Northover -

    Thanks for the breakdown Jasmine ๐Ÿ™‚ The 50 1.2, 24 1.4 and 70-200 2.8 II are all on my B& H wishlist to upgrade from my 50 1.4, 28 1.8 and 70-200 4.0 … and I think I’m tempted by the 35 and 85 now as well … money money! Lens Envy!

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  346. Audrey -

    I would buy the 85mm 1.8, that is next on my lens list. I’ve heard great things about it and have read almost every review online about it.

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  347. Janice -

    Thank you for this post Jasmine. I was a second shooter at a wedding a few weeks ago. Although I am portrait photographer, I will be doing my first wedding in February and need all the advice from now until then.

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  348. Jennifer Low -

    I love reading your posts Jasmine. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but you are so inspirational….and funny! I’m in the process of finding my style, or it’s in the process of finding me. I’m beginning to switch to prime lenses because I love the look and feel they give. I just bought the 35mm 1.4 and am abosolutely in live with it. Thanks for continuing to educate, inspire, and motivate your fellow photogs out here. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  349. Susan -

    Love this post and you! Thanks SO much for sharing.

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  350. kym vtar -

    i’d be putting it towards my 85!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  351. ashley miller -

    I’d buy the 85 1.4. I’ve been wanting to add it to my repetoire, but haven’t had the extra dough to do it!

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  352. Bethany B -

    I love reading your posts. I would use the GC for a new lens,either 24-70, 85 or 30. Those are on my wish list right now.

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  353. Ashley Daniell -

    Oh so much awesomeness I don’t know what to do!!! I think I’m drooling a tad! ๐Ÿ™‚ There are a few lenses on here I’ve had my eye on. Specifically the 85mm and I’d love to get the 100 macro IS (I have major issues with the rings with the regular one like you stated). Oh if only I had a money tree in my yard!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  354. Aimee Herbert -

    LOVED this post! So nice to learn about not only the equipment you use, but how important it is to stay within your style too. If I won the gift certificate, I would be purchasing my FIRST prime lens! I can’t wait to get my hands on one <3

      10.26.11 - 4:35 pm

  355. Brian S -

    Need some new 35mm film, the hundred bucks would come in handy ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 4:36 pm

  356. Jennifer Folz -

    Love seeing what other photographers use and why. Thanks! I would put that $100 toward the Wacom tabet I need to get. My wrist is begging me to do so!

      10.26.11 - 4:36 pm

  357. Kali Norton -


      10.26.11 - 4:36 pm

  358. Courtney Fuselier -

    I would put the gift certificate to a new 85 1.2 that I’ve been DYING to have!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your work! Beautiful!!

      10.26.11 - 4:36 pm

  359. Lea P -

    i lovvvve b&h!!!
    -Lea peterson viennaglenn@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 4:36 pm

  360. david -

    Hey Jasmine, I didn’t see any complains about the terrible focus in the 5D mark2 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  361. Shandi -

    oooo.. i’d put 100$ toward a new lens! I’m thinking the 100mm L macro. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  362. Lauren Wakefield -

    I would totally 100% but the 50 1.2. I already have the majority in savings…I’m so close! Like $100 away close! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just sayin.

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  363. Renee Kaminski -

    I would LOVE to add the 35mm to my collection! Great post!

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  364. Chelsea Diffenderfer -

    Your AMAZING! I appreciate your humor and style. I would by the 35mm 1.2

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  365. Kim Fearheiley -

    I’ll take that 50mm, 1.2 please.

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  366. Michael Morten -

    Thanks Jasmine! It’s always great to see what other photographers use. I have the 85mm 1.8 as well and I love that lens for portraits though your making me think I should go give its bigger brother a try.

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  367. Melanie Lenhart -

    Sometimes (ok ALL the time) I wish I could pack you in my bag, j*!!!!! I would say, I agree on flash…and I NEED to upgrade!

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  368. Kyle Underwood -

    Thanks for the wonderful blog post, it is always interesting to see what type of gear photographers use.

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  369. Jennifer Crawford -

    I would buy the 24mm or 35mm lens. Can’t decide which one though. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  370. Elizabeth Cook -

    Wow! Loved this blog post because it answered so many of my newbie questions! If I win the $100 will go toward the 85mm 1.8. Thanks for the great giveaway!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  371. Katie McReynolds -

    Wonderful post! If I win the bhphoto cars, I will definitely put it towards a new prime lens!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  372. Tara Haney -

    I have been wanting to get a little video light with dimmer to use as backlighting such as behind arrangements, wedding couple etc.

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  373. Amber Iverson -

    I would love to upgrade to the 580 flash!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  374. Rebecca Pierce -

    I would definitely buy a new gear bag!! Finally got some great equipment but need a quality bag!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  375. Katie McReynolds -

    Wonderful post! If I win the bhphoto cars, I will definitely put it towards a new prime lens!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  376. Morgan Bayard -

    This is a great post! Super helpful!


      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  377. Stefania Distante -

    Hello Jasmine, I admire you r work from a distance (across the big pond…) It is truly inspiring to an amateur like me. I am impressed by your collection of prime lenses!!! They produce incredible results. Keep up the stunning work, I look at your images admiringly! Thanks, Stef

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  378. Rebecca Sims -

    Entering to win the $100 gift certificate from B&H. Love the blog post!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  379. Brian Farnum -

    Would love to win the $100 Gift Certificate from B&H Photo, I would use it to help me purchase a Canon 5D Mark II. I also love the 85mm 1.8 lens as well, never used the 1.2 but the bokeh does look amazing.

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  380. Alicia -

    Wow, talk about lens envy! I did just get the 85mm 1.8 and used it for a family session last night. LOVE. If I won the gift certificate, I’d probably use it toward a 35mm. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for posting this! It’s fun to see what other photographers use!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  381. J.N. Silva -

    Thank you so much for this detailed post! I just started shooting weddings, and have been looking for posts like these to better acquaint myself with the line of Canon lenses. This was perfect!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  382. Alyssa Aviles -

    I’d use this towards the Canon 85mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  383. lydia gross -

    this post is amazing. I am really looking into the 35mm or 85mm soon ๐Ÿ™‚ I love my 50mm but really need a better wide lens for my back pocket!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  384. Jessica Brunette -

    Thanks for the long-time-coming post! I love my 50mm 1.4… but wish listing the 50mm 1.2.

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  385. Catherine -

    I’ve been struggling with my next lens purchase. I rented the 35 1.4 last weekend and loved it. That or the 100mm2.8 Macro.
    Thanks for all the info. So helpful!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  386. Rachel Tatem -

    Oh wow indeed, thanks to B & H Photo for whoever wins (which of course should be me :D).

    Rachel Tatem

    Thank you Jasmine for sharing your equipment, it is because of this article and many others that I already have my list of lenses to get (slowly for much like you I am staying out of debt). The next on my list is the 85mm!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  387. Dawnn -

    This was a great article – so helpful for a novice photographer like me! I really want the Canon 100 Macro 2.8 IS … and I’m "reconfiguring my budget" to purchase it in the near future! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  388. Erin Haney -

    Did you say Gift Certificate!? Yes please! This is my first year to really start getting serious about photography and learning everything I possibly can. I LOVE your blogs about what lenses you use and when. It helps me so much when I’m strapped for cash to know how to wisely spend my money. Thank you!

      10.26.11 - 4:38 pm

  389. Sarah Teeter -

    Great post! I love the honest reviews of each lens. If I win the $100 I would love to put it towards a 50 1.4! Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  390. Therese Beth Photography -

    I desperately need an off camera flash set up and would start rockin’ that out if I won. Wahoo!!! Terri McCabe, theresebethphotography@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  391. Anders Nilsson -

    Thank you for an insightful blog!

    If I’m the lucky winner, I’d probably invest in a fast prime, like the 50/1.4 to take beautiful pictures of my beautiful 6-month old son! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  392. Katrina Mather -

    The $100 would probably go toward upgrading my flash… my current one is alright, but cheap and doesn’t work the way I need it to most of the time.

    Btw, did you hear about Canon’s newest camera?? I’m a Nikon girl, but the EOS-1DX looks pretty spectacular.

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  393. Paul Pierce -

    what would I buy with $100, maybe a ND filter !!Love your work!

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  394. Latina -

    I own the 5D Mark II as well and I LOVE IT! I own most of the glass you do except for the 24mm and the 35mm. I hear great things about the 35mm so that is the next lens purchase for me. I have an old 100 Macro as well and I REALLY need an upgrade.


    Latina Vega

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  395. Stephen -

    Amazing information on how each lens has helped you out and this post will help me pick my next lens. Thanks again.

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  396. tara -

    i shoot with nikon and am saving up for a new lens, so i’d use it toward that! your post’ll help me narrow down what i need next. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  397. brandi -

    I love reading your blogs, especially informational ones. If I win the gcard I would put it towards my next lens. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  398. Shayna Sharp -

    Shayna Sharp mysharpshots@gmail.com,

    I would buy… either a sturdy tripod or a lens between 50mm and 200mm.

    By the way, I am a beginning photographer… about to graduate with my photography degree soon… and I have always been inspired with your photography. I love how you two work together photographing your clients. It’s so neat. Your work is beautiful.

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  399. Maggie W -

    I DREAM about the 70-200. Not that $100 could buy it for me, but doesn’t every little bit help? Please pick me and make my dreams come true. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:39 pm

  400. Freddie Ta -

    Love reading your blogs! And you have my dream set up! Think I just develop Drooling Syndrome looking at those lenses. My goodness.

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  401. Glenda -

    As always J, thanks for the great info. I really need the 100mm macro IS, drool ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  402. Kate Douthwright -

    I’m in LOVE with the 50mm 1.2. I have the 1.4 but Ive been renting the 1.2 for the past couple of weddings. I’ve taken my favorite images by far with that lens!! Love this post ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  403. Nicole -

    To put toward the 70-200mm (Nikon, of course!) ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  404. Kayla Parker -

    I am so beyond happy you wrote this entry! I am just starting out and I really have no idea where to begin. To see not only what is in your bag, but why you love each and every item is not only helpful, but exciting for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  405. Abby Grace -

    I’m just finishing filling out my arsenal of lenses and the 35 1.4 is definitely an unexpected favorite! My 50 1.2 is still my baby, but that 35 is so awesome. My 70-200 should arrive in the mail today from B&H- so excited! But I’m definitely in need of an off-camera lighting set-up, so I’d put the money towards that :). It’s next on my list of needs.

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  406. Ashlyn Mannis -

    I would use this to help me buy a 35mm lens. I only have a 50mm and a 70-300mm so it’s time to get a wider angle! :0) Thanks, LOVE your work and advice!!-Ashlyn Mannis

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  407. Allison -

    I have the 35 1.4 L, 50 1.4, 70-200 2.8 is and 100 macro but want to add the 85 1.4! This $100 would be a good little chunk towards my 85! Please o please pick little ol me!

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  408. Amanda Land -

    I’d love a bh gift certificate!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  409. Nicolette -

    Great post! Thanks for sharing

      10.26.11 - 4:40 pm

  410. Tatum Reid -

    O lala, I am just about to saw my arm of for a 70-200 2.8 – I need one soooo badly. The Sigma I had to settle for has let me down so many times ๐Ÿ™ Fingers, toes, and all other bits crossed!

      10.26.11 - 4:41 pm

  411. amanda c. -

    85mm is next on the lens list…. but the new EOS 1 DX may win the race!

    Love the review and I especially appreciate how you discuss your shooting style to choosing the right lens for you!

      10.26.11 - 4:41 pm

  412. Shannon Karczewski -

    Shannon Karczewski

    I just can’t resist…if I won, I’d put it toward a tinycycler batter pack. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I LOVE the updated post on your gear. Makes me really think about which lenses I need vs. which I just THINK I need. Oh…and see? You are not the only one to capitalize in order to emphasize your exuberance ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:41 pm

  413. Jaclyn Davis -

    Jaclyn Davis

    Its hard to decide what I would use the gift card to buy as there are SO many lenses I have been itching to get my hands on, BUT I think I would go for the 85mm, 1.2. Oh man, that would be SO exciting : )

      10.26.11 - 4:41 pm

  414. Monica Mcguire -

    Love B&H. Thanks so much for the giveaway!! =)

      10.26.11 - 4:41 pm

  415. Jennifer Victor -

    Thanks for sharing!! I am currently in school for photography, but am looking towards a future as a wedding photographer and greatly value your advice and suggestions!!

      10.26.11 - 4:41 pm

  416. Nicole Diehnelt -

    This post made me drool! Thank you for all of the great information, as always. I’m dying to try the 35 or the 85mm. nicolediehnelt@gmail.com.

      10.26.11 - 4:41 pm

  417. Jessica Jones -

    Hey Jasmine! I love reading your blog not only for the amazing pics but for the fun commentary that comes along with them =). I have been wanting to buy my first DSLR for quite some time now and am hoping to have one by Christmas! If I won the gift certificate, I would either use it toward the Canon 7D or the 50mm 1.4 which would probably be my first lens. Thanks for all that you do and the inspiration you give to others!

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  418. Jennifer Berard -

    Your work is beautiful! Thank you for the informative blog post. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  419. Martha Bieker -

    I only shoot zooms & I’d love to own a fixed focal-length lens & see what I can do with that.

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  420. Brian White -

    Like your style Jasmine Star… like your style.

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  421. Ryan -

    I have no idea what I would buy, but I can tell you I will thoroughly enjoy spending that $100 if I do win.

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  422. RosaLisa Licci -

    Hi Jasmine! I have been following your work for over a year now, greatly in part by my boyfriend who started in photography around that time when I bought him is first camera. If I somehow win the prize from B&H (which is like DisneyLand to my bf!) I would put the money toward buying him a battery pack for his AlienBee strobe light so he can use it on location! I hope I win so that I can continue to inspire him in his journey to becoming as talented as you in photography!

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  423. Raquel Sergio -

    I loved this post. thank you for all the much needed review. If I were to win the gift certificate, I would use it towards purchasing a new flash! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  424. Cynthia Batista -

    Jasmine! I absolutely LOVE reading your blogs! You are SO down to earth & humble, while being extremely talented! I just love it! If I were to win the B&H gift card I’d finally upgrade to 580 exii!! Thanks!xo

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  425. Susan Holstein -

    Great post! I think I would put it towards a Canon 580EX II Speedlite. It would be nice to not have to rent that anymore.

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  426. Joni James -

    Oooooohhhh…. I would put it towards a 24mm 1.4 for sure! sweetzinniasphotography@yahoo.com

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  427. Penny Clark -

    Jasmine, thanks for the review on your gear. Very informative and helps me with deciding on my next lens. Which, by the way is what the $100 would go towards!

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  428. Joey -

    Great run down of your equipment!

    I have a lens or two in mind I’d love to purchase, your explanations helped me narrow the field down!


      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  429. Carrie -

    Ohmygoodness! How wonderful of B&H. I think I would use this money towards a really good external flash. I really need one ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  430. Julia noack -

    Ooh- pick me please! I would love to be able to put this towards a macro lens. I too am plagued by focusing issues on ring shots!!! Thank you, Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  431. Jenny Crandall -

    I would love to get my hands on a Canon 24-70mm, 2.8!

      10.26.11 - 4:42 pm

  432. Alyssa Armstrong -

    Oh, Jasmine, a truly awesome post! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:43 pm

  433. Melody Haege -

    I love your post Jasmine, and I’m a Nikon user!

      10.26.11 - 4:43 pm

  434. Carol Thacker -

    Thank you J* and B&H! I need a flash!

      10.26.11 - 4:43 pm

  435. Alethea Fitzpatrick -

    Love the run down… and ooh, I’m eying the 100mm macro 2.8 IS next – do you ever use it for portraits?

      10.26.11 - 4:43 pm

  436. Tiffany -

    Thanks for the review, this was very helpful! I LOVE B&H! I have been saving for the 100 macro and would love to add another $100 to the pot ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:43 pm

  437. Laurie W. -

    I would buy that flash!!

      10.26.11 - 4:43 pm

  438. Erin Lynn -

    Hey Jasmine…..I’m just starting out and would love go put this towards a new lens or the speedlite 580exII. Thanks so much. Oh yea and I ADORE all of your work!

      10.26.11 - 4:43 pm

  439. Krystal Griffin -

    What would I buy? I’d think about a new camera body, but most likely get Lightroom.

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  440. scott westerman -

    I would put the cash towards my switch from Nikon to Canon. I just have to have the gear you have ! even though i couldnt use it like you do.

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  441. Jose -

    Great breakdown Jasmine! If I won, I would definitely put it towards some backup hard drives! Security isn’t cheap!

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  442. Jayme Romero -

    Jayme – jardesigns@me.com

    Oh I need a new camera!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  443. samantha -

    Ohhh, I would buy film! I live in New York, and as you know, nothing here is cheap.

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  444. michel -

    I would crawl into your camera bag and never leave. I am waiting for the new Nikon announcement and have been saving for a full frame for some time now, this money would go towards that, and the nikon 35mm 1.4. yum! and the 85mm 1.4.

    that’s michel! One L no E but I’m a girl! like michelle…

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  445. Christal -

    I would buy the 580EXii, since I currently have the 480 ๐Ÿ™


      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  446. Ingrid Hunsicker -

    Jasmine – you are such an inspiration and wonderful mentor, even from afar, always willing to share and help. Thanks!
    And if I do win the gift certificate, it will be going towards the 70-200!! Have a couple of others you’ve mentioned already, but would adore the zoom lens. Thanks! Ingrid

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  447. Adam Dehaven -

    Its all your fault – after reading about 100 of your posts, I "made" myself buy the 50mm 1.2L – and I’m OBSESSED!! Lol

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  448. Amy Carson -

    I love when you write lens reviews, and I too, am in love with the 50mm 1.2L and the 35mm 1.4/L. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  449. Tony Whitmore -

    I need a better flash gun, definitely. E-mail address in the comment header. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:44 pm

  450. Noelle -

    Yay! Thanks for the great overview – I always LOVE to see what other photogs are shooting with ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  451. Keith Wilson -

    I would invest towards a new AFS 85mm f1.4… sorry Nikon shooter here but thanks for the insight

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  452. Robin Long -

    You’re such an inspiration! Thanks for all you do!

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  453. robyn L -

    This post is very helpful in terms of what range of lenses to have. However, I shoot Nikon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe you could have a guest "what’s in my bag" post sometime by a photographer who uses Nikon? That would help with the specifics of performance of various Nikon lenses.

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  454. Courtney Wurz -

    I have been saving my money to buy a nice portrait lens…I’m considering a few right now…I can’t make up my mind which one! ha ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  455. David Teng -

    Great info. I love my primes as well and can’t wait to pick up the 35!

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  456. Kelly -

    Would LOVE the 85!!

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  457. Christina -

    Christina Zukas, yinthena@sbcglobal.net. Thank you for this post! It’s so helpful to get an idea of what to carry. And, I’d put the $100 toward another 580EXII. I sing it’s praises too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  458. Lauren Acosta -

    I would most likely put this gift certificate towards a Canon 580EXII!! Thank you for sharing all of this!! And thank you and B&H Photo for the giveaway!!

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  459. David Teng -

    Great info. I love my primes as well and can’t wait to pick up the 35!

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  460. MemoriesandColors Photography -

    So you are a PRIME girl :)!
    Very helpful post, even though I use Nikon.

      10.26.11 - 4:45 pm

  461. eugenia siu -

    always fun to read about the gears a photographer carried with him/her on a shoot!

    eyeing the 35mm f1.4! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  462. Nicole Domenech -

    I so badly want the 70-200mm 2.8 IS! and actually – almost all of the ones listed!

    Thanks so much for this post!

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  463. Jennifer -

    Hands down the 50mm 1.2 is the next lens in my bag…or maybe the 70-200! I go back and forth A LOT! I use my 50mm 1.4 to death and I love it and right now I’m using the 135mm for close ups when I’m in the back of the church – hello, amazing quality, but no IS :(. So it’s a toss up! Love these posts by the way!


      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  464. Jessie -

    Looking to upgrade to the 50mm 1.2 from my 1.4. It’s going to be my Christmas gift to myself this year =).

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  465. Kelsey Blome -

    Oh Jasmine, I love your analogies. If I won this gift card, I would go buy Brad’s younger brother, Steve. The 85 1.8. Then I would take Steve on vacation and he would sing me lullabies.

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  466. Angel Ruff -

    Love this post!! I would love to put the gift certificate towards a 70-200 2.8!!!!! Been saving up for that one ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  467. Adriana Janky -

    I would totally buy the 50mm 1.4 since I have been saving up for it and because my 1.8 broke on me which was the Canon god’s way of telling me I need to upgrade!

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  468. Whitney Arnett -

    Thanks for all the info. As a starting out photographer your posts really help answer all those little questions that no one else will. I think you saved me a lot of money today ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  469. Kelsey Blome -

    Oh Jasmine, I love your analogies. If I won this gift card, I would go buy Brad’s younger brother, Steve. The 85 1.8. Then I would take Steve on vacation and he would sing me lullabies.

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  470. Erin Cole -

    Great post Jasmine! Thanks for sharing why you choose each lens. You have quite the arsenal. Thanks for always sharing why you do what you do! If I got the B&H GC I’d get the 85mm 1.2! I have been wanting that one for a while!

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  471. Megan Horner -

    What an awesome post! Thank you for being so open with your tips and advice! I have no idea which lens I’d buy if I won…there are so many I have my eye on right now!

      10.26.11 - 4:46 pm

  472. Abigail Gorski -

    Oh man, it would be so stellar to win $100 to B&H! I’m $100 short on my savings for the 24mm. I have bought all my equipment from them and I have always been beyond satisfied! I love reading your blog posts Jasmine! You always encourage me to be a shining star!

      10.26.11 - 4:47 pm

  473. Genelle -

    Thanks so much for sharing this post… I’ve been wondering what you have in your bag for awhile now. ๐Ÿ™‚ I too made the mistake of purchasing the 480 flash; for well, basically the same reasons. I recently purchased a Canon 70-200 mm and I’m in love. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:47 pm

  474. Amanda Evans -

    Thanks for the tips!!!!! I always appreciate them!!!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:47 pm

  475. Emilia Venegas -

    Wow! I loved this post, I think it’s very informative and fun, which is the best way to give someone any kind of information, and of course keep them reading! I’ll consider your wisdom the next time I decide to buy a lens, thanks for sharing!

    For the contest:
    Emilia Venegas
    Crossing my fingers!

      10.26.11 - 4:47 pm

  476. Rachel Ebel -

    Ahh! What wouldn’t I buy? I think I’d have to put it towards my first macro lens.. the 50 1.4 isn’t quite cutting it for those detail shots ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 4:47 pm

  477. Nichole Poirier -

    LOVE the Nikon D700 and am saving up for it so this GC would be very helpful! Thanks;)

      10.26.11 - 4:47 pm

  478. Christina -

    Thanks for posting this! It’s always interesting to see how other photographer’s work.

    I’m primarily an assistant to another photographer and while I don’t have my very own 35mm L I’m fortunate enough to be able to borrow it from the photographer I work with and I love love LOVE it. Lucky for me, he rarely uses during weddings, so I get to use it whenever I like.

    If I had 100 free dollars to spend at BH I’d probably put it towards a set of pocketwizards. I’m rocking my 50ft long TTL cord right now and while it’s awesomely reliable, it’s just not the most convenient tool in the world.

      10.26.11 - 4:47 pm

  479. Amy Cheshire -

    I have been saving for what feels like forever for the the 50 1.2 I’m pretty sure I rent this lens for every wedding! So this moola would go towards that ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:48 pm

  480. lori milton -

    I just Love your style!!

      10.26.11 - 4:48 pm

  481. amber -

    i have NO idea what i’ll buy when i win but there are a million things on my list!!!

      10.26.11 - 4:48 pm

  482. Jenny Van Dyck -

    Thanks for sharing! This was a really helpful post for me.

    I’d buy … *drumroll please!*….. the 5DMII!!!! Hey, it’s a start…

      10.26.11 - 4:48 pm

  483. Rhonda Elmatti -

    Saving up for the 35mm 1.4!

      10.26.11 - 4:48 pm

  484. Sav Anand -

    J*! You are my favourite wedding photographer and inspiration for us new start ups. It’s nice to hear we have some of the same gear…. now if you could please spread some talent I’d be very grateful ๐Ÿ™‚

    Next on my list would be the 100L Macro!

      10.26.11 - 4:48 pm

  485. Doreen -


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  486. Jove Yambot -

    Great post Jasmine….We need to do this sometime with our gear =p…anyway, next up on our list is the 85 1.2, so that what the certificate would go towards =)

      10.26.11 - 4:48 pm

  487. Candace -

    Great post Jasmine! Thanks so much for sharingโ€”it was worth the wait. ๐Ÿ™‚ So very helpful!!! And the B&H gift certificate would be even more helpful!

      10.26.11 - 4:48 pm

  488. Maggie Betsch -

    If I win-dear Lord, PLEASE, I would buy the 580 EX Flash. I bought the 550 EX last June as I was tight for money and shooting my first solo wedding at the age of 16. In five short weeks I will be shooting my cousin’s evening wedding and am dreading it without the help of the 580! Thanks for all of the information and this fabulous contest! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:49 pm

  489. Nadia Vieira -

    I just bought my first DSRL so I have a looot of things waiting for me in my wish list….. could be a nice filter!

      10.26.11 - 4:49 pm

  490. Justine Wildauer -

    I’d love a 100mm macro to capture the details of weddings and the adorable babies I photograph. Life is in the details!!

      10.26.11 - 4:49 pm

  491. Julie -

    I’d buy a light modifier and a light stand ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:49 pm

  492. Thuy -

    I love my 50mm 1.2… and I really really want the 85mm 1.2, but will take the1.8 for the price ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:49 pm

  493. Kathryn Denelle Stevens -

    Hi, Jasmine! I am seriously considering buying the 35 1.4!! Also, a video light ๐Ÿ™‚ and a….and a…and a… Thanks for putting on this contest! email: kathryn@atlasandelia.com

      10.26.11 - 4:49 pm

  494. Erica Romero -

    Yay! Great post! I’d like to enter the contest. My email address is erica@ericaromero.com

      10.26.11 - 4:49 pm

  495. Christie -

    christieheywood@gmail.com – I want an 85 mm so bad! I’m not sure which of the two you mentioned I would get however… I had thought I’d get the 1.2, but I’m fond of not spending the world.

      10.26.11 - 4:50 pm

  496. Alexa Stutts -

    Love this post! Every photographer shoots so differently, I always love to hear what others are doing! My fave lens is the 50 1.2… like you, sometimes I feel like I could kiss it! I just got the 70-200 and my next purchase will be the 85 1.2 or 100 macro! So exciting ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the post!

      10.26.11 - 4:50 pm

  497. Krista Johnston -

    I would love to get the 50mm 1.2. One day!

      10.26.11 - 4:50 pm

  498. Julie Villarreal -

    I love to see what you have in your camera bag. When I read your posts I feel as if I am there on the wedding day with you! Thank you so much Jasmine for sharing. This helps alot!

      10.26.11 - 4:50 pm

  499. Ryan Wurz -

    I’ve been looking into a new flash for my Nikon D7000. This would awesome to win to help me get it!

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  500. Tammy Wilson -

    Wow, love your gear and your work is well AWESOME…thanks for sharing! Also a big shout out to my friend Tim for posting – you are a cool dude!

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  501. Paula S. -

    Thanks for the chance! Would love to put the $100 towards a Canon 5DmkIII – if they ever come out with it!

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  502. LEOLAK -

    I’m salivating at all these lenses…lol! I really want a 35mm…really really bad…and oh how that B&H GC would be perfect to help with that purchase!

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  503. Nina Mullins -

    Oh my oh my! I must agree…the 50mm 1.2 is ridiculous! Would you believe I’ve pretty much left it in my bag for over a year, hardly even giving it a chance to see daylight?! I couldn’t seem to master it in the past, but this engagement season, I’ve tamed the beast, and all of a sudden it is producing the most hauntingly beautiful images. I love you, 50!

    But oh my, I’d like a crack at that 35mm, 1.4. Haven’t tried it yet.

    My 70-200mm, 2.8 has been my most faithful friend, and like you, I just discovered the 100 macro, 2.8 IS just this wedding season, and I’m head-over-heals for it! Details have gone now become De-Wows! (did I try too hard on that one?) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing, Jasmine!
    Love the lineup!

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  504. Rachael Wooten -

    Not sure what it’d go to this time, but I definitely would love it! Great gear breakdown!

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  505. Stephanie Couture -

    I’d get my dream lens… the much coveted 50mm 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  506. Red Star -

    I would love love love to win! I need new lense very bad (just can’t afford it. I have been using 50 mm 1.8 for everything (and this is the only one I own) I would love to upgrade to 50 mm 1.2 or 1.4 (I can’t part away from primes yet)

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  507. Lisa Seyfried -

    I loved reading this! I have to say, I’m a lover of prime lens’ too!

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  508. Jennifer Kavanagh -

    Hey Jasmine! I’m a daily reader/blog lurker yet I have never commented on a post before…shame on me!
    Thanks for hosting this contest…and I have to say, if I win, I will definitely put the $100 towards a better flash. I’m STILL shooting with the first one I bought- and you’re right…you get what you pay for! Time to upgrade! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo Jenn

      10.26.11 - 4:51 pm

  509. Julie Ann -

    Wow. There is so much I would buy! I am hoping to upgrade my camera, but after that I am headed for the 35 or 85mm prime lens.

    Thanks for the great information on how you use your lenses. You inspire me to keep dreaming and believing that my dreams really can come true, or I will be failing at something that is actually important to me.

      10.26.11 - 4:52 pm

  510. Amy -

    Hey Jasmine! You rock…I love how accessible you make yourself and your story. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would most definitely be investing in a new lens, quite possibly one of the ones you listed here. Thanks so much chickie!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:52 pm

  511. tina wyndham -


      10.26.11 - 4:52 pm

  512. Jaclyn Bohanan -

    I’d buy the 85mm f/1.8 ! I’ve had my eye on it since I started photography in February of this year, and I’m looking forward to being able to purchase it. And as a side note, your personality is quite spunky, and I love it!

      10.26.11 - 4:52 pm

  513. Erin Dayhaw -

    I am almost to the point where I can buy a D700, even though I have heard it is being discontinued. This gift card will help out a great deal!

      10.26.11 - 4:52 pm

  514. Teri Fode -

    LOVE B&H! I have the 50 1.4 and the next lens I invest in will be the 50 1.2…can’t wait.

      10.26.11 - 4:53 pm

  515. Charlotte -

    Oh my goodness. So many things I could buy with this, or at least use this to help me buy! Now that I’ve read all this wonderful info on lenses, I can better sort out which lens I want to buy next, and $100 would help so very much! I really need a top-mount flash as well, since I refuse to use my pop-up flash. (Why do they even make those??) Anyway, tomorrow is my birthday… and this would be the best birthday present! (Thank you Jasmine and B&H for making this drawing possible!)

      10.26.11 - 4:53 pm

  516. Justina Mikalik -

    I would buy lightroom! (Yeah I know it is more, right now I only have photoshop.)

      10.26.11 - 4:53 pm

  517. Robb -

    Great post! As I’ve been more excited and interested in wedding photography, I’ve been interested in what’s going on in successful photographer’s minds… thank you.

      10.26.11 - 4:53 pm

  518. Jamie Lapeyrolerie -

    What a fun contest! No clue what I would purchase ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the feedback on the lenses too – really helpful! Email: jamielynne82@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 4:53 pm

  519. Joanne Thomas -

    Even though I shoot Nikon–I love your gear. I know you worked hard to get every piece of it and it feels so good to you to know that. Great job in setting an excellent example, Jasmin. Now lets, see–I have the body, D3, two of those lenses, 50mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/2.8 (1 only) —-got a ways to go to keep up with you. LOL!

      10.26.11 - 4:53 pm

  520. Melissa Jordan -

    melissa@melissajordanphotography.com I’d put it towards a strobe or a think tank with wheels.

      10.26.11 - 4:54 pm

  521. Cristen Smith -

    Awesome post, Jasmine! Thank you for sharing. I would definitely purchase the 85 mm. I have rented it so many times, I have already paid for it. You are right, you can’t find better bokeh anywhere!

      10.26.11 - 4:54 pm

  522. Adrienne R -

    Prob go towards a new flash ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:54 pm

  523. Jennie Jones -

    I’d put it towards the 85mm 1.2.
    Another great post! Thank you for being the inspiration that you are, we are all VERY thankful!

      10.26.11 - 4:54 pm

  524. Sherri Johnson -

    Very informative, thanks for the insight! After your review, I think the 35mm is my next target. =)

      10.26.11 - 4:54 pm

  525. Susan Dukat -

    Thanks for the lowdown . . . Would love me some $100 GC from B&H for something new and shiny!!!
    I sold my 50mm 1.8 and want to get the 50mm 1.2 even though I think my 85mm 1.2 would be a little sad . . . or hey, maybe they would be bff’s??? Never know!

      10.26.11 - 4:54 pm

  526. Kate Peters -

    I’ve been saving up for the 35mm 1.2 for some time, and if I got the certificate, I’d run out and buy that yesterday.

      10.26.11 - 4:54 pm

  527. Kent Lazarraga -

    I love you Jasmine Star!

      10.26.11 - 4:55 pm

  528. Carmen -

    I have what I need saved up for the Canon Speedlite 580EX II flash so I can stop renting it! Now I am just waiting for them to go on sale for Christmas! (or if I get a $100 gift certificate) ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:55 pm

  529. Sara Adams -

    Wonderful post! I always get curious about what other people use. I’m a Nikon girl myself, and LOVE my 50 and 35mm lenses. Still trying to convince the husband that he should buy me an 85mm lens, but we’ll get there. Thank you for sharing!!

      10.26.11 - 4:55 pm

  530. Brooke -

    I’m making an investment this winter and purchasing a 35mm 1.4. I have the 2.0 and it’s just not keeping up with me how I’d like it to. So I’m taking the plunge… and my bank account with it. So you see, this $100 would be very, very helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:55 pm

  531. Kendra -

    We are dying to upgrade our camera and the Canon 5DMII would be our pick for sure!

      10.26.11 - 4:55 pm

  532. Beth -

    thanks for the run down! Logically a 35mm would be a good choice, but… I’ve so been lusting after a macro!

      10.26.11 - 4:56 pm

  533. Cristina G -

    Going to use it to get up close and personal to the love of my life – the 50mm f/1.2. I am rocking the non L series version, but rented the f/1.2 and have been longing for it ever since! – Cristina G – cristina@cristinagphoto.com

      10.26.11 - 4:56 pm

  534. Jessica Porter -

    What an awesome blog post!
    I’m saving up for a Mark II so any little bit of financial help is appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:56 pm

  535. Denise -

    My wish list could go on & on & on…but if I had to pick one thing for the $100 gift certificate, it would be to upgrade my camera. Still shooting on a Nikon D40…but life would be sweeter with a newer camera.
    And thanks for the insight to your bag, Jasmine. I’m like, totally jealous ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:56 pm

  536. Melissa -

    I’d definitely put this towards the 24mm…my 50mm isn’t wide enough for my taste ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:56 pm

  537. Erin Smagala -

    I love these posts from you and I refer back to them before I purchase any new gear. If I won the gift certificate, I would put it towards the 85mm 1.8 to be my 50mm 1.4’s bff.

      10.26.11 - 4:56 pm

  538. kfinn -

    i’d love to shoot all primes. step by step, right. ๐Ÿ™‚ as for what the 100 would go towards, either a second flash or something fun like more polaroid film!

      10.26.11 - 4:56 pm

  539. Jama Pantel -

    Jama Pantel

      10.26.11 - 4:57 pm

  540. Michele Hansard -

    I am just starting out and i dont have a flash yet so i would use the $100 on a flash!

    Jasime – I noticed you might have some filters on your lenses. Since filters get mixed reviews. What are your thoughts and what filters do you use?

      10.26.11 - 4:57 pm

  541. Capers Hammond -

    Love your style- think your too cool for Canon though ๐Ÿ™‚

    Capers Hammond

      10.26.11 - 4:57 pm

  542. Kaitlan -

    Me please!!
    Kaitlan Preston

      10.26.11 - 4:57 pm

  543. ELI -

    Jasmine, I will buy a new External Hard Drive to store all my future attempts to be as good a photographer as you (haven’t lost hope just yet) ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 4:58 pm

  544. SuEllen Yoder -

    Yay, B&H…. 85 1.2

      10.26.11 - 4:58 pm

  545. Alejandra Vidal -

    The real question is what WOULDN’T I buy?! I think my next investment is pocket wizards. I’m looking at the Flex TT5 specifically ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:58 pm

  546. Cindy Fike -

    Hey Jasmine. Thanks for, once again, opening up your bag. I have a good majority of the equipment listed, but I’m thinking that 35mm 1.4 looks pretty sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:59 pm

  547. Tonya -

    I’ve been coveting the 35 1.4 for a while now. Perhaps Santa will bring it ti me??

      10.26.11 - 4:59 pm

  548. Jennifer Cronk -

    Choices, choices…so hard! Maybe use it to put towards another lens- you can never have too many ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 4:59 pm

  549. Alexia Nel -

    Hi Jasmine, this info is a great help and I still have an old Canon EOS 20D. Can’t wait to get the 5D Mkii…soon.

      10.26.11 - 4:59 pm

  550. lauren -

    does being one of the first to comment increase my chance ? ๐Ÿ™‚ Kidding of course. Love your sense of humor (and photography of course). Best wishes

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  551. charlene -

    I’d like the 70-200 2.8 and that $100 would definitley help out ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  552. Joseph -

    Great post, Jasmine. And thanks for sharing. I would buy the Canon 50mm, 1.2 first cause I’m always renting it for weddings. And it is l’amazing. That’s french. ; )

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  553. Robyn Van Dyke -

    Thank you so much for sharing, Jasmine! I would love to win that B&H card too!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d probably put it towards my 35mm 1.4 lens purchase! xo!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  554. Carla Bornhoft -

    50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.4. Can’t decide…

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  555. Jessica Frey -

    How fun! I’m a Nikon shooter, but it’s great to see that I use the equivalent lenses for the most part and absolutely adore my 85mm 1.4. I would love to win a gift certificate – love B&H!!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  556. David BURBACH -

    I’d use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  557. Lyn Moran -

    If I won, I would either use it towards a 5DMii or the 85 1.2 lens!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  558. David BURBACH -

    I’d use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  559. David BURBACH -

    I’d use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  560. Becky -

    My next lens on the want list is a Macro!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  561. David BURBACH -

    I’d use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  562. David BURBACH -

    I’d use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 5:00 pm

  563. Julie -


      10.26.11 - 5:01 pm

  564. Cecilia -

    I was intrigued to read about the 85 mm 1.8. So, based on my budget, this is my next one to buy. So excited! Thanks for everything you do! ๐Ÿ™‚ cecilia@anabellastudios.com

      10.26.11 - 5:01 pm

  565. Yennaira Ortiz -

    I would love the gift card. It would simply cheer up the horrible week that has included being rear ended twice (yes two sepreate occassions) while stopped in traffic. I think I would def put this toward a fab new lens!

      10.26.11 - 5:01 pm

  566. Christy Johnson -

    Me, me! I actually need some new CF cards, how boring. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:01 pm

  567. Lauryn Galloway -

    Thanks so much for the giveaway B&H and Jasmine! I would use it to buy a flash…been renting for 2 years now. Time to buy it!

      10.26.11 - 5:02 pm

  568. Stacey -

    Ooohhh boy. I feel like I MUST comment because I just put $2,200 worth of lighting gear in my B&H wishlist! Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this post! I highly recommend the 135mm to those killing their bags and shoulders with the 70-200 lens ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:02 pm

  569. Carla Bornhoft -

    50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.4. Can’t decide…

      10.26.11 - 5:02 pm

  570. Sandra -

    I have been eyeing the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens for my ASP-C sensor camera… Maybe some day I will be able to upgrade to full frame!

      10.26.11 - 5:02 pm

  571. Christopher Sztybel -

    Thanks for the detailed breakdown on your gear, Jasmine. I am always curious to see a photographer’s lens lineup. I shoot many different things, so I have lenses like the Cann 70-200mm f/4.0, Canon 24mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.8 and a Rokinon 8mm. I would use the gift certificate toward flash brackets and umbrellas!

      10.26.11 - 5:02 pm

  572. Richard Spence -

    I would definitely but the Canon 85mm. I haven’t had the pleasure of personally using one, but I have seen the results and I have long passed like.. i’m in LOVE!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:03 pm

  573. Jaquielyn Tango -

    ohmigosh, what a fantastic post. I’ve been wanting to get into photography for a while, but it just seems like such an expensive leap! This gift certificate would be the perfect start to a new passion. Your work is inspiring, thanks for sharing your gifts and advice!!!! My email is jaquielyn@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 5:03 pm

  574. shauna -

    Love your reviews on the lenses. And the flash, the 580–that’s what I would buy next.

      10.26.11 - 5:03 pm

  575. Jenna Henderson -

    I’d love a $100 gift card to B&H…I would use it to stock up on some film!

      10.26.11 - 5:03 pm

  576. Lacey Rabalais -

    Thanks for always being so open, honest, and helpful. It is so appreciated. You are so appreciated. If I could win a gift card, I’d be so excited to put it towards me purchasing the mark ii. Currently saving for it.

      10.26.11 - 5:03 pm

  577. Kathryn -

    Manscaping. hahaha. It’s always fun to hear someone else share their thoughts on gear!!

      10.26.11 - 5:03 pm

  578. Candice -

    I’ve had my eye on a couple different macro lenses! OOOOOOOhhhweee! Come on, big money, big money. I would love to win. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:04 pm

  579. Lourdes -

    Hi Jasmine! thank you for giving us so much info on this topic! It is indeed very difficult, when you are just starting out, to choose the right lens for you and your style. I’m not a wedding photographer, I just happen to love and breath prhotography. I’m a Canon lover and apart from my kit lens I have a 50 mm 1.8. That’s it! I think I would like to go for a Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM Autofocus Lens. I hear it is a good lens for the price. Agood start for beginners. Thank you!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:04 pm

  580. Gail Kilker -

    New lights yayyy!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:05 pm

  581. Tiffany Farley -

    Woo hoo!

      10.26.11 - 5:05 pm

  582. Shannon Sorensen -

    I was so happy to see this post, I am actually looking to buy a new lens to add to my bag. I will continue to rent the 70-200mm f/2.8 (still saving up for that one) but I am probably going to be adding the 85mm 2.8. A gift certificate would be awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰ shannonlsorensen@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 5:05 pm

  583. Brandi Sorem -

    I would be purchasing the 50mm 1.4! I just need the monetary push to do it!

      10.26.11 - 5:05 pm

  584. Angela -

    Hey j* – thank you so much for this post! I have been debating which lens to invest in next to add to my bag (currently I have the 5DMII, 50mm 1.4, 100 Macro 2.8 IS and 580EXII). I really want/need a wider lens so I’m thinking about getting the 35mm 1.4 but I’m wondering if I should rent it and maybe a 16-35 or others to be sure. I SO appreciate and value all that you share and I feel I’m getting better by learning from you! -God bless!

      10.26.11 - 5:05 pm

  585. Teresa -

    I have to say the 5D Mark II frequents my dreams. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:05 pm

  586. Josh Wooding -

    GREAT reviews! I have the 50mm 1.4 and really love it! If I’m lucky enough to get the gift certificate, I’ll use it to upgrade to the 35 1.4! THANKS for posting this!

      10.26.11 - 5:05 pm

  587. Kim Boyd -

    Kim – kbcandids@gmail.com
    Yeah…I know I filled it in already in the information fields……but wanted to DOUBLE make sure you got it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much fro this post and all the info! I’m at a point that I only "own" the 35mm 1.4 and rent other lenses when I need them. I really really need to add the 50mm to my bag. I have rented it a bigillion times….like enough I should have just bought it already. So that’s what the gift certificate would go for!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:05 pm

  588. Rose Brown -

    Hey Jasmine,
    I’d use the gift certificate towards a 50mm 1.4 AF lens for my Nikon D7000 that I purchased earlier this year. I’m mainly working with my 17-55mm 2.8 and I think the 50mm would be a perfect fit to my style of shooting. Enjoy your time in NYC, and stop in to Bocca Lupo(Cobble Hill, Brooklyn) for a warm, yummy nutello dessert!

      10.26.11 - 5:06 pm

  589. Rebecca Limbert -

    I’m a Nikon shooter, and I’m really looking to buy the D700 body…or D800 if it comes out soon. Thanks Jasmine and B&H!

      10.26.11 - 5:06 pm

  590. Kimberly Whitfield -

    Wow!!! (O_O)

      10.26.11 - 5:06 pm

  591. Shawn Benning -

    Great point about knowing your style when you purchase lens.

      10.26.11 - 5:06 pm

  592. Monica -

    I would put it towards my 24-70. I really want this lense.

      10.26.11 - 5:06 pm

  593. Kristina Wunsch -

    Not only did I learn from this post, I also got to laugh! Thanks for presenting this info in such a fun way. I would definitely buy the 70-200mm. I have the 50mm and 35mm and it’s just not cutting it for ceremonies!! Thanks again!

      10.26.11 - 5:06 pm

  594. kathleen frank -

    Are you sure there isn’t something more I can do for that $100??? Stand on my head? Ride a unicycle? March a parade down the street? Seriously, I’ll do anything ๐Ÿ™‚ I am saving up for my first L lens, and that gift card would be so helpful. Also thinking of upgrading my focusing screen to perfect my wide open shots…

    kathleen [at] kathleenfrankphotography.com

      10.26.11 - 5:06 pm

  595. Christy -

    85 1.2!!!!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:07 pm

  596. Jenika -

    Thanks for the in-depth post, I appreciate the information. BTW, your comment in a prior post about just getting the best flash up front helped me take the 580 plunge too, and I don’t regret it. Thanks for that!! xo My email is jenikaslens@gmail.com, and a B&H giftcard would certainly go to the purchase of another 580. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great day!

      10.26.11 - 5:07 pm

  597. Jasmine Lee -

    Great review on the lenses, Jasmine! I would buy the 85mm 1.2 with the $100 gift card. Such a pretty lens! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 5:07 pm

  598. Dawn Burgan -

    For sure I’d be buying the 100 macro 2.8. I’m tired of feeling like I am tweezing my dad. FOR REAL? You must be a better daughter then me!

      10.26.11 - 5:07 pm

  599. Kristyn Hogan -

    The time has come for the 35 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:07 pm

  600. Michelle Staniels -

    I could really use this gift certificate! I’m currently leaving my long time job to do weddings full time and need to boost my camera bag with new gear! First Purchase is the Canon 5dMII!

      10.26.11 - 5:07 pm

  601. Jen K. -

    Great post, as always! I think I’d buy the SB 800 because it is definitely an essential.

      10.26.11 - 5:07 pm

  602. Andy -

    Your shots are beautiful, and you have a great blog, congrats!
    I shoot with manual flashes but my wife could really use a nice flash for faster moving jobs, so I have to buy a Canon 580EXII… the certificate would be perfect!

      10.26.11 - 5:07 pm

  603. erin harvey -

    70-200 2.8 IS is my favorite lens ever. I’ve tried the 50 1.4 and have trouble hitting focus. It would make me even more scared to try the 1.2. How do you focus on your subjects, center focus then recompose? Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 5:08 pm

  604. Irela -

    I recently purchased the 50mm 1.8……LOOOOVE it and glad to read your reviews on it. But the one thing I really need to upgrade is my speedlite. I need/want the 580EXii. As always Jasmine, thank you for all the information you share. It really is educational and greatly appreciated. Blessings.

      10.26.11 - 5:08 pm

  605. Dan Rothfeld -

    I <3 primes!!

    I’m in dire need of a set of pwflex ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:08 pm

  606. Nathan Williams -

    I would most likely get more memory. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck everyone!

      10.26.11 - 5:08 pm

  607. carmen reese -

    You are such an inspiration for me! Thank you so much!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:08 pm

  608. Lisa Lain -

    Love this….thank you! Totally helpful as I get lost with all the lens choices. I would love to win the gift certificate and would spent it on a that nifty 580 flash. I also regret buying a less expensive one and have been trying to make it work. Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 5:08 pm

  609. Nathan Williams -

    I would most likely get more memory. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck everyone!

      10.26.11 - 5:08 pm

  610. Deb Hollister -

    The next lens I buy will be either the 50 1.2 or the 85 1.2, so that’s what I’d put the gift certificate toward. Great post!

      10.26.11 - 5:08 pm

  611. Em -

    We are lens soul sisters. If I got this sweet gift cert. I’d surely use it towards the 35 1.4 la la la LAHH

      10.26.11 - 5:09 pm

  612. Shannon Herren -

    (Saving up for a second body ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:09 pm

  613. Jordanne Fallon -

    I would buy new batteries for my camera. I currently have 2 per camera, and I always get super nervous when it comes to photographing an engagement session on Friday, a wedding on Saturday, and another engagement session on Sunday. Just alittle nerve-racking to think about.

      10.26.11 - 5:09 pm

  614. Lisa Ward -

    Lisa Ward – slward3@msn.com
    I’d use the gift certificate money towards the purchase of a 50mm lens.

      10.26.11 - 5:09 pm

  615. Carrie K -

    I’d put the $100 toward a 35mm 1.4. I forgot to put my email in my previous comment! ckrupke7@gmail.com Thanks so much!

      10.26.11 - 5:09 pm

  616. AlenPasalic -

    ok, you beat me for like 10 lenses he he, i have 85 1.4 carl zeiss and 20-70 L canon and that is it, but i would looove to hold one of you’r bags :))
    nice collection u got there ๐Ÿ™‚
    cheers ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 5:09 pm

  617. Ashley B -

    A new camera bag to fit all these lenses I just learned aout!!

      10.26.11 - 5:09 pm

  618. Jaclyn Sellinger -

    Fabulous work! I am a beginner but I like to think that I have a good eye and you are a great inspiration. I would love to expand my inventory past my 50 and 200mm. Macro is the next direction I would love to go and wide angle isn’t far behind. I will be checking in frequently to your blogs for advice!

      10.26.11 - 5:10 pm

  619. Jami R. -

    Thank you for such a great review! I have a long wish list at B&H, so that $100 gift certificate would be awesome! I’d probably put it toward the 580EXII right now…or the Canon 24-70 mm 2.8…or the 50 mm 1.4….

      10.26.11 - 5:10 pm

  620. Nicole -

    Pick just one thing at B&H!? As if!? I’m in Sony and still enjoyed reading this. Thank you!

      10.26.11 - 5:10 pm

  621. Richie Carter -

    Jasmine –
    I sure would love to win that $100 Gift Certificate! I’d purchase a new CF Card… 16GB!

    My name is Richie Carter and I can be reached at richie@richiecarter.com.

    You were so awesome at WPPI U in Atlanta! I must send you pics!

      10.26.11 - 5:10 pm

  622. Jennifer Stacey -

    Great post & Giveaway…. fingers crossed I win! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:10 pm

  623. Holly Dresher -

    holly Dresher
    I need an 85mm!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:10 pm

  624. Wendy -

    Jasmine!!! Just wanted to say you are a FABULOUS photographer!! I love all your work! And I really love your down to earth, great, funny, and quirky personality!! I have been following you fir the last 4 years. I bought a canon 40 d 3.5 years ago and tried to teach myself and even shadowed a really awesome local photographer at wedding that whole summer… But I sucked so bad I just gave up and put the camera away feeling defeated! I just recently had my first child( a baby girl) and have since felt inspired to dig the camera out and try again!! I still suck but I am not going to put all kinds of pressure on myself to be so great so fast. I just want to capture every moment and last detail of this little miracle in my life!! If I win I will be purchasing the 50mm 1.4. This will be my second lens after the 24-70 2.8!!! hope I win!!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  625. Christina -

    Thank you so much for posting this! I really want to buy the Canon 35mm, 1.4

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  626. Susan Prater -

    I’d buy the Canon 100 Macro, 2.8 IS ๐Ÿ™‚ (Susan Prater, susan@designsbyprater.com)

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  627. Brittany McIntire -

    I would love to get either the 50mm 1.2 or the 85 mm 1.2!! Thanks for your post it’s very helpful!

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  628. tegan mcmartin -

    i might as well be the first!! thanks for the equipment info, jasmine. i’d definitely use that GC towards the new 5Dmkiii… whenever it arrives! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  629. Holeigh Vincent -

    Thank you so much Jasmine for sharing your sweet lens family with us (; thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. I would love to save $100 on a Nikon 50mm 1.4 prime for my birthday in november!

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  630. Mark -

    My next purchase will be the 70-200 2.8 but with $100 I think my next investment would be a softbox.

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  631. Jessica -

    Thanks for posting this!! I am always trying to decide which lenses I need to buy next! I only shoot Nikon and I would probably get an 85mm prime lens! So the $100 would go towards my Christmas present ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  632. Caitlin Turner -

    Thank you so much for this…as a new photographer it means so much when you share openly:) I made a decision when I first started photography that I would invest for the long run, so i got myself the 28mm 1.8 and the 50 mm 1.4 and i am going to work hard for my dream lenses! Im so close to getting the 50mm 1.2!!! This giftcard would help so much but either way im just excited to shoot with it! J* you truly are an inspiration!

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  633. S.A. Fiduccia -

    You have an awesome set of gear……if I had half of your equipment…and talent, I think I would be set or a very long time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, its helped me make a better derision on what gear will work best with my style.

      10.26.11 - 5:11 pm

  634. Leah G. -

    Loved this post! Thanks for always being willing to help fellow photographers and for passing along what you’ve learned. ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.S. If I won the B&H gift certificate…I would defintely put it towards a new lens! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 5:12 pm

  635. Tiffany Tracy -

    Thanks so much for sharing I always wated to know what lens you use and why!!! You are always rocking it and I love reading your blog. It amazes me too, how you save up and then by your lens, very smart lady!! I was lucky my husband bought me my first camera and a new lens 50m 1.4…..now I too shall save to build up my gear….keep doing what you do ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:12 pm

  636. Allison Hilyer -

    Great article, thank you!

      10.26.11 - 5:12 pm

  637. Jessica Horton -

    My hubby & I shoot together too… and we’re in SERIOUS need of another full frame camera…. please please pretty please help us put a dent in the hefty price tag of a D700…. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:12 pm

  638. Melissa Montgomery -

    Great post Jasmine! Thank you, I am in the market to upgrade my body and a new lens! ๐Ÿ™‚ And the list goes on…and on…xo

      10.26.11 - 5:12 pm

  639. Kelliana Wirth -

    Kellianna Wirth

    The world’s longest e-mail address KelliannaWirth@WirthImages.com(yeah,probably not the time to go big right?)

    Awesome Comprehensive Post!

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  640. Ruby -

    Thank you for sharing!

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  641. Mike Mazza -

    Enjoy your work. Thanks for the clarification on the 50mm 1.2. Considering and heard a lot of cons.

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  642. Maria Sharron -

    I’d probably by the 50mm 1.4.

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  643. Erika Blake -

    My word. What wouldn’t I buy might be a better question? I’m saving up for a 35mm. An extra hundred would be icing…on the cake.

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  644. Rachel Sexton -

    I would LOVE this gift card! I am saving up for the 700-200!!
    You are the bomb!

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  645. JP -

    If you haven’t heard yet, Canon has announced the 1D X. It’ll be expensive, but a perfect blend of full frame and high fps. Plus it’ll have 3 image chips with one dedicated just to metering.

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  646. B -

    I have NO idea what you said in any of this post, but I really like your pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  647. Karyn -

    Thank you so much for posting this! It’s so helpful to hear what works for other photographers!

    My next investment is going to be a flash for my Nikon and the $100 would definitely help towards that!

      10.26.11 - 5:13 pm

  648. Anoulack Manivong-Phouangpanya -

    Thank you for this useful post! I have a new baby boy and have been trying to figure out which lens work best for capturing all of his cuteness! :o) I’m no pro photographer or anything, just a mama who loves taking pictures of her kids…What would I buy? Hmm, I need a nice camera bag so I wouldn’t have to share my camera with his diapers…LOL

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  649. Chris -

    Great post! It is interesting to see/hear what others are using. We are very close to a 5D upgrade, and maybe the 70-200mm (if my wife can be convinced). ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  650. Cristy -

    Ooh! Pick me! I really need a longer lens for ceremony photos! And I’ve been saving up for a macro lens. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  651. Billy -

    I’d definitely get the 50mm 1.2. I’ve been looking at this lens for a long time, but just haven’t made the commitment due to the hefty price tag.

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  652. Kelliana Wirth -

    Kellianna Wirth

    The world’s longest e-mail address KelliannaWirth@WirthImages.com(yeah,probably not the time to go big right?)

    Awesome Comprehensive Post!

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  653. Jamie Buckendahl -

    Thank you for this post, Jasmine. As a fellow Canon shooter I appreciate all the feedback. I especially loved reading JD likes the 50 and 85 non L better than the L counterparts. I have both of those lenses. I too am anxiously awaiting the 5Dmkiii. Come on, Canon!

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  654. Jill de Bruin -

    I would get the 50 1.4 lense!

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  655. Beth Dreyer -

    So many lenses I want. In this moment, the 85mm 1.8 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  656. Stefania Distante -

    Hello Jasmine! Thanks for this insight! I am wowed by your images and love your collection of prime lenses. I admire your work greatly! Stef

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  657. Rebecca Lund -

    Great giveaway! yay!
    Becca Lund — rlund@schhlaw.com

      10.26.11 - 5:14 pm

  658. Beth Dreyer -

    So many lenses I want. In this moment, the 85mm 1.8 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:15 pm

  659. shannon-may -

    funny story [well i think it is funny!]. i was just in new york city this past weekend [visiting from new brunswick, canada!] fully prepared to buy the 24 – 70mm 2.8 lens, and on friday morning i walked the nine blocks from my hotel over to B&H photo… only to discover that they were CLOSED for holidays and would not reopen until sunday at 10am, the exact time my train was leaving from penn station. so bummed!!

      10.26.11 - 5:15 pm

  660. Lindsey Gerstlauer -

    Hello Jasmine! Thanks for sharing with us, the equipment you use ๐Ÿ™‚

    As far as what I would buy, the 35mm is quite tempting!

    – Lindsey Gerstlauer

      10.26.11 - 5:15 pm

  661. Jill Denny -

    Pick me! I soooo need another 580EXII!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:15 pm

  662. Becci Ames -

    Im saving for a full frame camera! And I’m pretty gosh darn sure that I’ve outgrown my wonderful 50D. I know Canons gonna release the mark iii soon, but I think the mark II would suit me just fine.

      10.26.11 - 5:15 pm

  663. Veronica -

    I would save the $100 and buy me a new lens. I am a Nikon user (Please don’t hate me:) ) and are jonesing for the 18-200 lens. Right now it is out of my price range but I know soon I will be able to purchase it, and the $100 just gets me a little closer to owning the lens. Crossing my fingers!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:16 pm

  664. Jennifer Aguilar -

    Jennifer Aguilar

    I would looove to put that gift certificate towards a new flash that my hubby has been swooning over!

      10.26.11 - 5:16 pm

  665. Edward Redondo -

    Edward Redondo

    Need a much more versatile camera bag.

      10.26.11 - 5:16 pm

  666. Hayley Trone -

    Jasmine thanks for sharing!!

    I have been saving up for the 50 1.2 for quite a while.. would be so nice to win.

      10.26.11 - 5:16 pm

  667. Sarah R. -

    Love this post!!! I’m just starting out and found this very useful ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to win – I’d put it towards the 580EXII ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:16 pm

  668. Jamie -

    Thank you so much for this post! It’s so helpful how you’re honest but not pushy about it. I’ve been eyeing the 85mm 1.8, but with a giftcard, I might just have to get the 1.2! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:17 pm

  669. Jennifer -

    I would use the gift card towards a new lens!!! Likely the 85mm mentioned in this post.

      10.26.11 - 5:17 pm

  670. teri -

    thanks for the great reviews!! i currently shoot with the 5D and i’m saving for the 5DMII. ๐Ÿ™‚

    email – teri [at] terigenovese.com

      10.26.11 - 5:17 pm

  671. Chris -

    I would buy my wife a flash. Her flash broke a couple months back and she doesn’t have a replacement flash. The $100 would sure help get her the flash she wants.

      10.26.11 - 5:18 pm

  672. Rodney Alan -

    I’d buy the 50 1.2L even though I already have the 35L and 85L. oh the gear lust ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:18 pm

  673. Amanda Septien -


    If I could have any photographer photography my wedding – it’d be you. You are amazing in what you do and what you believe in. Rock it girl like you’ve never rocked it before because people like me watch you… and we smile … with you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amanda Septien

      10.26.11 - 5:18 pm

  674. Trunetta Atwater -

    Great read! If I won the contest I would by a sekonic light meter.

      10.26.11 - 5:18 pm

  675. Becci Ames -

    I’m saving up for a full frame camera. I’m pretty sure that I’ve outgrown my 50d. I know hat Canons on a release the 5dmarkiii any day now, but I think the markii will suit me just fine.

      10.26.11 - 5:18 pm

  676. Melanie -

    Thanks for this post Jasmine! I’ve been wanting to upgrade my Nifty-Fifty for the 50mm f/1.4 for about a year now.

      10.26.11 - 5:18 pm

  677. Stephanie Stewart -

    I’m Stephanie Stewart (stewartimagery@hotmail.com), and if I won the gift certificate I would love to buy a much needed legit light stand! I’ve been using tripods for light stands, which have their definite limitations. Thank you for the opportunity! Best wishes to all!

      10.26.11 - 5:19 pm

  678. Carmon -

    I am saving up to buy myself the 85mm next. I mostly use primes.. (like you!) and I’ve got the 35mm 1.8, and 50mm 1.8 and really really want the 85mm next. ๐Ÿ™‚ I shoot with Nikon, but I always appreciate learning what my "heros" use as their go to lenses. Thanks for always sharing your ideas, techniques, and knowledge.

      10.26.11 - 5:19 pm

  679. Anna Klapp -

    Thank you so much for this post! Soooo helpful!

      10.26.11 - 5:19 pm

  680. Victor Velazquez -

    Would love to buy an 85mm lens. I totally agree that it is great for that photojournalistic type shot.

      10.26.11 - 5:20 pm

  681. Linsey Wilt -

    Hmmm? I would love to have the 100 Macro. I guess $100 wouldn’t really cover it, but with a little down payment I could more easily persuade the bank account! Oh goodness, that would be sweet!

      10.26.11 - 5:20 pm

  682. Christina (The Detailed Life) -

    Great lens choices. I currently use the 85 1.8, 50 1.4 and my 35 1.8 – I will upgrade when I can, but honestly, these lenses are producing wonderful images- and I will rock them to their fullest. plus primes lenses are great- forcing the photographer to get more creative and grow a lot faster.

      10.26.11 - 5:20 pm

  683. Chantal -

    Hi Jasmine! I LOVE your blog, and read it every. single. day. You inspire me to be a better photographer. If I won the contest, I’d immediately be investing it in telezoom lens for my Nikon D3000. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:20 pm

  684. Kama Carranza -


    I would get the 85 1.2 in a heart beat!!

      10.26.11 - 5:20 pm

  685. Kristie -

    Love this post, thanks for identifying what’s in your bag! A few years ago when you shot with the Canon 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and the 28mm 1.8 you identified it as the Trifecta well I slowly built my bag to include the same lenses and love them, but I definately would love to add a zoom to my bag. I love your blog, thanks for all the good advice!

      10.26.11 - 5:20 pm

  686. Heather Moll -

    It would be a really hard decision to make but it would be a toss-up between the 85mm 1.2 and the 100 Macro 2.8. Thanks for the great, informative post. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:21 pm

  687. Trunetta Atwater -

    Great read! If I won the contest, I would buy a light meter

      10.26.11 - 5:21 pm

  688. Rod Jimenez -

    Wow! I’m afraid to do the math on the cost of all of that awesome gear.

      10.26.11 - 5:21 pm

  689. Greg Shapiro -

    Loved the validation I got from reading your post even though the proof is in the pudding. I just purchased the Canon 85mm 1.2 and Ooh La La, man is this a beautiful lens. You may call it Brad, I just call it heavy but overlook that when I see the results it produces. Focusing can be tricky but when you hit, YOU HIT.

    I also purchased the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS at the same time (OUCH to my pocket book for buying both at the same time!) and like you said, is universally needed. I don’t have a name for it but like the song from The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, "Yeah, he’s my best friend"!

    Thanks for the inspiring work that you do.

      10.26.11 - 5:21 pm

  690. Esther Garcia -

    WIN! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 5:21 pm

  691. Katie -

    Love hearing what other photogs use…I have an 85 mm coming in the mail and I.can’t.wait! I would definitely but another flash with the gift certificate:)

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  692. Te -

    Thanks Jasmine, this post was great!

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  693. Amanda -

    I’d use it toward my 35mm f/1.4G. I’m a Nikon shooter. Love my D700!

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  694. Ravyn -

    Great post! Love to see how different photographers use different lenses. With the B&H card … we’d buy more film! We’re gearing up for a big move from Indiana to Oregon, so yeah, that yummy film would be perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  695. Russell Art Sitjar -

    I’am working as a second shooter right now and i’ve rented this lens a few times. This lens is awesome! Its everything you could ask for a lens.

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  696. Teresa -

    Thanks for the time you put into helping others. I enjoy your posts and covet your ability to communicate. I would get the 85 or 35.

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  697. Crystal Calland -

    I am just starting out and I shoot with a Nikon. I would use the $100 to put towards a 35mm lens. I love reading your blog!! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  698. Tara Spencer -

    Thank you for showing us your goods!
    If I won… I think I’d purchase the fixed 85!

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  699. Tricia -

    I’ve been dying for the 35mm but settled for the 28mm due to budget ๐Ÿ™ 100 bucks would go a long way to helping me get it!

      10.26.11 - 5:22 pm

  700. Becci Ames -

    I’ve been saving for a full frame camera. Everytime I get close something big happens. The last time it was a move cross country, then a family emergency. I’ve outgrown my fabulous 50d and can’t wait to get the mark II. I know Canon is gonna release the mark iii anytime now, but the mark II will suit me just fine.

      10.26.11 - 5:23 pm

  701. Cassi Claire -

    That $100 gift certificate would buy me one fourth of the 85 mm f/1.8! Plus, I could say "Jasmine Star partially bought me this lens!" haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and if begging helps – pretty pretty please with whipped cream and hot fudge on top pick me!

    Name: Cassi Claire
    Email: cassiclaire@mail.com

      10.26.11 - 5:24 pm

  702. Rachel Ruffer -

    Jasmine, you are so awesome. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge! I would totally buy a second light stand so I can keep experimenting with off camera flash at receptions. XOXO

      10.26.11 - 5:24 pm

  703. Russell Art Sitjar -

    50mm 1.2, ive been renting this lens since i couldn’t afford it yet. It’s everything you could ask for a lens.

      10.26.11 - 5:24 pm

  704. Christine P. -

    What a great review and sneak peak into your gear! I would <3 a 50mm 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 5:24 pm

  705. kimberly butler -

    lovely post, i only have 3 of those lenses (50 1.4, 85 1.8 and 24-70) but my hubby is telling me I will get the 70-200 for my weddings IF and only IF I get down to a healthy weight by my birthday (great incentive eh??) It would be so great to have that $100 to have tucked away, waiting for for me to click that "send" button and knowing you were a part of it would be EVEN better!! You’re wonderful Jasmine, thanks for being my inspiration! (and lost 5 lbs already!)

      10.26.11 - 5:25 pm

  706. Rachel Ruffer -

    Jasmine, you are so awesome. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge! I would totally buy a second light stand so I can keep experimenting with off camera flash at receptions. XOXO

      10.26.11 - 5:25 pm

  707. Katie Hallmark -

    It would go towards some much needed glass! Enjoy your blog!

      10.26.11 - 5:25 pm

  708. Jennifer Araya -

    Just starting out and would love to purchase a 35mm 1.4 to start out with. Saving up for a purchase of a nice lense. This post was amazing and extremely helpful Thanks you rock!

      10.26.11 - 5:25 pm

  709. Rachel Ruffer -

    Jasmine, you are so awesome. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge! I would totally buy a second light stand so I can keep experimenting with off camera flash at receptions. XOXO

      10.26.11 - 5:25 pm

  710. Marsha -

    Thanks for the awesome lens reviews! (much better than the boring reviews usually found online hehe). I’ve been debating on a macro purchase for awhile now so if you were to "PICK ME", that’s where it would go. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:25 pm

  711. Kendra Lebo -

    Thank you Jasmine for again sharing your insight and knowledge with other photographers. You may be humbled by the outpouring of love you get from people like me, but know that you are an amazing inspiration to take your dream and make it a reality. Thanks again.

    As for the gift card, I would put it towards a better lens for weddings and event photography.

      10.26.11 - 5:25 pm

  712. annie bobannie -

    If I shot Canon, I’d get the 50/1.2. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still enjoyed reading your post, even though I’m a Nikoner. Thanks for running the B&H giveaway.

      10.26.11 - 5:26 pm

  713. laura -

    i am in looooove with the 85mm 1.2 but it’s waaaay out of my price range – if i won the gc, i’d use it towards the 85mm 1.8 so that i could practice practice practice. i believe that it’s the photographer that makes the picture, not the equipment. a great photographer makes great pictures no matter what equipment he/she uses. my goal is to be a great photographer all-the-time, whether it’s with my dslr, point and shoot, or iphone ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:26 pm

  714. Stacy -

    I’d get a new portable backdrop stand for our newborn sessions.

      10.26.11 - 5:26 pm

  715. Sarah Holmes -

    Love, love, love you, Jasmine!!

      10.26.11 - 5:26 pm

  716. MelissaFoscardo -

    Oh, decisions decisions. I think I’d use the gift certificate towards another lens. I’ve been looking at the 100mm myself so this would help toward getting it! mfoscardo@fuse.net

      10.26.11 - 5:27 pm

  717. Sarah -

    Right now, I only have the 85 f/1.8 and the 50 f/1.4 and they are working great for me so far. I will probably start doing weddings soon, so I’m going to invest in the 70-200. I would love a macro lens, too. I am in need of a good flash but it’s on my list of things to save up for.

      10.26.11 - 5:27 pm

  718. Jonathan Perlman -

    Hey Jasmine,

    I’d defiantly buy from B&H a double black rapid strap so that I can handle a two camera setup better.



      10.26.11 - 5:27 pm

  719. Danielle Cox -

    I LOVE THIS POST!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Canon must love you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love B&H and buy all of my stuff from them. If I were to win the $100 I’d love to add the 85mm 1.8 to my collection. It would be perfect to take on my honeymoon in 2 weeks!!

      10.26.11 - 5:27 pm

  720. Janel KG -

    Oooh, a B&H gift card! I think I’d put it towards a macro or a wide angle lens… It would totally help round out my camera bag! Thanks for the insight ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:27 pm

  721. Benita Clark -

    Thanks for sharing the equipment you have, and the reasons why you invested in it.

    Please enter me in the B&H Photo $100 gift card giveaway. If I won, I’d apply it to the purchase of my first prime lens, the Canon 50mm 1.4.

      10.26.11 - 5:28 pm

  722. Megan salonga -

    Thanks for the great post! If I won, I’d use it towards a new lens…either the 35 mm or the 24 mm!

      10.26.11 - 5:28 pm

  723. annette -

    I love my 50 1.4…so I know I would love to have the 50 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 5:28 pm

  724. Nicole -

    Thanks for another awesome, insightful post ๐Ÿ™‚ And please pick me!!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:28 pm

  725. Taina -

    The $100 would go towards my savings for a good lighting system from B&H! taina_nunez@yahoo.com

      10.26.11 - 5:28 pm

  726. Jenna Taylor -

    Thanks for the great informative post! ALWAYS helpful. I am saving up for that next lens – either the 85 or the 70-200….any bit helps! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 5:29 pm

  727. Monica N. -

    Woo hoo! Lucky #1. I’d definitely put this towards a new lens ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:29 pm

  728. Tiffany Davis -

    Thank you for posts like this Jasmine!! It helps so much to have someone so talented share what works for them, and what they could do without!!

      10.26.11 - 5:29 pm

  729. Kristina Carlson -

    I really want to buy a Nikon Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lense! My current portrait lense is a Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5……I need an upgrade! I LOVE my only other lense, a 70-200 f2.8, because of its wide aperture and I find myself trying to use it as much as possible…which gets really hard with a lense that is so gigantic that I have to run far away from my subjects to use it!!! Big money, big money…no whammies!

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  730. Alicia Fliger -

    Love love love your work and fab posts! Even though I shoot Nikon they are super helpful. I am working on building my artillery of photo equipment. I am working on saving up my pennies for a Nikon 85mm 1.4. Woot woot! Hopefully on Friday I am 100 smackers closer!

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  731. Angel Petit -

    Thank you for sharing. I am second shooter like JD so I always like reading what he uses or his advice.

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  732. Heather Gray -

    I just got done watching your Creative Live workshop and loved it! Thank you so much for "keeping it real" ๐Ÿ™‚ I am just starting out, so the gift certificate could be used in so many ways. I think I would use it to help get the next item on my list, the70-200mm lens..

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  733. Camille -

    Aw Sookie!!! I definitely need a new flash because I did the same mistake you did. Live and learn, right?!!

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  734. Malinda Warder -

    Love the lens reviews! I would definitely go with the 50mm, 1.2 it sounds like a dream!

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  735. Lynnsay Macey -


    Thank you for all of the help that you give to newbie photographers. I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  736. Andrea -

    Yay! It’s been so long since your last equipment post. You know, I went out and bought the 85mm 1.8 and upgraded to the 50mm 1.4 because of your last post and haven’t looked back. Now I’m working to upgrade those to the L series so that $100 will sure come in handy :). Great post!

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  737. Alby -

    Thanks for sharing this!

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  738. Kasey Loftin Photography -

    I have the 85mm f/1.8 and the 24-70mm f/2.8L and I love them both! One day I will invest in the 50mm f/1.2 but not today ๐Ÿ™ . Thanks for this post! I recommended it on twitter for those looking for recommendations or have questions. You always provide the best info. Keep it comin’!

      10.26.11 - 5:30 pm

  739. Jessica Ricks -

    Jessica Ricks – jdealy101@hotmail.com

    I would love, love, LOVE a new lens! I have been wanting the Canon 50mm f/1.4!

      10.26.11 - 5:31 pm

  740. Stephanie Seefeldt -

    Loved this Article! I can’t wait until my lens collection starts to add up. I am striving to save for the 50mm 1.2 right now!

      10.26.11 - 5:31 pm

  741. LaRiche -

    Hi Jasmine, muchas gracias for this post. If I won, I’d use it towards purchasing the Canon 50mm, 1.2.

      10.26.11 - 5:32 pm

  742. Kathleen B. -

    i’ve been saving for the 35mm, 1.4 ๐Ÿ™‚ sweet!

      10.26.11 - 5:32 pm

  743. yadira richards -

    Hooray :0 One of my favorite post, I felt like I was taking a walk down Rodeo Drive, and just going into a store and buying something Fabulous (in my Tim Gunn voice)!!

    If I won, I would use the $100 to put towards a 50 1.2!!!

    yadira richards

      10.26.11 - 5:32 pm

  744. Valerie -

    Valerie Fiddes vfiddes@eastlink.ca I’m saving up for the 85 1.2 but since reading this, might give the 1.8 a try (I’ll get that a lot faster). Thanks for all you do.

      10.26.11 - 5:33 pm

  745. Kim Dalena -

    Wonderful info. Thanks so much. I am looking for a good macro lens

      10.26.11 - 5:33 pm

  746. Mai -

    Great post! I only own one prime lens (50mm 1.4) but love it! Will totally buy another prime if I win.

      10.26.11 - 5:33 pm

  747. Jess -

    I made the same mistake on the flash for the same exact reason. I just haven’t been able to upgrade. I wish someone had given me that piece of advice before I bought the flash. Thanks for sharing all the info.

      10.26.11 - 5:33 pm

  748. Allen Adams -

    Awesome Post! Thank you for being willing to share your secrets to all of us who really admire your work.

      10.26.11 - 5:33 pm

  749. Jessica Gomez -

    I would buy the 85 1. 8, I’ve rented it before and have been thinking of making the investment. I would love to win!! Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 5:34 pm

  750. Allison M -

    oooh pick me! $100 at B&H would go towards so many things, but my next purchase would be a diffuser/reflector and a small softbox. thanks!

      10.26.11 - 5:34 pm

  751. Jody Peterson -

    Jody Peterson
    I’d buy the 50 1.4!

      10.26.11 - 5:34 pm

  752. Jessica Shadel -

    Jasmine, thank you so much for this post! It is so helpful and eye-opening! And if I win the B&H gift certificate, I would purchase the 85mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 5:34 pm

  753. Sarah Souders -

    Oh my goodness. You have no idea how much I love you right now! I (no joke) spent hours yesterday googling lenses and which one fits my style best, so that I can put it on my christmas list. I saw your post on facebook and my stomach sunk. Thank you SO much for taking the time to write ALL that! I would probably buy the… hmmmmm….. 35mm 1.4 if I won! ๐Ÿ™‚ THANKS SO MUCH!

      10.26.11 - 5:35 pm

  754. lauren bryson -

    Thanks to b and h photo for the give away! Thanks jasmine for sharing what’s in your bag and how often you use each lens. I would buy a 85mm lens with my winnings!!

      10.26.11 - 5:35 pm

  755. Cassandra Monroe -

    This was a suuuper helpful post, definitely book-marked it ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:35 pm

  756. Samie -

    I hope its meeee!! I’m sooo wanting the Canon 85 1.8!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:35 pm

  757. Lisa S. -

    I made the same "flash" mistake. I have been making my 430EXII work for me through 17 weddings this year…I long for the 580 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:35 pm

  758. Chelsea -

    Thanks for your suggestions! I swoon over those babies all the time. I’m just starting my business and my 85mm f/1.8 is my baby. The 50mm f/1.2 will be my second. Prime lenses give such a great feel to photos. It’s definitely worth running around a shoot for!!

      10.26.11 - 5:35 pm

  759. Tony Belmont -

    Great information (and writing) as always.Interesting to read what you started with and how you’ve progressed.

      10.26.11 - 5:36 pm

  760. Vannia -

    Jasmine, thank you so much for writing this post. I love reading your blog and am very thankful for it. Right now I am looking to buy the 50mm f1.4 lens. I have the 24-105 f4 lens but need to expand my lenses and knowledge. Maybe later (when I save enough cash) I’ll get the super-awesome 70-200 f2.8 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:36 pm

  761. Debby -

    Love all this glass! I would get the 70-200L 2.8!!! Been wanting it for so long!


      10.26.11 - 5:36 pm

  762. Chelsea -

    Thanks for your suggestions! I swoon over those babies all the time. I’m just starting my business and my 85mm f/1.8 is my baby. The 50mm f/1.2 will be my second. Prime lenses give such a great feel to photos. It’s definitely worth running around a shoot for!!

      10.26.11 - 5:36 pm

  763. Danielle Dobson -

    I’m saving up for the 85 1.2, so beautiful!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:36 pm

  764. Jennifer Orellana -

    I would love to buy…. 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:36 pm

  765. Zachary Hunt -

    There are many items in your post that I love to put $100 towards, but I would have to choose the Canon 580EXII first.

      10.26.11 - 5:37 pm

  766. Michelle Guzman -

    Thanks so much for this post!! I am researching new lens options so this is great!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:37 pm

  767. Daniele Springett -

    I would use the $100 gift certificate to go towards a Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight!
    Daniele S.

      10.26.11 - 5:37 pm

  768. Evan Hunt -

    35mm 1.4! Thanks for sharing!!

      10.26.11 - 5:38 pm

  769. Suzy -

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with those of us just getting started!!

      10.26.11 - 5:39 pm

  770. Bryan Ackerman -

    My wife and I shoot Nikon D700s and love the full-frame sensors as well. The next lens we would love to get would be the 70-200. Right now we use the older 80-200. Thanks for your posts, we love reading them! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:39 pm

  771. Kerry Sawyers -

    absolutely, undeniably, without a doubt…. would DIE for that 85mm 1.2 lens. I’ve been wanting that one for a while and just haven’t been able to do so. This is a great post, my friend pointed me in your direction and I’m very grateful to stumble upon your site.

      10.26.11 - 5:39 pm

  772. Jaclyn Marie -

    Mama need a new 580EX; one of mine broke in the midst of my 7 wedding marathon this month! Ack!

      10.26.11 - 5:39 pm

  773. Mike Burton -

    Great look at what a true professional has in her/his bag. That said, the only gripe i have is it aint a Nikon. Love your work Jasmine & JD!!

      10.26.11 - 5:40 pm

  774. Kim Dalena -

    Wonderful info. Thanks so much. I am looking for a good macro lens

      10.26.11 - 5:40 pm

  775. Bryan Ackerman -

    My wife and I shoot Nikon D700s and love the full-frame sensors as well. The next lens we would love to get would be the 70-200. Right now we use the older 80-200. Thanks for your posts, we love reading them! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:40 pm

  776. Bryan Ackerman -

    My wife and I shoot Nikon D700s and love the full-frame sensors as well. The next lens we would love to get would be the 70-200. Right now we use the older 80-200. Thanks for your posts, we love reading them! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:40 pm

  777. Allana -

    Well I shoot nikon.. but a 35mm is on my list! so a gift certificate would be a small step towards that ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks for the post!

      10.26.11 - 5:40 pm

  778. Bianca Springer -

    Hmmm, I think I’d put this towards my next lens purchase!

      10.26.11 - 5:40 pm

  779. Jason Wehrman -

    What would I buy? It wouldn’t buy what I want but it would help my buy the 580EXII…

      10.26.11 - 5:40 pm

  780. Maridette -

    Love this post!

      10.26.11 - 5:40 pm

  781. Jackie G -

    Wow thank you for sharing about your camera and lenses. Thanks for a chance to win! I would use it towards buying my husband a new SLR for his 30th birthday. He has an old 35mm SLR that he wishes he could upgrade to digital.

      10.26.11 - 5:41 pm

  782. Jessica {Lera Photography} -

    Hi Jasmine! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for posting this, it’s really helpful when photographers you admire talk openly about stuff like this, it makes decisions much easier.

    I do have a question though, you said you prefer the 5D file OVER the 5Dmkii? I’ve been looking into upgrading my camera (it’ll happen one of these days!) and I’m seriously looking at the 5D. I’ve seen a couple other people say that they prefer the 5D files, and if you do too, then my decision is made ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:41 pm

  783. Samantha Lord -

    I’m saving up for the 50mm, 1.2. I can’t wait until the day that little darling is mine!

      10.26.11 - 5:41 pm

  784. Jessica Cortes -

    Thank you so much for this! I love to read reviews on different lenses, but this one was so much more helpful as you described what you used it for, and how it helped your style! Thank you!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:41 pm

  785. Chrissy Henry -

    My name is Chrissy Henry, and my e-mail address is chrissy@chrissyhenry.com

    I’m a few days away from purchasing the 5DMII (which is so exciting and scary because I just turned 20 and am a starving college student and infant-stage wedding photog!!!) I could definitely use a little help ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 5:41 pm

  786. Meghan Fryer -

    I have been itching to buy a new lens and that would give me a headstart on the saving front:)

      10.26.11 - 5:41 pm

  787. Joachim Karlsson -

    This was a great post! Thank you! It would have been fun to see a sample picture as well from the different lenses.
    I’m flying to the US from Sweden over the holidays, and a gift certificate at B&H would make an awesome Christmas present.

      10.26.11 - 5:42 pm

  788. Beverly -

    I would love to get the 580EXII!

      10.26.11 - 5:42 pm

  789. Andrea Warden -

    So grateful for this insightful post!! ๐Ÿ™‚ My next purchase will definitely be the 70-200!!!

      10.26.11 - 5:42 pm

  790. Robyn -

    Hey Jasmine! I’d use the g.c. toward a backup 580 EX for my second shooter… or maybe a new lens… or something else on my want list… I love B&H, so it’d definitely go to good use. Hope you have a beautiful Wednesday! – Robyn; robyn@robynphoto.com

      10.26.11 - 5:43 pm

  791. Bryan Ackerman -

    My wife and I shoot D700s and we also love the full-frame sensors. The lens we would love to buy next would be a 70-200. Right now we are using an older 80-200. Thanks for your posts, we love reading them! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:43 pm

  792. Sabrina Hill -

    This photog needs some new filters! Thanks for the tips JS!

      10.26.11 - 5:43 pm

  793. Scott Herdling -

    I would use the $100 g/c toward the purchase of new back grounds for my studio.

      10.26.11 - 5:44 pm

  794. Jessica Lemmons -

    Thank you for sharing all this great info with all of us! Love hearing about the behind the scenes stuff!

      10.26.11 - 5:44 pm

  795. Rachel Bond -

    Thanks for sharing what’s in your bag! So helpful!
    I’d put that $100 with the money I’ve been saving up for the 70-200 2.8!

      10.26.11 - 5:44 pm

  796. Melissa Cramer -

    Hmmmm… thinking, thinking. I would say either a better backup camera for my second shooter/husband or the 85mm. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:44 pm

  797. Russell Caron -

    Great post! Fellow Canon fan!

      10.26.11 - 5:45 pm

  798. Natasha Vissia -

    This is awesome! I have been saving up for the Canon 5DMII, so this would SO help! Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 5:45 pm

  799. // Dani -

    Helloooou Jasmine. It’s me. Daniela. I would loooove to buy the bigger flash. Have made the same mistake as you, bought the 480. See ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 5:45 pm

  800. Linda -

    Thanks for the insightful post, Jasmine! I know what you mean about writing up posts in your head for a while before they make it into the real world (wide web). Would love to know what you recommend for bags (equipment) and even stylish but comfortable shooting shoes. We just got a ThinkTank because of the rave reviews. Thanks again!

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  801. Kristen Forner -

    I would use that gift card towards the SB 900 flash that I’m saving up for ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  802. Kelly Serniak -

    Thank you for always providing such insightful information in such an interesting and funny way! You are truly a great inspiration! We love you and have been following you since your first creative live! Simply Brilliant. Cheers!

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  803. Chia -

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I would totally use this towards a 35mm f.2

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  804. Stephanie Lindsay -

    I’ve been trying to save for the 70-200 2.8 and as much as $100 is a drop in the bucket for that baby it would really really help ๐Ÿ™‚ fingers crossed!

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  805. Jody T -

    Great post! It’s nice to not only see what you have in your bag, but how you use it. Very helpful.

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  806. Joy T -

    Ahhh – I was so excited about this post and love hearing which scenarios prompted you to use certain lenses. I’m a "newbie", if you will and appreciate so much all of your tips! I have been going back and forth about the 430 or 580 flash – – well, you just made up my mind for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ the $100 GC would be a huge help, much appreciated, a blessing, awesome, fantastic, and a little bit groovy! Happy Wednesday back to you!

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  807. Jocelyn de Moissac -

    Hey Jasmine,
    Thanks so much for this post its got some great info in it. I have a similar line up to yours, but my bag is lacking the lovely 35mm L.- its on my list to do (such as saving my pennies) so hopefully soon:) cheers and thanks again for being so helpful!! joe@demophotography.com

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  808. Robert Hillis -

    Jasmine! I thoroughly enjoyed this post! It helped confirm so many things I already feel about the choices I made in my own equipment as well as helping me shape my choices for the future! Thank you so much. I completely agree with you on using the long lenses for the wedding ceremony. I incorporate what I call "Non-Invasive Photography" techniques into my weddings because you are right, too many times the photogs and videog’s get in the way. The wedding couple devouts soo much time and money into this day and invite so many important people to share in this intimate once in a lifetime event to only have a photographer ruin it by standing in front of everyone all the time. By keeping out of the way but still getting intimate shots using the telephoto you are able to give you clients something they never thought twice about, an enjoyable experience! Thank you!

      10.26.11 - 5:46 pm

  809. Franz Espiritu -

    Jasmine, I am drawn to the 35mm. I too want to be smitten. I always re-watch your CL class that I purchased. So much info each time ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  810. Becky Eastman -

    Great info and so funny. You are a great writer.
    If I win I’m for sure getting the Brad Pitt lens. The Hunk! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  811. Katie -

    WOW you have so many amazing lenses and girl, you know how to rock them ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  812. Amy -

    I’m saving up for the 70-200 2.8 IS. I rent it now and have a hard time sending it back every time! My 50 1.2 is on my camera 95% of the time.

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  813. Kimberly -

    I would LOVE the gift certificate. I’m saving up for the 35mm 1.4 and 580 flash (I have the 430…lesson learned).

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  814. Aisha Mujib Khan -

    Thanks for this review! I’ve actually been wanting to buy a wider lens for awhile. The only prime I have is a 50, but I have the 7D so at 1.6 I’m shooting at an 80, not great if you’re up close and personal. Now I just need to decide between the 24 and the 35 keeping that 1.6 in mind.

    Also, I don’t know if this is a thing, but sometimes I feel like my arms are too weak to hold the 70-200 at long periods of time and my shots aren’t quite as in focus as they could be because of it. Gotta get my work out on!

    Lastly, yay for B&H!!

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  815. Sarah Crespo -

    Thanks for sharing, Jasmine! I desperately want an 85mm 1.2 lens! Or more prime lenses in general, for that matter ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  816. Karen Allen -

    Such an awesome post, thank you! I am THISCLOSE to getting my 50 1.2 and I cannot wait to get my hands on that beauty. ๐Ÿ™‚ what a grand day that will be!

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  817. Andie Thomas -

    I love this review! I can certainly appreciate seeing a pro’s input on great lenses. I am also smitten with the 50mm primes, they make beautiful bokeh ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:47 pm

  818. Steve gutierrez -

    Hi Jasmine! I would put it towards the 50 1.2 – I’ve been wanting that lens for quite some time. -Steve Gutierrez (steve@deborah-stephen.com) thank you for this opportunity ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:49 pm

  819. Nicole Gelinas -

    Great post! Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize. This is probably not the answer you would expect, but I would totally buy some film, a darkroom safe light, a film changing bag, and a new battery for my digi camera!

    Nicole Gelinas

      10.26.11 - 5:49 pm

  820. Tammy Circeo -

    I’ve been following you for a bit now and am totally in love with your work, your style, and your philosophy! (And I enjoy superfluous exclamation points, too.) I would love to win just one thing in my life … and this certificate would go towards maybe the flash. Or one of the prime lenses. Or maybe pay the tax on the 70-200. Yeah, I’m greedy and I want it all!!

      10.26.11 - 5:49 pm

  821. ashley nicole -

    Thanks for this post. I love to hear what other think of their gear, especially from the perspective of what fits their style!

    If I won the gift card I’d have to invest in more memory cards! Can’t have too many of those! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 5:49 pm

  822. Gianne Snow -

    Please pick me! I am planning on purchasing the 85mm 1.4 pretty soon and would love it if you picked me!

      10.26.11 - 5:49 pm

  823. Amy Snyder -

    Thanks for sharing!!

      10.26.11 - 5:50 pm

  824. Angel Canary -

    B&H rocks and I’m not sure if there is anything there I have NOT bought haha! If I won the $100 gift certificate I could use it for new seamless paper for our wedding photo booth or new eyepiece extenders for our 5dmii’s! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 5:50 pm

  825. Christine -

    I never use my 16-35mm either but always pack it "just in case." Just in case never! Ah well… best to be prepared. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:50 pm

  826. Sheri -

    First, YOU are A-MAZING and I can only dream to one day be as good as you.

    Second, I would get the 70-200, I need a good zoom!

      10.26.11 - 5:50 pm

  827. Karen -

    85mm 1.2…..Would love this lens!

      10.26.11 - 5:51 pm

  828. Quincy -

    Hi, I’m just 2 an a half years into my Photography career and loving it! This blog was everything I needed to know. I had a few questions on all the lenses you spoke about and you’ve answered all!! Great blog and thank you for letting us into your magic bag! Oh I would put that $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 35mm 2.0. I have the 85mm 1.8(my favorite lens). I have a long way to go but I know I’ll get there. Check out my site and let me know what you think of my work so far. Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write this blog for people like me that are new to the business.

      10.26.11 - 5:51 pm

  829. Denise Hernandez -

    Not sure what I would buy with it yet…. but am super excited to browse around the shop!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:52 pm

  830. Jenna Marie Moore -

    Would love $100 to get some more gear in my bag! Now that I’m ending my first year in the business it’s time to start slowly adding to my collection! Love your blog!

      10.26.11 - 5:52 pm

  831. Carrie -

    This is awesome! Carrie, carrierichardsonfry[at]gmail.com

    I too am waiting for the 5D Mark III (I shoot with the 7D right now and I am obsessed with the focal points).

    I would save this to put toward my next lens (possibly the 50mm 1.2)

      10.26.11 - 5:52 pm

  832. Sean V -

    Thank u for sharing! Your blog has been such a great help to me as I have fallen in love with photography. I would use the B&H $ towards that beautious 100mm macro IS ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:52 pm

  833. Jim -

    ooooooooooo, would love to own all of this gear! DIEING for the 85.1/2 or 35 1.4. $100 would be a great way to help save. : )

    LOVE your work. Stalk you on a regular basis.

      10.26.11 - 5:52 pm

  834. Stephanie Salvador -

    Stephanie Salvador

    Hi!! I SO wish I could have seen you NYC today! Anywho… if I won the $100 certificate I would use it towards buying my 1st tripod… probably a Manfrotto. Have a great time in NYC!! :o)

      10.26.11 - 5:52 pm

  835. Julie Atkins -

    I am so smitten with so many of these lenses! The dilemma would be which one to spend the gift card on!

      10.26.11 - 5:52 pm

  836. Jenna Marie Moore -

    Would love $100 to get some more gear in my bag! Now that I’m ending my first year in the business it’s time to start slowly adding to my collection! Love your blog!

      10.26.11 - 5:53 pm

  837. Cristal Veronica -

    I have been dreaming about the day that I can get my hands on a 35mm f/1.4. But I think I’ll have to start with a 35mm f/1.8 due to price. Either way, I’ll be one happy lady!

      10.26.11 - 5:53 pm

  838. Christina Carter -

    Christina Carter

      10.26.11 - 5:53 pm

  839. Kumu -

    Thanks for sharing your lenses, I shoot with a Nikon and the 70-200mm 2.8 is what I have been chasing after (money wise) for a year. I love when people share their lenses, it makes me want to take them out, launch some clay pigeons, and shoot away.

      10.26.11 - 5:53 pm

  840. Sydney Paige Hollingsworth -

    Ahhhhhh, this will help me get toward my ulitmate goal of buying the Canon 5dmII that I have been wanting! Or get me that fabulous lens!
    Thanks for all the information you listed above! :]

      10.26.11 - 5:53 pm

  841. Heather -

    Fantastic post! Just doing my research trying to find if I could only buy one lens, which would it be and how does is work in cramped situations. I’m leaning towards the 85mm 1.2… but I’ve been hearing a bunch of great things about the 35mm 1.4… Decisions, decision! $100 would get me on my way!

      10.26.11 - 5:54 pm

  842. Liz Flaherty -

    Thank you for this post!
    I have been debating on which lens to invest in next. I’m leaning towards the 35mm 1.4.
    If I won the B & H gift card I would buy some CF Cards!

      10.26.11 - 5:54 pm

  843. Melissa Hudak -

    I would definitely buy the flash.

      10.26.11 - 5:55 pm

  844. sydni -

    i’d put it towards a 50mm 1.2 that i’ve had my eye on for far too long.

      10.26.11 - 5:55 pm

  845. sara f -

    Umm, all of it! Definitely getting the 85 1.8.

      10.26.11 - 5:56 pm

  846. Aislinn Bailey -

    I would buy a 24mm so that I could more easily do family formals. I am currently attempting to shoot those with a 50mm.

      10.26.11 - 5:56 pm

  847. Jenna Marie Moore -

    Would love $100 to add new gear to my bag! Now that I’m finishing up my first year in the business it’s time to start adding to my collection! Love your blog!!

      10.26.11 - 5:57 pm

  848. Robyn Kord -

    Thanks for the equipment post!! If there was any lens I ever needed, it would be the 85mm. I have a 50 1.2, 70-200 2.8 and a wide angle lens. Every year, my style gets more and more defined; thaks to you ๐Ÿ˜‰ so this will help me gravitate more that way. Thanks so much for all your posts!!

      10.26.11 - 5:57 pm

  849. Kristi Hill -

    Thank you for this post! I love to hear what other people are using. I own several of these lenses but your insight on some new ones is great!

      10.26.11 - 5:57 pm

  850. Tiffany Mc -

    I would love to you use the gift certificate on a Canon 85mm 1.8. Until the 1.2 is in my budget. You are such an inspiration!

      10.26.11 - 5:57 pm

  851. Marla -

    I’m a Nikon girl, but still love reading your reviews. Who knows, one day I might consider switching over ๐Ÿ™‚ Sweet B&H giveaway! mfeeneyphotography@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 5:57 pm

  852. Dayna Pollard -

    I need a macro lens…BAD, for those pesky rings!

      10.26.11 - 5:58 pm

  853. Chris Fig -

    What a tremendous and in depth review of your lenses and why each particular lens is a necessary part of your kit.

    It’s especially interesting that your main lenses are all prime lenses. That’s very cool.

      10.26.11 - 5:58 pm

  854. Monica -

    I would use it towards the Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens.

      10.26.11 - 5:58 pm

  855. Aimee -

    I would buy the 85mm, 1.8. Or, maybe, the 16-35mm, 2.8 because I have a Rebel with a cropped sensor. Saying I’ll shoot at 16 with the Rebel is like saying I’ll go to prom again. It just ain’t gonna happen. Okay, so I hope this isn’t the first comment because I kind of feel like that super eager kid in second grade who has their hand raised and is hopping out of their seat saying, "Oooh, Oooh, I know, I know the answer!" And the teacher is ignoring me to give another kid a chance. That might have happened to me before.

      10.26.11 - 5:58 pm

  856. Erika Darcy -

    I would use the gift card towards a Nikon 50mm AF-S 1.4. I made the mistake of purchasing the AF (no S) 1.8 version and it is completely manual focus. Great in certain situations, but not ideal.

      10.26.11 - 5:59 pm

  857. Egidijus -

    I would buy same as you! I like fixed lenses because they forces you to move and find different, interesting angles and of course bokeh ๐Ÿ™‚ my choice would be 50mm 1.2, 85 1.2, 70-200mm and 24-70mm if wide angle is needed. That’s my dream ๐Ÿ˜€ And for now i have my only and best friend sigma 50mm 1.4 :)))

      10.26.11 - 5:59 pm

  858. Bella Flores -

    Great info..thanks for taking the time to write about it!!

      10.26.11 - 5:59 pm

  859. Aimee Wyatt -

    Thank you so much for sharing Jasmine! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 5:59 pm

  860. Carrie Callahan -

    I love this post!!! Great to see what you use to fit your style and why you like the ones you do and don’t like the ones you don’t. You are fabulous as always!!!! Thanks for the opportunitiy to win too!

      10.26.11 - 6:00 pm

  861. Chelsea Hamshaw -

    Thank you so much for reviewing these lenses.. we have been considering our next upgrade for so long, and its great to know what other photographers love and use….

      10.26.11 - 6:02 pm

  862. Maria Burnham -

    85mm, 1.2 is my dream! But it will stay as a dream for awhile. So 85mm, 1.8 would be my choice.

      10.26.11 - 6:02 pm

  863. Matt Schipper -

    I’ve been deciding between long lenses and wide angles for my next purchase, and the wide have won! I rock a 7D and a 20D and am looking to pick up a wide angle lens that will work with my system… I’m thinking the 24mm might be my next purchase! Thanks for your thoughts on gear!

      10.26.11 - 6:02 pm

  864. Brenda Madden -

    I love reading your posts. I’ve just started taking pictures recently & have a love for low light & night shots. Reading your blog makes me want to do weddings though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I shoot with Nikon & just invested in a 35mm, 1.8 yesterday. I’ve rented it a few times & now it is my new love.

      10.26.11 - 6:02 pm

  865. Kansas Caruso -

    Oh there are so many options for that $100 gift card!!!
    Thanks for sharing what’s in your bag!

      10.26.11 - 6:02 pm

  866. Tammy Cedar -

    I would love to invest in a new flash for my camera with a B&H gift card!

      10.26.11 - 6:02 pm

  867. Jacob Lund -

    Great post Jasmine.. Thank you very much. If I got the 100$ certificate, i would probably use it for one of the L lenses (the 50 or the 85)

      10.26.11 - 6:03 pm

  868. Ronda -

    I don’t know what I’d buy, but I’ve got a million new tabs open from following your links.

      10.26.11 - 6:04 pm

  869. Kristin Neufeld -

    Thank you so much for posting this ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be purchasing the 5dmii this week, and needed some great advice on other lenses as well. i have been shooting with the 50, but i think i am leaning towards getting a 35 now too! thanks jas!

      10.26.11 - 6:04 pm

  870. Amber Nolen -

    So I THOUGHT I knew what lens I would buy next, but you have officially sold me on the Canon 85mm, 1.8! Just starting out…

      10.26.11 - 6:04 pm

  871. Shannon -

    Love, love your way with words, Jasmine, these descriptions are beautiful! I have a mile long wish list at B&H – heehee, reflectors and lighting and lenses – oh my!!

      10.26.11 - 6:04 pm

  872. Al -

    Can I ask the obvious newbe question as to why you chose Canon over Nikon? Thank you and good luck today in NY.

      10.26.11 - 6:05 pm

  873. Lisette T -

    Although I’m a Nikon user I do find your "Whats in my Bag" post very helpful! Thank you!

    If I were to win the $100 Gift Certificate I’d use it to help purchase my very first lens! I’ve been renting til now but this would help me oodles!

      10.26.11 - 6:05 pm

  874. April -

    I’ve been needing a post like this, I have some cash saved up for a new lens and although I shoot Nikon, I’ve been thinking of the 80-200 2.8, not sure if it’s equivalent to the Canon but great to see what an important piece it is! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:05 pm

  875. Pamela -

    I would love to win your gift certificate. Right now, with the holidays coming, I am in real need a of low light lens (since I’m not professional) I think a 50 1.8 or 35 1.8 would be my best bet.

      10.26.11 - 6:05 pm

  876. Jennifer Aguilar -

    Thanks for the in depth review! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:05 pm

  877. Keith Bradshaw -

    My next lens is the Canon 24-105.

      10.26.11 - 6:06 pm

  878. Katie Williams -

    I would LOVE to get a 50mm lens!!! Thanks, Jasmine, for sharing so much helpful info. I love your work–and your blog!

      10.26.11 - 6:06 pm

  879. Kristen Stoltenberg -

    I love your blog! It’s so informative and I’m a very new aspiring photographer. I’d buy a 50 mm f/1.4 Nikon lens as I have a Nikon D3100 with only the lens that came with it. See, I told you I was new!

      10.26.11 - 6:07 pm

  880. Jenny Camponeschi -

    Very interesting to learn what you shoot with! ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of those lenses are out of my price range and beside, I am a amateur photographer who has had her SLR for about a year, so I am still learning. I would use the $100 to get a speedlight though. I need to add it to my bag so I can stop using my annoying pop-up flash!

      10.26.11 - 6:07 pm

  881. Eileen -

    I’d buy the 100 Macro! : )

      10.26.11 - 6:07 pm

  882. Callie -

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! CallieHardman@gmail.com. 70-200mm, ah-yes-pa-lease!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the wonderful post and the sweet chance of winning from B&H!!!

      10.26.11 - 6:08 pm

  883. Janie Rangel -

    Thanks for the chance to win Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 6:08 pm

  884. Tammy Stark -

    Tammy Stark here! Awesome post, and OOOh! I’m coveting the 85mm prime from B&H. It’s a must have. Thx for sharing, Jasmine! tammystarkphoto@sbcglobal.net

      10.26.11 - 6:09 pm

  885. Brittany Herzberg -

    Jasmine..I loved this post! As a beginner in the field of photography I’ve been looking for a post such as this to break down lenses (and flash gear!). Based on your suggestions and personal uses of the lenses, I think purchasing a Canon 35mm 1.4 lens would be the best step for me!

      10.26.11 - 6:09 pm

  886. Kelly Whitmore -

    Thanks for all the great info, Jasmine! I just rented some lenses yesterday for an upcoming wedding. I wish I had seen this earlier! My next addition will definitely be the 78-200mm, 2.8 IS. I have heard such great things, and I can’t wait to own it!

      10.26.11 - 6:09 pm

  887. Maria -

    Oh, this post was so helpful! – Maria, mvseugenio@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 6:09 pm

  888. Brittany Herzberg -

    Jasmine..I loved this post! As a beginner in the field of photography I’ve been looking for a post such as this to break down lenses (and flash gear!). Based on your suggestions and personal uses of the lenses, I think purchasing a Canon 35mm 1.4 lens would be the best step for me!

      10.26.11 - 6:10 pm

  889. Brittany Herzberg -

    Jasmine..I loved this post! As a beginner in the field of photography I’ve been looking for a post such as this to break down lenses (and flash gear!). Based on your suggestions and personal uses of the lenses, I think purchasing a Canon 35mm 1.4 lens would be the best step for me!

      10.26.11 - 6:10 pm

  890. britt -

    id put it towards an underwater housing for my camera ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:10 pm

  891. Rachel -

    I’d buy the 5DMII. missrachelle@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 6:10 pm

  892. Rob Hall -

    Thanks for sharing what gear you carry… Love your Blog!!! Would use the Gift Card to purchase the Canon 85mm f/1.8 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:10 pm

  893. Alison -


      10.26.11 - 6:11 pm

  894. Christina -

    I love B&H almost as much as I love you! I would use the gift card towards an SB900 Flash for my Nikon D700

      10.26.11 - 6:11 pm

  895. Tosh Mickler -

    Enjoyed the post! I have the 50 1.8 but a wider prime sounds great.

      10.26.11 - 6:11 pm

  896. paul -

    i would purchase a tv!

      10.26.11 - 6:11 pm

  897. Kellie Conlon -

    I love BH! I have been waiting to buy a macro. Thanks for the reviews!

      10.26.11 - 6:12 pm

  898. Austin Miller -

    Really cool post, Jasmine! It’s always interesting to see how others shoot!

    I would definitely use the gift card to get the Nikon 35mm f/1.8. (:

      10.26.11 - 6:12 pm

  899. Erin -

    Thanks for sharing Jasmine! I’d totally use that gift certificate towards some pocket wizards! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:13 pm

  900. Kate lowenstein -

    I’d get me the 85!

      10.26.11 - 6:14 pm

  901. Tiffany Walde -

    Thank you for this post!!! If I were to win a $100 dollar gift card, I would definitely put it toward a new camera – 5D Mark 2. I have been shooting with my first camera -rebel xti – for years and am feeling like I have outgrown it a LONG time ago. Now I am just trying to rock it as good as I can until I have saved enough for my new one.

      10.26.11 - 6:14 pm

  902. Jeni E. -

    Cool – I’m in – jenieligh@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 6:14 pm

  903. James Saleska -

    I’d buy a lens filter to protect my 50 1.2.

      10.26.11 - 6:15 pm

  904. Alyssa Mintus -

    Great post! I always find it interesting to see what other photographers use and what they love. If I won the $100 gc I would put it towards a Nikon 50mm 1.4

      10.26.11 - 6:16 pm

  905. Abby Hart -

    Only you could make a completely non-nerdy post about gear. You’re my hero.

      10.26.11 - 6:16 pm

  906. Annie Bleuer -

    I would buy a fixed wide angle lens…


      10.26.11 - 6:16 pm

  907. Lisa Aho -

    Thanks for sharing! It’s nice to know what lenses other photographers shoot with for what (ok, so that wasn’t really great english…but you get it I’m sure.).
    Cheers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 6:16 pm

  908. Hannah Farmer -

    Hey! I’d love to be able to put thi toward another lens. I just purchased the canon 5D Mark II and I am SOOO in love with it too!! I just need some more lens’s. I only have two… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:16 pm

  909. Monica Bell -

    Thanks for sharing whats in your bag! I am looking to upgrade to a 70-200 f2.8L, a 24-70, 10-22 and eventually the canon 5D MIII that i keep hearing about. The $100.00 gift certificate would be very much appreciated in upgrading my gear! Jasmine thank you for always being so open and helping other photographers! you are such a blessing!! not to mention your a total rockstar!

      10.26.11 - 6:16 pm

  910. Jackie Peters -

    I am going to have dreams of L lenses with wings fluttering through a field as I try to capture them with a butterfly net. I think I actually started drooling over this post! Thanks Jasmine! That was a great peak!

      10.26.11 - 6:17 pm

  911. Griselda Vargas -

    Hi! My name is Griselda Vargas and my email is iamgriselda@gmail.com. If I won I would immediately put that money towards a 50mm 1.2f lens! I swoon for your pics and I don’t have this one yet, so its the logical choice for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:17 pm

  912. Karen Paulson -

    Great information! Thank you!

      10.26.11 - 6:17 pm

  913. Timothy Eyrich -

    Jasmine. I actually bought the 50 1.2L based on you review and have LOVED it since. It has totally redefined my style and brides love it! Entering to win re gift card ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:18 pm

  914. Shondra W. -

    Well…first comment never wins, but oh well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would put the money toward buying that 85mm that you rave about…I have love affairs with that lens in my dreams (ssshh..don’t tell my husband).


      10.26.11 - 6:19 pm

  915. Cheryl Pon -

    Thanks for sharing this post! I totally agree that the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS is a MUST-HAVE for ceremonies. I’m in the camera market to buy one!

      10.26.11 - 6:19 pm

  916. Michelle -

    I’ve never won anything in my life, but here goes nothing! My next lens purchase would either be the 70-200 or the 35mm 1.4. They are both beautiful lenses so it would be a difficult choice.

      10.26.11 - 6:19 pm

  917. Heather Stearns -

    Maybe put it toward the 70-200 I desperately want… Or wireless flash triggers if I’m being more conservative.

    Wondering… what do you think of the new Canon 1Dx?

      10.26.11 - 6:20 pm

  918. Stacy Herr -

    I want a Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS
    so so bad. $100 would put a small dent in the cost!

      10.26.11 - 6:20 pm

  919. Kim -

    My wish list includes the 24-70, an 85, and a 35. Hmmm… or the 70-200 2.8 IS. I have the 100mm Macro and love it but it was a steep learning curve when I started with it.

      10.26.11 - 6:20 pm

  920. Bethany Ann -

    Thanks for sharing your camera gear! ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed reading your blog, today and every day! And I hope to win the gift certificate! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:20 pm

  921. Lucy Gregory -

    Always so good to see what someone else has! I’ve always been so restricted on cash due to my lovely, but meagre student budget and have only, in the last 10 months, ventured into the fantastic world of prime lenses. Therefore I think with $100 I would just want to continue adding to it! It would certainly help me along the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:20 pm

  922. Alecia -

    I would put it toward a prime lens. Maybe the 50 1.4?

      10.26.11 - 6:22 pm

  923. Alicia Haskew -

    I LOVE my 50mm 1.4, but next stop is the 85mm! I hope I win!!!

      10.26.11 - 6:22 pm

  924. meredith huntley -

    meredith huntley
    email: mere_huntley@hotmail.com

      10.26.11 - 6:22 pm

  925. Leandro Da Silva -

    I would buy a new memory card!!

      10.26.11 - 6:23 pm

  926. Feather Midgley -

    Thanks for this. I love that you share what you use and how you use it. It’s hard when you have to save up for one thing at a time to know what order to purchase in. This helps a ton.

      10.26.11 - 6:23 pm

  927. Tamarra BaVincio-Legge -

    Thank you SO much for giving us, not only the scoop on what lenses you use, but WHY you do or do not like them! I found that invaluable! And a huge thank you for sharing all that you do on a regular basis. You are an inspiration to so many! mmuah!
    (Gosh, my head is spining thinking of everything i could put the gift certificate towards! But it would def be a lens! I’ve had my eye on several! I may have to sell my house to get a few of them Oh wait, i already sold it! haha! Thanks, again!!)

      10.26.11 - 6:24 pm

  928. Alicia J. -

    Alicia J. – aliciajonesphotography@gmail.com

    I would buy a projector screen, I need one for my small home studio to cover up the window and bounce flash off of on the many overcast winter days that are sure to come. Also can I just say I am drooling over your equipment and also can’t wait to jump on the 5D mark iii when it (hopefully) comes out. Right now I have a 7D and would love to make the jump to full frame

      10.26.11 - 6:24 pm

  929. Jin -

    Hi Jasmine ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great article…Linda and I have started out with the 85mm and 50mm 1.4 and are very happy with it. Maybe someday we’ll add the L’s to our lineup. For now, if we won we’d use it towards TTL flashes instead of the manual ones we’re using on and off camera…kinda old school but we manually power up and down our flash exposure for reception pictures. I love that we’re learning the hard way though ๐Ÿ™‚


      10.26.11 - 6:24 pm

  930. Jennifer Picklo -

    I kinda want a fish eye (I dont have one at all) or maybe a super wide angle-20mm -2.8. Heck, I dunno which I want more. Ha

      10.26.11 - 6:24 pm

  931. randy hansra -

    Love the gear post ! I would like get the 85mm 1.8

      10.26.11 - 6:24 pm

  932. Tami Melissa -

    Love love love to hear about your gear! I definitely have to check out the 85mm 1.2, that one sounds pretty sweet! Maybe I’d put the $100 towards that… hmmm… ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:24 pm

  933. Lydia -

    I’m saving up for the 35 1.4, so this would be perfect! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 6:25 pm

  934. amber -

    Hi Jasmine! Please pick me for the gift card….it’s my birthday today and what an awesome birthday present that would be! I’m also a new mom – baby girl is 2 weeks old today and would love to buy some new gear to take pretty photos of my pretty girl! Xo

      10.26.11 - 6:25 pm

  935. Grace Baek -

    maybe a

      10.26.11 - 6:25 pm

  936. Lisa Francis -

    Thanks so much for all your helpful and encouraging information! I appreciate every post! You truly do beautiful work!
    Lisa Francis

      10.26.11 - 6:25 pm

  937. Candace -

    Thanks for sharing the info on your gear! Very helpful since I have a 5D Mark 11 also. I think if I were to win the 4100 from B+H I would use it towards the 85mm 1.2 or the 1.8 because I want that lens SOOOOO bad! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:25 pm

  938. Crystal -

    Great post – I always like to see what equipment photographers use! And thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would buy the Gary Fong Lightsphere Kit!

      10.26.11 - 6:26 pm

  939. James lee wall -

    Thanks Jas! I have been wanting to get the 50mm 1.2 for a long time. Now, I feel ready to start saving for it!

      10.26.11 - 6:26 pm

  940. Chantale -

    Great post! Your camera bag makes me drool… Thank you so much for sharing such great information.

      10.26.11 - 6:27 pm

  941. Carissa Jung -

    Oh wow I’m first! I’d buy the flash ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:27 pm

  942. Lauryn -

    Thank you for sharing this! I would love to have this in my camera bag, but I’ll settle for the couple lenses I have now. my next purchase I think will be the 85mm, either one of them.

      10.26.11 - 6:28 pm

  943. Veronica G -

    Love B&H,and because of your love song with the 50 1.2, I just had to have it. LOVE it. =)

      10.26.11 - 6:28 pm

  944. Mary Ann CK -

    This post is a gem…Thanks J*

      10.26.11 - 6:29 pm

  945. Shanti Jain -

    I can’t wait to buy my first very own lens!

      10.26.11 - 6:29 pm

  946. kayla :) -

    Kayla Morgenstern – kaylaeyvonne@hotmail.com, I’d definitely put that money towards a macro lens for sure! YUMO!

      10.26.11 - 6:30 pm

  947. SaraJane -

    B&H makes my heart flutter! I would have to pray about what I would put the gift certificate towards! Maybe toward my camera upgrade, I have been shooting with my 40d since she debuted?

      10.26.11 - 6:30 pm

  948. Denise -

    Thanks for letting us look into your camera bag! I’m saving up to upgrade my flash, hopefully soon I’ll own a 580exII instead of always borrowing my friend’s speedlite!

      10.26.11 - 6:31 pm

  949. Lisa -

    I’m dying for the 70-200mm 2.8. I’ve been renting it for weddings but want one of my very own. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:31 pm

  950. Leigh -

    Looks like I may be the FIRST to comment. Thanks so much for the peek in your bag. Only have one body so I would use the GC to get the 5D mark II. YAY!! To send my my prize LOL my email address is leighwphotography@gmail.com. Tata!

      10.26.11 - 6:31 pm

  951. Erin Faye -

    What an awesome giveaway! I would put it towards either the 85mm or 35mm.

      10.26.11 - 6:32 pm

  952. Jaclyn Jezik -

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to write this out!! Its always great to get insight from someone like you {with your experience and A-mazingness and all}!

      10.26.11 - 6:32 pm

  953. RedSphere Wedding Photography -

    Love your 85mm 1.2, wish Nikon made one ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the write-up!

      10.26.11 - 6:33 pm

  954. Brittany Schlamp -

    I think I would soooo invest in some more equipment. I’ve been wanting to buy this or that, but haven’t had enough! That $100 will get me much closer!!

      10.26.11 - 6:33 pm

  955. Clint Fraser -

    Really liking the looks of the 85mm 1.2. Would love to get my hands on it!

      10.26.11 - 6:33 pm

  956. Andrew Maness -

    Awesome post. I am just starting out and it is nice to see that even people like you started out without L lenses.

      10.26.11 - 6:34 pm

  957. Louisa -

    This is such a great post. Thank you for wanting to share what you know with us ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:34 pm

  958. francesca -

    I love when photographers post about their equipment. Getting a consumer review from people who do what I’m attempting to do is always very helpful.

    If I am the one lucky winner, I would put that money towards a solid 35mm. I have the 50mm, 1.2 (which apparently was the best purchase I’ve ever made. Its awesomeness is appreciated by all). But it’s very frustrating when I’m pressed up against a wall and I’m still too close!

      10.26.11 - 6:34 pm

  959. Christy Williamson -

    I’d put the $100 towards buying that 50mm 1.2 lens….suhweet!!! :o)

    LOVE YOU J*! :o)

    Christy Williamson

      10.26.11 - 6:34 pm

  960. courtney -

    this is so helpful, thanks!

      10.26.11 - 6:35 pm

  961. Sudheer -

    Wow, sweet set of lenses and thanks for your review. I have been planning to get a 50mm lens. I would get a 50mm F/1.8 lens.

      10.26.11 - 6:35 pm

  962. Amanda Turner -

    I am dying to buy my first fixed lens. I would love to buy the 50mm f1.2 but since I’m in my first year as a photographer I will probably go for the 50mm f1.4. I love your blog!

      10.26.11 - 6:37 pm

  963. David Burbach -

    Thanks for the post, I am saving my penny’s for that 50mm 1.2, I absolutely love it too!

      10.26.11 - 6:37 pm

  964. Cynthia Kronour -

    Would love to put this towards my equipment building fund! Thank you. : )

      10.26.11 - 6:37 pm

  965. Kim Benesh -


    (I’d use it to buy th 580 flash!)

      10.26.11 - 6:38 pm

  966. liz -

    Love this peek into your bag! I dream about a 50mm 1.2.

      10.26.11 - 6:38 pm

  967. Wendy -

    Love this article, Thanks for the tips!

      10.26.11 - 6:38 pm

  968. Jennifer Hudspeth -

    Ummm. YES. I would buy the FLASH. I have been struggling to find a flash and then BAM. This would be heaven sent. (Especially because I have an 8:00 PM wedding coming up…. Yeah.) My thoughts exactly. : D

      10.26.11 - 6:39 pm

  969. Alora Marie -

    Alora Marie, hello@aloramarie.com

    I’d love to get a seamless white backdrop, a black rapid strap…or put the gift certificate towards a 35mm lens! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:39 pm

  970. Kathy -

    I would use it to buy an 18-200mm lens since my 18-135 is broke. I’m having a hard time finding the cashola for a new lens.

      10.26.11 - 6:39 pm

  971. Laura -

    I have been wanting to buy the Canon 5D Mark II for the longest time! I would put this towards finally buying that ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:40 pm

  972. Heather Laake -

    I think my next purchase would be the 85 mm. Loved this post. Thanks.

      10.26.11 - 6:40 pm

  973. Suman Chakravarthy -

    That was grt info… but I desperately need that 85mm 1.2… ๐Ÿ™‚ and would not mind a 100$ gift certificate ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 6:40 pm

  974. Melanie kuntz -

    I really want to add to my collection with a 50mm 1.4

      10.26.11 - 6:40 pm

  975. Melissa -

    I have the 85 1.8 and I love it above my 24-70 2.8. Those are my two main lenses. I cannot wait to own the 50 1.2. melissa_bolanos@hotmail.com

      10.26.11 - 6:40 pm

  976. Kelli -

    I NEED a Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS!!! Thanks for another fabulous post!!!

      10.26.11 - 6:42 pm

  977. Jason -

    Love your review of your gear. I had the 100 f2.8 non IS for some time and have been thinking of upgrading to the 100L. I think you made my mind up for me. Gotta get it.
    Keep writting, love your posts.

      10.26.11 - 6:42 pm

  978. Meghan -

    I would love the giftcard to help pay for the 580ex II flash!!


      10.26.11 - 6:42 pm

  979. Ursula Page -

    ooohhh…would love to win!!

      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  980. Geeta Randery -

    Lens I’d buy? Hmm, I’ll get to that, but first Off.. HUGE THANK YOU for being so open about your information, experience, pro’s/con’s, and most of all your ‘here-to-help’ nature. I have the utmost respect for self-made artists like yourself. I have no training in photography, but recently fell in love w/ the photojournalistic style of photography after my engagement shoot. I asked my photographer for the raw images and began my journey of the ‘learning curve.’ I’ve been in corporate america for 7 years, but have a new found addiction to what seems to be all about images. I have aspirations of being a great indian wedding photographer one day (I’m giving myself 1-2 yrs … to make it happen ๐Ÿ™‚ BUT when I asked for help, I was told Indian Wedding Photographers are super possessive of their work, experience, and knowledge! Ugh! Well there goes THAT!! Looks like I’m on my own (with ur help of course!) Let the journey begin ๐Ÿ™‚ I however, have a sweet gut feeling we’ll cross paths one day. On that day, I’ll refer to this blog post of yours, and thank you in person! Until then, cheers, and keep it up girlfriend!

    Ok, so now, on to what I’d buy? I bought these last week: 5D MkII, the 24-70mm 2.8 f/2.8L USM and the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The next one will have to be the 50mm f/1.2L USM now that I hear it’s your fav!

      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  981. Molly W. -

    Ooo, I would LOVE to start a fund toward the 85 1.2!!! Thanks for sharing your gear info, it was fun to read!

      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  982. Meghan -

    I would love the giftcard to help pay for the 580ex II flash!!


      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  983. kathy pilato -

    Thank you for sharing what is in your bag! I have a few of those lenses, and am encouraged that I have made some good purchases through the years. A few clunkers, but most are solid investments for my own little bag. BTW, the gift card…my own little bag to hold them all!

      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  984. John Beyer -

    Great post, thanks for your openness and willing to share your journey!

      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  985. Michael -

    I’d buy a tripod so I could include myself in pictures of my family(instead of always taking them and being left out).

      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  986. Kristin -

    I would love to upgrade to the 5DMII! Thanks for your reviews and the giveaway (B&H too)!

      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  987. Carrie Coleman -

    I’ve always been curious to know what you and JD take to your weddings and this post did the job. I’d love to add $100 into my piggy bank named "lens funds".

      10.26.11 - 6:43 pm

  988. Rich Lander -

    I’m totally itching to buy the 85mm 1.2! Saving $100 would be a huge bonus! ๐Ÿ™‚

    rich lander

      10.26.11 - 6:44 pm

  989. Rosa Alvarado -

    Thanks Jasmine for such great help! I adore your work! All my photography gear I have bought it from this store and I am thinking to buy the 85 mm and the macro! With this 100 dollars gift card will help me to buy this 2 lenses …. I SO want to win this! Good luck everyone! God bless u Jasmine!!!

      10.26.11 - 6:44 pm

  990. Christina Dely -

    I LOVE B&H Photo! I have ordered every piece of equipment I own from them. And I am dying to purchase the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8! Pick me! Pick me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 6:45 pm

  991. Ashley Smith -

    I would LOVE to win $100 from B&H

      10.26.11 - 6:45 pm

  992. June Acosta -

    Awesome set up that would be…oh to dream! Thank you Jasmine for the constant spark of life & creativity you bring to our world. Continue to keep it real & rock it girl!

      10.26.11 - 6:45 pm

  993. Sherrie -

    We have been saving up for the nikon 85mm 1.4. Thanks for all of your encouragement. You are amazing.

      10.26.11 - 6:45 pm

  994. Annie Concepcion -

    This is the first time I comment. I love our work. I love your style and you in general. I’m miserable in my day job and am trying to get off my feet. That gift certificate would be such a big help! But either way, you’re FANTASTIC!!!

      10.26.11 - 6:45 pm

  995. Annie Concepcion -

    This is the first time I comment. I love our work. I love your style and you in general. I’m miserable in my day job and am trying to get off my feet. That gift certificate would be such a big help! But either way, you’re FANTASTIC!!!

      10.26.11 - 6:46 pm

  996. rik andes -

    What?! a gear post with a prize hidden inside?! That’s awesome!

    What would I get? Hmm…I could use another nice flash to toss in my bag. I’ve got one nice one and one off-brand back up, but I could really use another solid one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You rock, Jasmine! Great post, too ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:47 pm

  997. Bernice -

    What a great and informative post! I’m drooling over your camera gear!!!

      10.26.11 - 6:47 pm

  998. Jackie -

    Thanks for sharing your equipment info! I’d put the certificate towards the start of my studio lighting so I can open up a new chapter with my photography!

      10.26.11 - 6:47 pm

  999. Andrea -


    Thanks for the wonderful post on the variety of lenses you use. It was really helpful that you referenced to your style, because I know (and LOVE) just what that is!

    For the record, I’d put the $100 towards a new flash unit.

    Take care!

    Lots of love from Winnipeg,


      10.26.11 - 6:49 pm

  1000. Kerry Murphy -

    Wow! There are a LOT of goodies there! I also love that you point out what doesn’t work for you works great for JD or vice versa. I’ve been saving for the 24-70 2.8 – I love what I see with it and that wide aperture: Swoon!!!! Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 6:50 pm

  1001. Renee Higdon -

    Thanks Jasmine! I would probably put it towards getting some film! and put some towards getting a camera or a tripod.

      10.26.11 - 6:50 pm

  1002. Ginger -

    I would so love to win a $100 towards a flash right now. I’ve been saving my pennies for the 580!

      10.26.11 - 6:50 pm

  1003. Katie -

    Love the post and "human" descriptions for each lens. Woo giveaway!

      10.26.11 - 6:50 pm

  1004. Sheila Bliese -

    That’s an awesome giveaway, I will get a 35mm! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:50 pm

  1005. Ryan Doyle -

    I would put it towards a fantastic 50mm 1.4

      10.26.11 - 6:51 pm

  1006. Toni -

    Thanks for an excellent gear write-up. It’s nice to know for what you use each lens. My wish list is long, but tops on the list is the 70-200mm f/2.8L.

      10.26.11 - 6:51 pm

  1007. Carrie Joy -

    I would put the gift certificate towards the 85mm. Can’t wait to purchase one for myself! For now I’ve been renting… One day!

      10.26.11 - 6:51 pm

  1008. Julian -

    Very nice post!

      10.26.11 - 6:51 pm

  1009. Dana Fiorito -

    sure, I"ll comment!

      10.26.11 - 6:51 pm

  1010. Natasha Horton -

    I would buy the 580EX II flash. I shoot primarily (exclusively right now) in natural light. Although I love this style there have been often too many times I needed an "assist" to capture the perfect moment for a client.

      10.26.11 - 6:51 pm

  1011. Amy Wu -

    Thanks Jasmine for sharing what’s in you camera bag!! I’d love to buy the 35mm 1.4 with this gift card!

      10.26.11 - 6:51 pm

  1012. Leah -

    your the bomb.com Did you see if that domain name was available when you registered your website? Thanks SO much for this. Loveeeee love LOVED it!

      10.26.11 - 6:52 pm

  1013. ami -

    Sigh, L lenses. One day ๐Ÿ™‚

    In the mean time, I would love to house the lenses I do have in a Think Tank that I’ve been saving up for– so that’s what I’d use the gift certificate on!

      10.26.11 - 6:52 pm

  1014. Mary Powell -

    Thank you for this post! I was literally just thinking, "I wish Jasmine would post about her equipment," because I’m just getting my business off the ground and feel clueless. This was so helpful. I would put the gift card toward the 580EXII. I’m getting ready to shoot my first wedding and don’t have an external flash. Thanks so much!

      10.26.11 - 6:52 pm

  1015. Amy Jo -

    I have the 50mm f1.8. I got it just to try out a prime to see how I like it. I love it. I would definitely love to save/use the gift card for the 50mm f1.4 and the 85mm f1.8. I like that JD likes those, it makes me feel like even though I am still saving for some L series (I think I would love the 50mm f.12 just like you love it) that I could have some fun lenses to play with in the mean time.

      10.26.11 - 6:53 pm

  1016. Marian Lozano -

    Great post, Jasmine! Thanks for always sharing such great info. I would love that gift card to invest in the 70-200!

      10.26.11 - 6:53 pm

  1017. Barbara -

    I love that your lens are a little bit gritty, you definitely get right in there. I’m bouncing between the 85mm 1.8 or 1.2. The 1.2 is so HEAVY!

      10.26.11 - 6:54 pm

  1018. Ben -

    Great post! If I won I would probably put the $$ towards lighting equipment or something Nikon ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:54 pm

  1019. Jenny Tobler -

    Since I am just starting out I would stock up on some extra of the basics. Extra batteries, lighting, extra cards etc. Just to be more prepared.

      10.26.11 - 6:55 pm

  1020. Tova -

    I’ve been wanting the 50 1.4 for awhile and would love to get that!

      10.26.11 - 6:55 pm

  1021. Carly Koop -

    Would definitely be purchasing the 35mm 1.4!!

      10.26.11 - 6:56 pm

  1022. Maria Trader -

    Thank you for sharing what you use and why!!

      10.26.11 - 6:56 pm

  1023. Jannicka -

    I loved reading this post! I’m looking to get my second prime lens soon, haven’t quite decided what I want yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:57 pm

  1024. Kathy Ward -

    I’m currently saving for the 70-200 2.8. I’ve rented it a couple of times and absolutely love it!

      10.26.11 - 6:57 pm

  1025. Jannicka -

    I loved reading this post! I’m looking to get my second prime lens soon, haven’t quite decided what I want yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:57 pm

  1026. Jannicka -

    I loved reading this post! I’m looking to get my second prime lens soon, haven’t quite decided what I want yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 6:57 pm

  1027. ericaJ -

    Thanks for sharing chickadee!

      10.26.11 - 6:59 pm

  1028. William -

    Great post Jasmine! I love the gear head in ya!

      10.26.11 - 6:59 pm

  1029. Katia -

    Jasmine, thank you for this post. I find it very helpful since there are some lenses I am addicted to and usually find their way into every single situation I shoot but it’s good to have an idea of what I can do with the rest of my lenses. If I win the gift certificate I would by a holster for my cameras so I don’t have to carry all the weight on my shoulders (literally) – the spider holster is awesome to carry cameras on your hips…we all know those are stronger than your shoulders. LOL

      10.26.11 - 6:59 pm

  1030. Ramona Pinnick -

    Wow . . nearly a thousand entries already. Kinda hopeless to enter (kinda like a needle in a BARN full of hay!) but can’t resist. Must be the positive pollyanna in me!
    I am saving my pennies for the Canon 5dMk11 but first the Canon 70-200 lens. Rented it when shooting a wedding and IT ROCKS! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 6:59 pm

  1031. Jannicka -

    I loved reading this! I want to get another prime lens soon, haven’t decided which one yet. So many great choices. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:00 pm

  1032. Brianna Rhodes -

    I have my eye on a 24-70 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for all your posts Jasmine!! rhodetripphoto@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 7:01 pm

  1033. Melissa -

    What a fun giveaway!

      10.26.11 - 7:01 pm

  1034. A.J. -

    LOVE everything you post! Thanks for being so you!

      10.26.11 - 7:03 pm

  1035. Amy Carlsrud -

    That was an awesome post. Thanks for all the usefull information. I’ve been looking at the 85mm 1.2 and after reading what you had to say about it…you just sold me on it!! Thanks again.

      10.26.11 - 7:03 pm

  1036. James Bruce -

    I’d probably go for the Manfrotto Magic Arm Kit. Or put it towards an 85 f/1.8.

    Oh, and btw, Canon has announced the new flagship camera – the 1D X. Full frame. 12fps. Native 100-51,200 ISO. Not bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:03 pm

  1037. Tyson -

    I really want the 70-200mm f2.8!!!

      10.26.11 - 7:04 pm

  1038. Jacki Rutledge -

    Thank you for this post! I was hoping you’d write one of these again soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I would put the certificate toward an 85mm lens. Waiting on my 50mm 1.2 in the mail now….eek! So excited!

      10.26.11 - 7:04 pm

  1039. Rachel Durik -

    Would love this!

      10.26.11 - 7:04 pm

  1040. Magda -

    …just shot a wedding on 50 mm 1.4, main lens for the entire wedding, ‘work with what you have’… I think I’m crazy, one day will have all of them from the list ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      10.26.11 - 7:04 pm

  1041. Jaime Carrera -

    Thank you Jasmine for your tips!
    With the $100 Gift Certificate I’d go for a good discount on a 77mm CPL

      10.26.11 - 7:05 pm

  1042. Suzanne Delap -

    Thank you!! I have so enjoyed your blog since I discovered it and this has now had me reorder my wish list. :o) Keep the posts coming! They help, especially this starter… I have a 50mm 1.4 and I LOVE it. It is the one I shoot with the most. Although, I don’t have a lot of other options, but I still love it. :o)

      10.26.11 - 7:06 pm

  1043. Jennifer Kelly -

    I am so happy that you have wonderful reviews about the 85mm 1.8 vs the 1.2 ….I questioned myself about my recent purchase….now I can practice more without questioning if I was a moron or not! I can use that extra $100 toward the 580 EX Speedlight…I have been saving and desperately need it!

      10.26.11 - 7:06 pm

  1044. Life with Kaishon -

    952 comments. Jimminy Crickets!
    I don’t know what I would get with $100.
    Thanks for the informational post about your bag : )

      10.26.11 - 7:06 pm

  1045. Margaret -

    great and helpful info as always, thanks so much! I would use the GC toward that 50 1.2 that i’ve been drooling for – janicki262@sbcglobal.net! xoxoxo

      10.26.11 - 7:07 pm

  1046. laramie bates -

    Great post (as always), too many photographers just post a gear list. Coming from someone who is still purchasing their first nice set of equipment this is very helpful.

    Id use that gift cert to buy a 580 instead of 430 like I’m looking at now!

      10.26.11 - 7:09 pm

  1047. krystle -

    great post (as usual ;)!! love reading about your favorite lenses.

      10.26.11 - 7:09 pm

  1048. Elizabeth Kitchens -

    Great, informative post. I have a 24-70, 70-200, and 50. I’m
    Looking to buy the 85, or 35 next. Or maybe a macro soon. But i shoot Nikon…sorry. Haha.

      10.26.11 - 7:09 pm

  1049. Nerinna Valera -

    I’d love to buy that 24mm 1.4 lens

      10.26.11 - 7:09 pm

  1050. Kassi Hamilton -

    Thanks!!! I’ve never heard one person like the 5D MkII so much! I recently switched to Nikon because of all the issues i had heard people having with them! So it’s interesting to hear such a positive side. Although, I do love my Nikon gear way to much to let it go ๐Ÿ˜›

      10.26.11 - 7:10 pm

  1051. Jeff Henshaw -

    thanks for the rundown Jasmine! That’s a whole lot of typing up in thar! As far as what I’d buy from B&H, need to get a new white backdrop, or this or that… I mean really, B&H is such a toy store ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:10 pm

  1052. Bryan Miller -

    Thanks Jasmine….awesome details! I would by the 85mm…not sure which one but definately an 85! bmiller@alleghany.net

      10.26.11 - 7:10 pm

  1053. Cristina Guerrero -

    wow its sad to admit, but I sometimes am that photographer that stands on the altar! Yeah I would take your advice and buy the 70-200mm. Gracias!

      10.26.11 - 7:10 pm

  1054. Erin Campbell -

    Hi! I totally appreciate your down-to-earth, informative articles! L-O-V-E your descriptors (e.g. "like plucking your dad’s eye-brows" – haha) because that kind of real-life language resonates with me. I adore my 50mm but have been secretly eyeing up the 85mm. Thanks for sharing your experiences and insight!

      10.26.11 - 7:11 pm

  1055. rachaelmarie -

    yay! i would probably use it towards the purchase of the 85 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 7:11 pm

  1056. kim -

    ooh i would LOVE the 35mm!

      10.26.11 - 7:11 pm

  1057. Kare Kueh -

    I would love to invest in a 50 f/1.2
    I love to have more bokeh in my pictures!

      10.26.11 - 7:11 pm

  1058. Tim -

    This is like taking a stroll through a luxury car dealership, how’s an amateur hobbyist not going to come away jealous! thanks for the reviews, i love my 50 1.4 and have been eyeing the 85 1.8, but going back and forth on whether or not save it and break down for my first L series; thanks as always for the insight!

      10.26.11 - 7:12 pm

  1059. ashley barnett -

    I can actually picture you doing the LA LA LAHHH song to your 580 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great post!

      10.26.11 - 7:14 pm

  1060. Melissa Tuck -

    Holy moly! I’ve seen your comment box blown UP before, but this is a new height. People love a good giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚ But seriously, Jasmine, love your blog and LOVE that you do personal posts (and love that you use caps;)). Inspiring to say the least. I’d totally go for the 85mm, 1.2. I hear it’s a beast!

      10.26.11 - 7:15 pm

  1061. Janelle Chung -

    I always admire your images and blog! You are very inspriational to me as a starting photographer! If given the opportunity, I would love to have the 50mm, 1/2. Currently I have been renting lenses locally and I fell in love with this lens from the first glance! I have been saving for this lens for a while and I would love to have the opportunity to finally purchase it.

    You are an inspriation to all of us and I am forever grateful to have someone to look up to in this industry! Thank you for all that you do!


      10.26.11 - 7:15 pm

  1062. Andrew Cheal -

    Jasmine, I’d *need* the 100mm f/2.8 macro! Apart from the 70-200 2.8 IS, it’s the only lens I need to complement my line up so I can put my trusty old (pre-digital old) Sigma macro to rest.

      10.26.11 - 7:16 pm

  1063. MartaV -

    So awesome of you and really awesome of B&H. I have totally been looking thru the site lately and trying to decide whether to update my flash or go for the 85mm. Hmmm decisions, decisions…. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:17 pm

  1064. Robyn Stagg -

    Hey Jasmine! Thanks for taking the time to do this again; much appreciated!! My name is Robyn Stagg and my email address is turquoiserobyn@gmail.com. I would love to put the certificate toward an 85mm 1.8. Thank you!

      10.26.11 - 7:17 pm

  1065. Jacq -

    I would put the $100 towards a 70-200 lens!

      10.26.11 - 7:17 pm

  1066. Jan Davenport -

    Been eyeballing the 85 1.2 ๐Ÿ™‚ Love me some B&H !!

      10.26.11 - 7:17 pm

  1067. Meredith -

    Jasmine! first off, thank you so much for posting this! (:

    Second off, of COURSE I want a B&H $100 gift certificate! I love that place! I’d probably by more instax film and save more for my next lens purchase – maybe something with a 1.4 ap! <3

      10.26.11 - 7:18 pm

  1068. Holly -


    thank you for your time and effort. I randomly came across your blog and it inspired me to go for it! I am in the beginning stages of my photography adventure! you ROCK!

      10.26.11 - 7:18 pm

  1069. Tammie -

    I would love to get the 50mm 1.2 or the 85mm 1.2 or the 100 Macro 2.8. Great post, thanks for all the information you share.

      10.26.11 - 7:18 pm

  1070. Shayna -

    Do I get extra points for semi jumping out of my chair at the desk and forcefully shoving my hand in the air? I said, PICK ME!

      10.26.11 - 7:20 pm

  1071. Darren Beckwith -

    I would use the gift card to buy a Sigma 85 f/1.4 with a Nikon mount. I know Nikon right, but it’s been my go to brand since my first point and shoot!

      10.26.11 - 7:21 pm

  1072. elizabeth -

    I would totally buy a new lens…. Been saving some mula for a while. Thanks for your wonderful insight as always!

      10.26.11 - 7:21 pm

  1073. Agata -

    I simply love your blog Jasmine!
    And the gift certificate? I would buy/put it towards 50mm 1.2 for sure!

      10.26.11 - 7:21 pm

  1074. Mark Potter -

    Wow Jasmine! I met you at WPPI Atlanta (the Aussie guy) and are so inspired by you!! Thanks for sharing this. You are such an incredible person & photographer. I’m just starting my business and need all the help I can get as I’ve booked 4 weddings for next year and don’t have half the equipment I need! I’d use this to buy the 24-70mm as, like you said, I think this will form the cornerstone of my business. Thanks J*! mapotter75@me.com

      10.26.11 - 7:25 pm

  1075. Lori Moore -

    I love reading your posts and this one is so informative and clever! I want lenses badly, but my purchase from B&H would be a new camera bag. Thanks so much Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 7:25 pm

  1076. Dara -

    Yay! I would put it towards the 85mm. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:26 pm

  1077. Aaron -

    Thanks for sharing. I also went the inexpensive route and bought a 430 and would now like to upgrade to the 580.

      10.26.11 - 7:27 pm

  1078. Kelly Jensen -

    Thank you for your reviews, Jasmine! As usual, your insight is helpful in so many ways. If I were to win the $100 B&H gift certificate I may use it to buy a calibrating tool. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:27 pm

  1079. Dara Marlene -

    Awesome! I would put it towards the 85mm. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:28 pm

  1080. Danielle J. -

    Ooh, ooh, I need a flash!!

      10.26.11 - 7:29 pm

  1081. Kheng -

    Thanks for sharing your gear list. I love seeing what other people are using. As for what I’ll put the $100 towards. A Westcott Apollo 28" softbox

      10.26.11 - 7:30 pm

  1082. Jeannine Pohl -

    Oh how I dream of 85 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 7:30 pm

  1083. Shannon -

    What a great post!! Thanks!
    Currently saving up for the 50 1.2 so the gift certificate would help a lot!

      10.26.11 - 7:31 pm

  1084. amanda truth -

    Jasmine you are way way way fabulous!! I love getting to see what’s in other photog’s bags, and don’t even worry – this post was definitely NOT too long! I got the 50 1.2 over the summer and you’re so right, it’s like my first born child!! I’d probably have to get the 5DMII or the 70-200, we shall see! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:33 pm

  1085. Tira J -

    Oh Jasmine! Thanks for the update on all your "babies". I just added the 16-35 2.8 to my arsenal for those wide, fun family shots where I want to include a LOT of the background. I would LOVE that gift certificate, as I need some more backdrop paper. Love ya girl!

      10.26.11 - 7:33 pm

  1086. Lori D -

    Thanks for sharing. 50mm 1.2

      10.26.11 - 7:35 pm

  1087. Adriana Morett -

    Oh Jasmine, your posts are usually helpfull but this one is the bomb! I have to admit I’ve only got my 5DII and a 50mm 1.8 lens so I rent all other lenses for weddings until I can actually afford to buy them… If I happen to be the lucky winner I will probably get the 580 EX Flash, so I don’t have to rent it anymore!!
    Thanks a LOT!! xoxo!

      10.26.11 - 7:36 pm

  1088. Caley -

    Oooh, $100 to go towards recovering from that same 480EXII mistake? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the post!

      10.26.11 - 7:37 pm

  1089. Courtney Jade -

    Courtney Jade

    I would totally put it towards my 35mm 1.4 i’ve been drooling over!!!

      10.26.11 - 7:37 pm

  1090. amanda onstott -

    oohhhhh! i would probobly save it and put it towards my next lens ๐Ÿ˜‰ would love to upgrade my camera, but not yet…someday ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:37 pm

  1091. Danielle Almond -

    It’s worth a shot! Thanks for all the reviews, Jasmine. I actually just put my 100mm (no IS) up for sale on ebay for the same issues you discuss here. I’m going to buy the 85mm 1.8 to take it’s place. Thanks for validating my decisions. Cause I know that’s why you wrote this entry..duh.

      10.26.11 - 7:38 pm

  1092. Laura Kelly -

    Great giveaway! Thanks for deets, Jas! โ™ฅ

      10.26.11 - 7:38 pm

  1093. Morgan Jenkins -

    Morgan Jenkins of DaeLight Photography- daelightphoto@gmail.com..Your lens line-up is perfection! I am saving for the 50mm 1.4 right now- and that is exactly what the gift card would be used for :]

      10.26.11 - 7:41 pm

  1094. Kristin Cooley -

    How awesome!! I’d use it to buy a Canon flash. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:41 pm

  1095. jo ann -

    I’m torn between the 100 macro 2.8 IS and the 35mm 1.4. I love both! xo

      10.26.11 - 7:42 pm

  1096. Ashley -

    I have been eyeing the Canon 50mm 1.4 for a while since you posted that the 50mm is one of your favorites. I think it would be super cool to have a gift certificate to use on part of it. (*wink wink)

      10.26.11 - 7:42 pm

  1097. frances -

    I would definitely buy/upgrade my 4 year old CF cards.

      10.26.11 - 7:43 pm

  1098. Ciji Morota -

    I would definitely use the certificate towards a 70-200mm for my hubby. He’s my second shooter and it’d be great for him to have rather than to rent. I’d also love to practice using it too!

      10.26.11 - 7:43 pm

  1099. Marcos -

    Thats a valuable post!

      10.26.11 - 7:43 pm

  1100. Daniel Lanning -

    Great writeup of what you use and how you have sorted thru lenses to define your style. Been taking about getting the 35mm/1.4 for Nikon and are going to do it even if we don’t win the gift card! Thanks for sharing!

      10.26.11 - 7:43 pm

  1101. kath bisson -

    great and helpful post indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ i am just starting out and aim to be the very best that i can be,hence my reading your blog lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ im from the uk so dont know if it would make any difference to the prize but would SO love to win this,at the moment i have a nikon d200 with a micro 60mm lens,so would use my prize to either put towards a nice new lens,or if im skint lol id grab a couple of batteries and a good memory card so i can just snip snap away ๐Ÿ™‚ ive never won a comp before but as my mum says "if you dont ask you dont get" so here is my email just incases ๐Ÿ˜‰ obnoxious_lil@hotmail.com

      10.26.11 - 7:44 pm

  1102. Indiana -

    thanks for the post!

      10.26.11 - 7:44 pm

  1103. Paige -

    I have been saving up to buy the Canon 5DMII!

      10.26.11 - 7:45 pm

  1104. Jessica Lee -

    I’d use it towards the 35mm. I have the 50 1.4 LURV it and the 85 1.8 LURV it toooo!! jessicaleephotography@comcast.net

      10.26.11 - 7:46 pm

  1105. Samantha -

    Love this post! So helpful!

      10.26.11 - 7:46 pm

  1106. Jennifer Low -

    Thanks for the update on your camera bag. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but you are such an inspiration..and funny too! I’ve been shooting weddings for 5 years and am in the process of rediscovering/reinventing my style thanks to prime lenses. I just bought the 35mm 1.4 and am in love with how buttery it is. LOVE. Thanks for continuing to educate and support your fellow photogs. You are appreciated. =)

      10.26.11 - 7:47 pm

  1107. Kristin Nicole -

    Love it all, but I am pretty sure the next lens that I want is the 35 so that I can make myself shoot less close ups…lol

      10.26.11 - 7:47 pm

  1108. Jeremy -

    Great post! I’d give the gift certificate to my wife to use toward a new flash.

      10.26.11 - 7:48 pm

  1109. Alyssa M -

    Hi Jasmine! I have been waiting for this blog post since I started following you! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I would get the 85mm f/2.8 although my heart’s deepest desire would be the 85mm f/1.4, but that’s just too far out of my league at the moment. I shoot with a Sony. I know, crazy, but my husband chose it before I had any idea I would learn to shoot manual. I’m actually rather attached to it now and it takes beautiful pictures of my babies with my 50mm f/1.4. Thank you so much for sharing just everything. You’re amazing and you have taught me so very much!

      10.26.11 - 7:48 pm

  1110. Tiffany Carbaugh -

    Thanks for sharing all that info! I would definitely put it towards a fixed lens, probably the 35, since I only have one as of now. I have the 50 fixed and love it, but I feel that my more dramatic style of shooting would work better with a wider lens. Thanks to you and B&H for doing a giveaway! Oh, and my email is riantphotography@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 7:49 pm

  1111. Hans Fisher -

    Thanks for all the help you provide! You are a wonderful person. I would love the 35 1.4, but I would probably end up using it on memory cards or something like that!

      10.26.11 - 7:49 pm

  1112. Patti Woznick -

    Hey Jasmine! Love your work! I think I would put it towards a second SB-900 flash…yes…I shoot Nikon! Don’t hold it against me!

      10.26.11 - 7:50 pm

  1113. Lauren Rindo -

    you are d’bomb. seriously, lens recommendations are the best. i’m totally in a spot right now where i haven’t yet found my style just yet, but i’m getting there. and this post helps in so many ways. THANKS!

      10.26.11 - 7:50 pm

  1114. Ka-Ce Abshier -


    saw you at WPPI in Long Beach & have been following you since. you are such a huge inspiration! and if you choose me for the gift certificate i would prob get a new lens or a new tripod–since mine is falling apart :'(

      10.26.11 - 7:50 pm

  1115. Christina Shippey -

    Thanks for the post- I am saving up for the 70-200mm 2.8 so I don’t have to rent it anymore!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:52 pm

  1116. Tanya Maycock -

    Right now, 35m 1.4 lens. Ideally, a 5D mark III. If I sold a kidney as well as having to wait, a 1DS MarkX. Might as well have big dreams.

      10.26.11 - 7:52 pm

  1117. Karen -

    Loved the post. I have saved it in a folder for future reference.I would put the $100 towards an 85mm or 35mm,I can’t decide.

      10.26.11 - 7:53 pm

  1118. Tina Wehrman -

    Great post! I love reading your posts. I would put the gift card towards the purchase of an SLR camera!

      10.26.11 - 7:54 pm

  1119. Rosane Walker -

    Thanks so much for sharing. Your sense of humor makes your posts so much fun. I would love to buy a Nikon 85 mm, 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 7:55 pm

  1120. Pauline -

    Oh. Jasmine. I’m now where you once been. Just starting up my business! Do I have to say cash is always on my mind? This Gift Certificate would help me a little bit on the way to having a camera-bag that fits my style just like yours does!

      10.26.11 - 7:55 pm

  1121. Terrie Brewer -

    I love this post. It really helps me sort it all out in my brain.
    I would love to use th $100 towards a macro lens. This would help me round out my equipment for weddings without renting one. Email is terrie@bellahcreekphotography.com —– Thanks.

      10.26.11 - 7:56 pm

  1122. Misty Perryman -

    I would get my hands on that beautiful flash!

      10.26.11 - 7:56 pm

  1123. Bogdan Staiculescu -

    I’d begin with the 50 mil f/1.2 and then if I’m not scarce on $$$ I’d (as you say) sign the dotted line for any of the other L lenses, beginning with the 85 and ending with the upcoming 5D Mk 3, or whatever the name ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

      10.26.11 - 7:57 pm

  1124. Meredith Sledge -

    Meredith Sledge

    Jasmine! I couldn’t be more glad that you wrote this post! It was a huge help to me, especially knowing JD prefers the 50mm 1.4!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And also, I’m pretty positive Canon is releasing a camera to take the 5D Mark II’s place in the next 6 months!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Or less. WOOOO. But as for the giveaway, I’d definitely put that money towards my new camera, whatever that might be. For now, I’m waiting for the Mark III. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:57 pm

  1125. Nadya -

    great post!! i am building my lenses so its always nice to see what it used and when! thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 7:58 pm

  1126. Jana -

    Oh goodness…my wish list is sooo long that I’m sure I could put it to good use!

      10.26.11 - 7:58 pm

  1127. essie jane -

    Love your "bag" posts. ๐Ÿ™‚ Someday……. hehe
    If I won the gift card, I’d prrrrrobably get Lightroom (with the student discount!) I need LR so bad. =/

      10.26.11 - 7:58 pm

  1128. Erika -

    I cannot THANK YOU enough for this post! Wow, so helpful. I am just starting out and have SO MUCH to buy. I am constantly perplexed as to what lenses to start are most important to purchase. My first purchase was an 24-105 f/4L and I am totally not happy with it. Next on the list is a 70-200 I HAVE to get one very soon. The gift card would help me SO MUCH!

      10.26.11 - 7:58 pm

  1129. Kelly Higgins -

    I would love to have the Canon 70-200mm IS II USM or a wide angle lens. Can’t decided which one! LOL. Thanks for sharing!

      10.26.11 - 7:58 pm

  1130. Sarah Bouchard -

    I want the 70-200!

      10.26.11 - 7:59 pm

  1131. Kira Noble -

    Jasmine! Loved this post. Such valuable information once again. I would probably put the gift card towards another 70-200mm 2.8 for Matt, my fearless husband and second shooter!

      10.26.11 - 7:59 pm

  1132. Caleb Williams -


      10.26.11 - 7:59 pm

  1133. Andria Lavine -

    Always a joy to read your posts… but what a sweet little bonus ๐Ÿ™‚ -Andria …un-"Official" WPPI-U Atlanta Photog =)

      10.26.11 - 8:00 pm

  1134. Eddie Sanchez -

    Thanks Jasmine! Sharing is caring and you really make that true.

      10.26.11 - 8:00 pm

  1135. Sarah Williams -

    24-70 please!

      10.26.11 - 8:00 pm

  1136. Jamie Backlin -

    Great post!!! Love your style of gear review! I would buy and rock out a remote shutter so my boys will actually see me in some of their pictures ha ha!

      10.26.11 - 8:01 pm

  1137. Lydia Chen -

    Brad…as in Bradley Cooper? ;D
    Thank you sharing your insights and user experience on these lenses! Super uber helpful!

      10.26.11 - 8:02 pm

  1138. Leah -

    Love this post!! I would have to really do some browsing to decide what I would do with a gift certificate. I really want a new lens ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:02 pm

  1139. Emily -

    Thanks for sharing all the great info!! I would put GC towards 85mm.

      10.26.11 - 8:03 pm

  1140. Katie J -

    I definitely need an upgraded flash for my reception shots. You live and learn!

      10.26.11 - 8:03 pm

  1141. Stacy -

    I would most likely put it toward the 85 1.2…since I have the 50 1.2 (I do kiss it goodnight) and I recently bought the 35 1.4 (adore it)!
    Thanks for all the fun tips and info on your equipment!

      10.26.11 - 8:05 pm

  1142. Lupe Ruiz -

    I hope I win!!! I’d put it towards an 85mm lens!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 8:05 pm

  1143. Jillian Glaser -

    Pick meeeeeeeee! (pretty please).
    It would be going toward my future ownership of the 35mm 1.4.

      10.26.11 - 8:05 pm

  1144. Kim M -

    Great post! I would love to buy the 85mm.

      10.26.11 - 8:05 pm

  1145. Adrienne Suarez -

    Thanks for this post! I’ve been trying to decide what gear to buy next, and this has definitely given me some insight!

      10.26.11 - 8:06 pm

  1146. Jennifer Smith -

    Great post! I’m really want to get the 50mm 1.2 or the or the 85mm 1.2. Love your blog!

      10.26.11 - 8:06 pm

  1147. Michael -

    Lens porn…love it….$100 would go towards feeding my addiction! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:08 pm

  1148. Steamer Lee -

    Ooh! 580 EXII for me!! Thanks Jasmine. Love your inspiration and your joy!

      10.26.11 - 8:10 pm

  1149. Shannon -

    oooo…love your in depth honest description of what’s in your bag. Thanks for telling us what’s you and what’s not…and owning it, like usual ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:10 pm

  1150. Erica Baker -

    I am saving up for the Canon 5D Mark II, so a gift certificate would get me $100 closer ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all of the amazing information and inspiration!

      10.26.11 - 8:11 pm

  1151. Danielle Siap -

    Love this post. Actually LOVE every post. You are like my morning cup of coffee. The day just doesn’t seem right until I get some. You rock my friend!! I would use the GC for the 85 mm lens. Been saving for 2 years now. daniellesiap@yahoo.com

      10.26.11 - 8:14 pm

  1152. Catherine -

    Ahhh this post is so awesome, thank you for writing it out!

      10.26.11 - 8:14 pm

  1153. Leslie -

    B&H? I’m so in. I’d probably use it towards a flash. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:14 pm

  1154. Tommy B. -

    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful posts! My lens collection has grown recently and I’ve run out of room in my current camera bag. So, this gift certificate will definitely help in purchasing a new bag.

      10.26.11 - 8:15 pm

  1155. Jay -

    My wife and I are actually planning on surprising a friend by buying her a 5DMII. We got her hooked on photography, and now we want her to have the hardware to match her passion!

      10.26.11 - 8:15 pm

  1156. Rayelle -

    Love the blog post! If I were to win I would buy a brand new lens, I have a 18-55mm that came with my Nikon camera and have been wanting a NEW lens for so long. Iv been saving up all my money to go to photography school, so this new lens would really help ๐Ÿ™‚
    Big Fan From Saskatchewan, Canada!
    Have a fabulous day ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:15 pm

  1157. Shelley Jensen -

    I. need. this. F’real. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:16 pm

  1158. Marjorie Datuin -

    Thank you so much for this post. Very informative. I love it!

      10.26.11 - 8:16 pm

  1159. Ashley J Brooks -

    I would SOOO put it towards my first upgrade ๐Ÿ™‚ a 50mm!!!!

      10.26.11 - 8:19 pm

  1160. Shefali Lindsey -

    This is an AWESOME post!!! And, if that $100 GC came to visit me, I would get the 35 mm f/1.4. I shot with it at a wedding and fell instantly in love!!!

      10.26.11 - 8:19 pm

  1161. Kari Polak -

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing with us.

      10.26.11 - 8:19 pm

  1162. Laura Burkholder -

    I’d love to invest in a 35mm, 1.4! I’m a fixed lens girl myself and want to add to my collection. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:20 pm

  1163. Leslie Wilson -

    Thanks for the glance into your bag and process! I know what I’d spend that $100 on!

      10.26.11 - 8:21 pm

  1164. Mark Hayes -

    Yup, the perfect Canon lineup. The only differences in my kit is no 24mm or 24-70, the 24-105 instead.
    The 35/50/85 is my combo for most everything other than ceremony where the 70-200 rocks. Have been playing with the 135/F2 a bit – rocks on the 1Dmk1V.

      10.26.11 - 8:22 pm

  1165. Penny -

    I have some money set aside for a 70-200 and this $100 gift card just may be enough to push me over the edge. <3

      10.26.11 - 8:22 pm

  1166. Amber McDougall -

    Why not try?!?! Thanks for the info in your post. Not sure what I would buy…probably save it for a big 70-200.

      10.26.11 - 8:22 pm

  1167. Dena Powell -

    The 35mm 1.4 is next on my list!

      10.26.11 - 8:23 pm

  1168. Susan Bartolini -

    Awesome review. I would buy the 35mm 1.4L. It is the only one missing from my arsenal.

      10.26.11 - 8:23 pm

  1169. Laura M -

    Thank you so much for this post! I have been considering my next lens and this is so helpful. BTW, made the same mistake with the with the 480 flash.

      10.26.11 - 8:23 pm

  1170. Kristen Buley -

    I’d love a new prime lens…and this would get me partway there!!!

      10.26.11 - 8:24 pm

  1171. Stephanie -

    I love your inspiration! You give us hope. I just bought the 70-200mm and can’t wait for it to get here!!! Thanks so much for sharing who you are.

      10.26.11 - 8:24 pm

  1172. Lauren Gillmore -

    I would totally use this to help buy the 24 1.4… I have dying to get it!

      10.26.11 - 8:24 pm

  1173. Amy Paulson -

    There you go again…bein’ all amazing and such. Thanks for this post. And I would put the gift certificate toward the 70-200. It would be nice to not have to rent it anymore…

      10.26.11 - 8:24 pm

  1174. Orchid Kruse -

    Thanks for this post, BFF! Helped a lot! adrianandorchid@exemail.com.au

      10.26.11 - 8:25 pm

  1175. Nikki Fischer -

    I am an aspiring photographer and all the above information has been of great help. I’m planning on ordering the new Sony A77 SLT camera so the gift certificate will help in the purchase of needed accessories. I have been excited to get started in photography. I love to take photos and would love to make a side living out of photography. Keep up all the great posts and your photography is very inspiring! Thanks!

      10.26.11 - 8:25 pm

  1176. Amy -

    Thanks for all the gear info! It’s almost impossible to decide what I’d put $100 towards, but probably a wide prime- 35 or 24. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:27 pm

  1177. Logan Clement -

    I’d be stoked to get a $100 to put towards picking up the 85 1.8. I think i’t be a great addition to my arsenal!

      10.26.11 - 8:29 pm

  1178. Stefanie Hampton Morrow -

    Thanks for Sharing J*! I have been debating on purchasing an actual Macro Lens (I have been using Macro Filters), and I think your post tipped me off to make that purchase! Thanks for always sharing and caring. (You are like an awesome photographic care bear – haha)!

      10.26.11 - 8:29 pm

  1179. Jeremy Janairo -

    Finally a dig into Jasmine Star’s camera bag! Thanks for the reviews!

      10.26.11 - 8:31 pm

  1180. Aaron Bendele -

    Nice insight, Jasmine! I would use the gift card towards a 50mm lens. abendelegmail.com

      10.26.11 - 8:31 pm

  1181. Jeremy Janairo -

    Finally a dig into Jasmine Star’s camera bag! Thanks for the reviews!

      10.26.11 - 8:31 pm

  1182. jenaynay -

    I am an absolute sucker for prime lenses. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:31 pm

  1183. Les Simo -

    Hi Jasmine,
    I thoroughly enjoyed your post as, I am currently compiling my Christmas gift wish list. I am eagerly awaiting the 5D Mk3, 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 IS
    Cheers, Les

      10.26.11 - 8:33 pm

  1184. Ernese Young -

    The budget is tight, so I would SO buy the Canon 85mm, 1.8 LOVE!!! Thanks!


      10.26.11 - 8:34 pm

  1185. Indu Huynh -

    Thank you for such an informative post. It is hard to find reviews on lenses or cameras that put it simply what is good and what is not. For my next lens I am hoping to buy the 35mm lens that will me tell the story of the day without compromising my photojournalistic style. Good luck to all as this will truly help and it is such an awesome Giveaway!!

      10.26.11 - 8:34 pm

  1186. Keilah Engstrom -

    Wow, thank you for this post! I’d love to win $100 to B&H! AWESOME!!

      10.26.11 - 8:37 pm

  1187. Leslie Sessums -

    Thank you for sharing! Hope I win…I would most likely put the $100 toward some L glass! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 8:37 pm

  1188. Alaa Fadag -

    I would give it to my sister who is a design student. She is also the one who introduced me to your blog!

      10.26.11 - 8:40 pm

  1189. Regina Chayer -

    Dying to get a full frame camera and wow… gotta have that 85!!!!!!!!

    great post j*

      10.26.11 - 8:40 pm

  1190. Lori Maloney -

    Hmmm, it’s a toss up between the 85 1.2 and the 100 macro! Thanks for sharing, Jasmine…you’ve got great energy!

      10.26.11 - 8:40 pm

  1191. Mackenzie Jackson -

    I LOVE reading your posts and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your work!! I would love to put it towards the 70-200 IS or the 580EXII!

      10.26.11 - 8:43 pm

  1192. Linda -

    Love hearing what lenses you recommend. My next purchase was maybe gonna be the 85 1.8… and this just confirmed it!

      10.26.11 - 8:43 pm

  1193. Haley -

    Your camera bag gear makes me want to go out and purchase some of these lens! I also enjoyed reading the post and it brought a smile to my face a few times! You are truly awesome Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 8:43 pm

  1194. Jackie -

    I love reading your posts! I have been paying attention to your blog for a while and I have recently been training in wedding photography. I have been wanting a nikon sb900 flash but haven’t been able to since I am tight with money. I have been trying to build my photography equipment but went to school for fine arts and spent a lot of my money on art supplies. I would say my photography work is inspirited by my artistic view on canvas and paper. Thank you so much for putting such inspiration in your stories.

      10.26.11 - 8:45 pm

  1195. Sonny Parker -

    Hi Jasmine, I would love to have 35mm/1.4 on my 5D Mark II. Appreciate your post, all lenses you mentioned are already on my wish list…hope one day will be also in my bag…

      10.26.11 - 8:47 pm

  1196. Susan Evans -

    Thanks for sharing this info Jasmine! I would love some cash to spend on new gear – I would put it toward a 2nd flash and pocket wizard. Or a macro lens. Or any number of things on my list! Can I just say that I’m blown away by the # of people who comment!? I mean I realize that you’re giving a GC away, but that still means THAT many people read your blog…probably daily! I understand why because I’m 1 of them…but do you have trouble grasping that?

      10.26.11 - 8:48 pm

  1197. Regina M. Foreman -

    I shoot with Nikon, but I still love you to life.

      10.26.11 - 8:48 pm

  1198. Hannah -

    I’m a prime girl. I’d love to put the gift card towards either the 85 or 100mm.

      10.26.11 - 8:48 pm

  1199. Carissa Koehn -

    I enjoyed reading this blog post! It has given me insight into what type of lens I want to buy next. I would probably buy the Canon 85mm, 1.2.

      10.26.11 - 8:48 pm

  1200. LeAnne S. -

    Thanks for the insight. Love that you share so much with us wanna-bes! Oh, and if I win…I would buy the 50mm 1.4… well a Nikon version of it anyways.

    leannesmith at mindspring dot com

      10.26.11 - 8:48 pm

  1201. Jose Silva -

    This was so incredibly useful! I just started to venture into weddings, and this detailed post was JUST what I needed to get me started. Definitely a dream setup!

      10.26.11 - 8:51 pm

  1202. Tricia -

    I would put it towards a new camera body. You ROCK Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 8:51 pm

  1203. crystal -

    Thanks for your selflessness. always ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m photographing a few births this winter and am trying to save up or another fast lens, still trying to research which I want first (I have the 50 mm 1.4 and adore it!) Something a little wider like a 24mm maybe? Or the 24-70? *which this post helped shed a little light on. You don’t really use them, but for what I do, I totally would! I need another camera body, too. I love my 50D, but it needs a friend. Maybe a big brother named Mark… ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:54 pm

  1204. Chloe F -

    I think I’d use my B&H voucher to put towards the 5DIII when it comes out! I’m waiting anxiously!

      10.26.11 - 8:54 pm

  1205. Mark Crespo -

    great blog post. if i won the gc it would definitely go to my lens fund for a 24-70mm. please please pretty please =)

      10.26.11 - 8:54 pm

  1206. Andrea -

    Ooo, we have everything in the trifecta except the newly added 35mm, which we’d loooove to add! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 8:58 pm

  1207. Chelsea Blatchford -

    I am debating between the 100mm 2.8L and upgrading my 430ex to the 580. Hmmm… decisions, decisions!

      10.26.11 - 8:59 pm

  1208. Diana Landau -

    I would love a wide angle lens!

      10.26.11 - 9:01 pm

  1209. Ivey Mischel -

    Love this post! It helped me tremendously. I am in the process of making my next big move with equipment! I’ve used a 5DMkII and it just fits too well in my hands – Hopefully soon it’ll be mine!

      10.26.11 - 9:02 pm

  1210. Jeff Cramer -

    I am so ready for a new camera…I’m the second for my wife who has the 5DMII and I have the…old one…Of course a new lens would be great too!

      10.26.11 - 9:02 pm

  1211. Phil Struthers -

    I was about to covet your 16-35 mm zoom until you said you never used it. thanks for helping me decide i don’t need to spend the money on it. I just bought the 50mm 1.4 and love it. But after almost exclusively using the 24-70 2.8, I find myself backing up a lot to try to fit it all in so i do admit i would love a better zoom that covers the wide angle range. Great blog and thanks for the insite.

      10.26.11 - 9:04 pm

  1212. AllieDean -

    I love this post…our lenses are such good workers they deserve a raise ๐Ÿ™‚

    The 85mm looks amazing!

      10.26.11 - 9:04 pm

  1213. Jete Devisser -

    Always love your posts, and when they come with a giveaway – EVEN BETTER!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not totally sure what I would use it towards… There are so. many. things that I want to have it’s ridiculous. I think I would like to save up for a good flash, or the Nikkor 24-70 2.8G ED.

      10.26.11 - 9:05 pm

  1214. Ali W -

    Thanks for the run down! A few stands for my flashes would do me some good. The DJ’s speakers are NOT working.

      10.26.11 - 9:06 pm

  1215. carly -

    Awesome giveaway!!! I just purchased my very first full frame camera (squeal**)!! and would love to buy that big ol’ ceremony lens 70-200mm that I have to rent for every wedding. The B&H gift certificate would help me out a lot for such a hefty purchase. hope to hear from you at carly@carlyjonesart.com! CHEERS!

      10.26.11 - 9:06 pm

  1216. Karma Rae -

    I would buy the 35mm if I won!

      10.26.11 - 9:06 pm

  1217. Raquel Leeper -

    I love this post!!
    Thanks for updating it!! I definitely would love the 50 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 9:07 pm

  1218. Kim -

    Thanks for the info. I am totally in love with my 5D MII as well!! I call mine Sam though ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL Tall Dark and rugged hansom! ๐Ÿ™‚ kim@kimmikphotography.ca

      10.26.11 - 9:08 pm

  1219. Veronica -

    My next savings will go to the 35mm 1.2, or was it 1.4? Either and both would be a great addition to my small collection!

      10.26.11 - 9:08 pm

  1220. Franklin Fitzgerald -

    If my wife knew how much I was spending on lenses, I’d be divorced! I’ve been following you now for a little over a year, and I have purchased half of your lens selection. i have the 50 1.2, 70-200 2.8, 100mm macro, and the 16-35mm. I also have a 24-105 that I barely use. But these few lenses alone have served me well. I rented the 85 1.2 for a wedding and fell in love immediately. I didn’t want to send it back. I rented that lens after watching your wedding on creative live. Keep up the good work, and hopefully I’ll have some nice images to show when I finally launch a website. Take care.

      10.26.11 - 9:08 pm

  1221. Susan -

    Thanks for the update on what’s in your bag Jasmine, this is SO helpful! As far as what i’d buy…i’m dying for a macro lens. I always either borrow or rent one & can’t wait till I have one of my own:) Thanks again!

      10.26.11 - 9:10 pm

  1222. Adrianna Stout -

    Adrianna Stout
    I would buy a 50mm 1.2 lense

      10.26.11 - 9:11 pm

  1223. allison harp -

    this post rocks. thanks so much!
    i would put the $100 toward the 85mm 1.8!

      10.26.11 - 9:11 pm

  1224. McLain Padilla -

    Wow, this post came at such a great time for me! I might be shooting my first wedding in a few weeks! Thank you for the great info. I would put the 100 bucks toward the 5d mark II!!!

      10.26.11 - 9:12 pm

  1225. Vanessa -

    I’d use it towards a full frame camera or the 85mm. Great post! Thank you!

      10.26.11 - 9:12 pm

  1226. Phyllis -

    I’ve been coveting an 86" Westcott White Umbrella to try and tame the FL sun while shooting outside available light.

      10.26.11 - 9:13 pm

  1227. Kim C -

    I just rented the 5DMKII for the first time and used it with the 16-35. I’m in love now:) I never thought of myself as a close shooter but after reading your description of the lens, I think you’re right! I love that lens!!!

      10.26.11 - 9:13 pm

  1228. Carrie Holbo -

    I’m saving up for a 24-70 — I love B&H and would love that gift card!!

    And although I shoot with Nikon, I love the fact that you share this kind of detailed info about your equipment. It’s so, so helpful….

      10.26.11 - 9:14 pm

  1229. Liz -

    I love love love these posts!

      10.26.11 - 9:16 pm

  1230. Jackie H -

    I loved hearing your opinion on the lenses. I’m saving for a 50 1.2!

      10.26.11 - 9:16 pm

  1231. Fernando Reyes -

    I’d love the gift certificate, and love your article so i have a guide about what may be good to buy so i can take better photos.

      10.26.11 - 9:17 pm

  1232. Aimee Tran -

    I love love your blog posts o. What gear you use!! I’ve been saving to purchase the 35mm and used the 60 mm 1.2 this past weekend for a wedding. SO buttery!! Thanks for always being real and fabulous!! <3

      10.26.11 - 9:17 pm

  1233. ann marie moore -

    Most girls get all giddy and excited when they talk about their make up and shoe collections..I’m the geeky girl that loves talking about lenses and camera bags! Thank you J for this post you’re a girl after my own <3!!!! I can see a new lens in my future!! divalasvegas23@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 9:18 pm

  1234. Mylie Wilde -

    I would use it to put toward a new flash. Mine stinks! It’s time to upgrade.

      10.26.11 - 9:18 pm

  1235. Derryl -

    With the money, i would buy the new apollo softbox. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:19 pm

  1236. Amanda Webber -

    lol. I never win anything but I will give it a try. haha. Nice collection of lenses Jasmine. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:20 pm

  1237. V-P Kangas -

    Great post – Thanks Jasmine! I’d buy the 35mm 1.4 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:20 pm

  1238. Kenny -

    Just what I need.

      10.26.11 - 9:20 pm

  1239. Karen Snyder Photography -

    I would put it towards more CF cards! karenjeansnyder@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 9:21 pm

  1240. Jodi -

    Awesome post! If I was the winner, I would use that giftcard towards buying a new lens. I would have to hold on to it for awhile to save up but I’ll get there. I would love to get the 85mm.

      10.26.11 - 9:24 pm

  1241. Ronda Langley -

    Thank you for the post! I appreciate it! I would use it towards the 50mm 1.4

      10.26.11 - 9:25 pm

  1242. Nikki Robertson -

    I’ve been REAAAALLLY wanting a new lens but I’ve been told by those wiser than me that I should invest in some lighting equipment…. I don’t know but thank you for this opportunity!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 9:26 pm

  1243. Amanda -

    Hoping to save up for my first 60D! Just started a portrait business ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for all the info!

      10.26.11 - 9:26 pm

  1244. Jesper Aaen -

    Thank u som much for sharing this inside of your preferred equipment!
    100$,,, well it would go towards saving up for a 580 exii.

      10.26.11 - 9:26 pm

  1245. The Zadge -

    I’m a Nikon girl myself, but I too am in love with my 50 mm!

      10.26.11 - 9:28 pm

  1246. Gary -

    Been dying to upgrade to the full-frame 5DmkII for stills anddd video ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:28 pm

  1247. Allison -

    I’d use it towards an 85mm ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:29 pm

  1248. Allyson Garrison -

    Wow! I am drooling over all the fun "toys" in your bag of tricks! If I won, I would probably spend the gift certificate on the pocket wizard. I think that "toy" along with a soft box would really improve my wedding reception shots! HOLLA!!

      10.26.11 - 9:29 pm

  1249. Becca Pettingell -

    Totally the 85 mm. Hands down.

      10.26.11 - 9:29 pm

  1250. Allyson Garrison -

    Duh! forgot to include my email address in my first post.

      10.26.11 - 9:29 pm

  1251. Whitney Dupuis -

    Thank you so much for this insight! I would put this gift card towards a new external flash – definitely needed! My email address is ballet7439@hotmail.com.

      10.26.11 - 9:30 pm

  1252. Adria Peaden -

    Adria Peaden apeaden(at)gmail(dot)com. I would use it towards the 85mm f/1.4. I have been waiting to save up for the 1.2 but I think I just need to get the 1.4 now.

      10.26.11 - 9:30 pm

  1253. Augie De Blieck Jr. -

    When I upgraded my camera last year, I also upgraded my gear and became a prime shooter, thanks in some part to this blog. Sadly, around the same time, my 50mm f/1.8 had an unfortunate collission in my camera bag with another lens and broke.

    So if I won the $100 gift card to B&H, I’d be buying that 50mm again.

    (And the 85mm f/1.8 is the most amazing lens I’ve ever shot with and gives me the look I’ve wanted to my portraits for a long time. So much fun!)

      10.26.11 - 9:32 pm

  1254. Colleen -

    even though I’m a Nikon shooter, this was so incredibly helpful!! If I win the gift certificate, I think I’ll take your advice and buy a wider aperture lens!!! As always Jasmine…thank YOU!

      10.26.11 - 9:34 pm

  1255. sarah maughan -

    i would put it towards the 35mm.

      10.26.11 - 9:34 pm

  1256. Brooke Schultz Photography -

    OH pick me! I’m a Nikon shooter so I’d buy the D700 (well..I’d put $100 toward the D700) ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:34 pm

  1257. Julie Mitchell -

    Great post! Thanks for encouraging me to finally pull the trigger and buy the 50mm 1.4G from B&H that I’ve been eyeing for months. It should be arriving on Friday – woot! I could really use that $100 GC now. Ha ha ha! I would probably use it to help buy a D700. My email address is julie_mitchell55@yahoo.com.

      10.26.11 - 9:35 pm

  1258. Emma -

    Probably a 85 1.8 or a flash. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:35 pm

  1259. Nauheim -

    even though I’m a Nikon shooter, this was so helpful. If I win the gift certificate I think I’ll take your advice and get a wide aperture lens. As always…thank YOU Jasmine. (p.s…my 1st post didn’t include the full email, please delete and use this one!)

      10.26.11 - 9:36 pm

  1260. Amy Pugh -

    I think you have convinced me to get the 85 f1.8!

      10.26.11 - 9:36 pm

  1261. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls -

    This is fabulous!

    ::Fingers crossed!::


      10.26.11 - 9:37 pm

  1262. stacy a -

    thanks for all the useful info yet again. you rock ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve got my eye on a 35mm, 1.4…

      10.26.11 - 9:39 pm

  1263. Katie Dickson Yarbrough -

    After watching your CreativeLive workshop and hearing you talk about your gear, I decided to rent a few of the lenses you recommended, and there is no doubt what a B&H gift card would go to – a delicious 50mm 1.2 L Series!

      10.26.11 - 9:40 pm

  1264. Andi Cohn -

    I LOVE my 5dm M2!! I call him Mark Jr. He’s pretty much the love of my life,besides, my fiance of course. (maybe not just don’t tell him) I would put that $100 to a flash baby!580EXII!!

      10.26.11 - 9:41 pm

  1265. Sarah De Vuono -

    All I want for Christmas is the 50mm 1.2. Pretty please ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:45 pm

  1266. Matt Thacker -

    I love what you do!

      10.26.11 - 9:47 pm

  1267. Carla Barnett -

    This post was fantastic! I am shooting my first wedding as a lead next weekend and have made a list of my rentals and this was a HUGE help. Thank you!!

      10.26.11 - 9:48 pm

  1268. Dalton Thacker -

    I am saving for several things, this would sure help!

      10.26.11 - 9:48 pm

  1269. Alex B. -

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog !

      10.26.11 - 9:50 pm

  1270. Amanda Roberts -

    I’d like to buy the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS lens. And again, you and the way you reach out to people around the world is simply wonderful.

      10.26.11 - 9:50 pm

  1271. Jeannette -

    Thanks for the great writeup. I always love knowing whats in a fellow photographers bag. I’m just starting out but I’d love the $100 to put towards an 85mm.

      10.26.11 - 9:50 pm

  1272. Addie -

    Would love to spend some money on a new lens… but what I need more than anything are some new SD cards…

      10.26.11 - 9:51 pm

  1273. Nic Thacker -

    Not gonna lie, just want to win this for my mom, but I think you are totally hot! lol

      10.26.11 - 9:51 pm

  1274. Logan Stanford -

    I would easily put that toward my 5DII!! Thanks for all of the info!

      10.26.11 - 9:51 pm

  1275. Dawn Feltrop -

    Thank you for sharing. I am just starting my business and soooo excited to learn as much as possible. I want to spend my money wisely so your blogs are a huge asset. My bag has a spot for a 35 mm 1.4 so I can shoot group photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Smiles, Dawn

      10.26.11 - 9:53 pm

  1276. Kelly Hill -

    Thanks so much for all your helpful information! You seriously rock! I would buy the 50mm 1.2 because I use my 50mm 1.8 for 80% of my shoots and would love an upgrade ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:53 pm

  1277. i'm kristen -


    good stuff miss twinkle twinkle little star! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 9:55 pm

  1278. Natalie Fielding -

    Thanks so much for the break down and your opinion on each. I’m saving to upgrade to a 5D, 85mm and 70-200mm.

      10.26.11 - 9:57 pm

  1279. Anna B -

    Fantastic post! Even though I am a Nikon Shooter I still found the post most helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:57 pm

  1280. Natalie Fielding -

    Thanks so much for the break down and your opinion on each. I’m saving to upgrade to a 5D, 85mm and 70-200mm.

      10.26.11 - 9:58 pm

  1281. jaimi allen -

    I would buy & love a shutter release to add to my needs. Thanks for all your recommendations. I did them and love the outcome to my own style ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:58 pm

  1282. Dawn Feltrop -

    Thank you for sharing. I am just starting my business and soooo excited to learn as much as possible. I want to spend my money wisely so your blogs are a huge asset. My bag has a spot for a 35 mm 1.4 so I can shoot group photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Smiles, Dawn

      10.26.11 - 9:58 pm

  1283. DanaN -

    I loved seeing all your lenses. You are one lucky gal!

    The next lens on my wish list is a 35mm 1.4 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:59 pm

  1284. Stephen Hill -

    Jasmine: Thanks for the awesome insight into your camera and lens choices. I’ve been using a 50 1.8 for awhile now and I’m trying to decide what lens to go for next ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 9:59 pm

  1285. Teri Rios -

    Not sure yet what I would buy… really just starting out. But Im thinking I would probably put it w/my money and purchase a speedlight or 85mm.1.4, I am a nikon user…there is no 1.2 ๐Ÿ™

      10.26.11 - 10:00 pm

  1286. christina Stock -

    LOVE THIS BLOG!!! Thank you so much for being YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:00 pm

  1287. Mike F -

    I’d buy a 5DMII which I’ve been eyeing.

      10.26.11 - 10:01 pm

  1288. Julie -

    Great information and quite helpful! You rock!

      10.26.11 - 10:01 pm

  1289. Judie Zevack -

    Thanks for this post Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 10:02 pm

  1290. April -

    Thank you so super duper much…I have wanted this post for umm some time ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.26.11 - 10:02 pm

  1291. jennifer k -

    i love my 35mm 1.4 & 85mm 1.2 combo!!

      10.26.11 - 10:02 pm

  1292. Heidi Ohta -

    Thank you for your post!! I’m a second shoot for my husband and I love it!! I would put the $ toward the 70-200mm 2.8 for sure!!

      10.26.11 - 10:04 pm

  1293. Lauren -

    I thought sure I will put down my info for a chance to win…what maybe 100 or more other people left a comment. Odds are good right? NO we are at 952 comments with another 30hrs left! CRAZY! Well here is a crazy stab at $100 for my highly coveted 50mm 1.2. lauren@rockwellphoto.com

      10.26.11 - 10:05 pm

  1294. Eva reyerson -

    My next big purchase is going to be a new camera! Can’t wait to upgrade from my 30d to the 5dm2!

      10.26.11 - 10:06 pm

  1295. Dena -

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has bought a lens, since evolved in how I shoot, don’t really use it anymore but still feel the ‘just in case I need someday’ love for it! Question… Where do you send or take your camera’s for service and cleaning when they need it?

      10.26.11 - 10:07 pm

  1296. Victoria O'Connor -

    Thanks so much for all the details Jasmine – I’m sure it was time-consuming to write, but sooo appreciated by your readers.
    Cheers, Vicky

      10.26.11 - 10:08 pm

  1297. Raechel -

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! and also for writing this article! I have been trying to figure out what’s the next lens I want to invest in for the past few months now and this has helped me decide. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:09 pm

  1298. Amanda Whitten -

    I would apply it to the 85mm I’ve been saving for! Thanks for the opportunity!

      10.26.11 - 10:10 pm

  1299. Laura Radniecki -

    B&H rocks my world! That’s where I buy all my gear and I have no plans to buy from anywhere else! Love this series. Thanks J*!

      10.26.11 - 10:10 pm

  1300. Sara K Byrne -

    Thank you for detailing exactly why you do/don’t use your lenses! <3

      10.26.11 - 10:10 pm

  1301. Patricia Takacs -

    Sweet Deal B&H!!!
    Have fun at PDN NYC Jasmine ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:11 pm

  1302. Micala McClain -

    Hey Jasmine! Thanks for the great review…you da best!! And…with the gift card…I’d so get the 100mm 2.8IS!!! I’ve been shooting all my ring shots using my 70-200mm…standing like a jillion feet away! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your continuous willingness to help out fellow photographers!

      10.26.11 - 10:12 pm

  1303. Sara -

    Thank you SOO much for this post! It was SOO informative and helps so much when you trying to decide on a lens. And if I wont the Gift Certificate that is exactly what I would put it towards! I new lens! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.26.11 - 10:13 pm

  1304. trish -

    as of right now I have a 1/952 chance at winning. I would buy that sweet 100 2.8 macro IS

      10.26.11 - 10:16 pm

  1305. Keva Washington -

    AWESOME giveaway! I would love to put this toward a 70-200mm 2.8!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:16 pm

  1306. Jenny -

    I really love your photos and that you are always writes such great posts! I’m about to buy a 100 macro to my 5DII

      10.26.11 - 10:18 pm

  1307. Ivan Chen -

    You have to check out the 1D X. By far the BEST DSLR ever to come out ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:18 pm

  1308. Katelyn D. -

    Thank you so much for this review on the lenses you use! I’m still in transition from hobbyist to professional and am working on getting up the nerve to buy a new lens (I really want either the 50mm, 1.2 or the 50mm, 1.4). I mostly do portrait sessions, but have been asked to shoot a few weddings. Thank you SO much for sharing what you’ve learned!

      10.26.11 - 10:18 pm

  1309. Danielle Bryan -

    Great to hear your opinions on your gear! I would Go with the flash you use, my father in law bought me the 480, and i struggle with it, don’t care much for it! So i would LOVE to upgrade to the 580!!!
    Thanks Jasmine!!!

      10.26.11 - 10:19 pm

  1310. Katie D -

    oh MY gosh. I have been dyingggg to get the 85 1.2 to add to my bag for SO long and, I mean look … $100 towards that lens is like 5% of the price haha but it would be $100 more than I have for it right now!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:20 pm

  1311. Melissa -

    Thank-you so much — totally LOVE your FAQ/information posts! Thanks for taking the time to share!

    As for on my wish list…it would be doing towards a new B+W filter…I kinda smashed mine currently on my 24-70. ๐Ÿ™

      10.26.11 - 10:20 pm

  1312. Emily W. -

    My name is Emily West and I just want to say that I love your blog and when I will be getting married I will certainly consider you ๐Ÿ˜€ my email is westendorpanne@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 10:20 pm

  1313. Codrin -

    I’m a beginer hoto journalist from Romania. Either you choose me or not, I’ll do my best to compete with you someday!

      10.26.11 - 10:23 pm

  1314. Annie -

    Thank you for posting this! I can only WISH for an extensive array of lenses, like you do but saving up a little at a time ๐Ÿ™‚ I would use the GC to put it towards a lens.

      10.26.11 - 10:23 pm

  1315. Melinda Holland -

    Love reading gear posts! Lots of great info. Thanks for taking the time to share! I’d put the gift card toward either the 50 or 85 prime lens. Been dreaming about those for a while…

      10.26.11 - 10:24 pm

  1316. Schaffer Photography -

    Pick me! Pick me! SchafferPhotography@live.com

      10.26.11 - 10:24 pm

  1317. Bonnie Horton -

    I would def get the 35mm! I’m always shooting in cramped rooms when the bride is getting ready.

      10.26.11 - 10:25 pm

  1318. Tiffany Russell -

    I love that you put so much of yourself, what you do and what you use out there for everyone. I would have to invest in a solid lens. Maybe the 85mm or at least a lens that goes lower than 2.8. tlrphotostl@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 10:25 pm

  1319. Julie Towery -

    Loved reading what’s all in your bag!! I’m needing a a 50mm Nikon lense BAD so I would love the gift card!!! jtowery4@yahoo.com Thanks Jasmine for all you do!!

      10.26.11 - 10:26 pm

  1320. Annie Tsai -

    Love your post as usual. You got me drooling over the 35mm! I need I need I need.

      10.26.11 - 10:28 pm

  1321. Taryn -

    I would get a new camera bag….my strap squeaks when I walk. So not cool!

      10.26.11 - 10:29 pm

  1322. Daz Vernon -

    As it’s my birthday on the 28th I’d probably treat myself to a couple of flash triggers.

      10.26.11 - 10:31 pm

  1323. Allison -

    YAY! Great post! I’ve been renting the 135 f.20L recently, and think that’s where I’d go. Though I could use another zoom lens…

      10.26.11 - 10:31 pm

  1324. lil -

    would definitely go towards a flash!

      10.26.11 - 10:37 pm

  1325. Anna -

    I would go straight for the cannon 85mm, 1.2 and not look back! You are right, it is dreamy!

      10.26.11 - 10:38 pm

  1326. Dorelies -

    Many thanks to Jasmine and B&H. When I was in NY at B&H it was WOW. I would take a new lens – maybe.

      10.26.11 - 10:40 pm

  1327. Sean -

    Great reviews as always, Jasmine! Can’t echo your sentiments enough on the 70-200mm 2.8. What an amazing lens. It has so many other uses than just the ceremony, though. Fantastic First Look lens when you have the room to back up. A MUST have for every wedding photographer!

      10.26.11 - 10:40 pm

  1328. Kate Crabtree -

    Oh boy, I’m not sure! I’d put it toward a new lens, probably (maybe the 70-200??)

      10.26.11 - 10:41 pm

  1329. Annette -

    My son is working on his dream to become a photographer, so I would pass this gift on to him, with great joy. Thank you for the opportunity.

      10.26.11 - 10:45 pm

  1330. KimW -

    I really, really want a 50mm 1.4. I’ve sold my 1.8 to fund it but I’m still a little short, the gift card would be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:46 pm

  1331. Cathleen Siler -

    We are so on the same page! LOL

      10.26.11 - 10:48 pm

  1332. Joyce Y -

    Great lenses!!! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:48 pm

  1333. Emily Sharpe -

    Maybe toward a 35mm lens for the hubs!

      10.26.11 - 10:51 pm

  1334. Kym Moschgat -

    Thank you so much for your advice, suggestions and insight!!

      10.26.11 - 10:52 pm

  1335. Chelsea Davis -

    I would SO love that gift certificate! My happy self would march right over to my computer and order the 70-200. I mean, go big or go home, riiiight?!

      10.26.11 - 10:53 pm

  1336. Matt -

    Always renting…would have to be the 70-200.

    good stuff. Beautiful work

      10.26.11 - 10:53 pm

  1337. Kym Moschgat -

    Oh no! I forgot to tell you what I would buy……..Definitely the Canon 50mm, 1.4!!!! I am so jelly! I want that lens! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 10:53 pm

  1338. Jennifer Gardner -

    I soooo want an 85mm 1.2!!!

      10.26.11 - 10:56 pm

  1339. Travis Silva -

    Thanks Jasmine for showing your bag! I would definitely get the 35mm 1.2 or the 100mm macro lense. I can’t get the shots I want because I don’t have those two in my lineup yet. God Bless you!

      10.26.11 - 10:57 pm

  1340. Renee -

    Sooo exciting!! I would put it towards the 85 1.2!!

      10.26.11 - 10:58 pm

  1341. Elaine -

    I think I’d definitely put it towards a lens since I only own a couple. You have an amazing spread of lenses. Definitely blessed.

      10.26.11 - 10:59 pm

  1342. Lynette Smith -

    LOVED the blog write up on lenses and gear! I would likely purchase a 35 mm or the 85 mm – I have my eyes on both of those! Not sure yet on the 1.2 vs the 1.8 but likely start with the 1.2 as I like the versatility ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh and I have lens envy by the way!

      10.26.11 - 11:01 pm

  1343. Jessi W -

    Aw, I’m with JD, love the 50 1.4!

      10.26.11 - 11:02 pm

  1344. Susan Kiddie -

    Hi Jasmine, I would love to buy the 50mm which is top of my wish list…. Thank you so much for this blog, so helpful and fantastic that you share so much, Susie xx

      10.26.11 - 11:02 pm

  1345. EBPitcher -

    Oh, my! I’m sure I’d find a new lens to put $100 toward. Your post has inspired me to look for something new… Like 35 mm 1.4 maybe?

      10.26.11 - 11:03 pm

  1346. Kathleen Struss -

    This post was super helpful! Thanks for all the tips!!

      10.26.11 - 11:04 pm

  1347. Nicole -

    I’d buy a 5D Mark II!

      10.26.11 - 11:04 pm

  1348. Megan@COUTUREmotion Films -

    Hi j*…what would I buy from the Mecca (aka B&H)? My husband and I would probably buy a Macro. That would be pretty sweet…

      10.26.11 - 11:06 pm

  1349. Mona Alicia -

    I’d totally put that $100 towards a new lens! Awesome giveaway, thank you Jasmine and B&H!

      10.26.11 - 11:09 pm

  1350. Erin -

    Oh how I would love the 50mm 1.2 or 20-70.

      10.26.11 - 11:10 pm

  1351. Erin Blackwell -

    Great post. I always feel overwhelmed reading lens reviews, but this was short and to the point. Looking forward to getting the 85mm 1.2 someday.

      10.26.11 - 11:11 pm

  1352. Marla Webb -

    I would love to get the 70 to 200. Its my new dream lens.

      10.26.11 - 11:13 pm

  1353. Mindy Metivier -

    The next lens I would love to invest in is the 35 1.4L lens. Loved it when I borrowed a friend’s one. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 11:18 pm

  1354. Emily Tillman -

    I think that I would be putting it towards that 85mm. It and a nice speedlite are next on my list of buys. I too LOVE prime lenses.

      10.26.11 - 11:18 pm

  1355. Karina -

    I’d put it towards a flash I think! Depends if something else tempts me.

      10.26.11 - 11:21 pm

  1356. Jen Anway -

    I enjoy seeing how "loved" your lenses look! So… which lens did you use for most of these shots?
    I am DYING to get the 85 1.8 or the 50 1.4!! I have the 50 1.8, and it’s great for the price, but is so slow to focus.
    Great post!!!

      10.26.11 - 11:24 pm

  1357. Megan Bennett -

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the gear that you use! I have learnt so much about photography from reading your blog – THANK YOU for all the time and effort you put in to sharing it!
    I’ve been hanging out for a 50mm f/1.2L for some time, so $100 to put towards it would be awesome! My email address is meganbennettphotography@gmail.com

      10.26.11 - 11:25 pm

  1358. Kaitlin Seidel -

    You totally rock! Love your reviews, and can’t wait to have such diverse gear myself!

      10.26.11 - 11:25 pm

  1359. CJ -

    Reading this made me drool. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 11:27 pm

  1360. Lisa -

    I love reading your blog! Thanks for all the reviews. I think I want the 85mm 1.8 next ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 11:28 pm

  1361. Sanchez P -

    woot (: nice stuff x)

    need to have this 100 macro ๐Ÿ™

      10.26.11 - 11:28 pm

  1362. Shane -

    Great read. The 50mm 1.2 is on my wish list.

      10.26.11 - 11:29 pm

  1363. Andrea Worley -

    I’d probably just put it towards another lense or upgrade for a flash.

      10.26.11 - 11:30 pm

  1364. Melissa Gregesen -

    No question….I would purchase the 85mm 1.2f ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 11:32 pm

  1365. Irene -

    I would totally go ahead and buy that 50 mm 1.4 I’ve been drooling over! ๐Ÿ™‚ You are so great at explaining lens purposes… YOU NEEEEED to write a book one day!

      10.26.11 - 11:32 pm

  1366. lisa cour -

    I enjoyed hearing you speak today…it was a timely message! I need a lighting stand and pocket wizards, my first Marco lens, too. The list is always long for B&H! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 11:33 pm

  1367. Dennis Bullock -

    J* your posts are always so awesome! Love it!

      10.26.11 - 11:33 pm

  1368. Bethany Cox -

    Um… is it boring to say i would buy SD cards? (because i would)

      10.26.11 - 11:38 pm

  1369. Sophie -

    Thanks for this post. I’m always looking for photographers thoughts on lenses, and this one helped a lot! (Unfortunately I’m kinda sad I didn’t read this before I just bought the 17-55mm 2.8 lens… But I will just have to slowly upgrade. For now that lens is wonderful for me.) So thanks!

      10.26.11 - 11:38 pm

  1370. emily -

    i am in DIRE need of that 70-200 lens… or a d700. or both! i would have to do some serious coin flipping to decide which i would buy first. much love to you & b&h combined!

      10.26.11 - 11:39 pm

  1371. Elizabeth -

    I would love to buy a new flash ok, my first professional flash that I soooooooo need….
    Elizabeth (dreamonia@yahoo.com)

      10.26.11 - 11:40 pm

  1372. Bert -

    Thanks for the reviews! The EF 35mm f/2 is what I’m looking at getting next. My EF 50mm f/1.4 is my favorite – glad to hear JD likes it too!

      10.26.11 - 11:45 pm

  1373. Derick -

    I’m curious, what kind of bag you carry your gear to the weddings in.

      10.26.11 - 11:46 pm

  1374. Richelle -

    Love this post, so informative!

    I am about to invest in a flash! I’d love to skip buying the 480 and jump on the 580. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the info, Jasmine!

      10.26.11 - 11:46 pm

  1375. Tam Nguyen -

    Thanks!!!! I will be using the gift certificate to buy some Nikon lens ~_^

      10.26.11 - 11:47 pm

  1376. Stephanie Harris -

    I would buy the 50mm 1.2. I just switched from Nikon to Canon and this would be my first lens other than the kit lens that came with my 7d.

      10.26.11 - 11:52 pm

  1377. cheryl -

    I’ve been wanting the 85mm!

      10.26.11 - 11:55 pm

  1378. Jesper A. -

    Oh, I’d add it to my piggy bank. I have my DSLR, but I want a camera for my wife as well so it’s not me shooting, her waiting ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 11:57 pm

  1379. Mandy Kopp -

    Fantastic post, and if won it would most likely go towards replacing a misplaced lens cap and possibly the 70-200 2.8IS that I’ve had my eye on getting for quite some time ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.26.11 - 11:57 pm

  1380. Natalie Ebaugh -

    Oooh, I would put it towards the 85mm 1.8. Keeping my fingers crossed!

      10.26.11 - 11:59 pm

  1381. Kelly -

    I love this post! I would love the Canon 100 macro!

      10.27.11 - 12:03 am

  1382. Kelvin -

    Definitely the 70-200 2.8 IS that I wanted to buy for YEARS~

      10.27.11 - 12:04 am

  1383. Dawn -

    I’d probably get either the 50 or 85 prime for my daughter, a budding photographer.

      10.27.11 - 12:04 am

  1384. Sarah Carper -

    I’m in dire need if a new camera… So this would mist definitely go tirades a new camera!!

      10.27.11 - 12:07 am

  1385. pamela -

    i’d LOVE the 35mm 1.4!!! i have to 1.8 and hardly ever use anything else!

      10.27.11 - 12:09 am

  1386. pamela -

    i’ve been jones-ing for an 85mm for a while… ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 12:10 am

  1387. Stan -

    Most of my professional work is shot with the 16-35 and 70-200. My personal work on the other hand is with bokehlicious primes.

      10.27.11 - 12:10 am

  1388. Daniel -

    My son turned 1 in September and I’m thinking owning a prime lens will be great to capture this fast-going and precious moments!

    I hope I can win the gift certificate ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 12:12 am

  1389. Jordan Murphy -

    I love to hear how people use different lenses! What do you think about the 1DX? Now that your’e a big-shot photographer, do you think you’ll pick up that bad boy, or just wait for the 5DMkIII???
    I’d love that $100 gift card to go toward a new full-frame body, either the 5DMkII now or the MkIII down the road. The 1DX is a bit out of my league at the moment ๐Ÿ˜‰
    How do you say it ? …. Stay Fabulous!

      10.27.11 - 12:12 am

  1390. Kristi Garcia -

    I loved your review of each of these images, and only dream of being able to afford half the lenses you own (not to mention the 5D Mark II.). I would LOVE to win the gift certificate to help purchase a 1.2 lens. Thanks!

      10.27.11 - 12:14 am

  1391. Amรฉlie Vergne -

    Hi Jasmine, I love your work. I am just a starting photographer and I am so impressed by everything you do. This 100 dollars would be handy for me to buy a 50mm 1.4. Thanks !

      10.27.11 - 12:16 am

  1392. Kerith -

    Awesome post- thanks!

      10.27.11 - 12:16 am

  1393. Kelsie Fair -

    I would most definitely buy the 50mm f/1.2. I’m a major sucker for that creamy bokeh. I could dream at night about what I could do that that bad boy!
    -Kelsie Fair

      10.27.11 - 12:16 am

  1394. E ric -

    Thanks as always for your posts. I would use the money toward a new 70-200.

      10.27.11 - 12:16 am

  1395. Devon D. -

    I LOVE you & your work! I am in the beginning stages of my biz in my last semester of college, & a gift certificate would really help to save up for the 50mm 1.2 that I’ve been dreaming of!

      10.27.11 - 12:19 am

  1396. Bianca -

    No doubt about it, the 50mm 1.2 would be a dream!! Love seeing the magic you capture with this lens.

      10.27.11 - 12:23 am

  1397. Rhonda -

    thank you for this post J* – I love your descriptions of the lenses – so amazing!!!

    Pick me – pick me

      10.27.11 - 12:24 am

  1398. Natalie A -

    It was such a honor to meet you today. I was the tiny girl with the outsourcing question towards the end/ the one who stood on her tiptoes. =) I will say I reveled in my giddiness all day long! Much love <3

      10.27.11 - 12:24 am

  1399. Megan Lesley -

    Ohhh I am buying the 85mm and then the 35mm next. My Nifty Fifty lives on my camera and the 70-200mm saves me in ceremonies!

      10.27.11 - 12:24 am

  1400. lauren Martinez -

    Oh man I would LOVE to win that gift certificate!! lauren@laurenlandphotography.com

      10.27.11 - 12:27 am

  1401. Yosshe -

    I would like to buy 70-200.

      10.27.11 - 12:34 am

  1402. Brittany Ryle -

    I bought most of this because of your recommendation right after the creative live wedding. have not regretted even a single item. Thank you, Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 12:34 am

  1403. Ariana Campa -

    Although I shoot Nikon, this post was very helpful and well written w/o too much technical mumbo jumbo that many of us don’t really understand. :0 I’d love to win the $100 gift card, I think I’d use it towards a new lens or a new softbox since I’m trying to practice my studio photography. :0

      10.27.11 - 12:35 am

  1404. Kristen Dawn -

    YEAYYY!!! I remember the ‘what’s in my bag’ post but awhjeez I didn’t know it was two years ago!! Wow has the time flew, thank you for keeping us antsy for your newest post and Polo photos!! You’re a gem to us all, photographers and dreamers alike ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 12:36 am

  1405. Rachel -

    Wow, what a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing your favorite lenses!

      10.27.11 - 12:37 am

  1406. Paulina J -

    hi j*! as an aspiring photographer, I would save the $100 and put it towards my first dSLR! thanks for being so awesome and inspirational.

    kind regards,


      10.27.11 - 12:39 am

  1407. Amy Evans -

    I would definitely put it toward a Nikon D700!

      10.27.11 - 12:41 am

  1408. Maria -

    ooohhhh!!! This post is amazing! You’ve definitely expanded your lens collection. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would probably put the $100 gift certificate to a new lens.

      10.27.11 - 12:42 am

  1409. Benjamin Sander -

    Great article.
    I’d kill for that setup in a Nikon equivalency ๐Ÿ˜›
    I’d probly buy some memory cards.
    Weddings are too important to not overstock.

      10.27.11 - 12:42 am

  1410. Katie Tendick -

    Cool. I would put it towards either a new 50 mm 1.4 or really save up for the 35 mm. Thanks for the giveaway!

      10.27.11 - 12:46 am

  1411. Alan French -

    The $100 gift certificate would help with the purchase of the Nikkor AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED lens I need to shoot the rings! I have been so frustrated not having a macro lens to take the ring, jewelry, accessory, etc. shots. Thank you, Jasmine.

      10.27.11 - 12:47 am

  1412. andrea -

    I love hearing what other photographer’s shoot with! Thanks so much for sharing. I’d love that $100 to go towards the 5DMII.

      10.27.11 - 12:53 am

  1413. Cristina -

    I’m savin’ up for the 70-200mm, 2.8. I rent it for now, but I can’t wait to make this affair a permanent relationship! Thanks for the chance Jasmine and B&H!

      10.27.11 - 12:55 am

  1414. Erin -

    I have to try, ha ha. I love your posts like this… they are always helpful. I would actually probably put the GC towards a new camera. I shoot on a pentax now, which has it’s pluses, but there is something very sharp and the colors aren’t as saturated in a Canon 5D. Thank you!

      10.27.11 - 12:57 am

  1415. Denise Conrad -

    I love it when you talk lenses…

      10.27.11 - 12:58 am

  1416. Marla Jenkins -

    I am dreaming about the 85mm!

      10.27.11 - 12:59 am

  1417. Javier Ishino -

    Very nice post

      10.27.11 - 1:03 am

  1418. Vincent de Vries -

    Great post!! Do you shoot yourself with 2 cameras, or do you change lenses all the time?


      10.27.11 - 1:05 am

  1419. Bev Compton -

    Love your work Jasmine! I just wish I could get the same satisfaction with my 50 1.2. Guess I need more practice!

      10.27.11 - 1:06 am

  1420. Alinta -

    Loved reading this, and all of your posts, pleased to see your bag is similar to mine except for the 70-200 which I have a love hate relationship with so am yet to buy! Perhaps thasts what I would put this $100 towards!!

      10.27.11 - 1:07 am

  1421. Sarah Layne -

    I actually purchased and returned the Canon 85mm, 1.2 a while ago because it was so weird and heavy. Now I think I am going to go with the Canon 85mm, 1.8 per your suggestion, and that gift certificate would help! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 1:07 am

  1422. Kim -

    Dang! Not only was this post super informative but if you made it to the end, you got a little treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d put the $100 towards a 70-200 lens. I know, that would be a very small dent in a very HUGE bucket but I’ve been waiting and saving way too long for that lens!

    Or, you know, if I won, I might just blow it all on film. A girl’s got her vices. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 1:07 am

  1423. Daniela Dukleska -

    My choice would be either the flash or 35mm….Thank you for all of the information!

      10.27.11 - 1:10 am

  1424. Joe Fontenot -

    Great post! I’m with JD, I would like to get the 85mm 1.8 next. I dig the fast focusing over the extra aperture.

    Thanks for sharing!

      10.27.11 - 1:11 am

  1425. darciesutherland -

    Jasmine… I think I would put it toward 85mm, 50mm 1.4 or maybe a soft box.. or pray that God would multiply it for my 24-70mm:)
    Thanks for the opportunities:)

      10.27.11 - 1:12 am

  1426. Tee Tran -

    I definitely would buy a 35 1.4!!! I would really like to see from that perspective!

      10.27.11 - 1:13 am

  1427. Audre Van Broers -

    I would totally buy the 70-200mm

      10.27.11 - 1:14 am

  1428. Iza Korwel -

    It was one long gear post not all that exciting to a Nikon shooter but I am glad I stayed till the end ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 1:15 am

  1429. brianne howard -

    Pick me! Pick me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 1:16 am

  1430. Kelly Lewis -

    Kelly Is Nice Photography – kelly@kellyisnice.com

    I’d like a new lens!

      10.27.11 - 1:17 am

  1431. annie -

    i’m totally saving for my flash!

      10.27.11 - 1:18 am

  1432. Jeffery -

    Hi Jasmine, I love this post! And since I wish I had a full-frame camera like you, my $100 will go towards that! Oh, and my email address is jchoi@thewaterfrontpuuloa.com. Thank you!

      10.27.11 - 1:19 am

  1433. Kate Lee -

    YIKES! well i would love the 85 to add to the mix…this is my favorite kind of post btw!

      10.27.11 - 1:19 am

  1434. Laura Meador -

    Great review! And I need a new flash – help me out, B&H =)

      10.27.11 - 1:22 am

  1435. Stefanie Bakewell -

    I love whats in my bag, loved your take on whats good about and even whats bad about it!

    Hmmm, I would totally be getting the 35. 1.8 or at least save for it!!

      10.27.11 - 1:24 am

  1436. Marla Sanca -

    Thanks for the great blog! If I win, there are a million things I could buy…I am just starting out!

      10.27.11 - 1:26 am

  1437. Liz Reis -

    Thank you for sharing Jasmine. I rented the 85mm 1.8, I am now in love! It would be great to have some cash to put towards the purchase of some desperately needed new gear.

      10.27.11 - 1:26 am

  1438. Natalie Webb -

    Thank you for sharing all of your tips and equipment. You are such an inspiration and roll model! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 1:30 am

  1439. Jessica Hunt -

    I would love to change my body from the Canon50D to an upgraded version. I constantly dream of the 5D Mark II. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 1:32 am

  1440. Chris Hoffmann -

    Great article, thanks for writing. I am just getting into wedding photography and have been following you on twitter. This blog post gives me some ideas on expansion of equipment for the future. Thanks

      10.27.11 - 1:32 am

  1441. denean -

    awesome, and so helpful, review!! Thank you!!! I am coveting the 100 macro – yum!!

      10.27.11 - 1:35 am

  1442. Tonya -

    I would use the gift certificate to help purchase a new digital camera for my yearbook staff at school. We don’t have one. They use mine!

      10.27.11 - 1:36 am

  1443. Kara -

    Most definitely a 24-70mm! Thanks for the opportunity!

      10.27.11 - 1:37 am

  1444. Meredith -

    I’d probably put it towards a sweet new lens, or maybe buy some darkroom paper or film ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 1:38 am

  1445. Jordan Henson -

    Definitely putting that toward the 85mm, 1.2!

      10.27.11 - 1:38 am

  1446. Lelia Bartruff -

    What wouldn’t I like to get a B&H? I live close to that store and it is so hard not to go near it. I’d probably buy some more memory cards. But I would love to get a good 35 prime or the 50mm. Someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 1:39 am

  1447. Marรฉ -

    I know exactly what I would buy with that voucher! I have been drooling over the 100mm IS macro lens for a while!

    Thank you for the breakdown of you r bag’s contents. It helps a lot, especially with what you use each lens for

      10.27.11 - 1:41 am

  1448. Carly Kolbo -

    I rented the 35mm…and now I want, no need it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 1:41 am

  1449. Steve Dutcher -

    I would donate it to our local high school’s photography program. (unless, of course, a 3D or 5D mk iii is announced soon ๐Ÿ™‚ )

      10.27.11 - 1:41 am

  1450. Mysti Laevens -

    I absolutely love your style of blogging, soo freaking funny!!

      10.27.11 - 1:42 am

  1451. shannon kate -

    I’m so glad you included the lenses that you HAVE but don’t especially use any more.
    I’m lusting after the 85mm 1.8 – I’m like JD, the 1.2 just kills me!

      10.27.11 - 1:49 am

  1452. Iza Korwel -

    It was one long gear post not all that exciting to a Nikon shooter but I am glad I stayed till the end ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 1:49 am

  1453. courtney -

    thanks j* + b&h! i think i would use it to go towards buying my momma a zoom lens!

      10.27.11 - 1:49 am

  1454. Elizabeth Clements -

    I would buy an Expodisc! There are definitely times when auto WB doesn’t do the trick, and this would be super handy to have.

      10.27.11 - 1:49 am

  1455. Beth -

    Love it, as usual! It’s a difficult decision, but I would probably put it towards a 50 mm lens. I’ve been renting mine, and thats starting to become such a hassle. Thanks for all the helpful info Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 1:50 am

  1456. Chantri -

    Oh my goodness I have lens envy + Jasmine Star envy. Thank you for always sharing so much, I admire you! I’d love the help to get a new shiny lens!

      10.27.11 - 1:51 am

  1457. Kathleen -

    I would put the money toward the 50 mm 1.2 lens….please oh please!

      10.27.11 - 1:51 am

  1458. Jonathan Bae -

    would buy a 70-200 2.8L IS lens to shoot portraits of family/friends and my kids’ music performances in dark theaters! It complements my 50mm 1.4, 28-135mm, and 70-300mm… although the 24-70mm lens is very tempting !! thx.

      10.27.11 - 1:52 am

  1459. Bev Louthan -

    Thanks for all the info! I need to invest in a 50mm lens….

      10.27.11 - 1:55 am

  1460. Kaylina Norton -

    Wow. Consider this post my Christmas list. Too bad no one can be nice enough to get all of this from Santa. I’m currently saving up for a 50mm lens and I would use the money for that. Thank you so much for giving us a peak in your bag!

      10.27.11 - 1:57 am

  1461. Julie O'Dell -

    I would use it to put towards a new camera (upgrade) for my business.


      10.27.11 - 1:59 am

  1462. Kim Sobel -

    I never win. I would so buy a macro lens.

      10.27.11 - 2:05 am

  1463. Roger -

    Thank you for sharing what’s in your bag. I just purchased the 85mm 1.8 and can’t wait to shoot with it. The $100 gift certificate would go towards my "70-200 Fund" ๐Ÿ™‚

    Again, thank you for sharing
    Roger Arguello

      10.27.11 - 2:09 am

  1464. Mary Lau -

    I now can’t decide between the 24 the 85 or the 70-200 lol..
    As always thank you for all you do!

      10.27.11 - 2:10 am

  1465. brad trone -

    Thanks for reviewing your gear Jasmine!
    I would go for a 50 1.2 definitely. Rented it a couple times this year and fell in love!

      10.27.11 - 2:12 am

  1466. LeAnn Secen -

    Such helpful info! Thank you.

      10.27.11 - 2:12 am

  1467. Jessica -

    I would be super geeked if I won and I would use the money to buy the 85 1.8. I just recently started my photography business and I’m itching to grow my equipment but trying to stay smart with expenses and not get ahead of myself. Admittedly I have drooled on the 85 at the store though ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 2:16 am

  1468. Lindsay Johnson -

    I’m saving to buy the 70-200… $100 would be a sweet little discount!

      10.27.11 - 2:17 am

  1469. kim smith -

    I have decided to consider switching from Nikon to Canon, and you have me dangling a leg off the side of the cliff. Awesome post, Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 2:17 am

  1470. Carrie Pennison -

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this post. It was EXACTLY what i needed to read on this very day. I was SOO disappointed when in New York from the 11th-17th that B&H was closed for Succos. Anyway, I guess that means i’ll have to take a trip back just to go to the B&H Superstore. I am in the market for a 24mm 1.8 or maybe the 85. I recently purchased a 50 mm 1.4 and i can’t put it down, i LOVE it.

      10.27.11 - 2:23 am

  1471. Holly -

    loved this post, if i won I would use it toward a macro lens!

      10.27.11 - 2:24 am

  1472. Bethany Keisler -

    I’m dying for the 85! I think I’d use the certificate towards that!

      10.27.11 - 2:24 am

  1473. Mandisa -

    I would put it towards the 50 1.2L or the 35 1.4 L….my dream lenses ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 2:26 am

  1474. Jennifer Porcaro -

    ommmmmmm the 70-200mm f/2.8…hello!!! Thanks Jasmine for the awesome post!!

      10.27.11 - 2:27 am

  1475. Caiti Borruso -

    I love my 50mm f/1.4 and I’m dying to try out a wider lens…either a 35mm or a 28mm ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 2:28 am

  1476. Katherine Bautista -

    I’d buy a lens! Not sure which…but i’m already EXCITED! (and praying I will win)

      10.27.11 - 2:29 am

  1477. Molly Hauge -

    I would use the $100 towards the purchase of my first Canon 5D Mark II. I simply cannot wait!!! PICK ME PICK ME!!!

      10.27.11 - 2:33 am

  1478. Tifa -

    Love posts like these, totally made me want an 85/1.2! Though looking at it now I’m really tempted to try out the 100/2.8IS ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      10.27.11 - 2:39 am

  1479. Jodi -

    I need a macro! Great read jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 2:39 am

  1480. Andrea Mull -

    Love the giveaway! And love B&H, I wouldn’t buy my gear from anywhere else. I am thinking a new zoom lens woud look good in my bag ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Jasmines, you rock…as always!

      10.27.11 - 2:40 am

  1481. Ashli M -

    I would buy another fixed frame…probably the 85mm, 1.2 as you suggested!

      10.27.11 - 2:41 am

  1482. Rebecca Turner -

    I would definitely put this towards a 50mm prime (not sure which one, yet)…as a poor college student who can’t afford lenses, this would be amazing!

    Rebecca: rlturner373@students.phc.edu

      10.27.11 - 2:41 am

  1483. Becca -

    Becca, ladysentinel2014@gmail.com

    Thanks–this is amazing!

      10.27.11 - 2:42 am

  1484. Samantha Beauchamp -

    I would love to win the gift Certificate! I would put it towards my Canon 7D purchase!
    Jasmine & B&H- your the best!

      10.27.11 - 2:44 am

  1485. Andi Walpurgis -

    Thanks guys…I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the 85mm 1.2…so then I wont have to keep renting it…

      10.27.11 - 2:44 am

  1486. Stephen Donovan -

    would love to put this toward a speedlite

      10.27.11 - 2:45 am

  1487. Nicole Bond -

    Great info! Thanks, Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 2:45 am

  1488. Kendra -

    I need to add another prime to my kit!

      10.27.11 - 2:47 am

  1489. Cathy Hartman -

    Thanks for the great info! I want to upgrade my 100 macro to the IS macro

      10.27.11 - 2:47 am

  1490. Courtney -

    Thank you for being a photographer who always takes the time to offer up great, helpful advice.

    And, I’m debating between using that gift certificate on a new lens, a mounted flash, or some SD cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 2:48 am

  1491. Haley -

    I’m looking to purchase a wide angle lense! I LOVE your blog, photos, and Polo (of course). We have a Maltese and she is usually the subject of my photos, along with her 3 sisters!

      10.27.11 - 2:49 am

  1492. Becky Keller -

    I would use it towards a new lens!!!

      10.27.11 - 2:50 am

  1493. Kara -

    woah what an awesome prize- thanks B&H! this is when we realize how many other photographers read your blog jasmine! lol ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.27.11 - 2:50 am

  1494. Katie Callow -

    Thank you so much for this post Jasmine ๐Ÿ™‚ It is beyond helpful! $100 could definitely be put in my piggy bank for the 50mm 1.2!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 2:53 am

  1495. Lisa -

    for sure I would get the 50mm 1.4 i am a zoom girl teattering on the side of a good prime

      10.27.11 - 2:53 am

  1496. Timothy Midgett -

    Would definitely get the new Apollo Orb from FJ Westcott.

      10.27.11 - 2:53 am

  1497. ELyse -

    Great article as always… B&H- hhhhmmmm… I don’t know, but I know it would be something probably wayyyy more than $100 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 2:53 am

  1498. Michelle M. -

    Thanks for the info and reviews!!

      10.27.11 - 2:54 am

  1499. Christina -

    I have been wanting to purchase a 85mm 1.8 or "Brad" 1.2. I have seen that you and many other professioanls praise the 85mm lens but I haven’t had the money to purchase one. This woud give me a great addition to my new business and adding my first pro lenses to my bag.

      10.27.11 - 2:54 am

  1500. Abbie Kressner -

    I love giveaways! I’ve had my eye on the FujiFilm X100 so I would love to snatch one of those up. If that’s not available, I would of course settle for a nice 35mm.

      10.27.11 - 2:56 am

  1501. Danielle Rayoum -

    Great Reviews thanks!

      10.27.11 - 2:56 am

  1502. Chantel Giongco -

    I would put the $100 towards upgrading my Photoshop or Lightroom! Can’t wait to meet you November 1st!

      10.27.11 - 2:57 am

  1503. Angela Cardenas -

    Not sure what $100 gift card could get me… but definitely helps to pay for a lens.. 135mm actually! =)

      10.27.11 - 2:57 am

  1504. Jennifer D. -

    How fun! If I were to be the lucky winner, I would buy myself a new camera — and I have been wanting one for years!! I am crossing my fingers!!

      10.27.11 - 2:58 am

  1505. Wallis Soape -

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve been trying to decide which lens to save up for and I’m thinking the 85mm f/1.8 is tops on the list! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 3:01 am

  1506. Amy Pinney -

    I would….either upgrade my 50mm (i currently have the 1.8) or get the 85mm that I’ve been drooling over….or maybe the 100mm macro to use when my son is born in January (and on subsequent newborn shoots)….so many choices!! ahhhhh!!!

      10.27.11 - 3:03 am

  1507. Ana Curameng -

    WOW… If I could be so lucky… I’d drive to B&H and buy me that 85mm 1.2… Thank you for sharing all these information. If I can just work my way up to some of those lenses…I am leaving the comment today, because my son turned 10 today and he is the luckiest boy I know ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 3:04 am

  1508. jessica -

    WOW! Awesome! I have been wanting the
    Canon 580EXII . I LOVE b&H they are a wonderful company, I have been so impressed. Oh and I think you are glorious:)

      10.27.11 - 3:04 am

  1509. Christin -

    Thank you for listing all of this out! If I won I would put it toward a Mark 5d.

      10.27.11 - 3:05 am

  1510. Andrea -

    Lovely! Here’s to hoping I get lucky!

      10.27.11 - 3:06 am

  1511. Sara S -

    Drooling! So much to choose from, how can a girl decide?

      10.27.11 - 3:10 am

  1512. Karisa Joy -

    I love reading what equipment others use. And I’ve recently fallen in love with the 100 macro IS and the 35mm 1.4 Beeeeaaaaauuuuuties. And what would I spend the money on? Oooh, I don’t know I think I would let it soak in a few days.

      10.27.11 - 3:13 am

  1513. kelli taylor -

    I’m with ya! Can’t wait for the 5D markIII!

      10.27.11 - 3:14 am

  1514. Jenny -

    Woop woop! I’d love to win that gift certificate! Thanks Jasmine ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.27.11 - 3:16 am

  1515. Cheendy -

    Thanks for the reviews! I’d buy the 35 1.4!!!

      10.27.11 - 3:18 am

  1516. Jenn F -

    I would love to add another prime lens or upgrade my 50mm to a 1.4!
    Thanks Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 3:20 am

  1517. Sameena Jaleel -

    I will put it towards a macro lens, I am dying to get one. Or the 70-200mm 2.8. I hope I am picked.

      10.27.11 - 3:21 am

  1518. Heather Palecek -

    Wonderful photographs to go along with a great post!
    I’ve has the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS on my wishlist for quite some time – I’d definitely buy one with a little help! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 3:22 am

  1519. Parisa Heidari -

    I would put it towards a 24-70 1.8. I’m in love with this lens. Its a great walk around lens
    PS. I hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚ I never do though ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 3:23 am

  1520. Katie -

    Katie Hoffpauir: katie@katiehphotography.com
    I think it would go toward that dreamy 105mm lens I’ve had my eye on for months!

      10.27.11 - 3:26 am

  1521. Brandi -

    Thank you for the reviews! Your blog is awesome as always!! Loving all the lenses, but think I would start go with the 24-70mm or the 35mm so many choices.

      10.27.11 - 3:30 am

  1522. Janet Cruz -

    I would purchase a hard cover camera bag so I could take my camera etc with me confidently when I travel….

      10.27.11 - 3:32 am

  1523. Hannah -

    Such a helpful post, thank you so much!

      10.27.11 - 3:32 am

  1524. Jessica K. Sullivan -

    Most informative post I have read about wedding photographer’s lenses yet! Thank you for taking the time to explain each lens and the pros/cons of them as you see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 3:35 am

  1525. Ashley B -

    You know, my wedding anniversary is tomorrow, and to be able to put an extra $100 towards a MUCH-NEEDED new lens for my wedding photography (I rent all of my lenses. EVERY WEEK. For realz), well, that’d be a dream.

      10.27.11 - 3:38 am

  1526. Kathryn Peters -

    I am saving up for the 70-200 now, so this would be a HUGE help! Love your work, Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 3:39 am

  1527. Amy Schilling -

    I doubt I’ll ever get away from Nikon but I do love reading your blog. And of course I think you’re an amazing photographer. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 3:51 am

  1528. Liana Torres -

    If I won this awesome gift card from such a FAB girl like you I’d treat myself to the Nikon 85mm f/1.8!! YEAH BABY!! ;-D
    By the way- THANK YOU so much for being so open in what you do, how you do it and what you do it with.

      10.27.11 - 3:52 am

  1529. Julie Hurley -

    Thanks for all the valuable information in your reviews!

      10.27.11 - 3:54 am

  1530. Sarah -

    I would love love love a macro lens for close-ups and food photography!!

      10.27.11 - 3:55 am

  1531. Briana -

    It would be so hard to decide but, at this point, it would probably go towards a new flash!

      10.27.11 - 3:56 am

  1532. Hilary -

    Ahh, so hard! My "top choice" would probably be the 580EXII, since I don’t own an external flash but have been thinking about getting one for a while (a friend let me use his for a wedding once, and I loved it).

      10.27.11 - 3:58 am

  1533. Jacqueline J -

    I’d put the money toward the Fuji X100 — I’ve been yearning for that camera for so long!

      10.27.11 - 3:58 am

  1534. Bryan -

    Will $100 plus my 50/1.4 get me a used 50/1.2? *fingers crossed*

      10.27.11 - 3:58 am

  1535. Jennifer King -

    Jasmine! So wonderful to finally meet you today! I loved your funny stories and your laughter. You are a gem! Would use the 100 gift card toward a more powerful speedlight. I hear ya on the lower priced ones, yeah not cuttin it for a wedding! amen! and thx!

      10.27.11 - 3:59 am

  1536. Tonya Mansfield -

    Let’s hear for the 35mm!! I love mine too and it’s what I shoot with most of the time. Thank you Canon and B & H for being such as big part of our lives. LOVE.

      10.27.11 - 4:00 am

  1537. Joleen Mendiola -

    Loved this post! Thank you!

      10.27.11 - 4:03 am

  1538. EJ Fleck -

    How can you not love B&H?? I’ve been dreaming about an 85 1.2 for a long time… a free 100 bucks towards it would be awesome!

      10.27.11 - 4:04 am

  1539. Tish Hill -

    My daughter walked up while I was reading this post and said "OOOHHH – pretty!" ha ha Lenses are pretty, aren’t they?

    I would put this money toward a new lens for her, I gave her my old Nikon D40 but I think she deserves a sweet new lens too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 4:04 am

  1540. Leah -

    Thanks for your insight! Love your work!

      10.27.11 - 4:04 am

  1541. BritneyD -

    I’ve had my eye on the 35 1.4 for awhile now. Love the primes!

      10.27.11 - 4:05 am

  1542. Deltha -

    Awesome giveaway! I’d definitely get the 100 2.8. IS.

      10.27.11 - 4:05 am

  1543. Adriana -

    Awesome article, as usual. Uhm… didn’t really notice anyone else doing it… but here’s my name & valid email in the comment box:
    (always try to follow the rules, Mom always said)

      10.27.11 - 4:07 am

  1544. Anahy Escalera -

    Jasmine, you have the coolest toys! I’ve had my eye on the 85 mm 1.8 for like ever! Me want, me want! Thans for sharing. =)

      10.27.11 - 4:09 am

  1545. Jennifer G. -

    Thanks for the give-away! I would definitely use this to put towards a new lens…been looking at the 35mm and 85mm… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks also for all of the info! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 4:10 am

  1546. Hilary Lopez -

    I’d most definitely buy a fixed lens!!! I don’t have one, and all of your praise makes me want one…like…yesterday!!!

      10.27.11 - 4:10 am

  1547. Jessica Becklenberg -

    If you PICK ME….I would put it towards a new lens. Thank you Jasmine and B&H. Oh and as always THANK YOU for you and the awesome blog post!

      10.27.11 - 4:12 am

  1548. Tatiane Barauna -

    Great post! Although i use Nikon,but i LOVE my old Canon AE-1 film,which i made some very amazing photos with it at my brothers wedding! =)
    It would come handy to help me get my 24-70mm. I had a Sigma one and it broke on me on an accident…i want to upgrade now to the Nikkor one! Thanks!

      10.27.11 - 4:16 am

  1549. Emma Wheatley -

    Oh man! This is just too exciting. Thanks for the extensive overview. Jeez louise!

      10.27.11 - 4:17 am

  1550. Matt Vanecek -

    I love B&H Photo-Video! Been buying from them for years. Would love to continue the trend… ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure whoever receives that gift card will be able to put it to excellent use.

    I really love reading your blog and reviewing your photographs. Thanks for sharing and being who you are!

      10.27.11 - 4:26 am

  1551. Cory Henry -

    I’d love to be able to put this toward a new MacBook Pro. It would be wonderful to be able to edit AND listen to music at the same time. My poor Dell cant handle it… :/. Thinking about getting that 50 1.2 as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cory Henry

      10.27.11 - 4:29 am

  1552. Marie Photographie -

    Wow, your bag is LOADED! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have the 85 1.2 and 35 1.4. I wish I had the 50 1.2, but I think I’m going to get the 1.4 until I can afford the L. I think it’s really interesting that JD doesn’t prefer the L series lenses!

      10.27.11 - 4:30 am

  1553. Christopher Wren -

    I’d put it toward a 50 1.2! I love my 50 1.4 but it’s time to upgrade to that creamy bokeh…

      10.27.11 - 4:31 am

  1554. Darling Paumen -

    Jasmine – Love ya!!! B&H – your store is like a x-mas factory or as I like to think of it "a well oiled machine" I was at the B&H store for the very first and only time last year; I remember making my purchase and see it go through the whole store in the beautiful basket all the way down so I could pay for it. I must have looked like a crazy lady following that basket all over the place… B&H Love ya too!!!

      10.27.11 - 4:33 am

  1555. Diane Poff -

    I would Love to own half of what you carry in your bag, not sure what I would buy yet, I need so many things, just starting out and all. Thanks. email:onepoorlillamb@aol.com

      10.27.11 - 4:34 am

  1556. darling paumen -

    Jasmine – Love ya!!! B&H – your store is like a x-mas factory or as I like to think of it "a well oiled machine" I was at the B&H store for the very first and only time last year; I remember making my purchase and see it go through the whole store in the beautiful basket all the way down so I could pay for it. I must have looked like a crazy lady following that basket all over the place… B&H Love ya too!!!

    P.S. I would use the Gift Certificate to buy a 100mm macro lens ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 4:36 am

  1557. Ingrid Williams -

    If I won the gift card, I would put it towards the purchase of a 580EXII flash

      10.27.11 - 4:38 am

  1558. Frederick Yanga -

    WOW! What a collection ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to get up to that arsenal one day! Hopefully if my career starts booming I’ll be able to build my gear lineup to be like yours. I have the 24L and LOVE the character of the lens, but sometimes I find myself looking for a more normal shot. Anywho, great blog!

      10.27.11 - 4:40 am

  1559. stephanie -

    I’d be so excited to get this I dont know what I ‘d get. Hmmm, I need everything, Maybe the flash, or a lens. I hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 4:40 am

  1560. Samantha R -

    Right now I have the Canon Rebel XSi with the 50mm 1.8, the kit 18-50 mm, and a 55-250mm lens.

    I’d like to get the 70-200mm lens!

      10.27.11 - 4:43 am

  1561. Julie Adamson -


    I would buy the 85mm!!!

      10.27.11 - 4:46 am

  1562. CJ Olson -

    I would so get the 70-200 mm 2.8 and that’s what I’m saving for now!!

      10.27.11 - 4:46 am

  1563. Taylor Folden -

    Wow!! What to buy! I would deff buy a flash system!! I really want to start getting more into shooting weddings and a flash system would make my work much better!! :]

      10.27.11 - 4:46 am

  1564. Shannon Walker -

    Short story: I noticed that photographers who owned the 5DMII breathed funny. So I said, I’d like to breathe like that. So I rented one…and now I can’t go back. I am now renting it for all my shoots until I can splurge …almost there. So, how great would it be to win the $100 gift certificate and use it towards the 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 for starters. Thanks for the great info.

      10.27.11 - 4:48 am

  1565. Heidi -

    Oh delight of delights! Thanks for the giveaway, J* and B&H! I think I’d spend the $100 on a flash.

      10.27.11 - 4:48 am

  1566. Danielle DeRosa -

    Very informative as always! I love my primes…would def get a 35mm or 85mm. I wish I could hear you speak while you are here in NYC, you are truly an inspiration!!! DDRNY75@gmail.com

      10.27.11 - 4:49 am

  1567. Alyssa -

    awesome giveaway! I’d def. pick up an extra memory card and a camera case.

      10.27.11 - 4:49 am

  1568. Laura Elizabeth -

    I would probably get some new memory cards! Thanks B&H!!!

      10.27.11 - 4:50 am

  1569. Brittany Boyle -

    Oh my goodness! So much good stuff from you Ms. Jasmine Star! THanks a bunch for the insight. You always amaze me. Oh, and I would totally be going for the 70-200. I have used that sucker and like you, am in love with it’s greatness.

      10.27.11 - 4:52 am

  1570. Erin Tanner -

    I will probably buy a flash because I am just starting out and haven’t been able to buy one just yet. I know I really need to add it to my collection before my FIRST wedding in almost 1 week!

      10.27.11 - 4:58 am

  1571. Nicole Marino -

    Great post super useful and informative! Pretty sure I’d use the $100 towards the 5d!

      10.27.11 - 4:58 am

  1572. Laura -

    Great setup, indeed! I’ve been itchin’ to take some more macro shots, so I think that I would probably put it towards the purchase of a macro lens. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great review! Thanks so much!

      10.27.11 - 5:03 am

  1573. Tim -

    I too love my 5DMII! If I were to win the B&H Photo gift certificate, I would exchange it with you for your 85mm, 1.2. I don’t know how you shoot with that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 5:04 am

  1574. Luis A. Hernandez -

    Love the the Post. Outstanding Information.

      10.27.11 - 5:05 am

  1575. Annie T -

    I knew a lot of people read your blog. Way to get people to come out of the woodwork!

      10.27.11 - 5:06 am

  1576. Whitney Bower -

    It would for sure be put toward the 70-200… I need it bad!

      10.27.11 - 5:07 am

  1577. Cheryl Campbell -

    Thanks for sharing your lens choices with us. I would luv to buy the 85mm 1.2.

      10.27.11 - 5:07 am

  1578. Jennifer -

    I’ll buy something bearing the word "Nikon" ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 5:10 am

  1579. christy foreman -

    I would def. put the $100 towards a new lens. My canon 1.4 is starting to get a little lonely in my bag;)

      10.27.11 - 5:12 am

  1580. Sheaulee -

    I’ve been struggling with my ring shots without a macro so I will definitely be using it towards the Canon 100mm!

      10.27.11 - 5:14 am

  1581. Jeanne Hendry -

    I would probably get video lights

      10.27.11 - 5:16 am

  1582. Aynaz -

    Hi jasmine!
    thanks for the informative post!
    I’d def buy a flash! prob the one u just recommended! I was looking to buy one soon! im shooting my first wedding in 2 weeks! and i only have the pop-up flash in the camera! and last weekend I learned in Creative Live that its not enough!

      10.27.11 - 5:16 am

  1583. Emma {inspiredlyemma} -

    Thank you so much for this! I too LOVE my 50mm 1.4 and when I shot my first wedding on sat I rented the 5d and 24-70! But the 50mm on my 50d definitely kept up! And I felt most comfortable with it! The idea of changing the primes all the time would get a bit challenging for me though! I tried to not be one of those pbotographers that was upfront during the ceremony, and I hear you about the 70-200! Also think I’ll give the 35 a shot! So many options!!!!

    Again, thanks so much for all the sharing… My hubby has termed you my online mentor, and my son (at all of 2 years) has a thing for you (he likes to watch shooting star with me, and has been known to plant a kiss on my phone when he sees you)!

      10.27.11 - 5:22 am

  1584. Patti Athey -

    Excellent article!

      10.27.11 - 5:26 am

  1585. Simone Anne -

    Wow! Sounds fabulous! I’d get the 85mm 1.8 for sure! I love my fifty, but I want a tighter prime! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:27 am

  1586. Chris -

    This list is long…I would put it toward an 85m

      10.27.11 - 5:27 am

  1587. Twah Dougherty -

    Thank you for always sharing your story & your life! You have found your "purpose" and love seeing that you are always redefining it.

      10.27.11 - 5:27 am

  1588. Natacha -

    Fantastic Post. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would buy the 70-200 2.8 IS lens.
    I’ve been dying for this lens of my own. I usually hire it for most of my jobs.

      10.27.11 - 5:28 am

  1589. Jess -

    lens..definitely a new lens ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:29 am

  1590. Cristy -

    The only lens I have ever purchased is my 50mm 1.8. I use it for everything! But I hear the 1.2 calling my name!

      10.27.11 - 5:35 am

  1591. Jessica Marie -

    Wow! What a great prize! Thank You for sharing what’s in your bag. jessicachapman10@gmail.com

      10.27.11 - 5:37 am

  1592. Sarah Allred -

    Oh honey! I am a Nikon user…EEK! Does that disqualify me?

    I’m saving up for the 35mm 1.8 lens. One day!

      10.27.11 - 5:37 am

  1593. holly pendergast -

    I am a huge fan of yours and a Photography student at Cal State Fullerton. Crossing my fingers to win the contest I would love to use it towards a new lens to practice portraits and such ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:39 am

  1594. Stacee Lianna Photography -

    I just love your blog. <3 I’m torn on my next lens purchase, between a 100 macro and a 70-200. the 100 would give great detail shots, like the eyelashes on my little niece but i love the 70-200 because it lets you sink into the background.

      10.27.11 - 5:39 am

  1595. Lucy Munoz -

    awwwww…gosh I really need that lens (the 50 mmm 1.2) that is where I’d put the money towards…that and a sangria ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 5:39 am

  1596. Jennifer Ramirez -

    Awesome collection! I’m not a Canon user, but this stash is insane! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:45 am

  1597. Dave Ballesteros -

    My dream set of lens… hayy.. if only I can afford.. ๐Ÿ™‚ hope to see you in PPE.. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:45 am

  1598. Rebekah -

    There are about two things in the world I want more than an external flash right now. 1. To be done the essay I should be doing instead of creeping on your blog and Pinterest and 2. a beautiful new camera. BUT, if I won the 100 bucks, the essay and camera can wait, external flash… here I come!

      10.27.11 - 5:48 am

  1599. Valerie Berry -

    Drooling over the 70-200… One of these days!!

      10.27.11 - 5:50 am

  1600. Christy -

    Any one of those would do a great deal of good for me!

      10.27.11 - 5:52 am

  1601. Kenny Felt -

    I’ve recently started using mainly prime lenses. Love the bokeh!

    If I win the $100 I’ll use it toward either an 85mm 1.8 or a new flash!

      10.27.11 - 5:59 am

  1602. Ben Daron -

    What a great post! I’ve been looking to purchase a new lens and this has definitely helped. It would help a lot more with a $100 gift certificate for sure!

      10.27.11 - 6:00 am

  1603. Meredith Lord -

    Jasmine, your posts are always enlightening. I have this year purchased my first prime lens, a 50mm 1.4 (I’m a Nikon shooter, and that is as low as they go – no 1.2’s for us!) and I LOVE it! Actually my husband brought it for me after getting sick of listening about me rave non-stop about how much you love your 50mm – so thank you again for being such an inspiration!!! To me and my husband!

      10.27.11 - 6:00 am

  1604. Brooke Lindbert -

    Your work is outta-this-world!! I am only a year in and have learned so much, so it makes me excited for what I have yet to learn! Your work is an inspiration to me! I would definitely use this $100 towards a new lens… one of many on my B&H wish list! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10.27.11 - 6:01 am

  1605. Kelly Easter Photography -

    I would snag an item I have wanted for a long, long time, but would be using for special occasions. B&H has a sweet little XRite Color Checker Passport. (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/651253-REG/X_Rite_MSCCPP_ColorChecker_Passport.html) I recently did some charity work for an org who was supplying a wedding package for a terminally ill couple. (Heart-Melt!) But due to the chemo his skin tone was not easy to make true… This would have made the various lighting situations so much easier for their engagement shoot. I hope to be able to give my time more and with the varying situations I could encounter this can help me rock the 7D without fretting over getting the correct coloring of their skin tone. I worried so much about it I almost wussed out. I am so glad I didnโ€™t, it was one of the best experiences I have had to date and this $100 would help me do more!

      10.27.11 - 6:10 am

  1606. Shannon Rosan -

    Thank you Jasmine for the in-depth review…that was also entertaining to read! …If I won the gift certificate I’d love to put it towards, Nikon’s 35mm 1.4 ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 6:11 am

  1607. irene -

    I would definitely buy the 70-200m m 2.8 – hands down.

      10.27.11 - 6:12 am

  1608. Lydia -

    Jasmine…Keepin It Real.. I don’t *need* anything except Jesus that’s Truth! But if He (meaning Jesus) decides to supply my wants through your contest I would totally put it towards the flash that I don’t have.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Love ya girl!

      10.27.11 - 6:20 am

  1609. Jess Grant -

    what to choose what to choose

      10.27.11 - 6:26 am

  1610. Judy B -

    forgot to in clude my email address just in the case I win!!

      10.27.11 - 6:29 am

  1611. Lisette -

    Great post. I currently have a 70-200mm f/4 and want to trade it in for a 200mm f/2.8, but I’m wondering whether it would be better to get the 70-200mm f/2.8 instead. What would you choose and why? Thanks.

      10.27.11 - 6:42 am

  1612. Richard -

    Thanks Jasmine for this great review!

      10.27.11 - 6:47 am

  1613. LilyRo -

    What a helpful post! Gracias Jasmine! I rent the Canon 70-200mm lens like every weekend, it’s time to buy my own ๐Ÿ™‚ liliana.rh26@gmail.com

      10.27.11 - 6:49 am

  1614. Maxine -

    Thanks for your informative post as always, Jasmine! I recently shifted to using primes when at all possible so I’m pretty happy with my current lineup — the 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and 35mm 2. If I had a little extra to spend, I’d probably invest in the 70-200, macro, or a 24mm and my collection would be complete!… for now ;o)

      10.27.11 - 6:50 am

  1615. Jeff Garban -

    Hi Jasmine & JD, I’m not sure if I am eligible to win because I’m miles away {like in an island in the Philippines – Cebu City}. Hahaha! But thanks for always sharing your talent. Just by reading your posts keeps me & my second shooter{The Girlfriend – aha!!} inspired. WooooWeeeeee!!!

      10.27.11 - 6:53 am

  1616. Er E. Flores -

    Thank you for tis post… It not only helps to know what you shoot with but to know the purpose of each lens in ou tl of shootings… This complements the two years old "whats in my bag" post…

      10.27.11 - 6:56 am

  1617. Rachel Garcia -

    "This lens is a hunk. If he had a name, it’d be Brad. And have sandy blond hair." LOL!!! I can not stop laughing about this! Every photographer should name their lenses!

      10.27.11 - 6:57 am

  1618. Er E. Flores -

    Thank you for tis post… It not only helps to know what you shoot with but to know the purpose of each lens in ou tl of shootings… This complements the two years old "whats in my bag" post…

    And also makes me very lens jelaous too…

      10.27.11 - 7:00 am

  1619. Jacquelynn Henderson -

    Been debating a few items from B&H before the end of the year…2nd flash or 100Macro…:)

      10.27.11 - 7:05 am

  1620. Shannon Forbes -

    Shannon Forbes – shannonfrbs@yahoo.com

    I’d love to put that $100 towards a full frame camera. I use Nikon but I still find your reviews very helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 7:05 am

  1621. alicia hodges -

    ok, I learned more here in this one post then anywhere! Thanks!!

      10.27.11 - 7:20 am

  1622. Maricar -

    Thanks so much Jasmine for the insight into what lenses you love!! Very informative and hilarious as usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 7:22 am

  1623. Benny -

    Great post, Jasmine! Just started freelancing and hoping to capture all the great stories out there. I’d love to get the 35mm, 1.4…

      10.27.11 - 7:27 am

  1624. miriam -

    thank you for a great post. please pick me for the b&H gift. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 7:30 am

  1625. Julieanna Trejo -

    I would buy the MarkII that’s for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 7:44 am

  1626. Amy Hamilton -

    Thank your for this post….I love my 50mm 1.4 but am planning to get the 1.2 soon. Can’t live without my 50!

      10.27.11 - 7:44 am

  1627. Ispas Madalina Mihaela -

    Jasmine, you are my idol. I think you are the best. I started a business with my husband and we are looking for lenses. This post was a blessing for me. I think GOD loves me because he said to me: "leave all and check facebook stories". I did it and here I am reading a beautiful story about lenses. Thank you so much for this post, I LOVE it and it helped me a LOT. I would certainly buy a 24mm 1.4 and 70-200mm 2.8IS. I already have a 50mm and I’m in love with it. God bless you and JD! You are amazing!!! Thank you SOOOO much!!!

      10.27.11 - 7:50 am

  1628. Ivana Bencic -

    Thanks for revealing all this information. Photogs should look up to you ๐Ÿ™‚ (Ivana Bencic, ivana.bencic@gmail.com)

      10.27.11 - 7:54 am

  1629. Tahnee -

    Love your work. I’m just starting out with my photography venture and recently purchased the 5dmkii with a 50mm 1.4 and it’s taking time but I really love them both. I would like to purchase a zoom lens next. Tomorrow is also my wedding anniversary. How awesome would that be.

      10.27.11 - 7:54 am

  1630. Eileen -

    A californian sunbouncer or maybe the 70-200ml f2.8!? ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 8:05 am

  1631. Brandon Dykes -

    I shoot with nikon gear=) buttttt I I’m thinking the new 85mm 1.4 is in the near future. Love your blog as always.

      10.27.11 - 8:14 am

  1632. Falcon Griffith -

    This is great! I can’t wait to get my hands on the 50 1.2. I shot with it a few months ago and fell in love!

    If I won the B&H Photo contest I’d definitely use the gift certificate to help pay for a 50 1.4!

      10.27.11 - 8:14 am

  1633. Arnau Dalmases -

    Great post Jasmine! I have to addmit that I’ve fallen in the same mistake as you… I bought the Canon 430… I looking forward the 580 desperately!

      10.27.11 - 8:17 am

  1634. Jimmy Rooney -

    Thanks so much for posting this, Jasmine! I JUST started in the photography world and did my first session on Monday for a baby turning one ๐Ÿ™‚ I would so love to win the contest too! I am upgrading my Rebel XTI to a 7D and also need new glass, so could DEFINITELY use the moolah (is that how you spell it?)

      10.27.11 - 8:17 am



      10.27.11 - 8:18 am

  1636. lauren -

    wow what a fun giveaway – i sure would love to win. not really sure what i would buy – maybe a lensbaby if b&h has them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 8:26 am

  1637. Madalina Ispas Mihaela -

    This is my second comment on the same post because I forgot to write down my name and email adress. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Madalina Mihaela Ispas – madalinamatau@yahoo.com

      10.27.11 - 8:27 am

  1638. Schona -

    Schona@facebook.com – I would buy the 580exII or the 85 1.8 …I think…. lol. Schona

      10.27.11 - 8:28 am

  1639. Tori Deslauriers Photography -

    Interesting to read even as a Nikon shooter :). Thanks!

      10.27.11 - 8:33 am

  1640. Jorge -

    I love the importance placed on primes. While I shoot weddings with my cousin sometimes, I tend to shoot low light shows and have grown accustomed to "searching for light" even at weddings. Thanks for equipment break down! Cheers!

    oh, and sendmeanelectronicmessage@gmail.com (maybe I’ll get lucky)

      10.27.11 - 8:36 am

  1641. Nicole Chan -

    I’d totally pick up the 85 1.2!! I’ve been drooling over it for so long!!

      10.27.11 - 8:44 am

  1642. Tito -

    Amazing how little by little you can achieve your dream set up. caphics@gmail.com

      10.27.11 - 8:51 am

  1643. Andrew -

    I’m going to be bold here. I’d be saving it for a Nikon lens ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 8:53 am

  1644. Leonard Buerk -

    I think I would use the gift certificate to start my upgrade from 17-40 f4 to a 16-35 f2.8. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 8:55 am

  1645. Amanda -

    I would definitely use it towards a new camera body! or a lens! I’m a grad student who [secretly] wishes I could make photography my main career ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 9:17 am

  1646. Victoria Flower -

    Hmmm…I think I would buy a wide angle lens or a macro lens. I desperately need a new lens.

      10.27.11 - 9:52 am

  1647. Jess -

    This post is really great – especially because you tell us WHY and for WHAT (yes, I capitalized that :oP) you use the different lenses, not just which lenses you use. THANK YOU :o)

      10.27.11 - 10:16 am

  1648. Jeanette Verster -

    Nice post!! I’d love a 85mm… or a wide angle lens… can’t decide which one to get next

      10.27.11 - 11:18 am

  1649. Michaล‚ -

    You need a porter to carry all your things! I use 3 primes: 28/1.8, 50/1.4 and 85/1.8. I call them "Little Holly Graal", cause I would love to change them to the ones with red ring! Cheers!

      10.27.11 - 11:35 am

  1650. Donna Lere -

    Canon 100 mm 2.8 IS Macro…. One word.. SaaaaaaaaWeeeeeet! (is that two words?)

      10.27.11 - 11:35 am

  1651. Traian -

    My Rebel XT is still serving me well after 5 years, but I have started toying with the idea of moving to full frame in the near future…

      10.27.11 - 11:53 am

  1652. Susie Katz -

    Hmm, what would I buy? It would definitely be a Nikon lens, probably leaning towards a really adept portrait lens…

      10.27.11 - 11:54 am

  1653. Jennifer -

    Awesome!!! I’m trying to decide which lens upgrade I need next and this soooo helps! Thank you, thank you!!!!!

      10.27.11 - 12:00 pm

  1654. denise skelton -

    awesome post! thanks! that b&h gift card would be pretty awesome!

      10.27.11 - 12:02 pm

  1655. Brittani -

    Always so helpful to know what works for you and why! Makes me feel like there *is* a rhyme to the reason for why I use what I use during the wedding day ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 12:31 pm

  1656. Christy&Brad -

    We are in need of a good flash so I could buy a 580EXII, my husband and I are just starting out with our photography he does video work and we are grateful for the tips that you and Jd have given!!!

      10.27.11 - 12:32 pm

  1657. pam -

    I have the 24-70 and definitely need to look into getting some primes. A gift card would help a lot with that ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 12:32 pm

  1658. Christy&Brad -

    A 580EXII is what we need, My husband and I are just staring out and we are in need of a good flash!

      10.27.11 - 12:40 pm

  1659. Dave Love -

    $100 is like, what, ยฃ70? Can’t buy much with that, especially after paying import taxes. But hey, that warm fuzzy glow you get inside when you win something is worth it! So I’m told…

      10.27.11 - 12:47 pm

  1660. coprnca -

    I’m not sure if it’s too late to enter the competition, but i’m not good with time zones. I was visiting NY few years back and I was fascinated about B&H. And they were run out of Canon 50mm f1.4 :(. So this is still my wish. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 12:51 pm

  1661. Wedding Photography Melbourne -

    I agree with virtually everything you have said! I love my 50mm 1.2 when you get that cracker of a shot. And then the next day we fall out again. But making up is so sweet!

      10.27.11 - 12:57 pm

  1662. Iza Korwel -

    It was one long gear post, not all that exciting to a Nikon shooter, but I am glad I stayed till the end ;).

      10.27.11 - 1:01 pm

  1663. Christa Elyce -

    Lovely post! This so helped me decide what lenses I’m going to buy next! and other I can wait on and put on my wishlist!

    Hope to win! contact@christaelyce.com

      10.27.11 - 1:08 pm

  1664. Jena Alviti -

    Great lens review! I’m dying for an 85mm (Nikon only has a 1.4) but it’s super pricey and we have an 8 month old at home – so right now it’s diapers over lenses! gift certificate would definitely go towards that, though!

      10.27.11 - 1:10 pm

  1665. Meridith -

    Thanks for the opportunity! I would put this towards a new lens that’s on my B&H wish list:)

      10.27.11 - 1:14 pm

  1666. Carrie Fleitz -

    This article was so informative. Thanks for giving examples on how you use each lens.

      10.27.11 - 1:17 pm

  1667. Travis -

    Awesome job J
    I would get the 70-200

      10.27.11 - 1:21 pm

  1668. Tervella -

    Great Post! I would go straight for a second 5DM11…my baby is currently in the shop and I don’t have a back-up…except BorrowLens!

      10.27.11 - 1:26 pm

  1669. Elsie -

    I’d add it to my millions after I win the lottery and buy 2 of everything!!!! lol

    If the above doesn’t happen my back up plan is to use it towards a lens. =)

      10.27.11 - 1:29 pm

  1670. Halima Martin -

    I would buy the 580EX Speedlight! I have the 480 version and just shot a baby baptism event with dark images!!! I freaked out and sent the images to a friend to help me and he responded with…"have you met the 580"!

      10.27.11 - 1:37 pm

  1671. Julie Kittredge -

    My next lens is going to be a Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS … fingers crossed! Thanks for all you do for the photog community!!

      10.27.11 - 1:43 pm

  1672. Jody -

    Yet another wonderful blog post full of useful information. I have my eye on an 85.

      10.27.11 - 1:50 pm

  1673. meghan -

    i would put it toward a new lens for sure. probably the 35 1.4, which i’ve been wanting soooo badly.

      10.27.11 - 1:52 pm

  1674. John -

    I’d love to upgrade to the 50 1.2L =) $100 would be nice towards it!

      10.27.11 - 1:52 pm

  1675. Edwardson W. Laohoo -

    I’m a camera bag ‘voyeur’ if you will – thanks for sharing.
    Just curious, do you and JD influence each other’s shooting style or do you both prefer to be different to vary the flavor of the wedding shoot?

      10.27.11 - 1:57 pm

  1676. Nona Manson -

    great review on those lenses….love your post, thanks Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 2:04 pm

  1677. judy -

    I really want to buy a 24-70 lens…the $100 would help fund that purchase. thanks Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 2:04 pm

  1678. Rebecca -

    I have been wanting to get the 50mm 1.2 for agggess now, so if I won I would put it towards that ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 2:07 pm

  1679. Taryn -

    Ahh! No way! I want to upgrade my camera body….to the 5DMII of course! If I have a gift certificate, I have no choice but to get it, right?! RIGHT! =)

      10.27.11 - 2:24 pm

  1680. Lizzie -

    Great post…and I would definitely be investing in a better flash! x

      10.27.11 - 2:33 pm

  1681. Lena Messana -

    Well, since I just purchased (today) the 24-70 2.8L, I would buy the 580 EXII. I have been working with my trusty (old) 420EX. It has served me well, but I do see inconsistencies and I would like to change that asap! ๐Ÿ™‚ If I had the difference, I would get the 70-200 2.8, but that is for next year’s plan, along with the 5DMII! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you, as always J* for being an inspiration! You had more in that "camera bag" than I imagined. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you B&H, for giving this chance for someone to win!


      10.27.11 - 2:43 pm

  1682. Kirsten Foster -

    Hi Jasmine! Thank you for all of your posts. I am trying to find my style and step into the photography world so knowing which pieces are necessities really helps! Aloha

      10.27.11 - 2:46 pm

  1683. vera geier -

    Wow that is so nice of them!! It would be nice to be the lucky winner. I would get a 5DMII…i have been savng up for one, and this would be a great add. :):) Thanks Jasmine for this post….like always very helpful! <3

      10.27.11 - 2:49 pm

  1684. Leah -

    I’d probably put it toward a new lens. Thanks, B&H!

      10.27.11 - 2:51 pm

  1685. Fรฉlix Ortega -

    I have 50mm 1.4 only and itยดs great! Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 2:57 pm

  1686. Aaron Paulley -

    Great post! I love peeking into other photographer’s bags and especially knowing why they chose the lenses they use! Thanks, Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 2:59 pm

  1687. Martin -

    Great post!! Now I have to save $$$ for all those lenses!! Thank you!

      10.27.11 - 3:05 pm

  1688. tru pettit -

    So, I’m truly commenting not because I want to win the gift cert [it would be a nice surprise…but with 1320+comments (wow!)], but because I LOVE when you talk gear&gadgets. Such an ultimate list ~ 5DMII – check! Still working on getting prime lenses (but love my 50mm1.4 & 85mm1.8). What’s most impressive and the reason I always come back to your site is your generosity/openness when it comes to your craft and talent =). I sooo wish I was rich so that I can buy the primes AND attend one of your classes. But for now, it’s gear list first then a J* class (though I know you’d understand priorities). Have a great weekend <3

      10.27.11 - 3:06 pm

  1689. Jessi D -

    Thanks for the re-cap. I love posts like this! I’ve been saving for the 35mm, 1.4 and $100 from B&H would get me pretty close!!

      10.27.11 - 3:13 pm

  1690. shannon -

    Hello-thank you for the reveiw, I would love to purchase the 70-200mm for ceremonies : )

      10.27.11 - 3:13 pm

  1691. Stacey - Total City Girl -

    Great post Jasmine! So descriptive! I love B&H – they are the best!

    Hmmm, there are so many things I want to get but for starters I’d probably go with the 50m 1.4.

    Thanks for having a giveaway!

      10.27.11 - 3:19 pm

  1692. Alesa -

    Great review. I love that even your shots of lenses are beautiful.

      10.27.11 - 3:20 pm

  1693. clarissa jennings -

    85mm 1.4 has the most beautiful bokeh!

      10.27.11 - 3:23 pm

  1694. Bill Kaupp -

    if I won I think I’d get a 35mm lens

      10.27.11 - 3:27 pm

  1695. Kacie Lynch -

    Kacie Ingram Lynch and my email is kacie@kacielynchphotography.com thanks jasmine for taking the time to update your lenses and camera list ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’d use the certificate to update my flash. My poor promaster isn’t cutting it anymore!

      10.27.11 - 3:31 pm

  1696. Dharmesh @ db Fotografy -

    Hey Jasmine,
    I upgraded my camera to D7000 recently & plan to add Nikon 17-50mm f2.8 to my kit as a first serious pro like lens :), which I will use for portraits and small events.

    Hope to win soon ๐Ÿ™‚


      10.27.11 - 3:33 pm

  1697. Nicole G -

    I would LOVE to buy a new lense! ~Nicole njphotography@ymail.com

      10.27.11 - 3:33 pm

  1698. Melissa Yocum -

    This post is superb!! Thanks for detailing out what you like/don’t love so much and what purpose you use each lens for…so very helpful!! Ooh…and I’d def put that gift certificate towards a new lens…..85mm maybe???

      10.27.11 - 3:34 pm

  1699. Chrissy L (AUSTRALIA) -

    oh wow so generous as per normal, and so inspiring,

      10.27.11 - 3:39 pm

  1700. Amelia Renee -

    ohhh man. Since the only lens I own (beside the kit lens, which does nothing for me!) is the 50mm 1.4, I’d have to go with the 85mm, 1.8. But how does one choose?! sooo many options…and I sure hope someday my (yet non-existent Kelly Moore Bag;) gets to be as diverse as yours!

      10.27.11 - 3:40 pm

  1701. Holly Cromer -

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway! And I’m dying for a new lens ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 3:43 pm

  1702. Nikki Moseman -

    This post was so great! It helps sooo much to read about the differences in camera bodies as well as lenses from an individual who i see as so inspiring! I read your blog all the time, and could spend hours on your site. You are amazing!! These posts particularly are fabulous! Some day…My next purchase will be the 5D Mark II and I would love love the 70-200 2.8 IS II. Today I shoot with the 5D and have the 24-70mm 2.8 as well as the 50mm 1.4.

      10.27.11 - 3:43 pm

  1703. Kitrin Jeffrey -

    Wow, awesome post – invaluable! Thank you J*, you rock! I would totally put it towards a new glass!

      10.27.11 - 3:44 pm

  1704. Emily Crall -

    Wow, this post was SO great! I already have a few of those on my wish-list and some of them in my possession already. Thanks for the details on how and what you use each lens for; invaluable information! So here’s a question: how do you easily, quickly, and safely switch out lenses?

      10.27.11 - 3:59 pm

  1705. Grace Tan -

    Wow it would be great to get the $100 certificate! Everything in Malaysia costs a bomb because of the exchange rate. It would be great cause I can send my brother who lives in NYC to pick out an item for me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 4:01 pm

  1706. Lacey -

    I dream of one day owning such a wonderful selection of lenses to choose from! Here’s my email: laceywhitmer@gmail.com

      10.27.11 - 4:01 pm

  1707. Derek -

    Great post & thanks for the chance to win!

      10.27.11 - 4:03 pm

  1708. Tammy Engel -

    Ooh I would put it towards an 85mm
    Awesome post! I love your work and all you share. Thanks for making a difference ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 4:04 pm

  1709. Meagan -

    Thanks for all your input & insights. I too have found certain lenses don’t convey my style but I can’t let them go. While I’m a Nikonian instead of a Canonite I’m currently saving for the Nikon 105mm 1:1 Macro & am just a couple hundred dollars from purchasing, this would certainly help!

      10.27.11 - 4:13 pm

  1710. Shawn G -

    Love your work, love yours and JD’s style, love the blog/site. I’d use the gift certificate as a down on a new lens.

      10.27.11 - 4:18 pm

  1711. Sharma Shari -

    Hi Jasmine! I could use the certificate towards a better camera bag. I need something more reliable while traveling! Have a good day!

      10.27.11 - 4:18 pm

  1712. Patricia Lorenzo -

    Thanks so much for this Jasmine! Awesome post. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aaand I’d love a new fixed lens!

      10.27.11 - 4:19 pm

  1713. Izzy Hudgins -

    Hooray for B&H woohoo! I think we could ALL use $100!!! I want a tilt shift lens!

      10.27.11 - 4:21 pm

  1714. Annie Simard -

    GREAT GEAR.. but.. you got the most important two gears on you face, your both eyes :)) Still I dream about the 50 1.2.. soon it will be mine! ;))

      10.27.11 - 4:23 pm

  1715. Destinee Blau -

    Great informative post!! And amazing giveaway! I’d put it toward an 85mm.
    Love your sense of humor!

      10.27.11 - 4:25 pm

  1716. Emily Dobson -

    Gonna keep my fingers crossed for this one! I can’t wait to get my hands on the 85 f/1.4 (ya know, since i have a love affair with NIKON ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). It’s only $100, but it gets me headed in the right direction!

      10.27.11 - 4:26 pm

  1717. Lauren Fair Photography -

    Yay! Thanks for sharing! I also love the 50 1.2 and 85 1.2…took a while to get used to the focusing, but they are amazing! I’d probably get in a fisheye lens…funky, I know, but it looks fun in small reception spaces for dancing shots, and I kinda wish I had one!

      10.27.11 - 4:27 pm

  1718. jenette wilson -


      10.27.11 - 4:27 pm

  1719. Danyiel Johnson -

    Great post! I would absolutely get a new and only my second lens.

      10.27.11 - 4:28 pm

  1720. moraima -

    uhhh I would love to upgrade to the 50mm 1.4 at least, because I’m still using the 1.8 ๐Ÿ™ but I’ve found myself using it for almost everything. moraimadiaz@gmail.com

      10.27.11 - 4:30 pm

  1721. Brianna Kiilunen -

    Thanks for the "What’s in my bag" post…it’s helpful to know what the pros use!

      10.27.11 - 4:30 pm

  1722. Sarah Gough -

    Hi Jasmine! I would use the money to either upgrade my camera body from my Rebel xSi, or to purchase a new prime, like the 85 mm. 1.8.

      10.27.11 - 4:31 pm

  1723. Ernie E -

    Invaluable post! Great to read your insights into the myraid variety of lenses you own.

      10.27.11 - 4:33 pm

  1724. Liz-Marie -

    I would love to buy the 5DMII ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 4:36 pm

  1725. Marissa -

    I need some new lenses and an expodisc!

      10.27.11 - 4:42 pm

  1726. chris stern -

    I have been dreaming of a Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens.

      10.27.11 - 4:54 pm

  1727. Ivan Packer -

    1703 people have commented on this post! That is insane! How many of you are photographers hey?!
    Great, informative post Jasmine, thanks for sharing. Ivan x

      10.27.11 - 4:54 pm

  1728. pallavi -

    I have been saving for 85mm 1.8. Love your work jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 4:57 pm

  1729. Christine Van Der Poorten -

    Thank you for all the information and tips on your equipment and for the contest also!
    If I win, it would go to a new camera for my daughter Liesbeth who just started Digital Photography & Video @ Miami Ad School! (she’s a great fan of your work)

      10.27.11 - 4:59 pm

  1730. Susi Gutierrez -

    Thank You for sharing what you use Jasmine. You truly inspire me to keep on swimming! lol I’ve been saving to get 580EX11 flash and I need to get the 24-70 2.8 lense. Thanxs again!

      10.27.11 - 5:01 pm

  1731. Brittney -

    oh man I’d love to get the 50mm 1.2 – an upgrade from my 1.4. Thanks so much for this post! I’m actually up in the air about selling my 85mm 1.8 but may take more time to think on that and what you’ve said. I just hardly ever use it :/

      10.27.11 - 5:03 pm

  1732. Ashley Votaw -

    Loved this post! Definitely would put it towards a new 50mm!

      10.27.11 - 5:03 pm

  1733. Barbara Butts -

    How great is B&H Photo! I just purcahsed a new filter yesterday from them. I’d love to buy a new lens (Macro 100mm 2.8 is) and that gift card would only help me get it faster! Keep up the amazing, I mean, AMAZING work!

      10.27.11 - 5:09 pm

  1734. Matt Rondel -

    Beautiful collection of glass. Your 50mm 1.4 looks as well loved (complete with white marks on the focus ring) as mine.

      10.27.11 - 5:10 pm

  1735. Nicole -

    I am saving up for the 5D Mark II! Can’t wait to get it ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:13 pm

  1736. Jenna -

    I would SO buy the 35mm 1.4! It’s been on my wish list for a while! ๐Ÿ™‚ jenna@cammijphotos.com

      10.27.11 - 5:13 pm

  1737. Josh -

    Fantastic review. Thanks for sharing!

      10.27.11 - 5:16 pm

  1738. Jay Tayag -

    You just showcased all of the lenses that I am lusting for. I wish I had the $$$ to get them all.

      10.27.11 - 5:25 pm

  1739. Melissa Joy -

    Thank you for your reviews. I am in waiting for the 85mm and because of my budget will probably go for the 1.8, but I have a 50mm 1.2 and LOVE it!

      10.27.11 - 5:26 pm

  1740. Michael -

    I found this so incredibly helpful. Thank you. If I win I’m going to be investing the money in the canon 1.2 Or the 16-35.

      10.27.11 - 5:28 pm

  1741. Kim Christopher -

    I’d love to upgrade to the 580exii from B&H!

      10.27.11 - 5:28 pm

  1742. Sara Martin -

    I’d invest in the 580EXII Speedlite. I too have the 480 and have noticed it’s limitations at receptions…etc. The upgrade would be splendid ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:37 pm

  1743. Kathryn Denelle Stevens -

    oooh…I am seriously considering buying a 35mm 1.4, oh and a video light, and a…and a….and a…! email: kathryn@atlasandelia.com

      10.27.11 - 5:39 pm

  1744. Mary Beth Cooper -

    I love your work and find it very interesting reading your blog and what you have to share! Thanks for sharing whats in your bag….reaffirms what I need too for certain sessions!! Thanks…! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:40 pm

  1745. Suzie -

    great post – thanks to you and B&H could always use something for the bag ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 5:40 pm

  1746. Megan S. -

    oh, mama! jasmine, your lens setup is making me envious! if i happened to be the lucky winner, i’d use that b&h gift certificate for a speedlite!

      10.27.11 - 5:42 pm

  1747. Romina Dalessandro -

    thanks for the information… I was drooling over all your equipment =)

      10.27.11 - 5:43 pm

  1748. Karissa Kohn -

    Great post – I have my eye on pocket wizard set up for my next purchase ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for all you do!

      10.27.11 - 5:52 pm

  1749. Karen Watson -

    Thank you for this post Jasmine! Your comments about WHY you use each piece and what you do or don’t like about them are so informative. I am having the same problem you talked about with a lower model flash not being strong enough and I would use the gift certif toward the big-dog 580!!
    Thanks again!

      10.27.11 - 5:56 pm

  1750. Lena -

    Thanks for all the info Jasmine, it’s great to know what a seasoned pro uses. I used to shoot Canon, and I really miss my 50 1.2, but I’m a Nikon girl now, and I won’t be looking back anytime soon!

      10.27.11 - 5:59 pm

  1751. Meghan Stewart -

    I so needed to read this post. I’m thinking about purchasing some new things and your description of the lenses helped SO much. I’d love the 5D MarkII or the 70 – 200mm or the 35mm. My 50mm rarely leaves my camera body. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Meghan Stewart – mstewart@meghanstewartphotography.com

      10.27.11 - 6:04 pm

  1752. Whtiney -

    Great post! I’m so jealous because of all the amazing lenses you possess! With that said, I would definitely apply the $100 toward the 50mm 1.2 (it would be my first prime EVER!) OR use it to invest in a 5D MkII (could really use the full-frame)! I really can’t decide on which I would buy first. After 7 years of doing photography as a hobby (a wonderful one, at that) I feel like I could use another upgrade ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 6:04 pm

  1753. Amy Pezzicara -

    MMMM…I’d love to add the 35 prime to my bag…and the new 5D if it ever comes out!

      10.27.11 - 6:14 pm

  1754. Kelly L. -

    GREAT post!! Thanks Jasmine! You’ve done it again!! If I was lucky enough to win, thanks to the info. provided in this post, I’d use the $ to upgrade my flash from the 430 to the 580! Or put it towards a lens… which one, which one? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again Jasmine!

      10.27.11 - 6:15 pm

  1755. Diana B -

    I would give this GC to my sister. She’s an amazing newborn/family photographer and we both LOVE your work!!

      10.27.11 - 6:17 pm

  1756. Shnibarella -

    I just rented the 85 1.2 and it is to die for – it didnt matter what I shot, the photos was GORGEOUS! could do no wrong….but at $2000 and the fact that I have the 85 1.8 and 2 kids to feed, I might have to wait :)) thank you for sharing the content of your bag!

      10.27.11 - 6:22 pm

  1757. Christina Zimmerman -

    Love all your posts Jas..you are truly an inspiration to us all. Thanks for all the info and the giveaway!

      10.27.11 - 6:32 pm

  1758. Lucia -

    Thanks for this post! It is very helpful even for people not related to weddings (like me) but that we love your style. Is the perfect answer for a frequently asked question "how she makes this beautiful shots"?! Thanks for the gift certificate too!!

      10.27.11 - 6:32 pm

  1759. Angie Cruz -

    OMG! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I needed some guidance on what lense I should buy next and this has helped me out so much!

      10.27.11 - 6:34 pm

  1760. Gaby Koekkoek -

    You can’t believe how much your posts help me out! I just bought the 50mm 1.4 and if I won I’d put it towards the 580EXII!
    Thank you for sharing your valuable knowledge!

      10.27.11 - 6:39 pm

  1761. Holly C -

    great post! i never thought about how a lens can suit a photographer’s style more or less than others. thanks!

      10.27.11 - 6:40 pm

  1762. Brian Jones -

    You would love the 135f2 @ the new 70-200 2.8 IS II ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 6:41 pm

  1763. tina katnich -

    Wow. I really need a new flash and an 85mm glass! Thank you so much for this post! I really appreciate it.

      10.27.11 - 6:42 pm

  1764. tracy Deming -

    Although I would need a tad more money to cover it, I would LOVE the Canon 85 mm, 1.8. Love reading your blog – and how helpful you are to all of us that wanna be ‘like Jasmine’

    Tracy D.

      10.27.11 - 6:50 pm

  1765. Carmie -

    I have no idea what I would buy with it…but I think I’d hold on to it for awhile and then buy something uber special with it. =)

      10.27.11 - 6:56 pm

  1766. Gaylene Erwin -

    Jasmine you are amazing!! I have been saving… oh it seems like forever!!!. This would be awesome to win! Thanks to B&H photo too.

      10.27.11 - 6:57 pm

  1767. Marco Correa -

    Hi J*, awesome lenses! I would put into the 24L! Thanks!

      10.27.11 - 6:57 pm

  1768. Courtney -

    I would definitely put it towards a new lens!

      10.27.11 - 7:04 pm

  1769. Laura Collins -

    Jasmine thank you for another invaluable post. I shoot with the 5D Mark II and I have to say that this camera is everything I could ask for and I like you am in love with that full-frame sensor…..ahhh swoon. I rented the 50mm 1.2 for 3 weeks and just had an extension on my rental period because I am finding it difficult to part with. You are so right this lens is amazing and the images are like magic. I own the 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and the 24-70mm 2.8 and rent the 70-200mm 2.8 for weddings. Hoping to add the 50mm 1.2 to my arsenal soon. As always thanks for sharing your knowledge. Also just watched your ReDefine video with Tamara Lackey…..AMAZING!!! Laura Collins lauracollins@me.com

      10.27.11 - 7:14 pm

  1770. Tiffany -

    Oh man Jasmine, what great information! Thanks for sharing your photo wisdom! I most def need the 70-200. That lens would totally rock my world! Hope I win!!

      10.27.11 - 7:15 pm

  1771. Mimi -

    Mimi – mimi@findingthebside.com

    I love B&H Photo!

      10.27.11 - 7:20 pm

  1772. Jen Rice -

    I am DESP to save for the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS!!! I love the flexibility and actually would utilize it for both weddings and child portraits ๐Ÿ˜€ Crossing my fingers!!!

      10.27.11 - 7:20 pm

  1773. Ali Frederick -

    I have a 5D but have been wanting to upgrade to the Mark 2 for, like, forever! Thanks for all the insight on the lenses, really super helpful.

      10.27.11 - 7:21 pm

  1774. Bobbie Brown -

    Ohhh, I am getting in on this just in time! I would def buy a battery pack for my flash (been putting it off!) Thanks so much for this post, I loved reading about each lens.

      10.27.11 - 7:21 pm

  1775. Lisette Price -

    Thank you for this post! My email address is lisette@lisetteprice.com. I would buy the 85mm 1.2 lens!

      10.27.11 - 7:27 pm

  1776. Emily Troutman -

    I agree with your gear reviews of the lenses that we have in common! And I love B & H Photo, have been ordering from them since my college days which are longer ago than I like to admit!

      10.27.11 - 7:27 pm

  1777. Kari Bekka -

    Kudos for not only reviewing , but explaining the environment you use each of your lenses in. LOVE!

      10.27.11 - 7:38 pm

  1778. Jerusha DuPre -

    My 5-year-old daughter said she would like a purple camera for her birthday. I would probably use the gift card for that. Thanks for the chance!

      10.27.11 - 7:40 pm

  1779. Krysta -

    Wow. You have great lenses. … I have been meaning to get some extra batteries for both my point-and-shoot and my SLR cameras. So with the $100 I’d do that. Then I’ll never worry about not having a fully charged battery during a concert again. So not cool when I only get three photos of Josh Groban and then my camera dies on me. lol.

      10.27.11 - 7:47 pm

  1780. Dana Cubbage -

    Thanks for sharing your gear setup. If I’m lucky enough to win the B&H gift certificate, I’m hoping to use it to buy the 24 1.4 or the 85 1.2. I’m learning my style requires very fast lenses ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 7:59 pm

  1781. Dana Cubbage -

    Thanks for sharing your gear setup. If I’m lucky enough to win the B&H gift certificate, I’m hoping to use it to buy the 24 1.4 or the 85 1.2. I’m learning my style requires very fast (expensive) lenses ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 7:59 pm

  1782. Beth Hamilton -

    Thanks so much for this post Jasmine! It’s so insightful to hear from an experienced photographer that’s USED so many lenses and to hear about
    which ones are most useful for particular scenarios. I appreciate how different lenses can fit a photographer’s style and I really enjoyed reading your opinions!

      10.27.11 - 8:00 pm

  1783. Brian King -

    Brian King – I recently broke my favorite (and only) lens (Tamron 24-135). This would sure help towards a new lens. Thanks- deepitm@gmail.com

      10.27.11 - 8:03 pm

  1784. Max -

    Great post as usual. I was thinking about the 16-35 but what said prove that my doubt are real!

      10.27.11 - 8:08 pm

  1785. Ed Carlos -

    I would buy a Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens.

      10.27.11 - 8:13 pm

  1786. Kaley Gill -

    Hey! Thanks for the great blog post. If I were to win the $100 gift certificate I would buy the 70-200mm 2.8 IS. Then I would have to win 24 other gift cards so that I could afford it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.27.11 - 8:21 pm

  1787. Evie Galindo -

    Jasmine, I know you probably don’t have time to read all of these comments but here is my piece. I would love to get a Canon 24-70mm, 2.8! I’m taking maternity, baby and family moment photos:) Yay! That’s all:)

      10.27.11 - 8:32 pm

  1788. Clara W -

    Excellent post!

      10.27.11 - 8:33 pm

  1789. Valerie -

    Ohh!!! This post was so helpful! And I would but it all!!!

      10.27.11 - 8:41 pm

  1790. B -

    So much great info packed in to this post! If there were a follow up post it would be great to see an image or two shot with each one of these to compare. ~ Thanks so much ~ B

      10.27.11 - 8:42 pm

  1791. Kelly Fudge -

    I love this post. I love to read your blog in general because of your great writing. I really love the easy tell all of the lenses. I would put the gift certificate towards a good flash.

      10.27.11 - 8:50 pm

  1792. ellie -

    i would by the 135mm it rocks my world

      10.27.11 - 8:58 pm

  1793. Leslie -

    Such detailed information! Thanks for the explanations. I didn’t think there was such a difference between the 24 and 35mm!

      10.27.11 - 8:58 pm

  1794. meg manion silliker -

    i rented the 35 for a 20 person family portrait and fell in love with the results. so yep, that’s what i would put it towards. thanks for sharing your bag!

      10.27.11 - 8:58 pm

  1795. Christine -

    Great post! Hoping I can get a 35mm soon!!! Hoping to one day be able to do portraits, but for now, I’ll just settle for taking great photos of my baby!

      10.27.11 - 8:59 pm

  1796. Jeremy -

    we desperately need the 70-200…we currently rent it, but the $100 off would mean we could go out to eat a couple times! lol

      10.27.11 - 9:08 pm

  1797. Amber Wilkie -

    Heck yeah I could use $100 at B&H. Always helpful to see what’s in another photographer’s bag ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 9:28 pm

  1798. Linda Dalton -

    Awesome review Jasmine, very detailed and honest! I would put the $100 towards a new lens and shoot to my hearts content.

      10.27.11 - 9:39 pm

  1799. Nadine -

    I would get a remote for my camara….

      10.27.11 - 9:53 pm

  1800. Steve Van De Steene -

    I love it when fantastic photographers share what they use…but more importantly WHY they like it. I happen to love the 16-35mm lens for huge dramatic outdoor wedding pictures. Just a different style. Most photographers would have said "I never use this lens end of story". You explained who it might work for. This is why I always take time to read your blog posts.

      10.27.11 - 9:56 pm

  1801. Cecilia -

    Am dying to add the 35mm F1.4 to my collection!

      10.27.11 - 10:11 pm

  1802. Diana Salinas -

    Great review!! I would buy the 70-200mm. I need a good wedding lens!!!

      10.27.11 - 10:12 pm

  1803. Jack Pope -

    Hey Jasmine, digging your gear.
    The next lens I buy will probably be the 85mm 1.8

      10.27.11 - 10:14 pm

  1804. Mary Saou -

    I’ve been saving for the 70-200 zoom for almost a year now! I rent it for weddings, and can’t wait to have one of my very own ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 10:16 pm

  1805. Lexi Condit -

    Love to buy a new flash…shot 2 weddings and I have also seen the effects of getting what you pay for.

      10.27.11 - 10:17 pm

  1806. ronnie slavin -

    Nice to hear comparisons in use, written in your language!

      10.27.11 - 10:18 pm

  1807. Julia Beckmann -

    Awesome post!! Thank you so much!

      10.27.11 - 10:21 pm

  1808. Katie Morgan -

    I LOVE THIS POST!! Thank you so much. I have been debating for months what type of new lenses to buy (mom with a camera with a new hobby) and I didn’t know if I should go all the way out and spend the money on zooms or be able to purchase a couple different prime lenses… you just helped me to make up my mind!! I’m going for the 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and the 35 mm2.0!!

      10.27.11 - 10:28 pm

  1809. Erica -

    Thanks for sharing the setup ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ll use the money for a nifty fity ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 10:29 pm

  1810. Beth fries -

    Thanks for the post. I’m an album designer, but I just purchased my first Canon SLR, so there’s lots of options for a B&H gift card.

      10.27.11 - 10:34 pm

  1811. Andrea Paris -

    Have I told you lately that I love you? Well I do and appreciate the work you put into this blog post. Thank you! First on my list is the 50mm, 1.2.

      10.27.11 - 10:41 pm

  1812. amy doyle -

    This is a very valuable post. Thank you for taking the time! I am always pondering what my next lens will be…

      10.27.11 - 10:43 pm

  1813. Charlie -

    I’d get the 50mm f1.4 so I can take awesome pictures of my cute little nephew!!!

      10.27.11 - 10:46 pm

  1814. jessica vidmar photography -

    Hi Jasmine! Thanks so much for your post. I envy your lens collection : ) I just recently picked up a used 50 1:4 and fell in love with it. Next on my list of equipment to buy are some battery packs and pocket wizards. I love to pop off-camera flashes during dimly lit receptions and need something that will perform well and consistently. Thanks so much for the opportunity to get a jump start on this purchase!

      10.27.11 - 10:52 pm

  1815. Jade Pierce -

    Thank you for sharing, Jasmine. I love the depth you went into for each lens and how you stressed that each lens has it’s strengths for different styles.

      10.27.11 - 10:57 pm

  1816. Hollie -

    Love this post – is there any chance there could be another one with the shots you get from each lens?

      10.27.11 - 11:01 pm

  1817. Jamie D. -

    I’d buy the Canon 50mm, 1.2!

      10.27.11 - 11:16 pm

  1818. Yvette Villareal -

    Hi Jaz,

    I have yet to get a new flash as well as a new lens. But I need to go over all your reviews and truly decide what I can afford and what would be suitable for my style. But I truly considering 580EXII . I’m excited to see who wins. : )

    Have a Rocken Fabulous Day..

      10.27.11 - 11:18 pm

  1819. Ashley Perez -

    A B&H giveaway? Count me in! My video light was lost/stolen at the last wedding we photographed and I’m dying to replace it (:

      10.27.11 - 11:20 pm

  1820. Andrea GnAD -

    I could totally use a gift card! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 11:20 pm

  1821. Branton -

    Thanks for this fun post! I need to upgrade my flash and purchase some more memory cards. Oh, did I mention it’s my birthday?! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 11:22 pm

  1822. Candace Cunning -

    I already shoot with the Mark II, 24-70, and 50 f/1.4, and can’t wait to branch out with more primes like you’ve done. Your photographs continue to stun each shot. <3

      10.27.11 - 11:29 pm

  1823. Jodi Birston -

    Ohhhh….100 dollah make me hollah!

      10.27.11 - 11:35 pm

  1824. Kara Miller -

    Hooray! I would love to win the gift certificate!

    Thank you for the post, Jasmine. I’m in the process of building up my lens arsenal, and this is really really good stuff. I’ve rented a lot of these, but I’m tempted to try some of the others out ๐Ÿ™‚

    My next lens on my list is the 100 Macro IS! *swoon*

      10.27.11 - 11:35 pm

  1825. Stephanie F. -

    Thanks for the helpful info! Loved it. I would go for the 85 mm, 1.8.

      10.27.11 - 11:39 pm

  1826. Shannon Dale -

    Hmmm… I think it would go toward my camera upgrade when Nikon FINALLY announces that it’s available… no rush… really…

      10.27.11 - 11:40 pm

  1827. Alaina Bos -

    Thanks for the thorough post on your lenses. I am in the process of increasing my equipment collection now that I actually have some $$. I definitely am getting the 70-200 next ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.27.11 - 11:48 pm

  1828. Fi -

    Great post, Jasmine! After over 6 years shooting weddings on my own with the 24-70 and 70-200 I am finally transitioning to primes (what took me so long!?!?!), and have spent the last month just trying to decide which one to spend my $$$ on first. I already have the cheapo versions of the 50 and 85 which I LOVE so I think after reading your post I’m heading out to buy the 35! Thanks for the tips! xo

      10.27.11 - 11:56 pm

  1829. Megan Horner -

    Oooh! Love this post at all your helpful tips! I’d maybe buy the 85mm!

      10.27.11 - 11:58 pm

  1830. Wynett -

    I would love to add the 85mm to my bag. Love your style.

      10.28.11 - 12:05 am

  1831. Erin Purchase -

    Pick me! I’d love to invest in a 35mm ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 12:05 am

  1832. Julie Blair -

    Fabulous post Jasmine! Thanks for sharing with us. I need so many lenses I am not sure what I want next….maybe the 50mm or a macro lens.

      10.28.11 - 12:08 am

  1833. Renee Suastegui -

    I’d save it and put it towards my FIRST Canon professional camera purchase! I too, have a dream! : )

      10.28.11 - 12:15 am

  1834. Malia -

    I’m saving for my 50 1.2. Thats what this would go towards! Thanks Jasmine!

      10.28.11 - 12:15 am

  1835. Jen Holak -

    Great post & fun giveaway. Not sure what I’d buy, but probably put it towards another lens! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 12:18 am

  1836. Betty Ling -

    thanks for always sharing your photography tips with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 12:22 am

  1837. brandi lyon -

    fyi, website under construction! Anyways, I just want to let you know that you are like the most amazing person I know, through your blogs! Your blog is my home page and I love reading you posts everyday! Thanks so much for helping out your fellow photographers/followers with this giftcard giveaway! If I win I would put the $100 towards buying the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G! The only lens that i currently have is a 35mm! I do love it but I always feel like I am in everyone’s bubble! I love to get personal but sometime I just feel a little to close and I think the 50mm would be a huge asset! Thanks again!

      10.28.11 - 12:24 am

  1838. Katherine Brooks -

    oh the things I could buy! thx for all your wonderful advise!

      10.28.11 - 12:32 am

  1839. Amy Jensen -

    Oooh! Oooh! (raises hand excitedly!) I’d love some B&H shopping! I’d definitely apply it towards a decent macro for all those great deatil shots!!! Holla!

    Thanks, Jasmine

      10.28.11 - 12:33 am

  1840. Sarah -

    I’d upgrade my camera to a 5D MKII. Thanks for the post.

      10.28.11 - 12:33 am

  1841. hilda -

    i would give it to my husband. he loves to photograph landscape and is an amazing at it. we recently got married and due to financial reasons he had to leave his job where he has complete access to all the photography equipment he could need. now he has no camera. i would love for him to have one and the $100 gift card would totally help.

      10.28.11 - 12:36 am

  1842. Elizabeth -

    This post is great! Thank you for taking the time to post this. I got a chance recently to use the 50 mm 1.2 and I desperately want! It was so great to shoot with.

      10.28.11 - 12:42 am

  1843. Juanita -

    Great review! If I won, I would have a hard time deciding on what to put it towards, maybe a new camera bag (I’m really wanting a Kelly Moore) or towards a lens upgrade…hmmm…choices I probably won’t even have to make ๐Ÿ˜›

      10.28.11 - 12:42 am

  1844. Stacy -

    Love this post….very helpful!! I’d love to be able to purchase a new flash…..Thanks for the opportunity.

      10.28.11 - 12:52 am

  1845. Belinda -

    This post is basically my shopping list. Minus a few. =)

    I’m also having a love affair with my 50mm 1.2L. It’s an awesome lens.

      10.28.11 - 12:54 am

  1846. Stacy -

    Ohhh…..I’d love to be able to put that $$ toward the 70-200!!! But realistically I’d only be able to afford 580 flash :} Thanks for the chance. Loved the post.

      10.28.11 - 12:55 am

  1847. Nicole Coombs -

    Thanks for this great information and feedback on your lenses Its so hard to decide what you SHOULD make an investment in and what isn’t necessary just starting out its important to put your money were it is needed most!
    My next purchase after a camera upgrade is the 50mm 1.4!!

      10.28.11 - 12:57 am

  1848. esther -

    I would love to have my 85mm 1.2 back!

      10.28.11 - 1:16 am

  1849. Felix Wu -

    Thanks for the annual equipment summary! I am a prime shooter like you and I shoot 35L 85L and 135L for portrait and weddings. 17-40L also comes in handy for group and wide shots. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 1:17 am

  1850. Lisa Gigioli -

    Hey Jasmine! I must say, I absolutely adore your blog! I’m just getting started towards my dream of being a wedding photographer, but I always love reading your recent posts. Thank you so much for all you do. It’s great to see a photographer put so much of their heart into their work. You are such an inspiration!
    ~Lisa Gigioli, lisagigioli@gmail.com

      10.28.11 - 1:24 am

  1851. April Cenora -

    I think one of the first lenses that I purchase will be one of these two, Canon 50mm, 1.4 and Canon 85mm, 1.8 .

      10.28.11 - 1:27 am

  1852. Sherry -

    JASMINE THANK YOU for sharing!!!!! I would buy the 50mm 1.2 !

      10.28.11 - 1:28 am

  1853. CharlieSue -

    I would use the money toward a new body! WHOO! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 1:29 am

  1854. cheryl -

    I’d use it towards the purchase of either the 50mm 1.2 or 1.4. I keep looking at lens options and wish my list had just one lens on it!

      10.28.11 - 1:43 am

  1855. Debora Z. -

    I just LOVE your work. And I would love the Gift because here in Brasil Lenses are just sooo expensive!!

      10.28.11 - 1:46 am

  1856. Kim Bauer -

    Girl, I love you, and your transparent ways. Thanks for sharing not only what’s in your bag, but also why you love it, or why you prefer something over it. It’s always awesome to get your insight. I would totes put that $100 toward the 5DMII that I’ve bee saving up for. Cannot WAIT to get that new body and pass on my 40D to the hubs who is now my main man AND second shooter. Rock out!

      10.28.11 - 1:49 am

  1857. Andrea Balmforth -

    Loved this post! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

      10.28.11 - 1:59 am

  1858. Todd Gearhart -

    Not sure what I’d get, but B&H is like a toy store for me…

      10.28.11 - 2:06 am

  1859. Heidi L -

    Thanks for the review on lenses! It was SO good. *wink* Loved your explanation of so, we all need high school memories every once in a while.

      10.28.11 - 2:11 am

  1860. Leo DeVinney -

    My wife has a lady crush on you so pick her.

      10.28.11 - 2:14 am

  1861. Elli DeVinney -

    This was a great blog, very helpful as I consider which lens to buy next. Thank you for all of your helpful and fun information. I’m thinking an 85 mm might be a good place to go next.

      10.28.11 - 2:16 am

  1862. Mariko -

    Ohhhh…I’m in need of a wide angle fixed lens. Thinking maybe a 35mm…

      10.28.11 - 2:18 am

  1863. Amy stone -

    Omg when I read that I could maybe win. I was like I at least need to try because like u I a at the point of being stuck with the flash 480 and I am in dire need to upgrade. So here I am trying to win so I can get a new and fabulous flash ๐Ÿ˜‰

      10.28.11 - 2:29 am

  1864. Mikkel -

    Awesome post! I’m happy to see there’s a similar lens for Nikon for everything you listed. And I just purchased the 70-200mm after saving $ and was thrilled to read you think it’s a must! Thank you!

      10.28.11 - 2:35 am

  1865. Bre Sessions -

    Need the gift certificate now that you have sold me on a whole list of new lenses!!

      10.28.11 - 2:37 am

  1866. Mel -

    I would love to buy some new reflectors, and need some light stands. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

      10.28.11 - 2:43 am

  1867. Eileen Seiberlich -

    You make me want to learn so much more – I would use the gift certificate towards educational DVD’s ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 2:46 am

  1868. Kelly Hilliard -

    I would buy the 50mm 1.4! I’ve always wanted that lens!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 2:47 am

  1869. Kelly Stewart -

    I’m in my first year of business and would love to add an 85mm 1.8 to my little glass family! Thanks for doing this.

      10.28.11 - 2:49 am

  1870. Amanda -

    This is SO helpful (see, I use the high school "so" too!). I’d use the $$ toward the 80 mm 1.8.

      10.28.11 - 2:49 am

  1871. Mark Stewart -

    Love your equipment… I need to buy a 580ex flash, so fingers crossed!!!

      10.28.11 - 2:50 am

  1872. Mark Cowlin -

    I’m a stay-at-home dad who is about to launch my wedding photog business. It’s a career change choice not dissimilar to your law school story. You are a silent guide, an inspiration. Thank you.

      10.28.11 - 3:02 am

  1873. Julie Tucker -

    Great overview of your gear. I appreciate the different approaches you & JD takeโ€ฆ a great story in the end!

      10.28.11 - 3:14 am

  1874. michelle white -

    i appreciate you sharing what you use in your bag Jasmine! i so agree with you on the 50 1.2 i don’t own it but it’s my dream to do so one day in this life ๐Ÿ™‚ as for the others lens thanks for your personal critique

      10.28.11 - 3:14 am

  1875. Cathy Merenda -

    I would probably put the $$ towards a 50 1.2 – dreamy.

      10.28.11 - 3:24 am

  1876. Kelsy McCartney -

    Love this post! I had to laugh out loud when I read the part about your new 100 Macro IS because we haven’t made the upgrade to a solid macro yet and I break out into the same cold sweat (or ridiculous fit of laughter… because you know, it’s SO not funny that it’s funny) when I have to shoot the rings in a time crunch and Cannot focus to save my life! …And my side note: B&H Rocks!!

      10.28.11 - 3:29 am

  1877. Sarah Sharp -

    With $100, I’d probably buy a few rolls of seamless paper in some fun colors. Winter here in the midwest means I can’t take my portrait clients outside as readily, but having a few versatile backgrounds lets me keep working a bit. Thanks for the giveaway!

      10.28.11 - 3:31 am

  1878. Jessica Pierce -

    I loved this post! Thank you thank you for doing it! Now I’m entering to win…fingers crossed ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 3:38 am

  1879. allison -

    I would love the 5dmarkII…that’s my next purchase. Thanks Jasmine for taking the time to post this!

      10.28.11 - 3:38 am

  1880. Amina Muhaimin -

    Love your work. I’m just starting out. I own a 5D Mark II and have been renting lenses. Would LOVE a 85mm 1.2 =)

      10.28.11 - 3:42 am

  1881. Jessica -

    J*, Thanks SO much for this post! It’s so great to learn from each other!! I really enjoy photography and would love to start using a macro lens for detail shots or a long lens to get personal shots without being intrusive. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all you do! You’re amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 3:52 am

  1882. Elise -

    I’d love an 85mm

      10.28.11 - 3:55 am

  1883. Stephanie Gill -

    Thanks for posting this. I have the 50 1.4 and LOVE it… And how very right you are about the flash ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 3:59 am

  1884. Heather Mays -

    I would love the 85mm 1.8. Or the 70-200mm. Or the 580EX. Or the…

      10.28.11 - 4:05 am

  1885. Annetta -

    I love this post, Jasmine. It was a good refresher. My next purchase would be the 50mm, 1.4. I currently have the 50mm, 1.8 but am also having focus issues with it.

      10.28.11 - 4:05 am

  1886. Agi Magyar -

    So as soon as I checked the end date for the entry I thought – Damn! I missed out on this one… But then I realized that you are a day behind therefore – I think… – I just made it with my entry :)))))
    I’d love a big heap of new gear so this would be a sweet surprise to win ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for all you’ve shared Jas!

      10.28.11 - 4:09 am

  1887. Yen -

    thanks for this post! and good luck reading all your comments. i’m so sad that i’ve been way too busy to be on the internet to read posts and leave comments as of late… but i just so happened to have time tonight! lucky me. i’m a nikon girl, but many props to the canon L series lenses. hope you, jd and polo have a good weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 4:18 am

  1888. jennifer -

    I’d buy the nikkor 24 mm 1.4. It’s actually on my wishlist at b+h now! Thanks for sharing this post.

      10.28.11 - 4:19 am

  1889. Robert Rojas -

    I’d use it toward the Canon 50mm, 1.2 or 24mm 1.4.

      10.28.11 - 4:21 am

  1890. rich -

    thanks for sharing all your helpful information on the lenses you use and running the contest! i would add the gift certificate to my 70-200 fund!

      10.28.11 - 4:42 am

  1891. LeiLani @ Elle Golden Photography -

    I always love "what’s in my bag" posts! The backbone of my kit is the 35, 50, & 85 as well! But I would looove to add in the 70-200 so I can quit renting it. That B&H Photo gift certificate would definitely help chip off a little of the price! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 4:47 am

  1892. Jo Bevis -

    Just emailed you, then came across your blog re equipment. Soooooooo helpful! Love from Oz. (could the voucher be used online and purchase shipped to Australia?!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

      10.28.11 - 4:53 am

  1893. Ashlee -

    Great Post Jasmine! What you’re saying makes a lot of sense. ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 5:13 am

  1894. Claire Kennedy -

    This was such a useful post. I will one day invest in some prime lenses. Although I’m an aspiring travel photographer, I am so drawn to your blog. It’s so personal and I feel like your a photojournalist just with a focus on people falling in love. It’s beautiful the way you speak about your clients. I’d use the $100 at B&H to buy a Black Rapid RS-W1 camera strap. As I think it’d be really helpful in years to come travelling as a photographer.

      10.28.11 - 5:15 am

  1895. Ana Telma -

    Loooved your post, as usual! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And… omg! This is one is even better because i can win $100!!! WEEEEE! Well, I reaally want to buy the 35mm f2 canon lens, because I just went to NY and I couldn’t buy it because B&H was CLOSED!!! :(((( i hope I win!!! YAAAYYY!

      10.28.11 - 5:28 am

  1896. Joy Barker -

    Loved reading your reviews on all the lenses!!! I dream about one day having a 50mm 1.2 or perhaps an 85mm… My photography business is all over the place and I love coming to your blog to get inspired. I love your passion!

      10.28.11 - 5:31 am

  1897. Emily Koska -

    I’ve totally had my eye on the 70-200mm, but you’ve convinced me that I reaaaally want the 85mm now ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 5:35 am

  1898. Liz Hinkley -

    Ooohh, I want the 35mm lens ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 5:41 am

  1899. Matt Hinkley -

    135mm lens would be sweet…or a macro!

      10.28.11 - 5:42 am

  1900. Robyn Swallow Photography -

    I love these posts re camera’s & lenses and relate to most of them. Particulary, the part about sentiment. I still have my first Canon 500N Film Camera and cant bear to part with it….

      10.28.11 - 5:48 am

  1901. Kimberly Minogue -

    Awesome info! I would love to get the 580EXII flash…crucial investment that needs to happen sooon!

      10.28.11 - 6:19 am

  1902. Paula -

    Seriously? I missed this comment by 19 minutes? Wait…. are we talking PST because if we are I am SO in! Great post by the way. We all know how great they are but I love hearing about HOW you use each of these lenses. If you need another post idea how about elaborating on how you learned to rock that flash? I hate my flash! Mostly because it and I do not get along.

      10.28.11 - 6:22 am

  1903. Emily Semans -

    Loved this blog post J*!! Just what I wanted to hear! I would die if I won the gift card! I’ve never won anything before! And i would put it towards the 70-200 2.8 that ice been saving up for!!!

      10.28.11 - 6:33 am

  1904. mandy caudill -

    Jasmine- I have been awed for the past few months….I check your blog almost daily and I am your protรฉgรฉ even tho we haven’t met!!! You are amazing and I love that you get to work with your hubs….someday I hope mine can do the same! Thanks for sharing your talent. I feel I learn so much from you!

      10.28.11 - 6:34 am

  1905. Tori Gillit -

    Oh man, would I love to win this cert!! AHH! I would definitely use it along with some other cash to purchase the 35mm 1.4. I’ve been loving my 35mm 2.0 since March and wishing to move on up since I know it fits my style and needs perfectly :)) So glad I stumbled on this giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

      10.28.11 - 6:38 am

  1906. Rachelle Powers -

    Working on upgrading my 50mm 1.4 to the uber fabulous 1.2!

      10.28.11 - 6:41 am

  1907. Lisa Hodack -

    Hi Jasmine! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d buy a new lens but not sure which yet. I want so many!

      10.28.11 - 6:44 am

  1908. Monica Martin -

    Oh how I am dying to buy a flash for my NIKON D700!

      10.28.11 - 6:47 am

  1909. Christina Cho -

    Love the 85mm and is the one lens I’ve been renting and saving up for! Thanks for the review J*!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.28.11 - 7:31 am

  1910. Vanessa Perry -

    Vanessa Perry
    Thanks for your post, it was very informative. I would like to use the gift certificate towards a new lens. I am undecided on the type of lens to buy. I just want to take better quality shot to capture family and friends events.

      10.28.11 - 7:32 am

  1911. Kim Skeen -

    I’m saving for the 100 macro!

      10.28.11 - 7:45 am

  1912. Rebecca -

    Wow! You have great equipment! Lenses are very expensive and if I won this, I would buy the 50mm f1.8II I or the 50mm f1.4. It would be great to own one of those lenses!

      10.28.11 - 11:19 am

  1913. JoAnna Niven -

    I have had a serious crush on you Jasmine from the moment I watched your CreativeLive course. Thank you for all that you share with your audience. If I won the gift certificate, I would use it towards the 580EXII flash.

      10.28.11 - 12:46 pm

  1914. Annette W -

    It’s such perfect timing that you post your lens review. I have some of the lenses you are discussing but I am looking at purchasing 100mm f/2.8 IS or the 85mm f/1.8. Thanks for all the great info!! Missed the boat on the gift certif but oh well, all the wonderful information is more valuable!! Cheers!!

      10.28.11 - 1:38 pm

  1915. Liz -

    I know I’m too late to win the gift certificate, but I just wanted to let you know how unbelievably helpful this was. As a budding Canon shooter, I appreciated this post so much! I have the 50mm 1.8 (due to a VERY small budget), but my next stop is that crush-worthy 35mm 1.4.

      10.28.11 - 2:31 pm

  1916. Jennifer Pharr -

    Thank you so much for this post. I enjoyed reading how you use each lens! I would use the $100 towards a new flash. I only have one and if it were to "do me wrong" one day, I would be…..horrified!

      10.28.11 - 2:46 pm

  1917. Arancha -

    I would buy the 85mm 1.8

      10.28.11 - 4:16 pm

  1918. Jodie Lemke -

    I missed this one but THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been back and forth back and forth about what lens to buy next I have the 24-70 and its been so good to me. I use it all the time. I need to use my 50 1.4 more but I really wanted another lens. I rented the 85 and love it so much, I have along wish list and have no idea where to start! I know I want the 85, 100, 70-200 eek… It never ends does it. NEVER. :S Oh dear!

      10.28.11 - 4:34 pm

  1919. Ansley Braverman -

    I have a love affair with the 5DMkII also (I hope it doesn’t make you jealous – we can both be married to her). I favor it over the 1D chiefly because of the weight. My hands get tired after a day’s shoot with the 5D and a lens, so I haven’t even considered trying the 1D.

      10.28.11 - 6:54 pm

  1920. Charissa -

    I would definately use this towards the 85mm f1.4………

      10.29.11 - 2:38 am

  1921. Jenna -

    I love B&H, and I’d so love to win. I’d put that money to good use quick ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.29.11 - 3:33 am

  1922. Michelle -

    I would use the 100 gift card to purchase some small items (SD Cards, Back-up batteries, etc.). I love winning and i hope i am chosen for the gift card : )

      10.30.11 - 3:37 am

  1923. Peichi Waite -

    Oooo, can’t pass up a chance at the $100 gift certificate ; ). Thx for the post – you’re always hilarious!

      10.30.11 - 5:43 am

  1924. Morten Fjord Stengaard -

    1.921 people responded (including me earlier on) – Dear Jasmine – this must be some kind of positive feedback to you and your work ๐Ÿ™‚
    – well, I love your work for sure!

      10.30.11 - 11:40 am

  1925. Diana -

    I would use it toward the 85mm lens that’s at the top of my wish list.
    Question though: does JD shoot with the 5D now?

      10.31.11 - 3:33 am

  1926. Marisa -

    Such a fantastic post. I need to get a wide angle and you have sold me on the 35mm!

      10.31.11 - 3:41 am

  1927. Jan-Anders Broo -

    I love to see that you shoot with primes. People asked me "Shooting a wedding with primes? Are you insane?" I replied "Just creative ;)"

    Keep shooting and sharing your fantastic work!

      10.31.11 - 11:33 am

  1928. Kirsten Bragg -

    Woohoo giveaway! I would LOVE to buy a slave strobe hookup for some studio lights- I’m completely lost when it comes to off-camera lighting, and can’t wait to learn more!

      10.31.11 - 3:28 pm

  1929. evan tardy -

    haha! poor JD, he ends up with all the leftovers ๐Ÿ™‚

      10.31.11 - 7:52 pm

  1930. Ashley Lynn -

    Great post Jasmine! Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity. I really really need (want) a Nikon 105 macro lens! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ashley@livelaughphoto.com

      10.31.11 - 8:22 pm

  1931. Jeannie -

    what an awesome giveaway. Love your photos and have been following you for some time.

      11.1.11 - 4:54 pm

  1932. Kendra -

    I would love any of these lenses since I am just a beginner. Thanks for all the great lens tips! Now I just need to find someone to buy them all for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      11.1.11 - 6:27 pm

  1933. Liza -

    I would LOVE to get the 70 – 200mm xxx

      11.2.11 - 12:15 pm

  1934. Julie Cahill -

    Love B&H and your kick ass lens review!

      11.3.11 - 6:14 pm

  1935. Vivian Wolfe -

    I need it all!!

      11.4.11 - 3:50 am

  1936. kaptnk -

    You have done amazingly well and I am happy for you both. I think you will find that the Canon 480 was the 430 EX II. You are right, when beginning which one should you buy? The 430 will not accept a battery pack nor will it work as a master IR controller. We had to have a backup so I got two 580’s, a Quantum T5d and a Cameron 2.0 (300W/s) to get the lighting just so.

    You have to have nerves of steel to shoot F1.2. I am like JD and prefer F2-2.2 max on the 100 mm. Want a good macro lens for low cost. Try (Lord forgive me please) a point and click with macro feature. It can get those shoes, rings, flowers etc if you are just starting out.

    Have a great life you two. Love the design of your blog page.

      11.7.11 - 2:35 am

  1937. eddie -

    Great post Jasmine. I just finished shooting my first wedding using natural light exclusively. I prefer natural light , but always felt I HAD to use flash for the safe shot. I recently purchased the Nikon 85mm 1.4 and decided I would do this wedding sans flash. By bumping up my iso on the full frame Nikon and using wide aperatures it turned out great. I think it was my best one yet! I enjoy reading your blog and watching your creative live seminars. Thanks for all your hard work.

      11.7.11 - 3:30 pm

  1938. Keith Wilson -

    So who won already????????? ๐Ÿ™‚

      11.7.11 - 8:43 pm

  1939. Erin M -

    I jsut bought the Nikon 70-200 2.8 not even 2 weeks ago, and already I’m in love! I shot a wedding with it the afternoon that I bought it and I couldn’t believe I lived without it so long! Will eventually add some primes to my collection when the funds allow (or my credit card beckons to be used again!).
    Thanks so much for sharing!

      11.9.11 - 12:07 am

  1940. Nicole Patch -

    I would love to put it towards 70-200mm 2.8, wanting to get into wedding photography!

      11.9.11 - 7:17 am

  1941. Krissy Dziewior -

    Love this post! I just bought the 50mm 1.4. I would love to buy the Canon Flash you mentioned!

      11.9.11 - 9:57 pm

  1942. Carrie -

    85mm L series

      11.9.11 - 9:58 pm

  1943. Charlie -

    I love my 5DII…I have the 7D as backup/2nd camera, and even though its a great camera, I would love to have another 5DII as backup as fullframe rocks!

      11.9.11 - 10:02 pm

  1944. Tracy -

    My next lens is the 35 mm!! Love all you said. Thank you.

      11.9.11 - 10:04 pm

  1945. Genesis -

    Thank you for all the info!

      11.9.11 - 10:05 pm

  1946. Manuel -

    Lot of primes lens in your bag…NICE ๐Ÿ˜‰

      11.9.11 - 10:07 pm

  1947. Blair Van Bussel -

    What an awesome post! Thanks so much for the fantastic info! ๐Ÿ™‚

      11.9.11 - 10:07 pm

  1948. Nicole -

    Hi Jasmine! I would use the money towards upgrading my camera to the Nikon D7000! Yay ๐Ÿ˜‰

      11.9.11 - 10:07 pm

  1949. Karen F. -

    Thank you for your post

      11.9.11 - 10:32 pm

  1950. kimberly powers -

    I gotta gotta get me the 70-200 mm 2.8 lens, cause basically Im standing in the way, boo! :0

      11.9.11 - 11:27 pm

  1951. Layne -

    I LOVE you, J*. Love You. You’re amazing and I’ve been a huge fan of yours since like, forever=)

    I would really love to get the 85 1.4 as my next lens ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve rented it for almost every wedding and shoot I’ve done as of recently and can’t say enough good things about it!=)

      11.9.11 - 11:32 pm

  1952. Rachel Cowan -

    i’d love to put it towards the 85/1.2.

      11.9.11 - 11:53 pm

  1953. Sheri Cook -

    I would put the gift certificate towards new studio lights.


      11.10.11 - 12:26 am

  1954. Wendi Vander Veen -

    This post was so helpful and you are so cool to give away a certificate. I love B&H and have bought my lenses there too. I would say the next lens i want is the 85mm. I tooLOVE prime lenses!!! oh and by the way…i cannot WAIT for "EXPOSED" to show up in my mailbox!! oh what a day that will be!!!

      11.10.11 - 12:36 am

  1955. Joanna K -

    J, I have worked my trusty old Canon nifty fifty 1.8 to the bone (or plastic :p) for 2 years now as I wanted to be sure I DESERVED another lens. Well I think that time has come to upgrade to a 1.4! Yeh Baby, BRING.IT.ON!!!

      11.10.11 - 1:25 am

  1956. Jennie Baer -

    Wow, I only hope someday I’ll have a collection of awesomeness like you! I would love to have every lens in your collection!

      11.10.11 - 1:35 am

  1957. Melissa Davis -

    wahoo!!! would love this!

      11.10.11 - 3:15 am

  1958. Kathy Speck -

    Would love to win $100 bucks

      11.10.11 - 3:44 am

  1959. Melanie @ Whimsical Creations -

    Crossing fingers and toes!! I would love to put this toward a new lens. Thank you for the chance to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

      11.10.11 - 2:28 pm

  1960. Eduardo Bonifacio -

    Hi Jasmine. I have been following your website for almost a year now and this is my first comment. I would just like you to know that you are one of my inspiration when in comes with wedding photography. And to be honest, I already shot 3 clients because of you.

    Ok. I know I am late for the $100 dollar certificate. But I were to win the certificate I would buy the same softbox and sunpak flash you use during your weddings because sadly it is not available here in our country.

    Cheers! thank you for your inspiration.

      11.10.11 - 6:34 pm

  1961. Erin Perkin -

    Leaning toward the Canon 85 1.2 ever since i bought the 50 1.2:) Intrigued by the Canon 35 1.4!!
    We’ve all been waiting for the release of the next Canon body I think!!! eager eager to play with that too! Thanks Jasmine!

      11.10.11 - 7:14 pm

  1962. Sabatomic -

    Thank you so much for this post, I have been trying to decide what lens to buy next and I really like the way you write about your lenses, explaining how you like each of them, what you tend to use them for, it’s really helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

      12.18.11 - 7:30 am

  1963. Sarah -

    I’ve got to ask, how do you deal with your lens changes at a wedding?

      12.28.11 - 9:01 pm

  1964. joanna -

    Most photographers I follow uses Canon, I have a Nikon (and just 2 lenses) right now. If I’m interested in starting to shoot weddings, should I purchase a Canon instead? Why Canon vs Nikon?

      3.27.12 - 6:16 pm

  1965. Asha -

    Joanna* There’s an ongoing debate between Nikon and Canon users about which camera is better, but mostly it’s just a preference. I’m with Canon because I just happened to blindly pick it out in a store 7 years ago. I too followed a lot of photographers that shot with Nikon and thought that’s what I needed to take great photos but it’s not. There are great Nikon shooters and great Canon shooters, if you like your Nikon stay with it! If you choose to come to the Canon side, thats (awesome!) your choice:) Either way happy shooting!

      4.25.12 - 11:59 pm

  1966. surrey wedding photographer -

    Hi jasmine,
    Now the mk111 is out, are you tempted. If you are already using one, maybe you could blog your findings, I would love to know how the AF performs. x

      6.22.12 - 1:40 am

  1967. Amir -

    Hi Jasmine.
    I own almost the same gear as you, I think is the perfect choice for wedding and portrait photographers.

    I have some problems with the 50 1,2 and the 5D MKIII with of center AF points. How do you use the autofocus? Focus and recompose or do you use the of center Af-Points?

    With the 50mm 1,2 I have seriuos problems to get correct focus, if used off-center.

    What do you mean?

    Thanks for your opinion.
    Love your blog.

      6.27.12 - 9:06 am

  1968. J. Todd Coomans -

    Thank you for the review of your lenses and camera. I have become a great fan of your work, and think your website is inspiring and your videos full of great information. On your advice I bought two new lenses today. The Canon 50mm, f/1.2L and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. I also bought a new camera to go along with it, the 7D. I truly wanted the 5D Mark III, but that will have to wait until I save a bit as I thought the glass should be my first BIG investment. Thanks again for sharing your talent with all of us.

      7.7.12 - 1:54 am

  1969. Evan -

    Now you need to add in the 135, it’s a sexy sexy lens ๐Ÿ˜€

      9.5.12 - 9:00 pm

  1970. Carla Hoosier -

    Jasmine thank you so much for sharing. I have a 85 1.8 and I just love it. I also bought a 80-200 2.8 to take pictures of junior rodeo kids. It never let me down and was worth every penny.

      9.6.12 - 3:38 am

  1971. Aaron -

    I love reading your blog! I get inspired every time!

      9.6.12 - 3:49 am

  1972. Tiffany Kelly -

    Thanks so much for the helpful review. I am recently starting my own photography company after working 5years for another. Very excited and you have reassured myself on my purchases! Thanks a ton!

      9.7.12 - 3:54 pm

  1973. Olivier -

    I’m curious to know with which lens you ended up shooting your equipment for this post.

    Takre care,

      11.13.12 - 8:56 pm

  1974. Gelo Cortessi -

    Do you ever use a shoulder strap on your camera? Why?

      2.19.13 - 3:57 pm

  1975. Kate Whitmore -

    As one who is preparing to remove lenses from my collection and invest in new ones, this post….oh, just this post. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re the jam. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and spreading the love!

      3.12.13 - 12:51 pm

  1976. My Camera Focus -

    Yes… Grasping high quality Camera lenses always result in beautiful and stunning images. Thanks for sharing this information with everyone.

      6.1.13 - 11:07 am

  1977. Olivier -

    How do you carry all your gear?

      6.5.13 - 3:41 pm

  1978. Mareks Steins Photography -

    Just love your writing style… so free, light and friendly!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for a great review. I was just wondering what lens I need to get next. ๐Ÿ˜€

      6.7.13 - 10:25 pm

  1979. Shelly Spithoff -

    I also bought the Canon 480 because I was strapped for cash. TEARS.

      6.13.13 - 10:26 am

  1980. Kevin Widdowson -

    Hi , have you ugraded to the 600 speedlites yet?

      6.29.13 - 2:29 pm

  1981. Evian -

    Hi Jasmine! Thanks for openly sharing and helping new photographers like myself learn so much. If you had to pick only three lenses to bring to a wedding, which would they be? I am shooting my sister-in-law’s wedding and I am so nervous! I want to rent an extra lens or two and as of right now I have a 50mm and 35mm. I plan on renting the 70-200mm but would you recommend anything else? I would love your input- thanks in advance girl!

      7.28.13 - 7:56 pm

  1982. lens -

    The good camera lens is very improtant.when you select them you must notice.

      8.7.13 - 8:55 am

  1983. Martin -

    Great selection of high quality lenses, and a brilliant selection for wedding photography! One lens that may be worth a try is the Canon 45mm Tilt and Shift, it’s quickly becoming a popular lens to hire for our wedding photographers, I’ve seen some great results with it. The 24-70mm is definitely the most popular wedding lens we have, a real work horse. Great blog, now I’m going to have to go away to see if someone has put together an equivalent for the Nikon range of lenses.

      8.29.13 - 1:34 pm

  1984. Dale -

    Hi Ms. Jasmine, thank you for being an inspiration for us to do wedding photography. I’m on to start my wedding photography career since I’ve been passionate with photography for almost 2years, my current gears are 60d, 17-40mmL and 50mm 1.8 II. I’m on my way for an upgrade to get me started, I’ll be buying a FF body and one lens of a choice but I’m on a tight budget, so my lens options are 85mm 1.2L and 70-200mm 2.8 IS II. Which do you think should I get first to get me started? thanks!

      10.9.13 - 2:34 pm

  1985. Jennifer -

    While I LOVE that you took the time to do this, I would really really love to see examples from each of these lenses ๐Ÿ™‚

      11.18.13 - 5:36 pm

  1986. Jo -

    I love the Canon 85mm f1.2, we’ve just put up a review about it on our website, it’s a great piece of kit. I’m not convinced about the 50mm 1.2, I think a better lens is the 50mm 1.4. Great article though!

      2.19.14 - 7:51 pm

  1987. Russhane -

    nice gears..i wish i could be as fortunate as you guys owning L lenses with 5D’s and 60D’s, lord knows i don’t have that kind of money..I’m shooting with a canon rebel xs primarily using the canon 50mm f1.8 prime lens. Its working out well for me, but would really love that upgrade. i’m really passionate about photography, but budget is holding me back, but i won’t let it stop me from doing what i love ๐Ÿ™‚

      2.21.14 - 10:44 am

  1988. Lindsey Nicole -

    Well now that I have drooled all over my keyboard… You post just pushed me over for the 85 1.8 I was so worried if I got it that it would not produce the quality I wanted. I think I will now be the new mama to a 50 1.4 and 85 1.8 ..Love the blog!!

      3.26.14 - 4:09 pm

  1989. Tiffany Chapman -

    This is an amazing review and so helpful to someone who is just starting out. I am so obsessed about saving for my next lens purchase (85mm 1.8) that I had a dream that I stole it out of a camera store. Yup. I’m hook line and sinker…

      4.29.14 - 11:29 am

  1990. MJEmery -

    Hi Jasmine…I just took the plunge on this bad boy (100mm Macro f/2.8 IS-UM) and was wondering since you posted this article if you have began using it more in place of the 50mm 1.2? Or if you have any love stories you care to share about it.

      6.4.14 - 5:39 pm

  1991. Eva -

    Next on my list is a macro!! and an 85mm. and a 5dMiii.

      6.30.14 - 6:38 pm

  1992. Kristi -

    Jasmine thank you for inspiring and giving advice that I have poured over your site to compile for the past few months. I purchased a gently used 5D MK3 and went all out on a 50mm f1.2, did my first gig this weekend at a baby shower and I was so glad for your advise on getting prime lens. Good glass kicks….booty! I am a huge fan, please do another seminar in Texas so I can learn more!

      9.29.14 - 2:38 am

  1993. Alice -

    This article is fantastic, it’s great to see the equipment that other people are using. Thank you for sharing.

      10.7.14 - 1:33 pm

  1994. nmoody -

    Hello I am trying to get my first camera to start practicing since in a soon future I would like to become a wedding photgrapher. Which camera would you recommend, budget friendly but good enough to let me be creative and practice for the future.

      11.20.14 - 9:43 pm

  1995. Nicole -

    Thanks for this! Even though I shoot Nikon its still great education on types of lenses.

      1.8.15 - 11:21 pm

  1996. Tatyana -

    Thank you so much for explaining what you use each type of lens for! Super helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

      2.16.15 - 11:18 pm

  1997. London Photographer -

    I was Canon for 4 years and switched to Nikon this past year. Love it!

      3.5.15 - 3:58 am

  1998. Dayton Wedding Photographer -

    I am slowly making a transition to fast prime Canon glass and this post has been very illuminating. I am also looking at 200 f2 so I can replace my 70-200.

      4.16.15 - 11:27 pm

  1999. Fotografia y Video en Reynosa -

    Just the info. about pro photographer gear is about the ideal. thanks for the info.

      4.23.15 - 10:30 pm

  2000. vienna wedding photographer -

    thanks for the reviews! no tilt shifts in your collection?

      5.14.15 - 1:48 pm

  2001. Salem Wedding Photographer -

    Mmmm, I just got the 85mm 1.2!! It’s as amazing for weddings as you say! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I really have a hard time keeping that super exposed back element clean though…

      6.8.15 - 2:19 am

  2002. Love n Roll -

    I was looking on google for some gear advice and I found your blog. Really interesting and nice to found someone shooting with prime lenses! I love them! ๐Ÿ™‚

      7.1.15 - 2:29 pm

  2003. Bethany -


      10.5.15 - 9:29 am

  2004. Oakley -

    What is your best travel lens? I am having a battle deciding which to get before my husband and I go to Europe.

      11.10.15 - 2:20 am

  2005. Ally -

    Do you have any posts about uv filters? That is something I know I should probably using but just feel lost. I noticed most of your lenses have filters on them!

      12.6.15 - 10:48 pm

  2006. Moritz -

    Thanks so much for this very useful overview of your lens collection! Helped me to decide what to buy next!

      1.9.16 - 10:10 am

  2007. Melinda -

    I’m a super newbie and was just asked by a couple from an engagement session to do their wedding. I’m very excited but also extremely nervous! I have the Nikon D700 1.18 with a 50mm lens and don’t really know anything about ANY other lenses or cameras. So, my question, are all the lenses you are talking about for Cannon the same ones you would buy for a Nikon or do I need to find another camera Yoda to help me? P.S. I absolutely LOVE your work!

      1.13.16 - 5:25 am

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