My New Baby : 50mm, 1.2

My New Baby : 50mm, 1.2


So it finally happened. I did it.

After much research and trepidation, I decided to buy the 50mm, 1.2.


I bought it just in time for an engagement session last week and I cannot express HOW PERFECT it was! Theoretically—after all the research I did—the 1.2 and the 1.4 shouldn’t be so different (and the 1.4 has performed better in focus tests), but it is. It so is!

When I post the engagement session in the next couple of days (I’ve been sick, so I’ve taken some time off), I’ll talk more about the insanity of this lens. It’s gorgeous, amazing, and oh-so-buttery. I shot almost the entire session with this lens and if I was forced to shoot an entire wedding on one lens, this is it!

Here’s a picture of my new baby…isn’t she HOT?!

I’m off to spend the day with a few friends in San Diego and enjoy this beautiful day…Happy Sunday!

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  1. sadasd -


      4.20.08 - 8:36 pm

  2. dasdasd -


      4.20.08 - 8:38 pm

  3. eric laurits -

    dude. you’re gonna love this guy. it’s not a one night little fling you’ve just entered into, it’s a lifelong relationship :] pure unadulterated awesomeness.


      4.20.08 - 8:46 pm

  4. Karin Dailey -

    WOW. Nice choice, Jasmine! I can’t wait to see the pics from the shoot! P.S. Eric (comment below), my friend wants to hire you for her wedding!! you rock as much as j*! lol.

      4.20.08 - 8:56 pm

  5. carrie@urbanbaby -

    isn’t it awesome?! i bought this lens last winter, and i use it all the time…i too could shoot an entire session with this lens alone…and sometimes do! congrats on your new purchase!! xo, c

      4.20.08 - 9:02 pm

  6. Jamie Delaine -

    mmm, congrats! I love my 50 1.4, but I’ll be waiting to see your shots with this one!

      4.20.08 - 9:29 pm

  7. allyson magda -

    Congratulations! This lens is hands down, my most favorite lens EVER!!!

      4.20.08 - 9:42 pm

  8. Sean McLellan -

    Suhweet–getting new toys is always fun 🙂

      4.20.08 - 9:43 pm

  9. Caitlin Domanico -


      4.20.08 - 9:44 pm

  10. milwaukee child photographer -

    What a fabulous purchase. Enjoy that bad boy!!! 🙂

      4.20.08 - 9:59 pm

  11. tish -

    Hooray…that’s awesome (even though I don’t know a thing about lenses)! Can you tell me if there is a reputable site on which photographers (or people who take good care of the cameras) sell their old ones as they upgrade? I would like to try a digital SLR…and still have $ to feed my baby! haha!

      4.20.08 - 10:17 pm

  12. Shari -

    I am just glad that I am a Nikon girl because all the AWESOME Canon lenses would definitely empty out my bank account fast! Enjoy it. Getting new toys is always so much FUN!

      4.20.08 - 10:26 pm

  13. Dennis -

    Great lens….but cant it be a he?

      4.20.08 - 10:41 pm

  14. Amanda Suanne -

    Awesome, I see this lens in my near future! enjoy your new baby 😀

      4.20.08 - 11:03 pm

  15. Missy -

    I’ve been wondering what kind of lens you use! I’m excited to see the pictures!

      4.20.08 - 11:19 pm

  16. Rachel Dallaire -

    I just got a 50mm 1.8 and I love it (after only a kit lens). I can’t imagine how nice the 1.2 is!!!! Soooo jealous! 😉

      4.21.08 - 12:32 am

  17. Cathy Crawley -

    I bought this lens a few months ago, I use it all the time. I hardly use my 24-70 that much anymore but I still pull out the 70-200 a lot. I find the 50mm is perfect for my style of shooting and the focus is so crisp. You are going to love using this lens. I am now saving for the 85mm 1.2!

      4.21.08 - 12:38 am

  18. christina LeMarr -


      4.21.08 - 1:12 am

  19. Katherine Bowman -

    Yeah!!! I’m so happy for you that you finally got this lens! You’ve been talking about it forever! Have fun with it!

      4.21.08 - 1:17 am

  20. Amanda Donaho -

    TOTALLY jealous! Enjoy it!

      4.21.08 - 1:19 am

  21. Josef Samuel -

    Hey Jasmine 🙂 Very nice, I’m very happy for you! I might suggest shooting without the filter though, it’s just too nice of a lens for that!

      4.21.08 - 1:53 am

  22. Ryel j -

    Congrats on your new fun toy. Enjoy getting to know each other!! And here’s me sending healthy vibes your way.

      4.21.08 - 2:06 am

  23. inga -

    Girl, this lens is sexy! Congrats!

      4.21.08 - 2:37 am

  24. ricki ford -

    congrads on the lens…and I hope you are feeling better.

      4.21.08 - 2:45 am

  25. Simply Modern Weddings -

    congrats on the lens…have fun in SD!

      4.21.08 - 2:51 am

  26. Brandy -

    DITTO DITTO DITTO. i dove in last week as well and OMG. totally spectacular and there IS a difference.

      4.21.08 - 3:08 am

  27. cassandra m -

    girl…I am sooooo JEALOUS! I have the 85 1.2 and it is my favorite, FAVORITE lens of all, but this one has been on my wish list since before Christmas. oooohhh, I can’t wait to see your images. so happy for your new baby.

      4.21.08 - 4:28 am

  28. Lydia -

    Awesome! I’m working on buying the 50 1.4, but would LOVE to get the 1.2 some day. Can’t wait to see those pics!

      4.21.08 - 6:33 am

  29. Gloria Mesa -


    I play with the 50mm 1.4

    I love it, but I had a hard time focusing it that normal? or its just me!


      4.21.08 - 7:44 am

  30. jackie l -

    Sweet the 1.2! I have the 1.8 and it’s definitely my favorite! Can’t wait to see what your 1.2 can do!

      4.21.08 - 7:47 am

  31. Nick Bracken -

    Jas, congrats buddy! They say jealousy is a curse!

      4.21.08 - 8:06 am

  32. Stew -

    Congrats on your new lens. Sounds like it’ll be a great tool and a fun toy for you. I hope your clients enjoy the shots from it as much as you enjoy using it. I just this weekend ordered the f1.8, not having a pro’s budget. It won’t have that same buttery, rock-solid feel, but I expect it may become my everyday lens (replacing my 17-40 L, which I love for landscape).
    Best of luck.

      4.21.08 - 12:10 pm

  33. Shandon -

    Soooooo jealous!!!

      4.21.08 - 1:44 pm

  34. Bartek -

    Mmmm, I love how wide and solid this thing is! I’m really curious however how MUCH better it is than the 1.4 though?! I’ll be tuning in to find out 🙂 I also noticed you have a UV on there. We currently don’t use any filters to have as much unaltered light go in the lens, but I guess it’s protection for your new baby?

      4.21.08 - 2:37 pm

  35. C. Marie -

    Oh you picked the perfect day to be in San Diego =) Love the 50mm! That lens happens to be my favorite of all that I own. However in Nikon land 😉

      4.21.08 - 2:42 pm

  36. jessica del vecchio -

    My all-time favorite, never leave home without it, would marry it if it were a man, lens!

      4.21.08 - 3:37 pm

  37. Allison Trowbridge -

    Hope you guys had a blast in SD =) Miss you! xxxx

      4.21.08 - 3:38 pm

  38. jeanette sanchez -

    Prime lenses are sexy…and the 50 1.2 IS HOT!

      4.21.08 - 3:57 pm

  39. Lezlie -

    A little jealous but this ones next on my wishlist so hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer. 🙂

      4.21.08 - 4:30 pm

  40. David of DavidHam -

    Hi Jasmine. It was great to talk to you and JD at DJ’s showit sites preview. I just shot my last engagement session completely with my 50mm as well. Just love that focal length.

      4.21.08 - 6:12 pm

  41. Megan -

    I want to join in the excitement! Is this for Cannon or Nikon and how much does it cost because I’m sold!

      4.21.08 - 6:24 pm

  42. TonyaPeterson -


      4.21.08 - 7:14 pm

  43. Amy Nave -

    Can’t wait to see the pics:)

      4.21.08 - 10:49 pm

  44. Melissa E Earle -

    They are so little and light!!! I got one last week too…I LOVE it!
    -Melissa E Earle

      4.21.08 - 10:52 pm

  45. Navy Sou -

    So cool, Jasmine! I also gave birth~to a newbaby! We named her Canon 5D. Yeehawwww!!!

      4.21.08 - 11:37 pm

  46. Brandy -

    COngrats on the new toy!

      4.22.08 - 1:41 am

  47. nicole green -

    i’ve been SO obsessed with this lens. dan always yells at me because it’s the onlly one i ever use. 🙂 i’m addicted!n

      4.22.08 - 2:39 am

  48. Dennis Urbiztondo -

    Congrats on you new baby, great lens. I had purchased mine about the time that I saw you at WPPI. I use it 80%. Take off the filter.

      4.22.08 - 3:01 am

  49. Mike Allebach -

    Sweet. I wish Nikon sold a 50mm 1.2 auto focus.

      4.22.08 - 3:18 am

  50. david & kimi b ~ ohana photography -

    congrats!!! she is gawgeous!!! now your images will really just punch me in the face when i pull up your images. i better wear a hockey mask.

      4.22.08 - 4:52 am

  51. Rachel Brooke -

    SHE’S ONE HOT MOMMA!!! I’ve been waiting on her myself. 🙂

      4.22.08 - 5:33 am

  52. tammie kimura -

    Now, I can go say to my beloved AK "Jasmine bought it can I buy one too? " 🙂 Have a wonderful day beautiful!

      4.22.08 - 5:13 pm

  53. Scarlett Lillian -

    Oooooooh you’re gonna love the 50 1.2. It’s my main lens I use. So pretty. 🙂

      4.22.08 - 5:19 pm

  54. Carly McCray -

    Awesome!! Can’t wait to see some of your images with this baby!

      4.22.08 - 8:51 pm

  55. Frannie -

    Augh!! Beautiful!!! How much was that lens!? I need a new lens desperately! 😀

      4.22.08 - 9:59 pm

  56. Alicia -

    So, what happens when I want that lens and I’m not a professional photog? I wonder if Steven will buy it for me…

      4.23.08 - 12:15 am

  57. juliet -

    hi there!!
    i found your blog by chance….
    GORGEOUS photos.
    AND….yes, the 1.2 is so different. i unfortunately borrowed my friend’s lens (50mm f/1.2) then purchased the 1.4. soooo sad. i’m saving my $ for the other. HUGE difference.
    i’m so glad i found your blog–you have a gift!

      4.23.08 - 12:08 pm

  58. Erika Lais Photo Blog -

    Hi J*, I think now we will see the world’s MOST amazing shots!!!!!!! Good lucky with your new baby!!!!

      4.23.08 - 2:13 pm

  59. Leo -

    I want one too. hmmm, when is the question not if.

      4.23.08 - 6:19 pm

  60. dean ray -

    i sure hope you are well soon. sick is named correctly. It is sick!!:) Who does your baby take after? 🙂 look forward to seeing your 50mm 1.2 pics!!!!!!!!

      4.23.08 - 9:01 pm

  61. lori davis -

    Hey, I just got my OWN baby 4 weeks ago, and yes, she is a beauty! I can’t believe how such an inexpensive lens can really do the trick!

      4.24.08 - 3:36 pm

  62. Jim Cook -

    The 50mm 1.2 is my favorite lens by far as well. I love love love it.

      4.25.08 - 1:54 pm

  63. sarah k chen -

    yay! you finally decided between the 50 + the 85 1.2! you seriously can’t lose either way! love your e session pics and that extra stop is such a life saver in low light!

      4.25.08 - 11:52 pm

  64. amelia Lyon -


      4.26.08 - 6:24 am

  65. Irene -

    Just saw the engagement photos that you shot with the 50mm … YUMMY! Man .. Me want this lens now!! yum yum!

      4.26.08 - 2:15 pm

  66. Mashka Cordwell -

    Hi Jasmine, I found your website through Natalie Norton’s article;
    can I just say:

    a) you blow me away as a photographer!

    b) I found that bit about the 55mm lense so encouraging as I have just bought it and have not tried it out yet;

    c) your pictures of Dana and Taeler almost brought tears to my eyes .. and i definitely had goosebumps!

    now I got it off my chest, wishing you very best of everything. wil definitely come see you site again


      4.27.08 - 1:21 pm

  67. hedy berg -

    This lens (the Nikon 1.4 version) was on my "next lenses to buy" list … and I think you’ve just convinced me to buy it NOW!

      6.20.08 - 8:26 pm

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