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

    April 20th, 2008 at 8:36 pm


  2. dasdasd

    April 20th, 2008 at 8:38 pm


  3. eric laurits

    April 20th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    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. Karin Dailey

    April 20th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    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.

  5. carrie@urbanbaby

    April 20th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    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

  6. Jamie Delaine

    April 20th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

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

  7. allyson magda

    April 20th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

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

  8. Sean McLellan

    April 20th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Suhweet–getting new toys is always fun 🙂

  9. Caitlin Domanico

    April 20th, 2008 at 9:44 pm


  10. milwaukee child photographer

    April 20th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

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

  11. tish

    April 20th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    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!

  12. Shari

    April 20th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    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!

  13. Dennis

    April 20th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Great lens….but cant it be a he?

  14. Amanda Suanne

    April 20th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

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

  15. Missy

    April 20th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

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

  16. Rachel Dallaire

    April 21st, 2008 at 12:32 am

    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! 😉

  17. Cathy Crawley

    April 21st, 2008 at 12:38 am

    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!

  18. christina LeMarr

    April 21st, 2008 at 1:12 am


  19. Katherine Bowman

    April 21st, 2008 at 1:17 am

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

  20. Amanda Donaho

    April 21st, 2008 at 1:19 am

    TOTALLY jealous! Enjoy it!

  21. Josef Samuel

    April 21st, 2008 at 1:53 am

    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!

  22. Ryel j

    April 21st, 2008 at 2:06 am

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

  23. inga

    April 21st, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Girl, this lens is sexy! Congrats!

  24. ricki ford

    April 21st, 2008 at 2:45 am

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

  25. Simply Modern Weddings

    April 21st, 2008 at 2:51 am

    congrats on the lens…have fun in SD!

  26. Brandy

    April 21st, 2008 at 3:08 am

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

  27. cassandra m

    April 21st, 2008 at 4:28 am

    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.

  28. Lydia

    April 21st, 2008 at 6:33 am

    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!

  29. Gloria Mesa

    April 21st, 2008 at 7:44 am


    I play with the 50mm 1.4

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


  30. jackie l

    April 21st, 2008 at 7:47 am

    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!

  31. Nick Bracken

    April 21st, 2008 at 8:06 am

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

  32. Stew

    April 21st, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    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.

  33. Shandon

    April 21st, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Soooooo jealous!!!

  34. Bartek

    April 21st, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    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?

  35. C. Marie

    April 21st, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    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 😉

  36. jessica del vecchio

    April 21st, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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

  37. Allison Trowbridge

    April 21st, 2008 at 3:38 pm

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

  38. jeanette sanchez

    April 21st, 2008 at 3:57 pm

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

  39. Lezlie

    April 21st, 2008 at 4:30 pm

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

  40. David of DavidHam

    April 21st, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    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.

  41. Megan

    April 21st, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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

  42. TonyaPeterson

    April 21st, 2008 at 7:14 pm


  43. Amy Nave

    April 21st, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Can’t wait to see the pics:)

  44. Melissa E Earle

    April 21st, 2008 at 10:52 pm

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

  45. Navy Sou

    April 21st, 2008 at 11:37 pm

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

  46. Brandy

    April 22nd, 2008 at 1:41 am

    COngrats on the new toy!

  47. nicole green

    April 22nd, 2008 at 2:39 am

    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

  48. Dennis Urbiztondo

    April 22nd, 2008 at 3:01 am

    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.

  49. Mike Allebach

    April 22nd, 2008 at 3:18 am

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

  50. david & kimi b ~ ohana photography

    April 22nd, 2008 at 4:52 am

    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.

  51. Rachel Brooke

    April 22nd, 2008 at 5:33 am

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

  52. tammie kimura

    April 22nd, 2008 at 5:13 pm

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

  53. Scarlett Lillian

    April 22nd, 2008 at 5:19 pm

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

  54. Carly McCray

    April 22nd, 2008 at 8:51 pm

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

  55. Frannie

    April 22nd, 2008 at 9:59 pm

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

  56. Alicia

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:15 am

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

  57. juliet

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    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!

  58. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:13 pm

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

  59. Leo

    April 23rd, 2008 at 6:19 pm

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

  60. dean ray

    April 23rd, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    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!!!!!!!!

  61. lori davis

    April 24th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    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!

  62. Jim Cook

    April 25th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

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

  63. sarah k chen

    April 25th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    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!

  64. amelia Lyon

    April 26th, 2008 at 6:24 am


  65. Irene

    April 26th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

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

  66. Mashka Cordwell

    April 27th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    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


  67. hedy berg

    June 20th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    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!