Early retired (2019), due to ill health, pro photographer and business mentor. John is classically trained, well experienced & now willing to freely share his knowledge with you.
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My "Pap-Lens": Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
This is in my kit bag as a “paparazzi lens”. Originally purchased purely as a macro lens for small product photography to be always used with a tripod due to the mega shallow depth of field. I was shooting jewellery at the time and wanted to be able to see the hallmark in my pictures.
BUT: whilst on a Press-job shooting on my 70-200mm telephoto, the guys shooting for Reuters advised me to change my lens for a better capture as my "macro-only lens" was their standard ”Pap-lens.”
Pushed beyond its macro focussing range, shooting a person, hand-held, as a prime lens, its focussing capability is faster than my standard telephoto, whilst its super-clear optics and f2.8, blur out the background, thus providing a perfect shot for editorial use.
Want a paparazzi kit lens? Below is the modern equivalent of the lens I own. Shown here with a Canon fit but can be purchased to fit most other common cameras too. Follow the link to read more detail, and the all important customer review and FAQ section!
Most of my professional kit lenses are Sigma Lenses, they provide what I need at a much reduced price as compared to the Canon lens equivalents. The only Canon lens I have is a 50mm prime, which I bought secondhand. I must admit, it's now one of my favourite lenses to use!