Lives in United States Olive Branch, United States
Works as a Wedding/Portrait Photographer
Has a website at
Joined on Mar 19, 2012

benjaminblack's current gear

Nikon D700
Nikon D810
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
Picked this up used with an MBD10 with less than 3000 actuations
Still new to me. AF seems better. Love the mirror slap reduction and quiet shutter. ISO 64 is really nice outdoors. Decent at 6400. Incredible detail. Still tinkering with AWB
Doesn't like to focus on diamonds without a little extra help. Someday I'll upgrade to the 105. But for the price, I can't imagine a sharper macro lens. This is one of Nikon's best kept secrets
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Very sharp. No distortion. Great colors. A little pricey. I would never buy this lens, except it's completely necessary for a wedding photographer. When you need it, you need it. A must have. I can't imagine a better lens in this focal range. Very clinical, precise, and photo journalistic.
This lens has some of the nicest bokeh I've ever seen. The subject isolation (for portraits) is superb.
If a wedding and portrait photographer had to only shoot one lens for everything, this is the one. Mind boggling subject isolation. Incredibly versatile. Focuses so so fast. It always hits. It hits more than any lens I've ever used. It will hit, and be tack sharp, at 2.8 at 1/50 on a D800. The VR never fails me. Once you learn how to shoot portraits with this lens, you may never get your 85 out again. Poor 85... Oh and it shoots action flawlessly, if you're into that kinda thing. Ha!
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A
Focuses fast. Sharp at any aperture. Did I mention sharp? Because it's sharp. Great colors, great skin tones. Looks good. Just the world's most perfect 85. Will not disappoint anyone. I could run my entire business with this lens. If not for the 70-200, this would be on my camera for 90% of my work.
Big and heavy - not that I care. But yeah it's surprisingly big. But this 35 is as sharp as everyone claims. The subject isolation is a little "clinical" but I don't care. My clients don't evaluate bokeh quality. So even though the bokeh is harsh, the subject isolation is so intense, I love it. Just don't shoot this lens close to your subject, backup, crop later. Right now this is also my main newborn lens. Overall, astonishing lens for the price.
Other gear:
  • Radio Popper PX System I have two transmitters for both of our shooters and three receivers
  • SB-910 I have four of these and one SB-900.

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED
Added Apr 20, 2012
In a perfect world, I would skip the 70-200 and just use the 200, but truthfully I will never buy this lens. It's too long for small/medium sized ceremonies. The 70-200 is just so much more versatile
Added Apr 20, 2012
I think of this lens as a wider version of the 85 1.4G. Every shot I've seen from this lens has been completely magical. It's just that 24 is generally too wide for my workflow.

benjaminblack's previous gear

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 50D
Nikon D800
Most overrated camera in SLR history. Worst AF system you could imagine. I'm ashamed I owned one for so long
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
My copy was very soft under 2.8, rarely used
Canon glass is overrated. But this lens lived up to its reputation. Focuses very slowly, but once you've achieved focus the shots are gorgeous. Most Used Lens
This lens was pretty solid and dependable. The Nikkor is better. I've never used the new MKII which I hear is even better than the Nikkor
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
Kit Lens, rarely used
Just too wide for my purposes. If people are in the corners they look distorted. Just not the lens for my kind of work.
This lens is an incredible value. If you only owned one lens, this could be it. And such a bargain too. But ultimately, I shoot my 50 between at f4 and f5.6. It's hard to explain, but in my workflow, I don't shoot a 50 at large apertures. So I finally decided to sell the 1.4 and I downgraded to the 50 1.8G - again, because I don't shoot this lens at large apertures.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
IS failure after 16 months, CPS Gold Repair = $300. I don't know if my results were impaired by the 5D, but I find the Nikkor version much sharper, better bokeh
Kit Lens, sold and switched to 24-70 2.8L
If you're broke, just starting out, or just want something small, light and cheap. This is your lens. This is the best "cheap" lens maybe in history.
Other gear:
  • 430EXII Not bad, but not as advanced as the SB-700
  • 580EXII I had four