Lens with "wow" effect !! :-))

Started Dec 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
Le Kilt Senior Member • Posts: 2,496
Again, someone missing the point. Now fortunately...

barriejb wrote:

Many years ago, at the time of the first US Gulf war, I saw a photo on the cover of Time Magazine (or maybe it was Newsweek). It was of a young widow at the funeral of her dead (marine?) husband. She had a look of utter resolve and determination on her face as her hands rested on her knees clutching the hands of her two young children. Although I am not an American, this image has seared itself into a little corner of my brain where it replays quite frequently like I am holding that magazine in front of me.

The lens the photographer used is irrelevant because it is not the lens that made this a wow image, as most photographers here know very well.

But, to try to give some idea of what lens might get an image that sells (and therefore presumably has something of a wow factor in it), take a look at the focal lengths most used at Reuters. This is not an accident:


People with great skill and great equipment bring us those Wow photos from time to time.

Fortunately, people with great skill and any old equipment bring us those Wow photos from time to time too.

Fortunately, people with great luck and any old equipment bring us those Wow photos from time to time too (well, occasionally!).

This thread is about getting Wow shots where you think the lens helped you get it.

My first two would be the 16-35mm f/2.8L II at around 16mm for the great perspectives you can get, and the 85mm f/1.2L II for the smooth moody bokeh.  A few other lenses can give similar results, but the photographer cannot compensate with "any old lens".

The recent 24mm f/2.8 IS is going to be a good contender for great perspective Wow shots thanks to its close-focusing ability (but the photographer will have to go and get those shots, of course).  The new 24-70 f/2.8L II gives fabulous bokeh in some conditions.

P.S. My first digital Wow shot?  Erm, well, yes, taken with a Minolta 4 mega-pixel compact P&S.
My latest Wow shots?  Close portraits taken with the 85mm f/1.2L II.
My most Wow shots?  Landscapes and seascapes taken with the 16-35mm f/2.8L II.

And I haven't even started on tele-photo lenses...

Yeah, as usual with photography, it's a mixture of science and art where there's often more than one correct answer! 

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