The Best Lens For Photojournalism

Recently, I just read a great post on the Canon Lens Experience by John Tlumacki on photo journalism and his favorite lens. Photographers like to always say that the most important gear is always the photographer, but I can say my student’s photos improved dramatically after purchasing Tlumacki’s and my favorite lens the Canon EF 70-200 F2.8. Tlumacki also recommends the EF 24 mm F1.4.

EF 70-200 F2.8
EF 70-200 F2.8. Graphic by The Canon Lens Experience

3 thoughts on “The Best Lens For Photojournalism

  • September 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Jonathan, it’s a bit on the pricey side . . .

  • September 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I was thinking the same thing, and it brings up a great question that I’ve often wondered. When it comes to equipment, is it better to have a few really high quality pieces or more middle of the road pieces? Over the last few years we’ve purchased a few D3100/3200 models and a few inexpensive lenses, but this year we went with a D7100 thanks to some grant money. The verdict is still out as to whether the nicer camera will make a difference (especially for shooting video). Our best sports lens is a slower 70-200, which isn’t awful, but it isn’t great either. Thoughts?

  • September 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    We have gone with fewer and higher quality lenses. I know spending $1500 on a lens is expensive but the results are way better. The same photogs that were taking really bad photos came back with great photos after buying the 70-200 f/2.4.

    I have always heard spend your money on glass or lenses before cameras.

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