Here’s why I’m happy to invest in the very best lenses, apart from the image quality.

I read a fair few photography blogs, where you’ll find the debate about L series lenses Vs. Non L series lenses come up over and over again.   The quality of L series is usually never disputed, any L series lens is just STUNNING, sharp and has a feel to it that other glass cannot rival.

It’s the cost of upgrading to L series that gets the most discussions.  Yes, L series lenses are much more expensive, but if you are professional wedding photographer, who relies on getting the image no matter what, then the additional expense is worth it.

I recently blogged about a wedding I shot in November, in Tewkesbury during the devastating floods.  My gear got a hammering from that wedding, I remember shooting the venue shot outside at 6pm.  The rain was coming in sideways, so much so that I just asked my second shooter to forget any attempt to hold the umbrella and forget any attempt to shield the camera from the rain.  I think my actual words were ‘save your self’.

My 5D MK II and 24-70 got drenched…I’d already gone past the drenched stage and no longer cared.

The weather sealing on the body and the lens were great, any other non-pro camera would definitely NOT have survived those few minutes in the rain (I know as my wife’s 600d suffered in a mist).

The camera and lens got dried off, the filter was replaced and batt compartment checked (really important to do if you suspect that your camera has been exposed to the wet, as this could shot the camera out). I then left the camera in the dry for about ten minutes…just to get the camera accustomed to the environment BEFORE putting the battery back and before continuing to shoot the rest of the evening.

Definitely get the best camera you can afford…definitely do not skimp on your lenses.  Yes, they are ridiculously expensive, but there is reason why.  I hope your gear never gets to find out that reason.

Bio:  I’m Juan Muino and I’m a wedding photographer based in and around Cambridgeshire (UK) and shoot throughout the uK as well as destination weddings.  I’ve been a photographer all my life, and when not shooting weddings, I also run a portrait studio and also shoot head shots for actors, performers and presenters.