10.26.11 Photography Gear

Jasmine Star : Lenses and Camera

kay, so this post has been...oh, like...A YEAR in the making. Whenever I'd get enough time to gather my thoughts to describe the lenses and camera I shoot with, I'd be all, Hey, I'm really good at blinking...!! And then I'd go and organize my argyle sock collection. I've been meaning to give a comprehensive review of my camera gear and how I use it, so what better time than today?

It's been over two years since I posted What's In My Bag, so if this post is too long and wordy, please blame making up for lost time. It feels like we were separated at birth and we're being reunited on the Maury Povich show.

Canon 5DMII
If you've been reading this blog for some time, you'll know the love affair I have with my 5DMII, primarily because of the full-frame sensor. Swoon. Really. Yes, I consider shooting with the Canon 1DMIV (primarily for burst mode superiority), but I'm tied into my sensor-loving ways. Sure, there are differences in files between the 5D and the 5DMII (I prefer the files on the 5D), but I hope Canon announces a new camera soon...if it's the 5DMIII, I'd sign on the dotted line immediately. F'real.
{**UPDATE: Here's my review of the Canon 5DMIII, which is what I'm now using**}

Canon 50mm, 1.2
This is my sweet something, my precious love-child. I use this lens more than any other lens and if I had to choose one lens that's defined my style, this would be it. Because of it's wide aperture (f/1.2), I use this lens to shoot in any lighting situation, everything from bridal prep details (wedding dress, shoes, wedding invitation, etc) to bride and groom portraits, to reception details (centerpieces, dessert tables, drink details, etc). Of course given the fact that I'm lucky to mix in other lenses is a blessing, but this lens just is so diverse and allows me to freedom to be me behind the lens.
I'm often emailed with questions regarding focus issues with this lens. I don't have a concrete answer, but I will say it's hard to compare with other lenses on the market because it's wide in a different way than, say the 50mm, 1.4 (a beautiful lens in its own right). When dealing with with wide apertures, it takes time to fall into a new shooting rhythm and massage the lens so that it whispers sweet nothings back to you. But, yes, it takes time and practice. When I shoot at f/1.2 not every shot is in focus, but the majority is...and when it locks in, there are few things prettier than the magic it produces.

Canon 85mm, 1.2
This lens is a hunk. If he had a name, it'd be Brad. And have sandy blond hair. The lens weighs about two pounds and is a beefy piece of glass, but produces some of the prettiest portraits. Ever. It's ability to give a photojournalistic feel is something I love during prep photos, as well as bride and groom portraits. I especially love using this lens when the bride is getting ready on the other side of the room and I want to give her space to breathe. I simply use this lens to get a up close feel without encroaching on her space. In like manner, I use the 85mm during bride and groom portraits to give an intimate feel to a photo. When I use this lens at f/1.2, it locks onto the subject and I have yet to find a lens that produces better bokeh.

Canon 35mm, 1.4
This is a newer addition to my lens set-up...and I'm smitten. I have a crush on this lens and it's treated me so well! I wish I hadn't waited to invest in this wide lens because it's wide without being too wide. I bought the 24mm, 1.4 before I bought this lens because I wanted diversity in my lens choices, but the 24mm was too much a departure from my shooting style that I hardly used it during the first half of the day. I reviewed this lens in depth (Canon 35mm, 1.4 Review), but suffice it to say I adore this lens for its ability to create an entirely different vibe to a photo given the same situation and its width blends quite well with my shooting style.
These three lenses (Canon 50mm, 1.2, Canon 85mm, 1.2, and the 35mm, 1.4) are the only lenses I take with my on an engagement session. I prefer to travel light and they provide enough diversity for an entire shoot while staying true to my shooting style. They've treated me so well and I love them so much I'm tempted to kiss them goodnight and tuck them in bed.

Canon 50mm, 1.4 and Canon 85mm, 1.8
These little babies are insane. They're the first two lenses I recommend to portrait photographers since they're amazing at what they do! When I first decided to incorporate prime lenses into my collection, I started with these two and they're STILL chugging along like champs. JD uses these lenses and actually prefers them to their L Series counterparts (50mm, 1.2 and the 85mm, 1.2). On occasion, if JD and I happen to be doing a quick lens exchange, he'll shoot with my lenses and when he hands them back to me, his comment is always the same: I don't know how you shoot with those! JD prefers to stay within the f/2.0-f/2.5 range when shooting and the 50mm, 1.4 and the 85mm, 1.8 focus faster. I actually think the 85mm, 1.8 outperforms the 1.2, but (in my opinion) nothing compares to a photo at 1.2, which is why I prefer it. If you're considering using fixed (non-zoom) lenses, these are great starters for less than $400 a piece!

Canon 100 Macro, 2.8 IS
This is my newest lens and I am SO in love with it. Did you see that I capitalized SO? That's high school talk for so, but, like, really big. I owned a 100 Macro (non IS) and while it did me well, I definitely struggled with focus while shooting the wedding rings (which is all I used it for). I can't tell you how frustrating it was to be shooting (on a time crunch) and I couldn't get the darn lens to focus. I'd break out in a cold sweat every time. I'd have to manual focus and that's about as fun as plucking your dad's eyebrows (whhhhhhat? He needed a little help man-scaping!). Anyway, the 100 Macro IS is the complete antithesis to its predecessor. I've been shooting with it for four weddings and it has yet to do me wrong. I've used it to shoot the wedding dress, wedding rings, hand-written vows, glass details...and so much more.

Canon 100 Macro
This was the first macro lens I bought. It did me well until I upgraded to the 100 Macro, 2.8 IS...and it was well worth the investment. JD now uses the 100 Macro while he shoots the groom prep (for details like cufflinks and tie clips), but stays in our large camera bag for the majority of the day.

Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS
This is the one lens I believe is universally needed by a wedding photographer. Even if you have to rent it, do it! I believe wedding photographers should be as out-of-the-way as possible during the ceremony (how many horror stories have we heard of wedding photographers standing at the altar with the bride and groom?!) and this zoom lens allows me to capture up close moments yet stay out of the way. I use this lens for the majority of the ceremony--sprinkling the use the 24mm, 1.4 for a wide shot and 85mm, 1.2 for an aisle portrait using the widest aperture focusing on one subject at once--and it's solid. It was the second lens I bought for myself and when we saved up enough money, it was the first lens I bought JD.

Canon 24-70mm, 2.8
This was the first lens I bought...and I can't get rid of it for sentimental reasons, even though I don't use it that much. I usually only touch it if family portraits on the wedding day will range from small groups (4+) to large groups (20+) in a short amount of time. JD uses this lens for the wedding processional as he's usually toward the back of the aisle and has less time to fire off a few images, so he needs the quick adjusting focal range, especially if he's seated in an aisle. Ummm, yes. We do that. Especially when shooting in churches, JD will sit like a wedding guest and shoot from a pew...this is when the 24-70mm is priceless as it blends with guests and offers a lot of latitude.

Canon 24mm, 1.4
Like I alluded to when referencing the 35mm, 1.4 in this post, this lens was great and performed well, but it was a departure from my style. However, what I will say is that JD inherited this lens and he rocks it out in an entirely different way. He shoots 100% photojournalistically (candid, non-posed) throughout the wedding day and this lens lends itself to this genre quite well, as its a story telling lens. Because I'm a diva, I steal this lens from him when reception dancing begins (he'll take my 35mm) and shoot the majority of dancing with it. It's too perfect to document a story in a tight setting and dancing pictures are usually funnier when more people are included in the frame.

Canon 16-35mm, 2.8
I shake my head every time this lens is packed in my bag because I can't remember the last time I used it. Like, years. Yet, it's still packed because I always worry one day I'll need an uber wide shot...and when I do, I'LL HAVE THE PERFECT LENS! In all actuality, I bought this lens my first year of business (when I didn't really know what my style was) and it's totally awesome if your style more documentary in nature, or you prefer to photograph your clients standing very close to them

Canon 580EXII
Here's a little story about flash: You get what you pay for. The end.
Okay, not really, but if you're the type of person who learns from mistakes, learn from mine. When I first started, I was strapped for cash and made short-term decisions. My first flash was the Canon 480 and I shot with it for a few weddings before I realized it wasn't powerful enough for what I needed it for (dark receptions and dance floor pictures). Shortly thereafter, I upgraded to the 580EXII and have been singing it's praises ever since. LA LA LAAAH!

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Melinda - I'm a super newbie and was just asked by a couple from an engagement session to do their wedding. I'm very excited but also extremely nervous! I have the Nikon D700 1.18 with a 50mm lens and don't really know anything about ANY other lenses or cameras. So, my question, are all the lenses you are talking about for Cannon the same ones you would buy for a Nikon or do I need to find another camera Yoda to help me? P.S. I absolutely LOVE your work!   01.12.16 - 9:25pm
Moritz - Thanks so much for this very useful overview of your lens collection! Helped me to decide what to buy next!  01.09.16 - 2:10am
Ally - Do you have any posts about uv filters? That is something I know I should probably using but just feel lost. I noticed most of your lenses have filters on them!  12.06.15 - 2:48pm
Oakley - What is your best travel lens? I am having a battle deciding which to get before my husband and I go to Europe.  11.09.15 - 6:20pm
Bethany - LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!! XX  10.05.15 - 2:29am
Love n Roll - I was looking on google for some gear advice and I found your blog. Really interesting and nice to found someone shooting with prime lenses! I love them! :)  07.01.15 - 7:29am
Salem Wedding Photographer - Mmmm, I just got the 85mm 1.2!! It's as amazing for weddings as you say! :) I really have a hard time keeping that super exposed back element clean though...   06.07.15 - 7:19pm
vienna wedding photographer - thanks for the reviews! no tilt shifts in your collection?  05.14.15 - 6:48am
Fotografia y Video en Reynosa - Just the info. about pro photographer gear is about the ideal. thanks for the info.  04.23.15 - 3:30pm
Dayton Wedding Photographer - I am slowly making a transition to fast prime Canon glass and this post has been very illuminating. I am also looking at 200 f2 so I can replace my 70-200.   04.16.15 - 4:27pm
London Photographer - I was Canon for 4 years and switched to Nikon this past year. Love it!  03.04.15 - 7:58pm
Tatyana - Thank you so much for explaining what you use each type of lens for! Super helpful :)  02.16.15 - 3:18pm
Nicole - Thanks for this! Even though I shoot Nikon its still great education on types of lenses.  01.08.15 - 3:21pm
nmoody - Hello I am trying to get my first camera to start practicing since in a soon future I would like to become a wedding photgrapher. Which camera would you recommend, budget friendly but good enough to let me be creative and practice for the future.   11.20.14 - 1:43pm
Alice - This article is fantastic, it's great to see the equipment that other people are using. Thank you for sharing.  10.07.14 - 6:33am
Kristi - Jasmine thank you for inspiring and giving advice that I have poured over your site to compile for the past few months. I purchased a gently used 5D MK3 and went all out on a 50mm f1.2, did my first gig this weekend at a baby shower and I was so glad for your advise on getting prime lens. Good glass kicks....booty! I am a huge fan, please do another seminar in Texas so I can learn more!  09.28.14 - 7:38pm
Eva - Next on my list is a macro!! and an 85mm. and a 5dMiii.   06.30.14 - 11:38am
MJEmery - Hi Jasmine...I just took the plunge on this bad boy (100mm Macro f/2.8 IS-UM) and was wondering since you posted this article if you have began using it more in place of the 50mm 1.2? Or if you have any love stories you care to share about it.  06.04.14 - 10:39am
Tiffany Chapman - This is an amazing review and so helpful to someone who is just starting out. I am so obsessed about saving for my next lens purchase (85mm 1.8) that I had a dream that I stole it out of a camera store. Yup. I'm hook line and sinker...   04.29.14 - 4:29am
Lindsey Nicole - Well now that I have drooled all over my keyboard... You post just pushed me over for the 85 1.8 I was so worried if I got it that it would not produce the quality I wanted. I think I will now be the new mama to a 50 1.4 and 85 1.8 ..Love the blog!!  03.26.14 - 9:09am
Russhane - nice gears..i wish i could be as fortunate as you guys owning L lenses with 5D's and 60D's, lord knows i don't have that kind of money..I'm shooting with a canon rebel xs primarily using the canon 50mm f1.8 prime lens. Its working out well for me, but would really love that upgrade. i'm really passionate about photography, but budget is holding me back, but i won't let it stop me from doing what i love :)  02.21.14 - 2:44am
Jo - I love the Canon 85mm f1.2, we've just put up a review about it on our website, it's a great piece of kit. I'm not convinced about the 50mm 1.2, I think a better lens is the 50mm 1.4. Great article though!  02.19.14 - 11:51am
Jennifer - While I LOVE that you took the time to do this, I would really really love to see examples from each of these lenses :)   11.18.13 - 9:36am
Dale - Hi Ms. Jasmine, thank you for being an inspiration for us to do wedding photography. I'm on to start my wedding photography career since I've been passionate with photography for almost 2years, my current gears are 60d, 17-40mmL and 50mm 1.8 II. I'm on my way for an upgrade to get me started, I'll be buying a FF body and one lens of a choice but I'm on a tight budget, so my lens options are 85mm 1.2L and 70-200mm 2.8 IS II. Which do you think should I get first to get me started? thanks!  10.09.13 - 7:34am
Martin - Great selection of high quality lenses, and a brilliant selection for wedding photography! One lens that may be worth a try is the Canon 45mm Tilt and Shift, it's quickly becoming a popular lens to hire for our wedding photographers, I've seen some great results with it. The 24-70mm is definitely the most popular wedding lens we have, a real work horse. Great blog, now I'm going to have to go away to see if someone has put together an equivalent for the Nikon range of lenses.  08.29.13 - 6:34am
lens - The good camera lens is very improtant.when you select them you must notice.  08.07.13 - 1:55am
Evian - Hi Jasmine! Thanks for openly sharing and helping new photographers like myself learn so much. If you had to pick only three lenses to bring to a wedding, which would they be? I am shooting my sister-in-law's wedding and I am so nervous! I want to rent an extra lens or two and as of right now I have a 50mm and 35mm. I plan on renting the 70-200mm but would you recommend anything else? I would love your input- thanks in advance girl!   07.28.13 - 12:56pm
Kevin Widdowson - Hi , have you ugraded to the 600 speedlites yet?   06.29.13 - 7:29am
Shelly Spithoff - I also bought the Canon 480 because I was strapped for cash. TEARS.  06.13.13 - 3:26am
Mareks Steins Photography - Just love your writing style... so free, light and friendly!! :) Thank you for a great review. I was just wondering what lens I need to get next. :D  06.07.13 - 3:25pm
Olivier - How do you carry all your gear?  06.05.13 - 8:41am
My Camera Focus - Yes... Grasping high quality Camera lenses always result in beautiful and stunning images. Thanks for sharing this information with everyone.   06.01.13 - 4:07am
Kate Whitmore - As one who is preparing to remove lenses from my collection and invest in new ones, this post....oh, just this post. :) You're the jam. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and spreading the love!  03.12.13 - 5:51am
Gelo Cortessi - Do you ever use a shoulder strap on your camera? Why?  02.19.13 - 7:57am
Olivier - I'm curious to know with which lens you ended up shooting your equipment for this post. Takre care, Olivier  11.13.12 - 12:56pm
Tiffany Kelly - Thanks so much for the helpful review. I am recently starting my own photography company after working 5years for another. Very excited and you have reassured myself on my purchases! Thanks a ton!  09.07.12 - 8:54am
Aaron - I love reading your blog! I get inspired every time!  09.05.12 - 8:49pm
Carla Hoosier - Jasmine thank you so much for sharing. I have a 85 1.8 and I just love it. I also bought a 80-200 2.8 to take pictures of junior rodeo kids. It never let me down and was worth every penny.  09.05.12 - 8:38pm
Evan - Now you need to add in the 135, it's a sexy sexy lens :D  09.05.12 - 2:00pm
J. Todd Coomans - Thank you for the review of your lenses and camera. I have become a great fan of your work, and think your website is inspiring and your videos full of great information. On your advice I bought two new lenses today. The Canon 50mm, f/1.2L and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. I also bought a new camera to go along with it, the 7D. I truly wanted the 5D Mark III, but that will have to wait until I save a bit as I thought the glass should be my first BIG investment. Thanks again for sharing your talent with all of us.  07.06.12 - 6:54pm
Amir - Hi Jasmine. I own almost the same gear as you, I think is the perfect choice for wedding and portrait photographers. I have some problems with the 50 1,2 and the 5D MKIII with of center AF points. How do you use the autofocus? Focus and recompose or do you use the of center Af-Points? With the 50mm 1,2 I have seriuos problems to get correct focus, if used off-center. What do you mean? Thanks for your opinion. Love your blog.  06.27.12 - 2:06am
surrey wedding photographer - Hi jasmine, Now the mk111 is out, are you tempted. If you are already using one, maybe you could blog your findings, I would love to know how the AF performs. x  06.21.12 - 6:40pm
Asha - Joanna* There's an ongoing debate between Nikon and Canon users about which camera is better, but mostly it's just a preference. I'm with Canon because I just happened to blindly pick it out in a store 7 years ago. I too followed a lot of photographers that shot with Nikon and thought that's what I needed to take great photos but it's not. There are great Nikon shooters and great Canon shooters, if you like your Nikon stay with it! If you choose to come to the Canon side, thats (awesome!) your choice:) Either way happy shooting!  04.25.12 - 4:59pm
joanna - Most photographers I follow uses Canon, I have a Nikon (and just 2 lenses) right now. If I'm interested in starting to shoot weddings, should I purchase a Canon instead? Why Canon vs Nikon?  03.27.12 - 11:16am
Sarah - I've got to ask, how do you deal with your lens changes at a wedding?   12.28.11 - 1:01pm
Sabatomic - Thank you so much for this post, I have been trying to decide what lens to buy next and I really like the way you write about your lenses, explaining how you like each of them, what you tend to use them for, it's really helpful! :)  12.17.11 - 11:30pm
Erin Perkin - Leaning toward the Canon 85 1.2 ever since i bought the 50 1.2:) Intrigued by the Canon 35 1.4!! We've all been waiting for the release of the next Canon body I think!!! eager eager to play with that too! Thanks Jasmine!  11.10.11 - 11:14am
Eduardo Bonifacio - Hi Jasmine. I have been following your website for almost a year now and this is my first comment. I would just like you to know that you are one of my inspiration when in comes with wedding photography. And to be honest, I already shot 3 clients because of you. Ok. I know I am late for the $100 dollar certificate. But I were to win the certificate I would buy the same softbox and sunpak flash you use during your weddings because sadly it is not available here in our country. Cheers! thank you for your inspiration.  11.10.11 - 10:34am
Melanie @ Whimsical Creations - Crossing fingers and toes!! I would love to put this toward a new lens. Thank you for the chance to win! :)  11.10.11 - 6:28am
Kathy Speck - Would love to win $100 bucks   11.09.11 - 7:44pm
Melissa Davis - wahoo!!! would love this!  11.09.11 - 7:15pm
Jennie Baer - Wow, I only hope someday I'll have a collection of awesomeness like you! I would love to have every lens in your collection!   11.09.11 - 5:35pm
Joanna K - J, I have worked my trusty old Canon nifty fifty 1.8 to the bone (or plastic :p) for 2 years now as I wanted to be sure I DESERVED another lens. Well I think that time has come to upgrade to a 1.4! Yeh Baby, BRING.IT.ON!!!  11.09.11 - 5:25pm
Wendi Vander Veen - This post was so helpful and you are so cool to give away a certificate. I love B&H and have bought my lenses there too. I would say the next lens i want is the 85mm. I tooLOVE prime lenses!!! oh and by the way...i cannot WAIT for "EXPOSED" to show up in my mailbox!! oh what a day that will be!!!   11.09.11 - 4:36pm
Sheri Cook - I would put the gift certificate towards new studio lights. Sheri   11.09.11 - 4:26pm
Rachel Cowan - i'd love to put it towards the 85/1.2.   11.09.11 - 3:53pm
Layne - I LOVE you, J*. Love You. You're amazing and I've been a huge fan of yours since like, forever=) I would really love to get the 85 1.4 as my next lens ;) I've rented it for almost every wedding and shoot I've done as of recently and can't say enough good things about it!=)  11.09.11 - 3:32pm
kimberly powers - I gotta gotta get me the 70-200 mm 2.8 lens, cause basically Im standing in the way, boo! :0   11.09.11 - 3:27pm
Karen F. - Thank you for your post  11.09.11 - 2:32pm
Nicole - Hi Jasmine! I would use the money towards upgrading my camera to the Nikon D7000! Yay ;-)  11.09.11 - 2:07pm
Blair Van Bussel - What an awesome post! Thanks so much for the fantastic info! :)  11.09.11 - 2:07pm
Manuel - Lot of primes lens in your bag...NICE ;-)  11.09.11 - 2:07pm
Genesis - Thank you for all the info!   11.09.11 - 2:05pm
Tracy - My next lens is the 35 mm!! Love all you said. Thank you.   11.09.11 - 2:04pm
Charlie - I love my 5DII...I have the 7D as backup/2nd camera, and even though its a great camera, I would love to have another 5DII as backup as fullframe rocks!  11.09.11 - 2:02pm
Carrie - 85mm L series  11.09.11 - 1:58pm
Krissy Dziewior - Love this post! I just bought the 50mm 1.4. I would love to buy the Canon Flash you mentioned!  11.09.11 - 1:57pm
Nicole Patch - I would love to put it towards 70-200mm 2.8, wanting to get into wedding photography!  11.08.11 - 11:17pm
Erin M - I jsut bought the Nikon 70-200 2.8 not even 2 weeks ago, and already I'm in love! I shot a wedding with it the afternoon that I bought it and I couldn't believe I lived without it so long! Will eventually add some primes to my collection when the funds allow (or my credit card beckons to be used again!). Thanks so much for sharing!   11.08.11 - 4:07pm
Keith Wilson - So who won already????????? :-)  11.07.11 - 12:43pm
eddie - Great post Jasmine. I just finished shooting my first wedding using natural light exclusively. I prefer natural light , but always felt I HAD to use flash for the safe shot. I recently purchased the Nikon 85mm 1.4 and decided I would do this wedding sans flash. By bumping up my iso on the full frame Nikon and using wide aperatures it turned out great. I think it was my best one yet! I enjoy reading your blog and watching your creative live seminars. Thanks for all your hard work.  11.07.11 - 7:30am
kaptnk - You have done amazingly well and I am happy for you both. I think you will find that the Canon 480 was the 430 EX II. You are right, when beginning which one should you buy? The 430 will not accept a battery pack nor will it work as a master IR controller. We had to have a backup so I got two 580's, a Quantum T5d and a Cameron 2.0 (300W/s) to get the lighting just so. You have to have nerves of steel to shoot F1.2. I am like JD and prefer F2-2.2 max on the 100 mm. Want a good macro lens for low cost. Try (Lord forgive me please) a point and click with macro feature. It can get those shoes, rings, flowers etc if you are just starting out. Have a great life you two. Love the design of your blog page.  11.06.11 - 6:35pm
Vivian Wolfe - I need it all!!  11.03.11 - 8:50pm
Julie Cahill - Love B&H and your kick ass lens review!  11.03.11 - 11:14am
Liza - I would LOVE to get the 70 - 200mm xxx  11.02.11 - 5:15am
Kendra - I would love any of these lenses since I am just a beginner. Thanks for all the great lens tips! Now I just need to find someone to buy them all for me. :)  11.01.11 - 11:27am
Jeannie - what an awesome giveaway. Love your photos and have been following you for some time.  11.01.11 - 9:54am
Ashley Lynn - Great post Jasmine! Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity. I really really need (want) a Nikon 105 macro lens! ;)   10.31.11 - 1:22pm
evan tardy - haha! poor JD, he ends up with all the leftovers :)  10.31.11 - 12:52pm
Kirsten Bragg - Woohoo giveaway! I would LOVE to buy a slave strobe hookup for some studio lights- I'm completely lost when it comes to off-camera lighting, and can't wait to learn more!  10.31.11 - 8:28am
Jan-Anders Broo - I love to see that you shoot with primes. People asked me "Shooting a wedding with primes? Are you insane?" I replied "Just creative ;)" Keep shooting and sharing your fantastic work!   10.31.11 - 4:33am
Marisa - Such a fantastic post. I need to get a wide angle and you have sold me on the 35mm!  10.30.11 - 8:41pm
Diana - I would use it toward the 85mm lens that's at the top of my wish list. Question though: does JD shoot with the 5D now?   10.30.11 - 8:33pm
Morten Fjord Stengaard - 1.921 people responded (including me earlier on) - Dear Jasmine - this must be some kind of positive feedback to you and your work :) - well, I love your work for sure!  10.30.11 - 4:40am
Peichi Waite - Oooo, can't pass up a chance at the $100 gift certificate ; ). Thx for the post - you're always hilarious!  10.29.11 - 10:43pm
Michelle - I would use the 100 gift card to purchase some small items (SD Cards, Back-up batteries, etc.). I love winning and i hope i am chosen for the gift card : )  10.29.11 - 8:37pm
Jenna - I love B&H, and I'd so love to win. I'd put that money to good use quick :)  10.28.11 - 8:33pm
Charissa - I would definately use this towards the 85mm f1.4.........  10.28.11 - 7:38pm
Ansley Braverman - I have a love affair with the 5DMkII also (I hope it doesn't make you jealous - we can both be married to her). I favor it over the 1D chiefly because of the weight. My hands get tired after a day's shoot with the 5D and a lens, so I haven't even considered trying the 1D.  10.28.11 - 11:54am
Jodie Lemke - I missed this one but THANK YOU :) I have been back and forth back and forth about what lens to buy next I have the 24-70 and its been so good to me. I use it all the time. I need to use my 50 1.4 more but I really wanted another lens. I rented the 85 and love it so much, I have along wish list and have no idea where to start! I know I want the 85, 100, 70-200 eek... It never ends does it. NEVER. :S Oh dear!  10.28.11 - 9:34am
Arancha - I would buy the 85mm 1.8  10.28.11 - 9:16am
Jennifer Pharr - Thank you so much for this post. I enjoyed reading how you use each lens! I would use the $100 towards a new flash. I only have one and if it were to "do me wrong" one day, I would be.....horrified!  10.28.11 - 7:46am
Liz - I know I'm too late to win the gift certificate, but I just wanted to let you know how unbelievably helpful this was. As a budding Canon shooter, I appreciated this post so much! I have the 50mm 1.8 (due to a VERY small budget), but my next stop is that crush-worthy 35mm 1.4.  10.28.11 - 7:31am
Annette W - It's such perfect timing that you post your lens review. I have some of the lenses you are discussing but I am looking at purchasing 100mm f/2.8 IS or the 85mm f/1.8. Thanks for all the great info!! Missed the boat on the gift certif but oh well, all the wonderful information is more valuable!! Cheers!!  10.28.11 - 6:38am
JoAnna Niven - I have had a serious crush on you Jasmine from the moment I watched your CreativeLive course. Thank you for all that you share with your audience. If I won the gift certificate, I would use it towards the 580EXII flash.  10.28.11 - 5:46am
Rebecca - Wow! You have great equipment! Lenses are very expensive and if I won this, I would buy the 50mm f1.8II I or the 50mm f1.4. It would be great to own one of those lenses!   10.28.11 - 4:19am
Kim Skeen - I'm saving for the 100 macro!  10.28.11 - 12:45am
Vanessa Perry - Vanessa Perry Thanks for your post, it was very informative. I would like to use the gift certificate towards a new lens. I am undecided on the type of lens to buy. I just want to take better quality shot to capture family and friends events.  10.28.11 - 12:32am
Christina Cho - Love the 85mm and is the one lens I've been renting and saving up for! Thanks for the review J*!!! :)   10.28.11 - 12:31am
Monica Martin - Oh how I am dying to buy a flash for my NIKON D700!   10.27.11 - 11:47pm
Lisa Hodack - Hi Jasmine! :) I'd buy a new lens but not sure which yet. I want so many!  10.27.11 - 11:44pm
Rachelle Powers - Working on upgrading my 50mm 1.4 to the uber fabulous 1.2!  10.27.11 - 11:41pm
Tori Gillit - Oh man, would I love to win this cert!! AHH! I would definitely use it along with some other cash to purchase the 35mm 1.4. I've been loving my 35mm 2.0 since March and wishing to move on up since I know it fits my style and needs perfectly :)) So glad I stumbled on this giveaway! Thanks for sharing.  10.27.11 - 11:38pm
mandy caudill - Jasmine- I have been awed for the past few months....I check your blog almost daily and I am your protégé even tho we haven't met!!! You are amazing and I love that you get to work with your hubs....someday I hope mine can do the same! Thanks for sharing your talent. I feel I learn so much from you!  10.27.11 - 11:34pm
Emily Semans - Loved this blog post J*!! Just what I wanted to hear! I would die if I won the gift card! I've never won anything before! And i would put it towards the 70-200 2.8 that ice been saving up for!!!  10.27.11 - 11:33pm
Paula - Seriously? I missed this comment by 19 minutes? Wait.... are we talking PST because if we are I am SO in! Great post by the way. We all know how great they are but I love hearing about HOW you use each of these lenses. If you need another post idea how about elaborating on how you learned to rock that flash? I hate my flash! Mostly because it and I do not get along.  10.27.11 - 11:22pm
Kimberly Minogue - Awesome info! I would love to get the 580EXII flash...crucial investment that needs to happen sooon!  10.27.11 - 11:19pm
Robyn Swallow Photography - I love these posts re camera's & lenses and relate to most of them. Particulary, the part about sentiment. I still have my first Canon 500N Film Camera and cant bear to part with it....  10.27.11 - 10:48pm
Matt Hinkley - 135mm lens would be sweet...or a macro!  10.27.11 - 10:42pm
Liz Hinkley - Ooohh, I want the 35mm lens :)  10.27.11 - 10:41pm
Emily Koska - I've totally had my eye on the 70-200mm, but you've convinced me that I reaaaally want the 85mm now :)  10.27.11 - 10:35pm
Joy Barker - Loved reading your reviews on all the lenses!!! I dream about one day having a 50mm 1.2 or perhaps an 85mm... My photography business is all over the place and I love coming to your blog to get inspired. I love your passion!  10.27.11 - 10:31pm
Ana Telma - Loooved your post, as usual! ;) And... omg! This is one is even better because i can win $100!!! WEEEEE! Well, I reaally want to buy the 35mm f2 canon lens, because I just went to NY and I couldn't buy it because B&H was CLOSED!!! :(((( i hope I win!!! YAAAYYY!  10.27.11 - 10:28pm
Claire Kennedy - This was such a useful post. I will one day invest in some prime lenses. Although I'm an aspiring travel photographer, I am so drawn to your blog. It's so personal and I feel like your a photojournalist just with a focus on people falling in love. It's beautiful the way you speak about your clients. I'd use the $100 at B&H to buy a Black Rapid RS-W1 camera strap. As I think it'd be really helpful in years to come travelling as a photographer.  10.27.11 - 10:15pm
Ashlee - Great Post Jasmine! What you're saying makes a lot of sense. :)   10.27.11 - 10:13pm
Jo Bevis - Just emailed you, then came across your blog re equipment. Soooooooo helpful! Love from Oz. (could the voucher be used online and purchase shipped to Australia?!) ;-) xx  10.27.11 - 9:53pm
LeiLani @ Elle Golden Photography - I always love "what's in my bag" posts! The backbone of my kit is the 35, 50, & 85 as well! But I would looove to add in the 70-200 so I can quit renting it. That B&H Photo gift certificate would definitely help chip off a little of the price! :)  10.27.11 - 9:47pm
rich - thanks for sharing all your helpful information on the lenses you use and running the contest! i would add the gift certificate to my 70-200 fund!  10.27.11 - 9:42pm
Robert Rojas - I'd use it toward the Canon 50mm, 1.2 or 24mm 1.4.  10.27.11 - 9:21pm
jennifer - I'd buy the nikkor 24 mm 1.4. It's actually on my wishlist at b+h now! Thanks for sharing this post.  10.27.11 - 9:19pm
Yen - thanks for this post! and good luck reading all your comments. i'm so sad that i've been way too busy to be on the internet to read posts and leave comments as of late... but i just so happened to have time tonight! lucky me. i'm a nikon girl, but many props to the canon L series lenses. hope you, jd and polo have a good weekend. :)  10.27.11 - 9:18pm
Agi Magyar - So as soon as I checked the end date for the entry I thought - Damn! I missed out on this one... But then I realized that you are a day behind therefore - I think... - I just made it with my entry :))))) I'd love a big heap of new gear so this would be a sweet surprise to win ;) Thanks for all you've shared Jas!  10.27.11 - 9:09pm
Annetta - I love this post, Jasmine. It was a good refresher. My next purchase would be the 50mm, 1.4. I currently have the 50mm, 1.8 but am also having focus issues with it.  10.27.11 - 9:05pm
Heather Mays - I would love the 85mm 1.8. Or the 70-200mm. Or the 580EX. Or the...  10.27.11 - 9:05pm
Stephanie Gill - Thanks for posting this. I have the 50 1.4 and LOVE it... And how very right you are about the flash :)  10.27.11 - 8:59pm
Elise - I'd love an 85mm  10.27.11 - 8:55pm
Jessica - J*, Thanks SO much for this post! It's so great to learn from each other!! I really enjoy photography and would love to start using a macro lens for detail shots or a long lens to get personal shots without being intrusive. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!! :) Thanks for all you do! You're amazing!! :)  10.27.11 - 8:52pm
Amina Muhaimin - Love your work. I'm just starting out. I own a 5D Mark II and have been renting lenses. Would LOVE a 85mm 1.2 =)  10.27.11 - 8:42pm
allison - I would love the 5dmarkII...that's my next purchase. Thanks Jasmine for taking the time to post this!  10.27.11 - 8:38pm
Jessica Pierce - I loved this post! Thank you thank you for doing it! Now I'm entering to win...fingers crossed :)  10.27.11 - 8:38pm
Sarah Sharp - With $100, I'd probably buy a few rolls of seamless paper in some fun colors. Winter here in the midwest means I can't take my portrait clients outside as readily, but having a few versatile backgrounds lets me keep working a bit. Thanks for the giveaway!  10.27.11 - 8:31pm
Kelsy McCartney - Love this post! I had to laugh out loud when I read the part about your new 100 Macro IS because we haven't made the upgrade to a solid macro yet and I break out into the same cold sweat (or ridiculous fit of laughter... because you know, it's SO not funny that it's funny) when I have to shoot the rings in a time crunch and Cannot focus to save my life! ...And my side note: B&H Rocks!!  10.27.11 - 8:29pm
Cathy Merenda - I would probably put the $$ towards a 50 1.2 - dreamy.  10.27.11 - 8:24pm
michelle white - i appreciate you sharing what you use in your bag Jasmine! i so agree with you on the 50 1.2 i don't own it but it's my dream to do so one day in this life :) as for the others lens thanks for your personal critique   10.27.11 - 8:14pm
Julie Tucker - Great overview of your gear. I appreciate the different approaches you & JD take… a great story in the end!  10.27.11 - 8:14pm
Mark Cowlin - I'm a stay-at-home dad who is about to launch my wedding photog business. It's a career change choice not dissimilar to your law school story. You are a silent guide, an inspiration. Thank you.  10.27.11 - 8:02pm
Mark Stewart - Love your equipment... I need to buy a 580ex flash, so fingers crossed!!!  10.27.11 - 7:50pm
Amanda - This is SO helpful (see, I use the high school "so" too!). I'd use the $$ toward the 80 mm 1.8.  10.27.11 - 7:49pm
Kelly Stewart - I'm in my first year of business and would love to add an 85mm 1.8 to my little glass family! Thanks for doing this.  10.27.11 - 7:49pm
Kelly Hilliard - I would buy the 50mm 1.4! I've always wanted that lens!! :)  10.27.11 - 7:47pm
Eileen Seiberlich - You make me want to learn so much more - I would use the gift certificate towards educational DVD's :)  10.27.11 - 7:46pm
Mel - I would love to buy some new reflectors, and need some light stands. Thanks for the post and giveaway!  10.27.11 - 7:43pm
Bre Sessions - Need the gift certificate now that you have sold me on a whole list of new lenses!!  10.27.11 - 7:37pm
Mikkel - Awesome post! I'm happy to see there's a similar lens for Nikon for everything you listed. And I just purchased the 70-200mm after saving $ and was thrilled to read you think it's a must! Thank you!  10.27.11 - 7:35pm
Amy stone - Omg when I read that I could maybe win. I was like I at least need to try because like u I a at the point of being stuck with the flash 480 and I am in dire need to upgrade. So here I am trying to win so I can get a new and fabulous flash ;)  10.27.11 - 7:29pm
Mariko - Ohhhh...I'm in need of a wide angle fixed lens. Thinking maybe a 35mm...  10.27.11 - 7:18pm
Elli DeVinney - This was a great blog, very helpful as I consider which lens to buy next. Thank you for all of your helpful and fun information. I'm thinking an 85 mm might be a good place to go next.   10.27.11 - 7:16pm
Leo DeVinney - My wife has a lady crush on you so pick her.  10.27.11 - 7:14pm
Heidi L - Thanks for the review on lenses! It was SO good. *wink* Loved your explanation of so, we all need high school memories every once in a while.   10.27.11 - 7:11pm
Todd Gearhart - Not sure what I'd get, but B&H is like a toy store for me...  10.27.11 - 7:06pm
Andrea Balmforth - Loved this post! Thanks for doing the giveaway!  10.27.11 - 6:59pm
Kim Bauer - Girl, I love you, and your transparent ways. Thanks for sharing not only what's in your bag, but also why you love it, or why you prefer something over it. It's always awesome to get your insight. I would totes put that $100 toward the 5DMII that I've bee saving up for. Cannot WAIT to get that new body and pass on my 40D to the hubs who is now my main man AND second shooter. Rock out!  10.27.11 - 6:49pm
Debora Z. - I just LOVE your work. And I would love the Gift because here in Brasil Lenses are just sooo expensive!!   10.27.11 - 6:46pm
cheryl - I'd use it towards the purchase of either the 50mm 1.2 or 1.4. I keep looking at lens options and wish my list had just one lens on it!  10.27.11 - 6:43pm
CharlieSue - I would use the money toward a new body! WHOO! :)  10.27.11 - 6:29pm
Sherry - JASMINE THANK YOU for sharing!!!!! I would buy the 50mm 1.2 !  10.27.11 - 6:28pm
April Cenora - I think one of the first lenses that I purchase will be one of these two, Canon 50mm, 1.4 and Canon 85mm, 1.8 .  10.27.11 - 6:27pm
Lisa Gigioli - Hey Jasmine! I must say, I absolutely adore your blog! I'm just getting started towards my dream of being a wedding photographer, but I always love reading your recent posts. Thank you so much for all you do. It's great to see a photographer put so much of their heart into their work. You are such an inspiration! ~Lisa Gigioli,  10.27.11 - 6:24pm
Felix Wu - Thanks for the annual equipment summary! I am a prime shooter like you and I shoot 35L 85L and 135L for portrait and weddings. 17-40L also comes in handy for group and wide shots. :)  10.27.11 - 6:17pm
esther - I would love to have my 85mm 1.2 back!   10.27.11 - 6:16pm
Nicole Coombs - Thanks for this great information and feedback on your lenses Its so hard to decide what you SHOULD make an investment in and what isn't necessary just starting out its important to put your money were it is needed most! My next purchase after a camera upgrade is the 50mm 1.4!!  10.27.11 - 5:57pm
Stacy - Ohhh.....I'd love to be able to put that $$ toward the 70-200!!! But realistically I'd only be able to afford 580 flash :} Thanks for the chance. Loved the post.  10.27.11 - 5:55pm
Belinda - This post is basically my shopping list. Minus a few. =) I'm also having a love affair with my 50mm 1.2L. It's an awesome lens.  10.27.11 - 5:54pm
Stacy - Love this post....very helpful!! I'd love to be able to purchase a new flash.....Thanks for the opportunity.  10.27.11 - 5:52pm
Juanita - Great review! If I won, I would have a hard time deciding on what to put it towards, maybe a new camera bag (I'm really wanting a Kelly Moore) or towards a lens upgrade...hmmm...choices I probably won't even have to make :P  10.27.11 - 5:42pm
Elizabeth - This post is great! Thank you for taking the time to post this. I got a chance recently to use the 50 mm 1.2 and I desperately want! It was so great to shoot with.   10.27.11 - 5:42pm
hilda - i would give it to my husband. he loves to photograph landscape and is an amazing at it. we recently got married and due to financial reasons he had to leave his job where he has complete access to all the photography equipment he could need. now he has no camera. i would love for him to have one and the $100 gift card would totally help.  10.27.11 - 5:36pm
Sarah - I'd upgrade my camera to a 5D MKII. Thanks for the post.  10.27.11 - 5:33pm
Amy Jensen - Oooh! Oooh! (raises hand excitedly!) I'd love some B&H shopping! I'd definitely apply it towards a decent macro for all those great deatil shots!!! Holla! Thanks, Jasmine  10.27.11 - 5:33pm
Katherine Brooks - oh the things I could buy! thx for all your wonderful advise!  10.27.11 - 5:32pm
brandi lyon - fyi, website under construction! Anyways, I just want to let you know that you are like the most amazing person I know, through your blogs! Your blog is my home page and I love reading you posts everyday! Thanks so much for helping out your fellow photographers/followers with this giftcard giveaway! If I win I would put the $100 towards buying the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G! The only lens that i currently have is a 35mm! I do love it but I always feel like I am in everyone's bubble! I love to get personal but sometime I just feel a little to close and I think the 50mm would be a huge asset! Thanks again!   10.27.11 - 5:24pm
Betty Ling - thanks for always sharing your photography tips with us! :)  10.27.11 - 5:22pm
Jen Holak - Great post & fun giveaway. Not sure what I'd buy, but probably put it towards another lens! Thanks :)   10.27.11 - 5:18pm
Malia - I'm saving for my 50 1.2. Thats what this would go towards! Thanks Jasmine!   10.27.11 - 5:15pm
Renee Suastegui - I'd save it and put it towards my FIRST Canon professional camera purchase! I too, have a dream! : )  10.27.11 - 5:15pm
Julie Blair - Fabulous post Jasmine! Thanks for sharing with us. I need so many lenses I am not sure what I want next....maybe the 50mm or a macro lens.  10.27.11 - 5:08pm
Erin Purchase - Pick me! I'd love to invest in a 35mm :)   10.27.11 - 5:05pm
Wynett - I would love to add the 85mm to my bag. Love your style.   10.27.11 - 5:05pm
Megan Horner - Oooh! Love this post at all your helpful tips! I'd maybe buy the 85mm!  10.27.11 - 4:58pm
Fi - Great post, Jasmine! After over 6 years shooting weddings on my own with the 24-70 and 70-200 I am finally transitioning to primes (what took me so long!?!?!), and have spent the last month just trying to decide which one to spend my $$$ on first. I already have the cheapo versions of the 50 and 85 which I LOVE so I think after reading your post I'm heading out to buy the 35! Thanks for the tips! xo  10.27.11 - 4:56pm
Alaina Bos - Thanks for the thorough post on your lenses. I am in the process of increasing my equipment collection now that I actually have some $$. I definitely am getting the 70-200 next :)  10.27.11 - 4:48pm
Shannon Dale - Hmmm... I think it would go toward my camera upgrade when Nikon FINALLY announces that it's available... no rush... really...  10.27.11 - 4:40pm
Stephanie F. - Thanks for the helpful info! Loved it. I would go for the 85 mm, 1.8.  10.27.11 - 4:39pm
Kara Miller - Hooray! I would love to win the gift certificate! Thank you for the post, Jasmine. I'm in the process of building up my lens arsenal, and this is really really good stuff. I've rented a lot of these, but I'm tempted to try some of the others out :) My next lens on my list is the 100 Macro IS! *swoon*  10.27.11 - 4:35pm
Jodi Birston - Ohhhh....100 dollah make me hollah!   10.27.11 - 4:35pm
Candace Cunning - I already shoot with the Mark II, 24-70, and 50 f/1.4, and can't wait to branch out with more primes like you've done. Your photographs continue to stun each shot. <3   10.27.11 - 4:29pm
Branton - Thanks for this fun post! I need to upgrade my flash and purchase some more memory cards. Oh, did I mention it's my birthday?! :)  10.27.11 - 4:22pm
Andrea GnAD - I could totally use a gift card! :)  10.27.11 - 4:20pm
Ashley Perez - A B&H giveaway? Count me in! My video light was lost/stolen at the last wedding we photographed and I'm dying to replace it (:   10.27.11 - 4:20pm
Yvette Villareal - Hi Jaz, I have yet to get a new flash as well as a new lens. But I need to go over all your reviews and truly decide what I can afford and what would be suitable for my style. But I truly considering 580EXII . I'm excited to see who wins. : ) Have a Rocken Fabulous Day..  10.27.11 - 4:18pm
Jamie D. - I'd buy the Canon 50mm, 1.2!   10.27.11 - 4:16pm
Hollie - Love this post - is there any chance there could be another one with the shots you get from each lens?  10.27.11 - 4:01pm
Jade Pierce - Thank you for sharing, Jasmine. I love the depth you went into for each lens and how you stressed that each lens has it's strengths for different styles.   10.27.11 - 3:57pm
jessica vidmar photography - Hi Jasmine! Thanks so much for your post. I envy your lens collection : ) I just recently picked up a used 50 1:4 and fell in love with it. Next on my list of equipment to buy are some battery packs and pocket wizards. I love to pop off-camera flashes during dimly lit receptions and need something that will perform well and consistently. Thanks so much for the opportunity to get a jump start on this purchase!  10.27.11 - 3:52pm
Charlie - I'd get the 50mm f1.4 so I can take awesome pictures of my cute little nephew!!!   10.27.11 - 3:46pm
amy doyle - This is a very valuable post. Thank you for taking the time! I am always pondering what my next lens will be...  10.27.11 - 3:43pm
Andrea Paris - Have I told you lately that I love you? Well I do and appreciate the work you put into this blog post. Thank you! First on my list is the 50mm, 1.2.  10.27.11 - 3:41pm
Beth fries - Thanks for the post. I'm an album designer, but I just purchased my first Canon SLR, so there's lots of options for a B&H gift card.  10.27.11 - 3:34pm
Erica - Thanks for sharing the setup :) I'll use the money for a nifty fity :)  10.27.11 - 3:29pm
Katie Morgan - I LOVE THIS POST!! Thank you so much. I have been debating for months what type of new lenses to buy (mom with a camera with a new hobby) and I didn't know if I should go all the way out and spend the money on zooms or be able to purchase a couple different prime lenses... you just helped me to make up my mind!! I'm going for the 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and the 35 mm2.0!!   10.27.11 - 3:28pm
Julia Beckmann - Awesome post!! Thank you so much!  10.27.11 - 3:21pm
ronnie slavin - Nice to hear comparisons in use, written in your language!  10.27.11 - 3:18pm
Lexi Condit - Love to buy a new flash...shot 2 weddings and I have also seen the effects of getting what you pay for.  10.27.11 - 3:17pm
Mary Saou - I've been saving for the 70-200 zoom for almost a year now! I rent it for weddings, and can't wait to have one of my very own :)  10.27.11 - 3:16pm
Jack Pope - Hey Jasmine, digging your gear. The next lens I buy will probably be the 85mm 1.8  10.27.11 - 3:14pm
Diana Salinas - Great review!! I would buy the 70-200mm. I need a good wedding lens!!!  10.27.11 - 3:12pm
Cecilia - Am dying to add the 35mm F1.4 to my collection!  10.27.11 - 3:11pm
Steve Van De Steene - I love it when fantastic photographers share what they use...but more importantly WHY they like it. I happen to love the 16-35mm lens for huge dramatic outdoor wedding pictures. Just a different style. Most photographers would have said "I never use this lens end of story". You explained who it might work for. This is why I always take time to read your blog posts.  10.27.11 - 2:56pm
Nadine - I would get a remote for my camara....  10.27.11 - 2:53pm
Linda Dalton - Awesome review Jasmine, very detailed and honest! I would put the $100 towards a new lens and shoot to my hearts content.   10.27.11 - 2:39pm
Amber Wilkie - Heck yeah I could use $100 at B&H. Always helpful to see what's in another photographer's bag :)  10.27.11 - 2:28pm
Jeremy - we desperately need the 70-200...we currently rent it, but the $100 off would mean we could go out to eat a couple times! lol  10.27.11 - 2:08pm
Christine - Great post! Hoping I can get a 35mm soon!!! Hoping to one day be able to do portraits, but for now, I'll just settle for taking great photos of my baby!  10.27.11 - 1:59pm
meg manion silliker - i rented the 35 for a 20 person family portrait and fell in love with the results. so yep, that's what i would put it towards. thanks for sharing your bag!  10.27.11 - 1:58pm
Leslie - Such detailed information! Thanks for the explanations. I didn't think there was such a difference between the 24 and 35mm!  10.27.11 - 1:58pm
ellie - i would by the 135mm it rocks my world  10.27.11 - 1:58pm
Kelly Fudge - I love this post. I love to read your blog in general because of your great writing. I really love the easy tell all of the lenses. I would put the gift certificate towards a good flash.   10.27.11 - 1:50pm
B - So much great info packed in to this post! If there were a follow up post it would be great to see an image or two shot with each one of these to compare. ~ Thanks so much ~ B  10.27.11 - 1:42pm
Valerie - Ohh!!! This post was so helpful! And I would but it all!!!  10.27.11 - 1:41pm
Clara W - Excellent post!  10.27.11 - 1:33pm
Evie Galindo - Jasmine, I know you probably don't have time to read all of these comments but here is my piece. I would love to get a Canon 24-70mm, 2.8! I'm taking maternity, baby and family moment photos:) Yay! That's all:)  10.27.11 - 1:32pm
Kaley Gill - Hey! Thanks for the great blog post. If I were to win the $100 gift certificate I would buy the 70-200mm 2.8 IS. Then I would have to win 24 other gift cards so that I could afford it. ;)  10.27.11 - 1:21pm
Ed Carlos - I would buy a Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens.  10.27.11 - 1:13pm
Max - Great post as usual. I was thinking about the 16-35 but what said prove that my doubt are real! Cheers, Max   10.27.11 - 1:08pm
Brian King - Brian King - I recently broke my favorite (and only) lens (Tamron 24-135). This would sure help towards a new lens. Thanks-  10.27.11 - 1:03pm
Beth Hamilton - Thanks so much for this post Jasmine! It's so insightful to hear from an experienced photographer that's USED so many lenses and to hear about which ones are most useful for particular scenarios. I appreciate how different lenses can fit a photographer's style and I really enjoyed reading your opinions!  10.27.11 - 1:00pm
Dana Cubbage - Thanks for sharing your gear setup. If I'm lucky enough to win the B&H gift certificate, I'm hoping to use it to buy the 24 1.4 or the 85 1.2. I'm learning my style requires very fast (expensive) lenses :)  10.27.11 - 12:59pm
Dana Cubbage - Thanks for sharing your gear setup. If I'm lucky enough to win the B&H gift certificate, I'm hoping to use it to buy the 24 1.4 or the 85 1.2. I'm learning my style requires very fast lenses :)  10.27.11 - 12:59pm
Krysta - Wow. You have great lenses. ... I have been meaning to get some extra batteries for both my point-and-shoot and my SLR cameras. So with the $100 I'd do that. Then I'll never worry about not having a fully charged battery during a concert again. So not cool when I only get three photos of Josh Groban and then my camera dies on me. lol.  10.27.11 - 12:47pm
Jerusha DuPre - My 5-year-old daughter said she would like a purple camera for her birthday. I would probably use the gift card for that. Thanks for the chance!  10.27.11 - 12:40pm
Kari Bekka - Kudos for not only reviewing , but explaining the environment you use each of your lenses in. LOVE!   10.27.11 - 12:38pm
Emily Troutman - I agree with your gear reviews of the lenses that we have in common! And I love B & H Photo, have been ordering from them since my college days which are longer ago than I like to admit!  10.27.11 - 12:27pm
Lisette Price - Thank you for this post! My email address is I would buy the 85mm 1.2 lens!  10.27.11 - 12:27pm
Bobbie Brown - Ohhh, I am getting in on this just in time! I would def buy a battery pack for my flash (been putting it off!) Thanks so much for this post, I loved reading about each lens.  10.27.11 - 12:21pm
Ali Frederick - I have a 5D but have been wanting to upgrade to the Mark 2 for, like, forever! Thanks for all the insight on the lenses, really super helpful.  10.27.11 - 12:21pm
Jen Rice - I am DESP to save for the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS!!! I love the flexibility and actually would utilize it for both weddings and child portraits :D Crossing my fingers!!!  10.27.11 - 12:20pm
Mimi - Mimi - I love B&H Photo!  10.27.11 - 12:20pm
Tiffany - Oh man Jasmine, what great information! Thanks for sharing your photo wisdom! I most def need the 70-200. That lens would totally rock my world! Hope I win!!  10.27.11 - 12:15pm
Laura Collins - Jasmine thank you for another invaluable post. I shoot with the 5D Mark II and I have to say that this camera is everything I could ask for and I like you am in love with that full-frame sensor.....ahhh swoon. I rented the 50mm 1.2 for 3 weeks and just had an extension on my rental period because I am finding it difficult to part with. You are so right this lens is amazing and the images are like magic. I own the 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and the 24-70mm 2.8 and rent the 70-200mm 2.8 for weddings. Hoping to add the 50mm 1.2 to my arsenal soon. As always thanks for sharing your knowledge. Also just watched your ReDefine video with Tamara Lackey.....AMAZING!!! Laura Collins  10.27.11 - 12:14pm
Courtney - I would definitely put it towards a new lens!  10.27.11 - 12:04pm
Marco Correa - Hi J*, awesome lenses! I would put into the 24L! Thanks!  10.27.11 - 11:57am
Gaylene Erwin - Jasmine you are amazing!! I have been saving... oh it seems like forever!!!. This would be awesome to win! Thanks to B&H photo too.  10.27.11 - 11:57am
Carmie - I have no idea what I would buy with it...but I think I'd hold on to it for awhile and then buy something uber special with it. =)  10.27.11 - 11:56am
tracy Deming - Although I would need a tad more money to cover it, I would LOVE the Canon 85 mm, 1.8. Love reading your blog - and how helpful you are to all of us that wanna be 'like Jasmine' Tracy D.  10.27.11 - 11:50am
tina katnich - Wow. I really need a new flash and an 85mm glass! Thank you so much for this post! I really appreciate it.   10.27.11 - 11:42am
Brian Jones - You would love the 135f2 @ the new 70-200 2.8 IS II ;)  10.27.11 - 11:41am
Holly C - great post! i never thought about how a lens can suit a photographer's style more or less than others. thanks!  10.27.11 - 11:40am
Gaby Koekkoek - You can't believe how much your posts help me out! I just bought the 50mm 1.4 and if I won I'd put it towards the 580EXII! Thank you for sharing your valuable knowledge!  10.27.11 - 11:39am
Angie Cruz - OMG! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I needed some guidance on what lense I should buy next and this has helped me out so much!  10.27.11 - 11:34am
Lucia - Thanks for this post! It is very helpful even for people not related to weddings (like me) but that we love your style. Is the perfect answer for a frequently asked question "how she makes this beautiful shots"?! Thanks for the gift certificate too!!   10.27.11 - 11:32am
Christina Zimmerman - Love all your posts are truly an inspiration to us all. Thanks for all the info and the giveaway! :D  10.27.11 - 11:32am
Shnibarella - I just rented the 85 1.2 and it is to die for - it didnt matter what I shot, the photos was GORGEOUS! could do no wrong....but at $2000 and the fact that I have the 85 1.8 and 2 kids to feed, I might have to wait :)) thank you for sharing the content of your bag!   10.27.11 - 11:22am
Diana B - I would give this GC to my sister. She's an amazing newborn/family photographer and we both LOVE your work!!  10.27.11 - 11:17am
Kelly L. - GREAT post!! Thanks Jasmine! You've done it again!! If I was lucky enough to win, thanks to the info. provided in this post, I'd use the $ to upgrade my flash from the 430 to the 580! Or put it towards a lens... which one, which one? :) Thanks again Jasmine!  10.27.11 - 11:15am
Amy Pezzicara - MMMM...I'd love to add the 35 prime to my bag...and the new 5D if it ever comes out!  10.27.11 - 11:14am
Whtiney - Great post! I'm so jealous because of all the amazing lenses you possess! With that said, I would definitely apply the $100 toward the 50mm 1.2 (it would be my first prime EVER!) OR use it to invest in a 5D MkII (could really use the full-frame)! I really can't decide on which I would buy first. After 7 years of doing photography as a hobby (a wonderful one, at that) I feel like I could use another upgrade :)  10.27.11 - 11:04am
Meghan Stewart - I so needed to read this post. I'm thinking about purchasing some new things and your description of the lenses helped SO much. I'd love the 5D MarkII or the 70 - 200mm or the 35mm. My 50mm rarely leaves my camera body. :) Meghan Stewart -  10.27.11 - 11:04am
Lena - Thanks for all the info Jasmine, it's great to know what a seasoned pro uses. I used to shoot Canon, and I really miss my 50 1.2, but I'm a Nikon girl now, and I won't be looking back anytime soon!  10.27.11 - 10:59am
Karen Watson - Thank you for this post Jasmine! Your comments about WHY you use each piece and what you do or don't like about them are so informative. I am having the same problem you talked about with a lower model flash not being strong enough and I would use the gift certif toward the big-dog 580!! Thanks again!  10.27.11 - 10:56am
Karissa Kohn - Great post - I have my eye on pocket wizard set up for my next purchase :) Thanks again for all you do!  10.27.11 - 10:52am
Romina Dalessandro - thanks for the information... I was drooling over all your equipment =)   10.27.11 - 10:43am
Megan S. - oh, mama! jasmine, your lens setup is making me envious! if i happened to be the lucky winner, i'd use that b&h gift certificate for a speedlite!  10.27.11 - 10:42am
Suzie - great post - thanks to you and B&H could always use something for the bag :)  10.27.11 - 10:40am
Mary Beth Cooper - I love your work and find it very interesting reading your blog and what you have to share! Thanks for sharing whats in your bag....reaffirms what I need too for certain sessions!! Thanks...! :)  10.27.11 - 10:40am
Kathryn Denelle Stevens - oooh...I am seriously considering buying a 35mm 1.4, oh and a video light, and a...and a....and a...! email:  10.27.11 - 10:39am
Sara Martin - I'd invest in the 580EXII Speedlite. I too have the 480 and have noticed it's limitations at receptions...etc. The upgrade would be splendid :)   10.27.11 - 10:37am
Kim Christopher - I'd love to upgrade to the 580exii from B&H!  10.27.11 - 10:28am
Michael - I found this so incredibly helpful. Thank you. If I win I'm going to be investing the money in the canon 1.2 Or the 16-35.  10.27.11 - 10:28am
Melissa Joy - Thank you for your reviews. I am in waiting for the 85mm and because of my budget will probably go for the 1.8, but I have a 50mm 1.2 and LOVE it!  10.27.11 - 10:26am
Jay Tayag - You just showcased all of the lenses that I am lusting for. I wish I had the $$$ to get them all.  10.27.11 - 10:25am
Josh - Fantastic review. Thanks for sharing!  10.27.11 - 10:16am
Jenna - I would SO buy the 35mm 1.4! It's been on my wish list for a while! :)  10.27.11 - 10:13am
Nicole - I am saving up for the 5D Mark II! Can't wait to get it :)  10.27.11 - 10:13am
Matt Rondel - Beautiful collection of glass. Your 50mm 1.4 looks as well loved (complete with white marks on the focus ring) as mine.  10.27.11 - 10:10am
Barbara Butts - How great is B&H Photo! I just purcahsed a new filter yesterday from them. I'd love to buy a new lens (Macro 100mm 2.8 is) and that gift card would only help me get it faster! Keep up the amazing, I mean, AMAZING work!   10.27.11 - 10:09am
Ashley Votaw - Loved this post! Definitely would put it towards a new 50mm!  10.27.11 - 10:03am
Brittney - oh man I'd love to get the 50mm 1.2 - an upgrade from my 1.4. Thanks so much for this post! I'm actually up in the air about selling my 85mm 1.8 but may take more time to think on that and what you've said. I just hardly ever use it :/  10.27.11 - 10:03am
Susi Gutierrez - Thank You for sharing what you use Jasmine. You truly inspire me to keep on swimming! lol I've been saving to get 580EX11 flash and I need to get the 24-70 2.8 lense. Thanxs again!  10.27.11 - 10:01am
Christine Van Der Poorten - Thank you for all the information and tips on your equipment and for the contest also! If I win, it would go to a new camera for my daughter Liesbeth who just started Digital Photography & Video @ Miami Ad School! (she's a great fan of your work)  10.27.11 - 9:59am
pallavi - I have been saving for 85mm 1.8. Love your work jasmine!  10.27.11 - 9:57am
Ivan Packer - 1703 people have commented on this post! That is insane! How many of you are photographers hey?! Great, informative post Jasmine, thanks for sharing. Ivan x  10.27.11 - 9:54am
chris stern - I have been dreaming of a Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens.   10.27.11 - 9:54am
Marissa - I need some new lenses and an expodisc!  10.27.11 - 9:42am
Liz-Marie - I would love to buy the 5DMII :)  10.27.11 - 9:36am
Ernie E - Invaluable post! Great to read your insights into the myraid variety of lenses you own.  10.27.11 - 9:33am
Sarah Gough - Hi Jasmine! I would use the money to either upgrade my camera body from my Rebel xSi, or to purchase a new prime, like the 85 mm. 1.8.  10.27.11 - 9:31am
Brianna Kiilunen - Thanks for the "What's in my bag"'s helpful to know what the pros use!  10.27.11 - 9:30am
moraima - uhhh I would love to upgrade to the 50mm 1.4 at least, because I'm still using the 1.8 :-( but I've found myself using it for almost everything.  10.27.11 - 9:30am
Danyiel Johnson - Great post! I would absolutely get a new and only my second lens.  10.27.11 - 9:28am
Lauren Fair Photography - Yay! Thanks for sharing! I also love the 50 1.2 and 85 1.2...took a while to get used to the focusing, but they are amazing! I'd probably get in a fisheye lens...funky, I know, but it looks fun in small reception spaces for dancing shots, and I kinda wish I had one!  10.27.11 - 9:27am
Emily Dobson - Gonna keep my fingers crossed for this one! I can't wait to get my hands on the 85 f/1.4 (ya know, since i have a love affair with NIKON ;) ). It's only $100, but it gets me headed in the right direction!   10.27.11 - 9:26am
Destinee Blau - Great informative post!! And amazing giveaway! I'd put it toward an 85mm. Love your sense of humor!  10.27.11 - 9:25am
Annie Simard - GREAT GEAR.. but.. you got the most important two gears on you face, your both eyes :)) Still I dream about the 50 1.2.. soon it will be mine! ;))  10.27.11 - 9:23am
Izzy Hudgins - Hooray for B&H woohoo! I think we could ALL use $100!!! I want a tilt shift lens!  10.27.11 - 9:21am
Patricia Lorenzo - Thanks so much for this Jasmine! Awesome post. :) Aaand I'd love a new fixed lens!  10.27.11 - 9:19am
Sharma Shari - Hi Jasmine! I could use the certificate towards a better camera bag. I need something more reliable while traveling! Have a good day!  10.27.11 - 9:18am
Shawn G - Love your work, love yours and JD's style, love the blog/site. I'd use the gift certificate as a down on a new lens.  10.27.11 - 9:18am
Meagan - Thanks for all your input & insights. I too have found certain lenses don't convey my style but I can't let them go. While I'm a Nikonian instead of a Canonite I'm currently saving for the Nikon 105mm 1:1 Macro & am just a couple hundred dollars from purchasing, this would certainly help!   10.27.11 - 9:13am
Tammy Engel - Ooh I would put it towards an 85mm Awesome post! I love your work and all you share. Thanks for making a difference :)  10.27.11 - 9:04am
Derek - Great post & thanks for the chance to win!  10.27.11 - 9:03am
Lacey - I dream of one day owning such a wonderful selection of lenses to choose from! Here's my email:  10.27.11 - 9:01am
Grace Tan - Wow it would be great to get the $100 certificate! Everything in Malaysia costs a bomb because of the exchange rate. It would be great cause I can send my brother who lives in NYC to pick out an item for me! :) Thanks Jasmine!  10.27.11 - 9:01am
Emily Crall - Wow, this post was SO great! I already have a few of those on my wish-list and some of them in my possession already. Thanks for the details on how and what you use each lens for; invaluable information! So here's a question: how do you easily, quickly, and safely switch out lenses?   10.27.11 - 8:59am
Kitrin Jeffrey - Wow, awesome post - invaluable! Thank you J*, you rock! I would totally put it towards a new glass!   10.27.11 - 8:44am
Nikki Moseman - This post was so great! It helps sooo much to read about the differences in camera bodies as well as lenses from an individual who i see as so inspiring! I read your blog all the time, and could spend hours on your site. You are amazing!! These posts particularly are fabulous! Some day...My next purchase will be the 5D Mark II and I would love love the 70-200 2.8 IS II. Today I shoot with the 5D and have the 24-70mm 2.8 as well as the 50mm 1.4.   10.27.11 - 8:43am
Holly Cromer - Wow, what an awesome giveaway! And I'm dying for a new lens :)  10.27.11 - 8:43am
Amelia Renee - ohhh man. Since the only lens I own (beside the kit lens, which does nothing for me!) is the 50mm 1.4, I'd have to go with the 85mm, 1.8. But how does one choose?! sooo many options...and I sure hope someday my (yet non-existent Kelly Moore Bag;) gets to be as diverse as yours!  10.27.11 - 8:40am
Chrissy L (AUSTRALIA) - oh wow so generous as per normal, and so inspiring,   10.27.11 - 8:39am
Melissa Yocum - This post is superb!! Thanks for detailing out what you like/don't love so much and what purpose you use each lens very helpful!! Ooh...and I'd def put that gift certificate towards a new lens.....85mm maybe???  10.27.11 - 8:34am
Nicole G - I would LOVE to buy a new lense! ~Nicole  10.27.11 - 8:33am
Dharmesh @ db Fotografy - Hey Jasmine, I upgraded my camera to D7000 recently & plan to add Nikon 17-50mm f2.8 to my kit as a first serious pro like lens :), which I will use for portraits and small events. Hope to win soon :) Thanks, Dharmesh  10.27.11 - 8:33am
Kacie Lynch - Kacie Ingram Lynch and my email is thanks jasmine for taking the time to update your lenses and camera list :) I think I'd use the certificate to update my flash. My poor promaster isn't cutting it anymore!  10.27.11 - 8:31am
Bill Kaupp - if I won I think I'd get a 35mm lens  10.27.11 - 8:27am
clarissa jennings - 85mm 1.4 has the most beautiful bokeh!  10.27.11 - 8:23am
Alesa - Great review. I love that even your shots of lenses are beautiful.   10.27.11 - 8:20am
Stacey - Total City Girl - Great post Jasmine! So descriptive! I love B&H - they are the best! Hmmm, there are so many things I want to get but for starters I'd probably go with the 50m 1.4. Thanks for having a giveaway!  10.27.11 - 8:19am
shannon - Hello-thank you for the reveiw, I would love to purchase the 70-200mm for ceremonies : )  10.27.11 - 8:13am
Jessi D - Thanks for the re-cap. I love posts like this! I've been saving for the 35mm, 1.4 and $100 from B&H would get me pretty close!!  10.27.11 - 8:13am
tru pettit - So, I'm truly commenting not because I want to win the gift cert [it would be a nice surprise...but with 1320+comments (wow!)], but because I LOVE when you talk gear&gadgets. Such an ultimate list ~ 5DMII - check! Still working on getting prime lenses (but love my 50mm1.4 & 85mm1.8). What's most impressive and the reason I always come back to your site is your generosity/openness when it comes to your craft and talent =). I sooo wish I was rich so that I can buy the primes AND attend one of your classes. But for now, it's gear list first then a J* class (though I know you'd understand priorities). Have a great weekend <3  10.27.11 - 8:06am
Martin - Great post!! Now I have to save $$$ for all those lenses!! Thank you!  10.27.11 - 8:05am
Aaron Paulley - Great post! I love peeking into other photographer's bags and especially knowing why they chose the lenses they use! Thanks, Jasmine!  10.27.11 - 7:59am
Félix Ortega - I have 50mm 1.4 only and it´s great! Great post! :)  10.27.11 - 7:57am
Leah - I'd probably put it toward a new lens. Thanks, B&H!  10.27.11 - 7:51am
vera geier - Wow that is so nice of them!! It would be nice to be the lucky winner. I would get a 5DMII...i have been savng up for one, and this would be a great add. :):) Thanks Jasmine for this always very helpful! <3  10.27.11 - 7:49am
Kirsten Foster - Hi Jasmine! Thank you for all of your posts. I am trying to find my style and step into the photography world so knowing which pieces are necessities really helps! Aloha  10.27.11 - 7:46am
Lena Messana - Well, since I just purchased (today) the 24-70 2.8L, I would buy the 580 EXII. I have been working with my trusty (old) 420EX. It has served me well, but I do see inconsistencies and I would like to change that asap! :) If I had the difference, I would get the 70-200 2.8, but that is for next year's plan, along with the 5DMII! :) Thank you, as always J* for being an inspiration! You had more in that "camera bag" than I imagined. :) Thank you B&H, for giving this chance for someone to win!  10.27.11 - 7:43am
Lizzie - Great post...and I would definitely be investing in a better flash! x  10.27.11 - 7:33am
Taryn - Ahh! No way! I want to upgrade my camera the 5DMII of course! If I have a gift certificate, I have no choice but to get it, right?! RIGHT! =)  10.27.11 - 7:24am
Rebecca - I have been wanting to get the 50mm 1.2 for agggess now, so if I won I would put it towards that :)  10.27.11 - 7:07am
judy - I really want to buy a 24-70 lens...the $100 would help fund that purchase. thanks Jasmine!  10.27.11 - 7:04am
Nona Manson - great review on those your post, thanks Jasmine!  10.27.11 - 7:04am
Edwardson W. Laohoo - I'm a camera bag 'voyeur' if you will - thanks for sharing. Just curious, do you and JD influence each other's shooting style or do you both prefer to be different to vary the flavor of the wedding shoot?   10.27.11 - 6:57am
John - I'd love to upgrade to the 50 1.2L =) $100 would be nice towards it!  10.27.11 - 6:52am
meghan - i would put it toward a new lens for sure. probably the 35 1.4, which i've been wanting soooo badly.   10.27.11 - 6:52am
Jody - Yet another wonderful blog post full of useful information. I have my eye on an 85.  10.27.11 - 6:50am
Julie Kittredge - My next lens is going to be a Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS ... fingers crossed! Thanks for all you do for the photog community!!  10.27.11 - 6:43am
Halima Martin - I would buy the 580EX Speedlight! I have the 480 version and just shot a baby baptism event with dark images!!! I freaked out and sent the images to a friend to help me and he responded with..."have you met the 580"!  10.27.11 - 6:37am
Elsie - I'd add it to my millions after I win the lottery and buy 2 of everything!!!! lol If the above doesn't happen my back up plan is to use it towards a lens. =)   10.27.11 - 6:29am
Tervella - Great Post! I would go straight for a second baby is currently in the shop and I don't have a back-up...except BorrowLens!  10.27.11 - 6:26am
Travis - Awesome job J I would get the 70-200  10.27.11 - 6:21am
Carrie Fleitz - This article was so informative. Thanks for giving examples on how you use each lens.  10.27.11 - 6:17am
Meridith - Thanks for the opportunity! I would put this towards a new lens that's on my B&H wish list:)  10.27.11 - 6:14am
Jena Alviti - Great lens review! I'm dying for an 85mm (Nikon only has a 1.4) but it's super pricey and we have an 8 month old at home - so right now it's diapers over lenses! gift certificate would definitely go towards that, though!  10.27.11 - 6:10am
Christa Elyce - Lovely post! This so helped me decide what lenses I'm going to buy next! and other I can wait on and put on my wishlist! Hope to win!  10.27.11 - 6:08am
Iza Korwel - It was one long gear post, not all that exciting to a Nikon shooter, but I am glad I stayed till the end ;).  10.27.11 - 6:01am
Wedding Photography Melbourne - I agree with virtually everything you have said! I love my 50mm 1.2 when you get that cracker of a shot. And then the next day we fall out again. But making up is so sweet!  10.27.11 - 5:57am
coprnca - I'm not sure if it's too late to enter the competition, but i'm not good with time zones. I was visiting NY few years back and I was fascinated about B&H. And they were run out of Canon 50mm f1.4 :(. So this is still my wish. :)  10.27.11 - 5:51am
Dave Love - $100 is like, what, £70? Can't buy much with that, especially after paying import taxes. But hey, that warm fuzzy glow you get inside when you win something is worth it! So I'm told...  10.27.11 - 5:47am
Christy&Brad - A 580EXII is what we need, My husband and I are just staring out and we are in need of a good flash!  10.27.11 - 5:40am
pam - I have the 24-70 and definitely need to look into getting some primes. A gift card would help a lot with that :)   10.27.11 - 5:32am
Christy&Brad - We are in need of a good flash so I could buy a 580EXII, my husband and I are just starting out with our photography he does video work and we are grateful for the tips that you and Jd have given!!!  10.27.11 - 5:32am
Brittani - Always so helpful to know what works for you and why! Makes me feel like there *is* a rhyme to the reason for why I use what I use during the wedding day :)  10.27.11 - 5:31am
denise skelton - awesome post! thanks! that b&h gift card would be pretty awesome!   10.27.11 - 5:02am
Jennifer - Awesome!!! I'm trying to decide which lens upgrade I need next and this soooo helps! Thank you, thank you!!!!!  10.27.11 - 5:00am
Susie Katz - Hmm, what would I buy? It would definitely be a Nikon lens, probably leaning towards a really adept portrait lens...  10.27.11 - 4:54am
Traian - My Rebel XT is still serving me well after 5 years, but I have started toying with the idea of moving to full frame in the near future...  10.27.11 - 4:53am
Donna Lere - Canon 100 mm 2.8 IS Macro.... One word.. SaaaaaaaaWeeeeeet! (is that two words?)  10.27.11 - 4:35am
Michał - You need a porter to carry all your things! I use 3 primes: 28/1.8, 50/1.4 and 85/1.8. I call them "Little Holly Graal", cause I would love to change them to the ones with red ring! Cheers!  10.27.11 - 4:35am
Jeanette Verster - Nice post!! I'd love a 85mm... or a wide angle lens... can't decide which one to get next  10.27.11 - 4:18am
Jess - This post is really great - especially because you tell us WHY and for WHAT (yes, I capitalized that :oP) you use the different lenses, not just which lenses you use. THANK YOU :o)  10.27.11 - 3:16am
Victoria Flower - Hmmm...I think I would buy a wide angle lens or a macro lens. I desperately need a new lens.   10.27.11 - 2:52am
Amanda - I would definitely use it towards a new camera body! or a lens! I'm a grad student who [secretly] wishes I could make photography my main career :)  10.27.11 - 2:17am
Leonard Buerk - I think I would use the gift certificate to start my upgrade from 17-40 f4 to a 16-35 f2.8. :-)  10.27.11 - 1:55am
Andrew - I'm going to be bold here. I'd be saving it for a Nikon lens ;)  10.27.11 - 1:53am
Tito - Amazing how little by little you can achieve your dream set up.  10.27.11 - 1:51am
Nicole Chan - I'd totally pick up the 85 1.2!! I've been drooling over it for so long!!  10.27.11 - 1:44am
Jorge - I love the importance placed on primes. While I shoot weddings with my cousin sometimes, I tend to shoot low light shows and have grown accustomed to "searching for light" even at weddings. Thanks for equipment break down! Cheers! oh, and (maybe I'll get lucky)  10.27.11 - 1:36am
Tori Deslauriers Photography - Interesting to read even as a Nikon shooter :). Thanks!  10.27.11 - 1:33am
Schona - - I would buy the 580exII or the 85 1.8 ...I think.... lol. Schona  10.27.11 - 1:28am
Madalina Ispas Mihaela - This is my second comment on the same post because I forgot to write down my name and email adress. :) Madalina Mihaela Ispas - Thanks!  10.27.11 - 1:27am
lauren - wow what a fun giveaway - i sure would love to win. not really sure what i would buy - maybe a lensbaby if b&h has them! ;)  10.27.11 - 1:26am
Jimmy Rooney - Thanks so much for posting this, Jasmine! I JUST started in the photography world and did my first session on Monday for a baby turning one :) I would so love to win the contest too! I am upgrading my Rebel XTI to a 7D and also need new glass, so could DEFINITELY use the moolah (is that how you spell it?)  10.27.11 - 1:17am
Arnau Dalmases - Great post Jasmine! I have to addmit that I've fallen in the same mistake as you... I bought the Canon 430... I looking forward the 580 desperately!   10.27.11 - 1:17am
Falcon Griffith - This is great! I can't wait to get my hands on the 50 1.2. I shot with it a few months ago and fell in love! If I won the B&H Photo contest I'd definitely use the gift certificate to help pay for a 50 1.4!   10.27.11 - 1:14am
Brandon Dykes - I shoot with nikon gear=) buttttt I I'm thinking the new 85mm 1.4 is in the near future. Love your blog as always.   10.27.11 - 1:14am
Eileen - A californian sunbouncer or maybe the 70-200ml f2.8!? :)  10.27.11 - 1:05am
Tahnee - Love your work. I'm just starting out with my photography venture and recently purchased the 5dmkii with a 50mm 1.4 and it's taking time but I really love them both. I would like to purchase a zoom lens next. Tomorrow is also my wedding anniversary. How awesome would that be.   10.27.11 - 12:54am
Ivana Bencic - Thanks for revealing all this information. Photogs should look up to you :) (Ivana Bencic,  10.27.11 - 12:54am
Ispas Madalina Mihaela - Jasmine, you are my idol. I think you are the best. I started a business with my husband and we are looking for lenses. This post was a blessing for me. I think GOD loves me because he said to me: "leave all and check facebook stories". I did it and here I am reading a beautiful story about lenses. Thank you so much for this post, I LOVE it and it helped me a LOT. I would certainly buy a 24mm 1.4 and 70-200mm 2.8IS. I already have a 50mm and I'm in love with it. God bless you and JD! You are amazing!!! Thank you SOOOO much!!!  10.27.11 - 12:50am
Amy Hamilton - Thank your for this post....I love my 50mm 1.4 but am planning to get the 1.2 soon. Can't live without my 50!   10.27.11 - 12:44am
Julieanna Trejo - I would buy the MarkII that's for sure :)   10.27.11 - 12:44am
miriam - thank you for a great post. please pick me for the b&H gift. :)  10.27.11 - 12:30am
Benny - Great post, Jasmine! Just started freelancing and hoping to capture all the great stories out there. I'd love to get the 35mm, 1.4...  10.27.11 - 12:27am
Maricar - Thanks so much Jasmine for the insight into what lenses you love!! Very informative and hilarious as usual. :)  10.27.11 - 12:22am
alicia hodges - ok, I learned more here in this one post then anywhere! Thanks!!  10.27.11 - 12:20am
Shannon Forbes - Shannon Forbes - I'd love to put that $100 towards a full frame camera. I use Nikon but I still find your reviews very helpful. :)  10.27.11 - 12:05am
Jacquelynn Henderson - Been debating a few items from B&H before the end of the year...2nd flash or 100Macro...:)  10.27.11 - 12:05am
Er E. Flores - Thank you for tis post... It not only helps to know what you shoot with but to know the purpose of each lens in ou tl of shootings... This complements the two years old "whats in my bag" post... And also makes me very lens jelaous too...  10.27.11 - 12:00am
Rachel Garcia - "This lens is a hunk. If he had a name, it'd be Brad. And have sandy blond hair." LOL!!! I can not stop laughing about this! Every photographer should name their lenses!  10.26.11 - 11:57pm
Er E. Flores - Thank you for tis post... It not only helps to know what you shoot with but to know the purpose of each lens in ou tl of shootings... This complements the two years old "whats in my bag" post...  10.26.11 - 11:56pm
Jeff Garban - Hi Jasmine & JD, I'm not sure if I am eligible to win because I'm miles away {like in an island in the Philippines - Cebu City}. Hahaha! But thanks for always sharing your talent. Just by reading your posts keeps me & my second shooter{The Girlfriend - aha!!} inspired. WooooWeeeeee!!!  10.26.11 - 11:53pm
Maxine - Thanks for your informative post as always, Jasmine! I recently shifted to using primes when at all possible so I'm pretty happy with my current lineup -- the 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and 35mm 2. If I had a little extra to spend, I'd probably invest in the 70-200, macro, or a 24mm and my collection would be complete!... for now ;o)  10.26.11 - 11:50pm
LilyRo - What a helpful post! Gracias Jasmine! I rent the Canon 70-200mm lens like every weekend, it's time to buy my own :)  10.26.11 - 11:49pm
Richard - Thanks Jasmine for this great review!   10.26.11 - 11:47pm
Lisette - Great post. I currently have a 70-200mm f/4 and want to trade it in for a 200mm f/2.8, but I'm wondering whether it would be better to get the 70-200mm f/2.8 instead. What would you choose and why? Thanks.  10.26.11 - 11:42pm
Judy B - forgot to in clude my email address just in the case I win!!  10.26.11 - 11:29pm
Jess Grant - what to choose what to choose  10.26.11 - 11:26pm
Lydia - Jasmine...Keepin It Real.. I don't *need* anything except Jesus that's Truth! But if He (meaning Jesus) decides to supply my wants through your contest I would totally put it towards the flash that I don't have. :-) Love ya girl!  10.26.11 - 11:20pm
irene - I would definitely buy the 70-200m m 2.8 - hands down.   10.26.11 - 11:12pm
Shannon Rosan - Thank you Jasmine for the in-depth review...that was also entertaining to read! ...If I won the gift certificate I'd love to put it towards, Nikon's 35mm 1.4 :)  10.26.11 - 11:11pm
Kelly Easter Photography - I would snag an item I have wanted for a long, long time, but would be using for special occasions. B&H has a sweet little XRite Color Checker Passport. ( I recently did some charity work for an org who was supplying a wedding package for a terminally ill couple. (Heart-Melt!) But due to the chemo his skin tone was not easy to make true... This would have made the various lighting situations so much easier for their engagement shoot. I hope to be able to give my time more and with the varying situations I could encounter this can help me rock the 7D without fretting over getting the correct coloring of their skin tone. I worried so much about it I almost wussed out. I am so glad I didn’t, it was one of the best experiences I have had to date and this $100 would help me do more!  10.26.11 - 11:10pm
Brooke Lindbert - Your work is outta-this-world!! I am only a year in and have learned so much, so it makes me excited for what I have yet to learn! Your work is an inspiration to me! I would definitely use this $100 towards a new lens... one of many on my B&H wish list! :D  10.26.11 - 11:01pm
Meredith Lord - Jasmine, your posts are always enlightening. I have this year purchased my first prime lens, a 50mm 1.4 (I'm a Nikon shooter, and that is as low as they go - no 1.2's for us!) and I LOVE it! Actually my husband brought it for me after getting sick of listening about me rave non-stop about how much you love your 50mm - so thank you again for being such an inspiration!!! To me and my husband!  10.26.11 - 11:00pm
Ben Daron - What a great post! I've been looking to purchase a new lens and this has definitely helped. It would help a lot more with a $100 gift certificate for sure!   10.26.11 - 11:00pm
Kenny Felt - I've recently started using mainly prime lenses. Love the bokeh! If I win the $100 I'll use it toward either an 85mm 1.8 or a new flash!  10.26.11 - 10:59pm
Christy - Any one of those would do a great deal of good for me!  10.26.11 - 10:52pm
Valerie Berry - Drooling over the 70-200... One of these days!!  10.26.11 - 10:50pm
Rebekah - There are about two things in the world I want more than an external flash right now. 1. To be done the essay I should be doing instead of creeping on your blog and Pinterest and 2. a beautiful new camera. BUT, if I won the 100 bucks, the essay and camera can wait, external flash... here I come!  10.26.11 - 10:48pm
Dave Ballesteros - My dream set of lens... hayy.. if only I can afford.. :) hope to see you in PPE.. :)  10.26.11 - 10:45pm
Jennifer Ramirez - Awesome collection! I'm not a Canon user, but this stash is insane! :)   10.26.11 - 10:45pm
Lucy Munoz - awwwww...gosh I really need that lens (the 50 mmm 1.2) that is where I'd put the money towards...that and a sangria ;)  10.26.11 - 10:39pm
Stacee Lianna Photography - I just love your blog. <3 I'm torn on my next lens purchase, between a 100 macro and a 70-200. the 100 would give great detail shots, like the eyelashes on my little niece but i love the 70-200 because it lets you sink into the background.   10.26.11 - 10:39pm
holly pendergast - I am a huge fan of yours and a Photography student at Cal State Fullerton. Crossing my fingers to win the contest I would love to use it towards a new lens to practice portraits and such :)  10.26.11 - 10:39pm
Sarah Allred - Oh honey! I am a Nikon user...EEK! Does that disqualify me? I'm saving up for the 35mm 1.8 lens. One day!  10.26.11 - 10:37pm
Jessica Marie - Wow! What a great prize! Thank You for sharing what's in your bag.  10.26.11 - 10:37pm
Cristy - The only lens I have ever purchased is my 50mm 1.8. I use it for everything! But I hear the 1.2 calling my name!  10.26.11 - 10:35pm
Jess - lens..definitely a new lens :)  10.26.11 - 10:29pm
Natacha - Fantastic Post. Thank you :) I would buy the 70-200 2.8 IS lens. I've been dying for this lens of my own. I usually hire it for most of my jobs.  10.26.11 - 10:28pm
Twah Dougherty - Thank you for always sharing your story & your life! You have found your "purpose" and love seeing that you are always redefining it.  10.26.11 - 10:27pm
Chris - This list is long...I would put it toward an 85m  10.26.11 - 10:27pm
Simone Anne - Wow! Sounds fabulous! I'd get the 85mm 1.8 for sure! I love my fifty, but I want a tighter prime! :)  10.26.11 - 10:27pm
Patti Athey - Excellent article!  10.26.11 - 10:26pm
Emma {inspiredlyemma} - Thank you so much for this! I too LOVE my 50mm 1.4 and when I shot my first wedding on sat I rented the 5d and 24-70! But the 50mm on my 50d definitely kept up! And I felt most comfortable with it! The idea of changing the primes all the time would get a bit challenging for me though! I tried to not be one of those pbotographers that was upfront during the ceremony, and I hear you about the 70-200! Also think I'll give the 35 a shot! So many options!!!! Again, thanks so much for all the sharing... My hubby has termed you my online mentor, and my son (at all of 2 years) has a thing for you (he likes to watch shooting star with me, and has been known to plant a kiss on my phone when he sees you)!  10.26.11 - 10:22pm
Aynaz - Hi jasmine! thanks for the informative post! I'd def buy a flash! prob the one u just recommended! I was looking to buy one soon! im shooting my first wedding in 2 weeks! and i only have the pop-up flash in the camera! and last weekend I learned in Creative Live that its not enough!  10.26.11 - 10:16pm
Jeanne Hendry - I would probably get video lights   10.26.11 - 10:16pm
Sheaulee - I've been struggling with my ring shots without a macro so I will definitely be using it towards the Canon 100mm!  10.26.11 - 10:14pm
christy foreman - I would def. put the $100 towards a new lens. My canon 1.4 is starting to get a little lonely in my bag;)  10.26.11 - 10:12pm
Jennifer - I'll buy something bearing the word "Nikon" ;-)  10.26.11 - 10:10pm
Cheryl Campbell - Thanks for sharing your lens choices with us. I would luv to buy the 85mm 1.2.   10.26.11 - 10:07pm
Whitney Bower - It would for sure be put toward the 70-200... I need it bad!   10.26.11 - 10:07pm
Annie T - I knew a lot of people read your blog. Way to get people to come out of the woodwork!  10.26.11 - 10:06pm
Luis A. Hernandez - Love the the Post. Outstanding Information.  10.26.11 - 10:05pm
Tim - I too love my 5DMII! If I were to win the B&H Photo gift certificate, I would exchange it with you for your 85mm, 1.2. I don't know how you shoot with that! ;)  10.26.11 - 10:04pm
Laura - Great setup, indeed! I've been itchin' to take some more macro shots, so I think that I would probably put it towards the purchase of a macro lens. :) Great review! Thanks so much!   10.26.11 - 10:03pm
Nicole Marino - Great post super useful and informative! Pretty sure I'd use the $100 towards the 5d!  10.26.11 - 9:58pm
Erin Tanner - I will probably buy a flash because I am just starting out and haven't been able to buy one just yet. I know I really need to add it to my collection before my FIRST wedding in almost 1 week!  10.26.11 - 9:58pm
Brittany Boyle - Oh my goodness! So much good stuff from you Ms. Jasmine Star! THanks a bunch for the insight. You always amaze me. Oh, and I would totally be going for the 70-200. I have used that sucker and like you, am in love with it's greatness.   10.26.11 - 9:52pm
Laura Elizabeth - I would probably get some new memory cards! Thanks B&H!!!  10.26.11 - 9:50pm
Alyssa - awesome giveaway! I'd def. pick up an extra memory card and a camera case.  10.26.11 - 9:49pm
Danielle DeRosa - Very informative as always! I love my primes...would def get a 35mm or 85mm. I wish I could hear you speak while you are here in NYC, you are truly an inspiration!!!  10.26.11 - 9:49pm
Heidi - Oh delight of delights! Thanks for the giveaway, J* and B&H! I think I'd spend the $100 on a flash.  10.26.11 - 9:48pm
Shannon Walker - Short story: I noticed that photographers who owned the 5DMII breathed funny. So I said, I'd like to breathe like that. So I rented one...and now I can't go back. I am now renting it for all my shoots until I can splurge ...almost there. So, how great would it be to win the $100 gift certificate and use it towards the 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 for starters. Thanks for the great info.   10.26.11 - 9:48pm
Taylor Folden - Wow!! What to buy! I would deff buy a flash system!! I really want to start getting more into shooting weddings and a flash system would make my work much better!! :]  10.26.11 - 9:46pm
CJ Olson - I would so get the 70-200 mm 2.8 and that's what I'm saving for now!!  10.26.11 - 9:46pm
Julie Adamson - I would buy the 85mm!!!  10.26.11 - 9:46pm
Samantha R - Right now I have the Canon Rebel XSi with the 50mm 1.8, the kit 18-50 mm, and a 55-250mm lens. I'd like to get the 70-200mm lens!  10.26.11 - 9:43pm
stephanie - I'd be so excited to get this I dont know what I 'd get. Hmmm, I need everything, Maybe the flash, or a lens. I hope I win :-) stephanieallenphotog(at)   10.26.11 - 9:40pm
Frederick Yanga - WOW! What a collection :) I hope to get up to that arsenal one day! Hopefully if my career starts booming I'll be able to build my gear lineup to be like yours. I have the 24L and LOVE the character of the lens, but sometimes I find myself looking for a more normal shot. Anywho, great blog!  10.26.11 - 9:40pm
Ingrid Williams - If I won the gift card, I would put it towards the purchase of a 580EXII flash  10.26.11 - 9:38pm
darling paumen - Jasmine - Love ya!!! B&H - your store is like a x-mas factory or as I like to think of it "a well oiled machine" I was at the B&H store for the very first and only time last year; I remember making my purchase and see it go through the whole store in the beautiful basket all the way down so I could pay for it. I must have looked like a crazy lady following that basket all over the place... B&H Love ya too!!! P.S. I would use the Gift Certificate to buy a 100mm macro lens :)   10.26.11 - 9:36pm
Diane Poff - I would Love to own half of what you carry in your bag, not sure what I would buy yet, I need so many things, just starting out and all. Thanks.  10.26.11 - 9:34pm
Darling Paumen - Jasmine - Love ya!!! B&H - your store is like a x-mas factory or as I like to think of it "a well oiled machine" I was at the B&H store for the very first and only time last year; I remember making my purchase and see it go through the whole store in the beautiful basket all the way down so I could pay for it. I must have looked like a crazy lady following that basket all over the place... B&H Love ya too!!!   10.26.11 - 9:33pm
Christopher Wren - I'd put it toward a 50 1.2! I love my 50 1.4 but it's time to upgrade to that creamy bokeh...  10.26.11 - 9:31pm
Marie Photographie - Wow, your bag is LOADED! :) I have the 85 1.2 and 35 1.4. I wish I had the 50 1.2, but I think I'm going to get the 1.4 until I can afford the L. I think it's really interesting that JD doesn't prefer the L series lenses!   10.26.11 - 9:30pm
Cory Henry - I'd love to be able to put this toward a new MacBook Pro. It would be wonderful to be able to edit AND listen to music at the same time. My poor Dell cant handle it... :/. Thinking about getting that 50 1.2 as well ;) Cory Henry  10.26.11 - 9:29pm
Matt Vanecek - I love B&H Photo-Video! Been buying from them for years. Would love to continue the trend... :) I'm sure whoever receives that gift card will be able to put it to excellent use. I really love reading your blog and reviewing your photographs. Thanks for sharing and being who you are!   10.26.11 - 9:26pm
Emma Wheatley - Oh man! This is just too exciting. Thanks for the extensive overview. Jeez louise!  10.26.11 - 9:17pm
Tatiane Barauna - Great post! Although i use Nikon,but i LOVE my old Canon AE-1 film,which i made some very amazing photos with it at my brothers wedding! =) It would come handy to help me get my 24-70mm. I had a Sigma one and it broke on me on an accident...i want to upgrade now to the Nikkor one! Thanks!  10.26.11 - 9:16pm
Jessica Becklenberg - If you PICK ME....I would put it towards a new lens. Thank you Jasmine and B&H. Oh and as always THANK YOU for you and the awesome blog post!  10.26.11 - 9:12pm
Hilary Lopez - I'd most definitely buy a fixed lens!!! I don't have one, and all of your praise makes me want!!!  10.26.11 - 9:10pm
Jennifer G. - Thanks for the give-away! I would definitely use this to put towards a new lens...been looking at the 35mm and 85mm... ;) Thanks also for all of the info! :)  10.26.11 - 9:10pm
Anahy Escalera - Jasmine, you have the coolest toys! I've had my eye on the 85 mm 1.8 for like ever! Me want, me want! Thans for sharing. =)  10.26.11 - 9:09pm
Adriana - Awesome article, as usual. Uhm... didn't really notice anyone else doing it... but here's my name & valid email in the comment box: Adriana (always try to follow the rules, Mom always said)  10.26.11 - 9:07pm
BritneyD - I've had my eye on the 35 1.4 for awhile now. Love the primes!  10.26.11 - 9:05pm
Deltha - Awesome giveaway! I'd definitely get the 100 2.8. IS.   10.26.11 - 9:05pm
Leah - Thanks for your insight! Love your work!   10.26.11 - 9:04pm
Tish Hill - My daughter walked up while I was reading this post and said "OOOHHH - pretty!" ha ha Lenses are pretty, aren't they? I would put this money toward a new lens for her, I gave her my old Nikon D40 but I think she deserves a sweet new lens too! :)  10.26.11 - 9:04pm
EJ Fleck - How can you not love B&H?? I've been dreaming about an 85 1.2 for a long time... a free 100 bucks towards it would be awesome!  10.26.11 - 9:04pm
Joleen Mendiola - Loved this post! Thank you!  10.26.11 - 9:03pm
Tonya Mansfield - Let's hear for the 35mm!! I love mine too and it's what I shoot with most of the time. Thank you Canon and B & H for being such as big part of our lives. LOVE.  10.26.11 - 9:00pm
Jennifer King - Jasmine! So wonderful to finally meet you today! I loved your funny stories and your laughter. You are a gem! Would use the 100 gift card toward a more powerful speedlight. I hear ya on the lower priced ones, yeah not cuttin it for a wedding! amen! and thx!  10.26.11 - 8:59pm
Bryan - Will $100 plus my 50/1.4 get me a used 50/1.2? *fingers crossed*  10.26.11 - 8:58pm
Jacqueline J - I'd put the money toward the Fuji X100 -- I've been yearning for that camera for so long!  10.26.11 - 8:58pm
Hilary - Ahh, so hard! My "top choice" would probably be the 580EXII, since I don't own an external flash but have been thinking about getting one for a while (a friend let me use his for a wedding once, and I loved it).  10.26.11 - 8:58pm
Briana - It would be so hard to decide but, at this point, it would probably go towards a new flash!   10.26.11 - 8:56pm
Sarah - I would love love love a macro lens for close-ups and food photography!!  10.26.11 - 8:55pm
Julie Hurley - Thanks for all the valuable information in your reviews!  10.26.11 - 8:54pm
Liana Torres - If I won this awesome gift card from such a FAB girl like you I'd treat myself to the Nikon 85mm f/1.8!! YEAH BABY!! ;-D By the way- THANK YOU so much for being so open in what you do, how you do it and what you do it with. YOU'RE TOTALLY AWESOME!!   10.26.11 - 8:52pm
Amy Schilling - I doubt I'll ever get away from Nikon but I do love reading your blog. And of course I think you're an amazing photographer. :)  10.26.11 - 8:51pm
Kathryn Peters - I am saving up for the 70-200 now, so this would be a HUGE help! Love your work, Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 8:39pm
Ashley B - You know, my wedding anniversary is tomorrow, and to be able to put an extra $100 towards a MUCH-NEEDED new lens for my wedding photography (I rent all of my lenses. EVERY WEEK. For realz), well, that'd be a dream.  10.26.11 - 8:38pm
Jessica K. Sullivan - Most informative post I have read about wedding photographer's lenses yet! Thank you for taking the time to explain each lens and the pros/cons of them as you see it. :)  10.26.11 - 8:35pm
Hannah - Such a helpful post, thank you so much!  10.26.11 - 8:32pm
Janet Cruz - I would purchase a hard cover camera bag so I could take my camera etc with me confidently when I travel....  10.26.11 - 8:32pm
Brandi - Thank you for the reviews! Your blog is awesome as always!! Loving all the lenses, but think I would start go with the 24-70mm or the 35mm so many choices.   10.26.11 - 8:30pm
Katie - Katie Hoffpauir: I think it would go toward that dreamy 105mm lens I've had my eye on for months!  10.26.11 - 8:26pm
Parisa Heidari - I would put it towards a 24-70 1.8. I'm in love with this lens. Its a great walk around lens PS. I hope I win :) I never do though :)  10.26.11 - 8:23pm
Heather Palecek - Wonderful photographs to go along with a great post! I've has the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS on my wishlist for quite some time - I'd definitely buy one with a little help! :)  10.26.11 - 8:22pm
Sameena Jaleel - I will put it towards a macro lens, I am dying to get one. Or the 70-200mm 2.8. I hope I am picked.  10.26.11 - 8:21pm
Jenn F - I would love to add another prime lens or upgrade my 50mm to a 1.4! Thanks Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 8:20pm
Cheendy - Thanks for the reviews! I'd buy the 35 1.4!!!   10.26.11 - 8:18pm
Jenny - Woop woop! I'd love to win that gift certificate! Thanks Jasmine :D  10.26.11 - 8:16pm
kelli taylor - I'm with ya! Can't wait for the 5D markIII!  10.26.11 - 8:14pm
Karisa Joy - I love reading what equipment others use. And I've recently fallen in love with the 100 macro IS and the 35mm 1.4 Beeeeaaaaauuuuuties. And what would I spend the money on? Oooh, I don't know I think I would let it soak in a few days.  10.26.11 - 8:13pm
Sara S - Drooling! So much to choose from, how can a girl decide?   10.26.11 - 8:10pm
Andrea - Lovely! Here's to hoping I get lucky!   10.26.11 - 8:06pm
Christin - Thank you for listing all of this out! If I won I would put it toward a Mark 5d.   10.26.11 - 8:05pm
jessica - WOW! Awesome! I have been wanting the Canon 580EXII . I LOVE b&H they are a wonderful company, I have been so impressed. Oh and I think you are glorious:)  10.26.11 - 8:04pm
Ana Curameng - WOW... If I could be so lucky... I'd drive to B&H and buy me that 85mm 1.2... Thank you for sharing all these information. If I can just work my way up to some of those lenses...I am leaving the comment today, because my son turned 10 today and he is the luckiest boy I know :)  10.26.11 - 8:04pm
Amy Pinney - I would....either upgrade my 50mm (i currently have the 1.8) or get the 85mm that I've been drooling over....or maybe the 100mm macro to use when my son is born in January (and on subsequent newborn shoots) many choices!! ahhhhh!!!   10.26.11 - 8:03pm
Wallis Soape - Thank you so much for sharing this! I've been trying to decide which lens to save up for and I'm thinking the 85mm f/1.8 is tops on the list! :)   10.26.11 - 8:01pm
Jennifer D. - How fun! If I were to be the lucky winner, I would buy myself a new camera -- and I have been wanting one for years!! I am crossing my fingers!!  10.26.11 - 7:58pm
Angela Cardenas - Not sure what $100 gift card could get me... but definitely helps to pay for a lens.. 135mm actually! =)  10.26.11 - 7:57pm
Chantel Giongco - I would put the $100 towards upgrading my Photoshop or Lightroom! Can't wait to meet you November 1st!  10.26.11 - 7:57pm
Danielle Rayoum - Great Reviews thanks!  10.26.11 - 7:56pm
Abbie Kressner - I love giveaways! I've had my eye on the FujiFilm X100 so I would love to snatch one of those up. If that's not available, I would of course settle for a nice 35mm.  10.26.11 - 7:56pm
Christina - I have been wanting to purchase a 85mm 1.8 or "Brad" 1.2. I have seen that you and many other professioanls praise the 85mm lens but I haven't had the money to purchase one. This woud give me a great addition to my new business and adding my first pro lenses to my bag.   10.26.11 - 7:54pm
Michelle M. - Thanks for the info and reviews!!   10.26.11 - 7:54pm
ELyse - Great article as always... B&H- hhhhmmmm... I don't know, but I know it would be something probably wayyyy more than $100 :)   10.26.11 - 7:53pm
Timothy Midgett - Would definitely get the new Apollo Orb from FJ Westcott.   10.26.11 - 7:53pm
Lisa - for sure I would get the 50mm 1.4 i am a zoom girl teattering on the side of a good prime  10.26.11 - 7:53pm
Katie Callow - Thank you so much for this post Jasmine :) It is beyond helpful! $100 could definitely be put in my piggy bank for the 50mm 1.2!!! :)  10.26.11 - 7:53pm
Kara - woah what an awesome prize- thanks B&H! this is when we realize how many other photographers read your blog jasmine! lol :D  10.26.11 - 7:50pm
Becky Keller - I would use it towards a new lens!!!  10.26.11 - 7:50pm
Haley - I'm looking to purchase a wide angle lense! I LOVE your blog, photos, and Polo (of course). We have a Maltese and she is usually the subject of my photos, along with her 3 sisters!  10.26.11 - 7:49pm
Courtney - Thank you for being a photographer who always takes the time to offer up great, helpful advice. And, I'm debating between using that gift certificate on a new lens, a mounted flash, or some SD cards. :)  10.26.11 - 7:48pm
Cathy Hartman - Thanks for the great info! I want to upgrade my 100 macro to the IS macro  10.26.11 - 7:47pm
Kendra - I need to add another prime to my kit!  10.26.11 - 7:47pm
Nicole Bond - Great info! Thanks, Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 7:45pm
Stephen Donovan - would love to put this toward a speedlite  10.26.11 - 7:45pm
Andi Walpurgis - Thanks guys...I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the 85mm then I wont have to keep renting it...  10.26.11 - 7:44pm
Samantha Beauchamp - I would love to win the gift Certificate! I would put it towards my Canon 7D purchase! Jasmine & B&H- your the best!  10.26.11 - 7:44pm
Becca - Becca, Thanks--this is amazing!  10.26.11 - 7:42pm
Rebecca Turner - I would definitely put this towards a 50mm prime (not sure which one, yet) a poor college student who can't afford lenses, this would be amazing! Rebecca:  10.26.11 - 7:41pm
Ashli M - I would buy another fixed frame...probably the 85mm, 1.2 as you suggested!   10.26.11 - 7:41pm
Andrea Mull - Love the giveaway! And love B&H, I wouldn't buy my gear from anywhere else. I am thinking a new zoom lens woud look good in my bag :) Thanks Jasmines, you always!  10.26.11 - 7:40pm
Jodi - I need a macro! Great read jasmine!  10.26.11 - 7:39pm
Tifa - Love posts like these, totally made me want an 85/1.2! Though looking at it now I'm really tempted to try out the 100/2.8IS :o  10.26.11 - 7:39pm
Molly Hauge - I would use the $100 towards the purchase of my first Canon 5D Mark II. I simply cannot wait!!! PICK ME PICK ME!!!  10.26.11 - 7:33pm
Katherine Bautista - I'd buy a lens! Not sure which...but i'm already EXCITED! (and praying I will win)  10.26.11 - 7:29pm
Caiti Borruso - I love my 50mm f/1.4 and I'm dying to try out a wider lens...either a 35mm or a 28mm :)  10.26.11 - 7:28pm
Jennifer Porcaro - ommmmmmm the 70-200mm f/2.8...hello!!! Thanks Jasmine for the awesome post!!   10.26.11 - 7:27pm
Mandisa - I would put it towards the 50 1.2L or the 35 1.4 dream lenses :)  10.26.11 - 7:26pm
Bethany Keisler - I'm dying for the 85! I think I'd use the certificate towards that!  10.26.11 - 7:24pm
Holly - loved this post, if i won I would use it toward a macro lens!  10.26.11 - 7:24pm
Carrie Pennison - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this post. It was EXACTLY what i needed to read on this very day. I was SOO disappointed when in New York from the 11th-17th that B&H was closed for Succos. Anyway, I guess that means i'll have to take a trip back just to go to the B&H Superstore. I am in the market for a 24mm 1.8 or maybe the 85. I recently purchased a 50 mm 1.4 and i can't put it down, i LOVE it.   10.26.11 - 7:23pm
kim smith - I have decided to consider switching from Nikon to Canon, and you have me dangling a leg off the side of the cliff. Awesome post, Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 7:17pm
Lindsay Johnson - I'm saving to buy the 70-200... $100 would be a sweet little discount!  10.26.11 - 7:17pm
Jessica - I would be super geeked if I won and I would use the money to buy the 85 1.8. I just recently started my photography business and I'm itching to grow my equipment but trying to stay smart with expenses and not get ahead of myself. Admittedly I have drooled on the 85 at the store though :)  10.26.11 - 7:16pm
LeAnn Secen - Such helpful info! Thank you.   10.26.11 - 7:12pm
brad trone - Thanks for reviewing your gear Jasmine! I would go for a 50 1.2 definitely. Rented it a couple times this year and fell in love!  10.26.11 - 7:12pm
Mary Lau - I now can't decide between the 24 the 85 or the 70-200 lol.. As always thank you for all you do!  10.26.11 - 7:10pm
Roger - Thank you for sharing what's in your bag. I just purchased the 85mm 1.8 and can't wait to shoot with it. The $100 gift certificate would go towards my "70-200 Fund" :) Again, thank you for sharing Roger Arguello  10.26.11 - 7:09pm
Kim Sobel - I never win. I would so buy a macro lens.  10.26.11 - 7:05pm
Julie O'Dell - I would use it to put towards a new camera (upgrade) for my business. :)   10.26.11 - 6:59pm
Kaylina Norton - Wow. Consider this post my Christmas list. Too bad no one can be nice enough to get all of this from Santa. I'm currently saving up for a 50mm lens and I would use the money for that. Thank you so much for giving us a peak in your bag!  10.26.11 - 6:57pm
Bev Louthan - Thanks for all the info! I need to invest in a 50mm lens....  10.26.11 - 6:55pm
Jonathan Bae - would buy a 70-200 2.8L IS lens to shoot portraits of family/friends and my kids' music performances in dark theaters! It complements my 50mm 1.4, 28-135mm, and 70-300mm... although the 24-70mm lens is very tempting !! thx.  10.26.11 - 6:52pm
Kathleen - I would put the money toward the 50 mm 1.2 lens....please oh please!  10.26.11 - 6:51pm
Chantri - Oh my goodness I have lens envy + Jasmine Star envy. Thank you for always sharing so much, I admire you! I'd love the help to get a new shiny lens!   10.26.11 - 6:51pm
Beth - Love it, as usual! It's a difficult decision, but I would probably put it towards a 50 mm lens. I've been renting mine, and thats starting to become such a hassle. Thanks for all the helpful info Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 6:50pm
Elizabeth Clements - I would buy an Expodisc! There are definitely times when auto WB doesn't do the trick, and this would be super handy to have.  10.26.11 - 6:49pm
courtney - thanks j* + b&h! i think i would use it to go towards buying my momma a zoom lens!  10.26.11 - 6:49pm
Iza Korwel - It was one long gear post not all that exciting to a Nikon shooter but I am glad I stayed till the end ;)  10.26.11 - 6:49pm
shannon kate - I'm so glad you included the lenses that you HAVE but don't especially use any more. I'm lusting after the 85mm 1.8 - I'm like JD, the 1.2 just kills me!   10.26.11 - 6:49pm
Mysti Laevens - I absolutely love your style of blogging, soo freaking funny!!  10.26.11 - 6:42pm
Steve Dutcher - I would donate it to our local high school's photography program. (unless, of course, a 3D or 5D mk iii is announced soon :-) )  10.26.11 - 6:41pm
Carly Kolbo - I rented the 35mm...and now I want, no need it! :)  10.26.11 - 6:41pm
Maré - I know exactly what I would buy with that voucher! I have been drooling over the 100mm IS macro lens for a while! Thank you for the breakdown of you r bag's contents. It helps a lot, especially with what you use each lens for  10.26.11 - 6:41pm
Lelia Bartruff - What wouldn't I like to get a B&H? I live close to that store and it is so hard not to go near it. I'd probably buy some more memory cards. But I would love to get a good 35 prime or the 50mm. Someday. :-)  10.26.11 - 6:39pm
Jordan Henson - Definitely putting that toward the 85mm, 1.2!  10.26.11 - 6:38pm
Meredith - I'd probably put it towards a sweet new lens, or maybe buy some darkroom paper or film :)  10.26.11 - 6:38pm
Kara - Most definitely a 24-70mm! Thanks for the opportunity!  10.26.11 - 6:37pm
Tonya - I would use the gift certificate to help purchase a new digital camera for my yearbook staff at school. We don't have one. They use mine!  10.26.11 - 6:36pm
denean - awesome, and so helpful, review!! Thank you!!! I am coveting the 100 macro - yum!!  10.26.11 - 6:35pm
Chris Hoffmann - Great article, thanks for writing. I am just getting into wedding photography and have been following you on twitter. This blog post gives me some ideas on expansion of equipment for the future. Thanks  10.26.11 - 6:32pm
Jessica Hunt - I would love to change my body from the Canon50D to an upgraded version. I constantly dream of the 5D Mark II. :)  10.26.11 - 6:32pm
Natalie Webb - Thank you for sharing all of your tips and equipment. You are such an inspiration and roll model! :)  10.26.11 - 6:30pm
Liz Reis - Thank you for sharing Jasmine. I rented the 85mm 1.8, I am now in love! It would be great to have some cash to put towards the purchase of some desperately needed new gear.   10.26.11 - 6:26pm
Marla Sanca - Thanks for the great blog! If I win, there are a million things I could buy...I am just starting out!  10.26.11 - 6:26pm
Stefanie Bakewell - I love whats in my bag, loved your take on whats good about and even whats bad about it! Hmmm, I would totally be getting the 35. 1.8 or at least save for it!!  10.26.11 - 6:24pm
Laura Meador - Great review! And I need a new flash - help me out, B&H =)  10.26.11 - 6:22pm
Kate Lee - YIKES! well i would love the 85 to add to the mix...this is my favorite kind of post btw!  10.26.11 - 6:19pm
Jeffery - Hi Jasmine, I love this post! And since I wish I had a full-frame camera like you, my $100 will go towards that! Oh, and my email address is Thank you!  10.26.11 - 6:19pm
annie - i'm totally saving for my flash!  10.26.11 - 6:18pm
Kelly Lewis - Kelly Is Nice Photography - I'd like a new lens!  10.26.11 - 6:17pm
brianne howard - Pick me! Pick me! :)  10.26.11 - 6:16pm
Iza Korwel - It was one long gear post not all that exciting to a Nikon shooter but I am glad I stayed till the end ;)  10.26.11 - 6:15pm
Audre Van Broers - I would totally buy the 70-200mm  10.26.11 - 6:14pm
Tee Tran - I definitely would buy a 35 1.4!!! I would really like to see from that perspective!   10.26.11 - 6:13pm
darciesutherland - Jasmine... I think I would put it toward 85mm, 50mm 1.4 or maybe a soft box.. or pray that God would multiply it for my 24-70mm:) Thanks for the opportunities:)  10.26.11 - 6:12pm
Joe Fontenot - Great post! I'm with JD, I would like to get the 85mm 1.8 next. I dig the fast focusing over the extra aperture. Thanks for sharing!  10.26.11 - 6:11pm
Daniela Dukleska - My choice would be either the flash or 35mm....Thank you for all of the information!  10.26.11 - 6:10pm
Kim - Dang! Not only was this post super informative but if you made it to the end, you got a little treat. :) I'd put the $100 towards a 70-200 lens. I know, that would be a very small dent in a very HUGE bucket but I've been waiting and saving way too long for that lens! Or, you know, if I won, I might just blow it all on film. A girl's got her vices. ;)   10.26.11 - 6:07pm
Sarah Layne - I actually purchased and returned the Canon 85mm, 1.2 a while ago because it was so weird and heavy. Now I think I am going to go with the Canon 85mm, 1.8 per your suggestion, and that gift certificate would help! :)   10.26.11 - 6:07pm
Alinta - Loved reading this, and all of your posts, pleased to see your bag is similar to mine except for the 70-200 which I have a love hate relationship with so am yet to buy! Perhaps thasts what I would put this $100 towards!!   10.26.11 - 6:07pm
Bev Compton - Love your work Jasmine! I just wish I could get the same satisfaction with my 50 1.2. Guess I need more practice!  10.26.11 - 6:06pm
Vincent de Vries - Great post!! Do you shoot yourself with 2 cameras, or do you change lenses all the time? Vincent  10.26.11 - 6:05pm
Javier Ishino - Very nice post  10.26.11 - 6:03pm
Marla Jenkins - I am dreaming about the 85mm!  10.26.11 - 5:59pm
Denise Conrad - I love it when you talk lenses...  10.26.11 - 5:58pm
Erin - I have to try, ha ha. I love your posts like this... they are always helpful. I would actually probably put the GC towards a new camera. I shoot on a pentax now, which has it's pluses, but there is something very sharp and the colors aren't as saturated in a Canon 5D. Thank you!  10.26.11 - 5:57pm
Cristina - I'm savin' up for the 70-200mm, 2.8. I rent it for now, but I can't wait to make this affair a permanent relationship! Thanks for the chance Jasmine and B&H!  10.26.11 - 5:55pm
andrea - I love hearing what other photographer's shoot with! Thanks so much for sharing. I'd love that $100 to go towards the 5DMII.  10.26.11 - 5:53pm
Alan French - The $100 gift certificate would help with the purchase of the Nikkor AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED lens I need to shoot the rings! I have been so frustrated not having a macro lens to take the ring, jewelry, accessory, etc. shots. Thank you, Jasmine.  10.26.11 - 5:47pm
Katie Tendick - Cool. I would put it towards either a new 50 mm 1.4 or really save up for the 35 mm. Thanks for the giveaway!  10.26.11 - 5:46pm
Benjamin Sander - Great article. I'd kill for that setup in a Nikon equivalency :P I'd probly buy some memory cards. Weddings are too important to not overstock.  10.26.11 - 5:42pm
Maria - ooohhhh!!! This post is amazing! You've definitely expanded your lens collection. :) I would probably put the $100 gift certificate to a new lens.   10.26.11 - 5:42pm
Amy Evans - I would definitely put it toward a Nikon D700!  10.26.11 - 5:41pm
Paulina J - hi j*! as an aspiring photographer, I would save the $100 and put it towards my first dSLR! thanks for being so awesome and inspirational. kind regards, Paulina  10.26.11 - 5:39pm
Rachel - Wow, what a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing your favorite lenses!  10.26.11 - 5:37pm
Kristen Dawn - YEAYYY!!! I remember the 'what's in my bag' post but awhjeez I didn't know it was two years ago!! Wow has the time flew, thank you for keeping us antsy for your newest post and Polo photos!! You're a gem to us all, photographers and dreamers alike ;-)  10.26.11 - 5:36pm
Ariana Campa - Although I shoot Nikon, this post was very helpful and well written w/o too much technical mumbo jumbo that many of us don't really understand. :0 I'd love to win the $100 gift card, I think I'd use it towards a new lens or a new softbox since I'm trying to practice my studio photography. :0   10.26.11 - 5:35pm
Brittany Ryle - I bought most of this because of your recommendation right after the creative live wedding. have not regretted even a single item. Thank you, Jasmine!   10.26.11 - 5:34pm
Yosshe - I would like to buy 70-200.   10.26.11 - 5:34pm
lauren Martinez - Oh man I would LOVE to win that gift certificate!!  10.26.11 - 5:27pm
Megan Lesley - Ohhh I am buying the 85mm and then the 35mm next. My Nifty Fifty lives on my camera and the 70-200mm saves me in ceremonies!  10.26.11 - 5:24pm
Natalie A - It was such a honor to meet you today. I was the tiny girl with the outsourcing question towards the end/ the one who stood on her tiptoes. =) I will say I reveled in my giddiness all day long! Much love <3  10.26.11 - 5:24pm
Rhonda - thank you for this post J* - I love your descriptions of the lenses - so amazing!!! Pick me - pick me  10.26.11 - 5:24pm
Bianca - No doubt about it, the 50mm 1.2 would be a dream!! Love seeing the magic you capture with this lens.   10.26.11 - 5:23pm
Devon D. - I LOVE you & your work! I am in the beginning stages of my biz in my last semester of college, & a gift certificate would really help to save up for the 50mm 1.2 that I've been dreaming of!   10.26.11 - 5:19pm
E ric - Thanks as always for your posts. I would use the money toward a new 70-200.  10.26.11 - 5:16pm
Kelsie Fair - I would most definitely buy the 50mm f/1.2. I'm a major sucker for that creamy bokeh. I could dream at night about what I could do that that bad boy! -Kelsie Fair  10.26.11 - 5:16pm
Kerith - Awesome post- thanks!  10.26.11 - 5:16pm
Amélie Vergne - Hi Jasmine, I love your work. I am just a starting photographer and I am so impressed by everything you do. This 100 dollars would be handy for me to buy a 50mm 1.4. Thanks !  10.26.11 - 5:16pm
Kristi Garcia - I loved your review of each of these images, and only dream of being able to afford half the lenses you own (not to mention the 5D Mark II.). I would LOVE to win the gift certificate to help purchase a 1.2 lens. Thanks!  10.26.11 - 5:14pm
Jordan Murphy - I love to hear how people use different lenses! What do you think about the 1DX? Now that your'e a big-shot photographer, do you think you'll pick up that bad boy, or just wait for the 5DMkIII??? I'd love that $100 gift card to go toward a new full-frame body, either the 5DMkII now or the MkIII down the road. The 1DX is a bit out of my league at the moment ;) How do you say it ? .... Stay Fabulous!  10.26.11 - 5:12pm
Daniel - My son turned 1 in September and I'm thinking owning a prime lens will be great to capture this fast-going and precious moments! I hope I can win the gift certificate :)  10.26.11 - 5:12pm
Stan - Most of my professional work is shot with the 16-35 and 70-200. My personal work on the other hand is with bokehlicious primes.  10.26.11 - 5:10pm
pamela - i've been jones-ing for an 85mm for a while... :)  10.26.11 - 5:10pm
pamela - i'd LOVE the 35mm 1.4!!! i have to 1.8 and hardly ever use anything else!  10.26.11 - 5:09pm
Sarah Carper - I'm in dire need if a new camera... So this would mist definitely go tirades a new camera!!  10.26.11 - 5:07pm
Dawn - I'd probably get either the 50 or 85 prime for my daughter, a budding photographer.  10.26.11 - 5:04pm
Kelvin - Definitely the 70-200 2.8 IS that I wanted to buy for YEARS~  10.26.11 - 5:04pm
Kelly - I love this post! I would love the Canon 100 macro!   10.26.11 - 5:03pm
Natalie Ebaugh - Oooh, I would put it towards the 85mm 1.8. Keeping my fingers crossed!  10.26.11 - 4:59pm
Jesper A. - Oh, I'd add it to my piggy bank. I have my DSLR, but I want a camera for my wife as well so it's not me shooting, her waiting :)  10.26.11 - 4:57pm
Mandy Kopp - Fantastic post, and if won it would most likely go towards replacing a misplaced lens cap and possibly the 70-200 2.8IS that I've had my eye on getting for quite some time :)  10.26.11 - 4:57pm
cheryl - I've been wanting the 85mm!  10.26.11 - 4:55pm
Stephanie Harris - I would buy the 50mm 1.2. I just switched from Nikon to Canon and this would be my first lens other than the kit lens that came with my 7d.   10.26.11 - 4:52pm
Tam Nguyen - Thanks!!!! I will be using the gift certificate to buy some Nikon lens ~_^  10.26.11 - 4:47pm
Richelle - Love this post, so informative! I am about to invest in a flash! I'd love to skip buying the 480 and jump on the 580. :) Thanks for the info, Jasmine!   10.26.11 - 4:46pm
Derick - I'm curious, what kind of bag you carry your gear to the weddings in.   10.26.11 - 4:46pm
Bert - Thanks for the reviews! The EF 35mm f/2 is what I'm looking at getting next. My EF 50mm f/1.4 is my favorite - glad to hear JD likes it too!  10.26.11 - 4:45pm
Elizabeth - I would love to buy a new flash ok, my first professional flash that I soooooooo need.... Elizabeth (  10.26.11 - 4:40pm
emily - i am in DIRE need of that 70-200 lens... or a d700. or both! i would have to do some serious coin flipping to decide which i would buy first. much love to you & b&h combined!  10.26.11 - 4:39pm
Sophie - Thanks for this post. I'm always looking for photographers thoughts on lenses, and this one helped a lot! (Unfortunately I'm kinda sad I didn't read this before I just bought the 17-55mm 2.8 lens... But I will just have to slowly upgrade. For now that lens is wonderful for me.) So thanks!  10.26.11 - 4:38pm
Bethany Cox - Um... is it boring to say i would buy SD cards? (because i would)  10.26.11 - 4:38pm
lisa cour - I enjoyed hearing you speak was a timely message! I need a lighting stand and pocket wizards, my first Marco lens, too. The list is always long for B&H! :)  10.26.11 - 4:33pm
Dennis Bullock - J* your posts are always so awesome! Love it!  10.26.11 - 4:33pm
Irene - I would totally go ahead and buy that 50 mm 1.4 I've been drooling over! :) You are so great at explaining lens purposes... YOU NEEEEED to write a book one day!   10.26.11 - 4:32pm
Melissa Gregesen - No question....I would purchase the 85mm 1.2f :)   10.26.11 - 4:32pm
Andrea Worley - I'd probably just put it towards another lense or upgrade for a flash.   10.26.11 - 4:30pm
Shane - Great read. The 50mm 1.2 is on my wish list.   10.26.11 - 4:29pm
Sanchez P - woot (: nice stuff x) need to have this 100 macro :(  10.26.11 - 4:28pm
Lisa - I love reading your blog! Thanks for all the reviews. I think I want the 85mm 1.8 next :)  10.26.11 - 4:28pm
CJ - Reading this made me drool. :)  10.26.11 - 4:27pm
Kaitlin Seidel - You totally rock! Love your reviews, and can't wait to have such diverse gear myself!   10.26.11 - 4:25pm
Megan Bennett - Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the gear that you use! I have learnt so much about photography from reading your blog - THANK YOU for all the time and effort you put in to sharing it! I've been hanging out for a 50mm f/1.2L for some time, so $100 to put towards it would be awesome! My email address is  10.26.11 - 4:25pm
Jen Anway - I enjoy seeing how "loved" your lenses look! So... which lens did you use for most of these shots? I am DYING to get the 85 1.8 or the 50 1.4!! I have the 50 1.8, and it's great for the price, but is so slow to focus. Great post!!!  10.26.11 - 4:24pm
Karina - I'd put it towards a flash I think! Depends if something else tempts me.  10.26.11 - 4:21pm
Emily Tillman - I think that I would be putting it towards that 85mm. It and a nice speedlite are next on my list of buys. I too LOVE prime lenses.   10.26.11 - 4:18pm
Mindy Metivier - The next lens I would love to invest in is the 35 1.4L lens. Loved it when I borrowed a friend's one. :)  10.26.11 - 4:18pm
Marla Webb - I would love to get the 70 to 200. Its my new dream lens.  10.26.11 - 4:13pm
Erin Blackwell - Great post. I always feel overwhelmed reading lens reviews, but this was short and to the point. Looking forward to getting the 85mm 1.2 someday.  10.26.11 - 4:11pm
Erin - Oh how I would love the 50mm 1.2 or 20-70.  10.26.11 - 4:10pm
Mona Alicia - I'd totally put that $100 towards a new lens! Awesome giveaway, thank you Jasmine and B&H!  10.26.11 - 4:09pm
Megan@COUTUREmotion Films - Hi j*...what would I buy from the Mecca (aka B&H)? My husband and I would probably buy a Macro. That would be pretty sweet...  10.26.11 - 4:06pm
Nicole - I'd buy a 5D Mark II!  10.26.11 - 4:04pm
Kathleen Struss - This post was super helpful! Thanks for all the tips!!  10.26.11 - 4:04pm
EBPitcher - Oh, my! I'm sure I'd find a new lens to put $100 toward. Your post has inspired me to look for something new... Like 35 mm 1.4 maybe?  10.26.11 - 4:03pm
Susan Kiddie - Hi Jasmine, I would love to buy the 50mm which is top of my wish list.... Thank you so much for this blog, so helpful and fantastic that you share so much, Susie xx   10.26.11 - 4:02pm
Jessi W - Aw, I'm with JD, love the 50 1.4!  10.26.11 - 4:02pm
Lynette Smith - LOVED the blog write up on lenses and gear! I would likely purchase a 35 mm or the 85 mm - I have my eyes on both of those! Not sure yet on the 1.2 vs the 1.8 but likely start with the 1.2 as I like the versatility ;) Oh and I have lens envy by the way!  10.26.11 - 4:01pm
Elaine - I think I'd definitely put it towards a lens since I only own a couple. You have an amazing spread of lenses. Definitely blessed.  10.26.11 - 3:59pm
Renee - Sooo exciting!! I would put it towards the 85 1.2!!  10.26.11 - 3:58pm
Travis Silva - Thanks Jasmine for showing your bag! I would definitely get the 35mm 1.2 or the 100mm macro lense. I can't get the shots I want because I don't have those two in my lineup yet. God Bless you!  10.26.11 - 3:57pm
Jennifer Gardner - I soooo want an 85mm 1.2!!!   10.26.11 - 3:56pm
Kym Moschgat - Oh no! I forgot to tell you what I would buy........Definitely the Canon 50mm, 1.4!!!! I am so jelly! I want that lens! :)  10.26.11 - 3:53pm
Matt - Always renting...would have to be the 70-200. good stuff. Beautiful work  10.26.11 - 3:53pm
Chelsea Davis - I would SO love that gift certificate! My happy self would march right over to my computer and order the 70-200. I mean, go big or go home, riiiight?!  10.26.11 - 3:53pm
Kym Moschgat - Thank you so much for your advice, suggestions and insight!!   10.26.11 - 3:52pm
Emily Sharpe - Maybe toward a 35mm lens for the hubs!  10.26.11 - 3:51pm
Joyce Y - Great lenses!!! Thanks for sharing :)  10.26.11 - 3:48pm
Cathleen Siler - We are so on the same page! LOL  10.26.11 - 3:48pm
KimW - I really, really want a 50mm 1.4. I've sold my 1.8 to fund it but I'm still a little short, the gift card would be awesome :)   10.26.11 - 3:46pm
Annette - My son is working on his dream to become a photographer, so I would pass this gift on to him, with great joy. Thank you for the opportunity.   10.26.11 - 3:45pm
Kate Crabtree - Oh boy, I'm not sure! I'd put it toward a new lens, probably (maybe the 70-200??)  10.26.11 - 3:41pm
Sean - Great reviews as always, Jasmine! Can't echo your sentiments enough on the 70-200mm 2.8. What an amazing lens. It has so many other uses than just the ceremony, though. Fantastic First Look lens when you have the room to back up. A MUST have for every wedding photographer!  10.26.11 - 3:40pm
Dorelies - Many thanks to Jasmine and B&H. When I was in NY at B&H it was WOW. I would take a new lens - maybe.  10.26.11 - 3:40pm
Anna - I would go straight for the cannon 85mm, 1.2 and not look back! You are right, it is dreamy!  10.26.11 - 3:38pm
lil - would definitely go towards a flash!  10.26.11 - 3:37pm
Allison - YAY! Great post! I've been renting the 135 f.20L recently, and think that's where I'd go. Though I could use another zoom lens...  10.26.11 - 3:31pm
Daz Vernon - As it's my birthday on the 28th I'd probably treat myself to a couple of flash triggers.  10.26.11 - 3:31pm
Taryn - I would get a new camera strap squeaks when I walk. So not cool!  10.26.11 - 3:29pm
Annie Tsai - Love your post as usual. You got me drooling over the 35mm! I need I need I need.  10.26.11 - 3:28pm
Julie Towery - Loved reading what's all in your bag!! I'm needing a a 50mm Nikon lense BAD so I would love the gift card!!! Thanks Jasmine for all you do!!  10.26.11 - 3:26pm
Tiffany Russell - I love that you put so much of yourself, what you do and what you use out there for everyone. I would have to invest in a solid lens. Maybe the 85mm or at least a lens that goes lower than 2.8.  10.26.11 - 3:25pm
Bonnie Horton - I would def get the 35mm! I'm always shooting in cramped rooms when the bride is getting ready.   10.26.11 - 3:25pm
Schaffer Photography - Pick me! Pick me!   10.26.11 - 3:24pm
Melinda Holland - Love reading gear posts! Lots of great info. Thanks for taking the time to share! I'd put the gift card toward either the 50 or 85 prime lens. Been dreaming about those for a while...  10.26.11 - 3:24pm
Annie - Thank you for posting this! I can only WISH for an extensive array of lenses, like you do but saving up a little at a time :) I would use the GC to put it towards a lens.  10.26.11 - 3:23pm
Codrin - I'm a beginer hoto journalist from Romania. Either you choose me or not, I'll do my best to compete with you someday!   10.26.11 - 3:23pm
Emily W. - My name is Emily West and I just want to say that I love your blog and when I will be getting married I will certainly consider you :D my email is  10.26.11 - 3:20pm
Melissa - Thank-you so much -- totally LOVE your FAQ/information posts! Thanks for taking the time to share! As for on my wish would be doing towards a new B+W filter...I kinda smashed mine currently on my 24-70. :(  10.26.11 - 3:20pm
Katie D - oh MY gosh. I have been dyingggg to get the 85 1.2 to add to my bag for SO long and, I mean look ... $100 towards that lens is like 5% of the price haha but it would be $100 more than I have for it right now!! :)  10.26.11 - 3:20pm
Danielle Bryan - Great to hear your opinions on your gear! I would Go with the flash you use, my father in law bought me the 480, and i struggle with it, don't care much for it! So i would LOVE to upgrade to the 580!!! Thanks Jasmine!!!  10.26.11 - 3:19pm
Katelyn D. - Thank you so much for this review on the lenses you use! I'm still in transition from hobbyist to professional and am working on getting up the nerve to buy a new lens (I really want either the 50mm, 1.2 or the 50mm, 1.4). I mostly do portrait sessions, but have been asked to shoot a few weddings. Thank you SO much for sharing what you've learned!  10.26.11 - 3:18pm
Ivan Chen - You have to check out the 1D X. By far the BEST DSLR ever to come out :)  10.26.11 - 3:18pm
Jenny - I really love your photos and that you are always writes such great posts! I'm about to buy a 100 macro to my 5DII  10.26.11 - 3:18pm
Keva Washington - AWESOME giveaway! I would love to put this toward a 70-200mm 2.8!!! :)   10.26.11 - 3:16pm
trish - as of right now I have a 1/952 chance at winning. I would buy that sweet 100 2.8 macro IS  10.26.11 - 3:16pm
Sara - Thank you SOO much for this post! It was SOO informative and helps so much when you trying to decide on a lens. And if I wont the Gift Certificate that is exactly what I would put it towards! I new lens! :D   10.26.11 - 3:13pm
Micala McClain - Hey Jasmine! Thanks for the great da best!! And...with the gift card...I'd so get the 100mm 2.8IS!!! I've been shooting all my ring shots using my 70-200mm...standing like a jillion feet away! Haha :) Thanks for your continuous willingness to help out fellow photographers!  10.26.11 - 3:12pm
Patricia Takacs - Sweet Deal B&H!!! Have fun at PDN NYC Jasmine :)   10.26.11 - 3:11pm
Sara K Byrne - Thank you for detailing exactly why you do/don't use your lenses! <3  10.26.11 - 3:10pm
Laura Radniecki - B&H rocks my world! That's where I buy all my gear and I have no plans to buy from anywhere else! Love this series. Thanks J*!  10.26.11 - 3:10pm
Amanda Whitten - I would apply it to the 85mm I've been saving for! Thanks for the opportunity!  10.26.11 - 3:10pm
Raechel - Thank you so much for this giveaway! and also for writing this article! I have been trying to figure out what's the next lens I want to invest in for the past few months now and this has helped me decide. Thanks again :)   10.26.11 - 3:09pm
Victoria O'Connor - Thanks so much for all the details Jasmine - I'm sure it was time-consuming to write, but sooo appreciated by your readers. Cheers, Vicky   10.26.11 - 3:08pm
Dena - I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has bought a lens, since evolved in how I shoot, don't really use it anymore but still feel the 'just in case I need someday' love for it! Question... Where do you send or take your camera's for service and cleaning when they need it?  10.26.11 - 3:07pm
Eva reyerson - My next big purchase is going to be a new camera! Can't wait to upgrade from my 30d to the 5dm2!  10.26.11 - 3:06pm
Lauren - I thought sure I will put down my info for a chance to win...what maybe 100 or more other people left a comment. Odds are good right? NO we are at 952 comments with another 30hrs left! CRAZY! Well here is a crazy stab at $100 for my highly coveted 50mm 1.2.  10.26.11 - 3:05pm
Heidi Ohta - Thank you for your post!! I'm a second shoot for my husband and I love it!! I would put the $ toward the 70-200mm 2.8 for sure!!  10.26.11 - 3:04pm
jennifer k - i love my 35mm 1.4 & 85mm 1.2 combo!!  10.26.11 - 3:02pm
April - Thank you so super duper much...I have wanted this post for umm some time ;)   10.26.11 - 3:02pm
Judie Zevack - Thanks for this post Jasmine!   10.26.11 - 3:02pm
Julie - Great information and quite helpful! You rock!  10.26.11 - 3:01pm
Mike F - I'd buy a 5DMII which I've been eyeing.  10.26.11 - 3:01pm
christina Stock - LOVE THIS BLOG!!! Thank you so much for being YOU! :)  10.26.11 - 3:00pm
Teri Rios - Not sure yet what I would buy... really just starting out. But Im thinking I would probably put it w/my money and purchase a speedlight or 85mm.1.4, I am a nikon user...there is no 1.2 :-(  10.26.11 - 3:00pm
Stephen Hill - Jasmine: Thanks for the awesome insight into your camera and lens choices. I've been using a 50 1.8 for awhile now and I'm trying to decide what lens to go for next :)  10.26.11 - 2:59pm
DanaN - I loved seeing all your lenses. You are one lucky gal! The next lens on my wish list is a 35mm 1.4 :)  10.26.11 - 2:59pm
Dawn Feltrop - Thank you for sharing. I am just starting my business and soooo excited to learn as much as possible. I want to spend my money wisely so your blogs are a huge asset. My bag has a spot for a 35 mm 1.4 so I can shoot group photos. :) Smiles, Dawn   10.26.11 - 2:58pm
jaimi allen - I would buy & love a shutter release to add to my needs. Thanks for all your recommendations. I did them and love the outcome to my own style :)   10.26.11 - 2:58pm
Natalie Fielding - Thanks so much for the break down and your opinion on each. I'm saving to upgrade to a 5D, 85mm and 70-200mm.   10.26.11 - 2:58pm
Anna B - Fantastic post! Even though I am a Nikon Shooter I still found the post most helpful :)  10.26.11 - 2:57pm
Natalie Fielding - Thanks so much for the break down and your opinion on each. I'm saving to upgrade to a 5D, 85mm and 70-200mm.   10.26.11 - 2:57pm
i'm kristen - :D good stuff miss twinkle twinkle little star! :D  10.26.11 - 2:55pm
Kelly Hill - Thanks so much for all your helpful information! You seriously rock! I would buy the 50mm 1.2 because I use my 50mm 1.8 for 80% of my shoots and would love an upgrade :)  10.26.11 - 2:53pm
Dawn Feltrop - Thank you for sharing. I am just starting my business and soooo excited to learn as much as possible. I want to spend my money wisely so your blogs are a huge asset. My bag has a spot for a 35 mm 1.4 so I can shoot group photos. :) Smiles, Dawn   10.26.11 - 2:53pm
Logan Stanford - I would easily put that toward my 5DII!! Thanks for all of the info!  10.26.11 - 2:51pm
Nic Thacker - Not gonna lie, just want to win this for my mom, but I think you are totally hot! lol  10.26.11 - 2:51pm
Addie - Would love to spend some money on a new lens... but what I need more than anything are some new SD cards...   10.26.11 - 2:51pm
Jeannette - Thanks for the great writeup. I always love knowing whats in a fellow photographers bag. I'm just starting out but I'd love the $100 to put towards an 85mm.   10.26.11 - 2:50pm
Amanda Roberts - I'd like to buy the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS lens. And again, you and the way you reach out to people around the world is simply wonderful.  10.26.11 - 2:50pm
Alex B. - :) Love your blog !   10.26.11 - 2:50pm
Dalton Thacker - I am saving for several things, this would sure help!  10.26.11 - 2:48pm
Carla Barnett - This post was fantastic! I am shooting my first wedding as a lead next weekend and have made a list of my rentals and this was a HUGE help. Thank you!!  10.26.11 - 2:48pm
Matt Thacker - I love what you do!  10.26.11 - 2:47pm
Sarah De Vuono - All I want for Christmas is the 50mm 1.2. Pretty please :)  10.26.11 - 2:45pm
Andi Cohn - I LOVE my 5dm M2!! I call him Mark Jr. He's pretty much the love of my life,besides, my fiance of course. (maybe not just don't tell him) I would put that $100 to a flash baby!580EXII!!!!!  10.26.11 - 2:41pm
Katie Dickson Yarbrough - After watching your CreativeLive workshop and hearing you talk about your gear, I decided to rent a few of the lenses you recommended, and there is no doubt what a B&H gift card would go to - a delicious 50mm 1.2 L Series!   10.26.11 - 2:40pm
stacy a - thanks for all the useful info yet again. you rock :) I've got my eye on a 35mm, 1.4...  10.26.11 - 2:39pm
Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls - This is fabulous! ::Fingers crossed!:: Mary  10.26.11 - 2:37pm
Amy Pugh - I think you have convinced me to get the 85 f1.8!  10.26.11 - 2:36pm
Nauheim - even though I'm a Nikon shooter, this was so helpful. If I win the gift certificate I think I'll take your advice and get a wide aperture lens. As always...thank YOU Jasmine. ( 1st post didn't include the full email, please delete and use this one!)  10.26.11 - 2:36pm
Emma - Probably a 85 1.8 or a flash. :)  10.26.11 - 2:35pm
Julie Mitchell - Great post! Thanks for encouraging me to finally pull the trigger and buy the 50mm 1.4G from B&H that I've been eyeing for months. It should be arriving on Friday - woot! I could really use that $100 GC now. Ha ha ha! I would probably use it to help buy a D700. My email address is  10.26.11 - 2:35pm
Brooke Schultz Photography - OH pick me! I'm a Nikon shooter so I'd buy the D700 (well..I'd put $100 toward the D700) :)  10.26.11 - 2:34pm
sarah maughan - i would put it towards the 35mm.  10.26.11 - 2:34pm
Colleen - even though I'm a Nikon shooter, this was so incredibly helpful!! If I win the gift certificate, I think I'll take your advice and buy a wider aperture lens!!! As always Jasmine...thank YOU!  10.26.11 - 2:34pm
Augie De Blieck Jr. - When I upgraded my camera last year, I also upgraded my gear and became a prime shooter, thanks in some part to this blog. Sadly, around the same time, my 50mm f/1.8 had an unfortunate collission in my camera bag with another lens and broke. So if I won the $100 gift card to B&H, I'd be buying that 50mm again. (And the 85mm f/1.8 is the most amazing lens I've ever shot with and gives me the look I've wanted to my portraits for a long time. So much fun!)  10.26.11 - 2:32pm
Adria Peaden - Adria Peaden apeaden(at)gmail(dot)com. I would use it towards the 85mm f/1.4. I have been waiting to save up for the 1.2 but I think I just need to get the 1.4 now.   10.26.11 - 2:30pm
Whitney Dupuis - Thank you so much for this insight! I would put this gift card towards a new external flash - definitely needed! My email address is  10.26.11 - 2:30pm
Allyson Garrison - Duh! forgot to include my email address in my first post.  10.26.11 - 2:29pm
Becca Pettingell - Totally the 85 mm. Hands down.  10.26.11 - 2:29pm
Allyson Garrison - Wow! I am drooling over all the fun "toys" in your bag of tricks! If I won, I would probably spend the gift certificate on the pocket wizard. I think that "toy" along with a soft box would really improve my wedding reception shots! HOLLA!!  10.26.11 - 2:29pm
Allison - I'd use it towards an 85mm :)  10.26.11 - 2:29pm
Gary - Been dying to upgrade to the full-frame 5DmkII for stills anddd video :-)  10.26.11 - 2:28pm
The Zadge - I'm a Nikon girl myself, but I too am in love with my 50 mm!  10.26.11 - 2:28pm
Jesper Aaen - Thank u som much for sharing this inside of your preferred equipment! 100$,,, well it would go towards saving up for a 580 exii.  10.26.11 - 2:26pm
Amanda - Hoping to save up for my first 60D! Just started a portrait business :) Thank you so much for all the info!   10.26.11 - 2:26pm
Nikki Robertson - I've been REAAAALLLY wanting a new lens but I've been told by those wiser than me that I should invest in some lighting equipment.... I don't know but thank you for this opportunity!! :D  10.26.11 - 2:26pm
Ronda Langley - Thank you for the post! I appreciate it! I would use it towards the 50mm 1.4  10.26.11 - 2:25pm
Jodi - Awesome post! If I was the winner, I would use that giftcard towards buying a new lens. I would have to hold on to it for awhile to save up but I'll get there. I would love to get the 85mm.   10.26.11 - 2:24pm
Karen Snyder Photography - I would put it towards more CF cards!  10.26.11 - 2:21pm
Kenny - Just what I need.  10.26.11 - 2:20pm
V-P Kangas - Great post - Thanks Jasmine! I'd buy the 35mm 1.4 :)  10.26.11 - 2:20pm
Amanda Webber - lol. I never win anything but I will give it a try. haha. Nice collection of lenses Jasmine. :)  10.26.11 - 2:20pm
Derryl - With the money, i would buy the new apollo softbox. :)  10.26.11 - 2:19pm
Mylie Wilde - I would use it to put toward a new flash. Mine stinks! It's time to upgrade.  10.26.11 - 2:18pm
ann marie moore - Most girls get all giddy and excited when they talk about their make up and shoe collections..I'm the geeky girl that loves talking about lenses and camera bags! Thank you J for this post you're a girl after my own <3!!!! I can see a new lens in my future!!   10.26.11 - 2:18pm
Aimee Tran - I love love your blog posts o. What gear you use!! I've been saving to purchase the 35mm and used the 60 mm 1.2 this past weekend for a wedding. SO buttery!! Thanks for always being real and fabulous!! <3  10.26.11 - 2:17pm
Fernando Reyes - I'd love the gift certificate, and love your article so i have a guide about what may be good to buy so i can take better photos.   10.26.11 - 2:17pm
Jackie H - I loved hearing your opinion on the lenses. I'm saving for a 50 1.2!  10.26.11 - 2:16pm
Liz - I love love love these posts!  10.26.11 - 2:16pm
Carrie Holbo - I'm saving up for a 24-70 -- I love B&H and would love that gift card!! And although I shoot with Nikon, I love the fact that you share this kind of detailed info about your equipment. It's so, so helpful....  10.26.11 - 2:14pm
Kim C - I just rented the 5DMKII for the first time and used it with the 16-35. I'm in love now:) I never thought of myself as a close shooter but after reading your description of the lens, I think you're right! I love that lens!!!  10.26.11 - 2:13pm
Phyllis - I've been coveting an 86" Westcott White Umbrella to try and tame the FL sun while shooting outside available light.  10.26.11 - 2:13pm
Vanessa - I'd use it towards a full frame camera or the 85mm. Great post! Thank you!  10.26.11 - 2:12pm
McLain Padilla - Wow, this post came at such a great time for me! I might be shooting my first wedding in a few weeks! Thank you for the great info. I would put the 100 bucks toward the 5d mark II!!!  10.26.11 - 2:12pm
allison harp - this post rocks. thanks so much! i would put the $100 toward the 85mm 1.8!   10.26.11 - 2:11pm
Adrianna Stout - Adrianna Stout I would buy a 50mm 1.2 lense   10.26.11 - 2:11pm
Susan - Thanks for the update on what's in your bag Jasmine, this is SO helpful! As far as what i'd buy...i'm dying for a macro lens. I always either borrow or rent one & can't wait till I have one of my own:) Thanks again!  10.26.11 - 2:10pm
Franklin Fitzgerald - If my wife knew how much I was spending on lenses, I'd be divorced! I've been following you now for a little over a year, and I have purchased half of your lens selection. i have the 50 1.2, 70-200 2.8, 100mm macro, and the 16-35mm. I also have a 24-105 that I barely use. But these few lenses alone have served me well. I rented the 85 1.2 for a wedding and fell in love immediately. I didn't want to send it back. I rented that lens after watching your wedding on creative live. Keep up the good work, and hopefully I'll have some nice images to show when I finally launch a website. Take care.   10.26.11 - 2:08pm
Veronica - My next savings will go to the 35mm 1.2, or was it 1.4? Either and both would be a great addition to my small collection!   10.26.11 - 2:08pm
Kim - Thanks for the info. I am totally in love with my 5D MII as well!! I call mine Sam though :) LOL Tall Dark and rugged hansom! :)  10.26.11 - 2:08pm
Raquel Leeper - I love this post!! Thanks for updating it!! I definitely would love the 50 1.2!  10.26.11 - 2:07pm
Karma Rae - I would buy the 35mm if I won!  10.26.11 - 2:06pm
carly - Awesome giveaway!!! I just purchased my very first full frame camera (squeal**)!! and would love to buy that big ol' ceremony lens 70-200mm that I have to rent for every wedding. The B&H gift certificate would help me out a lot for such a hefty purchase. hope to hear from you at! CHEERS!  10.26.11 - 2:06pm
Ali W - Thanks for the run down! A few stands for my flashes would do me some good. The DJ's speakers are NOT working.  10.26.11 - 2:06pm
Jete Devisser - Always love your posts, and when they come with a giveaway - EVEN BETTER!! :) I'm not totally sure what I would use it towards... There are so. many. things that I want to have it's ridiculous. I think I would like to save up for a good flash, or the Nikkor 24-70 2.8G ED.   10.26.11 - 2:05pm
AllieDean - I love this post...our lenses are such good workers they deserve a raise :) The 85mm looks amazing!  10.26.11 - 2:04pm
Phil Struthers - I was about to covet your 16-35 mm zoom until you said you never used it. thanks for helping me decide i don't need to spend the money on it. I just bought the 50mm 1.4 and love it. But after almost exclusively using the 24-70 2.8, I find myself backing up a lot to try to fit it all in so i do admit i would love a better zoom that covers the wide angle range. Great blog and thanks for the insite. Phil  10.26.11 - 2:04pm
Jeff Cramer - I am so ready for a new camera...I'm the second for my wife who has the 5DMII and I have the...old one...Of course a new lens would be great too!  10.26.11 - 2:02pm
Ivey Mischel - Love this post! It helped me tremendously. I am in the process of making my next big move with equipment! I've used a 5DMkII and it just fits too well in my hands - Hopefully soon it'll be mine!   10.26.11 - 2:02pm
Diana Landau - I would love a wide angle lens!  10.26.11 - 2:01pm
Chelsea Blatchford - I am debating between the 100mm 2.8L and upgrading my 430ex to the 580. Hmmm... decisions, decisions!  10.26.11 - 1:59pm
Andrea - Ooo, we have everything in the trifecta except the newly added 35mm, which we'd loooove to add! :)  10.26.11 - 1:58pm
Mark Crespo - great blog post. if i won the gc it would definitely go to my lens fund for a 24-70mm. please please pretty please =)  10.26.11 - 1:54pm
Chloe F - I think I'd use my B&H voucher to put towards the 5DIII when it comes out! I'm waiting anxiously!  10.26.11 - 1:54pm
crystal - Thanks for your selflessness. always :) I'm photographing a few births this winter and am trying to save up or another fast lens, still trying to research which I want first (I have the 50 mm 1.4 and adore it!) Something a little wider like a 24mm maybe? Or the 24-70? *which this post helped shed a little light on. You don't really use them, but for what I do, I totally would! I need another camera body, too. I love my 50D, but it needs a friend. Maybe a big brother named Mark... :)  10.26.11 - 1:54pm
Tricia - I would put it towards a new camera body. You ROCK Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 1:51pm
Jose Silva - This was so incredibly useful! I just started to venture into weddings, and this detailed post was JUST what I needed to get me started. Definitely a dream setup!   10.26.11 - 1:51pm
LeAnne S. - Thanks for the insight. Love that you share so much with us wanna-bes! Oh, and if I win...I would buy the 50mm 1.4... well a Nikon version of it anyways. leannesmith at mindspring dot com  10.26.11 - 1:48pm
Carissa Koehn - I enjoyed reading this blog post! It has given me insight into what type of lens I want to buy next. I would probably buy the Canon 85mm, 1.2.   10.26.11 - 1:48pm
Hannah - I'm a prime girl. I'd love to put the gift card towards either the 85 or 100mm.   10.26.11 - 1:48pm
Regina M. Foreman - I shoot with Nikon, but I still love you to life.  10.26.11 - 1:48pm
Susan Evans - Thanks for sharing this info Jasmine! I would love some cash to spend on new gear - I would put it toward a 2nd flash and pocket wizard. Or a macro lens. Or any number of things on my list! Can I just say that I'm blown away by the # of people who comment!? I mean I realize that you're giving a GC away, but that still means THAT many people read your blog...probably daily! I understand why because I'm 1 of them...but do you have trouble grasping that?  10.26.11 - 1:48pm
Sonny Parker - Hi Jasmine, I would love to have 35mm/1.4 on my 5D Mark II. Appreciate your post, all lenses you mentioned are already on my wish list...hope one day will be also in my bag...  10.26.11 - 1:47pm
Jackie - I love reading your posts! I have been paying attention to your blog for a while and I have recently been training in wedding photography. I have been wanting a nikon sb900 flash but haven't been able to since I am tight with money. I have been trying to build my photography equipment but went to school for fine arts and spent a lot of my money on art supplies. I would say my photography work is inspirited by my artistic view on canvas and paper. Thank you so much for putting such inspiration in your stories.  10.26.11 - 1:45pm
Haley - Your camera bag gear makes me want to go out and purchase some of these lens! I also enjoyed reading the post and it brought a smile to my face a few times! You are truly awesome Jasmine!   10.26.11 - 1:43pm
Linda - Love hearing what lenses you recommend. My next purchase was maybe gonna be the 85 1.8... and this just confirmed it!  10.26.11 - 1:43pm
Mackenzie Jackson - I LOVE reading your posts and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your work!! I would love to put it towards the 70-200 IS or the 580EXII!  10.26.11 - 1:43pm
Lori Maloney - Hmmm, it's a toss up between the 85 1.2 and the 100 macro! Thanks for sharing,'ve got great energy!   10.26.11 - 1:40pm
Regina Chayer - Dying to get a full frame camera and wow... gotta have that 85!!!!!!!! great post j*  10.26.11 - 1:40pm
Alaa Fadag - I would give it to my sister who is a design student. She is also the one who introduced me to your blog!  10.26.11 - 1:40pm
Leslie Sessums - Thank you for sharing! Hope I win...I would most likely put the $100 toward some L glass! :D  10.26.11 - 1:37pm
Keilah Engstrom - Wow, thank you for this post! I'd love to win $100 to B&H! AWESOME!!  10.26.11 - 1:37pm
Indu Huynh - Thank you for such an informative post. It is hard to find reviews on lenses or cameras that put it simply what is good and what is not. For my next lens I am hoping to buy the 35mm lens that will me tell the story of the day without compromising my photojournalistic style. Good luck to all as this will truly help and it is such an awesome Giveaway!!  10.26.11 - 1:34pm
Ernese Young - The budget is tight, so I would SO buy the Canon 85mm, 1.8 LOVE!!! Thanks! *Bless  10.26.11 - 1:34pm
Les Simo - Hi Jasmine, I thoroughly enjoyed your post as, I am currently compiling my Christmas gift wish list. I am eagerly awaiting the 5D Mk3, 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 IS Cheers, Les  10.26.11 - 1:33pm
jenaynay - I am an absolute sucker for prime lenses. :)  10.26.11 - 1:31pm
Jeremy Janairo - Finally a dig into Jasmine Star's camera bag! Thanks for the reviews!   10.26.11 - 1:31pm
Aaron Bendele - Nice insight, Jasmine! I would use the gift card towards a 50mm lens.  10.26.11 - 1:31pm
Jeremy Janairo - Finally a dig into Jasmine Star's camera bag! Thanks for the reviews!   10.26.11 - 1:31pm
Stefanie Hampton Morrow - Thanks for Sharing J*! I have been debating on purchasing an actual Macro Lens (I have been using Macro Filters), and I think your post tipped me off to make that purchase! Thanks for always sharing and caring. (You are like an awesome photographic care bear - haha)!  10.26.11 - 1:29pm
Logan Clement - I'd be stoked to get a $100 to put towards picking up the 85 1.8. I think i't be a great addition to my arsenal!  10.26.11 - 1:29pm
Amy - Thanks for all the gear info! It's almost impossible to decide what I'd put $100 towards, but probably a wide prime- 35 or 24. :)  10.26.11 - 1:27pm
Nikki Fischer - I am an aspiring photographer and all the above information has been of great help. I'm planning on ordering the new Sony A77 SLT camera so the gift certificate will help in the purchase of needed accessories. I have been excited to get started in photography. I love to take photos and would love to make a side living out of photography. Keep up all the great posts and your photography is very inspiring! Thanks!  10.26.11 - 1:25pm
Orchid Kruse - Thanks for this post, BFF! Helped a lot!  10.26.11 - 1:25pm
Amy Paulson - There you go again...bein' all amazing and such. Thanks for this post. And I would put the gift certificate toward the 70-200. It would be nice to not have to rent it anymore...   10.26.11 - 1:24pm
Lauren Gillmore - I would totally use this to help buy the 24 1.4... I have dying to get it!  10.26.11 - 1:24pm
Stephanie - I love your inspiration! You give us hope. I just bought the 70-200mm and can't wait for it to get here!!! Thanks so much for sharing who you are.  10.26.11 - 1:24pm
Kristen Buley - I'd love a new prime lens...and this would get me partway there!!!  10.26.11 - 1:24pm
Laura M - Thank you so much for this post! I have been considering my next lens and this is so helpful. BTW, made the same mistake with the with the 480 flash.  10.26.11 - 1:23pm
Susan Bartolini - Awesome review. I would buy the 35mm 1.4L. It is the only one missing from my arsenal.  10.26.11 - 1:23pm
Dena Powell - The 35mm 1.4 is next on my list!  10.26.11 - 1:23pm
Amber McDougall - Why not try?!?! Thanks for the info in your post. Not sure what I would buy...probably save it for a big 70-200.   10.26.11 - 1:22pm
Penny - I have some money set aside for a 70-200 and this $100 gift card just may be enough to push me over the edge. <3  10.26.11 - 1:22pm
Mark Hayes - Yup, the perfect Canon lineup. The only differences in my kit is no 24mm or 24-70, the 24-105 instead. The 35/50/85 is my combo for most everything other than ceremony where the 70-200 rocks. Have been playing with the 135/F2 a bit - rocks on the 1Dmk1V.   10.26.11 - 1:22pm
Leslie Wilson - Thanks for the glance into your bag and process! I know what I'd spend that $100 on!  10.26.11 - 1:21pm
Laura Burkholder - I'd love to invest in a 35mm, 1.4! I'm a fixed lens girl myself and want to add to my collection. :)  10.26.11 - 1:20pm
Kari Polak - Love this post! Thanks for sharing with us.  10.26.11 - 1:19pm
Shefali Lindsey - This is an AWESOME post!!! And, if that $100 GC came to visit me, I would get the 35 mm f/1.4. I shot with it at a wedding and fell instantly in love!!!   10.26.11 - 1:19pm
Ashley J Brooks - I would SOOO put it towards my first upgrade :) a 50mm!!!!   10.26.11 - 1:19pm
Shelley Jensen - I. need. this. F'real. :)  10.26.11 - 1:16pm
Marjorie Datuin - Thank you so much for this post. Very informative. I love it!   10.26.11 - 1:16pm
Rayelle - Love the blog post! If I were to win I would buy a brand new lens, I have a 18-55mm that came with my Nikon camera and have been wanting a NEW lens for so long. Iv been saving up all my money to go to photography school, so this new lens would really help :) Big Fan From Saskatchewan, Canada! Have a fabulous day :)  10.26.11 - 1:15pm
Jay - My wife and I are actually planning on surprising a friend by buying her a 5DMII. We got her hooked on photography, and now we want her to have the hardware to match her passion!  10.26.11 - 1:15pm
Tommy B. - Thank you so much for all of your wonderful posts! My lens collection has grown recently and I've run out of room in my current camera bag. So, this gift certificate will definitely help in purchasing a new bag.   10.26.11 - 1:15pm
Leslie - B&H? I'm so in. I'd probably use it towards a flash. :)  10.26.11 - 1:14pm
Catherine - Ahhh this post is so awesome, thank you for writing it out!  10.26.11 - 1:14pm
Danielle Siap - Love this post. Actually LOVE every post. You are like my morning cup of coffee. The day just doesn't seem right until I get some. You rock my friend!! I would use the GC for the 85 mm lens. Been saving for 2 years now.  10.26.11 - 1:14pm
Erica Baker - I am saving up for the Canon 5D Mark II, so a gift certificate would get me $100 closer :) Thanks for all of the amazing information and inspiration!   10.26.11 - 1:11pm
Shannon - your in depth honest description of what's in your bag. Thanks for telling us what's you and what's not...and owning it, like usual :)  10.26.11 - 1:10pm
Steamer Lee - Ooh! 580 EXII for me!! Thanks Jasmine. Love your inspiration and your joy!  10.26.11 - 1:10pm
Michael - Lens it....$100 would go towards feeding my addiction! :-)  10.26.11 - 1:08pm
Jennifer Smith - Great post! I'm really want to get the 50mm 1.2 or the or the 85mm 1.2. Love your blog!  10.26.11 - 1:06pm
Adrienne Suarez - Thanks for this post! I've been trying to decide what gear to buy next, and this has definitely given me some insight!  10.26.11 - 1:06pm
Kim M - Great post! I would love to buy the 85mm.   10.26.11 - 1:05pm
Jillian Glaser - Pick meeeeeeeee! (pretty please). It would be going toward my future ownership of the 35mm 1.4.   10.26.11 - 1:05pm
Lupe Ruiz - I hope I win!!! I'd put it towards an 85mm lens!!! :-D  10.26.11 - 1:05pm
Stacy - I would most likely put it toward the 85 1.2...since I have the 50 1.2 (I do kiss it goodnight) and I recently bought the 35 1.4 (adore it)! Thanks for all the fun tips and info on your equipment!  10.26.11 - 1:05pm
Katie J - I definitely need an upgraded flash for my reception shots. You live and learn!  10.26.11 - 1:03pm
Emily - Thanks for sharing all the great info!! I would put GC towards 85mm.   10.26.11 - 1:03pm
Leah - Love this post!! I would have to really do some browsing to decide what I would do with a gift certificate. I really want a new lens :)  10.26.11 - 1:02pm
Lydia Chen - in Bradley Cooper? ;D Thank you sharing your insights and user experience on these lenses! Super uber helpful!   10.26.11 - 1:02pm
Jamie Backlin - Great post!!! Love your style of gear review! I would buy and rock out a remote shutter so my boys will actually see me in some of their pictures ha ha!  10.26.11 - 1:01pm
Sarah Williams - 24-70 please!  10.26.11 - 1:00pm
Eddie Sanchez - Thanks Jasmine! Sharing is caring and you really make that true.   10.26.11 - 1:00pm
Andria Lavine - Always a joy to read your posts... but what a sweet little bonus :) -Andria ...un-"Official" WPPI-U Atlanta Photog =)  10.26.11 - 1:00pm
Caleb Williams - 24-70!  10.26.11 - 12:59pm
Kira Noble - Jasmine! Loved this post. Such valuable information once again. I would probably put the gift card towards another 70-200mm 2.8 for Matt, my fearless husband and second shooter!   10.26.11 - 12:59pm
Sarah Bouchard - I want the 70-200!  10.26.11 - 12:59pm
Kelly Higgins - I would love to have the Canon 70-200mm IS II USM or a wide angle lens. Can't decided which one! LOL. Thanks for sharing!   10.26.11 - 12:58pm
Erika - I cannot THANK YOU enough for this post! Wow, so helpful. I am just starting out and have SO MUCH to buy. I am constantly perplexed as to what lenses to start are most important to purchase. My first purchase was an 24-105 f/4L and I am totally not happy with it. Next on the list is a 70-200 I HAVE to get one very soon. The gift card would help me SO MUCH!  10.26.11 - 12:58pm
essie jane - Love your "bag" posts. :) Someday....... hehe If I won the gift card, I'd prrrrrobably get Lightroom (with the student discount!) I need LR so bad. =/  10.26.11 - 12:58pm
Jana - Oh wish list is sooo long that I'm sure I could put it to good use!  10.26.11 - 12:58pm
Nadya - great post!! i am building my lenses so its always nice to see what it used and when! thanks :)  10.26.11 - 12:58pm
Meredith Sledge - Meredith Sledge Jasmine! I couldn't be more glad that you wrote this post! It was a huge help to me, especially knowing JD prefers the 50mm 1.4!! :) And also, I'm pretty positive Canon is releasing a camera to take the 5D Mark II's place in the next 6 months!!! :) Or less. WOOOO. But as for the giveaway, I'd definitely put that money towards my new camera, whatever that might be. For now, I'm waiting for the Mark III. :)  10.26.11 - 12:57pm
Bogdan Staiculescu - I'd begin with the 50 mil f/1.2 and then if I'm not scarce on $$$ I'd (as you say) sign the dotted line for any of the other L lenses, beginning with the 85 and ending with the upcoming 5D Mk 3, or whatever the name :D <3  10.26.11 - 12:57pm
Misty Perryman - I would get my hands on that beautiful flash!   10.26.11 - 12:56pm
Terrie Brewer - I love this post. It really helps me sort it all out in my brain. I would love to use th $100 towards a macro lens. This would help me round out my equipment for weddings without renting one. Email is ----- Thanks.  10.26.11 - 12:56pm
Pauline - Oh. Jasmine. I'm now where you once been. Just starting up my business! Do I have to say cash is always on my mind? This Gift Certificate would help me a little bit on the way to having a camera-bag that fits my style just like yours does!   10.26.11 - 12:55pm
Rosane Walker - Thanks so much for sharing. Your sense of humor makes your posts so much fun. I would love to buy a Nikon 85 mm, 1.8!  10.26.11 - 12:55pm
Tina Wehrman - Great post! I love reading your posts. I would put the gift card towards the purchase of an SLR camera!  10.26.11 - 12:54pm
Karen - Loved the post. I have saved it in a folder for future reference.I would put the $100 towards an 85mm or 35mm,I can't decide.  10.26.11 - 12:53pm
Tanya Maycock - Right now, 35m 1.4 lens. Ideally, a 5D mark III. If I sold a kidney as well as having to wait, a 1DS MarkX. Might as well have big dreams.  10.26.11 - 12:52pm
Christina Shippey - Thanks for the post- I am saving up for the 70-200mm 2.8 so I don't have to rent it anymore!! :)  10.26.11 - 12:52pm
Ka-Ce Abshier - saw you at WPPI in Long Beach & have been following you since. you are such a huge inspiration! and if you choose me for the gift certificate i would prob get a new lens or a new tripod--since mine is falling apart :'(  10.26.11 - 12:50pm
Lauren Rindo - you are d'bomb. seriously, lens recommendations are the best. i'm totally in a spot right now where i haven't yet found my style just yet, but i'm getting there. and this post helps in so many ways. THANKS!  10.26.11 - 12:50pm
Patti Woznick - Hey Jasmine! Love your work! I think I would put it towards a second SB-900 flash...yes...I shoot Nikon! Don't hold it against me!  10.26.11 - 12:50pm
Hans Fisher - Thanks for all the help you provide! You are a wonderful person. I would love the 35 1.4, but I would probably end up using it on memory cards or something like that!   10.26.11 - 12:49pm
Tiffany Carbaugh - Thanks for sharing all that info! I would definitely put it towards a fixed lens, probably the 35, since I only have one as of now. I have the 50 fixed and love it, but I feel that my more dramatic style of shooting would work better with a wider lens. Thanks to you and B&H for doing a giveaway! Oh, and my email is  10.26.11 - 12:49pm
Alyssa M - Hi Jasmine! I have been waiting for this blog post since I started following you! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I would get the 85mm f/2.8 although my heart's deepest desire would be the 85mm f/1.4, but that's just too far out of my league at the moment. I shoot with a Sony. I know, crazy, but my husband chose it before I had any idea I would learn to shoot manual. I'm actually rather attached to it now and it takes beautiful pictures of my babies with my 50mm f/1.4. Thank you so much for sharing just everything. You're amazing and you have taught me so very much!   10.26.11 - 12:48pm
Jeremy - Great post! I'd give the gift certificate to my wife to use toward a new flash.   10.26.11 - 12:48pm
Kristin Nicole - Love it all, but I am pretty sure the next lens that I want is the 35 so that I can make myself shoot less close  10.26.11 - 12:47pm
Jennifer Low - Thanks for the update on your camera bag. I'm sure you hear this all the time, but you are such an inspiration..and funny too! I've been shooting weddings for 5 years and am in the process of rediscovering/reinventing my style thanks to prime lenses. I just bought the 35mm 1.4 and am in love with how buttery it is. LOVE. Thanks for continuing to educate and support your fellow photogs. You are appreciated. =)  10.26.11 - 12:47pm
Samantha - Love this post! So helpful!   10.26.11 - 12:46pm
Jessica Lee - I'd use it towards the 35mm. I have the 50 1.4 LURV it and the 85 1.8 LURV it toooo!!  10.26.11 - 12:46pm
Paige - I have been saving up to buy the Canon 5DMII!  10.26.11 - 12:45pm
Indiana - thanks for the post!  10.26.11 - 12:44pm
kath bisson - great and helpful post indeed :) i am just starting out and aim to be the very best that i can be,hence my reading your blog lol ;) im from the uk so dont know if it would make any difference to the prize but would SO love to win this,at the moment i have a nikon d200 with a micro 60mm lens,so would use my prize to either put towards a nice new lens,or if im skint lol id grab a couple of batteries and a good memory card so i can just snip snap away :) ive never won a comp before but as my mum says "if you dont ask you dont get" so here is my email just incases ;)  10.26.11 - 12:44pm
Daniel Lanning - Great writeup of what you use and how you have sorted thru lenses to define your style. Been taking about getting the 35mm/1.4 for Nikon and are going to do it even if we don't win the gift card! Thanks for sharing!  10.26.11 - 12:43pm
Marcos - Thats a valuable post!  10.26.11 - 12:43pm
Ciji Morota - I would definitely use the certificate towards a 70-200mm for my hubby. He's my second shooter and it'd be great for him to have rather than to rent. I'd also love to practice using it too!  10.26.11 - 12:43pm
frances - I would definitely buy/upgrade my 4 year old CF cards.   10.26.11 - 12:43pm
Ashley - I have been eyeing the Canon 50mm 1.4 for a while since you posted that the 50mm is one of your favorites. I think it would be super cool to have a gift certificate to use on part of it. (*wink wink)  10.26.11 - 12:42pm
jo ann - I'm torn between the 100 macro 2.8 IS and the 35mm 1.4. I love both! xo  10.26.11 - 12:42pm
Kristin Cooley - How awesome!! I'd use it to buy a Canon flash. :)  10.26.11 - 12:41pm
Morgan Jenkins - Morgan Jenkins of DaeLight Photography- lens line-up is perfection! I am saving for the 50mm 1.4 right now- and that is exactly what the gift card would be used for :]  10.26.11 - 12:41pm
Laura Kelly - Great giveaway! Thanks for deets, Jas! ♥  10.26.11 - 12:38pm
Danielle Almond - It's worth a shot! Thanks for all the reviews, Jasmine. I actually just put my 100mm (no IS) up for sale on ebay for the same issues you discuss here. I'm going to buy the 85mm 1.8 to take it's place. Thanks for validating my decisions. Cause I know that's why you wrote this entry..duh.  10.26.11 - 12:38pm
amanda onstott - oohhhhh! i would probobly save it and put it towards my next lens ;) would love to upgrade my camera, but not yet...someday :)   10.26.11 - 12:37pm
Courtney Jade - Courtney Jade I would totally put it towards my 35mm 1.4 i've been drooling over!!!  10.26.11 - 12:37pm
Caley - Oooh, $100 to go towards recovering from that same 480EXII mistake? :) Thanks for the post!  10.26.11 - 12:37pm
Adriana Morett - Oh Jasmine, your posts are usually helpfull but this one is the bomb! I have to admit I've only got my 5DII and a 50mm 1.8 lens so I rent all other lenses for weddings until I can actually afford to buy them... If I happen to be the lucky winner I will probably get the 580 EX Flash, so I don't have to rent it anymore!! Thanks a LOT!! xoxo!  10.26.11 - 12:36pm
Lori D - Thanks for sharing. 50mm 1.2  10.26.11 - 12:35pm
Tira J - Oh Jasmine! Thanks for the update on all your "babies". I just added the 16-35 2.8 to my arsenal for those wide, fun family shots where I want to include a LOT of the background. I would LOVE that gift certificate, as I need some more backdrop paper. Love ya girl!   10.26.11 - 12:33pm
amanda truth - Jasmine you are way way way fabulous!! I love getting to see what's in other photog's bags, and don't even worry - this post was definitely NOT too long! I got the 50 1.2 over the summer and you're so right, it's like my first born child!! I'd probably have to get the 5DMII or the 70-200, we shall see! :)   10.26.11 - 12:33pm
Shannon - What a great post!! Thanks! Currently saving up for the 50 1.2 so the gift certificate would help a lot!   10.26.11 - 12:31pm
Jeannine Pohl - Oh how I dream of 85 1.2!   10.26.11 - 12:30pm
Kheng - Thanks for sharing your gear list. I love seeing what other people are using. As for what I'll put the $100 towards. A Westcott Apollo 28" softbox  10.26.11 - 12:30pm
Danielle J. - Ooh, ooh, I need a flash!!  10.26.11 - 12:29pm
Dara Marlene - Awesome! I would put it towards the 85mm. :)  10.26.11 - 12:28pm
Kelly Jensen - Thank you for your reviews, Jasmine! As usual, your insight is helpful in so many ways. If I were to win the $100 B&H gift certificate I may use it to buy a calibrating tool. :)  10.26.11 - 12:27pm
Aaron - Thanks for sharing. I also went the inexpensive route and bought a 430 and would now like to upgrade to the 580.   10.26.11 - 12:27pm
Dara - Yay! I would put it towards the 85mm. :)  10.26.11 - 12:26pm
Lori Moore - I love reading your posts and this one is so informative and clever! I want lenses badly, but my purchase from B&H would be a new camera bag. Thanks so much Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 12:25pm
Mark Potter - Wow Jasmine! I met you at WPPI Atlanta (the Aussie guy) and are so inspired by you!! Thanks for sharing this. You are such an incredible person & photographer. I'm just starting my business and need all the help I can get as I've booked 4 weddings for next year and don't have half the equipment I need! I'd use this to buy the 24-70mm as, like you said, I think this will form the cornerstone of my business. Thanks J*!  10.26.11 - 12:25pm
Agata - I simply love your blog Jasmine! And the gift certificate? I would buy/put it towards 50mm 1.2 for sure!  10.26.11 - 12:21pm
elizabeth - I would totally buy a new lens.... Been saving some mula for a while. Thanks for your wonderful insight as always!   10.26.11 - 12:21pm
Darren Beckwith - I would use the gift card to buy a Sigma 85 f/1.4 with a Nikon mount. I know Nikon right, but it's been my go to brand since my first point and shoot!  10.26.11 - 12:21pm
Shayna - Do I get extra points for semi jumping out of my chair at the desk and forcefully shoving my hand in the air? I said, PICK ME!  10.26.11 - 12:20pm
Tammie - I would love to get the 50mm 1.2 or the 85mm 1.2 or the 100 Macro 2.8. Great post, thanks for all the information you share.  10.26.11 - 12:18pm
Holly - thank you for your time and effort. I randomly came across your blog and it inspired me to go for it! I am in the beginning stages of my photography adventure! you ROCK! ~hp  10.26.11 - 12:18pm
Meredith - Jasmine! first off, thank you so much for posting this! (: Second off, of COURSE I want a B&H $100 gift certificate! I love that place! I'd probably by more instax film and save more for my next lens purchase - maybe something with a 1.4 ap! <3  10.26.11 - 12:18pm
Jan Davenport - Been eyeballing the 85 1.2 :) Love me some B&H !!  10.26.11 - 12:17pm
Jacq - I would put the $100 towards a 70-200 lens!   10.26.11 - 12:17pm
Robyn Stagg - Hey Jasmine! Thanks for taking the time to do this again; much appreciated!! My name is Robyn Stagg and my email address is I would love to put the certificate toward an 85mm 1.8. Thank you!  10.26.11 - 12:17pm
MartaV - So awesome of you and really awesome of B&H. I have totally been looking thru the site lately and trying to decide whether to update my flash or go for the 85mm. Hmmm decisions, decisions.... :)  10.26.11 - 12:17pm
Andrew Cheal - Jasmine, I'd *need* the 100mm f/2.8 macro! Apart from the 70-200 2.8 IS, it's the only lens I need to complement my line up so I can put my trusty old (pre-digital old) Sigma macro to rest.  10.26.11 - 12:16pm
Janelle Chung - I always admire your images and blog! You are very inspriational to me as a starting photographer! If given the opportunity, I would love to have the 50mm, 1/2. Currently I have been renting lenses locally and I fell in love with this lens from the first glance! I have been saving for this lens for a while and I would love to have the opportunity to finally purchase it. You are an inspriation to all of us and I am forever grateful to have someone to look up to in this industry! Thank you for all that you do! Janelle  10.26.11 - 12:15pm
Melissa Tuck - Holy moly! I've seen your comment box blown UP before, but this is a new height. People love a good giveaway! :) But seriously, Jasmine, love your blog and LOVE that you do personal posts (and love that you use caps;)). Inspiring to say the least. I'd totally go for the 85mm, 1.2. I hear it's a beast!  10.26.11 - 12:15pm
ashley barnett - I can actually picture you doing the LA LA LAHHH song to your 580 ;) Great post!  10.26.11 - 12:14pm
Tim - This is like taking a stroll through a luxury car dealership, how's an amateur hobbyist not going to come away jealous! thanks for the reviews, i love my 50 1.4 and have been eyeing the 85 1.8, but going back and forth on whether or not save it and break down for my first L series; thanks as always for the insight!  10.26.11 - 12:12pm
Kare Kueh - I would love to invest in a 50 f/1.2 I love to have more bokeh in my pictures!  10.26.11 - 12:11pm
kim - ooh i would LOVE the 35mm!  10.26.11 - 12:11pm
rachaelmarie - yay! i would probably use it towards the purchase of the 85 1.8!  10.26.11 - 12:11pm
Erin Campbell - Hi! I totally appreciate your down-to-earth, informative articles! L-O-V-E your descriptors (e.g. "like plucking your dad's eye-brows" - haha) because that kind of real-life language resonates with me. I adore my 50mm but have been secretly eyeing up the 85mm. Thanks for sharing your experiences and insight!  10.26.11 - 12:11pm
Cristina Guerrero - wow its sad to admit, but I sometimes am that photographer that stands on the altar! Yeah I would take your advice and buy the 70-200mm. Gracias!   10.26.11 - 12:10pm
Bryan Miller - Thanks Jasmine....awesome details! I would by the 85mm...not sure which one but definately an 85!  10.26.11 - 12:10pm
Jeff Henshaw - thanks for the rundown Jasmine! That's a whole lot of typing up in thar! As far as what I'd buy from B&H, need to get a new white backdrop, or this or that... I mean really, B&H is such a toy store :)  10.26.11 - 12:10pm
Kassi Hamilton - Thanks!!! I've never heard one person like the 5D MkII so much! I recently switched to Nikon because of all the issues i had heard people having with them! So it's interesting to hear such a positive side. Although, I do love my Nikon gear way to much to let it go :P   10.26.11 - 12:10pm
Nerinna Valera - I'd love to buy that 24mm 1.4 lens  10.26.11 - 12:09pm
Elizabeth Kitchens - Great, informative post. I have a 24-70, 70-200, and 50. I'm Looking to buy the 85, or 35 next. Or maybe a macro soon. But i shoot Nikon...sorry. Haha.   10.26.11 - 12:09pm
krystle - great post (as usual ;)!! love reading about your favorite lenses.  10.26.11 - 12:09pm
laramie bates - Great post (as always), too many photographers just post a gear list. Coming from someone who is still purchasing their first nice set of equipment this is very helpful. Id use that gift cert to buy a 580 instead of 430 like I'm looking at now!   10.26.11 - 12:09pm
Margaret - great and helpful info as always, thanks so much! I would use the GC toward that 50 1.2 that i've been drooling for -! xoxoxo  10.26.11 - 12:07pm
Life with Kaishon - 952 comments. Jimminy Crickets! I don't know what I would get with $100. Thanks for the informational post about your bag : )  10.26.11 - 12:06pm
Jennifer Kelly - I am so happy that you have wonderful reviews about the 85mm 1.8 vs the 1.2 ....I questioned myself about my recent I can practice more without questioning if I was a moron or not! I can use that extra $100 toward the 580 EX Speedlight...I have been saving and desperately need it!  10.26.11 - 12:06pm
Suzanne Delap - Thank you!! I have so enjoyed your blog since I discovered it and this has now had me reorder my wish list. :o) Keep the posts coming! They help, especially this starter... I have a 50mm 1.4 and I LOVE it. It is the one I shoot with the most. Although, I don't have a lot of other options, but I still love it. :o)  10.26.11 - 12:06pm
Jaime Carrera - Thank you Jasmine for your tips! With the $100 Gift Certificate I'd go for a good discount on a 77mm CPL  10.26.11 - 12:05pm
Magda - ...just shot a wedding on 50 mm 1.4, main lens for the entire wedding, 'work with what you have'... I think I'm crazy, one day will have all of them from the list :) x  10.26.11 - 12:04pm
Rachel Durik - Would love this!  10.26.11 - 12:04pm
Jacki Rutledge - Thank you for this post! I was hoping you'd write one of these again soon. :) I think I would put the certificate toward an 85mm lens. Waiting on my 50mm 1.2 in the mail now....eek! So excited!  10.26.11 - 12:04pm
Tyson - I really want the 70-200mm f2.8!!!  10.26.11 - 12:04pm
James Bruce - I'd probably go for the Manfrotto Magic Arm Kit. Or put it towards an 85 f/1.8. Oh, and btw, Canon has announced the new flagship camera - the 1D X. Full frame. 12fps. Native 100-51,200 ISO. Not bad. :)  10.26.11 - 12:03pm
Amy Carlsrud - That was an awesome post. Thanks for all the usefull information. I've been looking at the 85mm 1.2 and after reading what you had to say about just sold me on it!! Thanks again.  10.26.11 - 12:03pm
A.J. - LOVE everything you post! Thanks for being so you!  10.26.11 - 12:03pm
Melissa - What a fun giveaway!  10.26.11 - 12:01pm
Brianna Rhodes - I have my eye on a 24-70 :) Thanks so much for all your posts Jasmine!!  10.26.11 - 12:01pm
Jannicka - I loved reading this! I want to get another prime lens soon, haven't decided which one yet. So many great choices. :)  10.26.11 - 12:00pm
Ramona Pinnick - Wow . . nearly a thousand entries already. Kinda hopeless to enter (kinda like a needle in a BARN full of hay!) but can't resist. Must be the positive pollyanna in me! I am saving my pennies for the Canon 5dMk11 but first the Canon 70-200 lens. Rented it when shooting a wedding and IT ROCKS! :D  10.26.11 - 11:59am
Katia - Jasmine, thank you for this post. I find it very helpful since there are some lenses I am addicted to and usually find their way into every single situation I shoot but it's good to have an idea of what I can do with the rest of my lenses. If I win the gift certificate I would by a holster for my cameras so I don't have to carry all the weight on my shoulders (literally) - the spider holster is awesome to carry cameras on your hips...we all know those are stronger than your shoulders. LOL  10.26.11 - 11:59am
William - Great post Jasmine! I love the gear head in ya!  10.26.11 - 11:59am
ericaJ - Thanks for sharing chickadee!  10.26.11 - 11:59am
Jannicka - I loved reading this post! I'm looking to get my second prime lens soon, haven't quite decided what I want yet. :)  10.26.11 - 11:57am
Jannicka - I loved reading this post! I'm looking to get my second prime lens soon, haven't quite decided what I want yet. :)  10.26.11 - 11:57am
Kathy Ward - I'm currently saving for the 70-200 2.8. I've rented it a couple of times and absolutely love it!  10.26.11 - 11:57am
Jannicka - I loved reading this post! I'm looking to get my second prime lens soon, haven't quite decided what I want yet. :)  10.26.11 - 11:57am
Maria Trader - Thank you for sharing what you use and why!!  10.26.11 - 11:56am
Carly Koop - Would definitely be purchasing the 35mm 1.4!!  10.26.11 - 11:56am
Tova - I've been wanting the 50 1.4 for awhile and would love to get that!  10.26.11 - 11:55am
Jenny Tobler - Since I am just starting out I would stock up on some extra of the basics. Extra batteries, lighting, extra cards etc. Just to be more prepared.  10.26.11 - 11:55am
Ben - Great post! If I won I would probably put the $$ towards lighting equipment or something Nikon :)  10.26.11 - 11:54am
Barbara - I love that your lens are a little bit gritty, you definitely get right in there. I'm bouncing between the 85mm 1.8 or 1.2. The 1.2 is so HEAVY!  10.26.11 - 11:54am
Marian Lozano - Great post, Jasmine! Thanks for always sharing such great info. I would love that gift card to invest in the 70-200!  10.26.11 - 11:53am
Amy Jo - I have the 50mm f1.8. I got it just to try out a prime to see how I like it. I love it. I would definitely love to save/use the gift card for the 50mm f1.4 and the 85mm f1.8. I like that JD likes those, it makes me feel like even though I am still saving for some L series (I think I would love the 50mm f.12 just like you love it) that I could have some fun lenses to play with in the mean time.   10.26.11 - 11:53am
ami - Sigh, L lenses. One day :) In the mean time, I would love to house the lenses I do have in a Think Tank that I've been saving up for-- so that's what I'd use the gift certificate on!  10.26.11 - 11:52am
Mary Powell - Thank you for this post! I was literally just thinking, "I wish Jasmine would post about her equipment," because I'm just getting my business off the ground and feel clueless. This was so helpful. I would put the gift card toward the 580EXII. I'm getting ready to shoot my first wedding and don't have an external flash. Thanks so much!  10.26.11 - 11:52am
Leah - your the Did you see if that domain name was available when you registered your website? Thanks SO much for this. Loveeeee love LOVED it!   10.26.11 - 11:52am
Amy Wu - Thanks Jasmine for sharing what's in you camera bag!! I'd love to buy the 35mm 1.4 with this gift card!  10.26.11 - 11:51am
Natasha Horton - I would buy the 580EX II flash. I shoot primarily (exclusively right now) in natural light. Although I love this style there have been often too many times I needed an "assist" to capture the perfect moment for a client.  10.26.11 - 11:51am
Dana Fiorito - sure, I"ll comment!  10.26.11 - 11:51am
Julian - Very nice post!  10.26.11 - 11:51am
Carrie Joy - I would put the gift certificate towards the 85mm. Can't wait to purchase one for myself! For now I've been renting... One day!   10.26.11 - 11:51am
Toni - Thanks for an excellent gear write-up. It's nice to know for what you use each lens. My wish list is long, but tops on the list is the 70-200mm f/2.8L.  10.26.11 - 11:51am
Ryan Doyle - I would put it towards a fantastic 50mm 1.4  10.26.11 - 11:51am
Sheila Bliese - That's an awesome giveaway, I will get a 35mm! :)  10.26.11 - 11:50am
Katie - Love the post and "human" descriptions for each lens. Woo giveaway!  10.26.11 - 11:50am
Ginger - I would so love to win a $100 towards a flash right now. I've been saving my pennies for the 580!  10.26.11 - 11:50am
Kerry Murphy - Wow! There are a LOT of goodies there! I also love that you point out what doesn't work for you works great for JD or vice versa. I've been saving for the 24-70 2.8 - I love what I see with it and that wide aperture: Swoon!!!! Thanks!  10.26.11 - 11:50am
Renee Higdon - Thanks Jasmine! I would probably put it towards getting some film! and put some towards getting a camera or a tripod.  10.26.11 - 11:50am
Andrea - Jasmine, Thanks for the wonderful post on the variety of lenses you use. It was really helpful that you referenced to your style, because I know (and LOVE) just what that is! For the record, I'd put the $100 towards a new flash unit. Take care! Lots of love from Winnipeg, Andrea  10.26.11 - 11:49am
Jackie - Thanks for sharing your equipment info! I'd put the certificate towards the start of my studio lighting so I can open up a new chapter with my photography!  10.26.11 - 11:47am
Bernice - What a great and informative post! I'm drooling over your camera gear!!!  10.26.11 - 11:47am
rik andes - What?! a gear post with a prize hidden inside?! That's awesome! What would I get? Hmm...I could use another nice flash to toss in my bag. I've got one nice one and one off-brand back up, but I could really use another solid one. :) You rock, Jasmine! Great post, too :)  10.26.11 - 11:47am
Annie Concepcion - This is the first time I comment. I love our work. I love your style and you in general. I'm miserable in my day job and am trying to get off my feet. That gift certificate would be such a big help! But either way, you're FANTASTIC!!!  10.26.11 - 11:46am
Annie Concepcion - This is the first time I comment. I love our work. I love your style and you in general. I'm miserable in my day job and am trying to get off my feet. That gift certificate would be such a big help! But either way, you're FANTASTIC!!!  10.26.11 - 11:45am
Sherrie - We have been saving up for the nikon 85mm 1.4. Thanks for all of your encouragement. You are amazing.  10.26.11 - 11:45am
June Acosta - Awesome set up that would be...oh to dream! Thank you Jasmine for the constant spark of life & creativity you bring to our world. Continue to keep it real & rock it girl!  10.26.11 - 11:45am
Ashley Smith - I would LOVE to win $100 from B&H  10.26.11 - 11:45am
Christina Dely - I LOVE B&H Photo! I have ordered every piece of equipment I own from them. And I am dying to purchase the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8! Pick me! Pick me! ;)  10.26.11 - 11:45am
Rosa Alvarado - Thanks Jasmine for such great help! I adore your work! All my photography gear I have bought it from this store and I am thinking to buy the 85 mm and the macro! With this 100 dollars gift card will help me to buy this 2 lenses .... I SO want to win this! Good luck everyone! God bless u Jasmine!!!  10.26.11 - 11:44am
Rich Lander - I'm totally itching to buy the 85mm 1.2! Saving $100 would be a huge bonus! :) rich lander  10.26.11 - 11:44am
Carrie Coleman - I've always been curious to know what you and JD take to your weddings and this post did the job. I'd love to add $100 into my piggy bank named "lens funds".   10.26.11 - 11:43am
Kristin - I would love to upgrade to the 5DMII! Thanks for your reviews and the giveaway (B&H too)!  10.26.11 - 11:43am
Michael - I'd buy a tripod so I could include myself in pictures of my family(instead of always taking them and being left out).  10.26.11 - 11:43am
John Beyer - Great post, thanks for your openness and willing to share your journey!  10.26.11 - 11:43am
Molly W. - Ooo, I would LOVE to start a fund toward the 85 1.2!!! Thanks for sharing your gear info, it was fun to read!  10.26.11 - 11:43am
Meghan - I would love the giftcard to help pay for the 580ex II flash!!  10.26.11 - 11:43am
kathy pilato - Thank you for sharing what is in your bag! I have a few of those lenses, and am encouraged that I have made some good purchases through the years. A few clunkers, but most are solid investments for my own little bag. BTW, the gift own little bag to hold them all!  10.26.11 - 11:43am
Geeta Randery - Lens I'd buy? Hmm, I'll get to that, but first Off.. HUGE THANK YOU for being so open about your information, experience, pro's/con's, and most of all your 'here-to-help' nature. I have the utmost respect for self-made artists like yourself. I have no training in photography, but recently fell in love w/ the photojournalistic style of photography after my engagement shoot. I asked my photographer for the raw images and began my journey of the 'learning curve.' I've been in corporate america for 7 years, but have a new found addiction to what seems to be all about images. I have aspirations of being a great indian wedding photographer one day (I'm giving myself 1-2 yrs ... to make it happen :) BUT when I asked for help, I was told Indian Wedding Photographers are super possessive of their work, experience, and knowledge! Ugh! Well there goes THAT!! Looks like I'm on my own (with ur help of course!) Let the journey begin :) I however, have a sweet gut feeling we'll cross paths one day. On that day, I'll refer to this blog post of yours, and thank you in person! Until then, cheers, and keep it up girlfriend! Ok, so now, on to what I'd buy? I bought these last week: 5D MkII, the 24-70mm 2.8 f/2.8L USM and the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The next one will have to be the 50mm f/1.2L USM now that I hear it's your fav!  10.26.11 - 11:43am
Ursula Page - ooohhh...would love to win!!  10.26.11 - 11:43am
Meghan - I would love the giftcard to help pay for the 580ex II flash!!  10.26.11 - 11:42am
Jason - Love your review of your gear. I had the 100 f2.8 non IS for some time and have been thinking of upgrading to the 100L. I think you made my mind up for me. Gotta get it. Keep writting, love your posts.   10.26.11 - 11:42am
Kelli - I NEED a Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS!!! Thanks for another fabulous post!!!  10.26.11 - 11:42am
Melissa - I have the 85 1.8 and I love it above my 24-70 2.8. Those are my two main lenses. I cannot wait to own the 50 1.2.  10.26.11 - 11:40am
Melanie kuntz - I really want to add to my collection with a 50mm 1.4   10.26.11 - 11:40am
Heather Laake - I think my next purchase would be the 85 mm. Loved this post. Thanks.  10.26.11 - 11:40am
Suman Chakravarthy - That was grt info... but I desperately need that 85mm 1.2... :) and would not mind a 100$ gift certificate :D  10.26.11 - 11:40am
Laura - I have been wanting to buy the Canon 5D Mark II for the longest time! I would put this towards finally buying that :)  10.26.11 - 11:40am
Kathy - I would use it to buy an 18-200mm lens since my 18-135 is broke. I'm having a hard time finding the cashola for a new lens.  10.26.11 - 11:39am
Alora Marie - Alora Marie, I'd love to get a seamless white backdrop, a black rapid strap...or put the gift certificate towards a 35mm lens! :)  10.26.11 - 11:39am
Jennifer Hudspeth - Ummm. YES. I would buy the FLASH. I have been struggling to find a flash and then BAM. This would be heaven sent. (Especially because I have an 8:00 PM wedding coming up.... Yeah.) My thoughts exactly. : D  10.26.11 - 11:39am
Wendy - Love this article, Thanks for the tips!  10.26.11 - 11:38am
liz - Love this peek into your bag! I dream about a 50mm 1.2.  10.26.11 - 11:38am
Kim Benesh - (I'd use it to buy th 580 flash!)  10.26.11 - 11:38am
Cynthia Kronour - Would love to put this towards my equipment building fund! Thank you. : )   10.26.11 - 11:37am
David Burbach - Thanks for the post, I am saving my penny's for that 50mm 1.2, I absolutely love it too!  10.26.11 - 11:37am
Amanda Turner - I am dying to buy my first fixed lens. I would love to buy the 50mm f1.2 but since I'm in my first year as a photographer I will probably go for the 50mm f1.4. I love your blog!  10.26.11 - 11:37am
Sudheer - Wow, sweet set of lenses and thanks for your review. I have been planning to get a 50mm lens. I would get a 50mm F/1.8 lens.  10.26.11 - 11:35am
courtney - this is so helpful, thanks!  10.26.11 - 11:35am
Christy Williamson - I'd put the $100 towards buying that 50mm 1.2 lens....suhweet!!! :o) LOVE YOU J*! :o) Christy Williamson  10.26.11 - 11:34am
francesca - I love when photographers post about their equipment. Getting a consumer review from people who do what I'm attempting to do is always very helpful. If I am the one lucky winner, I would put that money towards a solid 35mm. I have the 50mm, 1.2 (which apparently was the best purchase I've ever made. Its awesomeness is appreciated by all). But it's very frustrating when I'm pressed up against a wall and I'm still too close!  10.26.11 - 11:34am
Louisa - This is such a great post. Thank you for wanting to share what you know with us :)  10.26.11 - 11:34am
Andrew Maness - Awesome post. I am just starting out and it is nice to see that even people like you started out without L lenses.  10.26.11 - 11:34am
Clint Fraser - Really liking the looks of the 85mm 1.2. Would love to get my hands on it!  10.26.11 - 11:33am
Brittany Schlamp - I think I would soooo invest in some more equipment. I've been wanting to buy this or that, but haven't had enough! That $100 will get me much closer!!  10.26.11 - 11:33am
RedSphere Wedding Photography - Love your 85mm 1.2, wish Nikon made one :) Thanks for the write-up!  10.26.11 - 11:33am
Jaclyn Jezik - Thank you SO much for taking the time to write this out!! Its always great to get insight from someone like you {with your experience and A-mazingness and all}!  10.26.11 - 11:32am
Erin Faye - What an awesome giveaway! I would put it towards either the 85mm or 35mm.  10.26.11 - 11:32am
Lisa - I'm dying for the 70-200mm 2.8. I've been renting it for weddings but want one of my very own. :-)  10.26.11 - 11:31am
Leigh - Looks like I may be the FIRST to comment. Thanks so much for the peek in your bag. Only have one body so I would use the GC to get the 5D mark II. YAY!! To send my my prize LOL my email address is Tata!  10.26.11 - 11:31am
Denise - Thanks for letting us look into your camera bag! I'm saving up to upgrade my flash, hopefully soon I'll own a 580exII instead of always borrowing my friend's speedlite!  10.26.11 - 11:31am
SaraJane - B&H makes my heart flutter! I would have to pray about what I would put the gift certificate towards! Maybe toward my camera upgrade, I have been shooting with my 40d since she debuted?   10.26.11 - 11:30am
kayla :) - Kayla Morgenstern -, I'd definitely put that money towards a macro lens for sure! YUMO!  10.26.11 - 11:30am
Shanti Jain - I can't wait to buy my first very own lens!  10.26.11 - 11:29am
Mary Ann CK - This post is a gem...Thanks J*  10.26.11 - 11:29am
Veronica G - Love B&H,and because of your love song with the 50 1.2, I just had to have it. LOVE it. =)   10.26.11 - 11:28am
Lauryn - Thank you for sharing this! I would love to have this in my camera bag, but I'll settle for the couple lenses I have now. my next purchase I think will be the 85mm, either one of them.  10.26.11 - 11:28am
Carissa Jung - Oh wow I'm first! I'd buy the flash :)   10.26.11 - 11:27am
Chantale - Great post! Your camera bag makes me drool... Thank you so much for sharing such great information.   10.26.11 - 11:27am
James lee wall - Thanks Jas! I have been wanting to get the 50mm 1.2 for a long time. Now, I feel ready to start saving for it!  10.26.11 - 11:26am
Crystal - Great post - I always like to see what equipment photographers use! And thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would buy the Gary Fong Lightsphere Kit!  10.26.11 - 11:26am
Candace - Thanks for sharing the info on your gear! Very helpful since I have a 5D Mark 11 also. I think if I were to win the 4100 from B+H I would use it towards the 85mm 1.2 or the 1.8 because I want that lens SOOOOO bad! :)  10.26.11 - 11:25am
Grace Baek - maybe a   10.26.11 - 11:25am
Lisa Francis - Thanks so much for all your helpful and encouraging information! I appreciate every post! You truly do beautiful work! Lisa Francis  10.26.11 - 11:25am
amber - Hi Jasmine! Please pick me for the gift's my birthday today and what an awesome birthday present that would be! I'm also a new mom - baby girl is 2 weeks old today and would love to buy some new gear to take pretty photos of my pretty girl! Xo  10.26.11 - 11:25am
Lydia - I'm saving up for the 35 1.4, so this would be perfect! ;-)  10.26.11 - 11:25am
Tami Melissa - Love love love to hear about your gear! I definitely have to check out the 85mm 1.2, that one sounds pretty sweet! Maybe I'd put the $100 towards that... hmmm... :)  10.26.11 - 11:24am
randy hansra - Love the gear post ! I would like get the 85mm 1.8   10.26.11 - 11:24am
Jennifer Picklo - I kinda want a fish eye (I dont have one at all) or maybe a super wide angle-20mm -2.8. Heck, I dunno which I want more. Ha  10.26.11 - 11:24am
Jin - Hi Jasmine :) Great article...Linda and I have started out with the 85mm and 50mm 1.4 and are very happy with it. Maybe someday we'll add the L's to our lineup. For now, if we won we'd use it towards TTL flashes instead of the manual ones we're using on and off camera...kinda old school but we manually power up and down our flash exposure for reception pictures. I love that we're learning the hard way though :) Best, Jin  10.26.11 - 11:24am
Alicia J. - Alicia J. - I would buy a projector screen, I need one for my small home studio to cover up the window and bounce flash off of on the many overcast winter days that are sure to come. Also can I just say I am drooling over your equipment and also can't wait to jump on the 5D mark iii when it (hopefully) comes out. Right now I have a 7D and would love to make the jump to full frame  10.26.11 - 11:24am
Tamarra BaVincio-Legge - Thank you SO much for giving us, not only the scoop on what lenses you use, but WHY you do or do not like them! I found that invaluable! And a huge thank you for sharing all that you do on a regular basis. You are an inspiration to so many! mmuah! (Gosh, my head is spining thinking of everything i could put the gift certificate towards! But it would def be a lens! I've had my eye on several! I may have to sell my house to get a few of them Oh wait, i already sold it! haha! Thanks, again!!)  10.26.11 - 11:24am
Feather Midgley - Thanks for this. I love that you share what you use and how you use it. It's hard when you have to save up for one thing at a time to know what order to purchase in. This helps a ton.  10.26.11 - 11:23am
Leandro Da Silva - I would buy a new memory card!!  10.26.11 - 11:23am
meredith huntley - meredith huntley email:   10.26.11 - 11:22am
Alicia Haskew - I LOVE my 50mm 1.4, but next stop is the 85mm! I hope I win!!!  10.26.11 - 11:22am
Alecia - I would put it toward a prime lens. Maybe the 50 1.4?  10.26.11 - 11:22am
Lucy Gregory - Always so good to see what someone else has! I've always been so restricted on cash due to my lovely, but meagre student budget and have only, in the last 10 months, ventured into the fantastic world of prime lenses. Therefore I think with $100 I would just want to continue adding to it! It would certainly help me along the way! :)  10.26.11 - 11:20am
Bethany Ann - Thanks for sharing your camera gear! :) I enjoyed reading your blog, today and every day! And I hope to win the gift certificate! :)  10.26.11 - 11:20am
Kim - My wish list includes the 24-70, an 85, and a 35. Hmmm... or the 70-200 2.8 IS. I have the 100mm Macro and love it but it was a steep learning curve when I started with it.  10.26.11 - 11:20am
Stacy Herr - I want a Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS so so bad. $100 would put a small dent in the cost!  10.26.11 - 11:20am
Heather Stearns - Maybe put it toward the 70-200 I desperately want... Or wireless flash triggers if I'm being more conservative. Wondering... what do you think of the new Canon 1Dx?  10.26.11 - 11:20am
Michelle - I've never won anything in my life, but here goes nothing! My next lens purchase would either be the 70-200 or the 35mm 1.4. They are both beautiful lenses so it would be a difficult choice.  10.26.11 - 11:19am
Cheryl Pon - Thanks for sharing this post! I totally agree that the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS is a MUST-HAVE for ceremonies. I'm in the camera market to buy one!  10.26.11 - 11:19am
Shondra W. - Well...first comment never wins, but oh well. :) I would put the money toward buying that 85mm that you rave about...I have love affairs with that lens in my dreams (ssshh..don't tell my husband). Thanks!  10.26.11 - 11:19am
Timothy Eyrich - Jasmine. I actually bought the 50 1.2L based on you review and have LOVED it since. It has totally redefined my style and brides love it! Entering to win re gift card :)   10.26.11 - 11:18am
Karen Paulson - Great information! Thank you!  10.26.11 - 11:17am
Griselda Vargas - Hi! My name is Griselda Vargas and my email is If I won I would immediately put that money towards a 50mm 1.2f lens! I swoon for your pics and I don't have this one yet, so its the logical choice for me! :)  10.26.11 - 11:17am
Jackie Peters - I am going to have dreams of L lenses with wings fluttering through a field as I try to capture them with a butterfly net. I think I actually started drooling over this post! Thanks Jasmine! That was a great peak!  10.26.11 - 11:17am
Monica Bell - Thanks for sharing whats in your bag! I am looking to upgrade to a 70-200 f2.8L, a 24-70, 10-22 and eventually the canon 5D MIII that i keep hearing about. The $100.00 gift certificate would be very much appreciated in upgrading my gear! Jasmine thank you for always being so open and helping other photographers! you are such a blessing!! not to mention your a total rockstar!  10.26.11 - 11:16am
Hannah Farmer - Hey! I'd love to be able to put thi toward another lens. I just purchased the canon 5D Mark II and I am SOOO in love with it too!! I just need some more lens's. I only have two... :) Thanks!!! :)   10.26.11 - 11:16am
Lisa Aho - Thanks for sharing! It's nice to know what lenses other photographers shoot with for what (ok, so that wasn't really great english...but you get it I'm sure.). Cheers! ;)  10.26.11 - 11:16am
Abby Hart - Only you could make a completely non-nerdy post about gear. You're my hero.  10.26.11 - 11:16am
Annie Bleuer - I would buy a fixed wide angle lens...  10.26.11 - 11:16am
Alyssa Mintus - Great post! I always find it interesting to see what other photographers use and what they love. If I won the $100 gc I would put it towards a Nikon 50mm 1.4  10.26.11 - 11:16am
James Saleska - I'd buy a lens filter to protect my 50 1.2.  10.26.11 - 11:15am
Jeni E. - Cool - I'm in -  10.26.11 - 11:14am
Tiffany Walde - Thank you for this post!!! If I were to win a $100 dollar gift card, I would definitely put it toward a new camera - 5D Mark 2. I have been shooting with my first camera -rebel xti - for years and am feeling like I have outgrown it a LONG time ago. Now I am just trying to rock it as good as I can until I have saved enough for my new one.  10.26.11 - 11:14am
Kate lowenstein - I'd get me the 85!  10.26.11 - 11:14am
Erin - Thanks for sharing Jasmine! I'd totally use that gift certificate towards some pocket wizards! :)   10.26.11 - 11:13am
Kellie Conlon - I love BH! I have been waiting to buy a macro. Thanks for the reviews!  10.26.11 - 11:12am
Austin Miller - Really cool post, Jasmine! It's always interesting to see how others shoot! I would definitely use the gift card to get the Nikon 35mm f/1.8. (:   10.26.11 - 11:12am
paul - i would purchase a tv!  10.26.11 - 11:11am
Tosh Mickler - Enjoyed the post! I have the 50 1.8 but a wider prime sounds great.  10.26.11 - 11:11am
Christina - I love B&H almost as much as I love you! I would use the gift card towards an SB900 Flash for my Nikon D700  10.26.11 - 11:11am
Alison - Alison  10.26.11 - 11:11am
Rob Hall - Thanks for sharing what gear you carry... Love your Blog!!! Would use the Gift Card to purchase the Canon 85mm f/1.8 :)  10.26.11 - 11:10am
Rachel - I'd buy the 5DMII.  10.26.11 - 11:10am
britt - id put it towards an underwater housing for my camera :)  10.26.11 - 11:10am
Brittany Herzberg - Jasmine..I loved this post! As a beginner in the field of photography I've been looking for a post such as this to break down lenses (and flash gear!). Based on your suggestions and personal uses of the lenses, I think purchasing a Canon 35mm 1.4 lens would be the best step for me!   10.26.11 - 11:10am
Brittany Herzberg - Jasmine..I loved this post! As a beginner in the field of photography I've been looking for a post such as this to break down lenses (and flash gear!). Based on your suggestions and personal uses of the lenses, I think purchasing a Canon 35mm 1.4 lens would be the best step for me!   10.26.11 - 11:10am
Maria - Oh, this post was so helpful! - Maria,  10.26.11 - 11:09am
Kelly Whitmore - Thanks for all the great info, Jasmine! I just rented some lenses yesterday for an upcoming wedding. I wish I had seen this earlier! My next addition will definitely be the 78-200mm, 2.8 IS. I have heard such great things, and I can't wait to own it!  10.26.11 - 11:09am
Brittany Herzberg - Jasmine..I loved this post! As a beginner in the field of photography I've been looking for a post such as this to break down lenses (and flash gear!). Based on your suggestions and personal uses of the lenses, I think purchasing a Canon 35mm 1.4 lens would be the best step for me!   10.26.11 - 11:09am
Tammy Stark - Tammy Stark here! Awesome post, and OOOh! I'm coveting the 85mm prime from B&H. It's a must have. Thx for sharing, Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 11:09am
Janie Rangel - Thanks for the chance to win Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 11:08am
Callie - AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! 70-200mm, ah-yes-pa-lease!!!! ;) Thanks for the wonderful post and the sweet chance of winning from B&H!!!  10.26.11 - 11:08am
Eileen - I'd buy the 100 Macro! : )  10.26.11 - 11:07am
Jenny Camponeschi - Very interesting to learn what you shoot with! :) Most of those lenses are out of my price range and beside, I am a amateur photographer who has had her SLR for about a year, so I am still learning. I would use the $100 to get a speedlight though. I need to add it to my bag so I can stop using my annoying pop-up flash!  10.26.11 - 11:07am
Kristen Stoltenberg - I love your blog! It's so informative and I'm a very new aspiring photographer. I'd buy a 50 mm f/1.4 Nikon lens as I have a Nikon D3100 with only the lens that came with it. See, I told you I was new!  10.26.11 - 11:07am
Katie Williams - I would LOVE to get a 50mm lens!!! Thanks, Jasmine, for sharing so much helpful info. I love your work--and your blog!  10.26.11 - 11:06am
Keith Bradshaw - My next lens is the Canon 24-105.   10.26.11 - 11:06am
Jennifer Aguilar - Thanks for the in depth review! :)  10.26.11 - 11:05am
Pamela - I would love to win your gift certificate. Right now, with the holidays coming, I am in real need a of low light lens (since I'm not professional) I think a 50 1.8 or 35 1.8 would be my best bet.   10.26.11 - 11:05am
April - I've been needing a post like this, I have some cash saved up for a new lens and although I shoot Nikon, I've been thinking of the 80-200 2.8, not sure if it's equivalent to the Canon but great to see what an important piece it is! Thanks! :)  10.26.11 - 11:05am
Lisette T - Although I'm a Nikon user I do find your "Whats in my Bag" post very helpful! Thank you! If I were to win the $100 Gift Certificate I'd use it to help purchase my very first lens! I've been renting til now but this would help me oodles!  10.26.11 - 11:05am
Al - Can I ask the obvious newbe question as to why you chose Canon over Nikon? Thank you and good luck today in NY.  10.26.11 - 11:05am
Shannon - Love, love your way with words, Jasmine, these descriptions are beautiful! I have a mile long wish list at B&H - heehee, reflectors and lighting and lenses - oh my!!  10.26.11 - 11:04am
Amber Nolen - So I THOUGHT I knew what lens I would buy next, but you have officially sold me on the Canon 85mm, 1.8! Just starting out...  10.26.11 - 11:04am
Kristin Neufeld - Thank you so much for posting this :) I will be purchasing the 5dmii this week, and needed some great advice on other lenses as well. i have been shooting with the 50, but i think i am leaning towards getting a 35 now too! thanks jas!  10.26.11 - 11:04am
Ronda - I don't know what I'd buy, but I've got a million new tabs open from following your links.   10.26.11 - 11:04am
Jacob Lund - Great post Jasmine.. Thank you very much. If I got the 100$ certificate, i would probably use it for one of the L lenses (the 50 or the 85)  10.26.11 - 11:03am
Tammy Cedar - I would love to invest in a new flash for my camera with a B&H gift card!  10.26.11 - 11:02am
Kansas Caruso - Oh there are so many options for that $100 gift card!!! Thanks for sharing what's in your bag!  10.26.11 - 11:02am
Brenda Madden - I love reading your posts. I've just started taking pictures recently & have a love for low light & night shots. Reading your blog makes me want to do weddings though. :) I shoot with Nikon & just invested in a 35mm, 1.8 yesterday. I've rented it a few times & now it is my new love.  10.26.11 - 11:02am
Maria Burnham - 85mm, 1.2 is my dream! But it will stay as a dream for awhile. So 85mm, 1.8 would be my choice.  10.26.11 - 11:02am
Matt Schipper - I've been deciding between long lenses and wide angles for my next purchase, and the wide have won! I rock a 7D and a 20D and am looking to pick up a wide angle lens that will work with my system... I'm thinking the 24mm might be my next purchase! Thanks for your thoughts on gear!  10.26.11 - 11:02am
Chelsea Hamshaw - Thank you so much for reviewing these lenses.. we have been considering our next upgrade for so long, and its great to know what other photographers love and use....  10.26.11 - 11:02am
Carrie Callahan - I love this post!!! Great to see what you use to fit your style and why you like the ones you do and don't like the ones you don't. You are fabulous as always!!!! Thanks for the opportunitiy to win too!  10.26.11 - 11:00am
Aimee Wyatt - Thank you so much for sharing Jasmine! :)  10.26.11 - 10:59am
Bella Flores - Great info..thanks for taking the time to write about it!!   10.26.11 - 10:59am
Egidijus - I would buy same as you! I like fixed lenses because they forces you to move and find different, interesting angles and of course bokeh :) my choice would be 50mm 1.2, 85 1.2, 70-200mm and 24-70mm if wide angle is needed. That's my dream :D And for now i have my only and best friend sigma 50mm 1.4 :)))   10.26.11 - 10:59am
Erika Darcy - I would use the gift card towards a Nikon 50mm AF-S 1.4. I made the mistake of purchasing the AF (no S) 1.8 version and it is completely manual focus. Great in certain situations, but not ideal.   10.26.11 - 10:59am
Aimee - I would buy the 85mm, 1.8. Or, maybe, the 16-35mm, 2.8 because I have a Rebel with a cropped sensor. Saying I'll shoot at 16 with the Rebel is like saying I'll go to prom again. It just ain't gonna happen. Okay, so I hope this isn't the first comment because I kind of feel like that super eager kid in second grade who has their hand raised and is hopping out of their seat saying, "Oooh, Oooh, I know, I know the answer!" And the teacher is ignoring me to give another kid a chance. That might have happened to me before.   10.26.11 - 10:58am
Monica - I would use it towards the Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens.  10.26.11 - 10:58am
Dayna Pollard - I need a macro lens...BAD, for those pesky rings!  10.26.11 - 10:58am
Chris Fig - What a tremendous and in depth review of your lenses and why each particular lens is a necessary part of your kit. It's especially interesting that your main lenses are all prime lenses. That's very cool.  10.26.11 - 10:58am
Marla - I'm a Nikon girl, but still love reading your reviews. Who knows, one day I might consider switching over :) Sweet B&H giveaway!  10.26.11 - 10:57am
Tiffany Mc - I would love to you use the gift certificate on a Canon 85mm 1.8. Until the 1.2 is in my budget. You are such an inspiration!   10.26.11 - 10:57am
Kristi Hill - Thank you for this post! I love to hear what other people are using. I own several of these lenses but your insight on some new ones is great!   10.26.11 - 10:57am
Robyn Kord - Thanks for the equipment post!! If there was any lens I ever needed, it would be the 85mm. I have a 50 1.2, 70-200 2.8 and a wide angle lens. Every year, my style gets more and more defined; thaks to you ;) so this will help me gravitate more that way. Thanks so much for all your posts!!  10.26.11 - 10:57am
Jenna Marie Moore - Would love $100 to add new gear to my bag! Now that I'm finishing up my first year in the business it's time to start adding to my collection! Love your blog!!  10.26.11 - 10:57am
Aislinn Bailey - I would buy a 24mm so that I could more easily do family formals. I am currently attempting to shoot those with a 50mm.   10.26.11 - 10:56am
sara f - Umm, all of it! Definitely getting the 85 1.8.  10.26.11 - 10:56am
sydni - i'd put it towards a 50mm 1.2 that i've had my eye on for far too long.  10.26.11 - 10:55am
Melissa Hudak - I would definitely buy the flash.  10.26.11 - 10:55am
Liz Flaherty - Thank you for this post! I have been debating on which lens to invest in next. I'm leaning towards the 35mm 1.4. If I won the B & H gift card I would buy some CF Cards!   10.26.11 - 10:54am
Heather - Fantastic post! Just doing my research trying to find if I could only buy one lens, which would it be and how does is work in cramped situations. I'm leaning towards the 85mm 1.2... but I've been hearing a bunch of great things about the 35mm 1.4... Decisions, decision! $100 would get me on my way!  10.26.11 - 10:54am
Sydney Paige Hollingsworth - Ahhhhhh, this will help me get toward my ulitmate goal of buying the Canon 5dmII that I have been wanting! Or get me that fabulous lens! Thanks for all the information you listed above! :]  10.26.11 - 10:53am
Kumu - Thanks for sharing your lenses, I shoot with a Nikon and the 70-200mm 2.8 is what I have been chasing after (money wise) for a year. I love when people share their lenses, it makes me want to take them out, launch some clay pigeons, and shoot away.  10.26.11 - 10:53am
Christina Carter - Christina Carter  10.26.11 - 10:53am
Cristal Veronica - I have been dreaming about the day that I can get my hands on a 35mm f/1.4. But I think I'll have to start with a 35mm f/1.8 due to price. Either way, I'll be one happy lady!  10.26.11 - 10:53am
Jenna Marie Moore - Would love $100 to get some more gear in my bag! Now that I'm ending my first year in the business it's time to start slowly adding to my collection! Love your blog!   10.26.11 - 10:53am
Stephanie Salvador - Stephanie Salvador Hi!! I SO wish I could have seen you NYC today! Anywho... if I won the $100 certificate I would use it towards buying my 1st tripod... probably a Manfrotto. Have a great time in NYC!! :o)  10.26.11 - 10:52am
Julie Atkins - I am so smitten with so many of these lenses! The dilemma would be which one to spend the gift card on!  10.26.11 - 10:52am
Jim - ooooooooooo, would love to own all of this gear! DIEING for the 85.1/2 or 35 1.4. $100 would be a great way to help save. : ) LOVE your work. Stalk you on a regular basis.  10.26.11 - 10:52am
Sean V - Thank u for sharing! Your blog has been such a great help to me as I have fallen in love with photography. I would use the B&H $ towards that beautious 100mm macro IS :)  10.26.11 - 10:52am
Carrie - This is awesome! Carrie, carrierichardsonfry[at] I too am waiting for the 5D Mark III (I shoot with the 7D right now and I am obsessed with the focal points). I would save this to put toward my next lens (possibly the 50mm 1.2)  10.26.11 - 10:52am
Jenna Marie Moore - Would love $100 to get some more gear in my bag! Now that I'm ending my first year in the business it's time to start slowly adding to my collection! Love your blog!   10.26.11 - 10:52am
Denise Hernandez - Not sure what I would buy with it yet.... but am super excited to browse around the shop!! :)  10.26.11 - 10:52am
Quincy - Hi, I'm just 2 an a half years into my Photography career and loving it! This blog was everything I needed to know. I had a few questions on all the lenses you spoke about and you've answered all!! Great blog and thank you for letting us into your magic bag! Oh I would put that $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 35mm 2.0. I have the 85mm 1.8(my favorite lens). I have a long way to go but I know I'll get there. Check out my site and let me know what you think of my work so far. Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write this blog for people like me that are new to the business.  10.26.11 - 10:51am
Karen - 85mm 1.2.....Would love this lens!  10.26.11 - 10:51am
Sheri - First, YOU are A-MAZING and I can only dream to one day be as good as you. Second, I would get the 70-200, I need a good zoom!   10.26.11 - 10:50am
Christine - I never use my 16-35mm either but always pack it "just in case." Just in case never! Ah well... best to be prepared. :)   10.26.11 - 10:50am
Angel Canary - B&H rocks and I'm not sure if there is anything there I have NOT bought haha! If I won the $100 gift certificate I could use it for new seamless paper for our wedding photo booth or new eyepiece extenders for our 5dmii's! ;)  10.26.11 - 10:50am
Amy Snyder - Thanks for sharing!!  10.26.11 - 10:50am
Gianne Snow - Please pick me! I am planning on purchasing the 85mm 1.4 pretty soon and would love it if you picked me!  10.26.11 - 10:49am
ashley nicole - Thanks for this post. I love to hear what other think of their gear, especially from the perspective of what fits their style! If I won the gift card I'd have to invest in more memory cards! Can't have too many of those! ;)  10.26.11 - 10:49am
Tammy Circeo - I've been following you for a bit now and am totally in love with your work, your style, and your philosophy! (And I enjoy superfluous exclamation points, too.) I would love to win just one thing in my life ... and this certificate would go towards maybe the flash. Or one of the prime lenses. Or maybe pay the tax on the 70-200. Yeah, I'm greedy and I want it all!!  10.26.11 - 10:49am
Nicole Gelinas - Great post! Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize. This is probably not the answer you would expect, but I would totally buy some film, a darkroom safe light, a film changing bag, and a new battery for my digi camera! Nicole Gelinas  10.26.11 - 10:49am
Steve gutierrez - Hi Jasmine! I would put it towards the 50 1.2 - I've been wanting that lens for quite some time. -Steve Gutierrez ( thank you for this opportunity :)  10.26.11 - 10:49am
Andie Thomas - I love this review! I can certainly appreciate seeing a pro's input on great lenses. I am also smitten with the 50mm primes, they make beautiful bokeh :)  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Karen Allen - Such an awesome post, thank you! I am THISCLOSE to getting my 50 1.2 and I cannot wait to get my hands on that beauty. :) what a grand day that will be!  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Sarah Crespo - Thanks for sharing, Jasmine! I desperately want an 85mm 1.2 lens! Or more prime lenses in general, for that matter :)  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Aisha Mujib Khan - Thanks for this review! I've actually been wanting to buy a wider lens for awhile. The only prime I have is a 50, but I have the 7D so at 1.6 I'm shooting at an 80, not great if you're up close and personal. Now I just need to decide between the 24 and the 35 keeping that 1.6 in mind. Also, I don't know if this is a thing, but sometimes I feel like my arms are too weak to hold the 70-200 at long periods of time and my shots aren't quite as in focus as they could be because of it. Gotta get my work out on! Lastly, yay for B&H!!  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Amy - I'm saving up for the 70-200 2.8 IS. I rent it now and have a hard time sending it back every time! My 50 1.2 is on my camera 95% of the time.  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Kimberly - I would LOVE the gift certificate. I'm saving up for the 35mm 1.4 and 580 flash (I have the 430...lesson learned).  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Katie - WOW you have so many amazing lenses and girl, you know how to rock them :)  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Becky Eastman - Great info and so funny. You are a great writer. If I win I'm for sure getting the Brad Pitt lens. The Hunk! :)  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Franz Espiritu - Jasmine, I am drawn to the 35mm. I too want to be smitten. I always re-watch your CL class that I purchased. So much info each time :)  10.26.11 - 10:47am
Robert Hillis - Jasmine! I thoroughly enjoyed this post! It helped confirm so many things I already feel about the choices I made in my own equipment as well as helping me shape my choices for the future! Thank you so much. I completely agree with you on using the long lenses for the wedding ceremony. I incorporate what I call "Non-Invasive Photography" techniques into my weddings because you are right, too many times the photogs and videog's get in the way. The wedding couple devouts soo much time and money into this day and invite so many important people to share in this intimate once in a lifetime event to only have a photographer ruin it by standing in front of everyone all the time. By keeping out of the way but still getting intimate shots using the telephoto you are able to give you clients something they never thought twice about, an enjoyable experience! Thank you!  10.26.11 - 10:46am
Jocelyn de Moissac - Hey Jasmine, Thanks so much for this post its got some great info in it. I have a similar line up to yours, but my bag is lacking the lovely 35mm L.- its on my list to do (such as saving my pennies) so hopefully soon:) cheers and thanks again for being so helpful!!  10.26.11 - 10:46am
Joy T - Ahhh - I was so excited about this post and love hearing which scenarios prompted you to use certain lenses. I'm a "newbie", if you will and appreciate so much all of your tips! I have been going back and forth about the 430 or 580 flash - - well, you just made up my mind for me ;) the $100 GC would be a huge help, much appreciated, a blessing, awesome, fantastic, and a little bit groovy! Happy Wednesday back to you!  10.26.11 - 10:46am
Jody T - Great post! It's nice to not only see what you have in your bag, but how you use it. Very helpful.  10.26.11 - 10:46am
Stephanie Lindsay - I've been trying to save for the 70-200 2.8 and as much as $100 is a drop in the bucket for that baby it would really really help :) fingers crossed!   10.26.11 - 10:46am
Chia - Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I would totally use this towards a 35mm f.2  10.26.11 - 10:46am
Kelly Serniak - Thank you for always providing such insightful information in such an interesting and funny way! You are truly a great inspiration! We love you and have been following you since your first creative live! Simply Brilliant. Cheers!  10.26.11 - 10:46am
Kristen Forner - I would use that gift card towards the SB 900 flash that I'm saving up for :)  10.26.11 - 10:46am
Linda - Thanks for the insightful post, Jasmine! I know what you mean about writing up posts in your head for a while before they make it into the real world (wide web). Would love to know what you recommend for bags (equipment) and even stylish but comfortable shooting shoes. We just got a ThinkTank because of the rave reviews. Thanks again!  10.26.11 - 10:46am
// Dani - Helloooou Jasmine. It's me. Daniela. I would loooove to buy the bigger flash. Have made the same mistake as you, bought the 480. See ya ;)  10.26.11 - 10:45am
Natasha Vissia - This is awesome! I have been saving up for the Canon 5DMII, so this would SO help! Thanks!  10.26.11 - 10:45am
Russell Caron - Great post! Fellow Canon fan!  10.26.11 - 10:45am
Melissa Cramer - Hmmmm... thinking, thinking. I would say either a better backup camera for my second shooter/husband or the 85mm. :)  10.26.11 - 10:44am
Rachel Bond - Thanks for sharing what's in your bag! So helpful! I'd put that $100 with the money I've been saving up for the 70-200 2.8!   10.26.11 - 10:44am
Jessica Lemmons - Thank you for sharing all this great info with all of us! Love hearing about the behind the scenes stuff!   10.26.11 - 10:44am
Scott Herdling - I would use the $100 g/c toward the purchase of new back grounds for my studio.  10.26.11 - 10:44am
Sabrina Hill - This photog needs some new filters! Thanks for the tips JS!  10.26.11 - 10:43am
Robyn - Hey Jasmine! I'd use the g.c. toward a backup 580 EX for my second shooter... or maybe a new lens... or something else on my want list... I love B&H, so it'd definitely go to good use. Hope you have a beautiful Wednesday! - Robyn;   10.26.11 - 10:43am
Bryan Ackerman - My wife and I shoot D700s and we also love the full-frame sensors. The lens we would love to buy next would be a 70-200. Right now we are using an older 80-200. Thanks for your posts, we love reading them! :)  10.26.11 - 10:43am
Andrea Warden - So grateful for this insightful post!! :) My next purchase will definitely be the 70-200!!!   10.26.11 - 10:42am
Joachim Karlsson - This was a great post! Thank you! It would have been fun to see a sample picture as well from the different lenses. I'm flying to the US from Sweden over the holidays, and a gift certificate at B&H would make an awesome Christmas present.  10.26.11 - 10:42am
Beverly - I would love to get the 580EXII!   10.26.11 - 10:42am
Meghan Fryer - I have been itching to buy a new lens and that would give me a headstart on the saving front:)  10.26.11 - 10:41am
Chrissy Henry - My name is Chrissy Henry, and my e-mail address is I'm a few days away from purchasing the 5DMII (which is so exciting and scary because I just turned 20 and am a starving college student and infant-stage wedding photog!!!) I could definitely use a little help ;)  10.26.11 - 10:41am
Jessica Cortes - Thank you so much for this! I love to read reviews on different lenses, but this one was so much more helpful as you described what you used it for, and how it helped your style! Thank you!!!  10.26.11 - 10:41am
Samantha Lord - I'm saving up for the 50mm, 1.2. I can't wait until the day that little darling is mine!   10.26.11 - 10:41am
Jessica {Lera Photography} - Hi Jasmine! :) Thanks for posting this, it's really helpful when photographers you admire talk openly about stuff like this, it makes decisions much easier. I do have a question though, you said you prefer the 5D file OVER the 5Dmkii? I've been looking into upgrading my camera (it'll happen one of these days!) and I'm seriously looking at the 5D. I've seen a couple other people say that they prefer the 5D files, and if you do too, then my decision is made :)  10.26.11 - 10:41am
Jackie G - Wow thank you for sharing about your camera and lenses. Thanks for a chance to win! I would use it towards buying my husband a new SLR for his 30th birthday. He has an old 35mm SLR that he wishes he could upgrade to digital.   10.26.11 - 10:41am
Maridette - Love this post!  10.26.11 - 10:40am
Bianca Springer - Hmmm, I think I'd put this towards my next lens purchase!  10.26.11 - 10:40am
Jason Wehrman - What would I buy? It wouldn't buy what I want but it would help my buy the 580EXII...  10.26.11 - 10:40am
Allana - Well I shoot nikon.. but a 35mm is on my list! so a gift certificate would be a small step towards that ;) thanks for the post!   10.26.11 - 10:40am
Bryan Ackerman - My wife and I shoot Nikon D700s and love the full-frame sensors as well. The next lens we would love to get would be the 70-200. Right now we use the older 80-200. Thanks for your posts, we love reading them! :)  10.26.11 - 10:40am
Bryan Ackerman - My wife and I shoot Nikon D700s and love the full-frame sensors as well. The next lens we would love to get would be the 70-200. Right now we use the older 80-200. Thanks for your posts, we love reading them! :)  10.26.11 - 10:40am
Kim Dalena - Wonderful info. Thanks so much. I am looking for a good macro lens   10.26.11 - 10:40am
Mike Burton - Great look at what a true professional has in her/his bag. That said, the only gripe i have is it aint a Nikon. Love your work Jasmine & JD!!  10.26.11 - 10:40am
Jaclyn Marie - Mama need a new 580EX; one of mine broke in the midst of my 7 wedding marathon this month! Ack!  10.26.11 - 10:39am
Kerry Sawyers - absolutely, undeniably, without a doubt.... would DIE for that 85mm 1.2 lens. I've been wanting that one for a while and just haven't been able to do so. This is a great post, my friend pointed me in your direction and I'm very grateful to stumble upon your site.   10.26.11 - 10:39am
Bryan Ackerman - My wife and I shoot Nikon D700s and love the full-frame sensors as well. The next lens we would love to get would be the 70-200. Right now we use the older 80-200. Thanks for your posts, we love reading them! :)  10.26.11 - 10:39am
Suzy - Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with those of us just getting started!!  10.26.11 - 10:39am
Evan Hunt - 35mm 1.4! Thanks for sharing!!  10.26.11 - 10:38am
Daniele Springett - I would use the $100 gift certificate to go towards a Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight! Daniele S.  10.26.11 - 10:37am
Zachary Hunt - There are many items in your post that I love to put $100 towards, but I would have to choose the Canon 580EXII first.   10.26.11 - 10:37am
Michelle Guzman - Thanks so much for this post!! I am researching new lens options so this is great!!!  10.26.11 - 10:37am
Jennifer Orellana - I would love to buy.... 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens :-)   10.26.11 - 10:36am
Danielle Dobson - I'm saving up for the 85 1.2, so beautiful!!!  10.26.11 - 10:36am
Debby - Love all this glass! I would get the 70-200L 2.8!!! Been wanting it for so long!  10.26.11 - 10:36am
Chelsea - Thanks for your suggestions! I swoon over those babies all the time. I'm just starting my business and my 85mm f/1.8 is my baby. The 50mm f/1.2 will be my second. Prime lenses give such a great feel to photos. It's definitely worth running around a shoot for!!  10.26.11 - 10:36am
Vannia - Jasmine, thank you so much for writing this post. I love reading your blog and am very thankful for it. Right now I am looking to buy the 50mm f1.4 lens. I have the 24-105 f4 lens but need to expand my lenses and knowledge. Maybe later (when I save enough cash) I'll get the super-awesome 70-200 f2.8 :)  10.26.11 - 10:36am
Tony Belmont - Great information (and writing) as always.Interesting to read what you started with and how you've progressed.  10.26.11 - 10:36am
Chelsea - Thanks for your suggestions! I swoon over those babies all the time. I'm just starting my business and my 85mm f/1.8 is my baby. The 50mm f/1.2 will be my second. Prime lenses give such a great feel to photos. It's definitely worth running around a shoot for!!  10.26.11 - 10:35am
Lisa S. - I made the same "flash" mistake. I have been making my 430EXII work for me through 17 weddings this year...I long for the 580 :)  10.26.11 - 10:35am
Samie - I hope its meeee!! I'm sooo wanting the Canon 85 1.8!! :)  10.26.11 - 10:35am
Cassandra Monroe - This was a suuuper helpful post, definitely book-marked it :)  10.26.11 - 10:35am
lauren bryson - Thanks to b and h photo for the give away! Thanks jasmine for sharing what's in your bag and how often you use each lens. I would buy a 85mm lens with my winnings!!  10.26.11 - 10:35am
Sarah Souders - Oh my goodness. You have no idea how much I love you right now! I (no joke) spent hours yesterday googling lenses and which one fits my style best, so that I can put it on my christmas list. I saw your post on facebook and my stomach sunk. Thank you SO much for taking the time to write ALL that! I would probably buy the... hmmmmm..... 35mm 1.4 if I won! :) THANKS SO MUCH!   10.26.11 - 10:35am
Jessica Shadel - Jasmine, thank you so much for this post! It is so helpful and eye-opening! And if I win the B&H gift certificate, I would purchase the 85mm 1.8!  10.26.11 - 10:34am
Jody Peterson - Jody Peterson I'd buy the 50 1.4!  10.26.11 - 10:34am
Allison M - oooh pick me! $100 at B&H would go towards so many things, but my next purchase would be a diffuser/reflector and a small softbox. thanks!  10.26.11 - 10:34am
Jessica Gomez - I would buy the 85 1. 8, I've rented it before and have been thinking of making the investment. I would love to win!! Thanks!  10.26.11 - 10:34am
Allen Adams - Awesome Post! Thank you for being willing to share your secrets to all of us who really admire your work.   10.26.11 - 10:33am
Jess - I made the same mistake on the flash for the same exact reason. I just haven't been able to upgrade. I wish someone had given me that piece of advice before I bought the flash. Thanks for sharing all the info.  10.26.11 - 10:33am
Mai - Great post! I only own one prime lens (50mm 1.4) but love it! Will totally buy another prime if I win.   10.26.11 - 10:33am
Kim Dalena - Wonderful info. Thanks so much. I am looking for a good macro lens   10.26.11 - 10:33am
Valerie - Valerie Fiddes I'm saving up for the 85 1.2 but since reading this, might give the 1.8 a try (I'll get that a lot faster). Thanks for all you do.  10.26.11 - 10:33am
yadira richards - Hooray :0 One of my favorite post, I felt like I was taking a walk down Rodeo Drive, and just going into a store and buying something Fabulous (in my Tim Gunn voice)!! If I won, I would use the $100 to put towards a 50 1.2!!! yadira richards  10.26.11 - 10:32am
Kathleen B. - i've been saving for the 35mm, 1.4 :) sweet!  10.26.11 - 10:32am
LaRiche - Hi Jasmine, muchas gracias for this post. If I won, I'd use it towards purchasing the Canon 50mm, 1.2.  10.26.11 - 10:32am
Stephanie Seefeldt - Loved this Article! I can't wait until my lens collection starts to add up. I am striving to save for the 50mm 1.2 right now!   10.26.11 - 10:31am
Jessica Ricks - Jessica Ricks - I would love, love, LOVE a new lens! I have been wanting the Canon 50mm f/1.4!  10.26.11 - 10:31am
Kasey Loftin Photography - I have the 85mm f/1.8 and the 24-70mm f/2.8L and I love them both! One day I will invest in the 50mm f/1.2 but not today :( . Thanks for this post! I recommended it on twitter for those looking for recommendations or have questions. You always provide the best info. Keep it comin'!   10.26.11 - 10:30am
Alby - Thanks for sharing this!  10.26.11 - 10:30am
Andrea - Yay! It's been so long since your last equipment post. You know, I went out and bought the 85mm 1.8 and upgraded to the 50mm 1.4 because of your last post and haven't looked back. Now I'm working to upgrade those to the L series so that $100 will sure come in handy :). Great post!  10.26.11 - 10:30am
Lynnsay Macey - Thank you for all of the help that you give to newbie photographers. I really appreciate it! :)   10.26.11 - 10:30am
Malinda Warder - Love the lens reviews! I would definitely go with the 50mm, 1.2 it sounds like a dream!   10.26.11 - 10:30am
Camille - Aw Sookie!!! I definitely need a new flash because I did the same mistake you did. Live and learn, right?!!  10.26.11 - 10:30am
Kristina Carlson - I really want to buy a Nikon Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lense! My current portrait lense is a Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5......I need an upgrade! I LOVE my only other lense, a 70-200 f2.8, because of its wide aperture and I find myself trying to use it as much as possible...which gets really hard with a lense that is so gigantic that I have to run far away from my subjects to use it!!! Big money, big whammies!  10.26.11 - 10:30am
Alicia Fliger - Love love love your work and fab posts! Even though I shoot Nikon they are super helpful. I am working on building my artillery of photo equipment. I am working on saving up my pennies for a Nikon 85mm 1.4. Woot woot! Hopefully on Friday I am 100 smackers closer!   10.26.11 - 10:30am
Angel Petit - Thank you for sharing. I am second shooter like JD so I always like reading what he uses or his advice.   10.26.11 - 10:30am
Heather Gray - I just got done watching your Creative Live workshop and loved it! Thank you so much for "keeping it real" :) I am just starting out, so the gift certificate could be used in so many ways. I think I would use it to help get the next item on my list, the70-200mm lens..  10.26.11 - 10:30am
Tiffany Davis - Thank you for posts like this Jasmine!! It helps so much to have someone so talented share what works for them, and what they could do without!!   10.26.11 - 10:29am
Monica N. - Woo hoo! Lucky #1. I'd definitely put this towards a new lens :)  10.26.11 - 10:29am
Jenna Taylor - Thanks for the great informative post! ALWAYS helpful. I am saving up for that next lens - either the 85 or the 70-200....any bit helps! :D  10.26.11 - 10:29am
Taina - The $100 would go towards my savings for a good lighting system from B&H!  10.26.11 - 10:28am
Nicole - Thanks for another awesome, insightful post :) And please pick me!!!!  10.26.11 - 10:28am
annette - I love my 50 I know I would love to have the 50 1.2!  10.26.11 - 10:28am
Megan salonga - Thanks for the great post! If I won, I'd use it towards a new lens...either the 35 mm or the 24 mm!  10.26.11 - 10:28am
Benita Clark - Thanks for sharing the equipment you have, and the reasons why you invested in it. Please enter me in the B&H Photo $100 gift card giveaway. If I won, I'd apply it to the purchase of my first prime lens, the Canon 50mm 1.4.  10.26.11 - 10:28am
Janel KG - Oooh, a B&H gift card! I think I'd put it towards a macro or a wide angle lens... It would totally help round out my camera bag! Thanks for the insight :)  10.26.11 - 10:27am
Danielle Cox - I LOVE THIS POST!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Canon must love you!! :) I love B&H and buy all of my stuff from them. If I were to win the $100 I'd love to add the 85mm 1.8 to my collection. It would be perfect to take on my honeymoon in 2 weeks!!   10.26.11 - 10:27am
Jonathan Perlman - Hey Jasmine, I'd defiantly buy from B&H a double black rapid strap so that I can handle a two camera setup better. Thanks. Jonathan  10.26.11 - 10:27am
Sarah - Right now, I only have the 85 f/1.8 and the 50 f/1.4 and they are working great for me so far. I will probably start doing weddings soon, so I'm going to invest in the 70-200. I would love a macro lens, too. I am in need of a good flash but it's on my list of things to save up for.  10.26.11 - 10:27am
MelissaFoscardo - Oh, decisions decisions. I think I'd use the gift certificate towards another lens. I've been looking at the 100mm myself so this would help toward getting it!  10.26.11 - 10:27am
Sarah Holmes - Love, love, love you, Jasmine!!   10.26.11 - 10:26am
Stacy - I'd get a new portable backdrop stand for our newborn sessions.   10.26.11 - 10:26am
laura - i am in looooove with the 85mm 1.2 but it's waaaay out of my price range - if i won the gc, i'd use it towards the 85mm 1.8 so that i could practice practice practice. i believe that it's the photographer that makes the picture, not the equipment. a great photographer makes great pictures no matter what equipment he/she uses. my goal is to be a great photographer all-the-time, whether it's with my dslr, point and shoot, or iphone :)  10.26.11 - 10:26am
annie bobannie - If I shot Canon, I'd get the 50/1.2. :) I still enjoyed reading your post, even though I'm a Nikoner. Thanks for running the B&H giveaway.  10.26.11 - 10:26am
Kendra Lebo - Thank you Jasmine for again sharing your insight and knowledge with other photographers. You may be humbled by the outpouring of love you get from people like me, but know that you are an amazing inspiration to take your dream and make it a reality. Thanks again. As for the gift card, I would put it towards a better lens for weddings and event photography.   10.26.11 - 10:25am
Marsha - Thanks for the awesome lens reviews! (much better than the boring reviews usually found online hehe). I've been debating on a macro purchase for awhile now so if you were to "PICK ME", that's where it would go. :)   10.26.11 - 10:25am
Rachel Ruffer - Jasmine, you are so awesome. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge! I would totally buy a second light stand so I can keep experimenting with off camera flash at receptions. XOXO  10.26.11 - 10:25am
Jennifer Araya - Just starting out and would love to purchase a 35mm 1.4 to start out with. Saving up for a purchase of a nice lense. This post was amazing and extremely helpful Thanks you rock!  10.26.11 - 10:25am
Katie Hallmark - It would go towards some much needed glass! Enjoy your blog! Thanks, Katie   10.26.11 - 10:25am
Rachel Ruffer - Jasmine, you are so awesome. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge! I would totally buy a second light stand so I can keep experimenting with off camera flash at receptions. XOXO  10.26.11 - 10:25am
kimberly butler - lovely post, i only have 3 of those lenses (50 1.4, 85 1.8 and 24-70) but my hubby is telling me I will get the 70-200 for my weddings IF and only IF I get down to a healthy weight by my birthday (great incentive eh??) It would be so great to have that $100 to have tucked away, waiting for for me to click that "send" button and knowing you were a part of it would be EVEN better!! You're wonderful Jasmine, thanks for being my inspiration! (and lost 5 lbs already!)  10.26.11 - 10:25am
Christine P. - What a great review and sneak peak into your gear! I would <3 a 50mm 1.2!  10.26.11 - 10:24am
Russell Art Sitjar - 50mm 1.2, ive been renting this lens since i couldn't afford it yet. It's everything you could ask for a lens.   10.26.11 - 10:24am
Rachel Ruffer - Jasmine, you are so awesome. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge! I would totally buy a second light stand so I can keep experimenting with off camera flash at receptions. XOXO  10.26.11 - 10:24am
Cassi Claire - That $100 gift certificate would buy me one fourth of the 85 mm f/1.8! Plus, I could say "Jasmine Star partially bought me this lens!" haha! :) Oh and if begging helps - pretty pretty please with whipped cream and hot fudge on top pick me! Name: Cassi Claire Email:  10.26.11 - 10:24am
Becci Ames - I've been saving for a full frame camera. Everytime I get close something big happens. The last time it was a move cross country, then a family emergency. I've outgrown my fabulous 50d and can't wait to get the mark II. I know Canon is gonna release the mark iii anytime now, but the mark II will suit me just fine.  10.26.11 - 10:23am
Tricia - I've been dying for the 35mm but settled for the 28mm due to budget :( 100 bucks would go a long way to helping me get it!   10.26.11 - 10:22am
Tara Spencer - Hello! Thank you for showing us your goods! If I won... I think I'd purchase the fixed 85! Tara  10.26.11 - 10:22am
Crystal Calland - I am just starting out and I shoot with a Nikon. I would use the $100 to put towards a 35mm lens. I love reading your blog!! Thanks for sharing with all of us!  10.26.11 - 10:22am
Russell Art Sitjar - I'am working as a second shooter right now and i've rented this lens a few times. This lens is awesome! Its everything you could ask for a lens.   10.26.11 - 10:22am
Teresa - Thanks for the time you put into helping others. I enjoy your posts and covet your ability to communicate. I would get the 85 or 35.  10.26.11 - 10:22am
Ravyn - Great post! Love to see how different photographers use different lenses. With the B&H card ... we'd buy more film! We're gearing up for a big move from Indiana to Oregon, so yeah, that yummy film would be perfect! :)  10.26.11 - 10:22am
Amanda - I'd use it toward my 35mm f/1.4G. I'm a Nikon shooter. Love my D700!  10.26.11 - 10:22am
Te - Thanks Jasmine, this post was great!  10.26.11 - 10:22am
Katie - Love hearing what other photogs use...I have an 85 mm coming in the mail and I.can't.wait! I would definitely but another flash with the gift certificate:)  10.26.11 - 10:22am
Esther Garcia - WIN! :D  10.26.11 - 10:21am
Rod Jimenez - Wow! I'm afraid to do the math on the cost of all of that awesome gear.   10.26.11 - 10:21am
Greg Shapiro - Loved the validation I got from reading your post even though the proof is in the pudding. I just purchased the Canon 85mm 1.2 and Ooh La La, man is this a beautiful lens. You may call it Brad, I just call it heavy but overlook that when I see the results it produces. Focusing can be tricky but when you hit, YOU HIT. I also purchased the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS at the same time (OUCH to my pocket book for buying both at the same time!) and like you said, is universally needed. I don't have a name for it but like the song from The Courtship of Eddie's Father, "Yeah, he's my best friend"! Thanks for the inspiring work that you do.  10.26.11 - 10:21am
Trunetta Atwater - Great read! If I won the contest, I would buy a light meter  10.26.11 - 10:21am
Heather Moll - It would be a really hard decision to make but it would be a toss-up between the 85mm 1.2 and the 100 Macro 2.8. Thanks for the great, informative post. :)  10.26.11 - 10:21am
Kristie - Love this post, thanks for identifying what's in your bag! A few years ago when you shot with the Canon 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and the 28mm 1.8 you identified it as the Trifecta well I slowly built my bag to include the same lenses and love them, but I definately would love to add a zoom to my bag. I love your blog, thanks for all the good advice!  10.26.11 - 10:20am
Kama Carranza - I would get the 85 1.2 in a heart beat!!  10.26.11 - 10:20am
Chantal - Hi Jasmine! I LOVE your blog, and read it every. single. day. You inspire me to be a better photographer. If I won the contest, I'd immediately be investing it in telezoom lens for my Nikon D3000. :-)  10.26.11 - 10:20am
Christina (The Detailed Life) - Great lens choices. I currently use the 85 1.8, 50 1.4 and my 35 1.8 - I will upgrade when I can, but honestly, these lenses are producing wonderful images- and I will rock them to their fullest. plus primes lenses are great- forcing the photographer to get more creative and grow a lot faster.  10.26.11 - 10:20am
Linsey Wilt - Hmmm? I would love to have the 100 Macro. I guess $100 wouldn't really cover it, but with a little down payment I could more easily persuade the bank account! Oh goodness, that would be sweet!   10.26.11 - 10:20am
Victor Velazquez - Would love to buy an 85mm lens. I totally agree that it is great for that photojournalistic type shot.  10.26.11 - 10:20am
Anna Klapp - Thank you so much for this post! Soooo helpful!  10.26.11 - 10:19am
Carmon - I am saving up to buy myself the 85mm next. I mostly use primes.. (like you!) and I've got the 35mm 1.8, and 50mm 1.8 and really really want the 85mm next. :) I shoot with Nikon, but I always appreciate learning what my "heros" use as their go to lenses. Thanks for always sharing your ideas, techniques, and knowledge.  10.26.11 - 10:19am
Stephanie Stewart - I'm Stephanie Stewart (, and if I won the gift certificate I would love to buy a much needed legit light stand! I've been using tripods for light stands, which have their definite limitations. Thank you for the opportunity! Best wishes to all!  10.26.11 - 10:19am
Melanie - Thanks for this post Jasmine! I've been wanting to upgrade my Nifty-Fifty for the 50mm f/1.4 for about a year now.  10.26.11 - 10:18am
Becci Ames - I'm saving up for a full frame camera. I'm pretty sure that I've outgrown my 50d. I know hat Canons on a release the 5dmarkiii any day now, but I think the markii will suit me just fine.  10.26.11 - 10:18am
Trunetta Atwater - Great read! If I won the contest I would by a sekonic light meter.   10.26.11 - 10:18am
Amanda Septien - Jasmine, If I could have any photographer photography my wedding - it'd be you. You are amazing in what you do and what you believe in. Rock it girl like you've never rocked it before because people like me watch you... and we smile ... with you :) Amanda Septien  10.26.11 - 10:18am
Rodney Alan - I'd buy the 50 1.2L even though I already have the 35L and 85L. oh the gear lust :)  10.26.11 - 10:18am
Chris - I would buy my wife a flash. Her flash broke a couple months back and she doesn't have a replacement flash. The $100 would sure help get her the flash she wants.   10.26.11 - 10:18am
teri - thanks for the great reviews!! i currently shoot with the 5D and i'm saving for the 5DMII. :) email - teri [at]  10.26.11 - 10:17am
Jennifer - I would use the gift card towards a new lens!!! Likely the 85mm mentioned in this post.   10.26.11 - 10:17am
Jamie - Thank you so much for this post! It's so helpful how you're honest but not pushy about it. I've been eyeing the 85mm 1.8, but with a giftcard, I might just have to get the 1.2! :)  10.26.11 - 10:17am
Sarah R. - Love this post!!! I'm just starting out and found this very useful :) I'd love to win - I'd put it towards the 580EXII :)   10.26.11 - 10:16am
Hayley Trone - Jasmine thanks for sharing!! I have been saving up for the 50 1.2 for quite a while.. would be so nice to win.   10.26.11 - 10:16am
Edward Redondo - Edward Redondo Need a much more versatile camera bag.  10.26.11 - 10:16am
Jennifer Aguilar - Jennifer Aguilar I would looove to put that gift certificate towards a new flash that my hubby has been swooning over!  10.26.11 - 10:16am
Veronica - I would save the $100 and buy me a new lens. I am a Nikon user (Please don't hate me:) ) and are jonesing for the 18-200 lens. Right now it is out of my price range but I know soon I will be able to purchase it, and the $100 just gets me a little closer to owning the lens. Crossing my fingers!!!  10.26.11 - 10:16am
Becci Ames - Im saving for a full frame camera! And I'm pretty gosh darn sure that I've outgrown my wonderful 50D. I know Canons gonna release the mark iii soon, but I think the mark II would suit me just fine.   10.26.11 - 10:15am
Jill Denny - Pick me! I soooo need another 580EXII!!!! :)  10.26.11 - 10:15am
Lindsey Gerstlauer - Hello Jasmine! Thanks for sharing with us, the equipment you use :) As far as what I would buy, the 35mm is quite tempting! - Lindsey Gerstlauer   10.26.11 - 10:15am
Beth Dreyer - So many lenses I want. In this moment, the 85mm 1.8 :)  10.26.11 - 10:15am
shannon-may - funny story [well i think it is funny!]. i was just in new york city this past weekend [visiting from new brunswick, canada!] fully prepared to buy the 24 - 70mm 2.8 lens, and on friday morning i walked the nine blocks from my hotel over to B&H photo... only to discover that they were CLOSED for holidays and would not reopen until sunday at 10am, the exact time my train was leaving from penn station. so bummed!!  10.26.11 - 10:15am
Rebecca Lund - Great giveaway! yay! Becca Lund --  10.26.11 - 10:14am
Stefania Distante - Hello Jasmine! Thanks for this insight! I am wowed by your images and love your collection of prime lenses. I admire your work greatly! Stef  10.26.11 - 10:14am
Beth Dreyer - So many lenses I want. In this moment, the 85mm 1.8 :)  10.26.11 - 10:14am
Jill de Bruin - I would get the 50 1.4 lense!  10.26.11 - 10:14am
Jamie Buckendahl - Thank you for this post, Jasmine. As a fellow Canon shooter I appreciate all the feedback. I especially loved reading JD likes the 50 and 85 non L better than the L counterparts. I have both of those lenses. I too am anxiously awaiting the 5Dmkiii. Come on, Canon!   10.26.11 - 10:14am
Kelliana Wirth - Kellianna Wirth The world's longest e-mail address,probably not the time to go big right?) Awesome Comprehensive Post!   10.26.11 - 10:14am
Cristy - Ooh! Pick me! I really need a longer lens for ceremony photos! And I've been saving up for a macro lens. :)  10.26.11 - 10:14am
Billy - I'd definitely get the 50mm 1.2. I've been looking at this lens for a long time, but just haven't made the commitment due to the hefty price tag.   10.26.11 - 10:14am
Chris - Great post! It is interesting to see/hear what others are using. We are very close to a 5D upgrade, and maybe the 70-200mm (if my wife can be convinced). :)  10.26.11 - 10:14am
Anoulack Manivong-Phouangpanya - Thank you for this useful post! I have a new baby boy and have been trying to figure out which lens work best for capturing all of his cuteness! :o) I'm no pro photographer or anything, just a mama who loves taking pictures of her kids...What would I buy? Hmm, I need a nice camera bag so I wouldn't have to share my camera with his diapers...LOL  10.26.11 - 10:14am
Karyn - Thank you so much for posting this! It's so helpful to hear what works for other photographers! My next investment is going to be a flash for my Nikon and the $100 would definitely help towards that!  10.26.11 - 10:13am
B - I have NO idea what you said in any of this post, but I really like your pictures :)  10.26.11 - 10:13am
JP - If you haven't heard yet, Canon has announced the 1D X. It'll be expensive, but a perfect blend of full frame and high fps. Plus it'll have 3 image chips with one dedicated just to metering.  10.26.11 - 10:13am
Rachel Sexton - I would LOVE this gift card! I am saving up for the 700-200!! You are the bomb!   10.26.11 - 10:13am
Erika Blake - My word. What wouldn't I buy might be a better question? I'm saving up for a 35mm. An extra hundred would be icing...on the cake.  10.26.11 - 10:13am
Mike Mazza - Enjoy your work. Thanks for the clarification on the 50mm 1.2. Considering and heard a lot of cons.   10.26.11 - 10:13am
Maria Sharron - I'd probably by the 50mm 1.4.  10.26.11 - 10:13am
Ruby - Thank you for sharing!  10.26.11 - 10:13am
Kelliana Wirth - Kellianna Wirth The world's longest e-mail address,probably not the time to go big right?) Awesome Comprehensive Post!   10.26.11 - 10:13am
Melissa Montgomery - Great post Jasmine! Thank you, I am in the market to upgrade my body and a new lens! :) And the list goes on...and on...xo  10.26.11 - 10:12am
Jessica Horton - My hubby & I shoot together too... and we're in SERIOUS need of another full frame camera.... please please pretty please help us put a dent in the hefty price tag of a D700.... :-)   10.26.11 - 10:12am
Allison Hilyer - Great article, thank you!  10.26.11 - 10:12am
Tiffany Tracy - Thanks so much for sharing I always wated to know what lens you use and why!!! You are always rocking it and I love reading your blog. It amazes me too, how you save up and then by your lens, very smart lady!! I was lucky my husband bought me my first camera and a new lens 50m I too shall save to build up my gear....keep doing what you do :)  10.26.11 - 10:12am
Leah G. - Loved this post! Thanks for always being willing to help fellow photographers and for passing along what you've learned. :) P.S. If I won the B&H gift certificate...I would defintely put it towards a new lens! ;)  10.26.11 - 10:12am
S.A. Fiduccia - You have an awesome set of gear......if I had half of your equipment...and talent, I think I would be set or a very long time! :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts, its helped me make a better derision on what gear will work best with my style.  10.26.11 - 10:11am
Caitlin Turner - Thank you so much for a new photographer it means so much when you share openly:) I made a decision when I first started photography that I would invest for the long run, so i got myself the 28mm 1.8 and the 50 mm 1.4 and i am going to work hard for my dream lenses! Im so close to getting the 50mm 1.2!!! This giftcard would help so much but either way im just excited to shoot with it! J* you truly are an inspiration!  10.26.11 - 10:11am
Jessica - Thanks for posting this!! I am always trying to decide which lenses I need to buy next! I only shoot Nikon and I would probably get an 85mm prime lens! So the $100 would go towards my Christmas present :)  10.26.11 - 10:11am
Mark - My next purchase will be the 70-200 2.8 but with $100 I think my next investment would be a softbox.  10.26.11 - 10:11am
Holeigh Vincent - Thank you so much Jasmine for sharing your sweet lens family with us (; thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. I would love to save $100 on a Nikon 50mm 1.4 prime for my birthday in november!   10.26.11 - 10:11am
tegan mcmartin - i might as well be the first!! thanks for the equipment info, jasmine. i'd definitely use that GC towards the new 5Dmkiii... whenever it arrives! ;)  10.26.11 - 10:11am
Brittany McIntire - I would love to get either the 50mm 1.2 or the 85 mm 1.2!! Thanks for your post it's very helpful!   10.26.11 - 10:11am
Susan Prater - I'd buy the Canon 100 Macro, 2.8 IS :) (Susan Prater,  10.26.11 - 10:11am
Wendy - Jasmine!!! Just wanted to say you are a FABULOUS photographer!! I love all your work! And I really love your down to earth, great, funny, and quirky personality!! I have been following you fir the last 4 years. I bought a canon 40 d 3.5 years ago and tried to teach myself and even shadowed a really awesome local photographer at wedding that whole summer... But I sucked so bad I just gave up and put the camera away feeling defeated! I just recently had my first child( a baby girl) and have since felt inspired to dig the camera out and try again!! I still suck but I am not going to put all kinds of pressure on myself to be so great so fast. I just want to capture every moment and last detail of this little miracle in my life!! If I win I will be purchasing the 50mm 1.4. This will be my second lens after the 24-70 2.8!!! hope I win!!!!  10.26.11 - 10:11am
Christina - Thank you so much for posting this! I really want to buy the Canon 35mm, 1.4  10.26.11 - 10:11am
Holly Dresher - holly Dresher I need an 85mm!! :)  10.26.11 - 10:10am
Jennifer Stacey - Great post & Giveaway.... fingers crossed I win! :)  10.26.11 - 10:10am
Richie Carter - Jasmine - I sure would love to win that $100 Gift Certificate! I'd purchase a new CF Card... 16GB! My name is Richie Carter and I can be reached at P.S., You were so awesome at WPPI U in Atlanta! I must send you pics!  10.26.11 - 10:10am
Nicole - Pick just one thing at B&H!? As if!? I'm in Sony and still enjoyed reading this. Thank you!  10.26.11 - 10:10am
Jami R. - Thank you for such a great review! I have a long wish list at B&H, so that $100 gift certificate would be awesome! I'd probably put it toward the 580EXII right now...or the Canon 24-70 mm 2.8...or the 50 mm 1.4....  10.26.11 - 10:10am
Jaclyn Sellinger - Fabulous work! I am a beginner but I like to think that I have a good eye and you are a great inspiration. I would love to expand my inventory past my 50 and 200mm. Macro is the next direction I would love to go and wide angle isn't far behind. I will be checking in frequently to your blogs for advice!  10.26.11 - 10:10am
Ashley B - A new camera bag to fit all these lenses I just learned aout!!  10.26.11 - 10:09am
AlenPasalic - ok, you beat me for like 10 lenses he he, i have 85 1.4 carl zeiss and 20-70 L canon and that is it, but i would looove to hold one of you'r bags :)) nice collection u got there :) cheers ;)  10.26.11 - 10:09am
Carrie K - I'd put the $100 toward a 35mm 1.4. I forgot to put my email in my previous comment! Thanks so much!  10.26.11 - 10:09am
Lisa Ward - Lisa Ward - I'd use the gift certificate money towards the purchase of a 50mm lens.   10.26.11 - 10:09am
Jordanne Fallon - I would buy new batteries for my camera. I currently have 2 per camera, and I always get super nervous when it comes to photographing an engagement session on Friday, a wedding on Saturday, and another engagement session on Sunday. Just alittle nerve-racking to think about.   10.26.11 - 10:09am
Shannon Herren - (Saving up for a second body :-)   10.26.11 - 10:09am
Em - We are lens soul sisters. If I got this sweet gift cert. I'd surely use it towards the 35 1.4 la la la LAHH  10.26.11 - 10:09am
Deb Hollister - The next lens I buy will be either the 50 1.2 or the 85 1.2, so that's what I'd put the gift certificate toward. Great post!  10.26.11 - 10:08am
Nathan Williams - I would most likely get more memory. :) Good luck everyone!  10.26.11 - 10:08am
Lisa Lain - Love this....thank you! Totally helpful as I get lost with all the lens choices. I would love to win the gift certificate and would spent it on a that nifty 580 flash. I also regret buying a less expensive one and have been trying to make it work. Thanks!   10.26.11 - 10:08am
carmen reese - You are such an inspiration for me! Thank you so much!!!  10.26.11 - 10:08am
Nathan Williams - I would most likely get more memory. :) Good luck everyone!  10.26.11 - 10:08am
Dan Rothfeld - I <3 primes!! I'm in dire need of a set of pwflex :)   10.26.11 - 10:08am
Irela - I recently purchased the 50mm 1.8......LOOOOVE it and glad to read your reviews on it. But the one thing I really need to upgrade is my speedlite. I need/want the 580EXii. As always Jasmine, thank you for all the information you share. It really is educational and greatly appreciated. Blessings.   10.26.11 - 10:08am
erin harvey - 70-200 2.8 IS is my favorite lens ever. I've tried the 50 1.4 and have trouble hitting focus. It would make me even more scared to try the 1.2. How do you focus on your subjects, center focus then recompose? Thanks!  10.26.11 - 10:08am
Andy - Your shots are beautiful, and you have a great blog, congrats! I shoot with manual flashes but my wife could really use a nice flash for faster moving jobs, so I have to buy a Canon 580EXII... the certificate would be perfect!  10.26.11 - 10:07am
Jen K. - Great post, as always! I think I'd buy the SB 800 because it is definitely an essential.  10.26.11 - 10:07am
Michelle Staniels - I could really use this gift certificate! I'm currently leaving my long time job to do weddings full time and need to boost my camera bag with new gear! First Purchase is the Canon 5dMII!  10.26.11 - 10:07am
Kristyn Hogan - The time has come for the 35 :)  10.26.11 - 10:07am
Dawn Burgan - For sure I'd be buying the 100 macro 2.8. I'm tired of feeling like I am tweezing my dad. FOR REAL? You must be a better daughter then me!  10.26.11 - 10:07am
Jasmine Lee - Great review on the lenses, Jasmine! I would buy the 85mm 1.2 with the $100 gift card. Such a pretty lens! :D  10.26.11 - 10:07am
Jenika - Thanks for the in-depth post, I appreciate the information. BTW, your comment in a prior post about just getting the best flash up front helped me take the 580 plunge too, and I don't regret it. Thanks for that!! xo My email is, and a B&H giftcard would certainly go to the purchase of another 580. ;-) Have a great day!  10.26.11 - 10:07am
Christy - 85 1.2!!!!!!  10.26.11 - 10:07am
kathleen frank - Are you sure there isn't something more I can do for that $100??? Stand on my head? Ride a unicycle? March a parade down the street? Seriously, I'll do anything :) I am saving up for my first L lens, and that gift card would be so helpful. Also thinking of upgrading my focusing screen to perfect my wide open shots... kathleen [at]  10.26.11 - 10:06am
Kristina Wunsch - Not only did I learn from this post, I also got to laugh! Thanks for presenting this info in such a fun way. I would definitely buy the 70-200mm. I have the 50mm and 35mm and it's just not cutting it for ceremonies!! Thanks again!   10.26.11 - 10:06am
Monica - I would put it towards my 24-70. I really want this lense.  10.26.11 - 10:06am
Shawn Benning - Great point about knowing your style when you purchase lens.   10.26.11 - 10:06am
Kimberly Whitfield - Wow!!! (O_O)  10.26.11 - 10:06am
Rebecca Limbert - I'm a Nikon shooter, and I'm really looking to buy the D700 body...or D800 if it comes out soon. Thanks Jasmine and B&H!  10.26.11 - 10:06am
Rose Brown - Hey Jasmine, I'd use the gift certificate towards a 50mm 1.4 AF lens for my Nikon D7000 that I purchased earlier this year. I'm mainly working with my 17-55mm 2.8 and I think the 50mm would be a perfect fit to my style of shooting. Enjoy your time in NYC, and stop in to Bocca Lupo(Cobble Hill, Brooklyn) for a warm, yummy nutello dessert!   10.26.11 - 10:06am
Kim Boyd - Kim - Yeah...I know I filled it in already in the information fields......but wanted to DOUBLE make sure you got it. :) Thanks so much fro this post and all the info! I'm at a point that I only "own" the 35mm 1.4 and rent other lenses when I need them. I really really need to add the 50mm to my bag. I have rented it a bigillion enough I should have just bought it already. So that's what the gift certificate would go for!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!!!   10.26.11 - 10:05am
Josh Wooding - GREAT reviews! I have the 50mm 1.4 and really love it! If I'm lucky enough to get the gift certificate, I'll use it to upgrade to the 35 1.4! THANKS for posting this!   10.26.11 - 10:05am
Teresa - I have to say the 5D Mark II frequents my dreams. :)  10.26.11 - 10:05am
Angela - Hey j* - thank you so much for this post! I have been debating which lens to invest in next to add to my bag (currently I have the 5DMII, 50mm 1.4, 100 Macro 2.8 IS and 580EXII). I really want/need a wider lens so I'm thinking about getting the 35mm 1.4 but I'm wondering if I should rent it and maybe a 16-35 or others to be sure. I SO appreciate and value all that you share and I feel I'm getting better by learning from you! -God bless!  10.26.11 - 10:05am
Brandi Sorem - I would be purchasing the 50mm 1.4! I just need the monetary push to do it!  10.26.11 - 10:05am
Shannon Sorensen - I was so happy to see this post, I am actually looking to buy a new lens to add to my bag. I will continue to rent the 70-200mm f/2.8 (still saving up for that one) but I am probably going to be adding the 85mm 2.8. A gift certificate would be awesome ;)  10.26.11 - 10:05am
Tiffany Farley - Woo hoo!   10.26.11 - 10:05am
Gail Kilker - New lights yayyy!!!  10.26.11 - 10:05am
Lourdes - Hi Jasmine! thank you for giving us so much info on this topic! It is indeed very difficult, when you are just starting out, to choose the right lens for you and your style. I'm not a wedding photographer, I just happen to love and breath prhotography. I'm a Canon lover and apart from my kit lens I have a 50 mm 1.8. That's it! I think I would like to go for a Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM Autofocus Lens. I hear it is a good lens for the price. Agood start for beginners. Thank you!!!  10.26.11 - 10:04am
Candice - I've had my eye on a couple different macro lenses! OOOOOOOhhhweee! Come on, big money, big money. I would love to win. :)  10.26.11 - 10:04am
Kathryn - Manscaping. hahaha. It's always fun to hear someone else share their thoughts on gear!!  10.26.11 - 10:03am
Lacey Rabalais - Thanks for always being so open, honest, and helpful. It is so appreciated. You are so appreciated. If I could win a gift card, I'd be so excited to put it towards me purchasing the mark ii. Currently saving for it.   10.26.11 - 10:03am
Jenna Henderson - I'd love a $100 gift card to B&H...I would use it to stock up on some film!  10.26.11 - 10:03am
shauna - Love your reviews on the lenses. And the flash, the 580--that's what I would buy next.  10.26.11 - 10:03am
Jaquielyn Tango - ohmigosh, what a fantastic post. I've been wanting to get into photography for a while, but it just seems like such an expensive leap! This gift certificate would be the perfect start to a new passion. Your work is inspiring, thanks for sharing your gifts and advice!!!! My email is  10.26.11 - 10:03am
Richard Spence - I would definitely but the Canon 85mm. I haven't had the pleasure of personally using one, but I have seen the results and I have long passed like.. i'm in LOVE!!!  10.26.11 - 10:03am
Christopher Sztybel - Thanks for the detailed breakdown on your gear, Jasmine. I am always curious to see a photographer's lens lineup. I shoot many different things, so I have lenses like the Cann 70-200mm f/4.0, Canon 24mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.8 and a Rokinon 8mm. I would use the gift certificate toward flash brackets and umbrellas!  10.26.11 - 10:02am
Sandra - I have been eyeing the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens for my ASP-C sensor camera... Maybe some day I will be able to upgrade to full frame!  10.26.11 - 10:02am
Carla Bornhoft - 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.4. Can't decide...  10.26.11 - 10:02am
Stacey - Ooohhh boy. I feel like I MUST comment because I just put $2,200 worth of lighting gear in my B&H wishlist! Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this post! I highly recommend the 135mm to those killing their bags and shoulders with the 70-200 lens :-)  10.26.11 - 10:02am
Lauryn Galloway - Thanks so much for the giveaway B&H and Jasmine! I would use it to buy a flash...been renting for 2 years now. Time to buy it!   10.26.11 - 10:02am
Yennaira Ortiz - I would love the gift card. It would simply cheer up the horrible week that has included being rear ended twice (yes two sepreate occassions) while stopped in traffic. I think I would def put this toward a fab new lens!  10.26.11 - 10:01am
Christy Johnson - Me, me! I actually need some new CF cards, how boring. :)  10.26.11 - 10:01am
Cecilia - I was intrigued to read about the 85 mm 1.8. So, based on my budget, this is my next one to buy. So excited! Thanks for everything you do! :)  10.26.11 - 10:01am
Julie - 35mm!!  10.26.11 - 10:01am
David BURBACH - I'd use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
David BURBACH - I'd use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
Becky - My next lens on the want list is a Macro!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
David BURBACH - I'd use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
David BURBACH - I'd use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
David BURBACH - I'd use the $100 towards either the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
Lyn Moran - If I won, I would either use it towards a 5DMii or the 85 1.2 lens!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
Jessica Frey - How fun! I'm a Nikon shooter, but it's great to see that I use the equivalent lenses for the most part and absolutely adore my 85mm 1.4. I would love to win a gift certificate - love B&H!!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you so much for sharing, Jasmine! I would love to win that B&H card too!! :) I'd probably put it towards my 35mm 1.4 lens purchase! xo!  10.26.11 - 10:00am
Carla Bornhoft - 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.4. Can't decide...  10.26.11 - 10:00am
Joseph - Great post, Jasmine. And thanks for sharing. I would buy the Canon 50mm, 1.2 first cause I'm always renting it for weddings. And it is l'amazing. That's french. ; )   10.26.11 - 10:00am
charlene - I'd like the 70-200 2.8 and that $100 would definitley help out :)  10.26.11 - 10:00am
lauren - does being one of the first to comment increase my chance ? :) Kidding of course. Love your sense of humor (and photography of course). Best wishes  10.26.11 - 10:00am
Alexia Nel - Hi Jasmine, this info is a great help and I still have an old Canon EOS 20D. Can't wait to get the 5D Mkii...soon.  10.26.11 - 9:59am
Jennifer Cronk - Choices, hard! Maybe use it to put towards another lens- you can never have too many :)  10.26.11 - 9:59am
Tonya - I've been coveting the 35 1.4 for a while now. Perhaps Santa will bring it ti me??  10.26.11 - 9:59am
Cindy Fike - Hey Jasmine. Thanks for, once again, opening up your bag. I have a good majority of the equipment listed, but I'm thinking that 35mm 1.4 looks pretty sweet. :)  10.26.11 - 9:59am
Alejandra Vidal - The real question is what WOULDN'T I buy?! I think my next investment is pocket wizards. I'm looking at the Flex TT5 specifically :)  10.26.11 - 9:58am
SuEllen Yoder - Yay, B&H.... 85 1.2  10.26.11 - 9:58am
ELI - Jasmine, I will buy a new External Hard Drive to store all my future attempts to be as good a photographer as you (haven't lost hope just yet) :D  10.26.11 - 9:58am
Kaitlan - Me please!! Kaitlan Preston  10.26.11 - 9:57am
Capers Hammond - Love your style- think your too cool for Canon though :) Capers Hammond  10.26.11 - 9:57am
Michele Hansard - I am just starting out and i dont have a flash yet so i would use the $100 on a flash! Jasime - I noticed you might have some filters on your lenses. Since filters get mixed reviews. What are your thoughts and what filters do you use?   10.26.11 - 9:57am
Jama Pantel - Jama Pantel  10.26.11 - 9:57am
kfinn - i'd love to shoot all primes. step by step, right. :) as for what the 100 would go towards, either a second flash or something fun like more polaroid film!   10.26.11 - 9:56am
Erin Smagala - I love these posts from you and I refer back to them before I purchase any new gear. If I won the gift certificate, I would put it towards the 85mm 1.8 to be my 50mm 1.4's bff.   10.26.11 - 9:56am
Melissa - I'd definitely put this towards the 50mm isn't wide enough for my taste :)  10.26.11 - 9:56am
Denise - My wish list could go on & on & on...but if I had to pick one thing for the $100 gift certificate, it would be to upgrade my camera. Still shooting on a Nikon D40...but life would be sweeter with a newer camera. And thanks for the insight to your bag, Jasmine. I'm like, totally jealous :)  10.26.11 - 9:56am
Jessica Porter - What an awesome blog post! I'm saving up for a Mark II so any little bit of financial help is appreciated :)  10.26.11 - 9:56am
Cristina G - Going to use it to get up close and personal to the love of my life - the 50mm f/1.2. I am rocking the non L series version, but rented the f/1.2 and have been longing for it ever since! - Cristina G -  10.26.11 - 9:56am
Beth - thanks for the run down! Logically a 35mm would be a good choice, but... I've so been lusting after a macro!  10.26.11 - 9:56am
Kendra - We are dying to upgrade our camera and the Canon 5DMII would be our pick for sure!  10.26.11 - 9:55am
Brooke - I'm making an investment this winter and purchasing a 35mm 1.4. I have the 2.0 and it's just not keeping up with me how I'd like it to. So I'm taking the plunge... and my bank account with it. So you see, this $100 would be very, very helpful. :)  10.26.11 - 9:55am
Sara Adams - Wonderful post! I always get curious about what other people use. I'm a Nikon girl myself, and LOVE my 50 and 35mm lenses. Still trying to convince the husband that he should buy me an 85mm lens, but we'll get there. Thank you for sharing!!  10.26.11 - 9:55am
Carmen - I have what I need saved up for the Canon Speedlite 580EX II flash so I can stop renting it! Now I am just waiting for them to go on sale for Christmas! (or if I get a $100 gift certificate) :)  10.26.11 - 9:55am
Kent Lazarraga - I love you Jasmine Star!   10.26.11 - 9:55am
Kate Peters - I've been saving up for the 35mm 1.2 for some time, and if I got the certificate, I'd run out and buy that yesterday.  10.26.11 - 9:54am
Susan Dukat - Thanks for the lowdown . . . Would love me some $100 GC from B&H for something new and shiny!!! I sold my 50mm 1.8 and want to get the 50mm 1.2 even though I think my 85mm 1.2 would be a little sad . . . or hey, maybe they would be bff's??? Never know!   10.26.11 - 9:54am
Sherri Johnson - Very informative, thanks for the insight! After your review, I think the 35mm is my next target. =)  10.26.11 - 9:54am
Jennie Jones - I'd put it towards the 85mm 1.2. Another great post! Thank you for being the inspiration that you are, we are all VERY thankful!  10.26.11 - 9:54am
Adrienne R - Prob go towards a new flash :)  10.26.11 - 9:54am
Cristen Smith - Awesome post, Jasmine! Thank you for sharing. I would definitely purchase the 85 mm. I have rented it so many times, I have already paid for it. You are right, you can't find better bokeh anywhere!   10.26.11 - 9:54am
Melissa Jordan - I'd put it towards a strobe or a think tank with wheels.   10.26.11 - 9:54am
Joanne Thomas - Even though I shoot Nikon--I love your gear. I know you worked hard to get every piece of it and it feels so good to you to know that. Great job in setting an excellent example, Jasmin. Now lets, see--I have the body, D3, two of those lenses, 50mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/2.8 (1 only) ----got a ways to go to keep up with you. LOL!  10.26.11 - 9:53am
Jamie Lapeyrolerie - What a fun contest! No clue what I would purchase :) Thanks for the feedback on the lenses too - really helpful! Email:  10.26.11 - 9:53am
Robb - Great post! As I've been more excited and interested in wedding photography, I've been interested in what's going on in successful photographer's minds... thank you.  10.26.11 - 9:53am
Justina Mikalik - I would buy lightroom! (Yeah I know it is more, right now I only have photoshop.)  10.26.11 - 9:53am
Charlotte - Oh my goodness. So many things I could buy with this, or at least use this to help me buy! Now that I've read all this wonderful info on lenses, I can better sort out which lens I want to buy next, and $100 would help so very much! I really need a top-mount flash as well, since I refuse to use my pop-up flash. (Why do they even make those??) Anyway, tomorrow is my birthday... and this would be the best birthday present! (Thank you Jasmine and B&H for making this drawing possible!)  10.26.11 - 9:53am
Teri Fode - LOVE B&H! I have the 50 1.4 and the next lens I invest in will be the 50 1.2...can't wait.  10.26.11 - 9:53am
Erin Dayhaw - I am almost to the point where I can buy a D700, even though I have heard it is being discontinued. This gift card will help out a great deal!   10.26.11 - 9:52am
Jaclyn Bohanan - I'd buy the 85mm f/1.8 ! I've had my eye on it since I started photography in February of this year, and I'm looking forward to being able to purchase it. And as a side note, your personality is quite spunky, and I love it!  10.26.11 - 9:52am
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Amy - Hey Jasmine! You rock...I love how accessible you make yourself and your story. :) I would most definitely be investing in a new lens, quite possibly one of the ones you listed here. Thanks so much chickie!! :)  10.26.11 - 9:52am
Julie Ann - Wow. There is so much I would buy! I am hoping to upgrade my camera, but after that I am headed for the 35 or 85mm prime lens. Thanks for the great information on how you use your lenses. You inspire me to keep dreaming and believing that my dreams really can come true, or I will be failing at something that is actually important to me.   10.26.11 - 9:52am
Jennifer Kavanagh - Hey Jasmine! I'm a daily reader/blog lurker yet I have never commented on a post before...shame on me! Thanks for hosting this contest...and I have to say, if I win, I will definitely put the $100 towards a better flash. I'm STILL shooting with the first one I bought- and you're get what you pay for! Time to upgrade! Thank you :) xo Jenn  10.26.11 - 9:51am
Lisa Seyfried - I loved reading this! I have to say, I'm a lover of prime lens' too!   10.26.11 - 9:51am
Red Star - I would love love love to win! I need new lense very bad (just can't afford it. I have been using 50 mm 1.8 for everything (and this is the only one I own) I would love to upgrade to 50 mm 1.2 or 1.4 (I can't part away from primes yet)  10.26.11 - 9:51am
Stephanie Couture - I'd get my dream lens... the much coveted 50mm 1.2!  10.26.11 - 9:51am
Nina Mullins - Oh my oh my! I must agree...the 50mm 1.2 is ridiculous! Would you believe I've pretty much left it in my bag for over a year, hardly even giving it a chance to see daylight?! I couldn't seem to master it in the past, but this engagement season, I've tamed the beast, and all of a sudden it is producing the most hauntingly beautiful images. I love you, 50! But oh my, I'd like a crack at that 35mm, 1.4. Haven't tried it yet. My 70-200mm, 2.8 has been my most faithful friend, and like you, I just discovered the 100 macro, 2.8 IS just this wedding season, and I'm head-over-heals for it! Details have gone now become De-Wows! (did I try too hard on that one?) :) Thanks for sharing, Jasmine! Love the lineup!  10.26.11 - 9:51am
Rachael Wooten - Not sure what it'd go to this time, but I definitely would love it! Great gear breakdown!  10.26.11 - 9:51am
LEOLAK - I'm salivating at all these! I really want a 35mm...really really bad...and oh how that B&H GC would be perfect to help with that purchase!   10.26.11 - 9:51am
Paula S. - Thanks for the chance! Would love to put the $100 towards a Canon 5DmkIII - if they ever come out with it!  10.26.11 - 9:51am
Tammy Wilson - Wow, love your gear and your work is well AWESOME...thanks for sharing! Also a big shout out to my friend Tim for posting - you are a cool dude!  10.26.11 - 9:51am
Ryan Wurz - I've been looking into a new flash for my Nikon D7000. This would awesome to win to help me get it!   10.26.11 - 9:51am
Julie Villarreal - I love to see what you have in your camera bag. When I read your posts I feel as if I am there on the wedding day with you! Thank you so much Jasmine for sharing. This helps alot!   10.26.11 - 9:50am
Krista Johnston - I would love to get the 50mm 1.2. One day!  10.26.11 - 9:50am
Alexa Stutts - Love this post! Every photographer shoots so differently, I always love to hear what others are doing! My fave lens is the 50 1.2... like you, sometimes I feel like I could kiss it! I just got the 70-200 and my next purchase will be the 85 1.2 or 100 macro! So exciting :) Thanks for the post!   10.26.11 - 9:50am
Christie - - I want an 85 mm so bad! I'm not sure which of the two you mentioned I would get however... I had thought I'd get the 1.2, but I'm fond of not spending the world.   10.26.11 - 9:50am
Kathryn Denelle Stevens - Hi, Jasmine! I am seriously considering buying the 35 1.4!! Also, a video light :) and a....and a...and a... Thanks for putting on this contest! email:  10.26.11 - 9:49am
Erica Romero - Yay! Great post! I'd like to enter the contest. My email address is  10.26.11 - 9:49am
Thuy - I love my 50mm 1.2... and I really really want the 85mm 1.2, but will take the1.8 for the price :)  10.26.11 - 9:49am
Julie - I'd buy a light modifier and a light stand :)  10.26.11 - 9:49am
Nadia Vieira - I just bought my first DSRL so I have a looot of things waiting for me in my wish list..... could be a nice filter!  10.26.11 - 9:49am
Justine Wildauer - I'd love a 100mm macro to capture the details of weddings and the adorable babies I photograph. Life is in the details!!  10.26.11 - 9:49am
Maggie Betsch - If I win-dear Lord, PLEASE, I would buy the 580 EX Flash. I bought the 550 EX last June as I was tight for money and shooting my first solo wedding at the age of 16. In five short weeks I will be shooting my cousin's evening wedding and am dreading it without the help of the 580! Thanks for all of the information and this fabulous contest! :)  10.26.11 - 9:49am
Candace - Great post Jasmine! Thanks so much for sharing—it was worth the wait. :) So very helpful!!! And the B&H gift certificate would be even more helpful!  10.26.11 - 9:48am
Jove Yambot - Great post Jasmine....We need to do this sometime with our gear =p...anyway, next up on our list is the 85 1.2, so that what the certificate would go towards =)  10.26.11 - 9:48am
Doreen - Doreen   10.26.11 - 9:48am
Sav Anand - J*! You are my favourite wedding photographer and inspiration for us new start ups. It's nice to hear we have some of the same gear.... now if you could please spread some talent I'd be very grateful :) Next on my list would be the 100L Macro!  10.26.11 - 9:48am
Rhonda Elmatti - Saving up for the 35mm 1.4!  10.26.11 - 9:48am
Jenny Van Dyck - Thanks for sharing! This was a really helpful post for me. I'd buy ... *drumroll please!*..... the 5DMII!!!! Hey, it's a start...  10.26.11 - 9:48am
amber - i have NO idea what i'll buy when i win but there are a million things on my list!!!   10.26.11 - 9:48am
lori milton - I just Love your style!!  10.26.11 - 9:48am
Amy Cheshire - I have been saving for what feels like forever for the the 50 1.2 I'm pretty sure I rent this lens for every wedding! So this moola would go towards that :)  10.26.11 - 9:48am
Christina - Thanks for posting this! It's always interesting to see how other photographer's work. I'm primarily an assistant to another photographer and while I don't have my very own 35mm L I'm fortunate enough to be able to borrow it from the photographer I work with and I love love LOVE it. Lucky for me, he rarely uses during weddings, so I get to use it whenever I like. If I had 100 free dollars to spend at BH I'd probably put it towards a set of pocketwizards. I'm rocking my 50ft long TTL cord right now and while it's awesomely reliable, it's just not the most convenient tool in the world.   10.26.11 - 9:47am
Nichole Poirier - LOVE the Nikon D700 and am saving up for it so this GC would be very helpful! Thanks;)  10.26.11 - 9:47am
Rachel Ebel - Ahh! What wouldn't I buy? I think I'd have to put it towards my first macro lens.. the 50 1.4 isn't quite cutting it for those detail shots ;)   10.26.11 - 9:47am
Emilia Venegas - Wow! I loved this post, I think it's very informative and fun, which is the best way to give someone any kind of information, and of course keep them reading! I'll consider your wisdom the next time I decide to buy a lens, thanks for sharing! For the contest: Emilia Venegas emilyvenegas(at)hotmail(dot)com Crossing my fingers!  10.26.11 - 9:47am
Genelle - Thanks so much for sharing this post... I've been wondering what you have in your bag for awhile now. :) I too made the mistake of purchasing the 480 flash; for well, basically the same reasons. I recently purchased a Canon 70-200 mm and I'm in love. ;)  10.26.11 - 9:47am
Amanda Evans - Thanks for the tips!!!!! I always appreciate them!!!!!  10.26.11 - 9:47am
Abigail Gorski - Oh man, it would be so stellar to win $100 to B&H! I'm $100 short on my savings for the 24mm. I have bought all my equipment from them and I have always been beyond satisfied! I love reading your blog posts Jasmine! You always encourage me to be a shining star!   10.26.11 - 9:47am
Megan Horner - What an awesome post! Thank you for being so open with your tips and advice! I have no idea which lens I'd buy if I won...there are so many I have my eye on right now!  10.26.11 - 9:46am
Kelsey Blome - Oh Jasmine, I love your analogies. If I won this gift card, I would go buy Brad's younger brother, Steve. The 85 1.8. Then I would take Steve on vacation and he would sing me lullabies.   10.26.11 - 9:46am
Erin Cole - Great post Jasmine! Thanks for sharing why you choose each lens. You have quite the arsenal. Thanks for always sharing why you do what you do! If I got the B&H GC I'd get the 85mm 1.2! I have been wanting that one for a while!  10.26.11 - 9:46am
Whitney Arnett - Thanks for all the info. As a starting out photographer your posts really help answer all those little questions that no one else will. I think you saved me a lot of money today ;)  10.26.11 - 9:46am
Adriana Janky - I would totally buy the 50mm 1.4 since I have been saving up for it and because my 1.8 broke on me which was the Canon god's way of telling me I need to upgrade!  10.26.11 - 9:46am
Angel Ruff - Love this post!! I would love to put the gift certificate towards a 70-200 2.8!!!!! Been saving up for that one :)  10.26.11 - 9:46am
Kelsey Blome - Oh Jasmine, I love your analogies. If I won this gift card, I would go buy Brad's younger brother, Steve. The 85 1.8. Then I would take Steve on vacation and he would sing me lullabies.   10.26.11 - 9:46am
Jennifer - Hands down the 50mm 1.2 is the next lens in my bag...or maybe the 70-200! I go back and forth A LOT! I use my 50mm 1.4 to death and I love it and right now I'm using the 135mm for close ups when I'm in the back of the church - hello, amazing quality, but no IS :(. So it's a toss up! Love these posts by the way! Jennifer   10.26.11 - 9:46am
Jessie - Looking to upgrade to the 50mm 1.2 from my 1.4. It's going to be my Christmas gift to myself this year =).  10.26.11 - 9:46am
Nicole Domenech - I so badly want the 70-200mm 2.8 IS! and actually - almost all of the ones listed! Thanks so much for this post!   10.26.11 - 9:46am
eugenia siu - always fun to read about the gears a photographer carried with him/her on a shoot! eyeing the 35mm f1.4! ;)  10.26.11 - 9:46am
MemoriesandColors Photography - So you are a PRIME girl :)! Very helpful post, even though I use Nikon.  10.26.11 - 9:45am
David Teng - Great info. I love my primes as well and can't wait to pick up the 35!  10.26.11 - 9:45am
Lauren Acosta - I would most likely put this gift certificate towards a Canon 580EXII!! Thank you for sharing all of this!! And thank you and B&H Photo for the giveaway!!  10.26.11 - 9:45am
Christina - Christina Zukas, Thank you for this post! It's so helpful to get an idea of what to carry. And, I'd put the $100 toward another 580EXII. I sing it's praises too. :)  10.26.11 - 9:45am
Kelly - Would LOVE the 85!!  10.26.11 - 9:45am
David Teng - Great info. I love my primes as well and can't wait to pick up the 35!  10.26.11 - 9:45am
Courtney Wurz - I have been saving my money to buy a nice portrait lens...I'm considering a few right now...I can't make up my mind which one! ha :)  10.26.11 - 9:45am
Robin Long - You're such an inspiration! Thanks for all you do!  10.26.11 - 9:45am
robyn L - This post is very helpful in terms of what range of lenses to have. However, I shoot Nikon! ;) Maybe you could have a guest "what's in my bag" post sometime by a photographer who uses Nikon? That would help with the specifics of performance of various Nikon lenses.   10.26.11 - 9:45am
Keith Wilson - I would invest towards a new AFS 85mm f1.4... sorry Nikon shooter here but thanks for the insight  10.26.11 - 9:45am
Noelle - Yay! Thanks for the great overview - I always LOVE to see what other photogs are shooting with :-)  10.26.11 - 9:45am
Amy Carson - I love when you write lens reviews, and I too, am in love with the 50mm 1.2L and the 35mm 1.4/L. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!  10.26.11 - 9:44am
Tony Whitmore - I need a better flash gun, definitely. E-mail address in the comment header. :)  10.26.11 - 9:44am
Adam Dehaven - Its all your fault - after reading about 100 of your posts, I "made" myself buy the 50mm 1.2L - and I'm OBSESSED!! Lol  10.26.11 - 9:44am
Ingrid Hunsicker - Jasmine - you are such an inspiration and wonderful mentor, even from afar, always willing to share and help. Thanks! And if I do win the gift certificate, it will be going towards the 70-200!! Have a couple of others you've mentioned already, but would adore the zoom lens. Thanks! Ingrid  10.26.11 - 9:44am
Christal - I would buy the 580EXii, since I currently have the 480 :(  10.26.11 - 9:44am
michel - I would crawl into your camera bag and never leave. I am waiting for the new Nikon announcement and have been saving for a full frame for some time now, this money would go towards that, and the nikon 35mm 1.4. yum! and the 85mm 1.4. that's michel! One L no E but I'm a girl! like michelle...  10.26.11 - 9:44am
samantha - Ohhh, I would buy film! I live in New York, and as you know, nothing here is cheap.  10.26.11 - 9:44am
Jayme Romero - Jayme - Oh I need a new camera!!!  10.26.11 - 9:44am
Jose - Great breakdown Jasmine! If I won, I would definitely put it towards some backup hard drives! Security isn't cheap!  10.26.11 - 9:44am
scott westerman - I would put the cash towards my switch from Nikon to Canon. I just have to have the gear you have ! even though i couldnt use it like you do.  10.26.11 - 9:44am
Krystal Griffin - What would I buy? I'd think about a new camera body, but most likely get Lightroom.  10.26.11 - 9:44am
Erin Lynn - Hey Jasmine.....I'm just starting out and would love go put this towards a new lens or the speedlite 580exII. Thanks so much. Oh yea and I ADORE all of your work!   10.26.11 - 9:43am
Laurie W. - I would buy that flash!!  10.26.11 - 9:43am
Tiffany - Thanks for the review, this was very helpful! I LOVE B&H! I have been saving for the 100 macro and would love to add another $100 to the pot ;)  10.26.11 - 9:43am
Alethea Fitzpatrick - Love the run down... and ooh, I'm eying the 100mm macro 2.8 IS next - do you ever use it for portraits?  10.26.11 - 9:43am
Carol Thacker - Thank you J* and B&H! I need a flash!  10.26.11 - 9:43am
Melody Haege - I love your post Jasmine, and I'm a Nikon user!  10.26.11 - 9:43am
Alyssa Armstrong - Oh, Jasmine, a truly awesome post! :)  10.26.11 - 9:43am
Carrie - Ohmygoodness! How wonderful of B&H. I think I would use this money towards a really good external flash. I really need one :)  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Julia noack - Ooh- pick me please! I would love to be able to put this towards a macro lens. I too am plagued by focusing issues on ring shots!!! Thank you, Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Jenny Crandall - I would love to get my hands on a Canon 24-70mm, 2.8!  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Penny Clark - Jasmine, thanks for the review on your gear. Very informative and helps me with deciding on my next lens. Which, by the way is what the $100 would go towards!  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Joey - Great run down of your equipment! I have a lens or two in mind I'd love to purchase, your explanations helped me narrow the field down! T   10.26.11 - 9:42am
Joni James - Oooooohhhh.... I would put it towards a 24mm 1.4 for sure!  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Susan Holstein - Great post! I think I would put it towards a Canon 580EX II Speedlite. It would be nice to not have to rent that anymore.   10.26.11 - 9:42am
RosaLisa Licci - Hi Jasmine! I have been following your work for over a year now, greatly in part by my boyfriend who started in photography around that time when I bought him is first camera. If I somehow win the prize from B&H (which is like DisneyLand to my bf!) I would put the money toward buying him a battery pack for his AlienBee strobe light so he can use it on location! I hope I win so that I can continue to inspire him in his journey to becoming as talented as you in photography!  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Raquel Sergio - I loved this post. thank you for all the much needed review. If I were to win the gift certificate, I would use it towards purchasing a new flash! :)   10.26.11 - 9:42am
Cynthia Batista - Jasmine! I absolutely LOVE reading your blogs! You are SO down to earth & humble, while being extremely talented! I just love it! If I were to win the B&H gift card I'd finally upgrade to 580 exii!! Thanks!xo  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Ryan - I have no idea what I would buy, but I can tell you I will thoroughly enjoy spending that $100 if I do win.  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Brian White - Like your style Jasmine Star... like your style.  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Martha Bieker - I only shoot zooms & I'd love to own a fixed focal-length lens & see what I can do with that.  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Jessica Jones - Hey Jasmine! I love reading your blog not only for the amazing pics but for the fun commentary that comes along with them =). I have been wanting to buy my first DSLR for quite some time now and am hoping to have one by Christmas! If I won the gift certificate, I would either use it toward the Canon 7D or the 50mm 1.4 which would probably be my first lens. Thanks for all that you do and the inspiration you give to others!  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Jennifer Berard - Your work is beautiful! Thank you for the informative blog post. :)  10.26.11 - 9:42am
Nicole Diehnelt - This post made me drool! Thank you for all of the great information, as always. I'm dying to try the 35 or the 85mm.  10.26.11 - 9:41am
Jennifer Victor - Thanks for sharing!! I am currently in school for photography, but am looking towards a future as a wedding photographer and greatly value your advice and suggestions!!  10.26.11 - 9:41am
Monica Mcguire - Love B&H. Thanks so much for the giveaway!! =)  10.26.11 - 9:41am
Jaclyn Davis - Jaclyn Davis Its hard to decide what I would use the gift card to buy as there are SO many lenses I have been itching to get my hands on, BUT I think I would go for the 85mm, 1.2. Oh man, that would be SO exciting : )  10.26.11 - 9:41am
Shannon Karczewski - Shannon Karczewski I just can't resist...if I won, I'd put it toward a tinycycler batter pack. :) I LOVE the updated post on your gear. Makes me really think about which lenses I need vs. which I just THINK I need. Oh...and see? You are not the only one to capitalize in order to emphasize your exuberance ;)  10.26.11 - 9:41am
amanda c. - 85mm is next on the lens list.... but the new EOS 1 DX may win the race! Love the review and I especially appreciate how you discuss your shooting style to choosing the right lens for you!  10.26.11 - 9:41am
Tatum Reid - O lala, I am just about to saw my arm of for a 70-200 2.8 - I need one soooo badly. The Sigma I had to settle for has let me down so many times :( Fingers, toes, and all other bits crossed!  10.26.11 - 9:41am
Nicolette - Great post! Thanks for sharing  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Amanda Land - I'd love a bh gift certificate!!!  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Allison - I have the 35 1.4 L, 50 1.4, 70-200 2.8 is and 100 macro but want to add the 85 1.4! This $100 would be a good little chunk towards my 85! Please o please pick little ol me!   10.26.11 - 9:40am
Ashlyn Mannis - I would use this to help me buy a 35mm lens. I only have a 50mm and a 70-300mm so it's time to get a wider angle! :0) Thanks, LOVE your work and advice!!-Ashlyn Mannis  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Abby Grace - I'm just finishing filling out my arsenal of lenses and the 35 1.4 is definitely an unexpected favorite! My 50 1.2 is still my baby, but that 35 is so awesome. My 70-200 should arrive in the mail today from B&H- so excited! But I'm definitely in need of an off-camera lighting set-up, so I'd put the money towards that :). It's next on my list of needs.  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Kayla Parker - I am so beyond happy you wrote this entry! I am just starting out and I really have no idea where to begin. To see not only what is in your bag, but why you love each and every item is not only helpful, but exciting for me. :)  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Nicole - To put toward the 70-200mm (Nikon, of course!) :)  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Kate Douthwright - I'm in LOVE with the 50mm 1.2. I have the 1.4 but Ive been renting the 1.2 for the past couple of weddings. I've taken my favorite images by far with that lens!! Love this post :)  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Glenda - As always J, thanks for the great info. I really need the 100mm macro IS, drool :)  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Freddie Ta - Love reading your blogs! And you have my dream set up! Think I just develop Drooling Syndrome looking at those lenses. My goodness.  10.26.11 - 9:40am
Maggie W - I DREAM about the 70-200. Not that $100 could buy it for me, but doesn't every little bit help? Please pick me and make my dreams come true. :)  10.26.11 - 9:39am
Shayna Sharp - Shayna Sharp, I would buy... either a sturdy tripod or a lens between 50mm and 200mm. By the way, I am a beginning photographer... about to graduate with my photography degree soon... and I have always been inspired with your photography. I love how you two work together photographing your clients. It's so neat. Your work is beautiful.   10.26.11 - 9:39am
brandi - I love reading your blogs, especially informational ones. If I win the gcard I would put it towards my next lens. :)  10.26.11 - 9:39am
tara - i shoot with nikon and am saving up for a new lens, so i'd use it toward that! your post'll help me narrow down what i need next. :)  10.26.11 - 9:39am
Stephen - Amazing information on how each lens has helped you out and this post will help me pick my next lens. Thanks again.   10.26.11 - 9:39am
Latina - I own the 5D Mark II as well and I LOVE IT! I own most of the glass you do except for the 24mm and the 35mm. I hear great things about the 35mm so that is the next lens purchase for me. I have an old 100 Macro as well and I REALLY need an upgrade. YAY CANON! Latina Vega   10.26.11 - 9:39am
Paul Pierce - what would I buy with $100, maybe a ND filter !!Love your work!  10.26.11 - 9:39am
Anders Nilsson - Thank you for an insightful blog! If I'm the lucky winner, I'd probably invest in a fast prime, like the 50/1.4 to take beautiful pictures of my beautiful 6-month old son! :)  10.26.11 - 9:39am
Katrina Mather - The $100 would probably go toward upgrading my flash... my current one is alright, but cheap and doesn't work the way I need it to most of the time. Btw, did you hear about Canon's newest camera?? I'm a Nikon girl, but the EOS-1DX looks pretty spectacular.  10.26.11 - 9:39am
Sarah Teeter - Great post! I love the honest reviews of each lens. If I win the $100 I would love to put it towards a 50 1.4! Thanks!  10.26.11 - 9:39am
Therese Beth Photography - I desperately need an off camera flash set up and would start rockin' that out if I won. Wahoo!!! Terri McCabe,  10.26.11 - 9:39am
Dawnn - This was a great article - so helpful for a novice photographer like me! I really want the Canon 100 Macro 2.8 IS ... and I'm "reconfiguring my budget" to purchase it in the near future! :)  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Erin Haney - Did you say Gift Certificate!? Yes please! This is my first year to really start getting serious about photography and learning everything I possibly can. I LOVE your blogs about what lenses you use and when. It helps me so much when I'm strapped for cash to know how to wisely spend my money. Thank you!  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Rachel Tatem - Oh wow indeed, thanks to B & H Photo for whoever wins (which of course should be me :D). Rachel Tatem Thank you Jasmine for sharing your equipment, it is because of this article and many others that I already have my list of lenses to get (slowly for much like you I am staying out of debt). The next on my list is the 85mm!  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Catherine - I've been struggling with my next lens purchase. I rented the 35 1.4 last weekend and loved it. That or the 100mm2.8 Macro. Thanks for all the info. So helpful!  10.26.11 - 9:38am
lydia gross - this post is amazing. I am really looking into the 35mm or 85mm soon :) I love my 50mm but really need a better wide lens for my back pocket!  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Jessica Brunette - Thanks for the long-time-coming post! I love my 50mm 1.4... but wish listing the 50mm 1.2.  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Alyssa Aviles - I'd use this towards the Canon 85mm 1.8!   10.26.11 - 9:38am
J.N. Silva - Thank you so much for this detailed post! I just started shooting weddings, and have been looking for posts like these to better acquaint myself with the line of Canon lenses. This was perfect!   10.26.11 - 9:38am
Brian Farnum - Would love to win the $100 Gift Certificate from B&H Photo, I would use it to help me purchase a Canon 5D Mark II. I also love the 85mm 1.8 lens as well, never used the 1.2 but the bokeh does look amazing.  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Alicia - Wow, talk about lens envy! I did just get the 85mm 1.8 and used it for a family session last night. LOVE. If I won the gift certificate, I'd probably use it toward a 35mm. :) Thanks for posting this! It's fun to see what other photographers use!  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Stefania Distante - Hello Jasmine, I admire you r work from a distance (across the big pond...) It is truly inspiring to an amateur like me. I am impressed by your collection of prime lenses!!! They produce incredible results. Keep up the stunning work, I look at your images admiringly! Thanks, Stef  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Rebecca Sims - Entering to win the $100 gift certificate from B&H. Love the blog post!  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Rebecca Pierce - I would definitely buy a new gear bag!! Finally got some great equipment but need a quality bag!  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Katie McReynolds - Wonderful post! If I win the bhphoto cars, I will definitely put it towards a new prime lens!   10.26.11 - 9:38am
Morgan Bayard - This is a great post! Super helpful! Morgan  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Amber Iverson - I would love to upgrade to the 580 flash!  10.26.11 - 9:38am
Tara Haney - I have been wanting to get a little video light with dimmer to use as backlighting such as behind arrangements, wedding couple etc.   10.26.11 - 9:38am
Katie McReynolds - Wonderful post! If I win the bhphoto cars, I will definitely put it towards a new prime lens!   10.26.11 - 9:38am
Elizabeth Cook - Wow! Loved this blog post because it answered so many of my newbie questions! If I win the $100 will go toward the 85mm 1.8. Thanks for the great giveaway!   10.26.11 - 9:38am
Jennifer Crawford - I would buy the 24mm or 35mm lens. Can't decide which one though. :)   10.26.11 - 9:37am
Kyle Underwood - Thanks for the wonderful blog post, it is always interesting to see what type of gear photographers use.   10.26.11 - 9:37am
Melanie Lenhart - Sometimes (ok ALL the time) I wish I could pack you in my bag, j*!!!!! I would say, I agree on flash...and I NEED to upgrade!  10.26.11 - 9:37am
Michael Morten - Thanks Jasmine! It's always great to see what other photographers use. I have the 85mm 1.8 as well and I love that lens for portraits though your making me think I should go give its bigger brother a try.   10.26.11 - 9:37am
Kim Fearheiley - I'll take that 50mm, 1.2 please.  10.26.11 - 9:37am
Lauren Wakefield - I would totally 100% but the 50 1.2. I already have the majority in savings...I'm so close! Like $100 away close! ;) Just sayin.   10.26.11 - 9:37am
Renee Kaminski - I would LOVE to add the 35mm to my collection! Great post!  10.26.11 - 9:37am
Chelsea Diffenderfer - Your AMAZING! I appreciate your humor and style. I would by the 35mm 1.2  10.26.11 - 9:37am
Shandi - oooo.. i'd put 100$ toward a new lens! I'm thinking the 100mm L macro. ;)  10.26.11 - 9:37am
david - Hey Jasmine, I didn't see any complains about the terrible focus in the 5D mark2 :)  10.26.11 - 9:37am
Courtney Fuselier - I would put the gift certificate to a new 85 1.2 that I've been DYING to have!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your work! Beautiful!!  10.26.11 - 9:36am
Lea P - i lovvvve b&h!!! -Lea peterson  10.26.11 - 9:36am
Kali Norton -  10.26.11 - 9:36am
Jennifer Folz - Love seeing what other photographers use and why. Thanks! I would put that $100 toward the Wacom tabet I need to get. My wrist is begging me to do so!  10.26.11 - 9:36am
Brian S - Need some new 35mm film, the hundred bucks would come in handy :D  10.26.11 - 9:36am
Aimee Herbert - LOVED this post! So nice to learn about not only the equipment you use, but how important it is to stay within your style too. If I won the gift certificate, I would be purchasing my FIRST prime lens! I can't wait to get my hands on one <3  10.26.11 - 9:35am
Ashley Daniell - Oh so much awesomeness I don't know what to do!!! I think I'm drooling a tad! :-) There are a few lenses on here I've had my eye on. Specifically the 85mm and I'd love to get the 100 macro IS (I have major issues with the rings with the regular one like you stated). Oh if only I had a money tree in my yard!!!   10.26.11 - 9:35am
Bethany B - I love reading your posts. I would use the GC for a new lens,either 24-70, 85 or 30. Those are on my wish list right now.  10.26.11 - 9:35am
ashley miller - I'd buy the 85 1.4. I've been wanting to add it to my repetoire, but haven't had the extra dough to do it!  10.26.11 - 9:35am
kym vtar - i'd be putting it towards my 85!!!  10.26.11 - 9:35am
Susan - Love this post and you! Thanks SO much for sharing.   10.26.11 - 9:35am
Jennifer Low - I love reading your posts Jasmine. I'm sure you hear this all the time, but you are so inspirational....and funny! I'm in the process of finding my style, or it's in the process of finding me. I'm beginning to switch to prime lenses because I love the look and feel they give. I just bought the 35mm 1.4 and am abosolutely in live with it. Thanks for continuing to educate, inspire, and motivate your fellow photogs out here. :)  10.26.11 - 9:35am
Janice - Thank you for this post Jasmine. I was a second shooter at a wedding a few weeks ago. Although I am portrait photographer, I will be doing my first wedding in February and need all the advice from now until then.   10.26.11 - 9:35am
Rob Northover - Thanks for the breakdown Jasmine :) The 50 1.2, 24 1.4 and 70-200 2.8 II are all on my B& H wishlist to upgrade from my 50 1.4, 28 1.8 and 70-200 4.0 ... and I think I'm tempted by the 35 and 85 now as well ... money money! Lens Envy!  10.26.11 - 9:35am
Audrey - I would buy the 85mm 1.8, that is next on my lens list. I've heard great things about it and have read almost every review online about it.   10.26.11 - 9:35am
Beth - I would love to add the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS to my arsenal. Such an amazing lens!!  10.26.11 - 9:35am
Josh Thomson - Josh Great post, Jasmine! I'd probably use the gift certificate to buy the 50 1.2 or 1.4...been looking at those for a while now.  10.26.11 - 9:35am
Mindy Moore - I have the 35mm 2.0 and I already want to move to the 1.4! I'm SO in LOVE with the way this lens gets me!! sigh.. Thanks for your insight.. it's always helpful and most definitely entertaining!! =)  10.26.11 - 9:34am
Talke Photography - A new Westcott Softbox for my upstart studio!!  10.26.11 - 9:34am
Colleen Larson - I have so much to buy...I would probably buy the 85mm lens and maybe another flash since mine is not powerful enough either!!! Jasmine you rock!   10.26.11 - 9:34am
Mai - I'd probably spend the $100 on a new umbrella  10.26.11 - 9:34am
Courtney Fuselier - I'd use the gift certificate towards a new 85 1.2!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your work!!  10.26.11 - 9:34am
Samia suleiman - HY , love the post and most importantly love you , you are a major inspiration :) .   10.26.11 - 9:34am
Jenny Fontaine - I enjoy reading your blog :) I would use the gift card to go towards the 100 mm Macro 2.8. I LOVE detail shots.  10.26.11 - 9:34am
Brynn - Brynn, I would buy film, I just bought a mini intax and loooove it!  10.26.11 - 9:34am
David - I am the first to comment? Sweet. I would probably put the money towards the new 70-200mm 2.8 IS :)  10.26.11 - 9:34am
Heidi Cesarini - I'm in dire need if a flash so that would be my pick if I win. By the way, LOVE your blog...your tips are practical and inspirational!   10.26.11 - 9:34am
Lindsay Vallas - (Said like a true southern belle)Girl....I need everything! No, really. I'm currently saving for the Mark5DII and a 50mm1.2 lens to compliment it, and the 580EXII. My current camera is only mediocre and I'm ready to advance to really push myself. Thanks for being so super cool. :) - Lindsay  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Diane Stredicke - $100 from B&H? I think I might put it towards that delicious 100mm Macro IS.  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Tim Biddle - Hmm $100? Not sure. Probably memory cards, or maybe apply it to a purchase of a 7D or maybe that 24-105 2.8 lens I've been dying for...Maybe a second flash for more flexibility in lighting setups.  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Erin Cefalu - Jasmine Star AND B&H Photo are amazing! As a college student any free winnings would be unimaginable to me! I LIVE for photography and Jasmine you have been such an inspiration!   10.26.11 - 9:33am
AJ - Thanks J*!  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Shawn Mabry - Cool post. I'd REALLY like to get that $100. Put it towards a 70-200. :)  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Megan - How is it possible that I'm the first comment?! Loved reading your post, isn't it amazing how we all have our favorite lenses and use them different? I'm pretty happy with my lens collection, so I'd probably buy a flash. Megan-  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Christy - I'd buy the 35mm :) *swoon*  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Monika Eisenbart - Beautiful collection Jasmine. I would love to own 35mm. I just feel like I need some more room and this lens would be perfect for that in low light situations.   10.26.11 - 9:33am
LaRissa - Wonderful post Jasmine!! I would love to upgrade my flash to the 580EXII. Ha, and of course upgrade a few prime lens as well. :)  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Christina - I would put it toward a great bag to carry my camera in as I'm headed to Arles in the South of France in January to volunteer for 6 months and the bag I have unfortunately just doesn't hold any of my gear all that well these days.   10.26.11 - 9:33am
Megan - Hey Jasmine! Love this post, we have identical tastes in lens choices, I wholeheartedly agree with every word! I currently only own the 50D, 50mm 1.8 and the 85mm 1.8 so I would definitely use the gift certificate towards a new lens or camera body when I upgrade soon! :) xoxo Megan  10.26.11 - 9:33am
Leah - I do not have any of these lenses yet but I love close-ups. They are my favorite:) Thanks so much for the info on your lenses!  10.26.11 - 9:32am
Allen - It's really great to know what kind of gear you're using. I do most of the gear purchasing for my wife's photography business, so your insights are great! Thanks.  10.26.11 - 9:32am
Jackie Trembath - Thanks for sharing your insight. Great, as always. Love, love, love B&H! Almost all my gear is from them.  10.26.11 - 9:32am
Jose Silva - This post was so incredibly useful! I just started shooting weddings, and have been looking for some advice on which lenses to take to my next ceremony. Thank you so much for the detailed reviews, and also the funny quips along the way!  10.26.11 - 9:32am
Emily - I'd put it towards a new 85!  10.26.11 - 9:32am
Michael P. Young - I would apply it toward something in one of my B&H Wishlists  10.26.11 - 9:32am
Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} - Can I just have one of everything you own? I'm saving up for a zoom lens and a good flash, so those might first up on my list. Love this post!  10.26.11 - 9:31am
Jake Scott - If I could get it I would try and get either a 50mm or a flash cause I really need either one for the low lighting situations.  10.26.11 - 9:31am
Jenna Nowling - I'll be buying the 50mm 1.4 here in the next coming weeks and $100 off would be a amazing   10.26.11 - 9:31am
Tina Gaspard - I've been drooling over the 85mm and the 100mm Macro lenses for a I'd probably snag one of those! :)  10.26.11 - 9:31am
Sarah Trulove - I would put it towards the purchase of that 85mm 1.8! I just bought the 50mm 1.4 a few weeks ago, and I am smitten! The 85 is next on my list!  10.26.11 - 9:31am
Laura Stricklin - I would put it toward 35 mm 1.4!!!!! I love my 1.4 50 mm but really want the 35!  10.26.11 - 9:31am
Marcie Stoffer - Would LOVE a 50mm 1.2! (and all the rest too!) I am on a tight budget & appreciate your feedback on what works for you when & where. Thanks so much!!  10.26.11 - 9:31am
Alicia - Such a hard choice on what to buy! I am in lust with the 70-200 2.8 and the 85 1.2 so I'm thinking I'd use the gift card towards one of those. I know it wouldn't get me far BUT I'm thinking I could slip it by the hubby by saying I won a contest from my favorite blogger & it totally helped with the cost...Here's to hoping he didn't ask how much the prize was for!  10.26.11 - 9:31am
Paul Howard - Fantastic information Jasmine! And good to know that JD makes good use of the other lenses. Ahhh flash. Still working on mastering - ok, not even up to APPRENTICING yet... :-(   10.26.11 - 9:31am
Meghan Malley - Thank you so much for all of your feedback on the gear! I would LOVE the 85mm,1.2! It's on the wish list. :)   10.26.11 - 9:31am
Amanda onstott - I have no idea what I'd buy.... So many things I want though!! Would probably go towards a new lens... Even though I'm dying to upgrade my camera..... Someday ;)  10.26.11 - 9:31am
Carin black - Would love to buy the 85mm 1.2 :) hope you have a beautiful day.  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Jessica Edwards - Thank you so much for this post. I always love seeing what other photos use in regards to gear etc. If I could afford one lens it would be the 85m 1.8. I've tried it, used it and LOVED it.  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Ashley Goodwin - PICK ME PICK ME PICK MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I would use that $100 to either A: invest in a better flash (I just did a post on it & you are right, that 580 is worth it: ORRRR really, I'd buy all that Porta 400 film that is sitting in my B&H shopping cart right about now, just waiting to be bought. I'm starting to use film and I love it. xo  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Manya Keseloff - Pick me!!! :)  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Angela Straza - Angela Straza  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Erin Edmnson - I sooo need a pocket wizard!!!! "PLEASE!!" *said on bended knees with fists grasping the air* Whew that felt good :)  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Morgan Martinez - Thanks for all the helpful info! {heart} your blog!! :0)  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Jacqueline - Thanks for the gear rundown, much appreciated! Pick me, B&H!  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Natasha Cruz - The 50 mm 1.4 lens sounds amazing! :)  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Melissa Jean - Well, this post is pretty much identical to....*dramatic pause* ... my B&H wish list! (you thought I was gonna say to MY camera bag didntcha?). I've been wishing and hoping for an 85 lately - so that'd be my purchase. Unless of course Canon could kick out that 5DMIII - you better believe I'd actually beat you to it, Jasmine. -- I've been practicing my sprint.  10.26.11 - 9:30am
Autumn Wilson - Wow! Thanks so much for this blog post Jasmine! That helps A LOT! I'll definitely be saving for 70-200 2.8 :)   10.26.11 - 9:30am
Catherine - Wonderful post, 100% agree with your note about the 70-200! I've been renting that lens for so long now I think it's just about time I buy it...  10.26.11 - 9:29am
Stacey Johnson - I'd love to get a new lens!  10.26.11 - 9:29am
Kate Iannetta - Thanks for your post. I have 1 lens -50mm 1.8- that I'm using for everything now, but I'm looking forward to purchasing my next lens, the 85 mm f/1.8D.  10.26.11 - 9:29am
Matthew Martin - I SO want that 50 1.2 :)  10.26.11 - 9:29am
Kristin - Thank you (as always) for the equipment breakdown! I am in dire need of a new flash..mine is bad, bad, bad.   10.26.11 - 9:29am
Tena Lara - I shoot with a Nikon but, have purchased my lenses through B&H. I am lucky enough to live close enough to make a day trip to B&H to personally speak to the folks in the lens department and get great advice. Between your great advice and theirs, I have made wise purchases everytime. Thank you Jasmine for loving what you do and caring enough to share with all of us.   10.26.11 - 9:29am
Manik Rathee - Thanks for the opp! Great breakdown of gear - I always love seeing what others shoot with and, more importantly, HOW they use their gear. I would definitely be putting this towards my growing savings for the 70-200 2.8 IS II  10.26.11 - 9:29am
Lauren - Oh man, as an anniversary present (10/28...16 years!) to myself, I'd have to put that gift certificate toward the 35 mm OR a camera upgrade. Can't decide which I'd do first. Your post are always SO inspiring and informative, but I'm extra bookmarking this one!  10.26.11 - 9:29am
Evie Perez - Thanks for the info Jasmine! If I could I would love to buy the 5D Mark ii or the 50mm 1.2 but for now I am content with my 5D and 50 1.4   10.26.11 - 9:29am
jackie Charlebois - oh man!!!! I just ADORE you.. if i could put you in my piocket- I would :) I would love the but that 85 beauty!  10.26.11 - 9:28am
Zack - Saving up for either 85mm 1.2 or 70-200mm 2.8is. Someday, I'll get there. I totally agree with you - 50mm 1.2 on 5d mii is smooth like butter!  10.26.11 - 9:28am
Melissa E - Can I just have one of each? Man its hard to be patient and slowly acquire new gear. right now my goal is the MarkII. Thanks so much for all the advice. Its overwhelming.  10.26.11 - 9:28am
Kristen - Oh man I'd love this...either a camera upgrade or that 35 mm lens!  10.26.11 - 9:28am
Terra Lemon - Going shopping to USA so this will come in handy for my 70-200mm!! Thanks J Star :)  10.26.11 - 9:28am
Lucy Balite - I've been eyeing the 580ex ii for quite some time now... really really wish I get picked! :)  10.26.11 - 9:28am
Maria Schwaller - I'd definitely buy the 70-200mm lens!  10.26.11 - 9:28am
Sylvia Galloway - I would definitely used a B&H gift card towards the 35mm 1.4. I've been swooning over that bad boy for quite some time.  10.26.11 - 9:28am
dawn beirnes - oh, whatever 50mm I could get! I can't wait to get one!   10.26.11 - 9:28am
Candice - Thank you so much for posting this. I've been torn between what lens to buy next and getting feedback from an experienced photographer helps so much!  10.26.11 - 9:28am
Caci Hyman - Thanks for the post! I would definitely buy the 85mm!   10.26.11 - 9:28am
MegganB - I need to beef up my CF cards and I'd also like to put it towards some pocket wizards! (Hey, make a buck stretch, right!?) Thanks for the post. I always like spying in other's camera bags ;)  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Sabrina Nohling - I would use it towards a new lens! Which is why this is the perfect post :)   10.26.11 - 9:27am
Natasha Cruz - The 50mm 1.4 lens sounds amazing! :)  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Emily Hamrick - ohhh I have no idea what I would buy, but it would be something awesome! Love B&H Photo. :)  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Natasha Cruz - The 50mm 1.4 lens sounds amazing! :)  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Joe Akers - Thanks for the post Jasmine! I love all the toys. btw, if I won the gift card, I'd give it to my assistant so she could by a new lens for taking all our portfolio pics.   10.26.11 - 9:27am
Sara W. - Sweet spread! Almost as sweet as Nutella. It's a toss up. For realz. I would put that gift card towards a new nifty fifty 1.2 yes PLEASE!  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Maryrose - Thank you J* and B&H!!  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Natasha Cruz - The 50mm 1.4 lens sounds amazing! :)  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Donna Boucher - Thank you!!!  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Tonya Poitevint - I always glean so much from your posts on ANYTHING! Thank you...I would love to buy some of the "boring stuff"...batteries, memory cards, etc... ;)  10.26.11 - 9:27am
Heather Mompean - 70-200mm please!! I am so ready to not have to rent all the time. I want to have one of my very own that I can love and hold and call squishy.   10.26.11 - 9:27am
Adrea Thomas - Adrea - I'm squirreling away $$ for a full-frame sensor Nikon!  10.26.11 - 9:26am
Michael Henry - As my nephews would say, "dats a LOTTA stuff". But for me, an extra $100 would be nice towards a camera upgrade.  10.26.11 - 9:26am
Heather O'Mara - Thanks so much for your review here! Love how you are always so enthusiastic. I'm in the market for a 24mm or a Macro...decisions.  10.26.11 - 9:26am
Kelvin - Me! Me! Me!   10.26.11 - 9:26am
Janet Kwan - Oh how I need a sturdy camera bag so I can keep my gear in one place. An 85 1.4 or a macro lens are also on my wish list :P Thanks Jasmine and B&H!  10.26.11 - 9:26am
Carolyn Macpherson - Wow. Did I ever learn about flashes the hard way too! Bought a SB600 and had it completely die on me at my first big reception. Next day went out and bought the SB900... That's right I'm a Nikon gal... Eeeeek!!!! Lol Miss Jasmine I'm in huge idol awww of you and would die at the chance to second shoot for you some day! Just to soak up all your little nuggets! Thanks do much!!!!   10.26.11 - 9:26am
Kathy T - thanks for posting this Jasmine..I have a few of these lenses and really need to use my 50 1.4 more often.. I am such a huge fan of your photography :)  10.26.11 - 9:26am
Barbara Sheridan - Great post! Yay B&H!   10.26.11 - 9:26am
Chrissy - Chrissy - Chrissy Deming Photography I'm not sure what I'd buy, but I know I'd put it to good use!! :)  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Shaelyn Neal - Awesome post - the perfect review of what you use and why! Since the contest ends on my birthday - I'd use the gift card to help buy the spiffy new 580 EX II I've been secretly mooning over for the last 3 months :)  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Bill Pierson - Another great post - thanks again for sharing! If I receive a $100 B&H gift certificate, I'd put it towards a 70-200 2.8, or a 50 1.4, or an 85 1.8, or something else on my never-ending list of photography stuff.  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Beth T. - Thank you for the information in this post! I really needed it. I would love to use the $100 toward a Macro Lens or a new Flash - I am in need of both!   10.26.11 - 9:25am
Victoria Hales - Great Post! I'd buy a new Camera, or a macro lens!  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Amanda Walker Fleming - You have ALOT of gear, and thanks for sharing it all with us! I'll give this giveaway a shot! Amanda Walker Fleming I would put the certificate toward another camera body or a lense (50mm)!   10.26.11 - 9:25am
Mai - I'll buy the 50mm 1.4 although I'm drooling over all the lenses too.  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Stephanie Early - Ohhh! I'd put it toward pocket wizards =)  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Steve Eshom - I'm saving up for ND grads...  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Kori Biller - I would TOTALLY buy the 50 1.2. My new D700 (yea, that's a Nikon reference and I'm pretty sure it just disqualified me!) and I'm dying to try a 1.2 on this bad boy!!!  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Eileen - I will buy a wide angle lens... the widest I have now is the 24-70. I want an ultra wide lens..Canon of course  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Fay - I've been looking for a review like this these last few days, and you confirmed what I was already thinking. I really need that 85 mm 1.8! Thanks.  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Danielle Aquiline Photography - Thanks for these kinds of posts, Jasmine! They are so very helpful. I love when photogs are generous enough to share all their tips, tricks and secrets!  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Lisa - Thanks so much for this blog - it's awesome! That's pretty great the B&H gave you a $100 gift card! I love that place!  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Raymond Chan - Raymond Chan  10.26.11 - 9:25am
Shanno. Steen - Thanks so much Jasmine for giving us an insight to what your equipment is used for.   10.26.11 - 9:24am
Brandi Kaplan - Hi Jasmine, You are so inspiring and I look forward to reading your post every morning. Thank you for another informative post. I'm a new photographer and this post has been really helpful. I'm about to purchase my first fixed lens this week and had decided on the 50mm 1.4. Seeing your post makes me feel more at ease with my decision. Thank you again. :)  10.26.11 - 9:24am
Dawn Temple - Thanks so much for sharing! And while I'd love the $100 gift certificate, I think you've already saved me more than that on my next lens purchases by confirming some of my choices on my wishlist!   10.26.11 - 9:24am
nicole - oh my word - i would buy whatever you say!  10.26.11 - 9:24am
Rene Burgos - Hi Jasmin, I really need the 85 1.8 I agree whit you it's awesome and a great starter I need  10.26.11 - 9:24am
Brittany Long - Thank you for your inspiring photos and for your tips! :)  10.26.11 - 9:23am
Jenn S. - Oh baby! I know just what I would buy and it would be the 85mm 1.4 that I've been saving up for!!  10.26.11 - 9:23am
Bethany Gilbert - Great post! I would put the gift card towards the 50 1.4. I have the 85 1.8 and I love it.   10.26.11 - 9:23am
Julie Bailey - put towards a new bag for all my gear!!  10.26.11 - 9:23am
MALORIE - I would def get me a 70-200 I'd have to cough up the rest of the loot for that lens though. :)  10.26.11 - 9:22am
Dave Ballesteros - You simply rock! You're my inspiration on every single wedding I shoot. Keep rocking! I'll keep my eyes open wide at photoplus to spot the hottest wedding photography guru in the US.  10.26.11 - 9:22am
BColeman - Ooh, if I won a gift certificate I would upgrade my flash. Very nice write up of what is in your bag.  10.26.11 - 9:22am
cayce wegman - I would LOOOVE this...I sold my 35 1.8 and really want to buy another was so good to me!  10.26.11 - 9:22am
Carrie K - I'd probably buy a 35mm. Thank you so much for answering my Facebook question with a post! Helps me uber-lots. :) Happy Hump day!  10.26.11 - 9:22am
April Campbell - Thanks for this oppurtunity Jasmine & B&H Photo! :) I'd use the $100 towards a dreamy Nikon 35 1.4G , that I have been wanting FOREVERRRR now! :)   10.26.11 - 9:22am
Tami Inoue - Jasmine...I LOVE your reviews. I would either buy the 35mm, 1.4 or the 70-200mm, 2.8 because as of now, I shoot the entire wedding with the 50mm, 1.2 since that's what I've been able to afford as a photographer of 1 year! I make it work and adore that lens, but I'm excited for when I can make that next purchase!  10.26.11 - 9:22am
Rachel Beatty - oh how i love b&h!  10.26.11 - 9:22am
Mike Lemovitz - I'm with JD! I much prefer the 50 f/1.4 to the f/1.2. So much lighter, too!  10.26.11 - 9:21am
Karina Crouch - Just swooning over the 85mm 1.4!! Someday :)   10.26.11 - 9:21am
Kelly Dillon - Hi Jasmine! Thanks for running this contest! I would love the buy the Canon 35 1.4 or the 85 1.2. I need one of those lenses! Thanks so much again :)  10.26.11 - 9:21am
Carmen - Yay, gift certificate!   10.26.11 - 9:21am
Sara - Great post. Thanks for giving us a look into your camera bag!  10.26.11 - 9:21am
Carmen - Yay, gift certificate!   10.26.11 - 9:21am
Kaoru - thanks for writing this post! I always appreciate reading about photographers' preferences. I have the 50mm 1.8, but would LOVE to upgrade to the 1.2.  10.26.11 - 9:21am
Paul Hodgson - At college I was a Canon man then sold it as my finances went to the wall. Years later I bought Nikon since I'd been given a Nikon body and an old 85 lens. Still have them but now use newer Nikon stuff; no better or worse than any other manufacturer...I work on my brain when I can find it. Lovely blog, images are sublime and love your inclusive style of writing. It really wraps around me.  10.26.11 - 9:21am
Pete Labrozzi - Hi Jasmine, I am following a similar path as you getting into photography and only hope to capture a small percent of the success you've had! I am probably going to invest in the 580EXii flash. I have an older version 1 model but could really use a second to help during events in dark halls. You know the drill! Thanks so much! ~Pete  10.26.11 - 9:20am
Jorge - Great review Jasmine! Saludos  10.26.11 - 9:20am
Audrey - I'm dying to get my hands on a 35mm 1.4. Dying.  10.26.11 - 9:20am
Danielle Daniels - Oooooh $100 to B&H would be so nice right now!  10.26.11 - 9:20am
Skye P - If I had that gift card, I would most definitely put it towards a new lens for my Nikon. I was looking at the 50mm 1.4 to be exact. Thanks to you and B&H for the giveway!  10.26.11 - 9:20am
Brooke Ringdahl - Oh I would love to buy some background stands for my new studio!!! New studio's are so expensive I haven't gotten one yet. Or maybe some colored paper for backgrounds or maybe... AHK B&H is like shoe shopping for me!   10.26.11 - 9:20am
Maria (Photos by Mavi) - I'd love to get a macro lens!! Maria -   10.26.11 - 9:19am
Min - Great post! I would use the gift certificate towards my first prime lens!  10.26.11 - 9:19am
Tyler - I shoot with the 24-70 and love it. I really want the 85 1.2.   10.26.11 - 9:19am
Carey Davis - I'm a Nikon girl (but I shoot canon when out with friends and using their gear) and I am all about the primes. Lately, my husband and I have both been reaching for the 50mm 1.8, so I think we need another for both bodies, or I need the 1.4 to join the family. Either way, the B&H gift cert would help with that immensely. Love, love, love the blog and especially the shots when JD shows you in action and then the shot you captured to compare. Amazing what you can do in places that really don't scream "great background, shoot here." Thanks for all the time and effort you put into the blog.   10.26.11 - 9:19am
Jessica Harwood - This is a really helpful post. Even though I have a Nikon, thanks for your reviews. And even though I am no where near your ability with a camera, this would still be nice to have. I can't decide, though, what I would get! I've been itching for a flash, but id also like to get another fixed lens. We'll see, I guess. :) Thanks!   10.26.11 - 9:19am
Jelle - Thank your Jasmin. Great write up of the gear section from your wedding business. I think it's really important to make some good choices when you invest a lot of money in gear.  10.26.11 - 9:19am
Mandi - I would LOVE to put that GC towards the 50 mm 1.2, but. . not sure the hubs would go along with that. :)  10.26.11 - 9:17am
Jelle - Thanks Jasmin for the write up. It's really helpfull for the beginning wedding photographer.  10.26.11 - 9:17am
Kasha - Your awesome Jasmine :) You are so helpful with all the info for us beginners like me!!! Just recently purchased my first DSLR and can't wait to get a great lense to go with it!!! ;)  10.26.11 - 9:16am
Brenda Smith - I love seeing all that great gear. I swear by the Canon 24-70mm, 2.8 but really really want a prime: either the 85 or 50 1.2. That's what I'd buy! :) Brenda  10.26.11 - 9:16am
Julie Young - although I regularly stalk your blog, this is the first time I've commented...this was so great! I love knowing the equipment that other photographers use. I think you've convinced me to finally purchase a 50mm 1.2 lens, although -don't hold it against me- it would be of the Nikon variety :)  10.26.11 - 9:16am
Betty - 85mm prime lens  10.26.11 - 9:15am
Amanda Tonagel - So I pretty much love every blog post of yours but I really LOVE (high school vocab.) this blog post. I am slllllloooowwwwlllly filling my bag with these beautiful puppies. (Mark II, 580EXII, 50 and 100IS so far) and can't wait to add another! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! So appreciate it! amanda tonagel ps. LOVE B&H!!! I have bought almost all my gear there!  10.26.11 - 9:15am
Yinks - Choose me. Pick me Jas. I am looking to upgrade my gear and will totally add this to my saving up dough for that 35mm 1.4 lens so, pweese pwetty pweese pick me?   10.26.11 - 9:13am
James Webster - Thanks Jasmine.....I love it when people share what they are working with. James  10.26.11 - 9:13am
anthony barrera - long time lurker on your blog, what better time to start commenting when i can win $100 (which i would use for a new softbox). great post, thanks for sharing!  10.26.11 - 9:13am
Laurie - This is so exciting! I'd love to win the $100 gift certificate to B&H and use it next time I'm in New York!  10.26.11 - 9:12am
tamsen - oooh, thanks for sharing Jasmine! And I would love to win the gift card! I'd use it to help me buy the 70-200 so I can stop wasting my money on renting it! :)  10.26.11 - 9:09am
April - I love B&H Photo. Yep, I would be saving it to buy the 35mm lens. It is the next on my list of must haves :)!  10.26.11 - 9:09am
Miranda - I'm a Nikon lover so this would go to getting me a new lens but I'm not sure which one yet.... But... if you pick me I'll certainly share which one I bought (wink wink);)  10.26.11 - 9:08am
Brighid Uddyback - I'm drooling over your collection! What would I buy with that gift card? The possibilities are endless!  10.26.11 - 9:06am
Stephanie - I've had my eye on the 50mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.8. I'm just starting out my business (like, still developing the website...) so these work with my budget and still allow me to give my future clients amazingly beautiful work.  10.26.11 - 9:05am
Shari Hanson - wow! thanks for the chance to win! I really want to buy an 85mm!  10.26.11 - 9:05am
Felicity - LOVE the reviews! (makes me super happy I recently went with the 580EXII instead of the 430 too-- though I'm intimidated by the beast!). I think I'd put the gc towards some memory cards. Boring, but *vital* to a camera bag. ;)  10.26.11 - 9:03am
Jill - Thanks Jasmine! I would buy either the 580EXII or the Canon 135 2.0 (based on Zach Arias' glowing review). I would love to try that lens at my daughter's theater performances or my son's basketball games. I enjoy your blog and your work SO much!  10.26.11 - 9:02am
Bridget Sharp - I would buy the 85 mm, 1.2. By the way, JASMINE, YOU ARE GREAT!   10.26.11 - 9:00am
Amanda - I would totally go for a 35mm lens for my Nikon d5000. Either that or a tripod.   10.26.11 - 8:59am
Lance B. - As always Jasmine, GREAT Post!  10.26.11 - 8:59am
Lisa A. - I'm just starting out and still learning.... I have 50mm 1.8 & 24-105mm. I have a Rebel Xsi I'm saving for the 5DMII. I'm sure as soon as I have the money the MIII will come out and I'll have to get it! :) I think my next lens purchase will be the 70-200mm...  10.26.11 - 8:59am
Sheila - I love my 85 1.8 and 50 1.4! The 85 is my go to for theater shoots. As for B&H, I would buy a neutral density graduated filter.   10.26.11 - 8:58am
Sara - I've been drooling over the 85mm lens forever!  10.26.11 - 8:58am
Kresta Littleton - Hmmm, what would I buy? I shoot w/ a Nikon. I think I would put this towards an 85 mm. I'd love a 24-70 or 70-200 fixed aperture, but those aren't quite in the budget at this point. :) Thanks for the opportunity!  10.26.11 - 8:58am
Cameron Mora - Oh, man. Am I really the first to comment? The first one never wins...or do they? P.S. I'd use this little nugget to aid in the purchase of a 85mm. *fingers crossed. Over and Out.   10.26.11 - 8:57am
Aubrey - I'm dying to purchase a great prime and the 35mm is exactly what I would buy!  10.26.11 - 8:57am
Sammie - You are an inspiration to so many. I know you hear "Thank You" from hundreds and thousands, but really, Thank You. You have taught me more than any book I could read about photography. I am forever changed and forever grateful.   10.26.11 - 8:57am
Dominik - I would totally go for the 85mm prime lens. I've got the 50mm 1,4 and would love to have something "longer"... Greetings from Germany Dominik  10.26.11 - 8:55am
Tanya De Leeuw - Thanks for sharing info about your gear ... I have the L-series 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 (both non IS) ... love them both! I use a 7D currently but would like to add the 1DMIV (the new 1DMX is just a pipe dream for now!) or a 5DMII/III ... my back-up body's a T1i so I desperately need another camera as I head out into the world ... ! ;-)  10.26.11 - 8:55am
Dave - Hi Jasmine! Fantastic Post. Incredibly helpful (as always). I would SO (notice the upper case 'S' and 'O' put this towards an 85 1.2. Blessings from Canada! Dave   10.26.11 - 8:54am
Holly L. Robbins - Whoop whoop! I love gift cards and if I win this one I will be purchasing the 50mm 1.4!  10.26.11 - 8:54am
Bryan - as much as i'd love a new lens...i see additional storage for my drobo in my future. hmmm, maybe a future post on your back-up systems?  10.26.11 - 8:53am
Allison M - I'm just getting started in photography so I'd save up to buy the Canon 85mm, 1.8. Thanks!  10.26.11 - 8:53am
Misty Minna Photography - Jasmine, I won day dream of owning all those amazing lenses you have! My first choice would be the 50mm 1.2 is absolutely lovely. I've rented it several times and am in LOVE with it.  10.26.11 - 8:53am
Julie L. - Thanks for all the info--dying to try out the 50mm 1.2!  10.26.11 - 8:52am
Stefanie - I'm waiting to scoop up a 35mm. Definitely my next purchase  10.26.11 - 8:52am
Tytia - I would have to put some thought into what I'd buy. Hmmmm, decisions, decisions......... Tytia Habing  10.26.11 - 8:51am
Suzy G - My next purchase is the 35. I rented it a while back for a session and fell in LOVE.   10.26.11 - 8:50am
Rachel Leigh Greene - Name: Rachel Leigh Greene E-mail: This post was EXTREMELY helpful!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your opinions with us :D  10.26.11 - 8:49am
Brent - Thanks for sharing your gear. I need the 70-200, I rent it ever time I shoot a wedding and should save the money to buy it.  10.26.11 - 8:49am
Shelly Lane - Oh Jasmine, you read my mind! I was wondering exactly what you'd recommend at this point in time! Love this post and thank you for always sharing with us! I would definitely buy the 580EXII. I have been saving for it as I have my first wedding on the books in February of next year! I don't feel a flash is something I can just rent and get the hang of in a few days, so I am choosing to rent the other lenses I'll need and purchase this flash! It makes me nervous just looking at it! Yikes! Thanks again to you and B&H for the generosity!   10.26.11 - 8:48am
Elayna Pierce - Thanks so much for the post, Jasmine! Very helpful! As a young photojournalist/family photographer, have to admit I've had my eye on the 85mm for quite some time now.... :)  10.26.11 - 8:48am
Kelly - I shoot Nikon, (looking to upgrade soon!), but I would LOVE a 70-200 lens!  10.26.11 - 8:47am
christen barnes - Oohh... I love a giveaway!  10.26.11 - 8:47am
rachel - Fingers crossed for the gift cert!  10.26.11 - 8:47am
Jessica McClellan - Thanks for an amazing blog!  10.26.11 - 8:46am
michelle - I love this post! Thanks for doing it. :)  10.26.11 - 8:45am
Brent Pennington - Great post, Jasmine! I always like to hear what other, established photogs have to say about their gear. As for me, I'd love to get my hands on the 85mm f/1.8 - I've seen some incredible shots with that lens and think I could do some cool stuff with it in my bag.  10.26.11 - 8:45am
Yesica - If I had a $100 gift card I would purchase the 85mm 1.8....I like it better than my 50mm 1.4 : )  10.26.11 - 8:45am
jeramy - i'm back! :-) yummy list of treats. if i had the gift certificate i'd put it towards the 50mm 1.2....sharon has been wanting that one FOREVA!!!! no, seriously...forever. amen.   10.26.11 - 8:44am
Randi - I need to upgrade my camera. I want the Canon 60D (I'm no pro!).  10.26.11 - 8:44am
Wesley - Jasmine great list, and indeed some awesome L-quality gear. Just Curious, have you ever tried the 135L prime lens, i find it way easyer to work with then my super heavy 70-200 2.8 IS. If you would like to keep your full-frame awesomeness and get a higher burst rate you could consider to get a 1Ds MarkIII.(yes, the "s" version is fullframe!) Compared to my own 5d the 1ds's AF points totally rock! I'm a bit under the impression that JD is getting your lens leftovers, but he still rocks with them :D  10.26.11 - 8:41am
Leslie - Thanks for sharing your reviews of favorite equipment. You inspire me. I'm saving up to purchase a 50mm f/1.2.   10.26.11 - 8:41am
wedding photographer nyc - I love your post... It is very interesting. There is a lot of useful information. Thanks Jasmine!!!!   10.26.11 - 8:41am
Kacey - This post could not have come at a better time! I've been researching lens all week and this was so helpful. Thank you! Thank you! Next on my list will hopefully be the 85mm!   10.26.11 - 8:39am
Eileen Privett - I have been trying to save up for the 85 1.2 for three years now!!! I am desperately in "want" of this lens. :-)   10.26.11 - 8:38am
Lynn Vuong - I shoot with the 5DMII also and love it..was always a fan of the 5D and full frame and would never go back! You absolutely have all the lens I love Jasmine! Must save up for my 24-70! But also looking into getting the 35mm bc I love wide angle shots :0)  10.26.11 - 8:38am
Yui - Thanks so much for sharing! I really enjoyed reading about how you and JD have different style and opinions about the gear. What would I buy from B&H? It's a toss up between a grip for my D700 for 8fps burst or save up for the 85mm 1.4G. Decisions decisions ....  10.26.11 - 8:38am
Dana - Great post! I would use the $100 to purchase a 580EX instead of a 430EX.  10.26.11 - 8:36am
Vivian - Boy, I need so much equipment, where would I start. I definitely need some flash though. :) Happy Wednesday Jasmine!   10.26.11 - 8:35am
naomi chokr - hi jasmine!!!!! i never win anything? would you pick me? it never hurts to ask. I would buy the 35mm f2 that I have been wanting. Im considering renting it but id really rather buy it. So the gift card would help. SO MUCH! I love that you re-wrote this. I have all of your FAQs in a binder.... i have to print this one out and add it in. Thank you for always doing what you do and sharing everything you know to the world. Maybe i'll finally get to meet you next year.... at your future workshop!  10.26.11 - 8:35am
Erin - Thank you so much for this post, it's always great to learn what others use and the experiences that have led to those decisions! I would probably buy the flash, for while I would LOVE a new lens, right now I need a decent flash even more.   10.26.11 - 8:35am
Josh - Sweet rundown of your gear. Thanks for taking the time to not only say what you have but describe what each is used for... It definitely helps when thinking about style and what I might need in the future.   10.26.11 - 8:35am
jessica - Thanks for sharing your gear list! I have almost enough $ for an upgrade to that 580 ex II and that $100 gift certificate would get me there!  10.26.11 - 8:35am
Liz McNeil - Love this post! You gave me some great insight on certain lenses. Thank you!   10.26.11 - 8:34am
Jenna - I would totally buy an 85 1.2!!!!!  10.26.11 - 8:33am
Hannah - Hannah Wing -  10.26.11 - 8:33am
John J - Hi Jasmine, I'm a recent follower who heard your story from your interview with Chase Jarvis and have wandered over here and am loving what I'm seeing! A quick question about your gear. Do you carry two bodies at a time when shooting? If so, what lens combination do you prefer? Keep up the excellent work! John  10.26.11 - 8:33am
Penny Wolfe - I'd comment anyway but a contest is a bonus! Thanks so much for that generous offer. I'm torn between buying the 24 1.4 and the 35 1.4. I shoot a Canon 7D and do not have full frame so I'm leaning towards the 24 - mostly because it is newer and well rated - but I see there is rumour of a new 35 coming too! Decisions, decisions!! (p.s. LOVE B&H!)  10.26.11 - 8:32am
colette - I would be a kid in a candy store-- not sure what I'd get but this would be awesome  10.26.11 - 8:31am
Debbie Smith - I would put it towards an 85mm 1.8  10.26.11 - 8:31am
Phillip - What bag do you have to lug all this stuff around?  10.26.11 - 8:31am
Robert - Thanks! Very interesting...based on the volume of equipment I hope you don't carry that bag!  10.26.11 - 8:31am
Rick - Love your posts every day but have been waiting patiently for this gear post even though the other stuff is a lot more important (people love to talk gear). I have the 85L and the 135L and both make otherwise perfectly good lenses seem boring. You have made me think a lot about the 50L. I bought the 35L but returned it (perhaps I regret it) but due to the wider angle I did not like how it sometimes rendered adults (although for full length it would be great). I am surprised you do not have a smaller camera for personal use when you are just out and about like the X100 or Olympus Pen.  10.26.11 - 8:30am
Kyle Tuttle - I would most definitely purchase the 85 1.2 first and foremost for portraiture :) Thank you very much for producing the list!  10.26.11 - 8:30am
Ginger Salmon - I love your work and wish I had more lenses. I would love to purchase an 85mm. Keep up the amazing work!  10.26.11 - 8:30am
gabriela - Love that you posted this on your blog today! i been looking to invest in another lens so its great to get feedback on these. For sure my next lens will be the 24-70mm  10.26.11 - 8:29am
Kate Nesi - I'd love to add the Canon 24mm 1.2 L to my lineup!  10.26.11 - 8:29am
kell - That 70-200 is magic for ceremonies. I can't wait to invest in one of my own so I can stop renting it!   10.26.11 - 8:26am
Ashley Bruschi - Hi Jasmine! This was SUCH a super helpful post! I'd love to win the B&H $100 Gift Certificate!! It would definitely go to our 50mm 1.2 lens fund :-) My husband and I have been drooling over it for months! (email:  10.26.11 - 8:26am
Breanne Kent - Breanne Kent,, I would without a doubt buy the 50mm 1.2...Ive shot with it before...simply Heaven :)  10.26.11 - 8:25am
Samantha D - This would be a great start to purchasing my own 35mm lens so I can stop renting it :)  10.26.11 - 8:24am
Ines - Hi!! I don't want to enter the competition because I live in Europe and I assume the certificate is only valid in the US, but I had to say something about this post. I read most of what you write but this one is TOO good for beginners! You clearly explain what you feel, like and dislike about the lenses and it made me feel it's actually easy to choose one lens... hehe What a great article, thank you very much :)  10.26.11 - 8:24am
Nicole - Luuuvve B & H!  10.26.11 - 8:24am
Kim - I am lusting after the 50mm 1.4.   10.26.11 - 8:23am
michelle - I would buy a 580 EXII speedlite, as I pretty much made the same decision as you all those years ago... the 430 is more affordable, but I learned quickly its way underpowered for weddings, at least as your primary flash. The 580 has been on my wish list for a while now and man would I LOVE to snag it sooner then later!! :) :) :) Michelle,  10.26.11 - 8:23am
michelle - Not sure what I would buy, but most likely use it towards a new lens.  10.26.11 - 8:22am
Josh - I'd love to be able to get my wife a new lens.  10.26.11 - 8:21am
Sada - Woo hoo! I love B&H! Thanks for the chance to win and all the great info!!  10.26.11 - 8:21am
Stacy - Thanks for all of the helpful info on lenses. Reading the reviews on Amazon can get overwhelming! And thanks, B&H for the giveaway! I'd love a new lens!  10.26.11 - 8:21am
Sarah M. - I've been drooling over the Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 IS for two years now!!!!!  10.26.11 - 8:21am
Rob Goldstein - Hey Jasmine, thanks for peek inside you bag. I completely agree with you that the long zoom is essential for wedding photogs. I am about to buy a backup / replacement flash and that $100 would go a long way.  10.26.11 - 8:20am
Sarah Morgan - Wow you have a lot of lenses... haha! I'm thinking of buying the 24-70 or the 85mm next!  10.26.11 - 8:18am
Ester Robards - What to buy? What to buy? I'd probably put the $100 towards a wide angle lens...maybe the 28mm, or buy more CF cards, or maybe the 85mm....:)  10.26.11 - 8:18am
Andrew - Currently transitioning to all prime. Wish the process was quicker!  10.26.11 - 8:18am
Sunny - A gift card from B&H to a photographer is like winning the lottery and Christmas morning all rolled into one! If you selected me I'd put the investment towards a new camera body...My D80 is in desperate need of an upgrade! Possibly to a...dare I say it...Canon 5DMII :) That's right Jasmine, you're pretty darn close to switching an avid Nikon user to Canon. *sigh*  10.26.11 - 8:17am
Jill Samter Photography - I want to upgrade my 70-200 lens or purchase th 85mm 1.2 lens. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 100mm 2.8L. It is my BFF lens for sure! Blessings, Jill  10.26.11 - 8:16am
alecia - I would get another 580!  10.26.11 - 8:15am
Liz Perdomo - My camera bag screams: let me hold "something" :D So anything I can buy from B&H will do me well!  10.26.11 - 8:15am
Michelle - I don't know what I'd buy...but I have many of those lenses on my wish list already!\  10.26.11 - 8:14am
Hannah Larson - Name is Hannah Larson, email is I would buy a 50mm 1.4 :) Love your blog, thanks for this post!  10.26.11 - 8:13am
Tracy - I would love the 50 1.2!!!  10.26.11 - 8:13am
Chad - I am the dark horse in this stable. I shoot Nikon ...GASP!!! But I'd buy the 85 f1.4G, the silkiest, sexiest lens I've ever held. Thanks for sharing so much jasmine.   10.26.11 - 8:13am
CAthy - oh pick me pick me!!! :) I'm renting the 50 1.2 for a wedding in a few weeks and if I like it, I'd get that. Or a pocket wizard set-up for my 580exII so I can get if off my camera. Thanks for the chance to win.   10.26.11 - 8:13am
Jenelle - Jenelle Thanks Jasmine + B&H!!  10.26.11 - 8:13am
Becca - need another external hard drive very soon...not that exciting but that's what I need :) Thanks B&H and Jasmine!  10.26.11 - 8:11am
Wayland - Thanks for the article!! It's always so interesting to get insight on a professional's gear and how they use it since I'm a gear-head myself! That extra $100 would be gone in an instant as I'd use that to finance my own 5DMII! :)  10.26.11 - 8:11am
Sean Korsan - Thanks so much for sharing Jasmine! The Canon 35 1.4 is next on my list, it's light, fast and can keep up with my kids. What else could be better than that? Ha ha  10.26.11 - 8:10am
Jill - I'd LOVE to purchase my first prime lens if I win :) Thanks for all the useful info/tips as always!  10.26.11 - 8:09am
Carlise - Pick me, pick me! Nah, seriously this was an awesome post. I've been looking to upgrade my prime bag and this helps sooo much. If I were to be lucky enough to receive the gc I would definitely go with the 85mm (just trying to decide on which one, lol). Thank you so much, Jasmine for all you give!!  10.26.11 - 8:09am
Fran Colonna - This was awesome!!! Thank you for posting this, Jasmine!! I love shooting with prime lenses but I only have the 85 1.4 and the 50 1.4. If I could fit a new lens into my budget, it would have to be the 35. Natural light in a tight hotel room would be best served by the 35..... sometimes the 50 is just not wide enough and I have to put on the 24-70.   10.26.11 - 8:09am
April - Thanks for the great info. I have a bunch of the lenses on my wish list. I would use the gift certificate to go towards upgrading my 50 mm 1.8 to a 1.4.   10.26.11 - 8:08am
Keri Jarvis - Thanks so much for the post. I would use the GC toward a new lens!  10.26.11 - 8:08am
Hannah Larson - I'd buy a 50mm 1.4 :) love your blog and your style!!!   10.26.11 - 8:07am
Angie - Great review of all your lenses, it was worth waiting for you to organize your argyle sock collection first ;) If I had my choice, I'd pick the Divalicious 24mm, 1.4 lens.   10.26.11 - 8:07am
Nancy - I would love to get the 50mm 1.2 ~ love your work!! It is amazing :)  10.26.11 - 8:07am
Holly Haddad - I myself am a Nikon girl - but apatures and focal lengths are the same language! Thanks for this post and I totally agree with your love affair with your 50mm! Thx for this post!  10.26.11 - 8:07am
Cassie Jo - Ohh, I'm swooning over all of these! I rented the 70-200 and the 50 1.2 for a wedding a couple months ago and LOVED them! I'm so glad I learned about the awesomeness of these lenses from reading your blog! I really think my next lens purchase will be to upgrade my 50mm 1.8 to the 1.2 but I just can't get myself to bite the bullet!   10.26.11 - 8:07am
Stephanie - Ooh, ooh pick me! I want a new lens! I've been shooting with zoom lenses for years and am looking at purchasing my first prime lens, the $100 would definitely go towards that.   10.26.11 - 8:05am
Amy Horn - Love the post. Would love the gift card to put towards a 70-200! :) or a back up battery for my NEW canon 5DMII! :)  10.26.11 - 8:03am
Chanell - Thanks for the post on your camera gear. I shoot with Nikon primarily because its the first camera I bought and I have quite a few additions now to switch systems. Although I think I may one day switch to Canon lol. I love primes! I've learned that they are the fave for many photogs. Great post!  10.26.11 - 8:02am
Molly - This is such a great post! I love your work and the detail you put into describing the strengths / weaknesses of each lens is so helpful - especially for someone like me who just loves photography and is pretty new to the whole idea of switching up my lens situation. I'd love to enter the contest - and I'd put it towards getting my first 50mm lens! Thank you!  10.26.11 - 8:02am
Catherine - The Mark III is already out! :) Someday I hope to upgrade to at least the Mark II, and some L lenses!  10.26.11 - 8:00am
Rose DeVore - Thank you Jasmine. I have been looking for an addition to my bag and you helped in pointing out the value of each of those lenses...You are - as always - FABULOUS!  10.26.11 - 8:00am
Jana - Love your gears and lenses! Thank you for sharing! My husband and I are fans of yours and we're truly sad we won't get to meet you today at the WPPI NYC. We'll be there tomorrow though :) Bless your heart for being so generous. You and JD are an inspiration to us!  10.26.11 - 8:00am
Robyn - Ooohhh, I think that I would have to put the money towards that Canon 580EXII. Thanks for the chance!!  10.26.11 - 7:59am
Annette Elliott - Ok, so I am a Nikon shooter (please don't hold that against me J* cause I love my D700 and 50mm 1.4) Just getting started and would love the 85mm passion is for families (not weddings. weddings=toomuchstress) This post is great! Even though we shoot with different brands, still learned a lot from this post! Thank You!  10.26.11 - 7:59am
Shannon - I'm so new at all of this I would hardly know what to buy! I need everything! I really really want the 50mm. Bad. :)  10.26.11 - 7:59am
Leslie Davis - I would buy the 100 2.8 - I just rented it and I am in love! It is superb and I can't wait to own it - but I am also in desperate need of an 85mm, and after JD's comments, I might have to settle for the 1.8 until my piggy bank gets refilled! :) Thanks Jasmine!!!  10.26.11 - 7:57am
Lorele - Hey Jasmine, I read all your posts (and I have started from the beginning of your blog) but I don't comment very often. Because I am french and very lazy :) But this time, as I am planning an investment (5DM2) and a trip to NYC (yeehaa!!) I leave you few words. So, tks for sharing so much everytime. Gros baisers de France !  10.26.11 - 7:57am
Barbie Plankenhorn - I would get the Canon 85mm, 1.8 if I won! Thanks Barbie  10.26.11 - 7:57am
Christine - I would use the gift certificate to buy things that I probably don't need but they're free so who's going to stop me. :)  10.26.11 - 7:56am
Barbie P if I won the lankenhorn - I would get the Canon 85mm, 1.8 if I won!  10.26.11 - 7:55am
Michelle - Pretty please pick me!!! With a cherry on top!!!!  10.26.11 - 7:54am
erica - Erica Ferrone: This contest is awesome. I am saving up to buy a 14-24 2.8 Nikon lens!! Hope to see you at PDN!  10.26.11 - 7:53am
Sara Santos - Thanks for this post Jasmine, it helped ignorant little me better understand the different lenses and what they're good for.   10.26.11 - 7:52am
Taylor Jackson - Jasmine, love the post! I went with the 580 instead of the 480 because of that same story over half a year ago, I haven't looked back since.   10.26.11 - 7:52am
Todd Douglas - Great writeup! Love the prime lens reviews. I'm in desperate need of a lens refresh so I'd probably use the gift cert. to make a small dent in the 70-200!  10.26.11 - 7:52am
Julie I - I don't dare comment first; no #1 ever gets selected... :) I would probably shoot for the 35mm 1.4 as I could use a wider lens than what I have.  10.26.11 - 7:52am
polyana prado - Yay..thanks B&H   10.26.11 - 7:52am
Sheila Hallmark - Thanks as always! I need to buy another lens, this post makes it way easier than the info I get at the camera shop!  10.26.11 - 7:50am
Dee - I would absolutely buy the 50mm1.4 or a 35 mm lens. Eek! Awesome.   10.26.11 - 7:50am
Caitlyn Hofmaster - Thank you THank you Thank you for this information! It is so nice to have other photographers open up about their love affairs with various lenses. Hmmm...Well I would love to use the gift card for either going full frame or an amazing softbox :)  10.26.11 - 7:48am
Sarah D. - Love this post - so helpful! I am just a casual photographer and would love to have the 85 mm, 1.8. Thanks!  10.26.11 - 7:48am
Emilia Jane - I've been saving saving saving for the 85L, thank you so much for this post! And the lovely giveaway B&H!  10.26.11 - 7:48am
Elisa - I really love post like this, I'd like to buy the 50mm 1.4 but I don't know... I have a 60D and a 50mm 1.8 so... 35mm or 50mm 1.4?  10.26.11 - 7:48am
Zach - Great write-up! I've used almost all of those lenses and own the 24-70mm. One tiny complaint I have with the L's is the rock solid build quality makes them pretty heavy., which makes for sore shoulders after a days shoot. Do you shoot with filters typically? ND, polarizing...  10.26.11 - 7:48am
Sarajane Case - I loved this post! I knew some of what you said from being a huge creeper and following your blog like a pro. But, I love the way you expanded and compared lenses. Thanks so much!!! with love, Sarajane Case   10.26.11 - 7:47am
Melissa M. - Great post! I'm saving up for the 100 macro IS.   10.26.11 - 7:47am
Liz - This was really interesting Jasmine - thank you! I just got the 35 1.4 last week, and since I dropped and broke my only other fixed lens (50mm 1.8) two days later (by dropped, I mean accidentally pushed off dining table and onto hardwood floor) I am now challenging myself to just shoot with the 1.4 - love it so far, but definitely need practice! I have a wishlist @ B&H, so I would probably put the $100 towards the 50 1.2 or get a reflector.  10.26.11 - 7:47am
Brooke Rodine - Thank you for being so entertaining while educational! I love your style and humor and I always get so inspired reading your posts!   10.26.11 - 7:45am
Annika Swenson - I am also patiently waiting for the new Canon body to come out. The next lens I would like to invest in is the 24mm 1.4. Thank you for your commentary and reasons for loving (or not) the lenses you have. It's been wonderful watching your photography evolve! :)   10.26.11 - 7:44am
Stephanie Lyell - Thanks for sharing this! I have several of those lenses, but neeeed to get a few more! If I won the gift certificate I would use it towards either the 50 1.2 or the 85 1.2, or maybe the 580 (I'm currently using the 480) many choices!! Again thanks for putting this up!  10.26.11 - 7:44am
Tiffany - Oh, I'd probably put it towards some high-quality filters. Boring, but I really need them :)  10.26.11 - 7:42am
Katelyn - Wow, I would love to have the 50 mm. 1.2!  10.26.11 - 7:42am
Joe Anna Haydon - I'd buy a macro lens and this gift card would help me be that much closer!! :) pretty please with a big ole' chocolate covered cherry!!   10.26.11 - 7:40am
Ryan Gambrel - I would have to say the money would go towards a new back up body for me. BTW love the blog!!  10.26.11 - 7:39am
Kathy Krey - Pick me! Pick me!  10.26.11 - 7:38am
Emily Warwick - I am in the market for a portrait and zoom lens and a flash!! :)  10.26.11 - 7:38am
Jennifer S. - Thanks for all the great information on this gear, Jasmine! I actually have the 85 1.2 in my shopping cart at B&H but still debating on the purchase. The $100 gift card would be ahhh-mazing to help out with that hefty price tag though! :)  10.26.11 - 7:36am
Patty - Awesome post, Jasmine! I read your blog every day. Seriously! Its part of my routine, just like eating breakfast and sleeping. :) I would love to be considered for the $100 gift certificate. I would like to get some camera batteries. :)  10.26.11 - 7:36am
Alison - I literally JUST ordered the 580 EX II less than 12 hours ago and *not gonna lie* I double checked your blog beforehand to see which flash you used. I would absolutely love the 50mm 1.2 (my 1.4 rarely leaves my camera). My next purchase will be a wide angle and I've been leaning toward the 35mm 1.4 although the 24mm 1.4 intrigues me as well. I greatly appreciate the advice you dish on this blog.... being an amateur teaching myself how to make this a reality, I've learned a great deal from you!  10.26.11 - 7:34am
Marianne Worlow - Well I would love to buy the 35mm but I have to continue saving so it would probably be some boring memory cards. ;) Thanks for all your info as always. xo.  10.26.11 - 7:34am
Scott - I want to win so I could buy a new flash!  10.26.11 - 7:34am
Becca - I love B&H and order all my lenses from there. If I had the $100, I have no clue what I would buy but I would have a great time figuring it out! :)  10.26.11 - 7:34am
Celia - I'm totally new at all of this and basically love taking pictures of my kids / family and documenting these times in our lives. I would want a good starter lens that you could recommend for my Canon. Maybe I'll be the lucky winner. ;)  10.26.11 - 7:34am
Daniel Berlanga - What an awesome lens collection you have! :D I'd kill for that 85mm 1.2, but I think I would have to stop myself and get the 85mm f/1.8 ^_^ Regards from Spain!  10.26.11 - 7:34am
Lynn Demaray - Lacking sleep from new baby, just read it again and sorry for the double post. I would love the 50mm 1.2!!  10.26.11 - 7:34am
sherri lynn - I've been wanting to know what you have in your bag - thanks for sharing!  10.26.11 - 7:33am
Stephanie - I don't know exactly what I'd buy right now but I could definitely put a gift certificate to work.  10.26.11 - 7:33am
Gedas - yummmmmyyy B&H Photo   10.26.11 - 7:33am
Lynn Demaray - I would love the 50 1.2 but might gave to do the 50 1.4 for money reasons! The $100 would be so nice to have. You are awesome Jasmine and love B&H!!!  10.26.11 - 7:32am
Lindsay Smith - I'd put the gift certificate toward a new lens!  10.26.11 - 7:32am
Valerie - Great post J*! Its always great to hear where the pros started and where they've found they're groove!  10.26.11 - 7:32am
tania lemieux - Oh! I would buy the 35mm 1.4 ... Or maybe a macro.. :) There's always some space in my bag for another lens.. :)  10.26.11 - 7:31am
Lindsey Allen - I would buy the 85mm lens. Thanks for posting what you use!  10.26.11 - 7:30am
Emily Davis - I am dying, dying, dying for the 50mm 1.2, I'm a new photographer, so having that lens in my arsenal would change my world!  10.26.11 - 7:30am
Hannah Chen - Thanks for this post! I love seeing what's in other people's bags. =) I also enjoyed seeing your progression as you moved along in your business. And thanks to B&H! Oooo, what would I buy... I've definitely been looking at the 35 1.4, and $100 off would be a great little bonus! ;)  10.26.11 - 7:29am
Hope - I would totally buy some pocket wizards!  10.26.11 - 7:29am
Stella - Oh me me me!!! :) I so want a 85mm...  10.26.11 - 7:27am
Phil - I'd probably save up to buy an FX camera whenever Nikon gets around to announcing something, although flooding has sort of messed them up.  10.26.11 - 7:27am
Gabby - Oh if I were to win I would put it towards a flash.   10.26.11 - 7:26am
tim wong - first?  10.26.11 - 7:26am
Kevin Jones - Great post as always. Wedding photography is not my thing yet I continue to read all your posts and pick up some tips and tricks ;). I would pick myself up a 24 1.4. I have always wanted the not-to-wide angle with shallower depth of field (on my crop body). All the best :)  10.26.11 - 7:25am
Naomi Elle - hehe!! yay!! equipment posts! love 'em! <3  10.26.11 - 7:25am
Hailey - Hi Jasmine! I love posts like this that geek out of photo gear! Thanks! I would put the gift certificate toward a big purchase, like the 70-200. I currently rent one every time I shoot a wedding and it's an expensive inconvenience. (But oh-so necessary.)  10.26.11 - 7:24am
Abbey - I love your lens series Jasmine and appreciate you always sharing what you know. I just got back from Zack Arias lighting workshop last night and I if I win the gift certificate, I would definitely buy some of the umbrellas we used during the workshop. My email is Hope to bump into you at PDN!!!   10.26.11 - 7:24am
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Mindy Pierce - I could really use the 35mm!  10.26.11 - 7:23am
Lisa Wright - not sure will probably put toward a new flash!!  10.26.11 - 7:22am
Lisa Wright - Not sure just getting started with my business!!  10.26.11 - 7:21am
Jess Hodge - I would use it towards a 35mm 1.8!   10.26.11 - 7:21am
Dustin Finn - Thanks so much for your insightful post into gear... Really appreciate it.  10.26.11 - 7:19am
Catherine - I would love to buy the 50mm 1.2!  10.26.11 - 7:19am
Tasha Prescott - I'd use it towards my 85mm!  10.26.11 - 7:19am
Nicole Swenson - I loooovvvveeddd this post! Thanks Jasmine!   10.26.11 - 7:16am
Carmaleta Billups - I would love to put it towards the purchase of the 85mm,1.8. I am just starting out and I think the lens would be perfect!  10.26.11 - 7:15am
Joe Turic - Great setup! I think you make every Canon shooter have lens envy. :)  10.26.11 - 7:15am