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Using a 400mm Lens for Family Portraits



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It’s like renting a Porche to drop the kids off at school: It’s flashy, it gets the job, and yeah… it’s probably overkill. But alas, that’s just what I did for Chelsea Brown’s recent family portraits. Canon sent me the RF 400mm 2.8L series lens (which retails for about $12k) to try out. I used it for a JHS football game and dance team photos, a wedding I’ll post soon, and this family shoot.

400mm Lens for Family Portraits with a compressed and blurred background.

Was it fun using a 400mm Lens for Family Portraits? Absolutely. Was it practical? Eh…. not really. I had to backup to about a football field away for full-body portraits. It focused fast and was pretty sharp; however, it was much heavier than my 50mm 1.2 or 85mm 1.2, and hand-holding the lens because tiresome after just a few minutes. I won’t be using a 400mm lens for family portraits anytime again soon, but it was a fun lens to play with. Thank you to the Brown family for always letting me experiment with them. They’re the best!

Talk to you soon,

Are you looking for more photo shoots of this gorgeous family? See below:
Mom and Daughter Portraits
Luxury Estate Wedding Photography
Fine Art Family Portraits

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