"You're always meeting new people – actors, sportspeople, singers. You travel. That is why I find it more interesting than my first job. As a dental technician, I would spend all day working with teeth."
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The successor to the Mark II that Karim favours offers superb low-light performance, deep learning AF and 5.5K RAW video. "The Mark II is quieter than the previous model and it has such a fast focus, especially important for the golf and other sports events I cover," says Karim.
With a range of ultra-wide-angle focal lengths in one advanced-quality zoom lens, the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is ideal for shooting everything from landscapes to interiors. "This is a great lens with no distortion," says Karim. "I was covering a business event where there were 100 people who wanted to have their picture taken with the King of Spain and I was the only photographer to get the shot."
A contemporary classic, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is favoured by reportage photographers because of its natural perspective and low-light capability. It's a "fantastic lens," says Karim. "So bright, sharp, fast and not too heavy – great for working in the street."
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM gives photographers superlative creative control over depth of field and focusing. Karim says: "Shooting with this lens is great training because you learn to crop with your eyes. I could travel with just this lens."
A pro-level short-telephoto lens, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is designed for low-light shooting and situations where very shallow depth of field is needed. "This is my favourite lens for portraits," says Karim. "The bokeh is magical."
With a true macro magnification ratio of 1:1 – meaning the object being photographed in real life appears the same size as on the camera sensor – the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is perfect for close-up shots. Karim says: "This was one of my first lenses. I used to use it to photograph flowers and bees, but now I use it in the studio for product shots of jewellery or perfume."
The latest version of the 70-200mm lens that Karim uses is a favourite telephoto zoom with photographers of every kind. "It's essential for events and so versatile," says Karim.
The successor to Karim's favoured 400mm lens is an ultra-high-performance L-series super-telephoto lens. "I use it to capture musicians on festival stages. You get the best shots from way back. It's a fantastic lens – fast and sharp," says Karim.
The Canon Extender EF 2x III doubles the focal length of Canon L-series telephoto or telephoto zoom lenses with better AF accuracy. "I mainly use this for photographing birds or wildlife," says Karim. "I also used it to take a portrait of Joe Biden when he came to Morocco a few years ago. In some situations, it gives you an advantage over other photographers."
The latest version of the Speedlite 600EX-RT Karim uses is designed for quick frame rate shooting and gives the user ultimate control over their lighting. "I use these in low-light scenarios, on the red carpet at festivals, or for corporate portraits," says Karim.
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