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The lens fashion's Javier Cortés couldn’t work without

A female model stands outside in the foreground, with two other female models standing on a hill in the background.
Fashion short Meet the Swinton Sisters, commissioned by Vogue España. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens. © Javier Cortés

In our Couldn't Work Without series, we ask leading photographers and filmmakers to reveal their essential kit, and Javier Cortés is a fashion photographer unafraid to declare his love in a very public way.

When he left his last permanent job, working for a large studio in his home city of Madrid, the Canon Ambassador posted an image on his Instagram page of the lens he holds above all others. "I will always love you!" he wrote alongside the image of his beloved Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens, on 29 May 2012. It’s a tribute to the lens that remains a staple in his kitbag to this day. The optic belonged to the studio where he was working, but he was so taken with it that he bought his own soon after.

"The lens cost more than my camera," laughs Javier, who works as a fashion and advertising photographer and filmmaker. "But I bought it and I’ve had it all this time. The only item that is always with me is this lens. I really love it."

A women sits down on a carpet, looking directly into the camera, her left hand resting on the carpet in front of her.
A still from Meet the Swinton Sisters, captured with Javier's "perfect lens". Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens. © Javier Cortés
Two young models are poised to kiss, a shadow cast in between them.
Taken from a recent fashion editorial for Spanish magazine VEIN, in which Javier used an almost "documentary approach". Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens. © Javier Cortés

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