We were only allowed to bring our camera and one lens to the first session of my studio portraiture class. My first thought was the Cream Machine, but I didn't know how much room I'd have, so I opted for the 28-70. It turns out we were shooting at f/16 anyway, so the Beast was probably the better choice. I kept it racked to 70mm for all the shots. For no reason I can explain, I had the hood on it, so it was definitely the burliest lens in the room and attracted a lot of attention. It also performed like a champ. The Beast may be discontinued, but it's still an amazing studio lens imho. Here are some of my fellow students. View attachment 252375 I wasn't the only d200 shooter in the class... View attachment 252376 and I wasn't the only old guy in the class... View attachment 252377 but he's the teacher .