Little and large


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Little and large

29 Sep 2020 5:25PM   Views : 375 Unique : 249

Heading off for a few nights way from home, I decided to pack both my widest (14mm) and longest (500mm) lenses. And, as a technical exercise, I decided to take them out today and shoehorn them into my shooting, somewhere.

I needn't have worried. Five minutes from the start, I asked my sister to turn round and park next to a gate, because there was a ready-made landscape waiting for me. Sunshine, dewdrops, fluffy clouds, and a bit of the Lake District.

The pictures were easy – the hard part is going to be transferring them to an external hard drive and then editing on a laptop...

And neither lens is necessary for landscapes. An 85mm works fine for me, and add in a 24mm and there's not much I don't feel able to tackle, so your 18-55 will be fine... Honest.

There are two ways to use lenses. One is to look at a subject, and decide what lens to shoot it with – and then hope you have access to it Alternatively, you may find that your vision develops to suit what you use – I'm pretty sure that happened to me with the 85mm around 30 years ago.

Or maybe not... Alongside this, I have a suspicion that if you use a zoom all the time, you don't develop this built-in viewfinder – that seems as good a way as any to describe it. There are those who argue for a more-or-less 50mm lens, because it has the same field of view as the human eye. Or a fisheye, for the same reason – you can see more or less 180°, in fact. I think of the 85mm as covering the field to which you can pay close attention at any one time.

Don't worry about this – but do consider developing the ability to see for a lens, as well as through it!

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29 Sep 2020 5:25PM
I shall add pictures later...
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29 Sep 2020 7:32PM
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29 Sep 2020 7:37PM

No prizes for working out which is which...
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kaybee 19 8.7k 28 Scotland
29 Sep 2020 8:05PM
I have never thought about how or why I choose a lens.
I suppose I have just, over the years, 'learnt' which lens/focal length to use for the shot I want.

I will also put a lens on the camera and that is it ...... go out with just the one lens -- it could be the fisheye, a prime or a zoom, but that is the lens I will use for a week or two.
Doing that also teaches you what the lens can do and how to use it.
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30 Sep 2020 11:27AM
That happens so often - you put one lens on for a reason, and it jsut stays on...
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bobby55 13 67 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2020 3:37PM
The 100mm stays on the tripod for most of my indoor shots as it's the one I feel more comfortable with, outdoors I favour the 58mm Helios, due to the weight factor it's easier for me to hand hold. I seem to prefer old prime glass.

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