20 Feb For the Love of a Prime Lens

Source: The Lightweight Photographer

Reflections on Formby Beach. Fuji X-T2, Fuji 10-24 lens at 10mm. ISO200, f/13, 1/50″, 2 stop ND Grad. Converted in Lightroom using the Acros Yellow profile for the Fuji. Contrast adjustment and effects using Nik Color Efex.

I have done something rash! Yes, again.

Having sold all my prime lenses a couple of years back, I bought another. And I have a feeling I may buy more. Want to understand what changed my mind? So would I.

When I look at my camera equipment you can divide it into three categories:

Point and shoot pocket cameras. I haven’t used these much recently and, in all honesty, I have become a little disillusioned with the lens performance of the ones I own. Mirrorless cameras ranging from Micro 43 to Full Frame. These are the cameras I use most of the time. They are the work horses of what I do, and I only have zoom lenses for these. Film cameras that I use occasionally. This is now a short list of the Bronica SQAi and Hasselblad XPan. I seldom use them but when I do I love the experience. I only have prime lenses for these cameras.

Now this is where it gets a little weird and I can’t rationalise why.

For some reason I love the experience of shooting with the prime lenses. It’s as though zoom lenses make me lazy whilst the primes make me work for my shots. When I shoot with zooms there’s a tendency to exchange movement…

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