This was a funny scene. The girl wanted a snap of the street performer (Don’s his name) and as she tried to take it he kept moving close and she kept walking backwards and everyone was laughing. Very cute.
I shot this with my 50mm f1.4 prime lens (@ f1.4) during my first outing with it. It’s a nice lens but to be honest I don’t think 50mm is my focal length. I think I’d get more use from a 35mm prime, if I were to go that route. Nonetheless, all I have is the 50 so that’s what I brought out.
It was an interesting experiment. At first I was a bit lost because the lens wasn’t wide enough for the stuff I kept pointing at. But soon enough I sort of began to ignore things too wide or too far away and just focused (excuse the pun) on things within the 50mm focal length. When I look through the shots I get from my 24-105mm zoom, a small percentage of those are at 50mm. With the 50mm prime I found that I was getting about the same number of shots at 50mm as I would with my zoom. I didn’t expect that.
Another interesting thing is although it’s an f1.4 aperture, I shot mostly at 2.8 in order to get sharper images. Usually these lenses are designed to be at their sharpest a couple of stops down from their widest aperture. That got me thinking. Instead of primes I could just buy a Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 image stabilized (IS) lens. The IS would help me with lower shutter speeds, especially after dark, and the zoom range would give me way more flexibility.
The purpose for taking this lens out with me Sunday was to see how (or if) I’d enjoy shooting primes, should I end up buying that Fuji X Pro 2 or the new Olympus Pen F.
My thinking is this: If I kept the Canon 5D Mrk III with my 24-105mm zoom lens for times when I wanted the flexibility, then having the X Pro 2 with a couple of primes would make for a nice change from time to time. But that’s a lot of money for only a part-time camera, right?
Back to the 50mm. I did enjoy it and I also could see how using primes from time to time would make someone a better photographer. It forces you out of your comfort zone and makes you see the world in a different way. Oh, another solid option is for me to buy a Fuji X100T, which has a fixed 35mm (full frame equivalent) f2 lens. That’s also one sweet camera and a lot smaller than the X Pro 2.