My first experience of a zoom lens was on my Nikon Coolpix P300, the first "proper" camera I bought, back in 2011. But I shot thousands of photographs with it without touching the zoom rocker, just using it at the widest 24mm setting. I know now that 24mm is pretty wide, but back then it… Continue reading Taming The Infinite Zoom Lens
This month I'm committing to a single camera again, part of my One Month, One Camera project. For December it's my Panasonic Lumix LX3. I thought I might try some different focal lengths, having used it almost entirely at 35mm previously. So I went with its longest zoom of 60mm for a while, but found… Continue reading How To Convert Your Digital Compact’s Zoom Lens To A 35mm Prime
With interchangeable lens cameras, the majority of the time I use a prime lens. My reasons are myriad - The simplicity of one focal length. The generally better and more consistent image quality, and knowing it can be relied upon. The more often than not faster maximum aperture, giving more options for low light and… Continue reading In Praise Of Zoom Lenses (When Primes Let You Down)
A couple of years back I fell into what, in retrospect, I realise is a common trap for beginner photographers. I thought that to be a complete photographer, I needed a lens in every possible focal length, from super wide to extreme tele, so I could cover every possible photographic opportunity that arose. This moderated… Continue reading Wide Eyed, Nearly Normal, Or Terrific Tele – What’s Your Favourite Focal Length?
For March in my One Month, One Camera project I've chosen the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2, a camera designed for travel (TZ = Travel Zoom). This means it's pretty small and pocketable, but also that the zoom goes from a fairly wide 28mm up to 10x that, 280mm. For my needs, about 80% of this optical… Continue reading How To Find Three Useful Prime Lenses Buried In a Crazy 10x Zoom Lens