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
After very promising results recently with an SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm, the next step in my explorations of zoom lenses was to try something that would embrace the wider end. It was time try the lens I got this with the 35-105mm, a 24-50mm, also Pentax-A series. Now I've realised (duh!) that I can use a… Continue reading Tick Tick Tick Tick Zoom?
Traditionally I've been a prime lens kind of photographer. I just like the simplicity of having one less variable to consider. Plus the journey of getting to know how the world looks at a fixed focal length and field of view - so you can visualise the part of the scene the camera will capture… Continue reading Champion The Wonder Zoom?
Since discovering film cameras and vintage lenses some five summers ago, I've been through a fair bit of glass. Enough to become concerned about being a lensoholic. What I've learned from this experience - and I appreciate compared with some people's lens count this is a tiny drop in the Atlantic - is which lenses… Continue reading How To Find The Lenses Best For You – Choosing Focal Length
Zoom lenses were made so you could stand in one place, point in any direction, zoom and capture the perfect composition. Right? Well, maybe. But not for me. Instead I see a zoom lens as a small, highly portable set of prime lenses. Here's why, and how I use them. For the first four years or… Continue reading Rise Of The Anti-Zoom – Why I Never Zoom With A Zoom Lens