August 12th, 2014
I’m a big fan of modern zoom lenses. They are great. I remember years ago when there wasn’t a zoom lens being made that didn’t suck so much that no one who cared about their photos would use them. But, thankfully that has changed. I still use a number of prime lenses from time to time when they are appropriate to what I’m trying to do, but for the most part my zoom stays on my camera and does it all.
Back in the bad old days when I was doing photojournalism I carried four cameras all day while I was working. A Nikon F with a 24mm, a Leica M2 with a 35, a Leica M3 with a 90, and a Nikkormat Ftn with a 200. That was my work uniform. I had a few other lenses in the bag for specific problems, but almost everything was shot with those lenses. Of course, using 4 cameras meant that I had at least 4 rolls of film to develop every day. Most days it was more like 10 rolls by the end of the day. And, since this was newspaper work, those all had to be developed, edited, printed and captioned the same day. I don’t miss that work…and I don’t miss the wet darkroom after years of doing that every day.
These days I take advantage of the zoom lens on my camera to compose a variety of compositions when a scene lends itself to that. Here I’m showing you three different versions of exactly the same location, model and pose. Thanks to my 18-200 lens I can shoot all of these and sort them out later. Or sometimes, like this, am just unable to chose only one version. I’ve not been able to pick a favorite from these three photos. I like them all for different reasons. Maybe you have a favorite…if you do, let me know and please tell me why you chose the one you do.
Or, just enjoy them all, like I do.