Photographers have their favorite lenses. Some like zoom lenses. Some like prime lenses. And most photographers know that no matter what lenses they use it is important to have the best glass possible when it comes to current day digital resolution capability.
What made me decide to write this article or even more important ask a question to all of my readers is a shooting day yesterday.
As I walked around the town of Occoquan in Virginia I had my Fuji Xt1, 35mm 2.0 mounted on the camera, and in a small bag that I could barely tell was on my shoulder, I had my 14mm 2.8, 56mm 1.2 and rolling around in a lens bag in my vest pocket was a 23mm 1.4. It was really more glass than I would usually take with me but it all packed pretty small.
I really could have left all of the lenses home except what was mounted on my camera. I spent the entire 5 or 6 hours of shooting without ever taking off the 35mm 2.0 lens. I was able to get in close for tight shots and far enough back to encompass buildings and other structures.
It led me to wonder for those who love their zoom lenses what the most common focal length they use to capture their images. In other words if you have a 24-70mm zoom lens, where do you usually wind up with most of your shots. Is it 24mm, 35mm, 50mm or 70mm or somewhere in between. As an example do you find yourself generally shooting near 35 or 50mm even though you have the other focal lengths to work with.
I have always considered a zoom lens to be a compositional aid. If I was in a place where my legs could not move me forward or back, the zoom provided the ability to compose an image at what ever became the workable focal length. But thinking back, that really never happened enough to make the carrying of zoom lenses worth while. I personally find zooms heavy and bulky and when I did shoot with zoom it was usually two of them. A 24-70 and 70-200. At the end of a shoot a massage could easily be in order.
I started my photography career with prime lenses and always had a love for these small, high-speed gems. They take up very little room (smaller bag) weigh very little in comparison to zooms, are usually faster than zooms so shooting in low light is a better experience.
I am including a small poll as I would really like to know how you use your zooms if you have zooms. I really hope you will take the time to do the poll.