Using one lens was how generations of film photographers learned.
Back then it was a known as the standard 50mm lens.
That was the focal length which approximates what the human eye sees in its angle of view.
That was the kit lens.
Not to sound like a fuddy duddy, if you wanted a wide angle zoom the likes of a 18mm-55mm or 18mm-135mm back then, you had to pay extra.
That forced camera users to walk either closer or to step back all the time keeping an eye in the viewfinder to see how their composition changed.
Recently I attended a local festival, Tlahualilies & Tallwowlillies Festival originally celebrated in Sahuayou region of Michoacan, Mexico.
I wondered how I would do if I used only one lens.
It was difficult because I was so used to using my 80-200 non image stabilized zoom lens.
It required me to schmooze a lot more because I had to approach strangers and invade their personal space a little more.
Some things to keep in mind:
- the event was 6p to 9p (gorgeous light for an hour)
- the 50 mm lens is truly a 50mm on my Canon 5DMark2.
- I didn’t bring my Speedlite ( I should have btw)
I didn’t want to use flash simply because that would ruin the spontaneity of many of these situations.
Comments always welcome.
Peter Phun Photography
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