I've been using Lightroom for a long time. I haven't always run all my files through the application because I've also used other software like DXO, Capture One, Apple's now dead Aperture, and even iPhoto and Snapseed. But I now use Lightroom pretty consistently for all my commercial jobs if for no other reason than that I'm most familiar with it and it does batch processing quickly and efficiently.
sometimes I make mistakes and get rid of cameras I should have kept.
One of those is the Panasonic G9. It may be the best still camera I've ever owned.
This was done in Iceland with the 8-18mm lens. Pretty much perfect in my mind.
So, after a bunch of folks chimed in on theOnlinePhotographer to talk about which lens they shoot with the most, and someone posted a bit about how to look up your usage in the metadata, I thought I'd poke around and see what my numbers look like.
The first thing took me back a little bit. I've been accused of working too much but it was a bit shocking to see that there are 396,878 photos, total, in my libraries. That's a lot of photography.
Then I decided to check and see which cameras I used the most. Since I have the Fujis in house right now I assumed those cameras would have fairly high numbers but that's not the case. To look at the numbers you'd think that all I do is shoot with Canon cameras. With one surprising Sony tossed in.
It reads something like this:
Canon 5D Mk2 = 32,555
Sony A77 = 30,297
Fuji XH-1 = 25,142
Panasonic GH4 = 15,497
Canon 7D = 15,286
Canon 1Dmk2n = 15,079
Olympus EM5.2 = 14,124
Sony A99 = 13,495
There were 27 other cameras on the list, each with a representation of under 10K. The range of total lenses was embarrassing as well.
The rest of the info shows me that while some cameras had bigger short term impacts on my consciousness they didn't have the staying power of the cameras I listed above.
Most used two lenses? Not fast short tele primes I always seem infatuated by, but maybe the equivalent.
The #1 lens I used was the Canon 70-200mm f4.0 L, followed by
the 35-100mm f2.8 Panasonic.
My use of the vaunted 50mm was no more or less prevalent than most standard zooms (which I count in the 24-120mm range). The lens I've used most in the new Fuji system is the one I hesitated most to buy; the 16-55mm f2.8. I seem to grab for it all the time now.
I'm guessing I should just hold onto to the XH-1s (and, of course, the X-Pro2s....) and the 16-55mm along with the 50-140mm f2.8 and put everything else up for sale.... at least it would make numerical sense.
Funny that I always thought of myself as a resolute normal focal length photographer when in fact the range between 95 and 135mm seems to be where I gravitate.
I'd be interested to hear from y'all to see if my perception versus statistics is just an anomaly or if other people's nostalgia for popular, legendary focal lengths from the "golden" days of photography also cloud their clear vision of reality. Interesting exercise.