10.24.2019

A simple portrait of a Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens.

James. With an old 50mm on the front of his A7riii.

I still do it. Every single time. When I buy into a new camera system I reflexively pick up that system's trusty 50mm lens (or equivalent).  Probably started when I bought my first SLR camera, the Canon TX. It came in a kit with a 50mm 1.8 Canon lens and it was awesome! I spent a year, at least, as a one lens/one camera photographer and those early times no doubt imprinted the 50mm focal length into my visual DNA.

My very first "real" camera was the now cultish Canonet QL17 which I still have in my filing cabinet, just in case digital goes out of style and we get to revert to photography the way God intended it to be.

I was thinking about this today as I post processed a location portrait I made yesterday. The most used focal length on my zoom lens yesterday? About 50mm.....  I should have left the zoom at home and just taken along the 45mm f2.8 (I was shooting with the Lumix S1).

in other notes: I'm getting excited about the Dia De Los Muertos parade coming up here in Austin on Saturday. Seems some of my photographer friends are already making plans to come in for it.

Also, looking at some travel over the third week of November. I can't believe hotel rates are so low outside the USA. Looks like it's a prime time for a bit of tourism.