Photography forums often include weekly posts on favorite “walk-around” lenses. My favorite walk-around lens is whatever lens hasn’t been getting much love lately. If I’m going out to shoot with no subject in mind, why should it matter what lens I carry? I’d rather use the unstructured time to practice with a lens that I need practice with. Please do not chastise me for ending that sentence with a preposition.
Today the in-favor out-of-favor lens was my 85mm f/1.8. I’m on the verge of spending too much money and connubial capital for an 85mm f/1.4, so I’m trying to remind myself that the 1.8 is quite nice for my purposes. Here are some shots from today’s walk to the Ojai Beverage Company and back.
I like the 85 as a walk-around lens because its long focal length and wide aperture create excellent subject isolation. But of course, that was today’s walk. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll take a macro lens or a super wide angle. The truth is that the best walk-around lens is the one you feel like playing with. Ooh, another sentence-ending preposition. I suppose that is something up with which you cannot put.