Unexpected Versatility

I avoided this lens for many years. Now it seems to be rekindling my passion for photography.

I avoided this lens for many years. Now it seems to be rekindling my passion for photography.

I know, I may as well rename this blog 24mm f/2.8 Confidential, because it seems to be all I write about anymore. Well, blogs are journals, and this is what I’m using now. I gushed about the 85 f/1.4 when I got it a few years ago, but this lens presents a different, and to me, more interesting situation. The 85 improved the quality of what I was already doing – studio portraits and theater performances. But the 24 seems to be changing the way I see and shoot, and that’s really exciting for a guy who doesn’t know where photography fits in his life.

Attracted to certain shadows and colors in a small room? Grab the 24.

Attracted to certain shadows and colors in a small room? Grab the 24.

You’ve seen the snapshots and freewheeling event pictures. When I look back on the range of images made these past couple of months, I’m surprised at the versatility of this lens. Sure, I had to break out the 105 f/2.8 Micro to photograph the 24, but heck, I could have done it with the 24 if I had another.

As a teenager, I loved to turn my camera toward interesting shadows and textures. This lens gives me that “free to shoot anything” feeling I had as a kid. I still need my telephoto lenses for birds and my macro for extreme close-ups, and my portrait lenses for portraits, etc., but the 24 f/2.8, which on my APS sensor camera offers a field of view similar to a 35mm lens on a 35mm film camera, seems a perfect fit for my approach to everyday storytelling.

I believe the minimum focusing distance is around eight inches.

I believe the minimum focusing distance is around eight inches.

In a couple of weeks, my son and I are heading out for a vacation in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. I plan to bring the 24mm f/2.8 and the 105mm f/2.8 Micro. That should provide a good test of the 24’s versatility. Naturally, I’ll keep you posted.

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