Over the weekend I realized that I’m a little obsessed with longer focal lengths.
It happens easily enough – for me it all started with the purchase of a new lens.
Up until two months ago the lens that you’d usually find on my camera was my Canon EF 17-40mm lens (a wonderful piece of glass that produces stunningly sharp results). However a little while ago I scrimped and saved enough to lash out and add another lens to my kit – a Canon EF 24-105mm lens (another great lens which I’m most satisfied with).
The only problem is that since buying this latest lens I’ve rarely taken it off my camera. In addition to that – as I looked back on my most recent shots I realize that I use it almost completely at the 105mm end of the zoom.
I hadn’t realized I was doing it until this week when I saw some shots my wife had taken with the same lens (mainly at the 24mm end of the spectrum) which were really great but quite different in nature.
I decided that perhaps it was time to mix things up a little and attached my 17-40mm lens again and spend a day where I would only take shots at 17mm and resist the temptation to zoom all day.
The result was a fun day with my camera rediscovering the joy of using wide focal lenths – particularly playing with the distortion and unique perspective that they bring to photos.