Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Looking at YOU

Lately I've been taken with getting a shot of a person engaged in some activity or just in concentration who suddenly becomes aware that I'm pointing the camera at them. It results in interesting, if sometimes hostile, facial expressions. To be effective and really be able to get in close to capture the moment, wide angle lenses are the best.

I've been dithering about which lens to take  on my upcoming trip, the 14mm f2.8 or the 10-24mm f4 zoom. The only advantages the zoom offers is flexibility and the widest possible focal length. The fixed lens adds an extra stop of light, and is much sharper and lighter. I took the zoom with me on this walk just to see how much I took advantage of its flexibility. The only time I took a picture at 10mm was when the lens was set there and a shot popped up in front of me too quickly for me to zoom out and reframe it. Otherwise, 14mm was plenty wide enough. My favorite Fuji lens is the 16-55mm f2.8 zoom, which is plenty wide and with the added 2mm of the 14mm lens for super tight spaces in the Old City of Jerusalem I'll have all that I need.

Just can't beat a very wide focal length for the busy streets of New York.