I recall the days I first picked up the camera and was introduced to the world of lenses – from the cheaper yet impressive third party ones to the trusty, bokeh-licious L lens, from the zoom to prime lenses – options were aplenty.
Thus began the slippery slope of buying and selling, in a quest to find that ‘perfect’ combination of lenses. First, there was the fine line between versatility and image quality. Zoom lenses gave me a hassle-free shoot with a coverage enough to last me for a full day without fumbling to change lens. The shots from the primes however, were drool worthy with their tact sharp results and cinematic-like finish (especially my trusty 135mm f2.0). Next, the cost factor. A zoom lens like the 24-70mm can safely replace the 24mm and 50mm combination i bring for shoots and save me a couple bucks too. Seeking an answer to this dilemma is catastrophic, there are just no single perfect combination and the varying schools of thought in the cyber world will just blow your mind.
My journey took a turn when I decided to get acquainted to my existing range of glass to the point I could picture the frame I would get with the respective focal lengths. This was coupled with training my positioning in the various scenarios and getting into that right position. Ansel Adams nailed it, it really comes down to ‘knowing where to stand’. I can’t say I’ve perfected the art, or ever will, but the shots have been increasingly spot on.
These days, I pretty much run around with a 24mm and a 135mm mounted on a Canon 5D Mark3 and a Canon 6D respectively, dangling off my shoulders from the awesome Black Rapid Double Strap.
(Reference image of the Black Rapid – http://photographysilo.com/product-review/rs-dr-1-double-strap-for-two-cameras/)
My two cents – stop the acquiring and get those feet moving:)