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| p.2 #2 · Picking a new lens for D800 |
35mm could be a bit limiting, but primes are supposed to make you think more about composition (well maybe a bit of a myth) / encourage creativity.
That's just silly. My background: I've been taking shots for the last 25 years, sometimes for magazines/stock/etc., more often for fun. I own and regularly use camera gear made from 1847 to this year. I've owned and used just about every kind of lens made during the entire history of photography--Petzval, rapid rectilinear, Protars, Heliars, Tessars, DAGORs, Hassleblad Zeiss, Leica, Pentax 35mm, and Nikon lenses of all sizes and types (including shift lenses.) One thing I can say with certainty is that creativity does NOT come from a lens, or any other camera gear. It comes from your mind, your emotions, your ability to see & use Light. As Ansel Adams once said, "Any photographer worth his salt can make compelling images with a pinhole camera." He's exactly correct. When we find it difficult to make strong images, all too often we blame the gear only to find our shots don't become more interesting when we buy new gear. If you want to learn composition, buy a tripod. And, become more disciplined about what you shoot.
Kent in SD