This is my challenge—of sorts—for myself for the next month of Within The Frame workshops in Italy and Croatia. I woke this morning with this crazy idea of bringing just one lens with me, and I thought that the best choice would be the 24mm/1.4—because wide suits the areas in which I’ll be photographing, but also because it’s my newest lens. I tweeted this idea, and everybody seemed all-too keen to encourage me in this potential madness.
In the end, I decided against this limitation. My primary reason for considering this was to force myself to try to use one lens while also saving my back from having to carry more than one lens. Well, unfortunately, my back doesn’t really get a vote (I hope that Dr. Ed, my chiropractor, doesn’t read this!), and, while I like limitations, sometimes they can be unreasonable. In this case, I feared that I risked being on the wrong side of reasonable.
However, I do wish to pursue the core of this idea. I’m going to put the 24mm on my camera as my default lens. Should I feel a need to change to a different lens, then I’ll post a sample and attempt to justify my reason for doing so. I hope you’ll call me out for bollocks should it be appropriate.
In the end, I have four lenses with me: 24mm/1.4, 50mm/1.4, 17-35mm/2.8 and 24-70mm/2.8. So everything I photograph will be in that 17mm to 70mm range. It wasn’t easy to leave the 70-200mm/2.8 at home as I love that lens. It might be frightfully unnatural how much I love that lens! But I increasingly like the other end of the spectrum; so I want to devote some time—a lot of time—to photographing wide. I’m planning on using the 24mm/1.4 as much as possible. Should I feel a need to switch lenses, then I suspect it will be to the 17-35mm/2.8, but we’ll see. I could be back here tomorrow or the day after bitching about my ridiculous idea to leave one of my favorite lenses at home, where it is absolutely useless to me.
We’ll see how it goes. I’m at Washington Dulles waiting with David duChemin for our transatlantic flight; so there’s no changing lenses now!