Forget Kit Zooms For The ‘Creamy’ Look
You’ve photographed everything with the kit zoom lens that came with your dSLR or mirrorless camera – landscapes, events, people. But lately you’ve been looking at those cool shots with the tack-sharp subject and everything else blurred to creamy indistinctness. You want to make pictures like that.
Do You See ‘Normally’…
The 35mm lens gives you a 52.5mm lens’ field of view on APS-C crop-sensor cameras like the Nikon D5100 or Fuji X-E2. This will be about a 44 degree viewing angle. Many psycho-visual studies report this as most closely matching the human eye’s scanning angle.
Bartender, Alley House Grille, Pagosa Springs, Colorado –
…Or In Telephoto?
Mounted to a crop-sensor camera, the 50mm lens views like a 75mm lens. After decades of providing 50mm and 90mm lenses for their full-frame rangefinder cameras, Leica released the 75mm f/1.4 Summilux in 1980. They recognized the need for a wide-aperture lens with the 75mm telephoto’s field of view.
I use Leica’s 50mm f/1.4 Summilux on a Fuji X-E2, for a 75mm field of view, exactly what you’d get with a 50mm on the D5100. When I’m photographing people at an event with good light, this works very well, especially isolating subjects with narrow depth of field at f/1.4.
At the Alley House Grille – with a more affordable 50mm f/1.4 Summilux at f/1.4
Josh – with a more affordable 50mm f/1.4 Summilux at f/1.4 on Fuji X-E2 camera
Look at Your Pictures – See How You ‘See’
If you already have a zoom covering the 35-50mm range and you’re looking for something to give you narrower depth of field, I would look at your pictures’ metadata to see what focal length you used most. Then purchase the matching prime lens with the wide aperture.
But get a lens made for a full-frame sensor if it’s available. Keep in mind that some mirrorless cameras and their lenses are crop-sensor only.
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