Back in my Nikon days, the one focal length that I used most of the time was 24mm. I do realise not many people are huge fans of wide-angle lens, comparatively with 35mm or so-called human-eyes-perspectives’s 50mm, but I am one of those who really deeply in love with 24mm. I love the way it generates dramatic perspective and how fantastic is the result if we use in unusual angle.
I swore back then, I could live with only one lens for the rest of my life, that is Nikkor 24mm F/1.4 AFS-G. I would go to any places only with this lens, or sometimes I brought any other lens but left them in vain. Another thing, this 24mm f/1.4 lens enabled me to shoot in extremely low light situation, mostly because I could use very low shutter speed (1/24) and combine it with high ISO capabilities of D700…hence I got myself an incredible-low-light-capable camera system.
But then, it came the day I fell in love with Red Dot camera, Leica. It just did not come to any of my senses if I spent €5000++ just to get Summilux 24mm ASPH to replace my Nikkor AFS 24 F/1.4, the price is way too high. This was the time, I forced myself to use 50mm focal length, the one focal length that I used to hate the most.
Almost one year, NOTHING but 50mm. Somehow, my heart grew on this focal length, I got so comfortable using it that I think I see the world with my eyes in 50mm.
Just about time, I realise that I was TOO comfortable.
Now, being able to sell all my Nikkor lenses, I bought myself a 24mm Summilux ASPH. I was very happy that finally I could – once again- reunite with this wide angle focal length. However, to my surprise, I found it extremely hard to properly use it, it’s out of my world. I could hardly make any good picture with it. I gave myself sometime, and tried to give it a go in few days, but still…….the one thing that used to be my way of seeing the world, now I feel myself have alien eyes’ point of view.
My point of this writing, perhaps my experience could be an important insight to everyone who happen to read my blog. One can only live with one focal length for some period of time, but when we need to switch boat…..the whole world seems to be different, and we could do nothing but to adjust our own point-of-view. To do this, it takes time and a lot of efforts. The more I understand how things work, the more fascinated I am about zoom lens. I presume only the real expert in photography would use zoom lens, to switch to any focal length and to adjust their way of seeing the world in a matter of instant.
Here are some pictures I took with Summilux 24mm ASPH
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