Using the 75mm prime ...for what type of images?

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Using the 75mm prime ...for what type of images?
Dec 9, 2013

When I bought the 45mm prime, I had an "aha!" experience with my photos having a refreshing, new perspective.  Whether it be "street" or "around the house," being forced to using my feet for composition was an eye-opener.  Everything I shot came out interesting. Prior to this I was using my FZ200, standing still and zooming a LOT.

I just received the 75mm prime, but I have not been as successful with composition.  It seems too long for "around the house" and for "street," the longer focal length requires a bit more time to set-up and focus.  Not astonishingly long by any means, but certainly not setting a focus zone and snapping away without checking focus first.  (I suppose it is a street lens if I am the stationary one and not moving around.)  Not as many good shots, that is for sure.

Searching the internet, I find photos with this lens and focal length that are portraiture -- but not a lot else.   What type of images do you use your 75mm focal length with most successfully?

I cropped this image a lot.  I don't know how to figure out XX% crop, but I would say it seems like I cropped so it's 2x the original -- so I think it means it is really more of 150mm (300mm EFL) shot and not really a 75mm (150mm EFL) one?

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janeenadamsmartin wrote:

When I bought the 45mm prime, I had an "aha!" experience with my photos having a refreshing, new perspective. Whether it be "street" or "around the house," being forced to using my feet for composition was an eye-opener. Everything I shot came out interesting. Prior to this I was using my FZ200, standing still and zooming a LOT.

I just received the 75mm prime, but I have not been as successful with composition. It seems too long for "around the house" and for "street," the longer focal length requires a bit more time to set-up and focus. Not astonishingly long by any means, but certainly not setting a focus zone and snapping away without checking focus first. (I suppose it is a street lens if I am the stationary one and not moving around.) Not as many good shots, that is for sure.

Searching the internet, I find photos with this lens and focal length that are portraiture -- but not a lot else. What type of images do you use your 75mm focal length with most successfully?

I cropped this image a lot. I don't know how to figure out XX% crop, but I would say it seems like I cropped so it's 2x the original -- so I think it means it is really more of 150mm (300mm EFL) shot and not really a 75mm (150mm EFL) one?

I read this post and had to sit and ponder your photo. I love the 75mm and use it for all sorts of things but composition is completely different to what you would do with a wide angle lens. This composition above looks very much like the sort you would use with a 12/14/17 mm lens but compressed into a much longer FOV. I find that for landscape with the 75mm it's for picking out the detail in a scene - almost like painting a minature. It's my favourite lens.

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My primary use for the 75 is for candid portraits of friends and family at various holidays and get-togethers. Some people think it's too long for this, but I love it and use it even at pretty close quarters for intimate head-shots. Since I got it, I almost never used, and subsequently sold, the 45mm.

I don't often use it as a walk around lens, but I have, and it was also the only lens longer than a 35mm equivalent that I took to Italy for a month in July. So I've used it for some other stuff as well, generally when I'm going for compression or just a bit of reach. A bit of street shooting, concerts, parades, just basic short telephoto, etc. Here are a few of mine, but I've seen other folks who have gotten far more creative with it...

Street shots, although I'm much more comfortable up closer with a wide lens...

Parades

It works well for concerts as well.

Shots with compression

As I say, I've seen some really creative uses of this lens, and I'm doing pretty straight-forward work with it. But it's one of my favorite lenses and I can't see ever letting it go. Even if I just captured great family memories with it, as I have done at the last couple of Thanksgivings, last Christmas, some this past summer, etc. I also have a Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 and thought that might serve the same functions, but with greater versatility, but the extra stop and a third or so and the amazing clarity of the 75 still make it the go-to lens for this general length. I'm going to see how much I end up shooting with the 35-100 and I may or may not end up keeping it. But I'm definitely keeping the less versatile but amazing 75mm.

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In reply to Ray Sachs, Dec 9, 2013

Do you find the 75mm lens better than the Sigma 60? I already have the Sigma...

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In reply to janeenadamsmartin, Dec 9, 2013

I use it for portraits, landscapes, etc.  I've found that there is no one right lens for a certain situation.

I've used fisheyes to 400mm teles for portraits and landscapes on my FX gear and I do the same with my m43 gear.

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Enir4 wrote:

Do you find the 75mm lens better than the Sigma 60? I already have the Sigma...

Enrique

I've never used the Sigma, so I can't comment directly. But I do have the Pany 35-100 and have used the Olympus 60mm, and I can tell you that for the type of shooting I do at this sort of focal length, the extra stop and a third or so makes a big difference. I tend to do a lot of low light candids with this lens, and f1.8 is just a lot more effective than f2.8, allowing a more than doubling of the shutter speed in situations where getting a fast enough shutter speed can be very challenging. The 75mm is also astoundingly clear and sharp - I'm not a pixel peeper, but even I can readily see the difference with this lens.

All of that said, the Sigma 60 is clearly a real value at $240. And if it's fast enough for you, you might be better off sitting tight with it...

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This is best lens currently for indoor sports (handball, basket-ball etc.) from the tribune.

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Pictures of animals:

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And of rust.

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Your comment intrigues me.  If I understand correctly, you might have made the composition less "landscape" and focus on detail, perhaps a single railroad tie and rail?

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Great for portraits as an undercover detective. Not so great if you want to be involved with south you are shooting.

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Here is a set of 75mm images I have up on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuswapheroshot/sets/72157631663770324/

Seems mostly for people, but also not shown in my set is sports - I use it quite a bit cropped down. I'd rather shoot at f/2 and ISO 1600 than use a longer lens uncropped at f/4 and ISO 6400 or worse:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XU8hsaYzs5U/URsLuKEbAWI/AAAAAAAAJ_c/QOcVnQepzIs/s1600/20Sam.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FC5M33Bt6VE/URsLv1xVFdI/AAAAAAAAJ_o/Vfl37aMMfHA/s1600/20130209-_OMD0958.jpg

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I find "Standing by" a glorious photo. Thank you for posting.

Enrique

PS. "Toddler on dock" is not bad either.

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You're used to a range of fields of view, and this one is a bit different. And that can be an adjustment. You would have to get used to looking at your surroundings with a different 'eye' to them - look at things closer up, or farther off than you're used to noticing, when assessing where the photo-ops are hiding.

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janeenadamsmartin wrote:

Your comment intrigues me. If I understand correctly, you might have made the composition less "landscape" and focus on detail, perhaps a single railroad tie and rail?

jan

No - not at all, I didn't explain what I meant very well. When you compose with a wide or normal FL you probably are experienced in how you compose that sort of scene. With this longer FL you have to compose it differently - it's not just a question of composing the same kind of scene in a tighter frame, it's about composing a different kind of scene.  I think Bob said it well a few posts down - you have to see the scene with a different 'eye'.  I have the problem in reverse, I love shooting this lens and I love that it gets me up close. I'm trying to move myself into a wider space but I have to learn to see things differently.

The picture below is an example of what I'm (rather inadequately) trying to say. I'm afraid the light was pretty awful so it's not a great picture but it demonstrates a different kind of composition.

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I am always a little surprised at how flexible the 75mm is. It seems that I have always had something exactly like or close to the traditional 35mm 135mm lens, but this lens, for me, seems to invite a wider range of usage.

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Anything indoors where there's a good distance between you and the subject.

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Ulric wrote:

Pictures of animals:

These made me laugh out loud!! They're animal portraits. Lovely shots though

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I Like them all, and squirrel in particular

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Chickens!

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