Nikon 14-24 refresh?

Started Nov 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
Leonard Migliore
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The hair shirt theory

fft81 wrote:

I am by no means a good photographer. At best, I am the: "Uncle Bob with the DSLR". But i feel more creative with a 50mm MF lens on my d800 than with any one of the trinity zooms on it. To me, it feels like the zoom feature just gets in the way; it distracts me from looking closer at the composition.

You feel more creative by being limited; I don't quite feel the same way but I do often go out with just a normal prime and work on composition. I find this quite instructive and valuable, but the actual photos I get from this exercise are generally unspectacular. I do a lot better with zooms because I can use the field of view I want from the location I want to shot; it's much easier to match my visualization of a shot.

So I look at shooting with primes as an exercise in self-mortification, similar to wearing a hair shirt.

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