35/35/35 #27: 1872

Fuji X-T30 and 35/2 lens

Not going to lie. So far I am not falling in love with the standard focal length field of view. There are times I’ve felt it was a decent focal length for what I was shooting, but a moderately wide angle lens feels much more natural to me. Often times when I’m looking at a scene, I can compose the photo in my mind and automatically position myself for the photo before I even look through the viewfinder. That comes from decades of shooting photos.

But when I’m shooting with a standard lens, which the 35mm is on the smaller APS-C sized sensor of the Fuji cameras, I’m often having to back up multiple times to reposition myself. And sometimes I’m still not happy with the perspective.

It’s not a fault of the lens. It’s just my personal shooting style and 35 years of conditioning with other lenses. When I was shooting with film or full-frame digital cameras, I was a fan of the field of view from the 35mm focal length. But to get that field of view with the smaller sensor, it requires a 23mm lens. And since switching Fuji, their 23/2 lens has been my favorite.

I’m still glad I’m doing this personal challenge and will see it through. It’s good to get out of the comfort zone. But I am looking forward to getting back to using the 23/2 as my main walkabout lens.

35/35/35 #24: Crosses

Fuji X-T30 and 35/2 lens

Maybe this would have been a better photo for Easter, but I just ran across these crosses after work tonight.

I think I would have preferred the photo if I had used a wider lens to show more cloud formations in the background.

35/35/35 #20: Easter Peeps

Fuji X-T30 and 35/2 lens

I think I’ll shake things up a bit more for myself. For almost as long as I’ve been shooting with autofocus cameras, I’ve been using back-button focusing (where the autofocus function is disabled from the shutter release and assigned to another button, separating the AF from the shutter release to provide more control. Especially useful for sports.) And I would usually use single-point AF, or sometimes single-point with four AF assist points.

For 20-some years now, every time I purchased a new camera the first thing I would do, after turning off the annoying beep, is go into the custom settings and reassign the AF function. And that was the first thing I did with my Fuji cameras.

I’m starting to find that my new cameras have the best autofocus system I’ve ever used. The tracking when using multiple points seems amazingly accurate. And the eye-detect AF is surprisingly good. So for the next couple weeks I’m going to try to let technology do it’s job. I’m going to reassign the AF back to the shutter release, and set the custom functions on couple of the back buttons so I can quickly change focus points, focus point patterns, and jump back and fourth between standard and eye-detect AF without needing to remove my eye from the viewfinder.

It’ll take a bit to unlearn 20-some years of habit, but if the technology lives up to expectations, it may add even more fun to my photography.