35/35/35 #35: Reflections

Fuji X-T30 and 35/2 lens

As I reflect back on my personal challenge of producing 35 photos in 35 days, all shot with a 35mm lens, I appreciate the quality of the lens and I’m glad to have it in my line-up. And it has been quite liberating to concentrate on using only one lens. But I have not fallen in love with the standard field of view. I still prefer something a bit on the wide side for a single, walk-about lens.

When I was working as a news photographer, I felt obligated to have a full camera kit with me at all times in case I ran into a newsworthy photo op. That kit may not have been on my shoulders at all times, but always close by.

I still like having a camera with me for unexpected photo ops, but I no longer feel obligated to carry every piece of gear at all times. I have a feeling my walk-about kit will be one body, most often the X-T3, with a 23/2 lens mounted and a short tele in the bag, probably the 90/2. (That mini-kit fits nicely in my Think Tank Urban Approach 5, a bag so small I barely notice it over my shoulder.) And I’m sure there will be plenty of times I will walk around with just one camera body and just the 23mm lens.

And, yes, I’ll be using my other lenses when I go out for specific shoots. But for now I want to keep in simple. Keep it fun.

EDIT: When I downloaded the photo above, I was debating if I liked it or not. On my computer screen it had an abstract, oil painting feel to it. So I figured, what the hell, post it. After posting it, I looked at it on my cell phone and, quite frankly, it looked like garbage on a small screen.

The photojournalist in me said, “Jim, you need to think about your readers, how they will be viewing your work, and shoot accordingly.” Then the new me said, “Hey, you’re doing this for fun. If someone doesn’t like it, too bad.” 🙂

Published by Jim Lee

Former newspaper photographer. Now shooting photos for fun.

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