Prime Lens Photography

As part of my returning to what I liked in the past, I am revisiting the joys of photographing with prime lenses … as well as the problems.  I made these pictures with a 50mm lens I acquired for my Pentax K-3 II.  In the previous post, I made the picture of the Sheppard Mansion with a prime 27mm lens on my Fuji X-E2s.

I like photographing with prime lenses due to the ease of photographing with one hand with a lighter weight camera-lens combination and usually with better image quality.  I dislike the occasional bind I get in when the one prime lens I have with me isn’t quite wide or long enough.  In the past I would remedy this by taking multiple lenses in a bag; but that meant that it was difficult to change lenses while juggling a camera, multiple lenses, a bag, and a cane.  It usually meant that I had to find a place to sit down where I could also sit the bag and lens down while I changed lenses.  That technique didn’t work well when I was walking in town, but I managed when photographing fixed events inside.

Another technique that I have often used is to crop-zoom my image.  The above images were cropped and two of them were upsized.  Using that technique, I would attempt to photograph with a wide enough lens and then crop the image and resize if I needed a narrower composition.  That works within limits, but having lots of pixels along with a quality lens works best.  I have been having so much success with upsizing that I am now thinking about revisiting the issue of how many pixels is sufficient.