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Many of you contacted me after I wrote my post about the Olympus EP3 and my excitement over their addition of two stellar prime lenses, the 12 and the 45 respectively. The questions often revolved around why I wasn’t more excited about zoom lenses.

For those who are new, a prime lens is merely a fixed focal length lens. It just means that unlike your 70-200 mm lens that allows you to use focal lengths between 70mm and 200mm, a prime lens will only shoot at a fixed length. Some common prime lens lengths are 24mm, 35mm 50mm, 85mm, 100 mm, 200mm, etc.

Here’s a rundown of some of the advantages prime lenses have over zooms from my point of view.

1. Prime lenses tend to be “faster” than zooms. What I mean by that is that they have a larger aperture (lower f-stop number) and allow more light into…

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I have had this discussions too many times with people. I am of the belief that either use a high quality filter or use nothing.

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A while back I wrote a post called The Problem With Using Filters On Your Camera Lenses.

There were several discussions on Google+ about the post with several people contacting me to assure me that they had been saved by a UV filter and that unrecoverable harm would have been done to their lens without the protection of a filter, etc., etc., etc. As I said in the original post, in decades of photography this hasn’t been a problem for me, but apparently there are a rash of front-element-seeking projectiles out there just randomly “destroying” people’s lenses. Or maybe many of them work at camera store counters and have an agenda!

In any event, I contacted nearly a dozen of these people – particularly the ones who emailed me – and not one could provide me with ANY evidence of the doom and gloom they had avoided by using…

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Camera for Street Photography

I guess enough tomes have been written on Street Photography and its relevant gear.
As we are all aware, most of the greatest street photographs have been taken on Leica Film Rangefinders. But that was till the 60’s. The SLR’s and the DSLR’s  ruled the roost till 2011. DSLR was the king of the hill. A few rangefinder fans remained. Some used their Leicas. Others stuck to their trusty film cameras and rangefinders.

I have been personally struggling with the question – What gear to settle for doing street photography :

The DSLR with a prime was too much of an attention grabber. The Film SLR was a hassle, since I have gotten used to autofocus. Also, getting films developed has been a major challenge. Hence, did not have a camera that could satisfy me as a “The Tool” for street photography. Then, one day, I used the Fujifilm X-100 for sometime. This was a borrowed cam for me but I realised that this is what I was looking for. The closest I have come to “The Tool” for Street Photography.

Why ?

  • Good  build quality
  • Sraightforward traditional control layout (aperture ring, shutter speed,etc )
  • Silent operation
  • Superb image quality
  • High quality lens with  minimal distortion and chromatic aberration
  • Hybrid viewfinder works extremely well – large, bright and clear, with detailed exposure information in optical finder

 I am hooked……


 (Note : This is based on a personal usage experience. The writer has no link to Fujifilm or its associates, directly or indirectly)

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Will Canon’s concept camera be the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark III? – British Journal of Photography

Will Canon’s concept camera be the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark III? – British Journal of Photography.

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I want to take better pictures….

People often come up to me asking ” I want to take better pictures”. What Camera should I buy ?

My advice to such people most often is :

1) Please spend time to understand all the fuctionalities of your existing camera

2)Use your camera extensively after understanding its capabilities

3) Spend time look at your pictures. Identify what has gone wrong and  what you should do better next time.

4)What is the limitation of your camera,if any, that is preventing you from taking better pictures ?

Once you reach point 4 (typically in 2-4 months), then come back for a discussion.

The key is to understand that cameras do not take pictures, you do.

Happy clicking…….

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Which Camera do you Use ?

I hear this every day. Every time someone finds out I am into Photography, people ask me this question. Some of these discussions leads to the next question.

I want to upgrade ? What Do I buy ?

This Blog is for answering questions people around me have on gear.


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