I can remember reading the autobiography by iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz and how she describes the 35 mm lens as the closest to how the human eye naturally views the world. It was then when my curiosity was born and until this day I love to predominately shoot with this lens.
It may seem strange to be talking about a fixed 35 mm lens on a blog that predominately presents wildlife photography but this is such a great lens we felt that it had to be shared. Here are just a few reasons why I love this lens:
The very compact and light weight 35 mm has been around for years and was actually originally created for press photography.
The distinct strength of owning one of these lenses I believe lies mainly in its speed and its large f stop, moving right the way down to a 1.2 f stop. This means that it allows one to shoot with greater ease in low light situations. The advantage of this is that, you can still capture some beautiful moments in the soft afternoon or morning light without flash. I loved this because I never shoot with flash.
Distortion and vingnetting is also usually much less noticeable with the 35 mm lens.
It is also an incredibly versatile lens, allowing one to shoot most things be it landscape, portraiture, interior, street photography etc. I personally love using it to photograph portraits.
I do believe that such a lens can teach one to be a better photographer in some instances, in that it encourages you to move your body in order to frame your image, it teaches you to consider your composition that much more due to its fixed focus. It’s also light weight and compact– an easy lens to use for travelling.
We have so many beautiful people that make up the Londolozi family, so with this as inspiration I walked around Londolozi during this past week and captured some of the ‘behind the scenes’ moments of some of my fellow co-workers here. Without further ado here are just a few images that I shot with the now familiar 35 mm, enjoy!
Written and Photographed by: Caitlin Fay Smith
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