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Choosing Your Lenses When Traveling : Your Shoulders Will Thank

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28/08/2008 – Choosing Your Lenses When Traveling : Your Shoulders Will
Thank You

This post is being posted for me, as I am no where near an internet
connection, but I’ve been having fun playing with the Flip Video Camera I
figured I’d get someone to post this entry for me in advance.

In this third installment of Flying With Fish Video I discuss choosing
your lens selection to cut down on space and weight. I know photographers
are always tempted to pack everything. I know when I have packed for
shoots in far away places I have looked at my bag and wonder ‘how will I
knock 10 lenses down to four?’

It can be hard to make the tough choices in lens selection, but when you
assess your actual needs, whether packing for business or pleasure, you’ll
find that not only will your back and shoulder thank you, but you’ll be
able to work quicker and more effectively.

Happy Flying!

–Click Image Below To Play Video–


  1. Fish,
    In the video you say

    “24 (mm) 1.4 with a very shallow depth of field”.

    I used a 24mm/2 and a 20mm/3.8 with my old film cameras, now I use a 10-20mm DX with digital, and I have never noticed the depth of field being “shallow” with those wide angle lens, at any aperture … was that a little slip, or does your 24mm really give shallow depth of field at full aperture?

  2. Claudio,

    A 24f1.4’s aperture is certainly shallower at f1.4 than at f8. As you get closer to your subjects you’ll start to notice a significant difference in depth of field. This depth of field is much more obvious with a full-frame body, such as a 5D , than on a 1.6x crop body such as a 40D.

    You see the depth of field difference as well on the 1.3x crops of the 1D series bodies.

    As you focus you have a greater depth of field at f5.6 than at f2, it is simple physics and it applies equally to a 14f2.8 as it does to a 400f2.8, it is just a matter of how pronounced the depth of field effect is due to compression and proximity to the subject you are shooting.

    The f1.4 also allows you gain higher shutter speeds than using a 24f2.8, which is also a matter of physics.

    This information should all be covered in Photo 101 and understanding not only how your basic equipment works, but how to make it work for you.

    Happy Flying!


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