16 October, 2015

Loxia 21mm? (It's not you, it's me)

Sony G 70-200mm - More Mt Coot-tha [Click image to enlarge.]

With the recent spate of new, super-wide angle lenses (the Zeiss Loxia 21mm, Batis 25mm, Zeiss Otus 28mm, Zeiss Milvus 21mm, and the Sigma 21mm), I've been thinking.

When I've had wide zooms, I've found myself working at the widest focal lengths; avoiding that 21-28mm zone. 

I have to admit it: I'm not on top of the super-wide focal lengths. I do okay with the ultra wides. But, that's easy — the distortion there isn't a bug; it's a feature. And, the 35mm, at the moderate end, is easy enough to use. It's just a wider "normal" lens.

All this raises interesting questions. Should I push myself into doing something I clearly don't do well, in order to do it better? Or, should I capitalise on what isn't too bad, in order to do that even better?

Given that I can't afford a Loxia 21mm at the moment (yes, it would be the Loxia), these are moot questions — "moot questions," in either meaning of that phrase.

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