my favorite focal lengths. this will be a series of posts. i was thinking of going from 8mm thru 500mm. but decided to go with most favorite to most favorite. LOL
without centering too much on brands or lens formulas, one of my favorite focal lengths is the 35mm.
there are many incarnations of this particular lens. leitz makes a 35/2.0 summicron, konica 35mm f/2.0 on hexar AF, canon EF 35/2.0 and f/1.4L, nikkor AIS 35/2.0 and f/1.4 and many more.
the ability for this lens to ‘see’ in a very unique way. visual juxtaposition is easiest in my opinion with this focal length. it is a wide angle lens primarily that works well in close and allows very little distortion. my opinion, its easy to slap on a 20mm and go in, but difficult to use a 35mm. visual elements can be included with little distortion to the edges of the frame to create ‘activation of the edges’ creating visually dynamic images.
each of these sample photographs were made with a Hexar AF 35mm f/2.0 hexanon lens. shot on 35mm film and scanned at fullframe. you can see the actual frames.
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the 35mm focal length or lens works well in close too, as in this portrait below of tommy oshima.
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