prime Tag

Well, that's what the pack reminded me of when I saw it on the Olympus shelves - the Micro 4/3 specialists have decided to make an especial offer for people buying their OM-D E-M10 MkII cameras - three matched lenses in one box. This is both wonderful and dangerous...

We have all been asked this question by a new photographer - my most recent conversation was at a wedding - and as usual I gave the answer " A standard focal length prime lens with a wide aperture ".My own first photographic experiences were based upon this as it was the only option available then - zooms were horrid and dodgey at the time - and I learned my craft/trade/art/hobby/horrible mistakes using that one lens. As it happened, that lens was one of the sharpest ones ever made for the camera it fronted, and I never realized how good I had it until I moved on...

I bought a pre-owned lens for my Fujifilm X-E2 camera this week. If this sort of behaviour  does not shock you, read on.Pre-owned lenses used to be secondhand lenses here at the shop. Then there was a change in the computer designation. I am not sure if this made a practical difference to the goods, but it is more letters to type on the keyboard. Despite this, I am very glad I got the optic.The 35mm f:1.4 lens n the X-E2 takes a view of the world very much like a 50mm lens on an old 35mm camera. A very, very good 50mm lens on an old camera, I might add. Actually in this case it is better than any 50 I ever had before. I am immensely pleased.The big aperture allows plenty of light in for the autofocusing imps inside the Fujifilm camera to  work - they work quickly, even in dim conditions. They work precisely - I was unable to catch them out in a mis-focus even in poorly-lit interior shots of my house*.There it is - the...