When you build out your camera, you can easily take a small form factor camera and create a big apparatus with all the accessories. These can get heavy. How do you keep the weight down while adding the accessories you need? Authors Richard Harrington and Jim Ball discuss how using a prime lens can reduce the weight of your camera system.
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- Depending upon your style of photography,…weight can really start to matter.…I do a lot of travel photography…where I'm out for eight, ten, 14-hour days.…And you get really energetic,…you get ready to leave from the hotel,…you've loaded up your backpack,…you've got six lenses in there,…everything you might need, a spare camera body,…all sorts of stuff. "Oh, this is fine."…You put it on your shoulders...…three hours later, four hours later, you're feeling it.…After walking, you know, four, five miles…and you're carrying all this weight,…it really becomes a burden, and it's very frustrating.…
There's really been two strategies.…Sometimes I travel with a walkabout lens,…something that goes from 28 to 300,…and I take just one lens, but that's all about compromises.…It looks huge, it's a lot of weight itself,…and there's something attractive about…just grabbing a few small lenses like this,…that cover focal lengths and just…dropping them in my jacket pockets…and popping one on, switching off.…It's really enticing.…
In this course, Rich Harrington joins cinematographer James Ball for a detailed look at the pros and cons of using prime lenses for both photography and video projects. Together, they look at practical implications of shooting with primes as well as creative opportunities and challenges.
- Understanding prime lenses
- Adapting lenses to specific cameras
- Identifying benefits and challenges when working with prime lenses
- Working with specialty prime lenses: macro and Lomography lenses
- Exploring options with a shallow depth of field
- Strategies for success with prime lenses