FL Distribution

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by bassman, May 18, 2015.

  1. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    We often see posts from people planning this or that trip, and curious about what the "best" set of lense to bring along. I just got back from two weeks in Italy and Spain and thought I'd share my actual usage data. Note that these are for all the shots that made it home, not those which will be selected as "keepers" shortly.

    I took with me four lenses: 9-18/4.0-5.6, 12-35/2.8, 35-100/2.8 and 17/1.8. I also took my RX100m3, which has an 8.8-25.7, equivalent in field of view to the 12-35.

    RX100: 201 (20%) -->
    12-35: 556 (56%) --> the two mid-range zooms total 76%
    35-100: 121 (12%)
    9-18: 96 (10%)
    17: 13 (1%)

    Of course, when I was carrying the RX100, I couldn't select anything other than the built-in zoom. But still, at least for me, The mid-range zooms dominate.
  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Well there is a reason they call those "standard zooms".

    I wonder if you were mainly at either end of the zoom or in the middle. So if you'd left the 12-35mm home, would most of that 56% have gone to the 17mm or be split more between the 9-18 and 35-100?
  3. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    I'm not surprised, either. I've done this analysis in the past and gotten similar results.

    Those are good questions. I use Jeffrey Friedl's Data Plot LR plugin, which gives a lot of information with one click.

    I was at the widest for 37% in total for all of my lenses. I was longest 13% of the time. In fact, 38% of my shots were 12-14mm, so I could have made better use of the 12/2.0 than the 17/1.8. Another 19% were at 33-35mm.

    Only 10% of my shots were between 15mm and 20mm, so the 17/1.8 wouldn't have helped very much. Of course, if that was all I had, I'm sure I would have taken many great photos. I took it specifically to use on our Vatican tour, where I knew flash was forbidden and many of the areas were dark.

    Almost all of the 9-18 shots (8% compared to the 10% in total with the lens) were 9mm or 10mm. There were absolute no shots at 11mm. Presumably, if I had the 7-14 I would have shot wider, but I'll never know. I have the Tokina 11-16 for my Nikon DX camera, and it got about the same percentage usage as the 9-18 does (when I actually used my Nikon kit ;)). What I could have done (had I thought of it) was leave the 9-18 home and use the sweep panorama function of the RX100, letting me shoot with the 1.8-2.8 lens and actually achieving higher resolution. That would have saved me some weight and lens changes.

    You can see the pictures in the blog I wrote here: http://bassman-crusin.blogspot.com/
    The pictues without the words are here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8mFU4r

    These were all transferred from the E-M1 and RX100m3 to my iPad via Wifi and PP'd there, mostly with Snapseed. I used PhotoGrid for the collages.
    Last edited: May 18, 2015
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