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Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by OzRay, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I think there was some form of discussion on this some time back, but since starting my blog, I've been using photos taken over the last 10 years to illustrate various topics. As I keep all of my used photos in one folder, it was very easy to use Exposure Plot: http://www.vandel.nl/exposureplot.html, to analyse all the photos and see what were my most used focal lengths, f stops, ISO and aperture for all of those photos. The result was very informative (all the focal length figures are in 35mm terms):

    lensplot.JPG

    It's pretty evident that primes lenses aren't for me.
     
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  2. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    430
    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Is your most-used lens a 28-70?
     
  3. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    14-35mm f2.
     
  4. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    715
    Jul 23, 2010
    I had to look in to Lightroom for this year and the 12-32mm is the most used lens followed by the 45mm but as I effectively swapped the 20mm out for the Oly 25mm those two are around the same usage together as the 12-32.
     
  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    With prime lenses, you're kind of locked into what you use; but when you have a zoom, it provides some interesting stats as to what range you tend to use most frequently. If I'd had the 12-40mm, I'm pretty sure that the 12mm would have featured more in my chart. But the 12-40mm range is certainly where I work the most and no, I'm not going to get the 12-14mm f2.8 lens, as there's no way I'd get rid of the 14-35mm f2.
     
  6. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    Mike
    My lens use has varied somewhat. It used to be split between the 20/1.7 and 14-45mm/3.5-5.6 about four years ago. After acquiring the 25/1.4 it became the dominate lens. For the last four and a half months the 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8 zooms have been used the most with the 25/1.4 being a close second. I always tend to use ISO 200 and an aperture of f/5.6. The shutter speed is set to what ever is deemed necessary. I tend to use my GX7 manually (focus and exposure) for the majority of the time. The rest of my u4/3 lens collection is still used on occasion. I still use some of my older Nikon glass. Modern zooms perform well and keep you ready to shoot with minimal lens changes.
     
  7. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Do you have any idea why Exposure Plot refuses to read the focal length off my OM-D E-M5?

    I have the newest version (1.1.6)...it's really baffling...it reads all other info from the OM-D, and all info (including FLs) from my other cameras.
     
  8. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Are you trying to get it to read RAW or JPG conversions? It only reads JPG. You also need to go to the lens length page and change the equivalence factor from standard to 1 = 2.
     
  9. Delb0y

    Delb0y Mu-43 Regular

    77
    Aug 31, 2014
    It's the 20mm 1.7 for me, by far. It makes the G3 so compact and easy to cart around.
     
  10. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    It's interesting that you hit 28 and 70 a lot because of the zoom. I wonder if you had a 24-80 if those would stick out, i.e., I wonder what you curve would look like if you didn't hit the end points of the zoom. I'm also surprised how often you were wide open.
     
  11. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    632
    Jan 4, 2014
    Well, this tells me that someone needs to come out with a 12-35 f2 or faster for m43. I typically get primes because I find the zooms too slow. I would be happy if Panasonic could come up with a lens similar to the one in the LX100 that is very fast on the wide-end.
     
  12. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    "Unknown" is the lens leader far and away for me thanks to adapted lenses. ;)

    Mine are mostly spread across the spectrum but if I factor in time things change. I did a lot of adapted lenses early on and the only Panny lenses I had for a while were the 14-45 and 45-200. I have stopped using all of those lenses a couple of years ago as I got native lenses and If I compare them the last two years it comes out roughly:

    Samyang 7.5 - 2%
    Oly 9-18 - 13%
    Panny 14 - 19%
    Panny 20 - 30%
    Oly 45 - 18%
    Oly 60 - 12%
    Oly 75 - 3%
    Panny 45-175 - 2%
    Tokina 300 - <1%

    I was surprised the 75 was so low.

    BUT when I go places I tend to take my "light" kit which is one GX1 body and 3 lenses, the 14, 20 and 45. And the 20 is mounted first so it is the one that is often used by default. The 9-18 and 60 get used a lot when I go hiking.
     
  13. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    836
    Feb 29, 2012
    On m43, the 20/1.7 by far. But I did spend a couple years shooting with a 400/5.6 only.
     
  14. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    If I had the 12-40mm, I'm pretty certain that the chart would widen out to include the wider and longer ends. It's the range where I prefer to shoot, except when I want to go real wide with the 7-14mm. I think the other issue is that I don't really like changing lenses a lot when I'm trying to cover many things at once, or working in more confined areas. I guess that's why I will never be a prime lens shooter, as it would slow me down tremendously. This style of working I guess comes from my news days. There are a lot more shot in the 35-100mm (70-200mm) range as well, but it doesn't look like I've used as many of those shots in the blog.
     
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  15. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Yeah, I have both RAW and JPEG files (everything is shot in JPEG with the better ones being shot in both). I did not know about the equivalence standard, thanks...I just always saw the "35mm equivalent" tag on the top and thought that's it...when I'm back from work I"ll check it out. Thanks! :)
     
  16. That is a very useful little program!

    From about 1900 images processed so far from the year 2013, most of which were taken while travelling. Cameras used were Micro 4/3, Samsung NX (APS-C) and a Canon G1X. Top two lenses used were the PL 25mm f1.4 and Samsung 30mm f2

    Stats2013_zps3089af3f.
     
  17. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    I just tried ExposurePlot, it reads all my JPEGs as 0.00mm for the lens info; not sure why. Also, not reading ORFs is a problem as I don't have a lot of JPEGs.

    Barry
     
  18. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    718
    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    RG0BS1U.

    Sorry for using this cliche gif, but just by looking at f stop and most used FL charts, it seemed very appropriate for the situation. ;)
     
  19. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Wonder if there is one of these for RAW files.
     
  20. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry