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Personal Analysis of photo habits from 2012

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by WT21, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    As I prepare my 2012 year book for the family in Lightroom, I decided to analyze what my favorite pics, focal length and cameras were, to better inform my gear buying/using decisions.

    After collecting my fav pics for the year book, here are the stats:
    Camera formats (with pic counts):
    • FF: 108
    • APS-C: 76 (NEX and Canon Rebel)
    • m43: 170 (EM5, EPL5, EP3, EPL3, EPM1)
    • 1": 70 (RX100)
    • Compact: 7 (GRDiii and iPhone)

    Focal length (in approximate 35mm equivalent, across cameras, with pic count):
    • 28mm eq: 130
    • 35mm eq: 40
    • 50mm eq: 138
    • 85mm eq: 76
    • 100+ telephoto eq: 49

    A visual analysis reveals that my absolute favorites come from the long telephoto group and the 28mm group, then the 50mm group. Even the ones included in the 35 and 85mm group are not my favorites. They more often represent memories of specific locations or events.

    So, that tells me:
    Compacts/Fixed Lens:
    • Ditch the idea of the RX1 or X100/s. 35mm eq doesn't seem to do it for me.
    • I really like and use the RX100 more than I thought. So that's staying around. I just wish it had better controls!
    • Maybe consider a Ricoh GR for pocketable, high quality 28mm?
    Mirrorless CSC
    • While the Fuji's might be interesting, I cannot part with my P100-300
    • I'm hardly at all using the Oly 9-18. Why do I have it?? Maybe sell that for either a GR or an EPM2 on which to weld my P14.
    Full Frame
    • I love the AF speed and IQ of my full frame 85mm lens, but I'm not sure I get along with the focal length
    • Maybe I should sell my Canon 28mm and 85mm and invest in a 24-70L

    So, sell Oly9-18, Canon 28/1.8, Canon 85/1.8 and try instead:
    • 6D w/24-70 and 70-210 zooms (event shooting)
    • Oly OMD PL25, legacy 50macro and P100-300 (personal shooting) and either a PM2w/14 or GR
    • RX100 (ultra lightweight/portability)



    There! Fact-based, scientific reasons to churn my gear
    (not that I needed it before, but it makes me feel better :biggrin:)
     
  2. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    523
    Sep 5, 2010
    Without the exhaustive analysis, that you have done, I realize that my favored FL is 50mm (equiv), with the 85-100mm, a close second. So, for the immediate future,

    The Oly 45mm (90mm equiv) on the E-p3,
    and the Oly 14-42mm II on the G-1. (because that is what I have at the moment.)
    The 14-42, I would like to replace with the 25mm f1.4 eventually.
    I have a 24mm and 50mm in MF, that I still use for special needs.
     
  3. F/Stop

    F/Stop Mu-43 Veteran

    451
    Mar 9, 2013
    West Virginia
    Brian Y.
    Oly OMD PL25, legacy 50macro and P100-300 (personal shooting) and either a PM2w/14 or GR...

    sounds good to me
     
  4. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    678
    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott
    Personal Usage

    Interesting analysis. I confess that I've almost never sold any photo gear, with the single exception of my Nikon 18-200 DX after I did a focal length scan and replaced with with the 16-85.

    I also love using LR to analyze my shooting habits.

    During 2012 I used my D7000 for 58% of my keepers, and Nikon 1 V1 for 38%. The other 4% were iPhone, XZ1, etc. In the 7 weeks I've had my E-M5, I've taken 62% as many pictures with it as I took all of last year with the V1. And exactly zero pictures with the V1.

    The data also lead me to start my m43 kit off at the wider end, as that's where most of my shooting seems to take place. My DX shooting distribution in Equivalent Field of View:

    <24mm: 4%
    24-70mm: 62%
    70-200mm: 29%
    >200mm: 5%

    So the 12-35/2.8 has turned out to be a very useful range for me.

    I recently shot at a dance recital for my granddaughters, and it was useful to have the D7000 with my 80-200/2.8 along with the E-M5 and the 12-35/2.8. Felt very pro-like - no lens swapping, just shooting.

    I suppose logic would say to sell the V1 kit and use the money to fund a small m43 body such as the GX1 (or GX2?). Or partially fund the 35-100/2.8, since the two Panny 2.8 zooms would cover 91% of my shooting. Or I could just buy the GX1 and extend the collection ...