Gear Theory

Three 50mm lenses that fit my needs (video)

July 15, 2018

Following my recent Canon 50mm 1.4 ltm review, a couple of friendly comments were made at the end of episode 26 of The Classic Lenses Podcast about why I wasn’t keeping the lens. These wild aspersions were of course entirely off the mark, so I decided to exercise my right to reply in the form of a little video.

For those who don’t already know, I publish a weekly video blog via Patreon. It’s largely consisted of me waffling on about some lens or camera I’ve just bought without any real conclusion or direction. That being said, once in a while I do publish something that feels like it might be of broader interest. In the case of my response to the comments on the podcast, I felt this to be the case, so made the video public on my YouTube channel rather than just publishing it through Patreon, as I more often do. Perhaps because my mind is a little distracted by the likes of pixl-latr, it’s only just occurred to me that I should probably make you regular readers aware of any videos I make public on YouTube… hence this post.

A bit more context

I’ve appeared on The Classic Lenses Podcast a couple of times now. It’s a great podcast, very geeky; but Simon, Karl and Johnny (who recently published this review on 35mmc) make for a great set of hosts with a huge base of knowledge between them. One of the reasons I’ve gelled so well with it is that it’s about lenses, and doesn’t naturally favour film or digital. The podcast was born out of a Facebook group called Photography with Classic Lenses. Again, a very interesting group with a strong base of lens geeks who don’t aspire to the objective perfection touted to us by modern lens manufacturers – you can maybe see why I’ve gelled with that group too. After publishing my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens review I posted it to the group. It was, as mentioned, subsequently commented upon in the outtakes at the end of the podcast… obviously it wasn’t interesting enough to make the general content… …

The video

The gist of the comment on the podcast was why would I need to keep my “Ford Taurus” 50mm 1.4, why I have a “Lamborghini” Zeiss 50mm 1.5? I did highlight how crap Johnny’s analogy is, but apparently he’s sticking with it… anyway, I wanted to set the record straight by explaining that I currently have a desire to pare down my 50mm lenses rather than add more to the collection.

I’ve come to the conclusion that as someone who shoots majority 50mm, there’s three different lenses I need to fulfil all of my shooting needs. These lenses being my f/1.5 ZM Sonnar, my f/2.0 Jupiter-8m, and my recently acquired Voigtlander f/2.5 Color-Skopar. You can watch the video here:

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  • Reply
    Simon Forster
    July 15, 2018 at 10:29 am

    “obviously it wasn’t interesting enough to make the general content…”

    Now you should know by now that we save the good bits for the end of the podcast, although in this case, the discussion of your review took place after the main recording had finished but I felt that they were just about interesting enough to make the cut..

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      July 15, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      I got missed out of the high school year book … or at least they forgot me until just before it went to print. They had to include me right at the end, out of alphabetical order – I was the last person people read about. This reminded me of that… Peak end bias once again saved the day 😉

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