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Posted 1/2/2011 3:27pm by Eugene Wyatt.

I'm using a Nikon 50 mm f/1.4 lens (1/800 sec at f/8.0, ISO 400) here. At the stand last week I spoke to a photographer (he'd stopped to buy a Rosemary Lamb Sausage) with a Leica film camera mounted with a fixed focal length lens around his neck.  We talked photography and the difficulty of shooting animals.  He said  using a zoom lens is lazy because you remain stationary and frame with the lens rather than  by moving your body and camera to a different angle as you must do with a fixed focal length lens.

He's right! 

I hadn't realized how static my imagery had become using zoom lenses. I hadn't understood how by using a fixed focal length lens I could enrich my photographic language.  My 50 mm lens was always buried deep in my lens bag—but no longer—now it's  mounted on my camera in anticipation.  These new images are  not only more dynamic, they are fresher—almost like they were taken by another photographer.