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Seeing In 35 Millimeters

September 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The other day I was out hiking at Wood Rill, shooting with my Camino camera gear, the D800 and the 35mm f/1.8G Nikon lens. I was also working on my battery saving Camino technique, which is to use manual focus and turn off the image review on the LCD (that'll be another blog post). On the D800 you can take advantage of the rangefinder capability when manually focusing. The camera will indicate when you are in focus through the information display on the optical viewfinder. Basically, you move the focus ring until the camera says you're in focus on the spot you've chosen.

I noticed a funny thing as I approached scenes to compose an image. As usual, I would walk up to a scene, frame it up in my mind and then frame it up in the viewfinder, deciding where I wanted to put the focus point. What I found was that, more often than not, the camera was already in focus. Remember, I was using manual focus, so the only way the camera would be in focus was if I was the same distance away from my focus point as in the previous shot. The takeaway for me is that I'm starting to see things from the perspective of a 35mm prime lens. That's good news.

Taking one lens on such a big adventure as the Camino de Santiago makes me a bit nervous, but knowing that I'm "seeing in 35mm" gives me comfort that I'll be just fine.


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