2016: the year of the 85mm

Why I'm only using my Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens for all of 2016.

When we were in Melbourne, back in November last year, I bought myself the Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens that I’d been lusting after for a little while…

and promptly put in my camera bag

Nearly 3 months later, and I’ve only taken two photos with it.  Two.  Mind you, I did exactly the same with my 50mm f/1.8 when I purchased it as well.

The first few times I tried to take photos with my 50, I just couldn’t nail the focus.  The photos were horrible – not sharp; focus was soft; horrible, horrible photos.  So I gave up and put the lens away in my camera bag for months.

Until 2015.  When I made the decision to use only my 50mm lens for all of that year.

To be fully transparent, I had to swap out my lenses from time to time, especially when I was doing photos for school events.  But all of my personal work was done with the nifty-fifty, and I can honestly say that I now  love that lens.

So this year I’m going to do exactly the same with my 85mm….

use only this lens for all of 2016

Learn it.  Learn its sweet spot.  Its peculiarities.  Its ticks and quirks.

and hopefully, learn to love it as much as I love my 50

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