Typically I don’t get on all that well with 50mm lenses, I find their field of view just too narrow and constraining, but yesterday I was thinking about why I took up Photography in the first place. Not so much to take nice, or even interesting photos, although that’s certainly a factor, but more to help me to see things differently. I’ve always thought that photographers had a special and often unusual way of viewing the world and I wanted to discover what that was all about. It’s a journey that I’m still on and have a long way to go on, maybe it’s one of those journeys that never ends?
But back to the topic, which is actually 50mm lenses. I thought that by not learning to make use of the qualities of a 50mm that I was ignoring one important aspect of seeing photographically, so I decided to try and use the 50mm on it’s own terms and treat it as sort of a wide close up lens if that makes any sense?
One wonderful quality that 50mms allow that my wider lenses don’t so much is exploiting depth of field which I tried to do with various degrees of success in these photos. There are a couple photos here that I really like, partially due to their use of depth of field. This was an enjoyable exercise and one that I’ll repeat again sooner than later.
The 50mm f/1.8 Serenar that I shot these with is a wonderful lens IMHO, not modern at all, especially at the f/2 or f/2.8 that these photos were shot with, but it does have that certain something, which I don’t think I can accurately describe, this is one reason I’ll probably never be a lens reviewer.
These were all shot on Adox CMSII at ISO 12 and developed in Adotech IV. I know I’ve sung the praises of CMSII before, but I think it’s an incredible film, especially if you like slower films. I would even venture to say that it’s a film everyone should try at least once.