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06-07-2019, 02:59 AM - 9 Likes   #1
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Use your Gear randomly

Since I now have over 90 lenses when am I going to use them all? Even deciding which one to put on the camera is a hard decision. So I googled the internet for something to help me and found this:

Random Thing Picker

I put a list of all my lenses in there, and it generates a random choice. That is the lens I will put on my camera. If I do so every day I will end op using all of my lenses eventually. It's first pick was the CZJ DDR Tessar 50mm 2.8




06-07-2019, 03:21 AM   #2
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You can also do a lens test game. Shoot things with the same focal range and let us guess what image shoot with what lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by D1N0 Quote
Since I now have over 90 lenses when am I going to use them all? Even deciding which one to put on the camera is a hard decision. So I googled the internet for something to help me and found this:

Random Thing Picker

I put a list of all my lenses in there, and it generates a random choice. That is the lens I will put on my camera. If I do so every day I will end op using all of my lenses eventually. It's first pick was the CZJ DDR Tessar 50mm 2.8


I think you’ve just given a prime example of a “First World Problem”!
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I think you’ve just given a prime example of a “First World Problem”!
There will be zoom examples too

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There will be zoom examples too
Ha,ha I see what you did there!!
06-07-2019, 05:24 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by D1N0 Quote
Since I now have over 90 lenses when am I going to use them all? Even deciding which one to put on the camera is a hard decision.
Do you have a use in mind when you buy a lens?
06-07-2019, 05:29 AM   #7
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Do you have a use in mind when you buy a lens?
No particular use apart from taking photo's with it. It's more of a collection of lens characteristics.
06-07-2019, 08:44 AM   #8
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I don't own nearly as many lenses (only about twenty primes and ten zooms) but I know the angst of picking just one. To liven up my daily commute, I take a camera and lens with me and do some street photography. Not while driving, I hasten to add. I use public transport.

Picking a camera is easy, my Samsung NX1 just rocks for this application. Now I do have three NX mount autococus zooms, but that gets boring. So I use a K mount adapter for it. I have a lot of several prime lenses that can be used for street photography: 8mm fish, 20mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, 135mm. After some experimenting I tend to take the easy way. That is my SMC Pentax M 28mm f/2.8 - great colors, sharp, easy to pre-focus, just wide enough on a crop body. What's not to like? The problem is that I tend to get the same shots as before.

Picking a lens at random every morning would certainly liven things up a bit. Great idea.

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QuoteOriginally posted by timb64 Quote
I think you’ve just given a prime example of a “First World Problem”!
Nahh.... they were all purchased used!

I have also used random number generators to choose the lens of the day. It kind of adds a new challenge for wherever you're going.. you're stuck w/200mm because that was the roll of the dice. I also keep track of when each lens was used last such that none sit on the shelf too long.

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Yesterday it gave me the FA 50mm 1.7 yay! (sample in the Bokeh club). Today I am stuck with my very stiff Tokina tele auto 200mm F1:3.5.
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I like this approach. Surrendering to randomness now and then is good for art.
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Nice to see the Tessar 50/2.8 getting a run. It is a very nice lens.
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The nice thing about participating in the Daily In Group is it both encourages people to capture an image a day and encourages many of us to break out those rarely used lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by timb64 Quote
I think you’ve just given a prime example of a “First World Problem”!
Also known as the nice life problem...

The Random Thing Picker is really useful. You can keep clicking until you agree with it, hehehehe.
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interesting

I started out picking lenses, " experienced " and new for specific purposes

fast aperture

wide angle

normal

telephoto

macro

but now I must admit that my small collection has outgrown that with 16 primes and 5 zooms ( all listed in my profile )

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