One of the most discussed subjects related to photographic gear is also one of the oldest and most ardent, ever: prime lenses, or zoom lenses?
I was part of a team of enthusiasts photographers in a photo walk in Brussels, during November’s whimsy weather. Starting from the afternoon until the evening, night included, we roamed the streets of this city, looking for architecture and street photography subjects, enjoying each other’s company, exchanging tips and experiences.
Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 and Helios 58mm F2.0 are my 2 main prime lenses for portrait photography (sometimes I use another manual focus lens, the Pentacon 135mm F2.8), when used with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. I know many of the Fujifilm users do not have the 56mm prime lens for portraits, but instead, some of them use old legacy manual focus lenses as a cheap and accessible alternative.
I often discuss with my friends about the tips and tricks in all kind of photography fields. It is good to share your knowledge within a group of photographers. “Let the envy go away and act like a true member of a growing family of photographers”, I say. Each one has its own vision and original concepts and it is very profitable to share some of the techniques you have, based on your own experiences, which most of them were acquired on a trial and error approach. We often make our own mistakes, even if we were taught about them in the first place. It is good to make mistakes in photography – this is the most powerful way to learn, for good, the correct ways.
The word “Bokeh” actually comes from the Japanese word “boke” ボケ, which means “blur”. The “h” at the end was added to emphasize on the correct pronunciation by the English speakers. “Bokeh” refers to the quality and aesthetics of the blurry parts (out of focus areas) in an image, taken by a photographic lens. It is not something you could really mathematically measure, or quantify, but more of an aspect which relates to photographic artistic principles.