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Using "wrong" lens in travel photography


When you use printing apps, you will see the horizontal layout described as “landscape” while vertical layout as “portrait”.


Also you will see a lot of discussions about focal length for landscape-, architecture- and astrophotography. There seems to be a few correct answers such as “16-35mm” “24mm” and ”11-24”.


Hmmm… That’s quite stereotype, isn’t it?


Typical as a Libra, I struggled when it comes to buy camera and lenses.


Disadvantage of this personality is that I am always short of a lens when I need it.


Advantage is that I am getting used to make myself using the wrong lens with positive spirit.



All the photos you saw in this blog are taken by Sony A7M3 and FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS hold by a right-angle bracket on a tripod. Super wrong lens to be used for small town travelling, isn’t it?


I did it anyway. Why? Because this small town is famous for the leaves and flowers that I want to take photos for. And I don’t want to bring one more camera or change lenses frequently during the short trip.



The result turns out to be better than I expected. The long focal length happens to make the subject stand out, saved me a lot of time to cut other tourists out of the view. The sharp focus and soft bokeh of this lens works pretty good when there are leaves and sun spots in the scene.


Due to the limited width of the town's streets, in many cases I can't go backwards. So I took a lot of vertical photo shooting to adjust the framing. It works just fine when creating spatial extensions, especially when there is a door or a tunnel involved.



What I want to say is, there are suitable lenses for different topics, but sometimes you do not have the right one on hand. It doesn’t mean you cannot have fun with the “wrong” lens and still get the photos you like. I think one of the biggest pleasures of photography is breaking the limits with limited equipment.