My favourite lens

The Canon FD 20mm f2.8 has become my favourite lens. I sometimes put another lens on the camera… but it pretty soon comes off again.

Why? Because:

  • 1) Wide angles are great
  • 2) The FD 20mm is a lovely, lovely lens.
Birmingham Museum and Gallery, Canon FD 20mm f2.8, Sony A7R. Point a wide angle lens up a bit and buildings get really interesting. The detail captured by the FD 20 on a Sony A7 is amazing. The camera’s super-wide dynamic range really helps with a shot like this. The building on the left is in deep, deep shadow. The one on the right bright sun.
Hal and Flo in VR, Canon FD 20mm f2.8, Sony A7R. Another shot from the VR exhibition.

* The exhibition is Matt Collishaw’s Thresholds. “Using the latest in VR technology, Thresholds restages one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839, when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public at King Edward’s School, Birmingham.”

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