Are you a hipster with a fixey?

camera Lenses… Fixed focal length or zoom? Are you a hipster with a fixey?

There’s a German camera company that does not supply zoom lenses for two of their systems. They go on the belief that zoom mechanisms, and the construction needed for such lenses, inhibits quality. You could ask a Leica user, “are you a hipster with a fixey?”

So why do most use them? They are convenient, right? And with the current build quality of today, who can tell the difference?

I’ve used Canon’s 85mm f/1.2 for a couple of jobs, and I own a Sigma 50mm f/1.4. I make myself use the 50mm most often. It obviously has restrictions, especially when I’m trying to get a shot of one of my Daughters and I have to physically move, rather than twisting a zoom ring.

I trained on fixed lenses with my Minolta SRT-101, so I should be accustomed to it…. like riding a bike, yeah?

Now, when I was looking for the first lens for my 5D MKII, I could have bought a zoom like the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and that would have covered me for portraits, sports, etc. But, I didn’t. I wanted a larger aperture for the obvious depth-of-field reasons. AND, I wanted to challenge myself with composition. Sure, if/when needed, I’ll hire a lens or two for specific jobs.

Do people use a zoom just because they are lazy?

Are you a hipster with a fixey?

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