Last week, I decided to buy a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens.
It was a lens I had entertained — but not seriously — adding to my rig.
While I love a wide vista, sometimes 14mm is just too wide. I never thought I would say so, but alas, it is true.
On the other hand, 35mm can sometimes be too long.
So far, the 24mm focal length is proving to be very useful for cityscapes — particularly when shooting skylines across the water from a distance. With a wider lens, the skyline can shrink into a vast expanse of sky and water; and with a longer lens, the framing can be just a bit too tight, whereby there is not quite enough sky.
My first shoot, on the same day I bought the lens, resulted in the following image:
My second shoot with the new lens was last night.
After a few lazy days at home, I felt the need to get out for a photoshoot.
I decided to re-visit Mrs Macquarie’s Point. The last time I photographed Sydney from this location was just over eight years ago.
From this view, the skyline has not changed a great deal, but there are some buildings which did not exist in my previous image.
I am enjoying the field of view this new lens provides. Not having used the 24mm focal length for quite a while, it made for a nice change, and has been quite suitable so far for the images I have captured with it.
I am hoping to use it more next week, but I really need to invest in the NiSi filter holder which will fit this lens, as I need to be able to use my grads and ND filters with it.