I am often asked about the equipment I use and try to give not only an honest answer, but also one that takes into account what it is that someone wants to do. In that context they may be better advised to take a different path to the one I travel. And I am happy to acknowledge that. It is never a bad idea to work backwards, decide what it is you are going to do, then what you need to accomplish it.

In real world photography that may mean that rather than try and buy lenses for ever conceivable focal length, which is an approach many starting out have, it is better to get what you need for your subject and approach. That often means you have similar or even duplicate options at some focal lengths and gaps elsewhere as in my case. So rather than look at the missing numbers in focal lengths that you have, try a more considered approach based on what you do not what you may think you want to do. It usually pays dividends.

One of the comments I make though that often surprises, is that I use micro/macro lenses a lot, not just for eye-catching close-ups and product photography, but much of my people imagery also.

Depending on your brand these are called ‘micro’ as in the case of a Micro-Nikkor lens, while others call a similar performing optic a ‘macro’ lens.

End. (21/12/09).