I dug around in my lens collection last week and found a 50mm 1.8 Nikon lens I hadn’t used in years, if ever. I was watching a video lesson online about street photography and the photographer was using a 50mm lens, which is something I haven’t thought to do when I do street shooting. The lens forces you to get a little closer to your subject, but the results seem pretty cool. So…. this was my first foray into playing around with an old lens. I was pretty happy with the results. Since it is a prime lens and not a zoom, you do all of your focusing with your feet as opposed to the lens. That was one or the points I remember from a photography class I took with The Mountaineers nearly ten years ago; one of the guest lecturers pushed the point the ‘focussing with your feet’ is the best approach in some situations.
Sage advice. If anyone in Seattle is ever interested in a one week photo workshop I highly recommend the one The Mountaineers put on. Very reasonable price-wise and just really interesting classes as well as a field trip every Saturday or Sunday. I’ll never forget my experience. I was, at that time, about the only person in the 100 group that shot in film! I was using my Minolta X700 and everyone else had digital cameras. But, that was okay. I needed more film time and the info transfers pretty good to the digital format.