It’s rare that I share photos of family and friends on here. They are meaningful to me, but rarely do I think they have any great interest for a wider audience. This one is different though, it just captures the moment so well that I had to post it up.

Wide Lenses for Low Light

I have two lenses for my Voigtlander, the 35mm f/1.4 and a 50mm f/2 as well. Obviously I am only using the former for this project but I’ve recently come to a realisation about them that I’d like to share – the 35mm is better once the light gets low.

Now this might seem obvious; its the faster lens. That isn’t the full story though. It is more than one stop better. It’s also better than a 50mm f/1.4 (which I own for another camera).

Why? Because the wider angle of view reduces the visibility of camera shake, allowing it to be hand-held at slower speeds.

Coupled with the natural stability of a rangefinder camera, this means that my shutter speeds are limited by subject motion, which is a wonderful liberation to have.