Zone focussing with the 17.5mm voigtlander on the streets of Brisbane

yellow and pink

More recently, with so many different types of cameras and lenses to choose from, it can be quite confusing for any street photographer (or in fact any photographer) to choose the right camera and lens combination that works for them.  I believe that each person develops their own style of shooting and this includes finding a camera and lens combination that feels comfortable as well as performs to their expectations.  All working cameras can take a photograph, but it takes practice, skill, expertise and a little patience to capture a particular moment or memory. Far too often I hear photographers saying that they wish they owned a particular camera or lens as this would improve their photography, but to me, understanding how your current set up works is a huge part to the success of capturing a particular moment or memory.  In 2010 I spent the whole year focussing on using 1 particular lens and taking at least 1 photo a day with that lens - this really helped me to understand what that lens was capable of.   I will not try to attempt a professional photo shoot unless I know what my lenses and camera are capable of.  I want to know how they work together.

More recently I have moved from shooting with my Olympus E5 or EPL-2 on the streets to the Olympus OMD E-M5.  Being a micro four thirds camera there is now a growing range of good quality lenses for this mount of camera.  One of those lenses is the Voigtlander 17.5mm lenses (which is perhaps heavier then the OMD E-M5 camera).  I also own the previous 25mm Voigtlander lens, however it was the 35mm equivalence that the 17.5mm gave me that tempted me to purchase it.  To learn a little more about this lens please see the great review at

During the week I took a few of my students out for some street photography around Brisbane and I deliberately packed the 17.5mm Voigtlander in an attempt to really get to know how to use this lens - I really needed more time shooting with this lens and in particular I wanted to know how it would work best on the streets as a totally manual lens.  I shot a range of photos from wide open to about f/8, though I found that f/5.6 was where things just seemed to work best for me.  Here are a few photos from the morning all using zone focussing.

Reading the newspaper in a digital era

Together we eat

An Aussie icon - the Lamington!

A sunny winters day and an ice cream

It really is that simple

Old red strawberries 

Happiness, music and sunglasses

Pink and yellow

Music in the city

lime green hat and white gloves

A talented musician

Awesome sunglasses

sneaky ice cream business

...getting to the markets for lunch

New York, New York

An icy cold drink with a smile!


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