Often change doesn’t come easy, especially if it’s to different methodology or a change in the process when it comes to photography. Changing lenses are often a matter of timing when you’re out taking photographs, but getting used to a new lens can definitely be an interesting change, because each has slightly different characteristics & behavior. Every lens reacts to light a slightly different way, some exhibiting a form of chromatic aberration at different focal lengths, for example; the problem with this is that we can get too tied up in arguing about who’s lens is better when in fact it’s all about the photograph & the photographer, not who’s camera/lens is better. Who gives a hoot if you shoot with a Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus or Sony?
Getting used to a new lens when working at something for a while can be quite a task if you get too caught up in the technical aspects of it. What I’ve found is that there can be a way to get away from this line of thinking and most of it is how you approach taking the photograph in the first place; two posts ago (the one on April 15), I mentioned the idea of starting a so-called practice session. The main reasoning behind this is to hone the skills used in taking the photograph & get used to how the camera reacts to light, but another reason is that it can also take your mind off of all the arguments out there that focus just on technical specifications instead of on skills.
For me, this has come to mean trying out the different focal lengths, going from as wide as I can to as close as I can, to see what kind of difference it makes; so far, not much other than the quality is pretty good. As for shutter speed & aperture, they’re pretty much identical to the other lens. The thing I’ve come to learn, over & over again, is that we’ve got to learn how to use our equipment so that it matters and not blame it when we fail, not it. Stop blaming the equipment and work with it, not against it (Something I need to keep reminding myself)!