Going Wide: 6 Tips on How I Stepped Out of My Comfort Zone with a 24mm Lens

Going Wide: 6 Tips on How I Stepped Out of My Comfort Zone with a 24mm Lens

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Join me on a photographic journey where I break through my usual boundaries, inspired by the legendary Alan Schaller and nudged by a friend’s enthusiasm for the Leica Summilux 24mm lens. Despite my initial skepticism after some unimpressive test shots in Singapore, my curiosity tingled, leading me to give this often overlooked focal length another shot.

Now, after re-exploring and truly embracing the unique perspective of the 24mm, I’ve come to love its wide view that adds a new dimension to my work. In this video, I’ll unveil the pros, the cons, and six essential tips for mastering the 24mm lens—even if you’re someone who’s never been a fan of going wide.

So stick around until the end of the video for a literal taste of Taiwan!

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  1. The 24mm field of view is easily my second-favorite (after the 50mm). I have a Sigma Superwide for my Pentax SLRs, and two different 16mm lenses for my Fuji X-Pro3, and I use them constantly!

    One of my favorite things to do is capture images like these on my Fuji 8mm–16mm (12mm–24mm 135 equivalent) zoom—most are taken right at 16mm (24mm):
    https://don.goodman-wilson.com/stations-praha/
    https://don.goodman-wilson.com/stations-seoul/

    I love the strong sense of symmetry that is only possible at this focal length.

    The other thing that 24mm allows me to do is to shoot from the hip. In the past, I’d mount my Fuji with a 16mm prime lens to my bicycle, and take photos of people on the sidewalk as I rode around.
    https://katsudon.photo/gallery/amsterdam-by-bike/

    I haven’t pulled out my Sigma 24mm in some time, and I found your video an inspiration to try using it more. Thank you for the ideas!

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