If you’ve paid attention to the work I’ve shared over the years, it should come as no surprise that the 35mm focal length is foreign to me. I typically veer towards the ultra wide angle side of focal lengths: usually between 14mm and 18mm. It’s not so much that I enjoy cramming in tons of stuff into my frame but rather I enjoy filling the frame with a specific element and let the rest fall where it may. Often, when I’m photographing creeks and waterfalls, I’ll put my ultra wide angle lens right next to some verdant branches and compose the rest of the scene from there. It routinely works out well.
With that said, I recently had a chance to extensively use the new Zeiss Milvus 1.4/35 [Canon EF Mount | Nikon F Mount] while driving across the US from Portland, OR to Lincoln, NE and I have to say it: I am completely smitten. I genuinely thought that I’d hate using a 35mm lens but after a bit of time getting used to composing with it, I was hooked. Even wide expanse shots that I’d typically reserve for an ultra wide angle lens turned out fantastic at 35mm!