How I Fell In Love With 35mm

In Gear, Travel, Zeiss by Brian Matiash4 Comments

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!

I recently shared an extensive account of my time with the Zeiss Milvus 1.4/35 lens on the Zeiss Lenspire blog. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

Comments

  1. You brought to mind my first camera, probably bought around ’55 when I was 15. But, you have to remember that 15 yr olds did not have 35mm cameras in ’55. It did not have a meter, AF, TTL, pentaprism, or even an interchangeable lens. It was a rangefinder with a fixed 40 something mm lens. I still have it, having noticed it on my crammed photography shelves in my home office, literally just a few months ago. I used it for about 8 years, through high school my Marine Corps service. Imagine, one lens throughout my ‘formative’ photography learning years. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. Love this Brian! I’ve been a 35mm lover for years and though I always have something wider on hand for Landscape stuff, I routinely find that many of my keepers are made at 35. I’m sure that lens is amazing!

  3. I’m sure the Milvus is a lovely lens… but 35mm. I’m sure the shot above would have looked better at 50mm so that the height of the mountains wasn’t compressed. When shooting landscapes, most of the time what you can do at 35mm you can do at 50 by just moving a few paces – and without the height compression. Not to mention the cost difference!

  4. I have to admit, I like doing two shot panos with my 35mm. I have a zeiss 35mm 2.8 for my Sony A7rii and A6500. I like the small compact size.

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