my favorite focal lengths

I have been mean­ing to some­thing like this for quite a while, plot­ting the dis­tri­b­u­tion of the focal lengths used in the pic­tures I shoot, to see which por­tions of the zoom range get the most action. Here is the graph for our recent vaca­tion on Hawai’i, obtained using the Light­room 4 beta and Jef­frey Friedl’s Focal Length Sort:

Dis­tri­b­u­tion of focal lengths used dur­ing three weeks in Hawai’i. Blue bars include shots that were stitched into panora­mas, green bars rep­re­sent only sin­gle-frame images.

Only the shots that I kept out of the 3,180 total were used to make the fig­ure.

Inter­est­ing­ly, the short focal lengths see the most use, with the min­i­mum pos­si­ble length dom­i­nat­ing the sta­tis­tics, even more so when includ­ing the shots com­pris­ing the 205 panora­mas. I guess that’s not unusu­al, since most of these are pic­tures of land­scape (after all, it’s Hawai’i). How­ev­er, I was obvi­ous­ly to lazy (or too hur­ried) to even once switch to the 14mm pan­cake lens that I lugged around with me.
There were a cou­ple of sit­u­a­tions (<1.5% of the pic­tures) where I like­ly could have used a longer lens, but had to set­tle for the 55mm long end of my 18-55mm zoom.

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One Comment

  • Johannes wrote:

    Ambi­tious enough to take 3000 pic­tures, but too lazy to switch lens­es even once ;)

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