For years I have been capturing photos and cropping them to 12″ x 8″. It has only been in the last few weeks I have been playing around with a cinematic crop and what I have found is you can really get rid of some boring parts to your photo. In this beach image the top part of the sky and bottom part of the sand really didn’t need to be there as they were very plain and uninteresting.
I know that is a big statement to make but this photo is the whole reason I only shoot with prime lenses. They are sharp from corner to corner, there is no color fringing and the contrast is just beautiful. The way I look at is Zeiss have been making prime lenses since the late 1800’s and to this day they still produce one of the highest quality product on the market. Prime lenses really make my photography very interesting and exciting and with a 15mm, 28mm, 50mm and the 135mm in my camera bag I feel I have whole range covered.
Well it’s official I just sold my last Canon L lens and replaced it with the new Zeiss 135mm f2 ZE. Over the past year I have slowly replaced all of my lenses with Zeiss glass, the love affair started when I brought the Zeiss 15mm f2.8 ZE. Some people will think that I am nuts because all of the Zeiss lenses are manual focus only, but shooting with these lenses really makes me feel like I am a old world film photographer. I also love that all of the lenses are prime lenses because it doesn’t make me lazy by zooming in on my subject, I need to think about all aspects of my composition.