When I graduated from secondary school, my father gave me an SLR Film camera. The camera had a built-in fixed lens which was equivalent to a 35mm focal point. At that point of time, I was not really keen into exploring my take on the world of photography. Films during those days were not cheap, and I preferred being with friends to play skate board.

Eventually, the digital age of photography came and DSLR cameras eventually became a necessity for most, and so I started photography – initially as a hobby. And obviously I became quite endeared into it. I have tried many variations of lenses and each had its own unique attribute. I had the opportunity to test the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Series lens and it has become a ‘must have‘ lens for me. I must say that it is a true gem, especially to those who have a Full Frame sensor body. Equivalent of this lens is the 23mm focal length which is present on most common mirror less cameras.

Why use a 35mm Lens?

1. FOCAL LENGTH-
In composition, the 35mm lens is the closest to the focal composition of the human eye. Mostly, it is the best option to use, for example in movies, because it gives a more realistic vantage point for viewers.

In photography, having a fixed 35mm lens would grant you more freedom to be creative on how you position your body to attain the right composition. You cannot be complacent when using a 35mm lens to achieve that artistic look on your image.

 

2. VERSATALITY
Based on my experience with a 35mm lens, I can confidently say it is an all-rounder lens. You can basically use it for almost everything – landscapes, portraits, travel shots, macro photography, street photography, real estate photography, product photography and more.

The lens allows you to get a great close up image as well as convincingly decent wide angle shots. Most photographers even perceive the 35mm lens as the “wedding lens” because of its versatility, indoors and outdoors.

Do not miss the PART II in the next upcoming issue! Stay Tuned with me Glen!

Contributed by Glenn Wesley Dulay
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