As you know (if you read this blog) I have recently bought a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G for my D7100. The original blog is here if you wish have a look. As the post says, I really enjoyed using the 35mm (equivalent of a 50mm on full frame) to such an extent that I am toying with the idea of getting a 50mm for my D800.
I then thought back to the end of my Olympus days, where I was selling off equipment and lenses that I hadn’t really used, and when I decided to only to buy equipment I would actually use when I switched to Nikon. I don’t want hundreds of pounds worth of equipment sitting on the shelves doing nothing. To a certain extent I have that scenario with the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G which is a fantastically sharp lens, but which I don’t use that much. I don’t want any 50mm I buy for the D800 to remain on the shelf most of the time.
So, I thought is there any way that I can find out what are the most used focal lengths for my photographs? Well, it turns out there is.
Jeffrey Friedl has a data plot plugin available for Lightroom. Once installed you can select a folder which contains the images you wish to analyse and the plugin will construct a chart for the range of focal lengths that have been used on the images.
My chart for 2014 so far is below – click on it to make it larger.
As you can see from the chart, the vast majority of my images have been taken in the focal length range of 48mm – 52mm a justification for buying a new 50mm f/1.8 G if ever I saw one.