|24-105mm f/4 L|
But what about the other lenses in my bag? I saw a blog this evening by Patrick Endres that showed how often he used his lenses and showed the numbers in a pie chart. His top lens was the 24-105 as well. Since all my photos are in Lightroom it took me all of about 2 minutes to see how often I used each lens in 2014. Only photos I have kept are included, but the numbers should be representative of how often I use each one.
So, my guess was right. I used the 24-105mm for 54% of my photos last year. I was surprised it was that high. I thought I would have seen a more even distribution across the 5 lenses. What really surprised me was that I used the 300mm for only 3% of my photos. That's 1% by itself and 2% of the time I used the 300mm with a 1.4x teleconverter making a 420mm lens.
|300mm with 1.4 Teleconverter|
So, have my habits changed between 2013 and 2014? The 2013 numbers show that yes, the lenses I use have changed. I used the 300mm 17% of the time and the 24-105mm only 45% of the time. When I look at what I used the 300mm for in 2013 wildlife was a small percentage. I used it as a general purpose lens shooting everything from flowers and starfish to steam locomotives and civil war reenactments. I didn't buy the 70-200 until September 2013 so those numbers were down that year.
What does all this mean? One thing it tells me is I don't have to pack all my lenses when heading out on a photo outing. If I take the 17-40, 24-105, and 70-200 I'm going to have most all situations covered. I will probably take the macro lens on most hikes to capture wildflowers and small critters. But what about that 300mm? Is it a bad lens? Absolutely not! In fact, it's one of the sharpest lenses I have, even when I add the 1.4 teleconverter. It's much lighter than the 70-200. If I hope to photograph wildlife I'm going to take that lens along. Being a prime fixed focal length lens it's just not as versatile as the others.
My numbers in 2015 will be different. We are planning a big trip to Alaska this year. You can bet I'm taking that 300mm with me with hopes of getting some wildlife shots.