I read a post by Little Big Traveling Camera, which motivated me to analyse my Lightroom Catalogue. Since I switched over to using Fujifilm X cameras last year, I have bought only one lens for my Fujifilm X-T2. I am considering buying more lenses but want to limit my purchase to glass that I am most likely to use. With that intention in mind, I analysed my lightroom catalogue, which contains twelve years of images from the cameras and lenses I have owned over the years. The Adobe Lightroom Catalogue includes images from various Sony point-n-shoot cameras, iPhones, and Nikon DLSRs.

The result of the analysis was fascinating. I have had my Fujifilm X-T2 for just over a year, so most of the data analysed are from my Nikon D5100 and Nikon D40. By far, the most used lens was the AF-S Nikkor 18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 G DX lens, which is an upgraded kit lens. My favourite aperture is f/5.6, followed by f/8 and f/4. It seems my preferred focal length is 35mm, which reflects a period in the past when I would go out with just one lens, the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G DX.

Lens Statistics compiled 2019-08-15

The most used ISO settings of 100 and 200 reflect the fact that I enjoy shooting landscapes and cityscapes.

Camera Statistics compiled 2019-08-15

Looking at the stats over the just the last year, which highlights my usage of the Fuji X-T2, I see that not much has changed. I am shooting mostly at the 16mm or 55mm end of the Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR with a small bump at 23mm and 27mm. The 27mm is probably from the times I have rented a Fujifilm X100F.

Fujifilm Camera Statistics compiled 2019-08-15
Fujifilm Lens Statistics compiled 2019-08-15

I am uncertain that I learned enough from this analysis to decide on which Fujifilm lens purchase will be next, but I think either the Fujinon XF 23mm F2 R WR, Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R would be well used. Of course, I could just set my Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR to those focal lengths and keep the money.

I could save even more money by purchasing used/vintage Asahi Pentax lenses which would be useful in my Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II 35mm film camera but which could be used on my Fujifilm X-T2 with the inexpensive FotoDioX M42-FX adapter I bought earlier this year. To date, I have purchased Asahi SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5 and Asahi SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 lenses, which are 42mm and ~82mm full-frame lens equivalents on the Fujifilm X-T2. Both lenses were relatively inexpensive lenses on eBay.

11 thoughts on “Camera Equipment Usage Statistics

  1. @khurtwilliams This is interesting. I’m glad that you’re getting so much usage out of the 16-55. It’s funny, I used the same method in Aperture years back to decide which would be the first prime lens I bought. I had only been shooting with the X-E1 + 18-55 and most of my shots were between 22 & 24 mm, so i went for the XF23mmF1.4 R and it’s still my most used and favourite lens.

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    • @mangochutney I stopped in at the local camera shop this week while walking around Princeton shooting a roll of film on my Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II. I was looking for a battery to power the SP II’s light meter. I was weak. I walked out of the store with the battery, a roll of Ektar 100, and a Soligor 35mm f/2.8 M42 lens. With a FotoDioX M42-FX adapter, I now have ~52mm FF equivalent on my Fuji X-T2. Vintage glass! But I think a Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR lens is on my want list.

    • I used this a few months ago after my kit had been stolen and I was trying to prioritize which lenses I should buy first. As you mentioned, it’s kind of difficult to drawn conclusive trends from the data available in the Lightroom Catalog. However, as an incurable nerd, I just enjoy to use it to look at stats and numbers on my photography journey :p

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