Centrism, Leica

Every Saturday, I share a list of inspiring or interesting articles that I read during the week. Here’s what I read this week.

Centrism’s flaw isn’t that it’s apolitical. It’s deeply political and polarizing. Some popular pundits seem to believe centrism offers a morally superior position. And yet it can be incredibly blind to the way it so easily tips the scales away from truth under a false neutrality.

Under such watchful eyes, the only ones whose speech is protected are those willing to take speech from others. The only free are those whose freedom is ensured. And the only ones alive in the end are the revolutionaries. For the gallows don’t care how tired of politics you are.Pastor Drew Downs

Here's what Ken Rockwell had to say about what he calls "Leica man":

Don't fret price when discussing photography issues with a Leica man. He doesn't know or care price; the only thing that concerns him is being the best. The Leica man rarely takes his own pictures. He has others to bother with that for him if he is on holiday. If the Leica man requires art, he has it purchased for him. This is why Leica men don't care about a Leica's picture-taking ability, and get so oddly freaked out if you mention cameras that are better for a fraction of the price. "Better for what?" asks the Leica man. Taking pictures? Who uses cameras to take pictures? Rarely the Leica man. You are personally insulting him and his vastly superior taste should you broach this topic.Ken Rockwell

Every Saturday, I share a list of inspiring or interesting articles that I read during the week. Here’s what I read this week.

Assembling a kit

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Recently, I've been thinking a lot about my camera gear. I don't think my lens purchases suit my needs. I have an Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR that I use mostly for landscape and portrait photos, a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G that I use when I'm out and about and a [AF-S DX Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8G][50mm[ that I rarely use but for portrait photos.

I'm reading an [old article by Ken Rockwell about who to assemble a camera kit. As I read through the lengthy article I started thinking about my camera kit. I feel as though I need more lenses even though I know that I have lenses that I rarely use.

For most people, a wide zoom and a tele zoom is all you need, and maybe one fast fixed lens in the middle for really low light.
A common error is to carry any two lenses whose functions duplicate something in the other lens. If you bring a 17-40mm zoom, then don't bring a 28-105mm zoom because you're duplicating the 28-40mm range.Ken Rockwell

My 18-55 mm covers some of the range offered by the 35 mm prime and 50 mm prime. There is overlap. Yes, the primes are faster than the 18-55 mm but I realize now that in most lighting situations I don't need the faster lenses. Following Ken's advice, I think I want is the Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED.

When I want to go out and shoot some landscapes or architecture I could take just the 10-24mm, my camera body and my tripod. Nothing else. The 35 mm would serve my needs for close up family portraits. I can use my feet as zoom or crop in Adobe Lightroom. I'm not sure I need a 70-200mm zoom. Most of my photography is landscapes or portraits. I think I could get buy with an 85 mm f/1.8 G prime lens although I'm not sure I need anything that fast. With studio strobes I find that I'm shooting at f/8 most of the time anyway.

So in reality I think my kit would consist of the D5100 body and two lenses -- the 35mm prime and the 10-24mm zoom.