Once again, I used the "The Analytics Dashboard For Lightroom" web service to analyse my Adobe Lightroom catalogue from November 2022 through November 2023.
The Analytics Dashboard For Lightroom is a free web-based application that analyses the data in your Lightroom Classic Catalogue and displays statistics and graphs to help you visualise the result. Cheyne Wallace, a software engineer and photography enthusiast from San Francisco, created this helpful tool. Unlike Flickr, the Adobe Lightroom catalogue file has all the meta-data about my photographs.
To use Lightroom Dashboard, visit the website and drag a copy (not the original) of your Catalog onto the webpage. Lightroom Dashboard then takes a few minutes to analyse the data in the Catalog file before presenting its findings.
To ensure your privacy, your Catalog is not uploaded to the website's server during this process. The results are based on using Lightroom Dashboard with my Lightroom Classic Catalog. I configured the period to cover one year using the options provided at the top of the screen.
Between November 2022 and November 2023, I used seven cameras and nineteen lenses to take photos. The report generated by The Analytics Dashboard For Lightroom showed that I took 4557 pictures in 2023, similar to the number of images I captured in 2021.
My go-to camera was my FUJIFILM X-T3, followed by my iPhone 11 Pro. Meanwhile, I used my FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens the most, which is among the best lenses made by FUJIFILM. After switching camera systems from Nikon to FUJIFILM, I had a minimal budget to build my FUJIFILM kit, even after selling all of my Nikon gear. For several years, this was my sole FUJINON lens. Despite being my oldest lens, I still love it, and it was also my most used lens in 2021.
However, I've been using my FUJINON XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens more often lately. It's my second most used lens, and it's also the most expensive one I have. I have made more bird photographs and less walk-around street photography in 2023 than in previous years.
My favourite ISO was ISO 160, the native ISO of the X-T3, and my favourite aperture was f/8. I usually use this aperture when using my FUJINON XF27mmF2.8 R WR or 35mm film-era lenses that I adapted to the X-T3. When I'm taking photos of my craft ales, I usually use my FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens at 55mm focal length and f/2.8 or my Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.7 at f/2.8. Does that explain anything?
I used my 35mm film-era prime lenses more often than my iPhone back cameras, and my film-era 35mm cameras were used more often than my iPhone 11 Pro. It's unsurprising since I'm trying to use 35mm film more. But what surprised me was how often I used my Minolta XD-1 compared to my iPhone 11 Pro. I used my Minolta XD-1 almost as much as my iPhone 11 Pro!
Probably the main surprise for me was that my most used camera in 2021 was my Realme 6 Pro Android phone.
Now of course Flickr only analyses the pictures I uploaded to my profile in 2021, it can’t see all images I shot with all cameras and didn’t upload.
What do you think was your [most used camera] in 2021?
It got me thinking about how to answer, and I suddenly remembered that I had written a blog post about that some time ago. I pulled up my website and quickly found the 2019 article. I jumped out of bed (it was already 11 PM) and ran to my Mac.
In 2019, I used a web service, The Analytics Dashboard For Lightroom, to analyse my Adobe Lightroom catalogue file. With this application, I uploaded my Adobe Catalogue file, and in seconds, I had a set of charts. Unlike Flickr, the Adobe Lightroom catalogue file has all the meta-data about my captured images.
The report shows that I made 4515 photographs in 2021, most of which were with four cameras - my Minolta XD-11 35mm film camera, my now dead Fujifilm X-T2, the replacement Fujifilm X-T3, and my iPhone 11 Pro. Last year my Fujifilm X-T2 took a tumble down a flight of concrete stairs. Too much was damaged, so I replaced it with a pre-owned Fujifilm X-T3. Other than my Nikon D40, the first DLSR I owned, all of my cameras have been purchased pre-owned. I consider the Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-T3 the same camera. When I write Fujifilm X-T3 in the following sentences, it is shorthand for both.
I am not surprised that my most used camera in 2021 was my Fujifilm X-T3, accounting for over 80% of my Adobe Lightroom Catalogue images. I love the retro-styling of the camera, the image quality, even in low light, is incredible, and the camera is feature-rich. With the XF27mmF2.8 lens attached, the Fujifilm X-T3 fits easily into my Peak Design 6L sling. Every time I leave the house, I toss it into one of the Sling pockets along with my diabetes kit and head out the door. During the workday, I keep it on my desk, ready to capture photographs of Sir Alphonso Mango. At night, I may sit with the camera on the sofa or a nearby table, always within easy reach, just in case.
My iPhone 11 Pro was the second-most used camera, followed by my Minolta XD-11 35mm film camera. I’m surprised that my Minolta X-700 was not on the list. Either I have to make an effort to use the X-700 in 2022 or accept that I prefer using the XD-11 and selling the X-700. I have an emotional attachment to the X-700. It was the first film camera I bought when I decided to jump back into 35mm film photography. I bought it from a nearby resident who told me stories about what the camera did for her over the thirty years she owned it.
The ISO chart isn’t as helpful. Most of my images are exposed at ISO 200 and ISO 400, but I wonder how much of that is because I am exposing more film than previously. Unlike my Fujifilm X-T3, which can expose at any ISO in a range from 80-25,600, film photography is typically limited to a small set of fixed ISO; ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 and 3200. Off the top of my head, I can say that most of the film I used in 2021 was either ISO 200 or 400. For a while, Ritchie ran a Fujifilm Film Simulation Challenge, where participants used one of Fuji X Weekly’s film simulation recipes to capture 24 or 36 images as though shooting a roll of film. I completed most of these challenges at the native ISO for “digital film”.
I have just two lenses for my Fuji; the XF27mmF2.8 and XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR. The data confirms what I already knew; the XF27mmF2.8 (~41mm FF) is my most used lens. As I mentioned before, when attached to my Fuji X-T3, the lens is optically superb and ultra-compact. The 27mm focal length may seem odd. However, it is the "Perfect Normal" focal length, which is defined as the diagonal dimension of the image sensor. The image diagonal of Fujifilm's APS-C camera sensor is 27mm, equivalent to 41mm on 24 × 36mm "Full Frame” sensor. I’ve tried the overwhelmingly popular 35mm focal length in the past but always found it a tad too wide for everyday use. I also considered the well-revered 50mm, but that felt too close. A perfect normal lens provides the most realistic perspective in a camera lens, closely mimicking the actual field of view (FOV) perceived by the human eye. The XF27mmF2.8’s combination of quality, compactness and portability is perfect for street photography, travel, lifestyle, and even landscape photography and documenting the day-to-day experiences that make life special.
However, what surprised me was just how often I used my MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7 lens. I use this lens with my XD-11, but I also adapted it to my Fuji. Given that I only used the XD-11 to capture 8% of the images, I think many photos were made with the MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7 lens adapted to the Fuji. The Fuji X-T3 has an APS-C sensor, so the 50mm (~76mm FF) makes for a great short portrait lens.
It’s hard to see the data from the graphs, but it shows that my most used apertures were f/2.8, f/4 and f/8 and my most used ISO were 200 and 400.
I read a post by Little Big Traveling Camera, which motivated me to analyse my Lightroom Catalogue. Since I switched 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 will most likely 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 various Sony point-n-shoot cameras, iPhones, and Nikon DLSRs.
I uploaded my Adobe Lightroom catalogue to The Analytics Dashboard For Lightroom. In seconds I had a set of charts and data sets. 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 DX Nikkor 18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6G 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 DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G.
The most used ISO settings of 100 and 200 reflect that I enjoy shooting landscapes and cityscapes.
Looking at the stats over the last year, which highlights my usage of the Fuji X-T2, I see that not much has changed. I am mainly shooting at the 16mm or 55mm end of the Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR with a slight bump at 23mm and 27mm. The 27mm is probably from when I have rented a Fujifilm X100F.
I am uncertain that I learned enough from this analysis to decide which Fujifilm lens purchase will be next, but I think either the Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR or Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR would be just right. 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 helpful in my Asahi Optical Co. Pentax Spotmatic II 35mm film camera. Still, I could be used on my own 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.