No Zoom Project

CANON 50D, 50 MM, F/1.8 @ 1/800, ISO 100

When I started my adventure in digital photography, like any amateur I dreamed of the largest and most powerful zoom lenses. It took me a while before I realized that this is not an expensive glass that makes a good picture, but an outstanding photographer. I noticed that zoom lenses are limiting me, rather than expanding my abilities. They are limiting my creativity.

To practice my creativity and push development of my skills, I decided to shoot almost exclusively with prime lenses, and thus stimulate my creative process.

Project No Zoom used to be the place of creative experimentation, where I intended to regularly post photos of my life and surroundings made with fixed focal length lenses. I started it in the times when I still had my Canon DSLR. It didn’t last for long, because when I bought Fujifilm X-Pro1 with only one lens – the prime 35 mm f/1.4 – I completely gave up the DSLR and didn’t require motivation to avoid zoom lenses anymore. Here are several samples of what I posted before I quit the project.







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