Ever heard of (or read about) the so called holy trinity in photography ? It ususally refers to three lenses, primes or zooms depending on what you like, that are suppose to cover pretty much every photographer’s need.
But today I want to talk about a more global trinity of modern photography : camera body, lens, and post processing.
So while a majority of people agonize over choice, or virtues/flaws, of such and such camera bodies, let us remember of what paramount importance lenses and processing are to the final result. The first picture posted above is from my beloved Navitar 75/1.3. It’s a weird and rare lens adapted from industrial use. It doesn’t completely cover the APS-C imaging circle, reason why it vignettes beautifully (but doesn’t on m4/3). It’s by far the favorite lens I ever owned. I plan to keeping it pretty much forever. That image above has had nearly zero processing, save for downsizing and a hair of sharpening intended to restore detail lost in the process. The lens itself gives this amazing contrast, depth and character.
Overall on my NEX bodies I use more older, manual focus lenses, than I do modern, native AF lenses. Initially that was due to the E mount lens selection being both very limited and not very good. It’s slowly getting a bit less limited and a little better. Nothing to get excited about, but usable.