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This Is Me: Normal New York

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A 50mm (standard) photographic lens is what is commonly known as a ‘normal lens’ (when used with a 35mm sensor/film). This is because this focal length/format combination is equivalent to the perspective of the human eye, accurately representing what is being shot by the photographer.

One notable feature of this type of lens is that the perspective cannot be changed by zooming. If you want to zoom in or out, you will need to move closer or further away from the subject. This limitation has a few benefits: there are less lens elements, so the lens is lighter; it is engineered to be sharper, as there are no sacrifices to make to accommodate zooming; and it generally takes up less space than a zoom lens. All of these features made the lens a perfect choice to bring along on my trip to New York City.

All photos here were taken on a Canon 5DMKIII and a Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens with various settings. Available light was used in every shot.