I Love Charts

If you know me at all you know that I love math and numbers and that is why I am an engineer. During some internet surfing yesterday I heard about some really fun data I could pull out of Lightroom using the metadata filter. And I couldn't wait to try it out and make some graphs of what I found.

Specifically I wanted to see what lenses I use the most, and if that has changed over time (obviously in the sense that I couldn't shoot with a lens I didn't own but you know what I mean).

First up overall lens usage since getting a DSLR. Keep in mind this doesn't take into account images that have been deleted since they are no longer in my LR database.

Pretty much what I expected, heavy on the 24-70, I love that thing, followed closely by the 50mm lenses (I am really just adding them up and counting them as one because I never had both really at the same time), and then the 100mm macro. I actually expected the macro to have been used more than the 50's. We will see how that plays out in the future now that I have a camera that can go over ISO 1600, which was usually why I had to pull out the 50 for the XT.

Now on my XT which I used from August 2006 until early December 2008

The 24-70 was again the obvious workhorse here, and notice how once I got it the kit disappeared from the chart. I have had that packed up for years now. The 20mm got the most use in Kauai in 2007. I am surprised at how little use the 70-300 gets but I guess what is why it is on the bottom of my list of lens upgrades.

And now on my 5D Mark II which I have used from early December 2008 until now (end of February 2009)

You can see the 20mm making a bit of a comeback here. It was great for house hunting, lighter than the 24-70 and wider which is great for those small spaces. I am liking it a lot more on the full frame as I finally really get the wide angle I was hoping for. I think that lens will be seeing more use in the future, and will be next for a possible upgrade to the 16-35 f/2.8L after some other purchases if I do find myself using it more.

I can't wait to do this again next year. And I have some other ideas for data to pull as well but I have to play around and see what I can get out of it.


Cara said...

Re: your 24-70 on a crop sensor. How did it do? Obviously it is going to be much better on FF because of the true focal lengths, but is it still amazing on a crop? I have read a lot of mixed reviews about this lens on a crop vs a FF. I don't want to think about a $1K + non L at this point (the 17-55 f/2.8 IS). What do you think?

Michele said...

Cara - It was really good on the XT. Sometimes it felt a little a touch too long for landscapes, but it didn't bother me much at all really. I loved the lens on the XT, but it just excels on full frame. Like it is a 9 on a rebel and a 12 on full frame on a scale of 1-10.

Cara said...

Thank you....it is still on my immediate lust list. I still think its going to quickly become the most amazing glass I have even if it will be on crop. :)


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