When I concluded my Santorini blog series, I wrapped things up with a tabulation of how much I used each of the lenses I brought on the trip. I have two main reasons to be interested in this data. First, I want to know whether bringing a certain lens was even worth the trouble. Second, I want to know which lenses I should push myself to use more. For Santorini, I brought nine lenses on the trip, although if you discount the pinhole lens (which is essentially a no-space-required body cap) I really brought eight. For Andalucía, I only brought seven: I dropped three lenses (the pinhole, the Petzval, and the 300mm) and added one (the 100-400mm, which I did not own for Santorini). In fairness, the one lens is about the size of the other three combined. The table below summarizes how many photographs I took with each lens for each trip.
|Nikkor Z 24-120mm f/4 S||1504||65.2 %||1403||78.0 %|
|Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S||285||12.4 %||189||10.5 %|
|Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S||275||11.9 %||n/a||n/a|
|AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED||112||4.9 %||30||1.7 %|
|Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S||47||2.0 %||51||2.8 %|
|PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED||43||1.9 %||48||2.7 %|
|PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D||41||1.8 %||15||0.8 %|
|AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR||n/a||n/a||29||1.6 %|
|Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Pinhole||n/a||n/a||28||1.6 %|
|Lomography Petzval 55mm f/1.7 MkII Bokeh Control||n/a||n/a||5||0.3 %|
Obviously, the lion’s share of all images were taken with the Nikkor Z 24-120mm f/4 S, which is a great all-around lens—if I could only take one lens, this would clearly be it and the data (65% usage) backs this up. The Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S and Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S evenly split another 24%. So, three lenses—admittedly covering a whopping 14mm through 400mm—accounted for 89% of my photographs. I consider these three my standard lenses; everything else is essentially a specialty lens in my kit.
The next most used lens was, somewhat surprisingly, the fisheye, which accounted for a solid 5% of my images taken. The remaining three—two tilt-shift lenses and a fast prime—evenly split the remaining images with roughly 2% each. The scene at the top of this post is one where I wish I could used a fisheye, but since I could not bring a backpack into the Alhambra, I left it behind in the hotel that day.
Compared to Santorini, I only managed to increase my usage of the specialty lenses from 9.9 to 10.6%, although the addition of the telephoto zoom to my kit did result in a lot more focal length diversity. I would like to do better, though, and boost the specialty lens contribution into the 15-20% range. This will be a goal for next time.