Chris is on his “A year at 28 mm” project. I thought that I’d do something a lot less lofty. I’m going to spend at week at 17 mm, which is 34 mm equivalent, as my Olympus OM-D EM-5 has a 2.0 crop factor. Returning to Mexico in a few weeks. I’ve got an idea for a project, so to speak. I’ll be staying with a Mexican family, interestingly enough, on a street that I became very familiar with during my stay, Relox, which is right around the corner from the hotel that I stayed in.
The description of the family, as sent to me by the school, is:
Es una familia muy amable en una casa pequeña donde cocinan muy bien – It is a very kind family in a small house where they cook very well.
One thing that I have learned in my travels is that the word “small” is quite different based on where you live. I’m sure that this house will be very small.
I thought that this would be a great opportunity to use a prime lens, take photos of the day to day life of a Mexican family. Who knows if 34 mm will be wide enough, but I’m willing to take the chance and make it work. Also, for the most part, Monday – Friday, my day will be consumed by at least 4 hours of Spanish instruction each morning and, a few times during the week, some outings having to do with Mexican culture, etc.
Instead of spending $500 on the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens, I decided to rent one for 11 days from LensRentals.com, for $58 + $25 shipping – round trip. All told, $83, or just a touch over $7/day. I’ve read plenty of good reviews about its sharpness, build, and overall use.
I went through my photos that I took in March, in SMA, and filtered by the ones taken at between 15mm and 19mm, to get an idea of the width. This particular one happened to be shot at 17mm. On this particular zoom, which is 14 – 42mm, it’s a pretty ‘slow’ lens, having a maximum f/stop of 4.5. It will be nice to shoot with a nice, wide aperture if the need arises.
It will be fun. I’ll be meeting Niels, again, and probably heading far afield, having a good time. More stories to tell … coming soon.