I'm a zoom junkie. What do I do with a 17mm lens?
For years, I had this
camera. A month ago, I finally bought this
camera with the 17mm pancake lens.
As you can see, I went from a point&shoot superzoom hybrid to a micro 4/3 with no zoom whatsoever. Why the 17mm lens? Because I read a lot (a LOT) of reviews, and people seemed smitten with it. "It's so FUN!" they said. "Look at all these pretty pictures!" they said. And in general photography guides, everyone warned against zooming. "Zoom with your feet!" they went. "It is the only way!"
So, keeping all of this in mind, I thought: "Yes, I will do as the experts say and zoom with my feet, and it will be fun." Except it's not. I took my new camera to my favourite city ever (Berlin) for a week and produced crap. I want to see none of the pictures I took ever again. They're just a horrible mess, nothing jumps out, especially not the reason I took the picture in the first place. There's no focus.
But I want to persevere. One, because I really want to learn this, and two, because it will be a while before I can get another lens (I'll have to save for a few months, so I'm going to spend a summer with this lens for sure).
Please tell me, photographers, how do I transform myself back to the pretty successful zooming hobby photographer I was (not that I was good or anything, just happy with the pictures I took)? Or are some people just... zoomers and was it stupid of me to get this lens?
(Just as a reference, this
is a sample of old-camera pictures I'm happy with; this
is what happens now.)