View Full Version : Are you a lens swapper?

03-07-2008, 08:44
I don't swap very often, mostly because I try to go light and I'm lazy :D. So far I haven't carried more than two lenses with me at any given time, including the one on the camera. "I enjoy the challenge of getting the most out of a single focal length in different situations..." (heh I admit I'd swap a lot more if the lenses were lighter and the procedure were more convenient! :o)

I carry my lens with both front and rear caps and in some kind of pouch in my bag, so I only swap when I have time to go through the hassle - retrieve old lens and uncap, unmount new lens and cap it, stow old lens and mount new one. Sometimes I have filters to deal with, too.

Anyone know where I can get some good chamois lens bags? Then at least I could ditch the caps and speed things up a bit.

03-07-2008, 08:57
I tape or glue two rear lens caps back to back. I then mount my extra lenses to each other, so when I pull a set of them out of the bag or jacket pocket , I can unmount a lens, and put to one I just took off the camera on the lens cap I just took the new lens off of. I keep lens hoods and UV filters on the front of my lenses so I do not have to mess with front lens caps. If I am using a lens wrap rather than in a camera bag, I have just plain old Chamois that I bought at a auto store.I would think that if you knew someone who sews or have a shoe repair shop they could make you a bag with a drawstring out of a chamois. For small objects like viewfinders , I put them in the velvet bags that you can get from a jewelry store. I do a lot of what you call street photography ,so speed of changing lenses is important to me.

03-07-2008, 09:13
Changing lenses in the field is a bit of a hassle, and I don't do it just because it can be done. However, the whole purpose of an interchangeable lens camera and alternative lenses would be defeated if I did not use the best lens for the job. It happens that we take a couple of pictures with one lens and then "see" another for which a different lens is needed. Cases and caps and hoods just add to one's vocabulary.

03-07-2008, 09:38
I'm with payasam. I didn't vote because my answer isn't there: when I feel I need to for the shot I want.

gb hill
03-07-2008, 09:55
I carry 2 lenses in my bag, a 35 & a 50. I change as needed. The 25 stays on my Bessa L.

03-07-2008, 10:08
Depends on circumstances but, yeah, I change lenses as necessary but I don't do a lot of fiddling back and forth with lenses while shooting.

Using rangefinders, I usually carry two bodies with 35mm on one and 50mm on the other. I will sometimes use a 21mm and, rarely, a 90mm but mostly I stick to the 35/50 combination.

03-07-2008, 10:53
Not much during a session because I try to go out with two bodies and the lenses I think I shall be using but I like to shot with a lot of different focal length.


Roger Hicks
03-07-2008, 11:13
Two bodies, two lenses: 35 and 75.

Then I very rarely need anything else.

(That's assuming I can stick with film).



03-07-2008, 11:17
I always keep my 40mm on me at all times. If I'm going out for the purpose of photographing, then I'll also bring my Bessa L with a 25mm or 15mm.

03-07-2008, 11:23
Along the lines of Roger's response, appropriate lens choice as called for by the circumstance or the job but for the most part each lens has its own body stuck to it so not much actual lens changing .... this is in the Leica arena. In the DSLR arena, very little lens change due to use of zooms.

yeah, despite a lifelong rejection of zooms, I now appreciate them....especially the fast ones...especially on AF cameras....

03-07-2008, 11:52
I generally go out with one camera around my neck/over my shoulder and another lens in my jacket pocket--with both caps on--and base the two lenses on what I think I'm going to shoot.
Change as I feel the need but some rolls are all with one lens and some rolls are very mixed.
I tend to carry a 21 and something else as my basic "kit". The something else changes; lately it has been a 50, last fall it was 90 + 21 for several months. If I'm not wanting to carry much at all it will mostly be the camera and a 50.

03-07-2008, 12:01
I usually carry two, sometimes three bodies, and rarely bring an extra lens. If I'm just out on errands it's one body/one lens. That everyday camera gets a lens swap once or twice per roll.

03-07-2008, 12:21
I'm with payasam. I didn't vote because my answer isn't there: when I feel I need to for the shot I want.

Sums it up nicely. Snap.

At the moment I am mostly carrying my IID with 5cm Elmar. In the pocket goes a 3.5cm and sometimes a 9cm, but they are rarely used.



03-07-2008, 13:48
I usually carry two, sometimes three bodies, and rarely bring an extra lens. If I'm just out on errands it's one body/one lens. That everyday camera gets a lens swap once or twice per roll.

This is similar to my practices. :D
Mostly, it is a 50mm lens.

03-07-2008, 13:56
I try not to. I have seen some of my best shots while changing lenses. :(


03-07-2008, 14:05
I have two bodies and keep a 35 on one and a 50 on the other. I carry a 75 for certain situations, but for the most part don't really tend to be much of a lens swapper. I use my feet to zoom and prefer my 35 generally for most occasions. :)

03-07-2008, 14:31
If I'm using an SLR, yeah, I might swap the lens once or twice a roll, but that's normally not a spur of the moment thing.
On my Bessa, I only own one lens, and don't often wish for another.

03-07-2008, 14:50
Out of my 7 cameras in two formats, only 2 have interchangeable lenses--they are both 35mm SLRs. As to those two, I stated that I only change lenses after several rolls, as the 50mm lens is mounted 98% of the time; occasionally I will use a 28mm or 100mm. But with 5 fixed lens cameras, I've gotten out of the habit of carrying/changing lenses.

03-07-2008, 15:49
Shamelessly. Kind of embarrassing.

robert blu
03-08-2008, 04:43
I use mostly the 35/1,7 I would say 70% od the time. When necessary to get some details I use the 75. In special case the 12 to have a real wide (and wild) view. Since a few week I have a 50/2 but not yet used to it . But for me one of the reason to use RF is to have a light and compact kit and for this reason I prefer to stay with one body.

03-08-2008, 08:10
Lens swapper? Never have been. Always have kept things simple as possible with one camera, one lens, be it 8x10, 6x6 or 24x36. Just my own bag for my own kind of hunt.