An early birthday present to myself, on behalf of my partner, was the superb Sigma 35mm F/1.4 lens. Brilliantly sharp even at its widest aperture, it has displaced (and I don’t say this lightly) my Canon 85mm f/1.2 as my very favorite lens.

The 35mm angle of view is a classic for street photography, but as I’ve mentioned before, I like to be stealthy about it. My camera is not modest and this lens is not discrete; I prefer not to risk making people uncomfortable by targeting them unasked — and I don’t want to interrupt people from their natural behavior by asking their permission, either.

Okay, so I took one portrait of a very helpful lady at the municipal house — the point still stands.

Shooting from the hip, takes practice, especially with a new lens. I need to get a feel for the bias in my hand-eye coordination, for the size a given subject will be on the sensor at a given distance, and how much time I need to give the autofocus system to lock on a moving target.

In other words, I’m going to have a lot of fun with this.

  • Nico Janssen.