It was a quiet day working in New Jersey. My team,and I had decent weather, in good spirits and taking things one moment at a time. We were tasked with the job of being logistics reps for a senators press conference. I just had to make sure they were able to get set up and make sure their needs were met. Once that was done I decided to do some press photography experimentation. My usual kits are either a Nikon D750 with a Sigma 24-105, or the D750 with the 70-200 paired with my Sony A7 with a 35mm. This day I brought two prime lenses to the press conference, my Nikon 135mm f2d and my 35mm f2d. It was an experience.
Usually, when I’m doing camera work, I rely on a zoom because I’m squeezing through other news cameras and photographers to get the best shot. I just can’t walk up to the podium. No on can, there are limits, boundary lines that have to be respected, even when I am doing camera work for my own company. I began by making some establishing frames with the 35mm. I then, quickly, switched over to the 135 mm. I honestly did not enjoy the lack of flexibility.
Working with a prime lens meant I had to zoom with my feet. I was able to get the shots I wanted, however, it was more of a battle. People were quicker to get in my way and I have to move around a lot more than usual. The situation got annoying fast as other photographers would just jump in my spot, I missed some interesting moments. When doing press conferences there are no do-overs once the moment is gone, it’s gone.
In the future I will stick with my trusted press conference kit. It was nice trying a different kit though. I did learn I can use a 35mm and a 135 in tandem with two cameras , I do enjoy that focal length combination.