What is your favorite focal length to make images?

If you are shooting art for yourself you really only need one lens.  Not an all purpose lens but a lens you can believe in.  A lens that, when you look through it, makes everything look more exciting and more real.  A lens that matches the vision in your heart. - Kirk Tuck.

And how I agree. For years I just used one focal length - the normal lens. For 35mm format it was a 50mm. It all started with the amazing Carl Zeiss 50mm /1.7 T* for my contax 139 camera. For medium and large format the normal lens was the only lens I used. From the amazing Carl Zeiss 80mm T* for Hasselblad to 150mm for my large format. And it still continues. Today my favorite lens for landscape work is Carl Zeiss Loxia 50mm.

Loxia 50mm. Snowdonia National Park, Wales. Click to view larger.

Loxia 50mm. Two image stitched panorama. Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. Click to view larger.

However most of my free time is spent with my family and when possible doing street, travel or environmental portraits of my family. Essentially to bring back memories from the trip. Give a sense of where we have been. And for that purpose nothing beats a good 35mm lens in my opinion.

EOS 500D + Olympus Zuiko 24mm MC (35mm equivalent APS-C format). Ancestry village. Click to view larger.

Fuji X100s with its 35mm equivalent Fujinon lens. The closest and cheapest way to get a Leica like camera.

Fuji X100s with its 35mm equivalent Fujinon lens. The closest and cheapest way to get a Leica like camera.

Sony A7ii + Leica Summicron 35mm IV wide open. Click to view larger.

Sony A7ii + Leica Summicron 35mm IV wide open. Click to view larger.

Baker Street 221B. Sony A7ii + Leica Summicron 35mm IV wide open. Click to view larger.

Sony A7ii + Leica Summicron 35mm IV wide open. Click to view larger. 22nd attempt of a remotely shot selfie.