New Lightroom Plugin: Focal-length Plot
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Because I have so much free time (NOT!), I've turned copious amounts of it into a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom that provides the simple but useful function of telling you what focal lengths your images were shot at.

It's like a stripped down version of ExposurePlot, but integrated into the Lightroom catalog.

Currently the plugin does only 35mm-equivalent focal-length plotting, but I've named it the more generic “data plot” to allow for future expansion.

You can see the version history and download the latest at the plugin's home page.

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I have something similar working: Just a few perl scripts picking at the EXIF data. I even used it to reason with my wife why I needed ‘another’ lens. I wouldn’t use your plot though. I heavily use the 50mm prime. That would reduce all other focal lengths to near nothing. So my plots are only for the zoom lenses. I also have lists and plots saying which Lens I used most over time that also shows when every lens was added to (or removed from) my kit.

You could use the Library Filter to exclude your 50mm prime, then run the plot. —Jeffrey

— comment by Daniel Cutter on October 16th, 2009 at 6:29pm JST (14 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Very cool. Can’t wait to try it out. Any plans on expanding it to aperture?

I’ve thought about it, but you can select “Aperture” in the Library Filter and get a count of each aperture, so adding it here is not as compelling. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on October 16th, 2009 at 6:52pm JST (14 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

…By that I mean the setting, not the program.

— comment by Zak on October 16th, 2009 at 7:34pm JST (14 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Fantastic timing, I’ve been thinking about this a lot. In particular I want to check a particular shoot where I used an 18-200 lens to analyze how much swapping I would have done had I used a different lens/es. And perhaps to justify a new lens, too…

— comment by Paul C on October 16th, 2009 at 11:26pm JST (14 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

That’s nifty (but i’m not a Lightroom user). It may be more useful to have the focal length buckets in a geometric scale. In other words, N to N*1.2 would make more sense than N to N+19.

— comment by Andrew Shieh in Sunnyvale on October 19th, 2009 at 12:14pm JST (14 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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