Have you ever wondered what lens to get next? I did too, and to narrow the search space a little bit, I first wanted to answer the question: Do I need a wider or narrower lens?

To get some real data to answer that last question, I made a Lightroom plugin that collects metadata from all my photos. It turns it into graphs for different lenses. For example, this is the usage of my 17-55mm lens:

This should suggest that I get a narrower lens, since I have so many photos at 55mm. On the other hand, I am really using the spectre up to 37mm. The conclusion is not clear, but it's a starting point.

Installation instructions

  1. Download
  2. Unzip the file
  3. In Lightroom, open the plugin manager (File / Plugin Manager...)
  4. Click "Add"
  5. Select photometa.lrplugin, which we unzipped in point 2
  6. Help me afford a new lens :)
The source is also available.


  1. Select the photos you want to create statistics for (possibly all photos)
  2. In the menu, navigate to Library / Plug-in Extras / PhotoMeta / Export HTML
  3. Specify where to export the webpage containing graphs
  4. Wait until the webpage opens in your browser