Saturday, November 12, 2011
Taking the new lens on a ride
I liked the interplay between the colors of this battered old truck and the landscape. My favorite birthday elf picked up on my interest in the 35mm f/1.8 DX Nikkor lens for my D90, and I've been playing with it. Nice to be shooting with a "normal" prime for a crop-sensor DSLR (the lens is equivalent to a 52mm on a full frame sensor). One of its nice features is that the fast aperture means the camera focuses more quickly and positively in Live View, without endless aimless focus-seeking -- handy for photography at the wheel.
For many years as a film photographer, a normal lens was all I used (ranging from 45 to 52mm depending on the camera), In many ways, photography then was more about what my eye saw rather than what a collection of zooms and other lenses saw. Nice to try it out again.