Lenses: August 2008 Archives
I went shooting in the rain yesterday- recording an "On Location" podcast about shooting in the rain. And of course it rained... that was the whole idea. Now, rain and cameras probably isn't the best combo, but you can get some really nice pictures when the weather is rough, and there is only one way to get them: get out there!
So I did. Went out in the worst rain we've had all August, and apart from having a fun day shooting, I got some decent pictures - and a wet camera. I shot with my D200 and my 70-200mm f2.8.
Both have "dust and moisture countermeasures" as Nikon puts it, and I'm sure that has saved me lots of times. I usually don't bother much about rain and dirt, and my philosophy is to get that camera out and shoot some images - no matter the weather or the conditions. OK, it has cost me a few point&shoot cameras but (knock on wood) I still haven't sacrificed an SLR to the gods of the elements.
I went shooting again today with the same combination of gear - in great weather by the way - and it all worked like a charm.
As the Olympics roll over the arenas of Beijing and the screens of the world, I have been following a lot of photographer's blogs. I have noticed two things that has made me a happier photographer:
1) An increasing number of professional photographers share their experiences and knowledge through blogs, picture galleries and articles in their respective media. This is a very positive development in the photographic community, where more and more see the value and importance of sharing and the positive effects of telling people what you know.
Continue reading Canon:Nikon - 1:2.
I was together with my family this weekend and had a great time with nice weather and a barbecue. The morning after our dinner it was raining and everything was covered in soft light and raindrops.
So I dug out my 85mm f1.8 and started shooting the remains of the night before as well as other things around me. I oftentimes use this lens at full open and shoot with a very shallow depth of field. I love the way it renders out-of-focus areas - AKA bokeh - really soft. The way this lens registers things, you can imagine how the even more praised 85mm f1.4 works. Creamy! But the price difference is huge. I got my f1.8 lens for about 300 US$ or 200 Euros used, which is cheap here. It's listed at US$ 650.- from new in Danish shops! You get it for 400 US$ as new in the US shops, while the 1.4 version is 1000 US$, so a significant difference.
The images came out with a lot of variation in color saturation, so I converted them to B/W using a simple Channel Mixer with varying filter settings.
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Well, I don't want one so much that I'd go out and pay the dizzying 5,000 US$ it costs - not to mention the current Danish price of some 34,000 DKK, which translates into approximately 7,100 US dollars! Yikes.
My budgets don't stretch that long, and my income from photography don't soar so high - unfortunately. Not to mention the fact that two of the three lenses I use most are DX lenses, and I'd just have to add a 14-24 and 24-70 to the list. Ouch, ouch and triple ouch! Continue reading I want a D3!.