Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I got a new toy today, a new lens! Its been a really long time since I (willingly) bought a new lens. The last lens I got came bundled with a camera. I had no choice, unless I didn't want to wait another handful of months for Nikon to clear up supply issues. I had to buy the kit. I didn't want to wait because my local lab had stopped doing E6 film. But the next youngest lens in my bag is older than Kathryn.
But, getting back to the present. I bought a new lens. For the curious it is Nikon's new 85/1.4G. Yeah, I convinced myself I wanted it so much I pre-ordered it. There are many reasons I wanted it. Most of them aren't rational. Some are, but they stem from wants not real needs. I really wanted a short telephoto for portraits. My 80-200 doesn't focus close enough for me to use like I want for portraits at the shortest end-- and my 28-105 is a little too slow at 85mm for the look I wanted. I also wanted a really fast lens. Why didn't I go with the older 85/1.4D then? After all it has been available forever, and is a lot cheaper. I'm not sure I have a good answer for that. But I'm happy with my choice. I probably would be happy either way, so I wouldn't read much into that.
Of course, I needed to test it out. Since I don't have any test charts or cats handy, I employed the help of my kids. You can see they are overcome with joy at the prospect. I guess I could have tried to photograph the dog, but she wasn't in a cooperative mood either.
The little bit I got to play with it tonight I think it will help me do what I want. I'll need some more time before I am completely comfortable with it.
But when I am, I will be using this one a lot. I may write up one of my "reviews" some time. I didn't really want to do that after only having it a few hours.
[ Note: That is chocolate on Tobias' face, not cuts -- but he thinks its cooler if you call em cuts. ]
Posted by Ken at 8:32 PM