What strikes me most about my path to learning the art and craft of photography is how hard it was to find a straight-forward reference to lens selection. I remember being absolutely confused as to what lenses were good for what, and while I knew that 14mm was wide and 400mm was telephoto... I could not find any online source that just explained what each meant in real-world terms. I'm sure now there are more "layman's terms" sources, but regardless, when I finally figured out what was what, I was already writing down my first "dream lens." That lens was the Nikon AF-D Nikkor 28mm f/1.4. From my earliest days of taking photography seriously, I knew I was a wide-angle junkie, and since I started off in live music, I knew I liked my glass fast. Of course that's a recipe for (financial) disaster. But as we set out on our journey as self-supporting artists, we build our lens collection based on need... based on practicality. While there are minor deviations here and there, for the most par ...
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Ask anyone who’s asked for gear advice. I could (and most likely still will) talk your ear off and go on forever. I’m a total gear head… and I’ve decided I want to do some brief write-ups about some stuff in my bag of tricks. I’m going to stay away from techno mumbo jumbo charts and graphs… and I just really talk like I’m your friend who just also happens to be an obsessive nerd.
Today I want to introduce the wonderful Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S. If I had to chose one word to describe the only* truly pro 50mm in Nikon’s lineup, it would be: Cinematic.
“Did he just insinuate that my AF-S 50mm f/1.4G is not a pro lens?” Yes. Yes I did. But hear me out. I’m not saying professional photographers don’t use the 50mm f/1.4G. Of course they do. Many of them do. If I used 50mm as a staple focal length (which I definitely do not), I’d be using the AF-S because at a wedding, speed counts. And anyone else who’s honest will tell you it’s only their choice beca ...
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