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Twenty-four and there's so much more...

Published September 24th, 2011

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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Glass that’s fast! The Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1...

Published July 14th, 2011

Reposted from my own blog. [LINK]

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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