Wow, what a few weeks it’s been.
I’ve sold my Nikon D80, crop mid range zoom and wide angle zoom to fund an upgrade to a D700.
I absolutely LOVE the low light performance and robustness of the new camera body.
I’ve lost a lot lens and focal length range!
So, on a recent family getaway, all I had was my 50mm. At first I thought it was going to be very restrictive and I would not be able to get the shots I wanted, but in the end I think it’s been a very liberating experience!
No more having to play with 2 variables of distance to subject as well as zoom for viewing angle. No big heavy zoom to lug around. And I found having no zoom has FORCED me to be more creative in my shooting and composition. I was very happy with the results and don’t think I missed out on too many shots where I needed a different focal length. It forced me to think more about the shot and pre-visualise it instead of just standing on the spot and twisting the zoom ring. And now it’s really made me think twice about whether I should get the 24-70 f/2.8 at all.
The only complaint about the Nikon AF-D 50mm 1.8 is that the bokeh can sometimes produce circles with quite a hard circumference line in conditions with spots of light coming through (like light through the leaves of a tree). Besides that, it’s extremely good value and every Nikon shooter should have a 50mm!
Here are a few of my favourites from our trip away…