This is my submission for XDrive Photo Lesson 11 – Lenses. All photos were taken with Nikon D750.
I was very surprised when I found out the subject of Lesson 11. I am a one-lens person. It used to be 24-120 mm (F4), but about 6 months ago, I started using 28-300 mm (F3.5 – F5.6), because I like to be able to zoom-in more. I admit that once in a long while I did wish to have a macro or wilder lens in hand so I could catch what I wanted to catch, but even at those moments, I was okay not having them, because I really didn’t want to carry an extra lens.
So, my first thought was to take a couple of photos using my dependable 28-300 for this lesson and posted them. But the more I thought about this, the more I like the idea of trying something new. Finally, I humbly asked my husband how many lenses we have. (Remember I didn’t even realize we had a macro lens? 😉
It turns out that other than the two I have mentioned above, and the macro, we have 4. (I was shock!) It would take me a month to try them all! I quickly narrowed down to two: 50 mm (F1.4) and 16-24 mm (F4.0). But it turned out that I didn’t even have time to try two. So, 50 mm it is.
I started shooting indoor. First photo was taken with 28-300 mm lens, and the second with 50 mm.
I was surprised at how different they looked. The light in 50 mm seems softer. Am I right?
I took several shots of this photos (with 50 mm) — because of hand shake, ha. And I saw ISO 1270 for a couple of photos. Why? I set ISO to 1250 and auto-ISO is off. Where did 1270 come from?
Next, a small tree in my front yard…
From now on, this one-lens person only had 50 mm lens in hand 😉
How about landscape?
It was on my way back from the trail, I suddenly remembered that this lens is capable of shooting at F1.4.
To be honest, I had tried 50 mm once before (for about 2 minutes) and I hated it. Strange it may sound, I think I like it now. The only time that I was a little unhappy was when I saw many ducks in the pond. Without thinking, I started zooming in, and of course I couldn’t with this lens.
Thanks Raj for a wonderful lesson. If it’s not for this lesson, I probably wouldn’t touch 50 mm forever. I can’t wait to try 16-24 mm…
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