Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by jackjohnson, Mar 31, 2010.
Somewhat learning this.
In the past few months I bought 5 lenses. Then I realized that I can't stand wide angle on a DX and got rid of 1 prime. Now i'm left with 3 lenses and some other stuff.
Don't know when I'll buy more lenses. Content on what I have. Although I'm focusing on other stuff like filters and tripods.
I think it's something that we all have to go through...when I started out I always wanted this and that and then bought this and that and consistently upgraded even though I wasn't really using the new lenses, just lusted after them and had to have them.
My mid-range zoom (28-70mm 2.8), which I suspect most people would use 85% of the time for "normal" images, is tack sharp, fast, and a "pro" lens, but it gets used 10% of the time and only when I don't know exactly what to expect when shooting. Other than my 70-200mm, my 50mm 1.4 occupies my camera 90% of the time and I love it.
Used to not understand why people would shoot only primes and now I know why...light, FAST, and sharp. Plus for me, using just a prime makes me look at every environment and really have to see everything since I can't just be stationary and zoom in and out...I have to take my eye away from the camera and walk around, which for me results in better images.
not a bad article, but I think I would have a hard time shooting hockey with a 50 1.8 and nikon d40
My belief is that you need to have the right tool for the job. doesn't have to be the latest and greatest, but it should be the right tool. A hammer is a great and versatile tool but cannot and should not be used to do everything.
Why let gear hold you back?
I never got into the habbit of buying large amounts of gear.
Part of that was because I started out on an 18-200, so I was able to see the ranges I actually used.
From there my first lens purchase was a 24-70 2.8 (canon) followed by a Nikon 55 macro, and canon 50 1.8.
Bodies I've went through are rebel xt, 40D, and I currently shoot a D200.
When i started on the nikon front I had a 50 1.8, 55 macro and 17-55 2.8
Since then I've sold the 17-55 and I just shoot 50 1.8, 35 1.8 and 55 macro.
hahah actually, it always makes me laugh when people go "why the hell did you sell the 17-55 and keep amateur lenses?"
And the simple fact is, the 17-55 was never being used for my style of shooting, and my small trio of lenses gets what I need done.
My next purchase will probably be an 85 1.4, and then I'll be set for like another year or two.
I'm thinking it applies more for the people who shoot as a hobby and keep wanting the next lens. A tool's the right analogy.
speaking of tools,
hows that nikon d3 treating you?
Been pretty busy, but wow. Knew what to expect after running it through the gauntlet the past couple weeks during Paralympics and whatnot, but
I do NOT miss UBC
I have a Rebel Xt and a 50 1.8 and a Sigma 28-200. I haven't bought a lens in quite a while, but what I really want is a speedlite. I bought a cheap piece of shit targus flash from amazon for $50 and it worked for about 5 actuations and died. then I returned it and got another, and it did the same fucking thing
I figured I could skimp on the flash because I really don't use the camera that much, just for family shit, although I'd like to start using it more.
Last term, so it's the final push. Shooting a bit more baseball and then it's a wrap on sports here for the next while since I'll be heading to DC for golf stuff
3 lens crew, holler!
I don't necessarily need a ton of L glass or a handful of bodies, but I know with those tools at my disposal, I could get some amazing shots.
Would a fish eye pointed straight up to the sky right under a jump look cool?
I imagine with a full 180' fish you could see both the jump and the landing
I'll let you know when I get a fisheye.
I've shot at 17mm under ramps/jumps and most of the time, it isn't wide enough. It does however look good on video.
the gear and a year baby....
forget about this article and grab a fish eye and a full frame camera
Totally. I was out in the desert two weeks ago shooting a redbull ride day for Ronnie Renner. I was helping Chris Tedesco with his strobes and he had a 5DII with fisheye mounted most of the time along with his 1D4
The pics I saw on the LCD looked dope. I'd love to add fullframe to my bag.
I got a $15 toy 35mm camera recently, and it's doing wonders for me.
It's got a fixed aperture/shutter/infinity focus. All there is to focus on (excuse the pun) is the subject, composition, "finding" the photo in a scene.
It's really helped me to see shots by not staying busy chimping, switching lenses, worrying about extremely short dof, etc.
full frame for cheap