I just got a new lens! I’ve been eyeballing it for a while and when the sale came up I finally went ahead and purchased it. I think I like the manual focus lenses better. When chasing the girl around, I want the darn thing to fire when I shoot. It might not be in focus or even particularly well exposed, but I like the tactility and response over the perfection of having the camera do it for me (and yes, even this old D40 is better than I am at those two things).
I liked my trusty 28mm f/3.5 AI, but in the end, it was just a little too dark. Not so much in the final image, though a stop and a half of extra light will be quite appreciated, but in the viewfinder and with my katzeye focusing screen that goes a little black when its paired with a slightly dark lens (this is also an issue with the kit lens at 18mm f/3.5)
The really nice surprise was the fact that I got a good deal on the lense because the front filter was slightly dinged and I was warned by KEH that I might have trouble putting a lens cap or filter on the thing…but wow, those guys way undersold it. I was able to put my macro reversing ring on it no problem!
This assignment came around the time when the baby had really gotten a good grasp at using my lens cap. Its not a typical lens cap — my 28mm and my 50mm lenses both have reversing rings, which allow you to mount your lens backwards allowing you to take macro photos. As such, these lenses use rear lens caps as their front lens caps – and which are perfect for little hands for grasp and manipulate.
But I also took a more standard approach to the assignment, with five little circles on a curve.
I took the assignment a couple ways. The first was to use my good old d40 and just crank it up to the highest iso (HI1 = 3200). It was fin trying to push it to get some grain. Also extra points for using a non-metering, manual focus, pre-AI lens.
I had a hard time picking out a favorite for this assignment. I think I like the first and last one best….but its interesting because at the time, I uploaded the middle one to the OTP group. I included a contact sheet for your viewing pleasure.
(If you’re wondering why I put my favorites front and back…I have my blog automatically posting on Facebook and Google+. For whatever odd reason, Facebook posts the first photo in a blog post and G+ posts the last photo. So I typically do my prefered shot for sharing with family first, and the more artsy shot for last.)