I’ve been up and about lately that I’ve had little time to blog. Right, I’m here again. Hopefully I can commit to blogging regularly.
So after moving to a full frame body late last year - to a Nikon D600 (and you can find a review here )- I soon found out that my DX lenses weren’t cutting it on this FX body Camera. Not to bug your mind with these terminologies, it just simply means i was killing antelopes with water guns. You just don’t get the best out of the job though you can get round much with a lot of effort.
Importantly, the DX crop on an FX body was another pain. My images were meant to be large but the lens let me down. I had to become forward thinking and save up for a new FX body lens that would suit my needs as fashion, portrait and sometimes, event photographer.
I had to purchase a lens that accomodated my broad depth of work styles as well as shoot welll under most light conditions as there are times when the light is not just great and you need a low aperture count.
After checking options like the
- 70-200mm 2.8 (which really is overkill as I rarely need the zoom, though the ability to blur out background distractions is a welcome advantage)
- 85mm 1.2, 1.4 or 1.8 prime (which I really love for portraits but not great for fashion work and would make me move my feet a lot - as you can see I am quite lazy)
- 50mm 1.2,1.4 or 1.8 (I already have the 1.8 but 1.2 would be better) and finally,
- 24-70mm 2.8 (this was my dream lens after reading reviews like the one found here. It had the scope and low light to compliment my work)
After much hours of internet reviews, I finally settled for the idea that the 24-70mm lens plus an 85mm lens was my best bet. Problem though it that both come close to £3000 and then reality set in. It’s not easy to save that and buying on finance is not really my forte. So hire was my easier option.
Fast-forward to last weekend, I had an event job and it was only sensible to hire the lens I’ve always wanted to use. It was a baby to hold when it arrived. It was heavy and felt professional. It even made my camera heavier and I felt like I was working.
I loved the feel to it and so with a friend turning up I set out to shoot photos. I loved how well it responded, the wide span it could capture and how portraits looked close to 70mm.
The colors were also great. Importing them into Adobe Lightroom in Camera RAW gave almost the kind of colors I had seen that day. Most cheaper lenses I had used before made the colors change from the JPEG preview to a duller color right away when you import it in. This wasn’t the case.
Although, the night party made me realize the D600 body might probably not be the best tool for dark club hunting, I was still amazed that with flash and overcoming some focus issues, f2.8 is a dream come true. The images shot in totally dimness (thanks to DJ music, dancing people high on happiness and the right mood) came to life at f2.8 and with some flashes remotely controlled spread across the room.
I think if i won the lottery, this would definitely be the first lens to buy in the dream pack. I love it much.
This is one of the images of my friend I shot in Uxbridge, West London, near the boat canal, that I really love
Thanks for reading.