new lens and a welcome learning curve

by Marjorie Mcdonald January. 15, 2012 4332 views

You can't expect to take a definitive image in half an hour. It takes days, often years.~ Fay Godwin

Today I drove the hour into the city to go buy my new lens…. I decided on the AF-S Micro 40mm f/2.8…. I'm glad I went in to try it out before buying it, because while I was there, I also tried the 35mm prime I was originally looking at. As soon as I tried the 40mm I knew it was the one.

Now the learning curve. The first thing I realized was how much I rely on Vibration Reduction. This lens doesn't have it.

No zoom is an eye opener as well, and it's going to take some getting used to not being able to zoom in to compose my shot.

The AF has a manual override on the focusing ring, which is nice, and a new feature to me.

My initial instinct was to shoot like I always do, wide open for shallow dof. I realized when I came back in, I have to rethink that. I have to rethink everything.

It's perfect.

Taken in the store. My hands were shaking so badly I'm surprised the camera would focus at all.

Taken at home… you can tell it's mine, it's dusty already! :P

My realization of how important VR is…. and it was COLD out there today.. -10C.

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Helen Hooker 8 years ago

Macro lenses are quite an eye-opener aren't they? Wafer thin DOF and if you so much as twitch the focus goes! I'm sure you'll have a ball once you've made friends with you new lens :-)

8 years ago Edited
Leahthomas 8 years, 1 month ago

I noticed THE SAME THING when I bought my 24-70mm f.2.8 with no IS. Makes me sad I paid so much for a lens that I'm not 100% happy with.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lukesmom 8 years, 1 month ago

I want one!!! Enjoy! These are nice photos, so I know you will be giving us some great stuff; in fact, you have. I'm going backwards thru your blog :)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 8 years, 1 month ago

Holy moly! #4 is incredible! I have a small Nikon with limited options, but I love it. I can't wait to see all the amazing photos that you're going to post!! (If you get any better, I won't be able to stand it!)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Vivienne Albiston 8 years, 1 month ago

oh, Have fun with it. Lovely set. :-))

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Alicja 8 years, 1 month ago

[i]Awesome set![/i]

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Marsha 8 years, 1 month ago

This is so much fun!!! What a great birthday gift,'re going to love it!!! ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!!!!!
Happy Birthday :))))

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Eric 8 years, 1 month ago

super set and happy birthday! :)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Maz 8 years, 1 month ago

Amazing set!! I love the frost and ice!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Terry Kim 8 years, 1 month ago

Great set!! Happy birthday and congrats new lens as well.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Bryan 8 years, 1 month ago

Nice lens, glad you got it! In no time you will realize that not being able to zoom is no big deal and this lens (or different lenses) will alter you in good ways.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Leslie D 8 years, 1 month ago

Today is your birthday? Really???
♫ Happy Birthday M ♫
I'm so happy for you and your new lens...these are wonderful!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lisa Charbonneau 8 years, 1 month ago

Wonderfull set!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 8 years, 1 month ago

It's always fun to learn something new..........Some great shots here...........

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Oscar 8 years, 1 month ago

You did very well with your new toy Marjorie...can't wait to see more!!! :)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Felecia 8 years, 1 month ago

Well first of all, I'm so glad you took the time to tell us that VR = Vibration Reduction. On my camera it is called Shake Reduction and I never use it. I should try it. These are all just AMAZING. Okay seriously, I love them all especially the ones I added to my favorites. Fantastic.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Chossid 8 years, 1 month ago

Excellent shots Marjorie!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 8 years, 1 month ago

Well you certainly seem to be making it work. Prime lenses are a whole different kettle of fish, I have been doing some film work lately with an 80 mm prime and it is hard work. Lovely photos, keep it up.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ricardo 8 years, 1 month ago

So you bought yourself a bday gift? how dear of you :)
Happy birthday marjorie, it is midnight here so no hush and bad luck given!
I might think of do some macro mono for a special birthday post to you :)
your birthday is the same day of my aunt's birthday ;))
well HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and I envy your new lens!
hope amazing macros will come yay!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jacki 8 years, 1 month ago

I've never done any macro photography but I'm guessing a tripod would be helpful?? Have fun!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Amir Honarmand 8 years, 1 month ago

I want some too
Happy birthday and congrates for new lens Marjorie

8 years, 1 month ago Edited