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new lens and a welcome learning curve

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

      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 :-)

      2012.01.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Leahthomas

      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.

      2012.01.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lukesmom

      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 :)

      2012.01.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brenda Nelson

      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!)

      2012.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

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

      2012.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Bryan

      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.

      2012.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Leslie

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

      2012.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Oscar

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

      2012.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Felecia

      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.

      2012.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Granabby

      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.

      2012.01.15 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      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!

      2012.01.15 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

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

      2012.01.15 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Amir Honarmand

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

      2012.01.15 Edited Reply Cancel