Like almost everyone else this time of year, I go to work when it’s just getting light and when I get home, it’s almost dark. Add in the hustle of the upcoming holidays~shopping, addressing, wrapping, decorating, partying~and there isn’t much time~or light~for photography.

Lately, on several blogs I visit, the photobloggers have been using their new 50mm lenses. Well, I can’t afford the $400+ Nikon 50mm f/1.4 or really even the 50mm f/1.8, especially when I still have the original lens from my original film Nikon. I still have the camera, too, and I always loved it. One of these days, I’ll shoot some film again and compare it to my D80. But meanwhile, I’m hoping that having my old 50mm f/1.8 on my camera will give me a little more time in the day to take advantage of dimming, available light, and also help me to learn my camera better. I seldom use the auto focus feature but I do rely on the program mode too often. When I used to shoot film, I shot only manual or aperture-priority. Now, with this old lens on my D80, I have to shoot manual but at least I know right away if the exposure is off and can grab another chance. And being able to fix it in post-processing makes it handy, too.

I always liked this lens when it was on my Nikon FG, it seemed extra-sharp (if you click on the images, they look much sharper), and I’m glad to be using it again. Plus it does make the camera so much lighter and using a prime lens takes all the necessity of making a focal length choice away. Seems kind of purer…and I’m hoping to get some awesome bokeh.


7 thoughts on “50mm

  1. It took the enlargement to fully appreciate the excellence of your prime lens. I too have that lens and they are hard to beat. Fine shots with top-flight detail. I hope you do try some film again. I’ve thought of shooting and developing my own and then scanning to produce a digital image, but the tank is stored…and…..but when?


  2. I really admire people that really know how to take a good shot. I used to have to take photos as part of my job but I really just winged it and tried to use all the automatic help I could find. it really is an art form best left to people like yourself.


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