Oh yes, most of us have been there. You come home to find sitting on your doorstep, that most exciting of visitors, the B&H box. The excitement is palpable - a new lens has arrived. As a gadget-hound photographer lenses are a big part of my daydreams. I've decided to share my obsession with glass (in particular, Nikon glass) as this week's MM10. Canon folks, I'm sorry but my love does have limits.
- Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 - Will Love - The wide end of Nikon's professional, fast glass triumvirate. Regarded as the only "nice to have" as opposed to "must have" of the three.
- Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 - Love - The super-sharp, super-fast love of my photographic life. By far the lens that spends the most time on my D3. Middle child of the pro three.
- Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 - Love - When 70mm just isn't enough, with Nikon's VR (vibration reduction) this big guy has the reach and speed needed to pick off long range shots in low-light.
- Nikon 50mm f/1.8 - Have Loved/Love - The first prime lens all of us Nikon shooters fall in love with. At $125 it's hard to argue with trying it out. F/1.8 depth of field is rich and creamy.
- Nikon 50mm f/1.4 - Love - When you think you love the 50mm 1.8 but decide to see what that extra 2/3 stops does for you - you fall in love with a new lens. Build quality is a step above it's cheaper counterpart, and in my experience, focus speed outperforms as well.
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 - Have Loved/Love - One of two DX lenses that are on my list, the venerable 18-200 gives the prosumer grade shooter an entire arsenal of focal length in a single lens. This one was my first personal experience with Nikon VR and I was impressed.
- Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 - Have Loved - Flat out the biggest mistake I've ever made with camera equipment was the day I sold this lens on ebay. I'm still kicking myself. I tell folks it's the DX equivalent of the 24-70mm, ridiculously sharp, and a joy when it comes to autofocus speed. Oh 20/20 hindsight...
- Nikon 400mm f/2.8 - Will Love - When I convince my wife (and business partner) that I can justify the cost of this massive piece of glass for some future assignment, that will be a sweet day. Anybody want to take me out to shoot sports so I can justify renting one?
- Nikon 85mm f/1.4 - Will Love - As our studio work continues to increase, I'm yearning for some portrait length bokeh.
- Nikon Fisheye 16mm f/2.8 - Will Love - Because more and more of my brides are asking for artsy, fisheye shots - this (or an even wider fisheye) will soon be on my "must-have" list.
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