I’ve also indulged in some new equipment. I bought a couple of lens hoods and some new filters for my lenses. Oh yeah, I also bought a new lens.
At times, I’ve felt limited by my lens. I was thinking of getting a telephoto lens, because the times I’ve really felt limited was due to not being able to get close enough for one reason or another, like at the zoo or the Air Force Museum. But, before I went and spent money on a new lens, I thought I’d do a little research. I went to my go-to photography site: Digital Photo Mentor. I am so glad I did.
I can’t remember what exactly I typed into the search box, but I found the article I needed. Her #1 recommendation for buying a new lens was to get a fixed or prime lens. Specifically she said to get a 50mm. But since I have a camera with an APS-C, or cropped, sensor, I needed to get a 35mm lens. Unfortunately there is a bit of a price difference between the two, the 35mm being at least $200 more. But I really liked the thought of having a fixed lens, so I went on eBay and bought one.
It’s going to take some getting used to, but I love it so far. I love it so much, I am no longer considering getting an “advanced” digital camera for use at conventions. To me, it’s between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR. But this fixed lens has me really reconsidering that. For all the reasons why, go check out Digital Photo Mentor (specifically the article I linked), but it works really well in low light conditions and there is so much less to fiddle with since it’s a fixed lens (there is no zoom). That also means it’s a shorter lens, which is great for a convention.
Since I have become used to having my circular polarizing filter to help with glare and color, and having a UV filter to reduce haze and be an extra piece of glass in front of the lens, I *had* to get some for my new lens. I also found a great round lens hood for both lenses. I’ve got a tulip lens hood, but it’s been visible on some of the pics I’ve taken. The round one won’t do that.
I also decided to invest in a new type of filter, for me. The ND8 filter. I was interested in getting a Neutral Density (ND) filter. The ND8 seemed like a good place to start. I would love to get a shot of a waterfall where the water is this smooth, beautiful, white…thing. The ND8 filter allows me to keep the lens open longer without overexposing the shot. Which means it also requires a tripod. Basically it blurs motion. Which means it can be used if I want to have all the people walking around less visible and one stationary object really stand out. Honestly there’s a lot of uses for it, and I’m looking forward to trying as many as possible.
Now I just need to have some time to go out and use this awesome equipment.