Psyched to be in Hueco for a while. Got these a few nights ago. This is my first 15 min exposure I think. Also excited to get to use the D7000(1.5x factor) + 2x teleconverter = 600mm!!!
I am really excited to finally be adding this lens to my arsenal. I have been drooling over it ever since it came out and was finally able to make the purchase, which has been long overdue especially considering the type of work I do. What’s so great about this lens you might be asking, it doesn’t even auto focus, and only f/3.5!!! That may be true, but this lens is made for architectural and landscape photography. For me personally, architecture is what I will be using it for mostly, and here’s why.
While taking photos of exteriors, or interiors, it is important to have your camera level so you don’t get diverging or coverging lines, depending on which way your camera is tilted. With this lens, you are able to level out your camera, and either shift the lens up or down until you get what you are looking for in the frame. The first shot is an example of a shot with the lens with out any shifting, and the second shot is with the lens shifted down to get the distracting light fixture out and more of the chairs in.
Here is an example of the camera being tilted up to look at a building. Notice the converging lines of the sides of the building from tilting the camera up. The second shot is an example of camera leveled out, and shifted up to get the top of the building in frame. Notice all lines are now vertical.
This lens also has the ability to tilt or swing which changes the plane of focus from near to far to any other axis the same as large format cameras. In more simple terms, you are able to change the lens plane from being parellel with the film plane to angling it plus or minus 8.5 degrees. This lets you do a couple of different things. For landscape shots, it lets you “extend” your depth of field. On the contrary, it can also be used to “shorten” your line of DoF which can be used for more creative images. I have yet to play with the extending of the DoF, but here are some examples with the swing at full 8.5 to get the shortened DoF line for the creative look:
With a hefty price tag, this lens may not be for everyone, but those who find themselves shooting architecture, I believe it to be a necessity. During my first photo shoot with this lens, I was wanting it to be a bit wider for the smaller rooms, so Nikon if you’re reading this, it would be great for you to make me an 18mm PC-E as well to have in my bag. K. Thx. Having the 14-24mm along with the 24mm PC-E seems to be the best combination for photographing everything architecture. Overall, I am really excited about this lens and am looking forward to continuing to explore all things that this lens has to offer.
It’s the event everyone is talking about… I was trying to decide if I should get up early and head downtown to get some morning photos. For some odd reason, I naturally woke up early and took it as a sign. Packed my bag and headed out in the snow. My truck handled pretty well compared to all the other vehicles I saw slipping and sliding all over the place. Fortunately I didn’t see any wrecks. Walked around for a bit and snapped these while I was downtown. Hope you enjoy:
I know it’s early to be claiming a favorite image of 2011, but I am really liking this one. Good times.