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Using the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens in Hong Kong – lesson to learn

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Shot in the MTR

Shot in the MTR

First of all, one of the best ways to test a lens’ capabilities and at the same time improve your skill is to use just one lens (or focal length if its a zoom lens), leaving the rest at home.  Take it out for a few days, shot lots of images and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the lens.

Through glass

Through glass

That’s exactly what I did during a five day trip to Hong Kong.  Although I usually take several cameras and lenses on a trip of this length, on this trip, I just used the Nikon D700 and Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens.  I wanted to reconnect with the 85mm lens.  Although I’ve become accustomed to zoom lenses and their versatility, I was “raised” on Leica M cameras with fixed focal length lens so I was aware and experienced with a fixed focal length lens’ limitations.

Pretty girl

Pretty girl

Although there will be situations where a fixed focal length will be too short or too long, you can learn to adjust to this and at the same time become a better photographer.  If you can solve this situation, you will become better.

Happy girl

Happy girl

Preoccupied fan

Preoccupied fan

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Written by leolaksi

July 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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