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Trying out my new "Goldilocks" 35mm f/1.8 lens

August 31, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

_TRV3032Fallen TreesNikon D800 with 35mm f/1.8G Nikon Lens

In the interest of reducing the weight of my Camino pack, I have decided to take one lens, the 35mm f/1.8 G Nikon lens. I had planned to limit myself to lenses I already owned, but I just couldn't get my pack down to 22 pounds and bring two lenses. I figured the 28mm f/1.8 Nikon lens would be my landscape and cityscape/interiors lens and the 50mm f/1.8 Nikon would be my street shooting and portrait lens. The 28mm is a bit wide for street shooting and the 50mm is too narrow for landscapes. So, in typical "Goldilocks" fashion, I decided that Nikon's 35mm f/1.8 G lens would be just right. There's a reason most fixed-lens enthusiast cameras have a 35mm lens. When I used to shoot my old all manual Nikkormat film camera, all I used was a 35mm lens.

AFS_35_1.8G.highNikon 35mm f/1.8 G Lens

Today I took a bike ride to the Wood Rill Scientific and Natural Area to have a bit of a hike. I took my Nikon D800 and my new 35mm f/1.8 lens. The short story is that I felt right at home with this lens. Nikon's f/1.8 G prime lenses are one of the best values going. Plus, at 11 ounces, this lens is half the weight of its f/1.4 counterpart. I almost never shoot wide open, so the bokeh of an f/1.4 lens is lost on me. The vast majority of my images are shot at f/8 or f/5.6.

I am primarily a prime lens shooter with my D800, so I am happy to add the 35mm f/1.8 lens to my kit. This should be a perfect walkabout lens. I think it will be the perfect lens for my Camino.


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