Gear Appreciation: Nikon 35mm f/2.0D

Some people you like in spite of their flaws; others you enjoy because of their flaws. It’s the same with lenses. I’ve written before that the Nikon 35mm f/2.0D lens gets no respect. It got luke-warm reviews originally, and when people update their reviews based on newer, more capable cameras, the lens fares even worse. Good reviewers…

Fast Lenses Still Matter

Despite camera ISO range improvements and electronic flash diffusion innovations, a fast lens is still a joy to employ in a dimly lit room. Shooting a reception for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble after its concert at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater was mostly a “run-and-gun” scenario, grabbing flash shots as quickly as possible during a meet-and-greet.…

Gear Appreciation: Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Setting out to visit the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, CA, I thought I would shoot exclusively with the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, but at the last minute I decided to throw the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 into my jacket pocket, and I’m glad I did. For one thing, I’ve never gotten the hang of working with…